A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

Dining Table Makeover: Chalkboard Style!

Before & After: Chalkboard Dining Table

This is such a clever way to refurbish an old dining room table. Plus, so much fun for kids (and dinner guests!) — no crayons and placemats required! Kate Leary of Mi Piace Kate Design shared this Before & After with Design Sponge in August after a great Craigslist find up in San Francisco. It’s so classy! The structure of the table is already there — but the bleached wood look had to go.

Before & After: Chalkboard Dining Table 2

A bit of priming, chalkboard paint and a Saturday afternoon — and voila, a beautiful table that’s fun for everyone! I love the chairs, too. It adds that modern edge to tie the piece into the rest of the house.

Before & After: Chalkboard Dining Table

Follow the jump for a more detailed How-To. Do you have a great Before & After project? Contact me to submit pictures and your story!  Continue reading

{Giveaway!} Blue + Salmon Pink Tablescape

Giveaway: Fabric Flower Napkin Ring

I love the look of contrasting colors — and shades of blue and pink (navy on down to fuscia) are two of my favorites! When My Mama Made It created these beautiful {exclusive} fabric napkin rings just for our giveaway collaboration, I knew we needed to build an entire tablescape around the colors.


Modern and vibrant centerpieces were created out of lollipop carnation balls and poms (with the collaboration of Prost to the Host pom designer, Alysia — visit her Etsy store and receive free shipping with mention of this giveaway in a convo!) that rested atop cylinder vases and with inspiration from a song bird Pier 1 plate, I designed custom invitations and place cards to match the theme.

Giveaway: Fabric Napkin Rings - Stationary

The winner of this giveaway will receive:

*6 flower napin rings
*two large & four small poms
(sky blue, white and salmon pink — for hanging or lollipop-style centerpieces)
*a PDF of printable song bird party invitations and place cards
*materials to build your own carnation ball centerpieces
*as well as lavendar Martha Stewart paper (as pictured) for placemats, table runner or centerpiece base coverings!

Everything you need to throw a very lovely dinner party for your closest friends! The entire tablescape is valued at $120.

Giveaway: Flower Napkin Rings

There are two ways to enter!

{1} Leave a comment on either (or both for two entries) of our blogs for the giveaway announcement: Pepper Design Blog & My Mama Made It
{2} Join My Mama Made It’s Google Followers or become a fan of Pepper Design Blog’s Facebook page (brand new!) and mention your (new or current) following in your comment.

The giveaway will close on Friday, October 16th, at midnight PST. Good Luck!

Follow the jump for more fun photos of the giveaway… Continue reading

Carnations are Back!

Carnation Ball Centerpiece

Carnations really don’t deserve that bad rap they’ve been receiving all of these years… florists, party planners and brides alike frown at the idea of including carnations in centerpieces or displays (you know you’ve been there…). But really, carnations are a pretty ideal bud. They can be found in a selection of vibrant colors at almost any time of the year and are by far one of the cheaper stems on the market (probably due to that above mentioned bad rap).

Carnation Ball Centerpiece 2

Lollipop’ or ball centerpieces are one of my favorite ways to introduce carnations into modern tablescapes. By using floral foam, you can take advantage of a carnation’s full foliage by clipping them short and placing them tightly together to form a floral structure. I love this with wreaths, half circles and full balls. When placed a top risers, it creates a stunning effect.

Carnation Ball 3

Here is the How-To for creating your own lollipop centerpiece as pictured in the Colorful Candy Buffet posting from last week. Follow the jump! Continue reading

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