Sew a Reversible Valance for Twice the Look

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This reversible valance is a simple way to dress up plain purchased sheers or draperies. In fact, this valance is simple enough to whip up quickly for the holidays or for something as unique as a special treatment to display on a birthday or anniversary. Materials List: Two coordinating fabrics Matching sewing thread Trims or…

Easy to Make Chic Dining Room Centerpiece

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What do quartz stones, river rocks, Spanish moss, a dinner plate, a salad plate and a silk flower have in common? Give up? They are the materials needed to create an elegant dining room centerpiece. Matt and I recently redecorated a dining room. Our homeowners wanted more than just function; they wanted elegance. Since beautiful…

You Can Create a Lovely Bistro Style Awning

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Yes, it’s just like an awning for the exterior of your home, but when you use it on the inside, it really makes a statement! Wouldn’t it be great to travel to a quaint little bistro in the Mediterranean somewhere for a romantic lunch?  Well, Matt keeps insisting that you can get that very same…

Quickly Create this Stunning Orchid Centerpiece

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Orchids are beautiful stems full of exotic flowers and you can submerge them in a tall vase of water for a special effect. I received a beautiful orchid for Mother’s Day this year and it reminded me of a project that Matt and I did with orchids that was just stunning. You might be able to…

10 Seasonal Table Setting Ideas to Try

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If you have a party coming up or just want to surprise your family with a special table tonight, here are some ideas to get you started. A year has gone by and my church had its annual ladies event where we have a speaker, share appetizers, salads and desserts, and many of us offer…

Answer 6 Questions to Decorate a Dining Room

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If you can answer these six questions, you can get your dining room and any other room in your home for that matter, decorated to your highest standards! Dining rooms are often times set aside from other areas of the house.  Sure, they are close to the kitchen, but they are often rooms unto themselves…

Fall Table Setting Ideas That Bring Compliments

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With a little extra effort you can create fall table settings that look like they are on display in a store front window or in a designer showhouse. I think we get extra interested in decorating our homes in the fall because we’ve just finished the summer season where we’ve spent so much time outdoors. …

Easy to Sew Chair Back Covers for Wood Chairs

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Chair back covers are a great solution for wooden chairs that could use a little softening.  The additional fabric will brighten up any dining room as well. I think sometimes dining chairs don’t seem very welcoming or comfortable.  In fact, often, the wood back chairs aren’t very comfy and can cause a lovely dinner to…

Hand-Made and Decorated Christmas Napkin Rings

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Inexpensive felt and beads come together to give your holiday table setting a special touch.  Add embroidered names and they double as place cards. Go ahead and say it – I’m a crazy woman.  I adore making holiday napkin rings as you’ve seen from the variety I have shown you over the years.  Well, this is…

No-Sew Fringed Placemats and Plaid Napkins

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For those of you who enjoy working with fabric and also entertaining, I think making no-sew placemats and napkins is the perfect project.  This might be something you’d like to get your kids involved with as well since it is easy and you can talk about replacing paper napkins with fabric ones so we aren’t…

11 More Seasonal Table Setting Ideas to Try

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Many of these table setting ideas work great for summer dining, but there are a few for other seasons and holidays mixed in as well.  As you must know by now, Matt and I do this because we enjoy sharing the ideas and inspiration that we find around us, with you!  Well, this is just…

Enjoy Fragrant Fruit and Floral Centerpieces

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Instead of just putting your citrus in a bowl, add silk flowers and use it as an arranagement for your dining table or counter. Do you need a spring centerpiece in less than an hour?  Well, fruit and floral centerpieces are a snap to put together as long as you have the materials on hand.  Even…

Add a Homemade Leaning Wine Rack to Your Home

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This wine rack is a very simple project and it’s a great way to display your favorite bottles of wine. What a pretty display this wine rack makes in a dining room where we often have an empty corner.  It’s just as much artistic as it is functional and it is a fairly easy project to…

The Art of Accessorizing a China Cabinet

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There is an art to putting your china cabinet together when you combine your functional dinnerware with other accessories and I will gladly help you learn how to make it beautiful. I really should have added the decorating or accessorizing of china cabinets to my article about the biggest decorating mistakes.  For some reason many people…

Ideas and Options for Setting the Table

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Have you ever noticed that a well set table seems to make food taste better? Even simple meals can seem like culinary delights when served in an interesting setting. Matt and I have decorated countless dining rooms and kitchens. With so many tables under our belts, we’ve come up with some tips to consider when…

10 Easy-To-Make Autumn Centerpiece Ideas

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There’s no excuse for bare table this fall with these ten different centerpiece ideas to choose from! Centerpieces indicate that you are placing something at the “center” of attention. And, when we put a floral arrangement or candles in the center of our dining tables we are doing just that. We are bringing attention to…

Slipcover a Loose Cushion for an Easy Update

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The ability to slipcover a loose cushion give you alot of verstility in your decor since you can change the design and color of things just by the new fabric you choose. Many people are fearful of slipcovering loose chair cushions because of the zipper along the back. I have to agree. Zippers can be tough,…

Use Dining Table Pedestals for Buffets and Parties

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If you are planning a party or small get together, why not display your cooking talents or table decor with these easy to build pedestals that are the perfect table top size. What a great way to show off your green bean casserole, or special pumpkin pie. Shari will be the first to tell you…

No-Sew Tablecloths, Napkins, and Seat Covers

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Now that there are no sew projects, there is no excuse not to have the prettiest tablecloths and napkins around! When the seasons change, it’s nice to do a couple things around the house each month so your home changes along with nature. Even in this Florida home, where yellows and peach-tones prevail, a darkening of those…