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How-To: Make Place Card Holders For Your Next Dinner Party

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Did you fall in love with the place card holders featured in our garden party tablescape? You’re not alone. We’ve already received several requests from readers for directions on how to create them.

 

 

They’re perfect for weddings, dinner parties or other gatherings where a place card is needed. Karen Ondracek of General Taxonomy has all of the details for her DIY.

 

Supplies 

 

  • Small wooden blocks (toy blocks worked well – I chose them in the spirit of reuse. You can buy small wooden blocks at craft and hobby shops.)
  • Vintage clip on earrings and/or vintage pins. Larger brooches & pins can be used to make holders for menus, welcome signs, etc.
  • Spray paint (Needed only if you wish to alter the color of your blocks or jewelery. You may wish to use a spray primer as well.)
  • Masking tape (Needed only if you are spray painting and wish to retain some original colors.)
  • Hot glue gun & hot glue sticks

 

Step 1:

Spray paint the wooden blocks to coordinate with your color scheme. I chose white. If you have wooden blocks that look great as found, skip this step.

 

Step 2:

 

Spray paint vintage jewelry to coordinate with your color scheme. Mask off any jewels or other areas that you want to retain their original appearance. I spray painted gold tone, brass and pearl elements of my jewelry silver. If all your jewelry looks great as found, skip this step.

 

Tip: Try a few drops of eucalyptus oil mixed with a bit of hand lotion to remove any spray paint you might accidentally get on your skin, then wash with soap and water. Unless, of course, you are allergic or sensitive to eucalyptus.

 

Step 3:


Use hot glue to attach earrings and pins to woodblocks as shown.

 

For pins you want to create a narrow slot between the pin back and the block for the card. For large pins, you may need more than one block.

 

With the variety of jewelry styles & spray paints out there, these DIY place cards could work in many a tablescape. Have fun!

Thanks Karen! Make sure to check out her shop General Taxonomy for more arty and vintage goodness!

Outdoor Tablescape Inspiration: A Garden Party For Your Favorite Girlfriends

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The spring and summer seasons are perfect for celebrating the important people in your life, so why not throw a garden party for your favorite girlfriends? We also thought it would be a great time to try out Pottery Barn’s Caroline Dinnerware in a less formal setting.

We teamed up with Diva Pyari of Linea Carta and artist Karen Ondracek of General Taxonomy to throw a fun garden party, perfect for reuniting with friends over refreshing drinks and an English picnic-inspired menu. (Special thanks as well to Tom Tomkinson Weddings for photographing the entire affair.) We hope our outdoor tablescape inspires one of your own as well!

 


To try something similar, move your party to a lush lawn — it doesn’t have to be at your home, either. Try a regional nature preserve or a neighborhood park if you don’t have a lawn of your own. And while our folding chairs and teak table were sturdy and easily transportable, there’s no need to go to such measures. A picnic table in a grove can be just as good of a staging surface for your gathering.

 

To create an elegant yet relaxed and artful look to this table,  Pottery Barn’s new Caroline Dinnerware was the perfect choice. We love these dishes’ mix of vintage elegance and handmade appeal, thanks to the silver banding and organic, uneven rims. We layered the dishes over kraft paper runners, which were arranged horizontally over the PB Classic Linen Tablecloth.

 

 

Karen Ondracek created the place card holders using vintage clip-on earrings (we’ll have her DIY for them on the blog on Friday).

 

 

Diva Pyari’s Tiny Heart Linen Napkins added a pop of pattern to each setting, while heirloom silver set off the banding on the Caroline dishes nicely. Pyari also handpainted the garland around each dish in place of a charger.

For flowers, we chose a mix of hot pink spray roses, mixed with wax flowers and displayed in small vintage vases. We also took advantage of our California climate, sourcing additional florals and botanicals from our home gardens. Clustered together, these mini arrangements created a gorgeous focal point for the table.

 

 

Diva also created the hand-calligraphied table menu, displayed on one of Karen’s place card holders. If you’re inspired to try something similar, Diva offers starter calligraphy kits for sale in her shop.

 

 

Chances are good that you’ll need extra room for your drinks station, as we did. We hung tassel garland from The Flair Exchange above an antique wooden ironing board, which we decked out with a cake stand, silver tray, vintage glassware and bottles of  favorite cocktails. Bouquets of florals rounded out our drinks station. Diva made hand-lettered drinks tags for the bottles as well — this is a great way to add a special touch to your drinks station.

 


However you deck out your table, we hope that you choose to share your garden party with good friends. There’s nothing quite like a good meal, enjoyed in the outdoors and shared with some of your favorite people in the world.

All photos courtesy Tom Tomkinson Weddings

Special thanks to April, Magnolia, Diva and Dani for modeling!

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How-To: Craft a Headboard Out of a Salvaged Door

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Last week, we featured Lindsay’s gorgeous sun porch. Today, she’s back with a tutorial for us from her own home, showing us how to make a headboard out of a salvaged door.

The technique we used to hang the door allows it to hang freely on the wall without any screws showing through or damaging the front of the door. This technique is similar to one used frequently when hanging a heavy work of art on a wall.

Supplies

  • Old door
  • Paint and/or stain if necessary
  • Two 1 x 4 boards cut to the length of your door
  • Table saw (used to cut a 45 degree angle)
  • Level
  • Deck screws
  • Trim screws
  • Stud finder
  • Tape measure

Directions

  • Select an interesting door. I used a door that was left in the basement of my home when I purchased it. I am guessing it used to be the door that went from the sun porch into the home. I love the idea that I created a headboard for my king sized bed, essentially for free, and with an architectural piece that belonged to my home! If you don’t already have an old door, they can be found in salvage shops and flea markets around the country for a reasonable price.
  • Decide if you want to refinish or paint the door. I scrubbed mine with soap and water because it needed to be cleaned after years of being stored in the basement. After the door was completely dry, I used Minwax “Dark Walnut” colored stain to give the door a fresh coat of stain. I just followed the directions on the back of the can. I would suggest being in a well-ventilated area and wearing gloves.
  • Next, take measurements of where you want the door to be located on the wall. I wanted the mattress to cover up about an inch at the bottom edge of the door, so I measured the height of the bedframe and mattress and then spaced the door accordingly.

 

Cut one 1 X 4 length-wise on a 45 degree angle. This piece will then be anchored into the studs of the wall. Have the “short” side of the angle attached to the wall.

 

Attach the other 1 X 4 to the headboard. Place the flat side at the top of the door and the angle at the bottom. These two 45 degree angle boards will fit into each other on the wall creating a secure hold.

 

  • The other 1 x 4 is then secured to the wall as a spacer to hold the headboard plumb or level. Once the headboard is in place, a small trim screw can be used on the 1×4 to further secure it in place.

 

  • Tada! Now you have your own salvaged door headboard!

Keep up with Lindsay’s adventures with her husband, pups and home when you read her blog, The Milkweed Pods.

How-To: Turn Resolutions into Art

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Looking for a few good words to get you on the right track for 2013? You’re certainly not alone. Typographical art is all the rage, and for good reason. Beautifully designed and inspiring in sentiment, these posters are a great way to add new art — and motivation — in this new year. We’ve found a variety of great posters that, with proper matting and framing, would create the perfect new artwork on your gallery wall.

We’re not the only fan of Francesca Ramos‘s reinterpretation of Gandhi’s 10 fundamental principals — Oprah has also featured the poster on her blog, The Life List. This design is available for free download courtesy of the artist. Hang it above your desk or on your foyer wall to remind yourself to be your best self in 2013.

 

Artist Emily McDowell designed this intentions poster for 2013 from her original illustration. She notes that “Intentions are stronger than resolutions. They say to your subconscious, ‘This is how things are gonna go around here from now on.'” The Declaration of Intentions for the New Year poster is large, at 13 by 19 inches,  and Emily sees it as a collaboration between the artist and the recipient: write in your personal details  before framing your poster.

Another personalized resolution poster that caught our eye is this Custom Resolution Poster from Etsy seller Porcini Button. The poster can be customised to show your own goals, resolutions and ambitions with up to 15 lines of text between 2-5 words long, along with your custom color scheme. 


We also love the look of this 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Typographical Poster. It seems like the perfect addition to your cubicle wall or office space in 2013! Follow this link to learn how you can get a file of this poster free from the artist, Jake Huhn.

 

Of course, you can also make your own custom resolution posters for 2013 if you have skills in InDesign. Or perhaps, learning that program is a great goal for the new year — and in the process, you can create a lovely piece of art for 2013.

An Easy Way to Add More Plants to Your Home in 2013

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If one of your new year resolutions is adding more plants to your home, you’re not alone. Whether seen in the form of succulents, air plants, terrariums or fiddle leaf figs, plants are a stylish — and healthy — home design trend that’s here to stay. Why are they so healthy? According to a NASA study, houseplants can remove up to 87 percent of indoor air pollutants within 24 hours if they have a high transpiration capability. And even a small addition of a plant or two will help with indoor air quality. Besides the health benefits, plants also provide a calming presence in a home as well as a lovely focal point.

We worked with Crimson Horticultural Rarities to show you just how easy it is to add a terrarium to your home. It’s the perfect way to introduce a grouping of pretty houseplants to your living room or foyer. Check out our tips below for getting the look.

To start, select a variety of houseplants that you find visually interesting that have similar water and sunlight needs.

 

Add an even layer of activated charcoal to the tray inside your terrarium. Activated charcoal helps to filter the air in a closed terrarium such as the Wooden Conservatory Terrarium we used.

 

Remove the plants from their plastic containers and spread out the roots with your hand. You can also remove any extra soil from the bottom of the pot if you like. Then, carefully place each plant into the terrarium. Cluster your plants together, but don’t overcrowd them.

 

Add moss around the base of each plant. This will help to  preserve moisture and also creates a finished look.

 

To finish the look, add fun touches such as giant lotus pods, pine cones, rocks, or crystals to your arrangment. Display it in an area of your home that matches the sunlight requirements of your plants, and don’t forget to water them regularly.

 

An Entirely New Take on Classic Garland

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Looking for something different for your holiday garland this year? We’re favoring this absolutely charming mini bunting from Jennifer Rizzo, which would be a fun update to your standard tinsel or cranberry and popcorn garland.

We think it would look lovely on a tree or circling a wreath. Try it on a mantel, too, especially if you’re part of a musical household. You could customize the mini bunting by using paper that reflects you and your family’s interests. Choose floral paper if you’re a passionate home gardener, or an avian design if you’re a bird watcher.

Want to try it? Get the full DIY here.

Source: Photos by Jennifer Rizzo

A Rustic-Chic DIY Advent Calendar

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Source: Photos via The Marion House Book