I love finding new ways to use old stuff - even in my table settings! This idea is a 'Fast, Cheap & Easy' TM way to add some FUN to your summer tablescapes...
Use flat game boards as placemats!
This idea was inspired by a display I created in a my booth at a vintage show, and then replicated in a vintage store booth. This one wasn't even planned ahead of time ... when I sat items aside while I was working on the booth setup, I looked down and saw the Scrabble board under the plates and went 'DUH!' :)
It's pretty easy to find Scrabble boards (perfect for summer, because they are red, white, blue, and tan colors)and other old game boards at thrift stores - usually, the pieces are missing from games but the boards are still in the box. If you DO find one with pieces, you can spell out your guests' names! You can also use my Giant Letter Tile tutorial on the HOMEWARDfound blog to make 'Scrabble' tile coasters!
Do you ever wish there was an official guidebook on how to decorate your home? When is there too much stuff? When is there not enough?
Karen, who goes by The Graphics Fairy on her blog, has it DOWN. I recently had the privilege of spending a few days with her during the #htlucketts event and took advantage of the chance to shoot Karen's home.
Guys, this home is so inspiring. I'd call her style upscale vintage minimalist. She has JUST the right amount of everything, it's productive AND beautiful!
There's more to this tour via the blog link, however here's lots to get you started, loaded with some decor advice.
I only have one question... where's her BAD junk?! :)
But, I didn't. I drove right past the vintage shop and turned around and yes, I went in the shop. Lo and behold, this is what I walked out with. Never mind that I haven't even started on
the vintage chaise or the wonderful crate! But tell me, would you have left this in the store? Now comes the question.....do I leave it as is or shall I paint? I'm thinking I'll use in the lanai. It's a pretty sturdy piece and vintage for sure. I would say 40s or 50s. I think it looks good as is, but wanted to get some opinions. Thanks.
I love this time of year when the peonies are blooming, the sun is shining and everything is right with the world. OK, these plants really, really put me in a good mood!
I have three of them so far and am going to pick up one or two more this weekend. The ONLY downfall to these plants is that the blooms get so stinking big that they tend to fall over, but I have peony rings around them to keep them as upright as possible.