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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A little Grain Sack Inspiration

If you're like me you need a jumping off point; something that inspires you, and gives you direction. I had it in my head this year that I wanted to do something less fussy, maybe a little more "Winter-ish" than an all out Christmas blow-out. I've seen some amazing "all out" Christmas decor, but for me, I just wanted something simpler that could maybe make it at least through part of January.


During the late Summer and early Fall I used a table runner made of dark grain sack fabric with a black stripe. I loved it, and started looking for a runner in a red stripe with a light background early. Chalk one up for me... I'm usually late on making decisions. I waited too long and now the infamous BOXWOOD wreath has eluded my grasp this year...grrrrrr.



I knew I wanted to use this white wooden lantern that I've had for awhile, so it had to nest in the old windowbox. Now, back to the tablerunner issue...soooo....I couldn't find the fabric, but actually did one better by finding this amazing antique grain sack on Etsy from a wonderful gal named Christina from Austria. (From The Etsy Store Grain Sack) I ordered early in October, so it was here just in time for the Thanksgiving change over.



I took out the binding that held the sides together, so I would have one long piece in a single layer. Then centered it on my off white burlap. I want to cover up as much of the B-R-O-W-N table top as I can...






Perfect.


Christina's Photo
It's really beautiful and immaculate with no damage or age showing at all. I highly recommend her shop.





Then, I started digging in my linen stash and came up with this vintage "Turkey Red" tablecloth for the buffet.






I just folded it lengthwise.








A little more "grainsack" with the ribbon.




And a grapevine wreath with a red transferware cup. The more I look at that wreath, the more I know it must have lost an apple or two since last year. Sorry, it's now on my "to-do" list!


Had to have some plaid, ya'll!!
My sister made these adorable pillows for me for Christmas last year.






more red stripes
(and birdies)
big pillow was a Pottery Barn must have last year!


I changed out the bittersweet on my little Fall Nature Tree for some festive winterberry garland. I put the snow owls to bed and added in some glitter birds in their place.





I have an old friend that's making an appearance in the Dining Room this year. I'll share him this weekend! (If you look closely you'll see a peek of him.)

I'll be joining in these great Holiday Parties this week:

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Blissful Whites at Timewashed
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
TTT at Stone Gable
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Shabby Art Boutique
 French Country Cottage
Inspiration Friday at The Picket Fence

Hope you're having a fun week,
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xoxo,

50 comments:

stefanie said...

oh!!!!!! everything is soooo beautiful!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Nicely done, Debra! I love it for Christmas but think it also gives a Winter vibe so it should extend your decorating time. Love that centerpiece!

NanaDiana said...

Debra-EVERYTHING is just so quietly serene and beautiful at your home. I love everything you have done. It is a beautiful reflection of you- xo Diana

Anne said...

Debra that grainsack is beautiful! Still don't have any yet.Can you believe it? I will have to check out her shop!Your home looks beautiful love all the white you have added.You know how much I love it!
xx
Anne

elizabeth said...

It looks perfect! Love it all!

HeatherF1 said...

Everything looks great! I don't know if you are anywhere around a Trader Joes, but they have the boxwood wreaths here for $10.

Lynn Fern said...

That table runner is lovely. I also am digging that pillow from PB. Nicely put together...
http://fernavenueblog.blogspot.com/

Leslie Harris said...

Debra, Three words: the tea cup. I absolutely love that darn old cup dangling in the middle of your wreath. It is so original! And such sweetness.

Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

Susan said...

Love the grainsack! That little plaid pillow is so darn cute!

Olive said...

Debra, your buffet is beautifully layered. I just cannot layer mine right. I am getting a Welsh cupboard. That solves it. Happy Christmas, Olive

Keeping it Cozy said...

Gorgeous... I love touches of red all year long, but it's particularly beautiful right now. I love the grain sack as a table runner.

Pamela said...

Deborah everything looks so beautiful. I love the tea cup on the wreath!

Robin said...

Your dinning room looks amazing and I LOVE the centerpiece. Is the wood box an old windowbox? It looks amazing with the lantern and the filled with greenery.

must love junk said...

Debra, your whole buffet and tablescape are stunning!! I love me some grain sacks! I got my Romantic Homes today and was happy to see your blog featured! Congrats! So well deserved :)
Susan

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love the grain sack turned runner!!..I have a grain sack but it is really stiff...I think I may need to wash it...The centerpiece is beautiful...Love all of your gorgeous holiday decor...such stunning vignettes!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Love the rustic feel of the grain sack look!

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Love it all. Very beautiful. Thanks for sharing your creative energy. Karie

BECKY said...

Oh My Debra! Every detail is perfection!! Love the grain sack, love the wreaths, love the buffet,love, love, love!!! I need you to come work some of your magic in my home! I did close the shop for the holidays so now my 9' amazing tree can finally get dressed, and my house get fluffed!! Never thought I'd look forward to cleaning, but this place needs some lovin!!

Hugs to you sweetie! Thanks for sharing at Blissful Whites Wednesday!

Becky

Diana Browning said...

Oh, Debra- love it all.. but your white church pew
reminds me of mine.. that of course I didn't get
painted, but just posted a blog that has a photo
of it in it so you might want to go see.. great
minds think alike.. ha ha

Diana@107Vintage

Jann Olson said...

Beautiful Debra. Love the white with the touch of red. The lantern looks lovely and I love the grain sack runner. Adding your sweet transferware gave your wreath a little something extra.
Hugs,
Jann

ImSoVintage said...

Gorgeous grain sack, Debra. I have marked her shop as a favorite. I love your decorations. They are so simple and have the right winter feel to last through January.

Laura

andrea@townandprairie said...

Debra, it's all gorgeous! What a beautiful dining room. The mirror collection is truly stunning,too. I love your pair of wreaths on your china cabinet. I put a huge fresh green bough on top of mine this year that I ordered. It was so big I had to cut it in half. I think next year I might order all fresh and ditch the artifical once and for all. I also adore your little flocked tree...I 've always wanted a flocked tree, but I've never actually gone through with flocking one. Did you purchase it like that?

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Gorgeous. Everything looks soooooo pretty. I love it all. Hugs, Marty

Rowann Wilkerson said...

Can I come for Christmas ? Everything is so BEAUTIFUL ! Thanks for BLESSING us....

bj said...

What a lovely and classic look you have created. Everything is just beautiful.
Merriest Christmas.

Roberta said...

It's all so pretty! Beautiful find on your grain sack. Looks great on your table. Almost made it to your antique mall last weekend! Got as far south as Osceola, MO. Hope to get to Springfield early next year and would love to see your booth. ~Roberta

Kelly said...

Love your new grain sack runner you created! I have an affinity for all things grain sack lately. The red and white looks so good at Christmas time too. I like that you can use them year round as well. I'll have to go check out her shop since you recommended her.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Debra,
How beautiful...I'm loving using some grain sacks this season too.

Blessings,
Linda

June said...

Your Christmas decor is gorgeous Debra! I sure love strolling through the beautiful spaces of your holiday home!!!!
sending hugs...

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

What a beautiful table!! The whole room is beautiful! Did you just leave the grain sack edge unfinished? It is a beautiful one. I love the texture of them so much!

Cheers and Merry Christmas!,

Barbara

Mindy Whipple said...

It all looks so pretty. I especially like your table arrangement in the winter whites!

Bernideen said...

Congrats on being featured in the new copy of ROMANTIC HOMES!!!

Claudia said...

You have an exquisite touch, my friend. Beautiful.

xo
Claudia

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

So very pretty, Debra. I am going to be looking at these photos again just for the beauty and inspiration. You certainly have an eye for making things pretty.

Cindy said...

Everything looks adorable. I love the little touches of red. The table runner worked out perfectly, i will so totally go check out the Grainsack shop next. You house looks like it should be in a magazine it's all so cute. Love the lantern in the window box too!

Cindy

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Debra, Your dining room is amazing! There are so many elements that can works wonderfully all winter long!!! Just stunning! I love the grain sack. Thanks for the info... I'm heading off to the etsy shop now! Thanks for participating in TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS and showing us how to decorate a beautiful rich dining room!

Shannon Fox said...

Mmm. Mmm! So pretty. I'd love to just stroll through your home. You decorate so wonderfully. The details and how you arrange everything are beautiful!

Happy, Happy Holidays to you!!

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

Your grain sack table runner is beautiful, Debra, and I love the red and white transferware tea cup and saucer with the little bottlebrush tree inside!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Oh Debra, everything looks amazing!
Oh and I just got my Romantic Homes, congrats!!!

White Whimsy said...

Love the white lantern! Your home is decorated beautifully, as always!

Cristina Garay said...

Beautiful! I also like to cover the dark table I have, what better way than with that fabulous grain sack runner! I love the centerpiece arrangement, that lantern is gorgeous!

Dixie n Dottie said...

Your decorations are lovely! Love the white tree! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)
http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/2012_12_11_archive.html

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

The grain sack looks fabulous and I adore that big lantern Debra. A very festive room... thanks for sharing it at Shabbilicious Friday.

Mary Ellen said...

Love the lantern centerpiece! What a wonderful idea! You have the decorating down to a T and your pictures are wonderful- still trying to figure out my new camera- too bad you just can't speak to it and tell you what you want it to do instead of figuring out all the gizmos!

bee blessed
mary

Jamie -Better With Age said...

So beautiful!

sweetinspirationsbyjpdesigns said...

So,so beautiful...love me anything with a touch of red!

Kristen Whitby said...

everything is so beautiful! I am absolutely in love with your church bench and pillows, and all of your grainsack and other vintage touches! So lovely!

frenchhensnest said...

Debra, I love all your decorations! Your home looks beautiful! Love your blog and we are members. Would love it if you would visit us.

Linda @ The French Hens Nest

Carol said...

Your dining room looks beautiful, Debra! That grain sack combined with the white burlap is gorgeous!

Sherry said...

Gorgeous linens! I always love your gardening touches! Have a very Merry Christmas!
Sherry

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