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...


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

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  1. oh!!!!!! everything is soooo beautiful!

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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!

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

  6. That table runner is lovely. I also am digging that pillow from PB. Nicely put together...

  7. 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)

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

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

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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 :)

  14. 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!

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

  16. 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!


  17. 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


  18. 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.

  19. 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.


  20. 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?

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

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

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

  24. 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

  25. 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.

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


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

  28. 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!,


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

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

  31. You have an exquisite touch, my friend. Beautiful.


  32. 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.

  33. 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!


  34. 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!

  35. 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!!

  36. 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!

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

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

  39. 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!

  40. 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! :)

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

  42. 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

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

  44. 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!

  45. 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

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

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


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