I am very much a visual person and an observer. I like to take my time going through a thrift shop, farmer's market, home decor shop, or craft fair. I find inspiration all around me, and when I see something I like, I frequently begin thinking, "What can I do with this?" This indoor/outdoor tablecloth, vintage print placemat, and my beloved rooster inspired me to do a late summer update for our home.
Starting with Memorial Day through July, I chose decor items around an americana/patriotic/red, white, and blue theme.
By mid-July, I was looking to change things up a bit. I wanted my indoor decor to reflect the beautiful outdoor decor of Mother Nature's explosion of color!
My husband made this beautiful storage planter for me for my birthday in March. I am one lucky girl. When I first planted it, I was concerned that the geraniums were too, small for the piece. I considered planting a taller, "thriller" plant in it to give it some height. Less than a few months later and you can see there was need for a thriller plant. Mother Nature, weekly fertilizing, and dead heading have paid off in a very beautiful way!
Now, onto the summer update!
A cheerful, red checked tablecloth from Tuesday Morning and Pioneer Woman placemats from Walmart became my inspiration. Don't you just love the bright, boldness of the colors and the vintage print.
I did look for fabric with the vintage print of the placemat, without success. The tablecloth and placemat just seemed to go together, even though they are by two different makers. So, I decided, to cut up the tablecloth and placemats. Why not? Even I was surprised at how far one 70 inch round tablecloth and 3 placemats could go in my summer "update" decorating scheme. Click to see more.
When I first looked at these pieces, I knew I wanted to make a table runner for our island. Then, I thought about how fun this combination would be for outdoor pillows. I was ready for some bold, bright color. Of course, the rooster pitcher seems to be a constant source of inspiration. I was delighted that his colors went so well with these fabrics.
You may wonder why I cut up a round table cloth, instead of a rectangular one. The answer is: I was too, late to get a rectangular one. I had originally purchased the red checked rectangular tablecloth and have enjoyed using it all summer long. I was not prepared to cut it up, and decided I could make do with a round tablecloth. I was able make several updates, including a table runner, pillows, and a freshening of some mason jars and canisters with 1 tablecloth and 3 placemats.
First, I made the runner for the island. It took a little measuring, cutting off the floral end of two placemats, and some sewing to complete this look. The table runner came together very quickly. (I loved that one end of the placemat was already trimmed with the red grow grain ribbon and coordinating print. All I did was sew on the coordinating checked fabric.)
I was so pleased with the runner, I immediately tackled the pillows for the rockers on the deck.
The middle prints for each pillow are from the placemats. I used directions for making an envelop-style pillow. This came together very quickly, since it was just a matter of measuring, cutting, and sewing. There isn't a zipper, so that makes it super easy. I used the spring outdoor pillows as the inserts. I don't have a lot of storage space for pillows, so I tend to make covers and reuse the same inserts.
Here are the pillows on the rockers on the deck. What great pops of color! I did buy the set of napkins that went with the tablecloths. I use them to add some color to the top of the wicker table.
The pillows are a perfect addition of color to the granite ware plantings I did this summer. Click HERE or on the photo to learn more about using granite ware as summer time planters.
I had scraps of placemats and tablecloth leftover. I used these to spruce up a few more things in the kitchen. Take a peak...
I have a small collection of spray painted jars. I can now select the color that goes with the current scheme, and update my kitchen utensil containers. I use a trio of jars to hold my wooden spoons, spatulas, and more on the top of my refrigerator. The jars are functional and decorative. I used my pinking rotary cutter to cut strips of fabric from the placemats and had an instant update.
The yellow give a fun pop of color! I did use hot glue to secure the strips of fabric on the jars. I was careful to glue only the fabric strip overlap end pieces. This way, I can easily change these out for another season and the paint should remain intact on the jars. Glue was only adhered to the fabric.
From there, I decided to continue the functional and decorative scheme.
I still had fabric left over, so I turned to our tea and coffee station containers. I like the shape of these canisters, but sometimes the black just seems too, much and too, stark. I added pinked strips of left over floral fabric and topped each strip with a black ribbon with white polka dots. I used iron on adhesive tape to secure the ribbon to the floral fabric. I hot glued the entire fabric strip together, gluing only on the overlapping fabric ends. This should make for easy removal. Ta-daa! Instant color and whimsy!
I thought the jars needed to be "anchored" against the white countertops. I felt like they were "floating" on the white counter top. I didn't have a tray to fit this narrow space, so I created a little mini-placemat for the duo. I searched in my fabric stash for something and found this black denim. I simply cut a rectangular piece of it to size with my pinking rotary cutter. Next I adhered a smaller rectangular piece of pinked floral fabric on top with iron-on tape.
Finally, at least for today, here is the white teapot that serves as a cookie jar for Tucker's treats. I often use placemats to bring some color and cohesiveness to a design. I've used them under lamps and on end tables. As I said, this vintage floral print just really makes me smile. It was part of my inspiration for my summer decor update. I still have a few scraps left of the checked fabric and floral placemats...my mind is still thinking about what more I could do...
It's probably best that I go sit in my rocking chair and enjoy the day!
I love creating, whether it is quilting, crafting, decorating, planning parties. I take inspiration from all things around me.
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