Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Our home is to be on a local charity house tour the first weekend in December.  I know that in November I will be busy with deep cleaning and decorating for Christmas.  So, I'm trying to think ahead now and accomplish some other details.
I've been thinking about how I might want to set the dining room table for the tour.  I know that I don't want to cover the table with a cloth as the top of our table is interesting and has a local history.  Bob made the table about ten years ago from a gym floor he salvaged from an old prison-guard building.
  The table is narrow and long to fit the space -- really just a hallway from the bedrooms to the kitchen.  We love the table as it fits our immediate family of seven perfectly even accommodating the left-handers.  But for the tour, I thought I would just set the table for four, so more of the wood shows.  My solution was to make two red plaid table runners and place them cross-wise on the table.
I pulled out some dishes to get a feel for the look, and will think about a centerpiece later when I get the Christmas stuff out in November.  It will probably involve vintage ornaments and candles.
 Found these forgotten lovely monogrammed napkins, a gift from a friend several years ago!
 I made the runners reversible from the red and black plaid -- thought the red and white plaid would be nice to have for the patriotic holidays.
 Found George and a flag -----
 and some red, white, and blue dishes!

Just sewing and playing with dishes this week!!

I'm joining the following:
Confessions of a Plate Addict for The Scoop Tuesday
Coastal Charm for Show and Share Tuesday
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style for WOW Us Wednesday
Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Have a Daily Cup for Share Your Cup Thursday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday


Shelia said...

Hi Sally! Oh, how wonderful to be featured on the tour! I would go crazy! :) I love the runners you've made and how smart of you to make them reversible! Love your table settings too! Oh, I wish I could come on the tour. The folks will get a real treat!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Bill and Mary Glidden said...

I love that table of yours!!! You are so right about it being perfect for your space. You will have to tell me when the tour is as I would love to go (we'll have to pray for good traveling weather then!)
Life has been so wonderfully busy here that house and yard have had hardly any attention this summer.
Miss you my friend!

bee blessed

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the runners. They look fabulous.

Susie Q said...

Just too gorgeous Sally!

SmilingSally said...

What a thrill to be a part of this tour! Your husband is so talented. I love your idea of showing off his table.

'course I can't help but notice that you're showing some BLUE.

Barbara said...

It was so fun to spot this at Between Naps on the Porch. I am always happy to be thinking about Christmas. The table is just wonderful. It is so great that he was able to use this wood with a history. I like the way you used the runners so some of it would show. I am going to remember that idea.

Barbara said...

P.S. I wish I had your talent with the sewing machine!

Elaine Foley said...

That is quite an honor to be on a house tour! Congratulations!

I love the story of the table and your tour participants will love it too.

The plaid looks great with the dishes. Very homey with a touch of elegance. Perfect!

Valerie Roberts said...

Beautiful ideas and what wonderful tablescapes you do. Have a great week.

Have a Daily said...

Sally, so glad to have you back sharing with SYC! You know how much I love plaid. The idea of using the two runners is fabulous! Yes, your tabletop is too gorgeous to cover. I have plans to use my plaids in the kitchen this year for Christmas. They like to travel. lol! Had them on the porch two years ago and in my bedroom last year. Making them reversible is such a great idea. Loved both tablescapes! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

The Charm of Home said...

I love these plates I have some of them! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

A Romantic Porch said...

Sally, I absolutely LOVE your idea of the two sideways table runners. They look beautiful! You so impress me! Happy Sunday. Rachel