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DIY Table Runners

We fully subscribe to the notion that if you can’t find it, make it (one peek at our DIY archive and you’ll see just what I mean)! Which is why we adore Threaded Together. Because when they set out to put together their rustic dinner party, they had a vision and they didn’t want to part with it. And when they couldn’t find table runners to fit said vision? Well, they made them!

Yard Stick or Tape Measure
Fray Check
Dye if desired

step-1Pre-measure the table you will be using these on so you know how much yardage to buy of the fabric. The runners should hang over the sides of the table by a foot if laying width-wise under place settings so that they don’t pool in guests laps. If using just one as a runner down the center of the table length-wise then they should hang over the sides at least a couple feet.

step-1Select a woven fabric with a nice texture like a linen or this cotton blended with metallic thread.

step-1Hand dye fabric piece according to instructions on the dye packet (I used Rit dye since it was a cotton fabric but you can use Jacquard iDye Poly if you are using a synthetic fabric.)

step-1Cut to desired length and width. They should be a little wider than your place setting if using width-wise or at lest a third the size of your table width if laying length-wise.

step-1 Pull out the long threads to create a fray of about a half inch or your desired width.
Turn over and run Fray Check along the sides just inside of the frayed edge to keep from fraying further.

Photography: Threaded Together Photography | Florals: Barbie’s Blooms | Styling And Vintage Rentals: Threaded Together Vintage Rentals

Rustic Local Dinner Party

I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the summer than with a gorgeous al fresco dinner made of the most delicious local foods around! Threaded Together Photography created an organic setting in a rustic barn using mismatched vintage pieces, dyed linen runners, and seasonal flowers from Barbie’s Blooms. Paired with a tasty bounty from Tasteful Temptations using fresh ingredients from local farmers, this dinner is one for the books!

From Threaded Together Photography: I’ve always wanted to do a dinner party in a barn that was both elegant and relaxed with fresh locally sourced dishes. When I came across the Horse Stamp Inn and chatted with its kind owner, Tom Hutcheson, I knew I finally found a place to make the vision come to life. I pulled classic pieces from my vintage rental collection like my farm tables as well as a unique chair table that features both a slate board center and pull out drawers. The slate center was the perfect base for the cheese wheel tower which included locally produced cheeses and was accompanied by North Florida made palmetto honey and berry compote.

The table was laid with hand made runners. I wanted a pale blue gauzy runner and couldn’t find the right fit so I dyed some white linen fabric woven with silver metallic threads (great texture) and left the edges frayed and imperfect. Basic white square plates served as a base for vintage blue appetizer plates, classic white napkins and silver twig flatware. The place settings were topped with a menu card designed in collaboration with Katie Hoffman Ink featuring a custom barn graphic. Katie also designed an invitation suite with bespoke crest and used a botanical stamp.

For the menu I wanted beautiful dishes full of locally sourced ingredients harvested in the season by area farms. To start guests sipped on a mixed berry seltzer with a vodka base. The salad consisted of fresh greens, candied pecans, goat cheese and grilled peaches topped with a raspberry coulis. A dose of the South was served up in the main dish of sweet tea brined pork with vidalia onions. Sides were a simple assortment of grilled then chilled vegetables and seasoned potato slices. With blueberries in full bloom, a desert of fresh blueberry tart garnished with cream, lemon and mint was the ultimate seasonal sweet treat.

Mismatched chairs, seasonal blooms in simple white vases, and candles added softness and warmth to the space. For the florals I collaborated with Barbie’s Blooms to create a palette of green and white with pops of berry. Sticking to a color palette while using only flowers and greenery in season kept the look cohesive and organic. Freesia, garden roses and genestra gave off a sweet fragrance. Curtains with floral tie backs framed the barn entrance. Guests concluded the evening by feeding the resident horse carrots and greens. May this encourage you to shop local and inspire your upcoming dinner parties, whether in a barn or your own backyard.

Farm Partners:
Sea Island Farmer’s Market
Amelia Island Farmer’s Market
Riverside Arts Market
Cabbage Creek Farm
Bacon Select Produce
Pastor Prime Farm
Harriet’s Bluff Organic Blueberry Farm
Bland Farms

Photography: Threaded Together Photography | Catering: Tasteful Temptations | Barn: Horse Stamp Inn | Florals: Barbie's Blooms | Paper Goods: Katie Hoffman Ink | Styling And Vintage Rentals: Threaded Together Vintage Rentals

In the Fun Lane Home Tour

A sprinkle of pink, a hint of whimsy and a heavy dose of pure pretty is what you can expect the moment you walk through Holly’s doors. Earlier today, we went behind the blog with In the Fun Lane, and now we’re back to not-so-subtly stalk her gorgeous digs. With photos from Jacqueline Elizabeth, you’re going to want to read on. Oh, and you can totally find more over here!

From Holly… We are definitely ‘fireplace people’. We have long cold winters up here in Alberta and we use our fireplace all Winter long so we wanted it to be the focal point, even though we also watch TV in here.

The kitchen is my favourite room in our whole house. We put so much time and effort into transforming it and truly enjoy spending time in here and entertaining with friends in here. To get the look we wanted we even hunted down our appliances on Kijiji, and ended up finding them for $3000 at a show home that was being sold. We love that our friends feel so at home in our kitchen that they know where to find anything and even help with the cooking when they come over!

When we renovated the kitchen two years ago and made the decision to give up the kitchen eating nook to make the cabinet layout flow better. This meant that we would be using our formal dining room as our eating area every day and we are so happy with that decision. I’m not sure it would get used much otherwise, and we love all the extra space in the kitchen!

The living room is the most formal room in the house, but we still wanted it to have a certain light hearted whimsy to it. Besides the sofa and bench on the wall all the furniture came from thrift stores and auctions and we just painted or slipcovered them to fit in better.

This area is still ‘under construction’ and like most renovators, my own home tends to come last on my to-do list. We have new railings and wood stairs being installed this Summer, but I was so impatient to get the old carpet out that I ripped it up before having a plan (roughly 3 years ago!).

Wren’s room is definitely the most colourful room in the house! I love that it has evolved with her since she was a baby and we just add and move things around as needed. Her room is entirely made up of garage sale and antique market finds.

Bench: Ikea | Sofa: Urban Barn | Bird Pillow: Anthropologie | ‘Hell Yeah’ framed tea towel: Rachel Castle | Rug: Ikea

Dining Table: thrifted and painted | Dining chairs:  Ikea | Buffet: HomeSense | Locker: Ikea | Cowhide rugs: Ikea | Lighting: we made it ourselves | Mirror: HomeSense

Cabinets: Martha Stewart through Home Depot | Range: Thermador | Hood vent: Elica | Fridge: SubZero | Stools: Target

Sofa:  Ikea | Rug: Urban Outfitters | Coffee table: was a dining room table we cut down and painted | Patterned Chair: HomeSense

Heart decals: Urban Walls

Photography: Jacqueline Elizabeth | Home: Holly Baker