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The Easiest Way to Make Your Dinner Table Sparkle

Looking for a way to make your next dinner party sparkle? This shibori napkin DIY is the ticket. Crafted by Something Vintage Rentals, it’s a quick and easy refresh for your napkin situation that will add color and pattern and the loveliest hand-dyed quality to your tablescape. They’re breaking down the easy steps below and for more of this pretty party captured by Anne Robert, head to the vault!

The Something Vintage Rentals Team and La Fleur du Jour set out to style an intimate dinner honoring the guests of Restoratives Republic, a vodka bourbon distillery serving craft cocktails in the heart of DC. 

We began with a large, open industrial space, so adding warmth was imperative. It can be challenging to make elements like cement and steel seem cozy, but when paired with natural accents of leather and amber wood, the space took on a much warmer feel.

We furthered the casual intimacy with shibori napkins hand-dyed in indigo and a simple leather and walnut accent. Using one long row of farm tables really helped anchor the wide open space, and brought easy conversation between guests.

 Our Chief Inventory Curator, Tiffany created this DIY tutorial on how to make shibori napkins like we used at Restoratives Republic at home. Shibori is a Japanese technique of resist dyeing fabric resulting in unique shapes and patterns on the material. There are tons of different patterns you can make using this technique and we chose a triangle-inspired pattern for these napkins.

Materials

White cotton napkins or flour sack towels (make sure they are cotton)
Indigo dye kit
Rubber bands
Large bucket/pot

instructions

Start by mixing your bucket of indigo dye according to the package instructions.

Create the shibori pattern of your choice by folding the napkin then using the rubber bands to bind it in place. We chose to fold our napkins into a triangle, then used rubber bands on each of the corners. You can do it in a square, rectangle, or other shape—the possibilities are endless!

Dip the whole napkin in water to fully saturate it. 4. Next, dip the areas of the napkin you want to be indigo into the vat of dye. We chose to dip just the three sides of the towel, never fully submerging it, to get the design we wanted. You can experiment to see which look you prefer. A bucket of dye will make a million napkins!

Take the fabric out of the dye. It will have a green hue at first,, but after it is exposed to oxygen, it will turn dark blue.

When you open up your piece you’ll see the areas the dye was not able to penetrate and the amazing pattern it created!

Rinse the napkin in cold water until the water runs clear.

The result is a one-of-a-kind bold indigo and white piece of art! We cut our towels to make them a bit smaller, tied them with leather, and then we had the perfect napkin for our table!

Party DIY's For Your Next Girly Get-together
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Party DIY's For Your Next Girly Get-together
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Photography: Anne Robert Photography | Styling: La Fleur Du Jour | Styling: Something Vintage Rentals | Floral Design: La Fleur Du Jour | Rentals: Something Vintage Rentals

Baby’s First Gallery Wall and other Steal-worthy Nursery Gems

This little guy is about to break a whole bunch of internet hearts… he’s just that cute. And his boy meets adventure nursery designed by Jacquelyn Clark of Lark & Linen is equally as delicious. From wallpaper to baby’s first gallery wall, loads of animals and baby books too, see how Jacquelyn helped blogger mom, Anna with Love, create the perfect space for her little bundle of bebe cuteness.

From Anna… It took us three years to get our condo decorated and ‘done’ the way we wanted after Kosta and I got married, for the baby it took us three months. I guess that’s what happens when you are expecting your first bebe – you want everything to be perfect and ready to welcome this new beautiful blessing.

Soon after we found out we were expecting a boy, Kosta and I sat down to discuss the various possible themes for the nursery. I assumed he would take a laissez faire approach to it (he’s super easy going with the rest of our place) but I soon realized he had even more ideas than I did about what to create in our first bebe’s nursery. I was amused and let him take the lead especially after we found out we were having a boy!

My husband loves all animals and he wanted to create a fun environment where our little bebe could learn to appreciate and love them too. I scoured Pinterest and began saving all the different types of nurseries that I felt were warm, inviting and as per Kosta’s request an animal theme. I knew we had WAY too many ideas and different styles mixing together – we didn’t know how to edit our ‘wish list’ and make sure the room would flow.

That’s when I decided we needed a third party to help us bring it all together. I reached out to my talented friend Jacquelyn Clark of Lark and Linen who agreed to consult and walk us through the design and decor process. From picking the right crib, sprucing up the dresser, finalizing the colour scheme and most importantly bringing together the focal gallery wall she was a dream to work with and brought our vision to life. There were so many ‘aha’ moments as it was coming together that I was so appreciative to have her on board.

While I wanted the room to be neutral I did want splashes of colour here and there as well as some interesting pieces of art such as the watermark print from A new Wall. His nursery is our favourite room in the condo. It’s cozy, warm and inviting. The perfect space to raise our first bebe. I cannot wait till he starts talking and begins naming all his animals friends around his room.

From Jacquelyn…  I’ve been warned that designing nurseries, while fun, can be incredibly challenging – you know, lots of hormones, tight deadlines, big expectations, and all that fun stuff. Suffice to say, the exact opposite was true. Anna and Kosta were the sweetest, most humble, most adorable couple, and I most definitely hit the client jackpot with this one. The whole process was such a pleasure from beginning to end, and it was an honour to have my hand in this sweet little boy’s nursery.

10 Sweet Storage Solutions for Baby's Nursery
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10 Sweet Storage Solutions for Baby's Nursery
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Photography: Annawithlove | Baby Blanket: Pottery Barn | Basinet: Pottery Barn | Bears Art: The Animal Print Shop | Blue Bear Art: Minted | Blue Lion Art: Minted | Bonne Nuit Art: SSPrintshop | Book Ledge: Ikea | Cloud Hook: Bouclair Home | Cloud Pillow: Chapters | Crib: Pottery Barn | Crib Bedding: Pottery Barn | Crib Blanket: Pottery Barn | Deer Head: Bouclair Home | Diaper Pail: Ubbi | Dresser: Ikea | Dresser Hardware: Anthropologie | Elephant Art: Minted | Giraffe Art: The Animal Print Shop | Giraffe Growth Chart: Bouclair Home | Horse Art: Eye Poetry Shop | I Love You So Art: Minted | Interior Design: Lark & Linen | Lamp: Bouclair Home | Letter 'J': Chapters | Monkey Art: The Animal Print Shop | Pillow: Anthropologie | Plush Bear Rocker: Pottery Barn | Rocker & Ottoman: Pottery Barn | Rug: RugsUsa | Shelves: Ikea | Side Table: Pottery Barn | Unique Fish Art: Minted | Watercolour Art: Anewall | Wolves Art: The Animal Print Shop | Wood Camera: Etsy

A Pretty, Southern infused Shower that you’ll love a Brunch

Brunch is the best meal on the planet and best enjoyed with all your favorite people. So a bridal shower centered around the yummiest of breakfast food and a healthy sampling of mimosas is genius. Pure genius. Decorated with greenery and blooms by Brianna Belton Design and pretty images by Micahla Wilson, step inside this little nugget of brunch goodness with even more images here.

An oh-so-southern bridal brunch complete with glass signs, homemade berry scones, and greenery runner. A table set for 21 people is not easy, but when you have some southern porch space, why not set a couple tables outside?

Welcome people and unite indoor/outdoor seating by opening windows and doors. Oh and don’t forget to add a coffee bar for those guests who may not be quite awake yet at 9am!

Best Brunch Cocktails
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Best Brunch Cocktails
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Photography: Micahla Wilson | Floral Design: Brianna Belton Design LLC | Calligraphy: Hanah Barmore | Baked Goods: Cravings, Cakes, & Comfort Foods | Dining Table: The Vaughn Company | Farmhouse Decor: Rosewood Home Market | Mirror signs: Hobby Lobby | Table: The Vaughn Company