DIY Ribbon Table Runner

DIY Ribbon Table Runner
I keep a stock pile of ribbon on hand for no particular reason. All sizes, colors, and patterns are welcome to hang in my stash. Ribbon is one of those craft supplies that calls to you from the shelves in the store. Even if you don’t need any at the moment, you can usually convince yourself that you will eventually. (Is that just me?)

This weekend I taught a little craft workshop at West Elm St. Louis. We made ribbon table runners that are perfect for an outdoor party or special occasions. I saw this picture on Pinterest where one had been used on long tables for wedding decor. The different ribbon colors looked gorgeous together,  and different colors could easily be personalized to match your tableware or theme for a party. This is a project that even the rookie crafter could tackle. It costs about $20 to make a table runner large enough for a 72 inch table. If making for a smaller table, the cost would be less since you wouldn’t need as much ribbon.
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Open Pantry Organization

pantry organizationHello, friends! It’s Anna here, and I have one of my latest organization projects to share with you today, open pantry organization.  Don’t you love it when a plan comes together? This pantry project highlights the magic that can happen when form and function not only meet, but become besties.This pantry lives in a home with a very busy kitchen. Space is an issue, and easy access to items is a must. Before I designed this open pantry system, a bulky free-standing cabinet sat in its place. Not only was this previous pantry unattractive and cumbersome, it is what I like to call a ‘one trick pony’. This type of pantry that only allows for the storage of items that can be stacked on shelves.

We all know what happens when we start stacking things on shelves behind closed doors, don’t we? We forget what we have, and the clutter piles up. Whenever possible, I begin ‘upward thinking’ for projects. Start at the floor and utilize as much space as possible. The pegboard system I created in this project works like a charm for this method.
open pantry organizationpantry organizationHere are the tools I used…


In order to work withe the retro decor in the kitchen, I thought it would be fun to collect some vintage canisters to be used for sorting dry goods. The coffee and oatmeal canister were found at a thrift store for under $2 and work well to store the overstock of these items. When using vintage tins, give them a good cleaning and line with plastic if needed.

Clear mason jars of various sizes work well to store dried goods such as pasta, beans, and rice. If you plan to incorporate the use of glass canisters and jars for storage, start evaluating some of the glass jars you already have on hand. Don’t toss that salsa jar! It can easily be repurposed for storage. If there is a graphic on the lid, simply paint over it using chalk board paint. Built-in label, presto.
Of course, if you read my previous post about labels, you know what I am about to say next…label away! The choices are endless. I decided on a country farmhouse look for labeling on this project, so I used a combination of chalkboard and parcel paper labels.
Now for the fun part. I found a couple of open weave baskets in the TJ MAXX  home section for $5 and decided to use these for fresh produce. The baskets can also be used to organize aluminum foil, sandwich bags, and other food storage items. I chose to use the smaller hooks to hold the most used items of the kitchen; sifter, garlic press, measuring spoons, etc. A wooden cutting board mounted to the pegboard serves as a mini shelf for home-made jams, salsa, honey, or other canned goods. I added burlap to the jar lids to complete the vintage farm-house theme.

Pegboards are another item that can be added to my “favorites” list. Why? Versatility! There are brackets and baskets and hooks, oh my! Not to mention the fact that the arrangement can easily be changed up based upon needs and seasons. open shelving

Anna’s Tips for Installing a Peg Board

1. Do not use primer + paint combinations.
Instead, invest in a good primer give it a couple coats, then you can scrimp a bit on the paint. Otherwise you will have to add 6 coats of paint to an untreated, fibrous board. (I learned this the hard way!)
2. Choose the finish of the peg board based on your desired style.
There are several kinds of pegboard that can be used for a projects like this. I chose to get one with a fibrous finish because it lends itself to a more country-chic feel. A glossy, treated board would work better for a modern space or perhaps a kids’ room with lots of bright colors. (Also, the glossy board will be more stain and crayon resistant!)
3. Carefully consider the spacers. 
Spacers hold the pegboard away from wall allowing clearance for hooks and brackets you use to hang items. When mounting a pegboard for this or any other project, do not forget to think about the spacer sizes you need. I only incorporated standard peg board hooks for small to mid size items, therefore ¼” spacers were sufficient. The spacer size will determine how much wiggle room between the board and wall you will have to work with when mounting your hooks or brackets. Larger hooks and brackets call for larger spacers. peg board organizationThis pantry has been such a fun project. Friends, spring is the perfect time to reimagine organized spaces in your home. Head to favorite store, grab some bins, baskets, and a label maker. Your inner Martha will thank you!!


Q: How would you use a peg board for items in your home?


Marbled Paper Art and Mantel Indecision

marbled paperCan paper have a gender? I’m pretty sure if any paper could, this hand-marbled paper does. She’s the new hot girl of my mantel. Forgive me, I am slightly obsessed with her. Like any attractive female, she lights up the room with her presence and demands your attention immediately. Oh, and she only wears gold. As if there was any other option.
I first saw the idea to for marbled paper art via The Little Green Notebook that was originally posted here. This specialty paper is perfect to serve as framed art. I purchased mine from Paper Mojo. When I visited their site for the first time, it was definitely an “Ohmigaaaaah” moment. They have dozens of equally gorgeous options in several colors; it was hard to choose. The paper only cost $6, but shipping bumped my total to $20. Still, this is an amazing price for a piece of artwork this size.marbled paper art

Help Me: Mantel Indecision

My mantel was in for a major overhaul. I knew that the marbled paper would serve as the large center piece, and I wanted to layer a couple framed prints on either side. The good folks at Minted helped me out with print options. I perused all their fine art prints and photographs and came up with four pieces that I think would work well on my mantel.

I’m trying to pick between two looks that I love equally for different reasons. I’m hoping some of you would help me decide the final art work…

I decided to go with white frames, but were several framing options to choose from at Minted. They come with a wire attached and ready to hang
(Staredown & Flight of the Ocean)
These black and white photographs represent some sentimental things from my upbringing. Born and raised in Texas, the longhorn will always be a sacred animal. We lived less than an hour from the beach growing up (so what if was the muddy Gulf?). We spent countless Saturdays at the beach, and some of my best memories involved sand in my feet and seagulls overhead. They both have personal significance and in a tiny way help to “tell my story”.

(California Dreams & Organic Pebbles)
These pieces are fun and add a lot more color to the mantel. I also like that this combo mixes one photograph and a simple geometric print. Each of the three pieces brings something unique to the mantel, but all seem to subtly imply movement. I feel like these pieces bring in a little playfulness to our formal living room.

I love BOTH looks. Truly. I’ve switched it up so many times and can’t decide. Should I go with the first choice of black and white nostalgic photographs or the second set up with pops of color with a modern vibe? So many suitors for the “hot girl” paper, but only two can stay. She deserves the best…

What’s your pick? Option 1 or Option 2? 

Nursery Wall Update

In my mind polk dots are directly correlated to the level of happiness you feel when you enter a room. Gemma’s nursery wall got a little update this weekend. This is an otherwise blank wall that we stare at everyday, so it was time well spent on a little face lift. (You can see the old nursery wall here.)

A while back I connected with Danielle Hardy of Urban Walls on Instagram. No doubt you’ve seen Danielle’s wall decals somewhere before. She has all sorts of fun shapes that can add a little color and pattern to plain walls. There are several smaller decals like the dots I used as well as triangles that are perfect for kids’ rooms. She also has larger decals that would be gorgeous in a living area or entry.

Our DIY Process:

*This was just the process we used. It is not as precise as other methods might be, but it worked for us. If you are type A, you will probably hate this.
1. Spray with cleaner and wipe down wall surface. Allow to dry.
2. Cut individual stencils from the sheet. 
3. Measure the width of your wall and divide by the number of column you plan on having. (I knew I wanted my columns about 12 inches a part. My decal pack came with 75 dots. I planned on being able to have at least 10 columns with 7 dots in each. I ended up marking the baseboards every 11 inches.)
4. Mark baseboards where each column will be.
5. After marking the baseboards horizontally, tie a weighted string to a stick clip. Hang the stick clip at the top of the wall until the weight is in line with the mark on the first baseboard.
6. I measured and marked every 12 inches vertically using the string as my guide.

7. Apply the decals using a credit card to transfer to the wall. Peel backing off at a 45 degree angle. 

I know that there are probably better ways to have gone about applying the decals…The shortcut of using the stick clip with string ensured that we only spent a couple hours rather than the whole day on this project. I’ll be honest the pattern is not completely symmetrical, which I’m sure would drive some people crazy.  Cutting a few hours off of the project time for slightly crooked lines is a good trade off to me. If I was painting, obviously that would be a different story.
I wish that I had know about decals when I redid my dining room wall a few years back. Stenciling seems irrelevant when you could use decals that take less time and are not permanent. With as often as I like to change things up, decals are my new wall treatment of choice! Seriously, so much easier than painting.Me: Do you think she’ll notice them?
Stu: Probably not…unless it’s just to peel them off. 

(Blank stares at each other as Gemma immediately lunges for a dot and attempsts to peel it off the second she can reach it.)

This was the perfect weekend project that is already adding to my happiness. It’s hard to be grumpy when you’re staring at a wall of polka dots. Ok…2:00am wake up calls might challenge that notion, but at least I have something to stare at when I’m rocking the baby now.

You can check out all the decals that Urban Walls offers on their shop site. Also, check out Danielle’s blog full of all sorts of gorgeous findings.

*This was a sponsored post. I only post about products I truly love and use in my own home.