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Inexpensive home decor for a summer dining room
Vicki Payne, Internationally recognized home improvement, home dcor and craft project expert and host of the For Your Home Show as seen on PBS.
Spring is Here
While you're doing your cleaning and opening up the windows to let in some fresh air, why not create a fresh look for your dining room? You don't need a pricey interior designer or a major makeover to create a brand new look. A simple inexpensive tabletop treatment made with fabric can create a stunning new appearance just in time for a spring holiday dinner, a luncheon with friends or daily dinners with the family.
Simple Projects for Big Impressions
Try simple projects such as matching napkins, table runner and place mats created from a springtime fabric design to help establish a design theme for your table. For a little variety, consider mixing the designs in a collection to add interest and excitement. Affordable cotton fabrics provide a fresh, clean look to any dcor.
Decorative Flourishes for Elegant Flair
Choosing decorative objects that complement your fabric design can accent your design choice and highlight your room's best features.
n Fresh flowers that match your color scheme bring not only color but also fragrance into your room. Try using a simple white pitcher as a vase for a really fresh look.
n A bowl of fruit as well as candles are inexpensive but tasteful centerpieces for any table. I especially like spring green apples, limes or lemons in a clear glass or white pottery bowl.
n Adding a nicely framed recent family photo brings a fresh look to your walls while also acting as a conversation starter over an informal luncheon or dinner.
Before You Begin …
n Read project instructions carefully
n Use a small notebook to record your ideas, accurate measurements, proper yardage and materials list
n Be sure you remember to take your notebook and any coordinating swatches or paint chips when you shop to avoid a return trip to the fabric store For more project ideas, log onto www.cranstonvillage.com
Have a great spring and enjoy your fresh new tabletop dcor!

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