Ruffled Table Runner and Centerpiece for Summer

My dining room table has sported the same centerpiece since the weekend after Easter, vintage blue Mason jars on a large silver tray.  I loved the look but it was time for a change.

Last summer I crafted a simple ruffled runner using a drop cloth and fabric with a blue Hawaiian print.  I made this runner to use on my kitchen table which is in the middle of construction debris, so I decided to use it on my dining table.  The dining room table is round rather than the kitchen table’s rectanglular shape making the runner hang over the edges of the table just slightly
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The blue in the runner really makes the blue Czechoslovakian vases on the buffet pop.  I inherited these from my mother-in-law who in turn inherited them from her mother-in-law.
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A yard sale milk glass compote filled with gray shells makes a simple centerpiece.  A neighbor moving into a retirement home left a box of shells on the street corner and I was lucky enough to be the first to find them.
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I’m a little late getting decorated for summer but better late than never!

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  1. Richella says:

    Definitely better late than never! Glad to see you haven’t lost your decorating mojo even in the midst of the mess of construction. Congrats on finding the shells–it’s fun to reclaim what would have been trash, isn’t it? 🙂

  2. I have some drop cloth left over from making your 4th of July table runner. Think I will give this one a try too! Thanks so much for all the creative inspiration 🙂

  3. Just gorgeous! I love this. The blue against the light material looks so pretty!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia 😉

  4. Blondie's Journal says:

    Your runner is so pretty…love the blue. And your buffet is gorgeous. How nice to keep it in the family! 🙂

    XO,
    Jane

  5. Keetha Broyles says:

    Very fun table runner, and what a darling room.

  6. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Lovely! I adore anything with ruffles. 🙂 I like the seashells too!

  7. Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G says:

    That table runner is gorgeous!!! And I love the milk glass compote full of shells! Perfect accessory! 🙂

  8. Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes says:

    Your table looks very pretty. In fact, the entire room is pretty. I once had a bowl like that but don’t know wher it is. I will take a look in the attic since yours reminded me.——
    Shannon

  9. Stephanie says:

    You’re not too late for summer. We’re only half way through. The blues and whites look so fresh and crisp.

  10. GLENDA CHILDERS says:

    Your dinning room is very welcoming.
    How fun to have things passed down through the generations.

  11. Luck you for finding the shells! Curb side treasures are so much fun. Your table runner looks like it always belonged in the dining room!

  12. Your drop cloth table runner looks very nice in your dining room…and it’s perfect for summer decorating. I’ll be looking forward to seeing your kitchen renovation.

  13. Audrey-eleganteconomies.blogspot.com says:

    Love your table runner! I really like that you used a bright fabric ruffle to contrast with the neutral drop cloth.

  14. Laura Ingalls Gunn says:

    Your project feels perfect for summer! Give yourself a huge pat on the back. Well done!

  15. FrouFrouBritches says:

    Love the blue vases on the buffet. And what a lucky find with the seashells! They look great in your milk glass bowl.

  16. Kathryn Ferguson Griffin says:

    Oh, I love it! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from BNOTP. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-8.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  17. Nellie's Cozy place says:

    Hi Paula,
    Love your ruffled table runner, it is simply darling. Really cute!
    Love the colors.
    blessings, Nellie

  18. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says:

    Love the ruffles. What a great idea. Looks perfect with the shells. Thanks for joining TTT.

  19. Elizabeth and Gary says:

    Hi Paula,
    I am visiting from WOW Us Wednesday, I love your table runner and the blue Hawaiian fabric you used for the ruffles its so perfect and I love the color!!! It really looks pretty on your table.
    I have enjoyed your post today and have become your newest follower.
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

  20. Kristens Creations says:

    What a pretty table runner paula! The shells were a great find…I hope you are enjoying your summer and the new boat dock. We’ve been to the lake once. It’s just been too hot here to do anything. I’m ready for a cool down. Whew!

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