Wednesday, May 27, 2009

{crazy for burlap}

Rhoda, at Southern Hospitality, is hosting a very unique event...
Oh, I am crazy for burlap!
It is my thoughts that burlap adds that unexpected touch to an otherwise predictable, and often formal decor. The rough texture ironically promotes a casual comfort and homeyness.

I recently changed out my dining room table arrangement to a simple crystal bowl, filled with a large candle and shells for the summer. For the base, I placed the bowl on a mirrored hexagon and piece of burlap.

Last year I came across burlap "ribbon" at Walmart in the craft department, and have found many uses for it. (Especially during the fall!)
The limbs on the tree below, were getting long, falling over, and taking up a lot of room.
I loosely tied them with a piece of the burlap ribbon.

Last Spring, I found the old, hand crafted strawberry basket, below, at a yard sale.
I put together an arrangement for my kitchen table, complete with the burlap ribbon as a base for the bow, which can be seen better in the second picture.

If you would like to see how burlap was used to decorate baskets of real strawberries given away as gifts, in another past post, click {here}.

And be sure to visit Rhoda's blog, for a list of "burlap decorating" participants!


On a quick Tangent....

Congrats to Ashley!!!

She was awarded the Citizenship Award, voted on by her classmates, for the Sophomore Class. She gets that niceness from ME! {"wink, wink"....} LOL!

School is now officially out for us and the Summer has begun! ~Rhonda :)


Simply Dandy said...

Hi Rhonda...your dining room looks beautiful. I just bought a burlap-like pillow at Pottery Barn and I love the texture of it.


Jadehollow said...

Rhonda.. Your dining room is absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful colors and the burlap fits in perfectly.
Thanks for sharing.
Happy Thursday!

southerninspiration said...

Girl, your dining room is fabulous!! Makes me want to see more of your home! You did good, girl! And I hope you get your magazine...should be arriving soon!


Heather said...

Rhonda, I am so in love with your dining room- and your centerpieces always steal the show! Someday when little fingers don't go running off with mine....hee hee...I will have to copy some of your ideas! I still can not get over the mouldings in your house!
CONGRATS ASHLEY!!! That is fantastic!
You must be one proud mamma!!

Sue said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Nice to meet a fellow Tarheel- if you can even call me that as I have only lived in NC 4 months! I loved your magic with burlap and can tell that I will love visiting your blog!

Sincerely Yours said...

Morning Rhonda! First Congrats to Ashley!!! That is something to be proud of and she will have that memory for life!! (Yes she does get it from you!!!) Burlap used to be something I wrinkled my nose at!! But with this creative use I may not just use it in the fall! I love the effect; just like sand on the beach with the shells!!(I'll bet that was your goal!lol) I'm kicking myself I didn't get that ribbon at Walmart too! I like it mixed in the floral arrangement! Now you've got me thinking!!!lol Have a great weekend - Sincerely, Jeannette

onlymehere said...

We have one more week of school and then Kaje' is out for the summer. I have burlap out in the garage that we use to cover the arborvitaes so we don't get winter kill. I've never seen it used this way and it's adorable! I get the best ideas from you and your blog! I hope all is going well there with you and yours! Cindy

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Rhonda, thanks for joining the party. I'm loving the play of burlap with fancier things, your centerpiece is a great example.

A Touch of Country said...

love the rustic and yet refined look. Great job and thanks for sharing!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very pretty. I really like the strawberry basket arrangement.

Susan said...

I've never seen burlap used in that way before. Very nice. I especially like the ribbon.
Congrats to your daughter.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

LOve your use of burlap-espesially the use of it to keep the leaves of your plant lifted. Smart AND pretty! You have a beautiful blog. LOve your background Thanks for dropping by and visiting me on Thrifty Thursday! I love new friends!

Nancy said...

It's all beautiful, Rhonda! Love the strawberry basket! Hope you have been having a blessed week!

ceekay said...

Rhonda...great use of the burlap. I have never used it for anything...but I may have to try! by the way, did you seal the glasses with anything to keep the rubons on?

Peg @ Bloomfield Farm said...

I like your dining room table arrangement. I've never been totally satisfied with anything I've put in the center of my table... it either looks too formal or too casual. You've hit a happy combination with the formal crystal bowl and the casual burlap... Very Nice! I wish you'd host a "What's on your Table" day... I need lots of inspiration!

Lady Katherine said...

Love the burlap bow, with the lovely green scarf. Your dining room is so nice! I could keep my eyes on the burlap, for looking at your other pieces. lol

Pam said...

Love your centerpiece. I'm trying to talk my sister into doing a "coastal" thing in her house since she loves the beach so much. This would be great for her to do a take on. I've never seen burlap ribbon before. That would be great to work with. Great ideas. Thanks.

Traci said...

I love the centerpieces. They look great with the burlap.

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Great minds think alike! I used it as a table cloth, too, but yours is soooooo much prettier!

Linda said...

I love the way you did your table. (I have the same dining room chairs!). Your dining room paint color (what color is it?)and window treatment make for a gorgeous room! Linda

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

All of your burlap projects look great! I remember your strawberry baskets in the former post, because I thought they looked so cute. I want to know what that gorgeous green thing is under your flowers with the burlap bowl! laurie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Rhonda! Woohoo for Ashley! Congrats!

And I love what you do. You are a very creative one, I hope you know... that's in addition to being a very nice one! :-)



bj said...

Hi, Scooter..oh, new love is burlap...especially with graphics on it ! Have you seen all the cute cute things Sarah at
A BEACH COTTAGE has done with her burlap bags?
I love your dining table with the burlap...I can't wait to make some pillows with our big, ole monogram right on them....
xo bj

Beth at Aunties said...

You are too cute and I do believe your daughter did recieve your trait of pure kindness.:-)
I havven't been in the burlap scene yet but yours makes me want to try some!
Your dining room really does look great.
I hope you enjoy a happy and fun filled sunmmer of laughter with your children!
We loved our trip but in your neck of the woods... Well sort of in your beautiful woods. We did make it to NC!

Donna Lynn said...

I have never been a fan of burlap, but you make it look great! Congrats to your girl, hope you have a wonderful weekend with the family!
Donna Lynn

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