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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Country Style Table Setting

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on May 1, 2014 4:11:00 PM

Country table settingAs a mother, I can’t think of a better gift than eating with my family. It doesn’t matter what we’re eating, just having everyone gathered around a table for a few hours of conversation is priceless. Of course, sitting at a great table always makes the event more enjoyable.

Country table settingThis year I designed a country place setting for a casual dinner or lunch. 

My inspiration was a pair of purple leopard print jeans. First I cut the pockets off to make napkin holders then added long pieces to plastic placemats I found for only $.49.

Country table settingSince the place mats were gold, I went with a “royal” color scheme. I folded napkins so two points showed and tucked them into the pocket and set it on a white plate. 

Country table settingIn keeping with the jeans theme, I looked for belts at Goodwill with interesting; country-style buckles to make place card holders. Then I cut off the excess belt and added a slip of paper under the buckle and put it next to the napkin on the plate.

Country table settingI laid more pieces of jean fabric down the center of the table. I stitched down the raw edge on my sewing machine, but you can always use a fusible hem tape (no sewing required, you only need an iron).

Country table settingThe centerpiece is a collection of glass candlesticks in a variety of sizes. Add a single bloom and they become little bud vases.

Treat your Mom to dinner and conversation. I guarantee she’ll love it!

Topics: Merri, table settings, Mother's Day, Merri Cvetan