Summer Table Setting: Three Decorating Items You Already Own

Filed under Be Creative Decorating Ideas on Jun 19 13 by

My dining room table has worn peacock feathers for a while now, so it’s about time to shift gears. “You’re going from peacock feathers to peonies?” my husband asked quizzically as he watched me put some new things together. He’s getting used to my schizophrenic eclectic design tastes.

One of my big favorites is using things that I already have in my decorating. Repurposing and  up-cycling must be two of the most beautiful words in the English language. Here’s a simple way to have a classy table that incorporates personal elements and doesn’t cost anything. Sounds perfect, right?

The three ingredients are:

  • Jars or glasses you like
  • Flowers from the garden
  • Art from a special kiddo 

Design tip: Using odd numbers is pleasing to the eye.





Laminate the artwork for a quick and easy-to-clean placemat that will make your budding artist feel like a total rock star. I love to elevate children’s art by using it in fancy frames or in other fun ways.

And what kind of mom would I be if I failed to include a photo of the placemat artiste herself, with her very favorite “picture smile”? Seriously, I’d be the worst mom ever. (Please don’t judge me for failing to fix her hair before snapping this photo. And, um, don’t mind the kitchen mess—welcome to my real life.)



What do you have at home for simple table decorating? Anything that makes you smile will be perfect! I’d love to hear about your home or see photos of your simple decorating projects! Share in the comments or on my Facebook community page, won’t you? Can’t wait to hear from you!

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Shannon K. Wheeler
Shannon lives in a continually redecorated Victorian home in Maine. Before staying home with her three kids, she owned a salon for ten years and taught high school art. Shannon volunteers in orphan care and women’s ministries. Her passion is encouraging women to live vibrant, creative, inspired lives. Shannon loves to see the God-stories all around her. She writes about life, faith and all things fabulous at Shannon K. Wheeler.