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DIY Table Runner

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diy2Some of our favourite pieces are often those that we have made ourselves. This natural linen table runner is one such piece. After popular demand we have detailed the how we made this simple-but-effective-piece.

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What you’ll need:
Natural linen (130mm x 55mm)
Black fabric paint
Large potato
Paint brush or sponge brush

  1. Hem the fabric all the way round, then iron flat
  2. Cut potato in half then carefully cut a cross shape into one half of the potato (to leave a raised cross shape).
  3. Apply the paint to the cross, then test the print on a piece of paper before applying onto the fabric.
  4. Once you are happy with your stamping technique, start by stamping a row along the top of the runner then working your way downwards. Don’t worry if some of the crosses aren’t perfect, this just adds to the textured effect.
  5. Allow the runner to dry completely then iron on the wrong side (ensure to place baking paper on the ironing board to ensure no paint transfers)
  6. Your runner is now ready to use.

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New Years at the Bach

For New Year’s Eve, we hosted a ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ themed party.
Guests where asked to dress in black and white and the table was set with a black and white striped table cloth, silver cutlery, black napkins and fresh olive stems.

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As a centrepiece we used empty antipodes water bottles with tall white candles. The aim was to coat the bottles with the dripped wax.

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We painted a piece of plywood with chalkboard paint, then wrote up the menu for the evening to whet everyone’s appetite. The food was simple, in-keeping with an Italian feast we had lemon rosemary crusted, slow-cooked lamb, roast vegetable salad, pesto potatoes and for desert an incredibly rich dark chocolate mousse with raspberry coulée.

food1mousse2Re-using our Christmas wreath, we tied in tiny glass bottles, artificial flower stems and cut out a banner shape from black corf-lute and wrote on it with chalkboard pen. This was the first thing guests saw when they arrived, and provided a great spot for photos.

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To continue with the ‘Much Ado About Nothing’  theme (must see movie with Emma Thompson – based on the Shakespearean play) we made floral crowns in soft dreamy tones.

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We also had a large board painted in chalkboard paint, on which we illustrated a ‘Happy New Year’ design to adorn the entry to the bach.

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It was a magical evening spent with special guests, and a lot of fun to set up and prepare.

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Outdoor Dining

The summer entertaining season is in full force and there is nothing more delicious than alfresco dining. While the food need not be complicated, there is something lovely about dressing up your outdoors to add a little glamour to your dinner or lunch event.

Take inspiration from these gorgeous images (see more on our pinterest board here)

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A colourful table cloth with simple stems in bottles is a cost effective and easy way to tie together a colour scheme.

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A low table with cushions is a fun way to create a relaxed Moroccan inspired dining experience.

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We love this cool table runner created with brown butchers paper, masking tape and hot pink paint.

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Lighting has a way of setting the mood for an evening dinner party. String lights, fairy lights, lanterns, candles in mason jars or outdoor pendant lights can be hung above the dining table to create a magical vibe

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Flowers need not be expensive, even the simple hydrangea works beautifully as a centrepiece when repeated in vases up the middle of the table.

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A canopy of hanging flowers and mini terrariums ties in a colour theme, perfect if you are dining under a tree or pergola.

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