8 Creative Uses for Table Runners

The humble table runner can be the ultimate versatile piece for savvy decorators. Though it’s typically displayed length-wise across a dining table, a runner is not limited to a certain room or setting. If there’s a flat surface that needs dressing up, a table runner just might be the answer!

Here are a few ideas:

1. Embellish a vanity table
Feel all the more pampered when you sit at your vanity table. Drape an elegant runner across the vanity, and place your mirrored tray and accessories on top. Look for a runner that’s more ornate than usual, like one with lace or fringe.

Dogwood Lace Table Runner

2. Love the layered look
Let table runners decorate in tandem! Place a solid color runner down first, then top it with a narrower runner in an intricate design or an eye-catching print. If you’re feeling especially bold, try two contrasting prints; this approach works best if one pattern has a smaller scale than the other.

Purple Pansies Floral Table Runner

3. Glam up a bedside table
Give the top of your bedside table instant charm with an embroidered runner, candleholders, and a decorative jar. Or, if you prefer a more carefree vibe, select a Bohemian-style runner and top it with a small paper lantern.

Spring Breeze Table Runner

4. Beautify a console table
Give a little life to a neglected console table with a pretty floral runner. Complete the look with tabletop accessories and wall art in similar colors.

Pansy Patch Floral Table Runner

5. Make an entertaining change
Keep a TV console or media cabinet from looking stark by softening it with a runner. A runner with cutwork edging provides a quaint touch, while a striking pattern amps up the drama.

6. Festoon the fireplace
Use a table runner as a mantel scarf. Evoke an elegant, vintage ambience with classy candleholders, faux flower bouquets, and blossom wall art. This solution is great for holiday decorating too—a specialty runner atop the mantel is the perfect place to put all those seasonal baubles and figurines.

Canterbury Table Runner

7. Change your perspective
Instead of placing the runner down the length of a dining room table, turn it so it drapes across the width. Add multiples if it works with your place settings.

Coastal Dream Table Runner

8. Cozy up a coffee table
After you’ve piled decorative pillows and a throw on the sofa, the coffee table looks rather bare. Warm up the surface with a table runner; play with textures like cutwork, burlap, or macrame.

Bella Rose Embroidered Table Runner

Ways to Decorate with Peacock Decor in Your Home

With its magnificent fanning feather display, the peacock really knows how to put on a show! Dazzle your decor by using the gorgeous peacock as inspiration. Like an array of plumes, these decorating ideas radiate glamour and vivid color.

Click here to view a brilliant collection of peacock decor, including the items featured below.

Fantastic Feathers
This look is all about peacock feathers! A jeweled stained glass lamp steals the spotlight, while feather-patterned sheer valances and table linens provide a cool-toned backdrop. Glitzy peacock canvas art shimmers from the wall.

King Peacock Valances and Table Linens

Tabletop Perch
These peacocks will love to rest on your table – while dressing it up, of course. Intricate cutwork and embroidery make this topper stunning on its own, but you can also enhance it with a decorative peacock centerpiece and swirled acanthus orbs.

Proud Peacock Table Topper

Alluring Entryway
A proud peacock waits from this canvas for your arrival. A resplendent entryway is as simple as a captivating canvas, mirrored table, mosaic glass accessories, and Old World-style wall accents.

Peacock Entryway

Royal Slumber
Peacock decor will bring out the regal quality of your favorite bedding. A grand peacock presides over the room from the wall. A peacock rug festoons the area underfoot. Top off your nightstand or side table with a peacock lamp, figurine, or even candleholders.

Cambridge Classics Blue Shadow Bedspread

Looking for more peacock decorating ideas? Check out our image gallery below.

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Fabulous Holiday Kitchen and Dining Decorating Ideas

Whether you’re sneaking into the kitchen for cookies and a peek outside to check the snowfall, or you’re sitting down to an elegant holiday meal, you want your kitchen and dining areas to look their festive best. Take a look at how we spruced up these rooms to create inviting seasonal spaces.

For the holiday kitchen, we used the following:

-plump cushions to cozy up the stools
-cute serving platters and cookie jars on the island
-a full, decorated tree with a smiling snowman topper
-matching holiday canvases displayed side by side
-a Christmas rug runner placed in front of the sink for comfort
-a cheery striped tier and valance set above the sink
-festive counter essentials like a paper towel holder and soap dispenser

To recreate the kitchen look, click here to view the holiday decor that we used.

Holiday Kitchen Decor

For the holiday dining room, we used the following:

-golden candleholders with red LED candles for worry-free lighting
-a pre-lit poinsettia wreath as a centerpiece
-a sleigh-style holder filled with Christmas baubles
-beaded placemats beneath plates, napkins, and napkin holders
-garland, seasonal centerpieces, candleholders, and a charger atop the mantel

To recreate the dining room look, click here to view the holiday decor that we used.

Holiday Dining Room

Where to Use Flameless Candles in Your Home

At the end of a hard day, the dancing flame of a fragrant candle will surely aid in relaxation. But if you have children or pets running about, or you’re simply concerned you’ll forget to extinguish the flame, a flameless candle is a great alternative. (Just make sure the candle plate doesn’t have a spike.) And you don’t have to sacrifice your favorite features of real candles, either. Many LED candles have a flickering flame that emulates candlelight, some with the added bonus of a timer. Scented flameless candles are perfect if you’re still craving a unique aroma, while LED drip candles have the look of melted wax.

Flameless candles are available in many colors and sizes, so you can find just the right candle or flameless candle set to accent your decor. Click here to view a variety of flameless candles.

Here are just a few places to use LED candles in your home:

1. Tabletop candleholders
Place flameless pillar candles in your prettiest candlesticks for a lovely display.

2. Wall sconces
Lend gentle flickering light to your sconces with LED candles—old-fashioned ambience with modern technology!

Summer Florals Candleholder Pair Acanthus Mirrored Wall Sconce Set

3. Candle ring
Nestle a flameless candle in a floral or foliage candle ring for an effortless and charming centerpiece.

4. Tabletop candelabra
Make an elegant statement by pairing a grand candelabra with an LED candle set.

Butterfly Oasis Candle Ring Georgiana Tabletop Candelabra

5. Tealight centerpiece
Yes, even tealight candles are available in flameless form! Add these dainty LED candles to create a worry-free arrangement.

6. Wine bottle topper
Turn an empty wine bottle into beautiful decor with a scrolling topper and a few LED tealight candles.

Spring Romance Tabletop Candelabra with Tealight Candles Wine Topper Candelabra with Tealight Candles

7. Decorative birdcage
Give a glimmer of light to a decorative birdcage with flameless candles.

8. Candelabra wall art
Let your LED tealights give a soft romantic glow to a wall candelabra.

Songbird Decorative Birdcage Tealight Holder Fluttering Beauties Tealight Candelabra Wall Art

9. Table sculpture display
Accentuate a piece of table art with a small LED candle.

10. Decorative lantern
Place a flameless pillar inside for a no-mess lantern display in your home.

Warm Hands Warm Heart Table Sculpture with Tealight Coach Lantern Candleholder

Home Decor in Green Inspired by the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone has named Greenery its Color of the Year for 2017, and decorators everywhere are choosing this fresh, yellow-green shade to breathe new life into their home interiors. Go bold with this gorgeous green, and use it to cover a large area of the home like a door, wall, or floor. Or, plant a few fun green accent pieces in a room, and see the difference this crisp, invigorating shade can make.

Mix green with bright white for an energizing and pristine look; or soften its impact with low-key neutrals. If you’re really feeling adventurous, pair it with a lemon yellow shade for citrusy appeal, a bold turquoise for a cool beachy vibe, or a deep fuchsia for a garden-inspired appearance.

Here are just a few of our favorite home accents inspired by the shade Greenery! Click on any image to view a variety of home decor in green.

Click here to view Pantone’s suggested color pairings (from rustic to bright!) for use with Greenery.

Tropical Twist Lamp in Green Foliage Green Cutwork Table Runner
Cabana Leaves Peridot Green Rug Spring Green Wreath

 

Frightful and Delightful: Unique Halloween Decor

How will you spend All Hallows’ Eve this year? Perhaps you’re overseeing the candy station (and acting as unofficial candy tester), throwing a fabulous Fright Night bash, or simply patiently waiting for the Great Pumpkin. Whatever you’re up to, you’ll need some unique Halloween decor to celebrate!

Lend high drama or colorful cheer to an accent table with a Halloween table runner, then place your favorite accessories on top: a candy dish, wine bottle holder, festive candleholders, tiny pumpkins, or a lighted decoration. The Spider’s Rainbow Table Runner has multicolored spider-and-web designs on a black background, while the Happy Halloween Table Runner features spooky designs on orange. Each table runner has embroidery and cutwork detailing.

Black Halloween Table Runner Orange Halloween Table Runner

If shrouding your home in spiderwebs and dark decorations isn’t your thing, then brighten up your haunted abode with glowing Halloween decor. The Pumpkin Nightlight has an almost otherworldly quality, with a gleaming orange body and sparkling stem. Or let your wall glimmer with the Halloween Night LED Lighted Canvas Set. Each canvas features an eerie scene with flickering LEDs.

Pumpkin Nightlight Orange Halloween LED Canvas Wall Art Multi Warm Set of Two

Does your decorating potion need a few other ingredients? The Headless Halloween Standing Figure Set is goofy and ghoulish enough to be the talk of all your guests. Adorn your interior entryway with the Welcome Jack-o’-Lantern Wall Hanging, which has a rustic appeal and a brown fabric pumpkin ready to greet your visitors.

Headless Halloween Standing Figures Multi Cool Set of Three Welcome Jack o Lantern Wall Hanging Orange

10 Stylish (and Easy) Ways to Decorate with Orbs

Have you long-admired a particular orb set but were never quite sure how you were supposed to decorate with it? Decorative orbs are surprisingly versatile, and they’ll look stunning in a variety of tabletop displays. Below are 10 simple yet stylish ideas for unique arrangements with decorative orbs.

Click here to view the items featured below.

Orbs on Tray Orbs in Flower Bowl

1. Mirrored charger with trim

A mirrored charger plate will reflect your favorite gleaming decorative orbs; just be sure to choose one with raised trim that will keep the orbs from rolling off its surface.

2. Flower-shaped centerpiece bowl

A blossom-shaped bowl brings extra drama to an orb arrangement. The orbs will look striking nestled inside a bowl with contoured edges splaying out from every angle.

Orbs on Mirrored Tray Orbs on Tray with Accessories

3. Round mirrored tray with openwork border

The decorative openwork border of the tray will add interest to your display, while still allowing full view of the orbs on the mirrored surface.

4. Round display tray with bath accessories

Enhance the third display even further with your favorite bath accessories or other accents tucked in beside the orbs.

Orbs with Candleholders Decorative Orbs in Basket

5. Rectangular tray with candleholders and greenery

Select a complementary tray and candleholders, then position a couple orbs in contrasting colors inside the tray. Embellish the display with faux greenery to keep the orbs in place.

6. Basket-style centerpiece

A bouquet of faux flowers or greenery might be your first thought for filling a basket-style centerpiece, but orbs work just as well! Cluster three together to add height to the display.

Orbs in Magnolia Bowl Orbs on Peacock Tray

7. Pedestal bowl

A pedestal bowl has an elevated base, ensuring a prominent perch for your decorative orbs. Consider orbs in a neutral shade if your centerpiece has a soft, flowery appearance like the one we’ve chosen.

8. Openwork tray with wall mirror

If you have several orbs, a large openwork tray may be the answer. The openwork bottom gives an airy quality to the arrangement; we love placing it beside an elegant wall mirror to reflect the display.

Edeline Peacock Centerpiece Bowl Bronze Orbs in Candleholders

9. Wide centerpiece bowl

Do you have an assortment of small, varied orbs? Opt for a wide centerpiece bowl with decorative flourishes at the ends. Leave a little space around the orbs, or fill the entire bowl!

10. Unique candleholders

Swap out those candles for orbs, and your candleholders now have a new purpose. The orbs shown here are especially suited to this type of display because they are flat on the bottom.