Dining rooms are an important part of the home when you’；re gathering with family or friends， but the reality is that most of the time， they sit empty waiting on your next dinner party. Which begs the question —； what do you put on your dining room table when you’；re not entertaining？ It looks empty and sad if there’；s no centerpiece， but who has time to arrange fresh flowers every week？ We’；ve pulled together 10 ways to give your dining table some personality without all the maintenance：
Our Blue and White Chinoiserie Collectionmakes a gorgeous centerpiece， especially when stacked on top of books and acrylic risers. We’；ve made it easy to create this pretty arrangement because the whole collection is sized perfectly with the ideal mix of shapes. Rather than scattering your collection throughout the housecustomized gifts for kids， pile them on your dining room table to create a focal point.rustic pillows for couch
While we love the idea of always having a fresh flower arrangementon your dining table， that’；s not a very realistic goal. But a potted plant likerosemary is something we think you all can handle as it requires far less care and attention. Plant a small rosemary plant in a pretty ceramic pot and add some moss on top， and you’；re all set.
Orchids are one of our favorite flowers for decorating because they’；re so low maintenance and they have a beautiful， sculptural shape. In this dining room， we’；ve planted three in our Giant Clam Shell with a few succulents. The result is elegant and effortless.
Some colorful fall leaves from the yard are another great solution. Just head out with some shears and see what pretty colors and shapes you can find. Throw them into a simple， white pitcher， and you’；ve got a centerpiece that should last up to two weeks!
A still life of pieces in different heights is the perfect way to add a subtle focal point to your dining room. Here， we used a couple of candle hurricanes plus a tiered stand filled with shells. Just find 3-5 pieces in a similar color palette and varying heights， then add accents in a theme.
A tablecloth is a great way to give your dining room table a little personality when you aren’；t hosting. We love the combination of a striped tablecloth with our blue and white chinoiserie vase and a potted house plant.
You’；re probably sensing a theme here —； a grouping of like objects in a variety of heights is a foolproof option. We love this arrangement because it combines sparkly， mercury glass with washed wood candle pillars. The two contrasting finishes feel unexpected but charming.
Treat your dining room like a old world library when you aren’；t entertaining and pile up your prettiest coffee table books in stacks. Add in a few sculptural pieces， like Suzanne Kasler’；s Lamp Slips， and you’；re done!
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While working on?My New Backyard?project, I decided that sewing tons of pillows and cushions was key to keeping it all feeling like an outdoor room and being comfortable while lounging about.I wanted contrasts of different textures, and I knew piping and trim would help tie the colors and feels together, so I made several different styles of piped pillows. Because these cozy poufs would be living outside, I also knew that being able to easily wash them was key to their longevity, so I used zippers to make sure the covers were removable.We showed you how to sew basic zipper pillows (with hidden zippers) and how to sew zipper pillows with sham edges, but I’ve never run you through sewing a zipper pillow with piped edges.So let me show you How to Sew Zipper Pillows with Piping after the jump…How to Sew Zipper Pillows with Piping
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