Friday, May 26, 2017

How to Mix and Match Dining Room Chairs

Looking for a way to spruce up your dining room table? How about mixing and matching dining room chairs for some added dimension, texture, and interest? Read more to learn how to mix and match dining room chairs.

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When I set out to purchase my very first non-hand-me-down kitchen table, I was very picky about what I wanted. I found the exact table I wanted at a place that produces Pottery Barn knock-offs. Because I'm a Pottery Barn wanna-be, I was all over this table. I also knew from my collection of Pottery Barn catalogs the style of chair I wanted: some x-back dining room chairs in black. Thankfully the same store had several styles to choose from, and I found exactly what I wanted. I bought six to fit the table and came home happy.

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I loved my table and chairs in our last home, but in this home it wasn't long before the table felt flat and "unfinished" in it's design. I knew I needed to "dress it up" a bit and I wasn't sure how. One day I was browsing at TJ Maxx when I saw two sisal chairs, and then it hit me! I could replace the two end chairs for something a little more sophisticated. Something different.


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Thankfully because TJ Maxx always has deeply discounted items, I was able to score the two chairs for a steal of a deal! I replaced two of my wooden x-back chairs with these new chairs and the result is much more interesting now. I store the two other chairs in my storage room for when I want to use the extra leaf that came with my table.

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How to Mix and Match Dining Room Chairs with Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #diningroom #chair #jengallacher

How to Mix and Match Dining Room Chairs with Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #diningroom #chair #jengallacher

How to Mix and Match Dining Room Chairs with Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #diningroom #chair #jengallacher


It was an easy fix, but I really love how it elevates the look of my design. You could consider some of the following options to spruce up your dining room set and mix and match your chairs:

* Upholstered chairs
* Different colored chairs
* Chairs with arms
* Chairs in a different texture
* Slipcovers for the end chairs or all of the chairs

No matter what chairs you incorporate into your design, make sure they match the feel you are going for. Since I like a coastal vibe, the sisal chairs work perfectly with the rest of my decor. You might want something more casual, more playful, or even more sophisticated. Watch for sales, or visit discount stores like Homegoods and TJ Maxx for some great options!

Like the look of this room. Click HERE to read more about the Great Room remodel we are doing that inspired the colors in this dining room.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"Shine" Black Floral Card

For this week's "Jen's Card," I really wanted to show how this "Snow Fun" stamp can also work as the very on-trend "Dalmation" polka dot pattern I'm seeing everywhere in home decor. This might be my most favorite pattern right now. I love how up-scale it seems. Many of the products shown in this post were generously donated by Echo Park Paper, a paper company that I work for. All this month, I've been sharing ways you can use some of my favorite dies and stamps together to create AMAZING cards. I hope you're enjoying the inspiration!

"Shine" Black Floral Card by Jen Gallacher for www.jengallacher.com. #jengallacher #echoparkpaper #cardmaker #diecutting #stamping


To create this card, I inked the "Snow Fun" stamp with black stamping ink and stamped onto smooth, white cardstock. Then I used Versamark ink to stamp the "Cabana Stripe" stamp onto fuchsia cardstock. I cut the fuchsia cardstock across the diagonal and built the card from there. For something different I cut out black flowers and used two shades of teal/aqua paper for the leaves. The title is cut from gold, sparkle cardstock, which gives this card the perfect amount of shine.

Here's a closer look at the card:

"Shine" Black Floral Card by Jen Gallacher for www.jengallacher.com. #jengallacher #echoparkpaper #cardmaker #diecutting #stamping

"Shine" Black Floral Card by Jen Gallacher for www.jengallacher.com. #jengallacher #echoparkpaper #cardmaker #diecutting #stamping

"Shine" Black Floral Card by Jen Gallacher for www.jengallacher.com. #jengallacher #echoparkpaper #cardmaker #diecutting #stamping

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

15 Minute Craft: Patriotic Party Fans

This summer dress up your home in patriotic trimmings. This easy-peasy 15 Minute Craft comes together quickly and is a perfect kid-friendly craft. You only need a few craft supplies to make these charming "Patriotic Party Fans." Perfect for the 4th of July or local town celebrations, glittered stars become center stage, and tissue paper fringe adds texture to this amazing project.

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Patriotic Party Fans Instructions:

1. Cut three strips from three different patterns of patriotic scrapbooking paper. Pattern #1: Cut strips to 3 1/2" T x 12" W. Pattern #2: Cut strips to 2 3/4"T x 12" W. Pattern #3: Cut strips to 2" T X 12" W.

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2. Use a rosette die that creates the scored lines for you or use a scoring board and scoring tool to score each strip every 1".

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3. Accordion fold each strip.

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4. Glue each accordion folded strip from the same pattern together to form one long accordion-folded strip. Connect the two ends and press into a circle. Use a glue gun to hold the circle together.

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5. Die cut or punch different sizes of circles from white cardstock and glue a circle in the center of each rosette, making sure you don't glue down the very outside edges of the circles.

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6. Use a glue gun to attach the pre-made fringe around the outside edge of the circle, pressing the white cardstock circle edges down into the glue and fringe. (To make your own fringe fold a 2 1/2" T x 12" W strip of tissue paper in half lengthwise. Use fringe scissors or scissors to cut from the non-folded edge to about 1/4" to 1/2" from the fold of the paper. Layer several pieces of tissue paper or different colors of tissue paper for thicker fringe. Trim off any excess fringe from your circle.)

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7. Use pre-made glittered stars or hand-cut stars from glittered paper. Use adhesive foam dots to mount the stars in the center of each rosette. Vary the sizes of each star to fit the size of your completed rosettes.

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8. Thread twine through a white button and attach the button to the largest, glittered star.

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9. Glue varying lengths of thin, wooden dowels to the back of each rosette. Let dry and then place in a tall vase. Tie the dowels together with white ribbon.

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Here's a closer look at the fans. You can see each fan features a different scrpabooking paper pattern. This makes them more colorful and interesting. Use a scrapbooking paper kit to get the perfect match (see this paper collection in the supplies listed below). The fringe is pre-made, but you could easily cut light blue tissue paper with fringe scissors to get the exact same effect. Be sure to pin your favorite images for inspiration later!

Patriotic Party Fans by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #partyfan #4thofjuly #patrioticcraft #papercraft #jengallacher

Patriotic Party Fans by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #partyfan #4thofjuly #patrioticcraft #papercraft #jengallacher

Patriotic Party Fans by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #partyfan #4thofjuly #patrioticcraft #papercraft #jengallacher

Patriotic Party Fans by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #partyfan #4thofjuly #patrioticcraft #papercraft #jengallacher


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