Idea House – Part 1

Posted by on September 24, 2013 in Decor | 33 comments

Idea House    grandparentsplus.comThree times a year, there is an idea house open in our area with wonderful creative decorating ideas. I thought I’d take you on a little tour and show you  how I am incorporating some of these inspirational ideas.

The place settings are always fantastic and for sure there is no shortage of dishes! Of course, everything that is  shown in the idea house is available through their store. That’s why there is an  “overload” on the dishes!

It was great to see several simple ideas for napkin rings that weren’t expensive to do. Here they are….

idea House Napkin Ring

Another one…..

Wrap the napkin with burlap ribbon and secure a burlap leaf topped with a raffia bow!

Idea House Tour - Napkin Ring

And another…….


Idea House Tour Napkin Ring



My napkin accents look like this….

I’ll be adding a raffia bow, too!

Idea House


The idea house is an  old house and has a small enclosed front porch. The windows were decorated so cute!

Here they are…..

Idea House Porch Windows

Behind the decorative metal pieces, they secured a length of burlap. The burlap comes as a Deco Poly Mesh 21″ x 10 yards. It has finished sides  so there are no threads hanging. It makes such a great screen of textured material behind the  unique metal sculptured wall pieces. The burlap is also used as a table runner as you will see later in this post.

Notice the plants in front. They used plain old sticks found in your yard and glued them around the terra-cotta pots and finished it off with raffia, burlap leaf, and a burlap flower!

Here’s a better picture of the pots!

Idea House Tour -

The other windows on the porch were decorated like this….

Idea House Tour

Using the same Burlap Deco Poly mesh, they folded it up and gathered it together, tying it off with twine and accented with a burlap-type sunflower along with the burlap leaves. So easy and cute! I also like this idea to put on your front door instead of a wreath.

Idea House Tour


The table centerpiece was tastefully put together and made a big impact with color  It is another idea that is  very easy to do for your own home.

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The supplies used are: one mum plant, a smaller green plant, 1 bunch of candles tied with raffia or twine, artificial pumpkin and seed pods all in a wooden box.


My copycat version is this….

Idea House - Part 1


On top of the blue placemat was a plastic sunflower mat! Doesn’t it add a lot to this tablescape?

Idea House part 1


Notice the burlap table runner. It, too, is from that same burlap material that I mentioned above. With so many dishes, it is a bit hidden.

On my table it looks like this ….

Idea House Part 1


Idea House Part 1

My harvest table is narrow so I decided not to use placemats and hide the runner. I wanted it more visible and liked the textured look against the wood.

Perhaps you’ve come across some ideas for your home, too!

Which idea do you think you could incorporate in your decor?



More highlights from the Idea House to come in Part 2.

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  1. I am so jealous of the idea house. I wish they had something like that near me. I love adapting what I see to make it mine. You did a good job. Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend.

    • Thanks for the compliment! Appreciate it!

  2. Such awesome inspiration! Everything is so gorgeous!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at A Bouquet of Talent this week. So thrilled to feature at Pick of the Bunch today! Sorry I’m a little late stopping by. Just pinned and tweeted. I can’t wait to read more of your awesome blog. 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Thank you so much!

  3. beautiful fall inspiration!
    love your copycat versions!!

    I’ll be featuring you this week @ Inspire Me Fridays, thank you so much for sharing with us!

    • Thank you! Appreciate it!

  4. I love what you have done. You should come show off your creativity at our link party.
    The party will not be the same without you!

  5. I absolutely LOVE the napkin ring!!! I always start projects then never get back to them…I am getting a bit better and even finished a pair of curtains the other day 🙂 You are definitely inspiring me!

    • Those don’t take much time so it should be short. Place glue along the edges before you cut! I did forget to mention that!

  6. Great copycat’s! Love those Burlap leaves! Thanks so much for linking up on Made in a Day!

  7. Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! We’re live again this week. Come on over and share what you’ve been working on!

  8. I love the tour so cool thanks for sharing

  9. You’ve set a lovely table! Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

  10. I love the napkin ring ideas!
    Thanks for sharing

  11. I love your Fall decorating ideas, I wish I was so crafty! You gave me some wonderful ideas for my own home. Thank you for sharing at Saturday Spotlight~ April @ Angels Homestead.

    • Glad to spur some ideas for you! Happy decorating!

  12. Haven’t even started decorating for fall yet! Thanks for the great ideas!

    • Happy to give you some ideas! Have fun!

  13. I am sooo . . . behind and haven’t done anything to decorate for Fall. Everything looks so pretty. You’ve inspired me for sure.

  14. Thank you so much for stopping in at Show Off Friday! Have a great weekend.

  15. Great ideas. The fall colors are fantastic. I wish I had your talent. Thanks so much for sharing this tour with our Let’s Get Real readers. I will have to look for that burlap. It is quite obvioius that it can be used in a great variety of projects. Now I know what I can do with all of those sticks in my yard. Those potted flowers are so wonderful.

    • Yep, start collecting sticks! Good project for kids to do, right? Thanks for your nice comments!

  16. Love those burlap flowers and napkins rings. I don’t think there’s not much that burlap can’t make better 😉

    • It seems that burlap is everywhere on everything!

  17. Phyllis, your centerpiece is beautiful! I would love to have an idea house near me. It must be fun to walk through and get inspired in person.(I do that at pottery Barn) I can’t wait to see part 2!

    • Thank you for such kind words! It is fun to get inspiration for different places that you go!

  18. I totally love your ideas for fall decoration, thanks for sharing your splendid creativity.

  19. I LOVE what you have done. You should come show off your creativity starting at 8PM CST at Craft Frenzy Friday! It won’t be a party without you!

    • Thanks! I’ll come and visit!

  20. Everything looks great! I love the burlap leaf!

  21. Phyllis, Thanks for sharing. There were so many wonderful ideals, I want the burlap mesh and your harvest table looks great. Waiting for part 2.

    • The burlap mesh is available in stores. Check your local ones. Thanks for your kind words,

  22. Thanks for the tour, how much fun to get to gather ideas from a decorated home tour!

Love to hear from you!

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