Happy New Year, everyone! I find January a bit of a tricky time as far as decor goes. Pretty much all home decor is a major, un-festive letdown after a holiday like Christmas. Also, where I live, December and January are really similar weather-wise, and January often even gets more snow than December... so wintery decor is still appropriate, but it can't cross the line into "Christmasy." (You lucky Southern hemisphere people probably don't struggle with any of this.)
My solution to a wintery-but-not-Christmasy table is cozy patterns and pinecones! I used a classic navy plaid fabric to make these napkins and a table runner. I love navy blue because 1.) It goes with my house colors, and 2.) it's wintery but not a typical Christmas color.
I took inspiration from a 1936 article I've shared below. These fringed napkins and table runner are super easy to make, and the "homespun" fabric I chose fringed nicely. If you try this, just be sure to sew exactly parallel to the grain of the fabric on the edges so it fringes properly. A plaid fabric like this makes that really easy because you just have to cut and sew along a stripe.
I cut my napkins to be 14" squares, and I used the rest for a small table runner. My table isn't big, so this smaller center fabric works for my table. You may want to adjust the sizes of these to fit your own table. That's the beauty of making it yourself! You can adjust it as you like!
I paired it all with wooden napkin rings I thrifted, an evergreen arrangement, and some pinecone accessories. I bought navy wire and wrapped it around the pine cones, then I coiled it into a place card holder. Super easy and super affordable!
When I registered for household things before my wedding, I went with clear dishes because they're so versatile. Clear matches everything! And as for the silverware, my grandmother found it at an estate sale, and it's a full set from 1937! It's in great condition and adds some class to everyday eating.
fabric: 45" Homespun (navy plaid, and it's on sale online right now!)
wire: navy blue craft wire
Do you guys do any wintery decor, or do you just wait until a later date? If you do decorate, what are some of your go-to winter pieces? (If you're in the Southern hemisphere, what does your January decor consist of?)
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