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Tablescape Checklist: Life, Light and Layers

Tablescape Checklist: Life, Light and Layers

Necessity is the mother of invention, and no one knows this better than Food Network star, Sandra Lee.

On her popular show, Semi-Homemade Cooking, Sandra Lee created and assembled decorative elements for the tables on which she served her themed meals. The English word did not exist to describe the thoughtful arrangement of objects on a table, so she created it: tablescape.

The linguistic luminary Sandra Lee may have coined the term in 2003 but the idea has been around since Victorian times.

According to Slate Magazine, it was during the era of Downton Abbey that tablescapes went from just nicely arranged place settings to creative displays that would make Liberace proud. The reason? Victorian folks went from service à la française (bringing dishes to table all at once) to service à la russe (servants serving guests on individual plates from dishes brought to the sideboard).

The emptiness left on the table by service a la russe had to be filled, and filled it was with lavish displays of natural and manmade ornamentation.

Victorian tablescapes were meant to relate a rich and celebratory atmosphere and they are still common today at holiday dinners, weddings and children’s parties. The main components are elaborate place settings and a magnificent centerpiece. Other special touches like place markers, take-away keepsakes for the guests, and clever little napkin rings are often added.

Dining Tablescape

Nowadays there’s another kind of tablescape. Decorating enthusiasts world-wide gain great pleasure from creating home décor tablescapes. These displays are meant to create visual interest and showcase treasured items year round, not just for special events. Home décor tablescapes are common on mantles, side tables, coffee tables, bookshelves and dressers.

At the new boutique ReStore in Teays Valley you will find numerous examples of both types of tablescape. The ReStore Manager, Melanie James, is a gifted merchandiser trained in Kirkland’s style of display and her tablescapes would make Sandra Lee AND Liberace proud.

Melanie’s tablescapes always include three important components: light, life and layers.

Light comes in the form of lamps, candles and even mirrors. Life is achieved with real or faux flowers, and layers are easy with books, textiles, baskets and trays. All of these items are frequently donated to the Teays Valley ReStore which provides Melanie an ever-changing assortment of tablescaping components.

The first step when assembling a tablescape, according to Melanie, is to build a strong foundation.

  • Create a perimeter for the tablescape taking into account the empty space required for functionality.
  • In the perimeter, build the foundation. It should “support” the rest of the items in the display.
  • Place the very large decorative accessories first to anchor the foundation.
  • Use large books, trays and/or baskets to build strong layers.

After the foundation is set, the goal is to achieve depth.

  • Create peaks and valleys with decorative items. For example, separate two tall candleholders with a smaller vase of flowers. The peaks of the candleholders contrasted with the valley of the flowers creates depth.

Finally, use the pyramid principle to perfect the tablescape.

  • Assemble the decorative accessories so that they stair-step up and/or down from the height of your display.
  • It’s important to understand that peaks and valleys will exist within the overlay of the pyramid. A good tablescape has a gradual rise to the top with many peaks and valleys along the way.

Desk Tablescape

Get more tablescape tips from other creative types during the inaugural TableScape Championship at the new Teays Valley ReStore.

The following entrepreneurs have accepted our challenge to design and assemble their own tablescape including items that will promote their own small business. At the conclusion of the event, the contents of each tablescape will be donated to the ReStore and resold to fund the mission of Habitat for Humanity.

Rock Paper Sisters

Twin sisters Lindsay Rotella and Megan Hannah launched Rock Paper Sisters in January 2012 after deciding to turn their hobby into a business. They specialize in paper goods for all types of events.

Sweetly Salvaged

Kelly Mangus believes in repurposing and upcycling which is why she started Sweetly Salvaged in 2015. Her creativity shows in every vintage piece of furniture and decor that she restores.

Birds, Blooms & Butterflies by Design

Owners Rob and Liz O’Quinn have a passion for preserving and creating native habitat for wildlife and it shows in their very unique boutique located at 3475 Teays Valley Road.

MarisaMade

Marisa Jackson’s love of art and her skill as an illustrator inspired her to open an Etsy.com shop in 2015. Through her online store Marisa sells stationary, prints, invitations and whimsical illustrations.

Community members are encouraged to visit the Teays Valley ReStore, across from Hurricane City Park on Teays Valley Rd., Tuesday, February 14 through Saturday, February 18 to vote for their favorite table. The tablescape artist with the most votes will be named the champion and invited to return for next year’s championship.

 

This article originally appeared in the Charleston Gazette-Mail in February of 2017.

 

Doors ReDesigns by ReStore Customers

Doors ReDesigns by ReStore Customers

We love doors! We use them in many different ways around the ReStore. We built our paint storage shelving from solid core doors. We use doors to mount signs and pricing displays. We even have doors in the art installation in our Homeowner Education & Community Center.

Apparently, our customers love doors too! Check out these fabulous door redesigns.

Walls Door ReDesign

Dwight Walls

 

McGhee Door ReDesign

Reba McGhee

 

Smith Door ReDesign

Lesa Smith

Find more ways to use doors on our Pinterest Board.

Smith Door ReDesign

Lesa Smith

 

Watts Door ReDesign

LeighAnn Watts

 

Reedy Door ReDesign

Daniel Reedy

 

McGhee Door ReDesign

Reba McGhee

Love ReDesign photos? You’ll like our Chair ReDesigns and Furniture ReDesigns too!

Mark Tobin Moore

 

Habitat for Humanity Homeowner Education & Community Center Art Installation by Mark Wolf and Chris Dutch

Our Favorite Furniture ReDesigns by ReStore Customers

Our Favorite Furniture ReDesigns by ReStore Customers

We are so impressed by our creative customers! Here are just a few of the fantastic furniture redesigns done by Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam ReStore shoppers.

Reba McGhee used an old headboard and footboard to create this primitive style bench.

A little paint and some new hardware was all Melody Milam Cook needed.

Marie McCauley installed a sink into a beautiful old dresser to create this vanity.

That’s not just an end table Kara Nabors created, it’s her dog’s bed.

Kim McLaughlin said a grey metal file cabinet would NOT do. So, she created this beauty!

Debbie Abdalla united two chairs to create a fiery bench.

Love chair redesigns? You’ll probably like this ReStorie too.

We can tell that Amanda Fields likes color and pattern!

Katie Cole turned an old entertainment stand into a kitchen for her kiddos.

Love redesigns for children? You’ll love this ReStorie too.

Sherri Jackson's Furniture ReDesign

Sherri Jackson turned a boring old horizontal desk into a vertical showpiece.

For more redesign inspiration, check out the Furniture Board on our Pinterest Page.

Chair Redesigns by ReStore Customers

Office, arm, dining, upholstered, hotel, rocking, rolling – you name it, we’ve got that kind of chair. So many chairs are donated to the ReStore that we often issue “Free Chair” coupons to our e-newsletter subscribers just to keep the inventory manageable.

Here are a few of our favorite chair redesigns by seven very special ReStore customers.

  • Brandi Bass created a exotic bench by combining two ReStore chairs.
  • Tara Kirkpatrick and her daughter went crazy on a couple of old wooden chairs.
  • Jason Rucker won ReDesign by ReStore 2013 with his beautiful recreation of a rattan chair.
  • Megan Douglas recreated a sassy but simple animal print chair.
  • Amber Ferrell turned a boring desk chair into a bold statement piece for her office.
  • Debra Martin took a stuffy old office chair and made it fresh and trendy in yellow.
  • Kara Nabor’s redesign mixed turquoise and red for a dramatic finish!
  • Shari Mamon’s redesigned chair looks so cool and modern with the new fabric and shiny silver arms.
  • Lori Wyatt transformed old patio chairs into real charmers.

Interested in getting those “Free Chair” coupons so that you can create your own redesign? Sign-up for our e-newsletter here.

Nikki Goldstang

Nikki Goldstang

Richard Switzer's Chair

Richard Switzer

Lindsay Cummings's Chair

Lindsay Cummings

 

 

ReDesign 2016: We Are So Impressed!

As summer comes to an end so does ReStore’s annual ReDesign by ReStore customer contest.

This year we received more than 50 great entries which made the Habitat for Humanity volunteer marketing committee’s job very hard; they had to pick a winner. The volunteers were asked to vote for their favorite customer redesign project that incorporated items purchased at the ReStore.

Click here to see all the 2016 ReDesign entries.

ReDesign 2016

This year the marketing committee chose Shari Mamone’s dining room redesign for the grand prize. Shari has won the opportunity to run through the ReStore for two minutes grabbing whatever she can.

WHAT? That’s right, Shari Mamone won a two minute shopping spree in the ReStore!

Shari Mamone's ReDesign

Shari’s beautiful room contains an old china cabinet and several scruffy old chairs she purchased at the ReStore. After Shari’s hard work, elbow grease, sanding, painting and reupholstering these pieces of furniture look fresh and fabulous!

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This is what Shari’s chairs looked like “before” her redesign.

Just for fun, we added a new component to this year’s ReDesign competition. We let our Facebook fans choose their favorite redesign by voting with their “likes.”

Kelly Mangus won the Facebook fan prize with her double stacked redesign. She created a lovely storage tower from two old nightstands. A $50 ReStore gift card will soon be burning a hole in Kelly’s pocket.

ReDesign 2016

2016 was the seventh year for ReDesign by ReStore. Every year we grow more and more impressed with the creativity and ingenuity in our community. We thank our donors and customers for making this goodness possible and we look forward to doing it again next year.

Now get busy redesigning!

Mosaic Stepping Stone DIY

How to Make a Mosaic Tile Stepping Stone

1. Find the perfect mold. Aluminum pie plates or Jello molds commonly available at a dollar store work well.

2. Trace the opening of the mold on paper.

Mosaic Tile Stepping Stone Design

3. Layout your tile design on the paper within the boundaries of the traced mold.

4. Mix grout or mortar by following the instructions on the bag.

5. Spray the mold with Pam cooking spray if you would like to retain the mold for future use.

6. Pour 2’” – 3” of grout or mortar into the mold.

7. Tap the bubbles out by hitting the sides of the mold with a hard blunt object.

8. Allow the filling to set until it becomes a bit more solid (consistency similar to mashed potatoes).

Mosaic Tile Stepping Stone Gouted

9. Press tiles into the filling making sure they are level with the surface.

10. Gently remove any haze from the top of the tiles by wiping them with a sponge and water.

11. Allow the stepping stone to dry in the mold for two days.

12. Flip the mold over and pop out.

ReDesign Intern, Hannah Gilpen

ReStore Artist Making A Name For Himself

Emerging Artist

The Artist and His Accolades

We are so excited to hear that Anthony Young has been named to this year’s class of emerging artists by The Boston Globe! The Charleston native and West Virginia State University graduate impresses everyone he meets with his talent, hard work and dedication to his art.

As a graduate student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, Anthony is finalizing his thesis project. “I want to show the history of the black body. How it has been portrayed in American culture, and creates a false imagining of what black masculinity is,” he says. “I’m trying to think about how those images stick to the black psyche.”

Anthony is currently using gunpowder and bleach to create his powerful work, but not so long ago Anthony was using old decking and dried latex paint. In 2014 Anthony was awarded the first ReStore ReDesign Internship and used ReStore materials to represent Habitat for Humanity’s mission in our ReStore. Read local coverage of Anthony internship here.

Artist, Anthony Young

ReStore ReDesign Internship

Every year an art student from West Virginia State University with a strong appreciation of recycling and community participation is awarded a paid internship at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  This internship is designed to provide a blank canvas for students to create resume-building projects, raise awareness of the arts, and hone organizational skills including project management, volunteer coordination, and budgeting.

During the internship the artist is required to create one temporary ReStore window display and one piece of art representing Habitat for Humanity’s mission that remains on permanent display in the ReStore. In addition, the artist designs, coordinates and conducts one make-and-take recycled art workshop that is open to the public. The internship requires skill, ingenuity and the desire to work with people from all walks of life.

Solar Powered Chandelier DIY

We survived!

The harsh winter is over. It’s time to shake off all that nastiness and welcome spring.

My husband, Shawn, and I decided to celebrate the impending bloom by creating a solar-powered chandelier to adorn the giant elm tree in our front yard allowing us to extend our spring porch-sitting well into the evening hours. I have to admit, I was surprised at how easily this project came together. For about $50.00 we created a beautiful light fixture using an old chandelier we found for $20 at the ReStore, a can of spray paint, a little caulk, and five solar-powered yard lights from our local hardware store.

Directions for Making Your Own Solar Powered Chandelier

Solar Powered Chandelier

Remove all electrical wiring from the chandelier, but leave the bulb bases intact. Simply cut the end of the electrical wiring and pull it though.

The stems of the solar lights are about the same diameter of the bulb bases. Test fit the stem and determine the proper height of the bulb relative to your chandelier’s size. No science here, you just have to eyeball it.

Mark one of the stems and cut it. If the stem is metal you will need a hacksaw.

Solar Powered Chandelier

After cutting the first stem, assemble the light head and test fit it to make sure it is the height you desire. Once this is confirmed, cut all of the stems to the same length.

Remove the cap of the light heads and carefully cover the solar cells with masking tape, trimming neatly around the edges with a knife.

Solar Powered Chandelier

Spray paint all surfaces of the chandelier, solar light covers and stems. The chandelier is much easier to paint while it is hanging. Don’t forget to paint the chain!

After the paint is dry, remove the masking tape and assemble the lights and stems. Apply a liberal amount of silicone caulk (clear is best) around the tips of the bulb bases. This will secure the lights and help keep water out of the old bulb base.

Solar Powered Chandelier

Install the stems over the bulb bases, allowing the caulk to squish out and form a nice seal at the bottom.

Next, carefully adjust the angle of the lights and stems to make sure they are all pointing straight up. This is harder and more time consuming than it sounds. Hang the chandelier at a reasonable working height so you can rotate it while eyeballing the alignment of the solar lights. You need to do this while the caulk is still wet. If necessary, use masking tape to temporarily hold the lights in alignment until the caulk dries (up to 24 hours depending on what type you use).

Once everything is dry and straight, make sure the batteries in each light has been activated (usually by pulling a little plastic zip tab underneath) and hang your chandelier in a place that it will get some sun in the daytime.

Solar Powered Chandelier

Remember in November

Bring your chandelier inside this fall for safe storage from the harsh winter weather.

Solar Powered Chandelier

Double Take Art Show 2015

Double Take Art Show 2015

***Special Update*** The ReStore received a Star Award from Craft Retailers & Artists for Tomorrow (CRAFT) for Double Take Art Show! We are honored to receive this national recognition and applaud the Tamarack Artisan Foundation for organizing our participation in West Virginia and American Craft Week!

We were thrilled to have over 50 fantastic pieces of local art on display for the very first Double Take Art Show, and we look forward to making this an annual tradition. We thank the hundreds of people that visited Double Take to vote and bid. If you didn’t have to opportunity to stop by the ReStore during the two week show, here’s a short video for you viewing pleasure.

Thank you, David Irvine!

We’d liked to give a very special thank you to David Irvine for helping to make Double Take a success. In the modern world of internet technology, David, living in Toronto, Canada, came across Double Take. He reached out to the ReStore Director with an offer to build awareness of the event by creating and donating a piece of redirected art to the Double Take Art Show. David’s art donation raised $200 for Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam County.

And the winner is…

Double Take visitors were encouraged to vote for their favorite piece in the exhibit. The Community Choice Award, along with $200, goes to Adrienne Galloway for “Alice in a Winter Wonderland.”

Many more winners of local creative art!

Here is the list of the pieces that sold during the blind auction. The winners will be personally notified and their art will be made available for payment starting Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at the ReStore.

Hot Mess by Sherri Jackson

3. “Hot Mess” by Sherri Jackson GOES TO GINA PUZZUOLI

 

"Dun.Dun.Duunn." by Sherri Jackso

7. “Dun.Dun.Duunn.Duunn.Duunn.” by Sherri Jackson GOES TO GINA PUZZUOLI

"Space Worm Hole" by Christopher George

9. “Space Worm Hole” by Christopher George GOES TO SAM RAYHILL

"Eyes on You" by Katie Loflin

12. “Eyes on You” by Katie Loflin GOES TO CRICKET SKEEN

"Tres Toreros" by Brenda Pinnell

13. “Tres Toreros” by Brenda Pinnell GOES TO CATHY CAUDILL

"Vase of Flowers" by Tookie Nibert

14. “Vase of Flowers” by Anna “Tookie” Nibert GOES TO ANNE PLOTT

"Quence" by Kim Shrader

15. “Quence” by Kim Shrader GOES TO MEGAN ROSKOVENSKY

"Look Mom" by Wanda Dragoo

16. “Look Mom” by Wanda Dragoo GOES TO LORI MCCOMAS

"Aquatic Life of the Kanawha" by Cathy Caudill

17. “Aquatic Life of the Kanawha” by Cathy Caudill GOES TO DREW ORRISON

"Release the Kraken!" by Jenna Green

20. “Release the Kraken!” by Jenna Green GOES TO GINA PUZZUOLI

"Heading to the ReStore" by Wanda Dragoo

22. “Heading to the ReStore” by Wanda Dragoo GOES TO RESTORE STAFF

"Octopus" by Diane Legg

23. “Octopus” by Diane Legg GOES TO JASON NICHOLS

"Alice in a Winter Wonderland" by Adrienne Galloway

25. “Alice in a Winter Wonderland” by Adrienne Galloway GOES TO ADRIENNE GALLOWAY
"Alice" and "Rabbit" by Sarah Tolley

28. “Rabbit” by Sarah Tolley GOES TO JIM TOLLEY

29. “Alice” by Sarah Tolley GOES TO FRANCES TOLLEY

"Visitor" by Audrey Beckner

30. “Visitor” by Audrey Beckner GOES TO DIANE LEGG

"Monet Found His Glasses" by Shawn Means

31. “Monet Found His Glasses” by Shawn Means GOES TO AMY MCLAUGHLIN

"Cat in the Hat and Nessie" by Beth Loflin

32. “Cat in the Hat and Nessie” by Beth Loflin GOES TO AMY WILLIAMS

"Mary Poppins" by Rhonda Jones

33. “Mary Poppins” by Rhonda Jones GOES TO TAMMY HARPER

"Mythical Creatures" by Pam Stallings

34. “Mythical Creatures” by Pam Stallings GOES TO LINDSAY HILTON

Untitled by Betty Rivard

38. Untitled by Betty Rivard GOES TO LINDSAY HILTON

"Believe" by Beth Kerns

39. “Believe” by Beth Kerns GOES TO GINA PUZZUOLI

"Sundown Motel" by Janet Pendergrass

41. “Sundown Motel” by Janet C. Pendergrass GOES TO JANET PENDERGRASS

"First Feast" by Danolita Curnutte

42. “First Feast” by Danolita Curnutte GOES TO REBECCA TIGNOR

"Bag Lady" by Margaret Volkwein

43. “Bag Lady” by Margaret Volkwein GOES TO THOM WORLLEDGE

"New York" by Rebecca Hemsworth

44. “New York” by Rebecca Hemsworth GOES TO SAM RAYHILL

 

Untitled by David Irvine

48.  Untitled by David Irvine GOES TO AMY MCLAUGHLIN

"Lisa Frank Cat" by Brittany Means

49. “Lisa Frank Cat” by Brittany Means GOES TO SARA PRICE FORTNEY

The pieces that did not sell through this year’s blind auction will be automatically entered into Double Take 2016. All participating artists’ ReStore gift cards are available for pickup at the ReStore cashier’s desk.

2015 ReDesign Contest

2015 ReDesign Contest

A file cabinet was remodeled to create a comfy home for Mushu the beaded dragon. Wrought iron headboards were used to create a decorative exterior fence. A bowling ball was transformed into a bumble bee. All these seemingly random and peculiar events can mean only one thing. It’s ReDesign by ReStore time!

How to Play ReDesign

Every summer ReStore shoppers send us pictures of projects they have tackled using items they purchased at the ReStore. Our customers submit shots of beautifully reupholstered furniture, custom jewelry made from antique hardware, and mosaic tile covered creations. We encourage this good behavior by giving them a $10 off coupon in return.

And the Winner is…

At the end of August the Habitat for Humanity Marketing Committee votes for their favorite ReStore ReDesign and the winner is awarded a two minute shopping spree in the ReStore. This year the marketing committee chose Leigh Anne Watts as the ReDesign by ReStore winner! And, she doesn’t know it yet. So…congratulations, Leigh Anne!

Leigh Anne Watts

Leigh Anne's ReDesign

Leigh Anne’s Craft Room

Leigh Anne, a loyal West Virginian since 2002, built a beautiful work bench from an old hollow core door she purchased at the ReStore in early 2015. She made the bench legs using wood and a saw horse kit. She dipped the legs in black paint which really gives the bench great flair.
The work bench is the centerpiece of Leigh Anne’s craft room; a craft room that would make Martha Stewart drool. This room is where all the DIY magic happens that she writes about in her blog: Houseologie.com. Leigh Anne calls her blog a study in house and home, and we think she’s a great student.

Beth Ann Walker

Beth Ann Walker ReDesign

Beth Ann Walker’s Artwork

It was a hard fought battle for Leigh Anne. We had so many great entries this year. Beth Ann Walker used $1.50 worth of scrap lumber from the ReStore’s lumber yard to create a lovely piece of art for her niece, Alyssa. She assembled the multiple pieces of wood to create a flat panel and then painted a lovely scene of dandelions caught in a breeze.

Dan Brunton

Dan Brunton's ReDesign 2

Dan Brunton’s ReStore Collection

Another crowd favorite came from Charlestonian, Dan Brunton. Using an old elevation rod, hardware he found at the ReStore, and his wife’s creativity, Dan constructed a stunning photo ledge. The antiqued cast of the ledge compliments his family’s well-appointed entryway. The entryway also contains a chandelier and an old church pew that Dan purchased from the ReStore and refinished.

Over 40 Entries This Year!

Every year we are impressed and inspired by the creativity, skill and ingenuity displayed by ReStore customers. To see all the 2015 ReDesign by ReStore entries, visit our Facebook page. And, stay tuned to see the video of Leigh Anne’s upcoming two minute shopping spree.

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