Easy DIY Centerpiece {& Stress-Free Party Tips}

Simple DIY Burlap Flower Pot - The Inspired RoomCreated in partnership with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

I think entertaining should be carefree, not stressful! But when you are rushing around cleaning and thinking about food, who has time for creating fancy table decorations? So when you are in a hurry, but still want something cute and memorable for the table, here is one of my go-to simple ideas that can be put together in minutes, even at the LAST MINUTE!

Simple DIY Burlap Flower Pot - The Inspired Room blog

A bouquet can be a sweet centerpiece, but to be a little different I sometimes like to pick up some potted plants at a grocery store or local nursery to use as a centerpiece on the dining table or buffet table. They are economical, too. They last for a long time and can be planted outdoors when you are done entertaining!

Simple DIY Burlap Flower Pots - The Inspired Room

To give those plastic pots a finished look, no need to invest in prettier pots. Keep a keep a roll of burlap fabric on hand for prettifing the plastic pot your plant came in (I found mine at Jo-Ann). No one needs to know your secret!

I just cut the fabric, wrap it around the pot and tuck the ends in. Simple as that! If you want to be even fancier or further secure the burlap, tie a ribbon or twine to the finished pot. I think using three pots on a longer table increases the impact of this centerpiece, place them on a short tray to add extra dimension.

Plants make a thoughtful housewarming, hostess or just-because gift, too! Make these little pots anytime, them up with a bow and make someone’s day.

Simple DIY Burlap Pots - The Inspired Room

Easy peasy and oh-so-cute too.

Simple DIY Planters - The Inspired Room

If the idea of entertaining still makes you a bit nervous, here are 5 tips for a stress-free gathering:

1) Do What You Enjoy.

You’re the party-planner, so you have the power to design a gathering that you will enjoy, even during the planning and preparation phase. That means you can make decisions for an event that will be as simple or as elaborate as you want. If the idea of making cupcakes from scratch stresses you out, don’t hesitate to cut some corners and buy them pre-made! If you are all about the food but feel stumped when it comes to setting a festive table, find a few simple go-to ideas and feel free fall back on them time and time again.

2) Cut Yourself Some Slack!

Make a plan, but keep it flexible! Parties can be unpredictable and things may not always go according to plan, but as long as you laugh off any mishaps and enjoy the experience, your guests will have a great time too.

3) Don’t Worry, Be Happy.

Are you a worrier when it comes to bringing guests into your home? Chances are, your guests will simply be grateful that you are hosting them and will likely overlook any of the things you’re concerned about. Make a list of what worries you the most and address those concerns first with easy solutions so you can stop worrying and enjoy the rest of the experience.

4) Be A Gracious Hostess.

The purpose of gatherings is to spend intentional time together and get to know your guests. If you are genuinely gracious and kind to everyone who enters your home, your party will be a success even if the dinner burns or you forgot to turn on your dishwasher before guests arrive. Kindness wins.

5) Tag-Team It.

Tag-teaming party planning and hostessing allows you to divide the responsibilities and reduces stress for everyone. Plus, it’s more fun!

For more project ideas, visit the Idea Market at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

Summer House Tour

Summer House Tour - The Inspired Room Entry

Hello everybody! I’m so glad you are here. I hope you are having a great Monday! I’m excited because I’m joining in Gina’s Summer House Tour! If you are just stopping by from Nester’s, WELCOME!

Even though we are still a few weeks away from the official start of summer, I’ve been starting the gradual evolution towards preparing my house for the warmer season. Now that might make it sound like I have had nothing more to do that just putter around all day getting the house all pretty for summer. IF ONLY! Ha! That would be my DREAM weekend right there. But alas, no.

Summer tour of homes

In my usual fashion of attempting to do ALL THE THINGS at the same time (why, ha!), we are now preparing to move (if you missed the news, you can catch up here.) SO, yeah, kinda doing a bit more than just puttering around making things pretty. But nesting is my hobby and my therapy so even when I’ve got lots to do to keep life rolling, I love slowing down to show some love to at least one corner of my house. It’s a good thing for me! In those especially crazy seasons, when I’m decluttering like a mad woman and my house is a complete mess, restoring order and prettiness to at least part of the house lets me feel more at peace so I can take a deep breath and keep on going.

I’ll admit I am pretty sad about leaving my house (should we proceed to move as we think we will). We’ve worked so hard on making it feel like home and while I knew all along that this might not be our forever home, I grew to love it enough to be perfectly content to stay, should we decide that was the right thing to do. We’ve already lived here longer than in any other home, so I definitely feel settled and comfortable and in my dreams I’d be here forever.

A new non-custom construction house was a blank slate for us, so we’ve really enjoyed seeing it transformed into a home. The journey to make this house our home wasn’t always easy though and many times I felt like we were going at a snail’s pace (and sometimes at a standstill!), but when I look around at my house today after six years of TLC I know that each corner represents a part of our story, reflects a bit of ourselves and is prettier than when we started. Moving always feels like we are leaving a little bit of ourselves behind but I know I learned many lessons in this house that I will take with me wherever we go.

I’ll be sharing more soon, but for now, let’s talk about SUMMER decorating! Pretend the sun is out, OK?

Summer House Tour - The Inspired Room Entry Table

This little green table was found at a local flea market awhile back and I knew right away I would find a place for it so it came home with me. I especially love the unique legs. As I was dusting the entry last week I had an idea, what if I took my Turkish towel from the wing back in the dining room and tried it on this table? I was so tickled when I thought of it (I always get pretty excited when I think of a new way to arrange or use things I already have) that I ran over and picked it up to try it immediately. Sure enough, I love it for a fresh summery look! I’m all about the little rope tassels and the green stripes, too.

A few weeks ago I was in the mood to “shake up the house” a bit and moved the giant shell from the family room to the entry table. I had never tried the shell anywhere else (I’m not sure why!) but I loved it in the entry as a bold summer statement as you enter the front door.

Summer House Tour - The Inspired Room blog

While the sun has been out periodically and it’s even been warm already this season, we aren’t really in full summer mode here until mid-July into early Fall. It still gets a little chilly on cloudy days. It was really dark out the other day and it looked like it might rain, so I was chuckling to myself as I was “summerizing” the house and taking pics while wearing a sweater. :) For cozier summer evenings I’m keeping one blanket over the sofa, just in case. I think it will come in handy.

Summer House Tour - The Inspired Room Fireplace

But in spite of the cloudiness outside, I was excited to bring a little sunshine inside with a couple of yellow pillows. I love yellow. I also was pretty thrilled because my peonies are blooming! Ever since we moved in, I dreamed of a little cutting garden in my backyard and I finally have one! I have roses, peonies, hydrangeas, daisies and more. I’ll be showing you more of my secret garden and other yard projects in the upcoming weeks (you can see a sneak peek of it outside my family room window in the next pic!).

Summer House Tour - Family Room - The Inspired Room

Now, speaking of shaking up the house, I did a little furniture rearranging. At Christmas time when we had family visiting, I moved these white painted rattan chairs from the kitchen into the family room to offer more seating during the holidays. I thought it might be a fun change even for the summer since the chairs are so light and airy, so I brought them back in and put the trellis wingback in the kitchen (sorry, I forgot to take a pic of it in the kitchen in time for this tour, but I think it looks cute there!).

Summer House Tour - The Inspired Room Family Room Chairs

I love these stools for sitting and for end tables, they are so versatile!

Summer House Tour - The Inspired Room Blog - Leather Sofa

My leather loveseat is from Pottery Barn, I’m so pleased with it. You can see why I chose leather here.

Summer House Tour - The Inspired Room Mantel

I adore the little frameable inspirational art quotes created for my book, Love the Home You Have. You can download this free print and many others on the book page. I like having inspirational quotes around to inspire me to keep on creating a home I love.

Summer House Tour - The Inspired Room Blog House Tour

Summer House Tour - The Inspired Room blog - Gallery Wall

I added some colored books to the antique bowl I found at a secondhand store a few weeks ago.

The Inspired Room Kitchen - Farmhouse Sink - Summer House Tour

I cleaned off my windowsills and added different containers with planted herbs and cut flowers. You can see my kitchen remodel (with more photos!) and my kitchen source list for more details on the kitchen.

The Inspired Room Kitchen Sink View - Summer House Tour

This is my third year growing Wisteria outside my kitchen window as a privacy screen and it has grown so much, I LOVE IT! For the first time it is actually blooming. The scent is glorious wafting through my sliding door.

The Inspired Room Backyard - Trex Adirondack Chair

We’ve been working a bit outside trying to finish up some of our projects, but we still have a ways to go before I feel like it’s done. I recently showed you one of my backyard corner makeovers.

The Inspired Room Backyard

Our yard started out as a typical barren “new construction” backyard but we’ve come so far in the past couple of years. This little spot looks really cute now, you can see the before and after in this post!

The Inspired Room Backyard Updates

While I love decorating inside the house all year round, in the summer I’m mostly working outside, soaking in every bit of sunshine I can out in the yard. I’ll be showing you the progress on my little secret garden soon!

Love the Home You Have - by The Inspired Room blog

Before you go, be sure to follow me on Instagram because I’ll have a book giveaway there sometime today! Have you had a chance to read my book, Love the Home You Have? I have a second book, a coffee table book, due out November 1st that I’m super excited about! But this pretty little book is near and dear to my heart. It’s all about finding (and remembering!) the love for the home you have. Whether it’s a temporary abode or your forever home, sometimes we just need a little inspiration to embrace what we have right in front of us. Big or small, our home is a gift we can open as long as we live there! This book offers encouragement and practical tips to create a home and life you’ll love. Thank you so much for all the love many of you have shown for this book already! I’m so grateful to have such great friends out there.

I’ll be back with more summer decorating and projects, and of course, updates on what’s next for our family!

Thanks for stopping by!

Now head on over to City Farmhouse, the next house on the tour! Enjoy! (preview below!)


Commonly asked sources:

Tufted ottomanGray WingbackDip-Dyed StoolFamily Room Wood Mirror

Paint Colors in My House

Lighting Sources in My House

See more of my home on my House Tour page and the whole tour will be in my upcoming coffee table book, The Inspired Room!

{Inspiration} Fillable Glass Lamps

Summer House Tour - The Inspired Room

Remember when I said I was having trouble finding large glass lamps, so I resorted to my DIY glass bottle lamp?

Summer Decorating Gallery Wall - The Inspired Room

Well, HomeGoods surprised me recently and had tons of pretty and large lamps, including these lovely glass lamps I put on my console cabinet! YAY!

They aren’t as huge as my glass jar lamp, but still a really nice size. It’s nice to have a big statement lamp or two in a room!

Glass Jar Lamp

And the bonus of these beautiful glass lamps? They have a cork “lid” that comes off so you can fill the jar with something festive if you want to! I’ve seen similar lamps to these at Target recently. You can find them here!

I like them just simple and empty, too, but I can imagine it would be fun to fill them with pretty Christmas decor, seashells, driftwood, pinecones, postcards, books, mementos or even use them like a little terrarium. Or maybe I would opt for faux plants or flowers, just so they would be stress free! I haven’t filled mine with anything yet, but I did a little searching for inspiration. I’m sure I’ll be trying some of these out for myself!

Below you can find some beautiful Pottery Barn lamps I really like with ideas of possible ways to fill them.

Flowers in Glass Lamp

Glass Lamp Filler Ideas

Glass Lamp Filler Christmas


Eggs Filled Glass Lamp

Personalizing Glass Lamp

Glass Lamp Filled with Shells

Fillable Glass Lamp Ideas

It’s fun to have simple ways to change your decor seasonally, don’t you think?

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