We love pretty much everything about Lisa and Alex's Montreal house tour, but the detail that's really remained with us is the way they covered their table in a woven rug. It's a warm, unexpected approach that sent us on a search for other out-of-the-ordinary ideas for tablecloths and runners...
As Lisa mentions in this post, using rugs on the table was common in early American homes. In her home, a worn but clean rug protects the tabletop from everyday use, while a regular tablecloth comes out for dinner parties.
Pretty much any type of textile can be repurposed as a table covering. We've seen Indian saris, curtains, and blankets used in lieu of traditional tablecloths.
For a table runner, try repurposing a scarf or using an unexpected material, like felt. We also like the idea of using decorative paper to dress up a party table, either as placemats or a runner. For more ideas, click here.
• 1 Lisa and Alex's Craftsman Loft
• 2 Saris on the Table
• 3 Saguaro Table Runner from Plait
• 4 Art and Chel's IKEA Curtain Placemats
• 5 Wool Felt Table Runner from FilzFelt
Photos: Regina Yunghans, Janel Laban, Plait, Art and Chel / Apartment Therapy Flickr Pool, FilzFelt