Here's a table top tip that will floor you (pun intended)!
Think: small rugs as table runners!
It's an idea that came to me last Fall, while browsing the always inspiring Swedish mega-store, Ikea.
At the time, I was pining for one of those trendy, natural-colored French linen table runners, but couldn't bring myself to make the spend...
As luck would have it however, I found these small (2"x4") rustic-looking rugs for less than $5-budget-friendly dollars each. They had the texture, color (and even fringe!) I was looking for. I knew I could lay them end-to-end down the center of the table, or side-by-side cross wise.
As it turns out, I have used them for both -AND they wash well to boot!
Months later, I realize they also beautifully navigate the challenge of an umbrella pole in center of the patio table!
Presto-chango! More style, less money. Love that!