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Saffron_Marigold_Table_RunnerWe’re happy to announce that Freebie Fridays are back!  For anyone who missed our last round of Freebies, each week we’ll post a question here on Design Happens on Friday.  You have until 12 Noon ET on Monday to comment on this post with a valid email address and you’re entered for that week’s giveaway.  It’s that simple!

We’ve partnered with Saffron Marigold to kick off this new round of Freebie Fridays.  They describe themselves as “cozy boutique, home to an exquisite collection of exotic, unique, designer handcrafted, India inspired bedding and linens.”  Their commitment to fair trade and use of eco-friendly products really impressed us here at Design Happens.  Saffron Marigold is offering this week’s winner their choice of any table runner featured on their site.


This week we want to know – What’s normally on your dining table when you’re NOT expecting company? Is it always neat and tidy with a bowl of fruit and some candlesticks? Or are you like me and its normally covered in the last week’s worth of mail and maybe a cat or two?

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351 Responses

  1. Adara says:

    Mail, magazines and assorted toddler toys.

  2. ohangel94 says:

    I always throw my mail on the table until it piles up.

  3. catlover says:

    not much other than bills and a few magazines, I could use a centerpiece and runner though.

  4. kkilkenn says:

    Normally, I've got whichever quilting project of the week/month laid out on my table. Currently, I'm putting together a group baby quilt (the Bunco Aunties stitched "baby boy" squares) that needs stitched up and quilted. Of course, when I know company is coming, it all get put away and comes right back the next day!

  5. VickiC says:

    I like to fill a large apothecary jar with seasonal decorations appropriate to the time of year or upcoming holiday, which I then place on one of many table-clothes I have collected over the years. Then I set out a few decorative objects around the outside perimeter of the jar in colors or themes to tie everything together. I don't do anything too elaborate because simple works best for me, but I get a lot of pleasure out of doing it and I love that it usually brings a smile to the faces of my guests. (And I confess that things get a little rearranged when my toddler grand-daughters come to visit. It's always a kick when their re-decorating looks better than mine did!)

  6. Teresa says:

    Right now, I have a Christmas table cloth and my husband's laptop….And yes, I am hoping that changes soon! We are closing escrow on our first home next week, and with a new space for an office, I look forward to having a beautiful dining room, clear of office clutter, and with candles, flowers, and a gorgeous new table.

  7. sophia deer says:

    I have a glass cylinder like container filled with fake apples and I have placemats,I was looking for a runner in pier 1 imports but they we're expensive so I waited,then I saw this opportunity to win one! I never win anything but as my nana always says, " Hey! what do you got to lose!"

  8. Azle says:

    Getting ready for retirement (yes it does happen :-D ). To generate more monies coming in, I am starting a home base business. So by day my beautiful table is the "office" and we clear it every night for dinner. When the conversation starts with "how was your day", it's easy to look around and have a lively discussion. ____

  9. Angelica says:

    bills, magazines, my purse…….

  10. Ashley says:

    My dining room table has 4 beautiful place settings of my fine china (as that is all that I have so far), they are on place mats with pretty napkins with napkin rings. I have three stylish crystal candle holders with candles in the center. Simple yet elegant.

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