Are Those Deer in Your Centerpiece?

Sally Shim: Get Crafty

Sally Shim is a home accessories and stationery designer. All of her work is handmade, with special attention paid to colors, textures, and details.

Shim wanted to create something that would not distract guests from the food. So she kept the centerpiece minimal and the colors neutral, and carried the design through to the place cards, handmade runner, and table setting. She cut out individual linen leaves and glued them onto a twig branch, and crafted cozies for the glasses, which are filled with ginkgo nuts and acorns that her sons picked up while playing at a park.

  • Shim made the table runner by piecing together strips of linen and cotton prints in golden hues. It is backed with a single piece of gold cotton fabric.
  • To make the utensil holders, Shim used strips of linen and contrasting gold linen patches. To make name cards, she fused together two pieces of linen and cut a leaf shape out of them. She printed names onto transfer paper, ironed the names onto linen strips, and then secured the linen strips to the linen leaves with cotton thread.