During my recent stay in Laurel, I was invited to the Tews’ house for dinner! Who are the Tews? Ross and Laura Tew are the owners of Tew Studios and the homeowners from Home Town’s pilot episode. Their coffee mugs were featured on the show!
Ross and Laura are such a sweet, genuine couple. They invited myself, the RTR CEO, and Community Manager over for dinner just 5 weeks after having a baby girl! Talk about southern hospitality!
The couple was gracious enough to take us on a tour of their home. I am THRILLED to say that they kept their home almost exactly like how Erin decorated it! They incorporated a few of their own pieces back into the design, but it truly looks like what you saw on TV!
I finally got the all clear from HGTV and RTR Media to recreate the rooms seen on the pilot episode! The first room I set out to tackle was the dining room. I hope you like the re-creating and come away inspired to decorate, mixing high end pieces with budget friendly decor!
There are three DIYs for this room, one by Erin, one by my sister-in-law, Beth, and one from a blog tutorial:
DIY CURTAINS (ERIN):
- 9 x 12 canvas drop cloth
- Drape clip rings
- Sewing sheers
- Sewing machine
Instructions: Cut 9 x 12 canvas drop cloth into two 9 x 6 panels. Hem the raw edge on each panel. Clip the top of the panels with clip rings.
DIY TABLE RUNNER (BETH):
- Sewing sheers
- Sewing machine
1. Measure your table to determine the proper length and width of the table runner. The length should be the length of your table plus the amount of overhang you want (if any) plus once inch for a seam allowance. EX: If your table is 48 inches and you would like a 6 inch overhang on either side, your fabric length should be 51 inches (48″ table plus 6″ on each side plus 1″ for the seam allowance). The width depends on your preference and the size of your table but approximately 12- 15 inches plus 1 inch seam allowance is a good rule of thumb. You can easily go wider or thinner though.
2. Cut your fabric to the length and width that you determined in the first step. Fold in about a quarter inch and then fold in again about another quarter inch all around (you want a double fold to prevent fraying and to give a more finished look). Pin the fold down and iron the edges.
3. Sew the fold down about a quarter inch from the fold all the way around the table runner. Iron out any wrinkles and enjoy!
DINING ROOM RE-CREATION:
The dining room table was build by none other than Ben Napier. The chairs are a hodgepodge of collected chairs. Check your local antique and thrift shops to get similar chairs.
I spoke with Erin and she said the same table will be sold in the future on Ben’s site, Scotsman Co. In the meantime, I’ve gone ahead and recreated the dining room with several similar table options, as well as the actual and similar decor and furniture seen on the show.
The centerpiece on the table is made up of Kalalou vases. They are pricey and hard to come by, one being discontinued. You could buy a similar vase listed below or try your hand at re-creating the discontinued herringbone vase by following this easy tutorial. The flowers in the centerpiece are from Flowertyme in Laurel.
The original artwork in the dining room was painted by local artist, Mandy Buchanan. How talented is she?! Erin had the hydrangea and lemon painting commissions for the Tews. Mandy was incredibly generous and gifted them with three more of her floral paintings!
You can check out Mandy’s collection on her Facebook page, Mandy Buchanan Paintings. Lucky Luxe is her online distributor and Southern Antiques carries her paintings in store, but is willing to ship to their clients.
That’s it for this room re-creation! Leave your comments below, follow our Home Town fan group, and have fun shopping!