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A range of rich red, orange, coral, and terra cotta brings an immediate warmth to an outdoor table. Abundantly affordable paper goods like pleated fans and butcher paper add other layers of easy style. The tabletop is a slab door with painted red cleats added to its corners. Wrap the cleats with bright cord to anchor the ends of the paper on breezy afternoons.
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Red-Bordered Place Mat
Position a round place mat on the flatbed of a sewing machine, with the needle about one inch in from the edge. Using a straight stitch, sew all the way around the place mat. Using the edge of the presser foot as a guide, continue sewing a concentric spiral, as shown.
Round cotton place mat, in Taupe (similar to shown), $8; canvashomestore.com
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Spray-paint four cleats and let dry. Press a cleat into the edge of a slab door, six inches in from the corner; mark the hole positions with a pencil. Repeat at the other corners. Use a drill to sink pilot holes, then screw in the cleats. Loop cord around one cleat, then run it across the table to loop around the opposite cleat, then back again. Repeat on the other end.