Tampa-based Jenna LeBlanc of Jenna Sue Design has been diy-ing for more than a decade. In 2008, she purchased her first fixer upper, and since has moved across the country, renovating even more spaces, including a six-bedroom California cottage and her current Florida home, which unexpectedly burned down during renovations in 2018. Over the years, she has taken her love for design and expertise for simple yet beautiful DIYs, showcasing the step-by-step processes on her blog. 

We sat down with the designer to get her take on what makes the perfect holiday table. Better yet? You may have some of these items lying around your home already. 

Choose Your Theme

Decorating for the holidays is one of LeBlanc’s favorite pastimes, something she looks forward to each year. She challenges herself to come up with a new theme and color palette that’ll work all season long, and this year, she drew inspiration from floral centerpieces, rich, moody burgundy, sage green, wood, gold, and silver tones. 

Lean Neutral

While her current look, which she’s named “Harvest Chic,” worked well for Halloween, she feels it’s neutral enough to use for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and later on this winter as well. “For Thanksgiving, simply add in amber/rust tones or dried grasses,” she says. “For Christmas, mix in bright whites and pine needles.”

Shop on a Budget

Who doesn’t love cost-friendly decor? LeBlanc searched for budget finds for her table, including rope taper ivory candles from World Market, a burgundy runner, floral printed napkins, gold flatware, green ceramic plates from Amazon, glass votive holders, brass candlestick holders, and a wood cutting/serving board. 

Include an Easy DIY

The star of her holiday table is the DIY floral centerpiece. While “it may look complicated and a bit daunting, I stick to a pretty simple technique that has worked for me every time,” she says. Overall, it took her 30 minutes, which included taking photos along the way. “There’s really no right or wrong way to do it—it’s a time to be creative and have fun!”

So, grab a compote bowl or wide vase, chicken wire netting or floral foam, tape, varying dried florals, and wire cutters or pruning shears if using fresh florals. Place the netting in the bowl, secure in an x-pattern with tape, and start laying in greenery, florals, and more to get a one-of-a-kind look. 

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DIY

We are no strangers to DIY home renovations at Semihandmade. After all, that’s where the idea for making doors for IKEA kitchen systems came from. So naturally, we had to dedicate an entire section of SemiStories to celebrating our design community’s ingenuity, from DIY kitchen ideas to thinking of smaller details like rattan glassware and easy-to-make wall hangings. Don’t just take it from us: we’ve tapped the best in the business. Anita Yokota shared her best trick for a $20 bathroom renovation, Jessica D’Itri Marés shared her favorite spray painter, and Jenna LeBlanc showed us how to give wall-to-wall storage a custom touch. Maybe you’re just dipping your toes in the world of do-it-yourself, in which case we recommend starting small: try your hand at making your own speckled candle holders, for example, or give your greenery an updated home with pretty stacked planters. If you have a handy side (maybe you’ve put together DIY kitchen cabinets or are not afraid to use a power tool), we have projects for you too: painting a hand-painted mural is a fun way to give your favorite room some life or maybe you’re game to try putting together your own TV cabinet like Sarah Sherman Samuel did (PS: she saved thousands in the process). Experts, we’ve got you covered too: from learning to tile and grout your own backsplash to painting your cabinets without a hitch, we have plenty of DIY kitchen renovation ideas to keep you busy. We don’t stop at the kitchen either: from wall-to-wall media centers to fluted doors made for playroom storage, you’ll find ideas to improve every room in the house