My Thanksgiving Tablescape

I had so much fun decorating for Fall and Thanksgiving this  year. It’s like playing for me! Before you see my pictures you should know that my least favorite color EVER is orange. It’s just not my favorite. But, I do think an orange tree in the fall is amazing and orange pumpkins are organically beautiful. I could have done white pumpkins, but I thought that was getting a bit overplayed so I went old school.

What is such a blessing this year is that on Thanksgiving I will have my best friend, Rachel, here from Colorado. We have known each other since pre-school and have walked through every broken road and every happy event together. I am feeling so blessed to be sharing my Thanksgiving with her.

Back to my decor…

My table is a variety of orange hues and texture, including brass, copper, gold mercury, wood twigs, orangey everything, yellow wheat and off white candles and old books. I pulled pieces from all over my house and my decor closet where I keep a stash of fun stuff. The cute fabric pumpkins came from Target. Yeah, Target! They are doing good things over there.

Here’s my table scape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So much fun. And I actually like the orange. Here is a little picture of my Holly Golightly Halloween costume complete with Cat. I’m pretty sure I’ll be the same thing next year 🙂

Master Closet Organization

Some of you may have read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I did and went through the whole process about 2 years ago. I highly recommend it. I ended up donateing 20 bags of items!

Oh, how I heart a rainbow color-coordinated bookshelf like no other!!

Last Fall I finally organized my pantry cabinets and it took about 2 weeks and more money than I wanted to spend. But, totally worth the investment. Now if only I could get Reid to put the glass lid on the Goldfish crackers. Hopeless.

I feel like sometimes I do my best work when kids are home for the summer and we are all in chaos! I feel like cleaning and starting projects. So, that’s how I began my master closet clean out. Here are the super pretty trays that I found on Amazon! I love them.

Valdler Sackcloth Stackable Organizing Trays

EZOWear Foldable Bamboo Fabric Organizers

This is the crazy, hanging thing I used for years and I really needed to upgrade.

This tray business seems so much more clean & organized. I’m so pleased.

Bear approved.

…lake reno continued

I don’t know about you, but I can’t feel completely and totally relaxed in a room of mine unless it’s exactly the way I want it. It’s hard for me to settle down and even watch a show without looking around and rearranging in my head. We’ve been blessed to be in our lake house for a year now and we are doing little things to renovate and decorate.

As you know, I’m using blues and whites, but trying not to be too cliche about it. Here’a an update:

I’m so excited about this rug. It adds just a little global to the room and the tassels are braided. Super cute. These are some Ballard chairs that I purchased about 10 years ago and had them recovered in the same Sunbrella that I did at my home.

I’m also happy about how the coffee table turned out with the sanded and stained top w/ white legs. To be honest, the only reason those legs are white is because DH said there’s no way he’s sanding them and I didn’t jump to it either. I think it works for now.

For now, I am leaving the large fireplace stone. Initially I was going to – wait for it – paint it, but it doesn’t bother me so much. I found these cool, antique windows at a barn sale last year and the boat is from my dad’s antique collection. The boxwoods are faux, but I always like a little green and the chairs are in the color I wanted. Very inexpensive for chairs. Shhhhhhh. Found them at Joss and Main for about $200 each. I didn’t like the legs and so I ordered new ones and voila!

I think it makes the chairs look more expensive. I found the legs on Amazon and they literally screwed right in! Easy.

I finished my teacup series and hung them without a level or tape measure on the wall. DH was impressed. And I used Command strips – best invention ever! You never have to use a nail again! These things are impressive.

Love how the gold frames (also via Amazon) catch my eye. The basement guestroom is just about completed and the stairway will be in Phase II because we still need time for plenty of play!