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 🙂

…5 Easy Home Decor Solutions – Pillows & Accents

#4 Pillows & Accents

Now comes our opportunity for color. What we are doing is layering the room and color is very important so the room does not look washed out. I personally feel like your big pieces work best if they are neutral aka the largest piece in your family room, the couch. Chairs have a bit more flexibility with color, but it’s a benefit to have a solid couch in neutral.

You have the opportunity to introduce your color in your pillows, vases, books, and all those lovely objects I reference in yesterday’s post. I would recommend going with your favorite color. Lighter colors will always create some air in your space, like this light blue and coral above.

Creating color and texture with pillows is a good idea because they are relatively inexpensive. In fact, once you’ve collected a bunch of down inserts you can simply buy the covers that are sold everywhere. Pick your favorite color and introduce it in several places throughout the room.

If you’ve chosen neutral colors in your case pieces, you will not be constricted to a certain color when the fun accessorizing begins. This is the fun part so play. Shop vintage, flea markets, Target, upscale for those few specialty items – say, an urn or lantern or great candlesticks. Chose a bowl, a painting for the wall, flowers, a cool end table, and/or an item from natural. My kids bring in those greenish brown pods we find under Magnolia trees and I have them collected in a wood box on my foyer table. Get creative!

Again, this is another time to let your personality shine. If you love a soft velvet then buy pillows in this fabric. You will want to put 2 of each kind of pillow on each couch. Then a coordinating pillow on any upholstered chairs in the space. I always like to have a least one green item to add a dash of freshness. I love a cute topiary, moss ball, green antique book, bundle of dried hydrangeas, etc. A second rule that I’d recommend is books. Nothing gives personality like a few glossy design books. Make sure they are large, thick and stack them 3 or 4 on top of each other. I heart books so I want them wherever the eye can see in my home!

If you decide in 2 or 3 years that you really hate dried flowers, vintage tea cups, old shoe forms, then find another room for them. Put them in the guestroom or basement common area. These items can be transfer elsewere and you will not have broken the bank buying them and therefore no heartache when moved. Tastes and trends change and accents are inexpensive ways to experiments with trends and color.

Tomorrow #5 – Lighting




Favorite Things Friday – last minute cuteness

I start my Christmas shopping in September because I know I’m going to run out of time. However, as it gets closer to the 25th I start freaking out that I’m not going to have enough little treats for the kids and my DH to open and usually make a trip to the dollar bins at Target 🙂

This year, Pottery Barn has come out with some super cute stocking stuffers and I had to make the babysitter stay late so I could rush over to the mall with the other thousands of shoppers. Oh, Tysons Corner friend & foe.

This Safe Bank will be going in my DH’s stocking so he can save up for our next anniversary trip far, far away from the maddening crowd.

And this Snail Tape Measure I will keep tucked away with me as I got to my design meetings. Who wants a big, old yellow plastic tape measure when you can have a silver snail?

We certainly don’t need these Nutcrackers from Antique Farmhouse and in fact we have never cracked a walnut in our home before, but I think they are so pretty to have out displayed somewhere. Maybe in a cute mason jar or silver tumbler or a console.

Filigree Glass Box also from Farmhouse. Super vintage & stylish for any room, any surface.

I love you little Egg Crates from Anthropologie.

Wooden Tic Tac Toe from Napa Style! Now how to keep those pieces from getting lost?

Here’s to stuffing those stockings!