Can y’all believe Halloween is tomorrow?! Which means Thanksgiving is just about three weeks away! I like Halloween for the kiddos, but for me, it signifies the slide into that cozy and festive time of year I love so much- the H O L I D A Y S! Cue angels singing!!! By the way, it’s suddenly turned crazy cold here, so my little ballerina might just be a pumpkin instead! I still have James’ old costume and I tried it on her and it fits! It’s really thick, so it’ll keep her warm while trick-or-treating.
With the help of my small decorator (if you saw Stories you know what I mean;), we prettied up our dining room to coordinate with the Fall season. Truthfully, we usually eat most of our meals at the breakfast table, but with this festive set-up, I’m ready to enjoy our meals here more often!
What I learned over the years about my decor, and style in general, is that “less is more”. And natural elements make for the loveliest home decor. We brought in lime green and blue hydrangeas and a mix of mini white pumpkins, green apples, eucalyptus and mini faux potted plants to adorn the table.
And one of my favorite things about the decor this year is how traditionally Fall the table looks with the plaid tablecloth and then that modern vibe that the leopard pillow adds. I have three of those pillows and they move all over the house, amping up the chic factor wherever they land.
If you saw the hydrangeas the day before we took these photos, you would’ve seen some limpy, dying flowers, but I had done my “how to keep your hydrangeas thriving” trick before putting them in the water. I realized they had drank all the water after just one day, so I refilled it and added flower food, and the next day I woke up totally surprised to see these little guys full of life again! Now it’s been a week and they’re still going strong!
For the place settings, I used round hyacinth chargers from Pottery Barn, gold chargers from Hobby Lobby, our wedding china, a dessert plate from Home Goods and the Thankful napkins I scored last year at Crate & Barrel. The gold flatware is from Amazon or Overstock, I’ll look for a link for ya. (ok, couldn’t find ours there- but West Elm has some great gold sets!) It’s funny how much the kids get a kick out of using it. James always asks for a “golden spoon” to eat his yogurt! My darling nieces think it’s the fanciest and always want to use it when they visit!
Don’t forget about Etsy when looking for unique decor items too- I scored these brass candlestick holders there and love the elegant and vintage feel they lend to the table. Mine are old, but these are similar.
When I was decorating this room for Fall, I was thinking, I probably should have changed out the drapes- these white velvety drapes are still here from last Christmas– but I actually don’t mind them after seeing the room all together. Maybe a tan linen would’ve looked better, but that’s being picky. I specifically remember our builder asking, almost as an aside as we were building- do you prefer squared or round arches? I’m so glad he asked!
I really love the view looking from the kitchen, through the wet bar, into the dining room. Makes me also glad we chose curved arches in the architecture of the walls.
I’m a huge fan of faux branches for making an impact in a large room. The good-looking ones can be pricey, but they can be used year after year and still look good as new if you store them gently. Also, it can take a few to get that full look, so be sure to buy enough- I have five in this bottle neck vase, which keeps them all together as opposed to spreading out too much.
We found a few pumpkins at our local pumpkin patch– but the prices and variety was even better at Trader Joe’s! They have the cutest little display outside and pumpkins and gourds in all shapes and sizes!
This year, we inherited the water color painting from my husband’s grandparents. I mistakenly thought his grandfather painted it of their home, but my husband corrected me with a laugh, “no, it was just the painting I grew up seeing in their living room for the last 30 years.” Still, very cool to have something of theirs in our home. I do need to get the matting fixed- the art has slid down- but I was afraid to cut into the back myself, lest I ruin a family heirloom. But, I do love how it mixes with the colors in our dining room.
Which brings me to the question in the title of this post: How do you decide where to spend Thanksgiving, especially if your family is out of town? My mom, brothers and their families are in town, along with my husband’s sister and her family, with my in-laws out of state. We’re lucky that my mom and sis-n-law don’t live too terribly far from each other, so we usually go to one house earlier in the day and then drive to the second house. But, we have to figure out what time of day my brothers will visit their in-laws, so it can be challenging to coordinate schedules. How do y’all handle that?
And I couldn’t end this post without a giant virtual hug to my friend and talented photographer, Colleen Scott! She captured our dining room so beautifully, much better than I could’ve done! Thank you!
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Have a great week!