Four Ways To Welcome Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Entry

Four Ways To Welcome Thanksgiving

I love the nostalgia of the holiday season, it gives me a chance to go through my collections and favorite finds. I appreciate items with a story, imperfections and a warm vintage look no matter what the season. Here are four ways I welcome Thanksgiving.

{One} The entry of my home sets the tone of the season. I always feature a seasonal arrangement provided by Stacey Halstead of Florissimo. If I want to change it up a bit from year-to-year, I may add a new ribbon. For fall, I like to display quail figurines and plates. I love the fact that these birds pair up and mate for life. (Which is apropos since Joe and I were married the Saturday after Thanksgiving, 25 years ago.)

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Pillow Pets

{Two} For me, pillows are an easy way to transform my otherwise neutral décor. I call it the changing of the pillow guard. I have a penchant for mixing patterns, colors and textures. Buddy, the latest addition to our pack, loves this spot!

{Three} My kitchen island is the hub of our home and is where friends and family always gather. I love to change the centerpiece and often use a decorative tray to frame seasonal collections. This warm walnut tray anchors a mix of metals. I think the matte zinc finish and the shiny brass are pleasing to the eye. A piece of my mom’s Fenton carnival glass is also featured. (Yes, you see quails again…and you may spot a few feathers in the centerpiece!) This is the perfect area to keep a candy dish with seasonal treats and a scented candle.

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Kitchen Island – The Hub

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Setting The Stage

{Four} I enjoy sorting through my dish collections, thinking about dinners past, and family gatherings around the table. Since Zoë was five, she has helped create the tablescapes, and often hand-lettered place cards to help our guests feel welcome. These days, if she can’t be here in person, I find myself texting her options and asking her opinion.

For me, I find joy in the layering of a tablescape! All my plates are neutral in tone or are varied in pattern and scale. None of them have a pedigree, if I love the design they are welcome to join the party! Having options allows me to mix and match with lots of possibilities. I rarely set the same table twice. Which setting do you prefer – the softer tones of the vintage English floral or the bold geometric stripe?

Thank you for allowing me to share some of my traditions. BEE Thankful!

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