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The Thanksgiving Table: Fun, Simple Ideas to Create a Gracious Table Setting For Your Holiday Celebrations

I don’t know about you, but I love Thanksgiving! The traditional recipes (in our house, that’s turkey, mashed potatoes, baked yams, juicy stuffing, and something we call seafoam salad, made from pears, jello, and cream cheese–trust me it’s delicious), the family, and of course giving thanks for all of our many blessings.

In the last few years, I have taken over hosting from my mother-in-law, which has actually been a lot of fun. I relish all the planning, and especially decorating the table creatively with a unique tablescape every year. This year, I’m not sure how many of us will be together because of the pandemic, but I’m still planning and we will definitely still be as thankful as always and celebrate as much as possible under the circumstances.

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I have a gorgeous quilted table runner made for me by my mother in law from beautiful Mode Rue 1800 fabrics that will set the theme for my table this year. From there, I’m going with a shabby chic farmhouse feel combining soft colors and various textures. Here are a few of my favorite ideas for a shabby chic holiday table.

  • Start with a subtle color scheme. My table runner is a blend of shell pink, taupe, ivory, and subdued sage green. While not traditional for a fall tablescape, the light colors shine in farmhouse decor.
  • Let your tabletop become part of your decor. We have a big distressed oak table that can seat a crowd. I like the look of the wood, so I often use seasonal and decorative placemats instead of a tablecloth that would completely cover the surface. As an added benefit, placemats make for easy cleanup.
  • Layer elements at each place setting. I love to use a few layers of decoration at each place. I have combined solid woven placemats with copper and silver cut-out maple placemats. I also love to mix up a couple of napkin patterns. Here, each guest has a metallic polka-dot napkin and a traditional turkey napkin.
  • Use pastel floral china for a shabby chic feel. I love the light pink florals with my other colors. Pink and Thanksgiving are not two words you would normally associate, but I love the combination this year!
  • Find a versatile Thanksgiving decorating piece. I love my white gilded turkey. My little gobbler goes with everything. No matter where I place him, he’s always at home. I remember the day my son with special needs picked this out at Home Goods (and he rarely wants anything from stores) and now I’m so glad he asked for it!

  • Bring in some natural elements. I love using twig spheres, cotton, pine cones, small pumpkins, and gourds on the table. They definitely remind us of the season we’re celebrating.
  • Add a showstopper centerpiece to the table. A gorgeous display of blooms at the center of your table will be the crowning touch to a beautiful table. Here I have used large floral orbs you can make yourself (see post here) as a focal point for my centerpieces.
  • Break out the good stuff. In our home, we have a ton of items that are especially for the holidays. For example, it’s our tradition to use stemware on holidays but it stays in the sideboard for the rest of the year. Everyone looks forward to seeing those special items each year, and I’m so glad we started these traditions many years ago. Crystal candleholders are another item we love for a holiday table setting.
  • Add some mixed metallic details. I love the look of the copper and silver leaves, rose gold orbs, gold-rimmed china, and gilded turkey all together on one table.

I hope you find a few ideas here as you begin your Thanksgiving preparations! If you are interested in creating a similar look, please see my Shop the Look on Amazon! Contains affiliate links; thanks so much for supporting my blog. πŸ™‚

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Cozy at Home · Garden · Home Decor

Five Smart Ways to Extend The Season In Your Outdoor Living Space

For our family, Summer 2020 has become The Year of the Patio. Any socializing we have done, even with family, has been in our outdoor space to minimize the risk of covid infection for our son with Down Syndrome. In a lot of ways, its been a fun year of discovering the birds, plants, and animals that inhabit our backyard and the simple pleasures of the sunshine and fresh air. But now that the season is coming to an end, we, like many others, are wondering how we can maximize our time in our outdoor space and make it more usable into the fall.

Here are a few ways to make your deck, patio, or backyard space more functional in cooler weather so you can continue to get as much use out of it as possible.

  1. Upgrade outdoor lighting.

As the days grow shorter and shorter, I’ve enjoyed all the lighting we have on our patio. We have two sets of vintage-style string lights running along the pergola and amber glass lanterns in the garden and along the house. All this lighting provides enough illumination to comfortably socialize even when night falls. Candle lanterns are a great alternative for portable lighting.

2. Add an outdoor heat feature

Consider adding a source of heat to your outdoor space. This could be extremely simple, like a firepit built from landscape stones, or it could be extremely elaborate, like a whole outdoor fireplace. A nice cozy, warm spot will extend your backyard usability into the autumn months. Right now, we have a small portable firepit that gives us a little extra warmth on a chilly night. A fire table with a seating area would be a terrific addition!

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3. Add comfortable furniture

An outdoor sofa with plenty of space offers lots of options for outdoor enjoyment. This patio features an outdoor coffee table to enjoy a hot beverage and snack or just put your feet up and enjoy nature.

4. Add a great outdoor cooking option

When you have a terrific outdoor cooking area, spending time out in the fresh air into the fall months is a lot more fun. Imagine taking a few steps outside your back door and cooking up something delicious on an outdoor griddle! My young adult kids recently purchased this amazing Cuisinart grill and have been raving about it ever since!

5. Bring out the blankets and pillows

When the weather turns chilly, make sure to have plenty of blankets on hand for outdoor get-togethers. An outdoor storage all-weather wicker storage chest for the patio is a great solution. We always have some wool blankets like this beauty from Pendleton wool around in case the weather suddenly gets cooler.

The weather so far this fall has favored us, and last night we were still cooking and eating outside on the patio at the very end of September. Let’s hope it continues for awhile!

Have a beautiful day and enjoy the nice weather as long as you can! πŸ™‚

Cozy at Home · Home Decor

Welcome to Seriously Comfy Sunday

Fall is the perfect time to make your home your haven. Whether a small apartment or a sprawling farmhouse, we all crave a cozy space to call our own.

I’m really excited about the comfy finds for this week. Here are some great ideas for you as you take your sabbath rest day.

These printed pajama pants by PJ Salvage are so cute. Perfect for lounging!

The adidas sweatshirt is a fun design. This will become your favorite hoodie fast!

What a great rose gold watch from Tommy Hilfiger! I think it’s an updated classic you can use for years to come.

How cute are these slip on espadrilles from Toms? These are the go-to shoe for a day at home or a quick trip with the dog or to the mailbox.

A knit pouf ottoman is a wonderful way to update your decor especially in a beautiful blush pink.

This dimensional pillow is handmade and so charming!

The Keurig oasis single-serveΒ coffee maker makes a great addition to your kitchen gear in this fun color.

The fun small planters are perfect for succulents.

I love this pastel buffalo check muslin throw. Use it to cover a chair, outdoors as a picnic blanket, or as a lightweight coverlet.

Enjoy your day, and do something relaxing! πŸ™‚

Cozy at Home · Home Decor

Update Your Home With the Pantone Color of the Year Classic Blue for Under $300

Each year the Pantone organization unveils its trendsetting color of the year. A complex mix of factors are considered, including global trends, travel destinations, lifestyle, and more. This year, Pantone felt the world needed a color that speaks of peace, tranquility, and comfort. Their choice of Classic Blue seems perfect for what we all need in the year 2020.

If you’re looking for a quick little decor update in Classic Blue and on a budget too, here are some awesome finds for a cozy and trendy space. Beautiful and comfortable decor doesn’t have to be expensive!

  1. This art canvas featuring a beautiful equine motif will set the color theme beginning with the walls. $31.99

2. The handcrafted recycled blue glass bottle is a beautiful accent piece. $19.22

3. The handmade inlay box features rich blue tones. $29.99

4. The blue metal side table is definitely a bargain that adds a dose of color to your space. $40.99

5. Classic candlestick lamps look amazing in any decor. $49.99/2

6. Berry branches add texture to your classic blue room. $10.98

7. A pillar candle continues the color theme in a deep rich hue. $16

8. The Queen bedspread and pillowcase set is a steal and makes a huge color impact in your space. $45.99

9. The set of two small cotton rugs gives your floor a quick update. $24.99

Grand total for all items: $270.14

Have a beautiful day and try something blue! πŸ™‚

Cozy at Home · Home Decor

Welcome to Seriously Comfy Sunday

Welcome to seriously comfy Sunday! I have had a busy week doing all kinds of projects, crafts, and other odds and ends. So I’m super ready for a relaxed day at home today!

I have a few finds to help you make your home your haven!

Linen pants are so wonderful. Especially these loose fitting draw-string pants by Vince Camuto. These very versatile pants go with everything!

I love this fun floral top from French Connection. Such a bright and happy print!

Tortoise shell is trendy yet timeless. If you need a new set of glasses, pick up these beautiful pearl tortoise frames by Lilley Pullitzer. So fun!

The gorgeous tortoise watch is by Anne Klein.

The Japanese collection shoes by Uin are just so cute. What a great way to add some whimsy to your wardrobe.

I love the beautiful lines and simple elegant design of this Japanese cast iron tea pot.

Enjoy your large latte in this pretty tall ceramic poppy mug.

The bohemian tasseled pillow cover adds a colorful touch to your living space.

When you need to go out for an errand, this cute little bag from Lilley Pullitzer is just the ticket. It’s so versatile and elegant, it goes with a multitude of looks from casual to evening.

Last but not least, this wonderful rattan egg chair with cushions would be a stunning and cozy focal point in your home.

Have a beautiful day, and catch up on your rest! πŸ™‚

Cozy at Home · DIY Crafts · Home Decor

A Rainbow of Twelve Amazing Fall Wreath Ideas

Nothing says warm and welcoming like a beautiful fall wreath. A front door wreath can set the tone and the color scheme for the rest of your fall front porch design elements, so it’s a really important decision. I hopped online today for some color inspiration, and I was amazed by the variety of beautiful wreath ideas out there.

If you enjoy creating your own wreaths, these are great inspiration. If you want a beautiful wreath delivered to your door, all of these are available on Amazon!

I love how all of the wreaths contain fall elements unmistakable to the season, but they also each have an awesome color harmony with the materials that are used.

Here are a few ideas for your own color theme wreath creations.

Red: berries, fall leaves, peppers, mums, fruit

Orange: berries, fall leaves, mini pumpkins, gourds

Yellow: wheat, sunflowers, strawflower, pears, mums

Green: lamb’s ear, eucalyptus, bay leaves, green apples, cotton

Blue/Indigo: asters, lamb’s ear, statice, hydrangea

Violet: berries, cabbage, kale, mums, succulents

I’m still working on my little front porch ideas, but these gorgeous wreaths get me motivated!

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Have a beautiful evening and enjoy some Fall colors! πŸ™‚

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Hello Fall! Fresh Fall Boho Chic Decor Finds Delivered Straight to You

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Awesome accents and updates for fall home decor. Mid Century Modern with a Bohemian twist!

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Have a beautiful day, and add a little boho to your life! πŸ™‚

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Hello Fall! Gorgeous Neutral Fall Decor Delivered Straight to You

Peaceful neutrals for fall are definitely trending this year and with good reason. Most of us want our homes to feel like a sanctuary and a safe haven right now, a place that welcomes you to sit down and relax without a lot of fuss.

I’m really loving these woodsy farmhouse feel home finds. The candles that look like birch logs…the wise owl….rustic wood arrows and beaded chandelier….that gorgeous fireplace……all combined with fall accents of acorns, pumpkins, and a beautiful wreath. I also love that hint of sage green added to the mix.

I’ve become a huge fan of online shopping this year because we have a family member at-risk for more serious complications of covid so we minimize his risk. Home ordering and delivery is really a convenience I’m thankful for right now.

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Have a beautiful day, and try something that brings you peace and joy! πŸ™‚

Cozy at Home · Home Decor

Beautiful, Functional, & Stylish Home Workspace

16 Favorite Home Office Finds

Getting comfortable and organized in your home office involves plenty of storage, ample work surfaces, comfortable sitting areas, a great desk, good task lighting, and of course a good cup of coffee! If you really want to treat yourself, add a candle reminiscent of Mama’s biscuits. Now that’s a relaxed home office space!

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Have a beautiful day, and get some work done! πŸ™‚ You can do it!

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Let’s Get Comfy In Gorgeous September Hues

Wow, it’s been a beautiful September here with lots of sunshine an beautiful cool evenings. I love this time of year when the air is a little crisper and the fresh fall produce starts to roll in. Today, my comfy home finds are inspired by the colors of a September evening sunset.

Can you imagine sitting on your porch in this amazing Presidential Rocking Chair in Tangerine? What a gorgeous tone for your fall outdoor space!

Basic jeans are kicked up a notch with these Kenneth Cole Moto Jeans in Port. The rich wine color adds a great update for your fall wardrobe.

As the air gets a bit cooler, grab this classic Kenneth Cole New York Charm Aero Anorack in a gorgeous goldenrod color.

This Decorative Striped Faux Cashmere Fringe Throw Blanket is so, so pretty and a real bargain as well for only $24.99! What a lovely color combo!

I absolutely love this pair of Kenneth Cole Tyler Lace Up Sneaker in Copper. What could be better for fall than comfy, cute shoes?

This Tommy Hilfiger Rose Gold Watch is such a classic. It remains timeless in any season and is so sleek and sophisticated.

With its autumnal tones, this Wool Blend Plaid Throw pillow will give your living space a little seasonal update.

Finally, brighten up your cozy and relaxed space with this lovely Dahlia and Hydrangea Stem Bundle from Antique Farmhouse.

Have a beautiful day, and enjoy a Sunset! πŸ™‚