Dimples and Tangles


In keeping with my untraditional Fall color scheme this year, my Thanksgiving table followed suit!  I focused on hot pink, orange, blue and white and did some pattern mixing along the way.  If you read yesterday's post, I'm glad I put this table on hold for one more day because other than adding the glassware that I forgot, I made some other tweaks too and love it so much more now.

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I found a new blue and white bowl at Homegoods last weekend, so I think that kicked off the entire plan.  A simple fruit centerpiece stays low and keeps from obstructing the view of friends across the table, and the ginger jars with Trader Joe's eucalyptus (thank you Amy!) can easily be moved aside if they are obtrusive during the meal.  We serve all of the meal buffet style in the kitchen, so there's no need to leave a lot of space on the table for food dishes.  I do usually add salt and pepper shakers and butter to the table during the meal.

Following my usual pattern, the "runners" are pieces of fabric with the edges ironed under to keep them neat.  I only had a few scraps left of the pink and orange fabric left over from pillows I've made with it so I had to piece it together. And we will never use this much flatware in a meal  ;)  it just all came with a set I found on eBay and all of the pieces are too pretty not to put out!

Using a piece of scrapbook paper, I cut a simple flag and glued the end around a piece of a wooden skewer, tied a bow, and then stuck it in an orange to make personalized place markers.

These lovely napkins are my current favorites, and I use them every chance I can!

Sometimes I only have 4 of something I love for the table so I have to mix it up a bit.  I bought these spiky napkin rings years ago on clearance after Christmas at Target.  I searched but could only find 4, so I use simple beaded gold rings at the places on the end of the table.  I also only have 4 tea saucers that the oranges are sitting on (a million cups...no saucers!) so I just left those off on the end places.

I spray painted these candles a few years ago for another project.  Can't find striped candles you like?  Tape them off, choose your color, and spray!  I've also used a brush and acrylic paint too which also works fine.  (I did just notice that Hobby Lobby has started carrying striped candles though, woo hoo! They have black/white and gold/white right now.)

I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

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You guys, I'm losing it.  I set up our Thanksgiving Table yesterday, photographed it, and sat down to edit photos last night.  As I did I realized that I didn't even put glasses on the table and left off a few other little things I wanted to include! #fail  It felt like something was missing all along, but the glasses never dawned on me.  I almost went ahead and posted it anyway, but just couldn't do it!  So, I'm putting the finishing touches on it and will post tomorrow, and I'm bumping up the post I originally planned for tomorrow.  Everyone's looking at all of the One Room Challenge reveals today anyway, right?  ;)

Many people are getting a jump on their Christmas decorations already, but even if you're a purist and wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate, we're only a week away!  I was happy with my tree last year, but there are a few tweaks I want to make this year.  I've been storing away ideas in my head and thought I'd share some trees that have been inspiring me.  None of them are short on color!

This photo popped up in my Instagram feed yesterday, and it took my breath away.  All of those vintage ornaments... I'll definitely be adding some of those to my tree thanks to a good estate sale find last month!  It wouldn't hurt to have the Chiang Mai chairs to flank the tree either... ;)

Parker Kennedy Living on Instagram

These paper lanterns added to Yvonne's tree are too much fun,

and so are the paper stars on Sarah's tree.

Sarah Dorsey via The Home Depot

Anything that Laurie does is always, always inspiring!

LB Originals on Instagram

Flocked trees have been all the rage for the past few years and from what I've already seen this year they're not going anywhere.  I haven't had the desire for one in the past, but I might be leaning that direction this year!  Maybe a DIY project?  Has anyone ever done that?  I'd love to hear about it if so!

Even though we just had our entire house decorated for Christmas in July for a week, I'm getting pretty excited to get it out again!  How about you, have you started yet?   I WILL be back tomorrow with my Thanksgiving Table, see you then!

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Hi friends, welcome back to the final part of our Fall Into The Holidays series!  With the encouragement of our organizer Lisa from Shine Your Light, each week we're sharing simple ideas to get 4 rooms in your home holiday ready now, before the hustle and bustle of the season sets in.  I can't believe that Thanksgiving is next week!  We've already shared projects to get our kitchensbedrooms, and living rooms in shape for the holiday season, and today we're working on ways to get our dining rooms in shape for the holidays.


Many of my friends are full steam ahead preparing for Christmas, but I'm just now getting around to sharing my Fall Home Tour with you!  Since I didn't participate in any joint blogger Fall Tours this year, I wasn't in a rush to get my house decorated for the season.  So, here it is, better late than never!

I think three words describe my Fall tour this year... simple, untraditional, and colorful.  You might have already caught on to that when I shared my Fall Porch a few weeks ago.  (*This post contains affiliate links, thank you for your support!)

Sherwin Williams Dignity Blue, blue front door, fall porch, fall decorations, painted pumpkins, gingham pumpkin


Last month I shared about The Plaid Pineapple, a sweet shop/ministry I'm partnering with that uses 100% of their profits to help meet everyday needs for people all over the world (read background story here if you missed it).  Each month I'm featuring one of their popular home products with you.  This month's Thankful pillow couldn't come at a better time with Thanksgiving being right around the corner, and the ladies at The Plaid Pineapple are graciously offering a pillow giveaway for one of you!


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