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Thanksgiving falls on the last Thursday of the month this year, so we now have extra time to plan our table settings and our menu. As a book lover, I fell in love with this photo. I use books all the time to decorate and a dining room table or sideboard is no exception. Select books with autumnal-colored spines or choose a theme and set out books with relevant topics. Use them as pedestals for all kinds of decorations.

A wooden bowl or trug (basket) can hold a variety of things, but I think these persimmons are especially pleasing as a centerpiece. Their vibrant orange color works well when you mix in other goodies. Using everyday objects to decorate your holiday table is as easy as filling a teapot with a small bouquet of mums. Fruits and nuts not only make lovely decorations, they can also become part of the meal. Pass around the cheese platter after dinner and enjoy. Pumpkins are always welcomed on Thanksgiving, but who says they have to be orange? Paint or gilt (gold or silver) a collection of sugar pumpkins and then wrap them in bittersweet.

Nature once again makes the best decorations. I’m just nuts about nuts. My preferred variety? Hazelnuts. I love to fill bowls or glass cylinders with or without candles. My mother-in-law just gave me a bag of cranberries picked straight from the bog. Although I know I’ll need to buy more from the store, these cranberries are extra special to me and I’ll put them to good use. Grab those remaining leaves and preserve them to use as place cards.

More Thanksgiving inspiration: Thanksgiving Table Settings, Vintage: Bringing Back the Relish Tray, and Cranberries. Enjoy!

Kim Merritt – http://beautifullivingstyle.blogspot.com/
Images via marthastewart.com, Confessions of a Plate Addict, potterybarn.com, interiorsbystudiom.com

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We’ve just had our third frost of the year. The leaves are scattered on the lawn and there is a definite nip in the air. Soon the house will be un-haunted and my harvest decorations will make an appearance. I was inspired by some of the photos I posted to my Pinterest board and I wanted to share some thoughts and ideas on how you too can cozy up your home for fall.

We are fortunate to have an abundance of birch trees here in New Hampshire. I like to use the fallen trees on my property as props. I have a large branch that I use on my porch which I sometimes cover in white lights. I also cut up a tree or two and use the logs as hearth decorations in the warmer months when the fireplaces are no longer in use. But I think my favorite way to use these trees is to cut small logs and then hollow them out to use as containers just like you see in the top left photo above. Simply cut a hole into the center as wide as you’d like and then insert a waterproof container inside. (You can use them as a vases or candleholders.)

Also I’m not a huge wreath fan, but I do like to use them in creative ways. I’m drawn to this berry wreath because of the addition of the letter (cut from sturdy cardstock or thin plywood depending on how protected the door is and then painted), and simple decoration. You could even choose red berries instead and hang it on your door straight through Christmas.

My sister-in-law brought me some Ponderosa pine cones from her tip out west years ago. My collection sits in a half-round basket that hangs on my kitchen wall and I use the rest for decoration. I sit one on top of a candlestick, I use them to hide the Christmas tree base, and I tuck them into my living room bookcase. They are works of art all own their own.

I really want to mix up my Thanksgiving table this year and the photo on the bottom right above is my inspiration. I already have the rattan chargers, the garden statuary, and my Spode turkey plates, now I just have to pull together some other key elements that will combine red, orange, and gold together. These vintage leaf plates from Etsy will do the trick. (Take a look at a few other Thanksgiving table decorations here.)

Nature will always inspire my decorating regardless of the season. I like lots of texture so anytime I can bring something outdoors in, I do. When creating any type of table setting, it’s best to layer a variety of different materials (shapes, sizes, colors) together. If you don’t have rattan chargers, why not use some grapevine to wrap around your dishes. You could even use a grapevine wreath if you find the right size and if it doesn’t happen to be growing wild in your backyard. Dried leaves, branches, berries, pumpkins, gourds…these are just a few of the things that you can use to add style to your fall home and for very little money. And I’m wild about hazelnuts. I use them as filler in decorative dishes, and in glass hurricanes surrounding a candle or two.

Kimberly Merritt – http://beautifullivingstyle.blogspot.com/

images via stylemepretty.com, etsy.com, frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com, homeiswheretheboatis.wordpress.com, stonegable.blogspot.com, pin4fun8634.blogspot.com, ruthdent.blogspot.com, thefullerview.tumblr.com

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