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Shopping Guide: Thanksgiving in my New Home

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As you all know, I love to host my family and friends for dinner parties, and Thanksgiving is no exception! I’m so excited that I am finally able to share my newly renovated home with all of you, especially my dining room and breakfast room with Thanksgiving being next week! I love my yellow and pink floral wallpaper and pink velvet chairs, and I can mix in my different china collections. If my new dining room has you inspired to take your Thanksgiving in a bolder and more colorful direction, here are a few pieces that I think will give you the same look!

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  1. Lizzie Table Runner in Mineral: You could say that I’ve been dreaming up this color scheme since I started designing my fabric line! My Lizzie fabric in mineral features the same bold yellow and pinks as my dining room wallpaper.
  2. Geo Placecard Holders: I love adding personal touches to each setting, like a hand written placecard in one of these beautiful geometric holders. They come in an assortment so there is some added interest to your table!
  3. Gold Bamboo Serving Spoon: I love the bamboo motif on the handle of this beautiful 24K gold-plated serving spoon for all of our side dishes in timeless style!
  4. “Bamboo” Serving Bowl: Taking another cue from the bamboo motif and the natural floral elements in my dining room, this white ceramic serving bowl will be a beautiful addition to the table to hold different side dishes!
  5. ‘La Cite’ Pitcher: Let’s bring back cocktail hour with a glamorous glass pitcher with a 24K gold design! Or fill it with water or iced-tea to relieve you from having to fill everyone’s glass and enjoy your meal!
  6. Cape Recycled Glassware: These lovely glasses are handcrafted in Africa from 100% recycled glass with the slightest tint of green to go with the floral designs! Being eco-friendly and chic make this glassware set a must!
  7. Bamboo Salt & Pepper Shakers: Beauty is in the details and these salt and pepper shakers with a bamboo motif are certainly no exception!
  8. Gold Rimmed Bubble Glassware Collection: These bubbly Old Fashioned glasses are the right mix of whimsy and classy with a gold rim!
  9. Tobi Fairley Tommye Napkins in Buttercup: If you can’t tell, I’ve been dreaming about this dining room color scheme long before it became a reality! My Tommye leopard print in bright Buttercup yellow pair perfectly with the fun floral table runner!
  10. Jadeite Pedestal Server: I love collecting vintage tableware, especially jadeite. I can’t wait to serve some of the amazing desserts my daughter and I will bake on these gorgeous pedestal servers!
  11. Gilt-Edge Shell Napkin Rings: Napkin rings are really like the jewelry for your dining table, so why shouldn’t they be fabulous? Adorned with rose quartz and brass these feminine rings will pop against the bright yellow napkins!
  12. Pink Brushstroke Dinnerware: This dinnerware set is pretty in pink and ready for dinner! Both dishwasher and microwave safe and large enough to hold the generous portions of Thanksgiving, your hubby won’t even notice the slightly feminine tone!
  13. Torta Gold-Plated Cake Server: This stunning crystal handle and 24K gold-plated stainless steel cake server may have my guests reaching for dessert first!
  14. kate spade new york Malmo Gold 5 Piece Place Setting: The essentials are key to a good tablescape, starting with your flatware! This set in a fashionable gold finish will add a dose of chic style to your place settings!

Shopping Guide: Farmhouse Chic Thanksgiving

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It’s fall y’all, and time to start thinking about setting your Thanksgiving table. I’ve been thinking a lot about a farmhouse chic tablescape in beautiful shades of white, orange, and light blue with pops of copper! This tablescape puts a polished spin on the rustic Thanksgiving décor from the 90’s! Add in a few blue hydrangeas for a centerpiece and you are ready to set your table!

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  1. ‘Berry and Thread’ Dinner Plate: A beautiful shade of light blue glazed ceramic plates with a thread and berry embellishment gives these plates a charming country feeling! Better yet, they are freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe to make your Thanksgiving clean up a breeze!
  2. ‘Berry and Thread’ Salad Plate: That same lovely embellishment, this time in a white salad plate, will add another layer of color to your tablescape!
  3. Parquet Napkin Ring: I love mixing wood and brass for a glamorous natural element like these hexagonal napkin rings!
  4. Sentiment Napkin, Thankful: Simple linen napkins get an upgrade with a little embroidery to express the sentiments of the day.
  5. Ralph Lauren Home Wyatt Salad Bowl: A simple white porcelain bowl accented with removable leather handles is a clean and chic element to serve up a colorful salad for your guests. Then, just pop off the handles to make it dishwasher safe!
  6. Vista Hammered Copper Flatware Place Setting: Hammered copper flatware adds a metallic pop of sophistication to your farmhouse setting! And this set is so beautiful; you will want to use them every day!
  7. ‘Berry and Thread’ Rimmed Soup Bowl: Serve up some pumpkin soup in this generously sized soup bowl with a vintage berry and thread embellishment around the rim.
  8. Marble and Copper Salt & Pepper Shakers: Adding in natural elements is essential to the farmhouse look, so these marble and copper salt and pepper shakers are both fashionable and necessary!
  9. Copper Salad Servers: Toss up a yummy seasonal salad with these gorgeous copper salad servers!
  10. Chalkboard Runner: How fabulous! You can decorate this chalkboard table runner with names for each of your place settings, label your different dishes, and entertain the kids all throughout dinner!
  11. Round Copper Finish Aluminum Tray: Warm bread or cute pumpkin desserts would be stylish on this hammered copper tray!
  12. ‘The Skye Collection’ Wood Tiered Dessert Stand: Stack your appetizers and desserts high on this sophisticated wood carved two-tiered stand.
  13. Alexandra Ferguson Give Thanks Placemat: Layer in all of your fall colors starting with these bright orange placemats.
  14. Williams Sonoma Encore Goblets, Set of 4: These fabulous all-purpose goblets are great for water, iced tea, or wine for your casual Thanksgiving dinner!

New House Diary: The Dining Room Floorplan

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New House Diary

For this week’s New House Diary, let’s take another look at my Dining Room floorplan.

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The space I will now be dining in, was the previous owner’s office.  But it just makes more sense for a lover of entertaining like me to make this the dining room. It will hold a larger table, thus seating more people which is an important goal of my husband’s and mine.

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Here’s a lovely view of the “new” Dining Room from the entry with the current Hunter Green paint color. Isn’t it interesting that the entry paint (that reminds me of Suntan-colored pantyhose from the 80’s) is akin to all the blush colors making their way back at the moment? And the Hunter paint is totally 80’s and making a comeback as well.  But neither are quite right for the fresh and updated look I am going for and they are nothing that a fab wallcovering or few coats of paint can’t cure.

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Double doors from the entry either need a fantastic facelift (shall I go mirrored or upholstered) or they need to go away. I am not sure I will ever want to close them in fact I think they may just get in the way. I always err on the side of function first, so maybe that gives me my answer.

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There’s a perfect place for a new doorway in the far left corner of the back wall above, through to the kitchen for ease of serving food.  And using both my buffet and china cabinet shouldn’t be a problem with the size of this room. There’s space for both.

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choate dining tableAnd I agree with your comments from yesterday’s blog post. The size of the room should always dictate the shape of the table. This room is a rectangle so the table will be an oval or a rectangle for me. One reason I lean oval is that the rounded corners make for less treacherous traffic flow around the table especially when entering from the kitchen. But I’ll let you know when I settle on the perfect table for this space. I’m still a fan of this one from Suzanne Kasler called the Choate Dining Table, so it’s definitely in the running.

This week there are no pretty pictures or inspiring spaces, just the reality of my current home–but seeing those before photos may just be the most inspiring thing to me. I have no problem envisioning the gorgeous space where I will soon be entertaining friends and loved ones. Can you envision it too? Think floral wallpaper and accents of yellow or pink or maybe both? I can hardly wait to be revealing the “after” of this space really soon that is vivid and real in my mind. And you better believe in my vision those tiny little baseboards get an upgrade!

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the potential of this space. And tell me…are you a person who can see the “after” in your mind’s eye? Or is visualizing design selections, scale, and color challenging for you?

xo,

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