Simple Thanksgiving Decor

by starfurniture on November 21, 2011

Guest Post by Interior Designer Cheryl Donaho, FASID


Fall is my favorite time of year and I love to celebrate the season by bringing its colors into my interiors. Because the major components of my own home (walls, sofa, lounge chairs, etc.) are neutral, it is easy for me to bring in the warm, vibrant colors of fall. Generally this is done by way of accessories. I blend textures by adding pillows, iron pieces and colored glass vases in the oranges, golds, browns and reds of the season.

One of my favorite things of the fall season is live Bittersweet. A large vase or container of Bittersweet branches on any surface (mantel, coffee table or dining table) is one of the easiest and most dramatic fall decorations there is. It has the added benefit of drying nicely so that you can use it in dried arrangements later!

As for decorating for Thanksgiving, I think it is all about the table that we set for our family and friends. I have reached that point in my life where I am more interested in spending time with my loved ones than with things, so I am all about making tablescapes and arrangements as simply and quickly as possible.

Image courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

1. How simple is it to add some gourds (and a vine or two) to a collection of cylindrical vases? I have a collection of these vases to which a variety of things can be added for every occasion! Gourds, mini-pumpkins and whole nuts are just a few of the items that can be added for fall flair.


2. Another idea for the cylinder vases is to use them as candleholders. In addition to the candles looking great, there is the advantage of safety by keeping the flame inside the glass. Here Indian corn is wrapped with heavy twine for a quick and easy Thanksgiving table decoration.

Image courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

3. When planning your table decorations be sure to consider a variety of textures. Here in this very simple contemporary arrangement there is a combination of the woven placemats, square zinc container, knobbiness of the gourds and smoothness of the Chrysanthemum blooms. Notice also the richness of the color combination.

4. What could be easier than gathering fruits, vegetables, berries and nuts on a wooden or bamboo tray or shallow container for your Thanksgiving centerpiece? And of course, you have the added advantage of being able to eat the centerpiece after the big day!

5. One of my favorite table decorations is also the easiest! No matter what shape your table is, you may cover a collection of fall leaves with a sheer piece of fabric that holds the leaves in place. The leaves may be run down the center of the table like a runner, scattered all over a round table or gathered in the middle of the table to anchor bowls or trays of food.

So here’s wishing all of you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

Make it fun,
Cheryl Donaho

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KALAdecor decorative pictures for living room November 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Impressive how simple things can make a big beautiful difference.

FurniturePolished November 22, 2011 at 10:16 am

Isn’t it? If you already have the materials on hand, you can whip any of these together in five minutes, but they all look extremely well thought-out.
Thanks for stopping by, KALA!

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