20 Trendy Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Thanksgiving is just days away and if you’re anything like me, you aren’t at all prepared.  Here are a few tablescapes to inspire your Thanksgiving decor.

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A patterned tablecloth is a great way to switch things up without having to invest in new dinnerware.  This plaid pattern Bless’er House chose for her tablescape is to die for!

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A few years ago, I decided to add some color to my Thanksgiving decor.  I still reminisce on how well this design turned out. All the details are on my blog, Designers Sweet Spot.20 Trendy Thanksgiving Tablescapes|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

We love how Fox Hollow Cottage designed her table around this vintage sugar mold. It’s the perfect centerpiece to give the table a casual yet sophisticated feel. Make sure you take a peak at her cute turkey-themed dinnerware!

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You’ll definitely want to head over to 2 Bees in a Pod to check out all the adorable details added to this tablescape, including the DIY clay place cards! Such a special touch. (Plus, wouldn’t they make a cut Christmas ornament after the feast was over?!)

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Most tablescapes are done on long tables with plenty of extra space for decor.  Which is great, if you have a long table. Little Red Brick House didn’t let her small, round table stop her when it came to decorating. This simple design is perfect if you’re lacking all that extra table space this year.

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I’m fully aware that this isn’t a tablescape.  However, this DIY tutorial was too good to pass up! I can just picture several of these spaced along your table, or even a larger pumpkin as a centerpiece. Wine & Glue shares all the details on making your own centerpiece over on her blog.

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While hello Allison used artificial pumpkin and wheat stalks for her table, this look could be easily replicated with the remainder of your fall decorations. However, the benefit to using artificial elements is that you’re able to use them again year after year.

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Home with Keki loves collecting vintage glass and dishware.  Her collection is beautiful! If you have a vintage collection, this would be a perfect way to enjoy it. Or it could be just the excuse you need to spend a day thrifting!

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Tired of a simple runner down the center of your table or individual placemats? Just Call Me Homegirl decided to get out of her comfort zone and use two separate runners down the sides of her table to create a natural runner down the center.

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If you’re wanting to create more space on the table for your feast (which is never a bad thing), maybe a Thanksgiving banner would be a better course of action.  Homey Oh My went with a very simple place setting, and used this beautiful banner to achieve a festive feel.

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domicile 37 created an eclectic feel for her tablescape by using a variety of dishware. She added a few velvet pumpkins and a macrame runner to finish off this unique look.

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What’s more simple than craft paper, candles, and greenery?! Lemon Thistle shares how she created this fun yet inexpensive tablescape over on her blog.

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Setting a festive table doesn’t have to be expensive, Twelve On Main was able to search her home for a few minutes and find everything she needed to create this look.  I’m sure you have more hiding around your home than you’d expect.

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If you still have pumpkins sitting around your home, this would be the perfect way to get one more use out of them. 1915 House shares how she created this Thanksgiving tablescape for “the rest of us”, simple and inexpensive.

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Not everyone is a huge fan of neutral decor for the holidays. This is Our Bliss uses so many patterns and colors for this tablescape, proving that Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be all white pumpkin and “fall” colors.

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If you’re really looking to get outside the normal routine, make sure you check out this elegant table over at Shabbyfufu.

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There’s something to be said for a table that brings back memories of childhood. This modern take on a traditional look does just that. Also, those tiny pies on each place setting really add a fun touch. All the details are over on Ella Claire Inspired.

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Shine Your Light keeps it real over on her blog, sharing tips on how to smooth out your tablecloth without using the iron. She also explains how she created this beautiful centerpiece while taking a walk through her yard.  If you’re scrambling at the last minute, this tablescape is all you need.

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Although this entire table is beautiful, I think my favorite touch might be the napkin rings The Weathered Fox choose. They add such a special touch, you’ll definitely want to check them out.

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This couldn’t be considered a Thanksgiving tablescape roundup unless I included at least one cornucopia. Hymns and Verses created a beautiful table centered around the theme of thankfulness. What better way is there to celebrate this holiday?

 

Hopefully you’ve gained some inspiration for your own Thanksgiving tablescape. I know I’m ready to feast after thinking about next week for the past few hours! 

 

Still looking for some fall inspiration? Check out these other great articles:

Spiced Hot Apple Cider

15 Fall Porches to Inspire Your Decor

12 Beautiful Fall Mantels

Fall Apple Recipes You Need to Try

 

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How I Failed To Decorate our Dining Room

No one likes to say that they have failed. Today I give you permission to completely FAIL in your home decor. I completely failed in this renovation project, but all is not lost!

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Dining room before the One Room Challenge

The One Room Challenge Dining Room Update

This week is the final reveal for the One Room Challenge. I have been avoiding writing this post, because it’s hard for me to admit that I have failed this challenge.

I haven’t finished our dining room.

I was really excited in the beginning, the painting was easy.

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It took me an entire weekend to paint the built-in dining hutch. The white is so much lighter, I really do like it. I am glad I took the plunge to paint all that dark woodwork.

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The next project  was the ceiling. This painted ceiling medallion gives the room something special. Our kitty loves to stare at the ceiling, she must find it interesting.

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I bought some great fabric at a fabulous price and whipped up a pair of curtains. I was on a roll!

And that’s where the story ends. Actually, it came to a grinding halt.

The END of the Dining Room ORC Story

The table improvements are holding me back. I need to paint the table, but I don’t have the vision right now as to which colors to use. White, black? Grey, Chocolate? Can’t decide.

Am having second thoughts about the curtains that  I made.

I never have second thoughts. NEVER. Usually, I am an all in kind of girl. But, something in this room just doesn’t feel right.

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Our home is very traditional. My mother’s beautiful Liberty Blue dishes are going to be the focus of this dining room. However, I don’t know what I was thinking when I chose the black floral for the curtain fabric. They just don’t complement each other, not at all.

I am even second guessing the paint color I chose. I just don’t love it.

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I am putting the breaks on this entire project until I can find another fabric(s) that I like and re-think the entire design plan.

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To Be Continued

Another problem is with the dining chairs. I have been looking for fabrics and materials to refurbish them. However, things are far more expensive than I had anticipated. With the cost of the fabric, foam cushions, welting, tacks, upholstery strapping and nailhead details it will cost between $80-90.00 per chair to redo them. Multiply this times 6 because we have 6 chairs. Yikes, that’s a lot of dough!

New chairs run in the neighborhood of $100.00, and I am not sure that I want to put all the time and money into these old chairs that I don’t really care for anyway. It just doesn’t seem worth it when I could purchase new ones in a finish and style that I like, and just do minimal customizing to match our decor.

So, the chairs are also on the back burner.

I’ve been shopping for lighting, and accessories too. Can’t find anything that I like, that fits in our traditional farmhouse decor and that I can afford. I love modern styles, but they just don’t work well with our traditional home.

How I FAILED in the One Room Challenge

Things just aren’t working out right now. In thinking about how to explain my failure to my readers, I have come to the conclusion that we don’t like to admit our defeats! As bloggers, we don’t want to tell others we can’t do it. Perhaps we expect too much from ourselves. At least I do. Seems like there is always something I am hiding from behind the computer.

It’s okay to fail in your decorating project. I hereby give you permission. Sometimes we need to give ourselves the “okay” to not be perfect and have a perfect magazine styled home. Beautiful homes are an evolution of style and living that develops over time.

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Just like a shoe that doesn’t fit, our home needs to be comfortable for us to live in and fit us well. Things will come together in this room at another time, it’s just now right now. I am okay with that.

This is the end of my One Room Challenge renovation. More time is needed to figure things out. Updates will be posted as I have them but this failed project will remain unfinished for the time being.

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Read some of these other projects for more inspiration!

Bathroom Update on a Budget

10 Steps to a Fixer Upper Style Bathroom, Budget Friendly

Urban Loft

How to Stencil Furniture Like a Boss

Paint Your Own Unique Sunburst Ceiling Medallion

Painted Woodwork (Gasp!) from Dark to Delightful

 

Linking up to the rest of the One Room Challenge over on Calling It Home Blog. Be sure to check out these fantastic projects!

 

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10 Dining Room Transformations

Dining rooms are a gathering place for many families. You create memories there that can last a lifetime.  If you’re looking to transform your dining room, here are some rooms to inspire you! 

 

Hopefully you’ve found some inspiration for you next dining room transformation. It can range anywhere from a simple paint change to a full room renovation.

 

Are you still looking for more inspiration? Check out these similar posts:

DIY Sunburst Ceiling Medallion

Top 20 Bathroom Transformations

Budget Curtains for Any Room

Pretty Painted Furniture Roundup

12 Kitchen Tile Backsplashes (That Aren’t All Subway Tile)

 

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DIY Decorative Holiday Pillow Roundup

Decorative holiday pillows are one of the easiest ways to decorate your home for the holidays. However, pillows these days are costing an arm and a leg! Who wants to spend that much on something that will only be in use for 2 months of the year?  Here are some great ways to create a festive feel on a budget, and reuse some of the same pillows you use all year.DIY Decorative Holiday Pillow Roundup|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comRebecca at The Crafted Sparrow created this fun pillow to add a little excitement to her neutral color scheme.

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This cozy cashmere pillow is perfect to usher in the winter season. It reminds me of cold nights sipping hot chocolate by a fire! Hello Little Home shares a great tutorial over on her blog.

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Everyone loves candy at Christmas! Sustain My Craft Habit shares some great tips on how to create these fun pillows on a budget, you don’t even have to know how to sew!

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While this pillow cover does require a bit of sewing, it’s so easy that even a beginner could do it in no time. Janice of Sawdust Sisters simply used these holiday covers on pillows she  uses year round to save some money.

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I SPY DIY shares an excellent tutorial on how to make two of these festive pillows. Another great option if you’re wanting to tone your decor down a bit this year.

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The possibilities for a tree like this are endless! You could add some embellishments to “decorate” the tree, or stick with a simple lace for a pillow that can stay in use all winter long. Work It, Mom! shares some of the ideas she had while crafting this pillow.

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Do you have a cozy sweater in the back of your closet that just doesn’t fit anymore? It’s not doing you any good sitting around! The Lily Pad Cottage decided to turn her unworn sweater into a cozy winter pillow.

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Even though these pillows aren’t completely “Christmasy”, I had to include them.  Something about white and gold just reminds me of the holidays.  Lemon Thistle created these beautiful pillows in 5 minutes, using only 2 items.  How simple is that!

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Here is another pillow that could be used all winter. Sewbon does such a great job explaining her process that I’m certain anyone could recreated this one.

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An Oregon Cottage decided to design this beautiful pillow after seeing a similar one for sale! She was able to save over $50 by creating her own. This pillow would make an excellent gift as well as a great addition to your holiday decor.

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You’ll never believe how easy these sequined pillows are! Head over to The Proper Blog for all the tips and tricks on how to make this the simplest project ever.

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Who doesn’t love the Dollar Spot at Target? The Everyday Home spent less than $5 on this pillow, even though it looks like it cost much more!

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These metallic pillows are perfect to add just a bit of cheer to your decor. You’ll never believe the items Girl in the Garage used to whip these up!

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The Girl Inspired shares an excellent tutorial on how to create these fun pillows. These would be so fun to customize with designs that make you feel like celebrating!

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Your entire family will love this fun project! Polished Habitat used this pillow cover over another pillow she already owned which saves money and cuts down on storage space.

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Although this pillow looks tricky, don’t be intimidated! Dazzle While Frazzled shares very thorough directions on how to create one just like it.

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Here’s another Target Dollar Spot craft! Happiness is Homemade created these pillows using a cheap blanket, you could even use an extra you have at home.

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Green With Decor used a stencil to make this festive pillow! You could repurpose a pillow you already have at home for this project.

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There’s nothing better than a project that looks so complicated, but in reality is one of the easiest things you’ll do! Little Vintage Nest claims this is the easiest Christmas pillow ever, and we agree.

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What’s Christmas without the Grinch? While this pillow may look complex, we promise it’s a lot easier than you think! Head over to Woodshop Diaries for all the tips & tricks.

 

Now that it’s officially November, there’s nothing stopping you from getting a start on Christmas decorations! 

Check out these other fun holiday ideas: 

DIY Winter Wreath

Easy Pumpkin Pie Bars

Spiced Hot Apple Cider

Spray Painted Christmas Tree

Christmas in the Country Home Tour

Christmas Chicken Coop

 

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12 Beautiful Fall Mantels to Inspire You

Fall is a versatile time of year as far as decor goes. You don’t have to stick to orange pumpkins and leaves (although that’s always a classic).  Here are a few of our favorite fall mantels to inspire your decorations this year!

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12 Fall Mantels to Inspire You|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comDiane at In My Own Style admits that she used to go crazy with the fall decor, but realized that sometimes a few simple changes for each season can have just as big of an impact.

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If you’re wanting to do something totally different this year, head over to Shabbyfufu.  This jewel-toned mantel could be just the thing you’ve been looking for!

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Fall decor lends itself so easily to the use of antiques that you may have sitting around. Little Vintage Nest simply added a few white pumpkins to this vintage cubby to create her fall mantel. She also shares a link for this adorable pumpkin sign, you’ll definitely want to check it out!

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No mantel? No problem! It All Started With Paint decorates her radiator cover in the same way she would decorate a mantel.  Sometimes a bit of creativity is all you need to get the job done.

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If you already have the farmhouse theme going on like My Life From Home, you may simply need to grab a few pumpkins to complete your fall mantel!

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Although white pumpkins and neutral color schemes are trending this year, some people just can’t get into fall without a few leaves and pumpkins! Check out AKA Design to see how she creates her mantel using a simple shelf in her living room.

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Houseful of Handmade shares some great tips on how to create an upcycled mantel along with a tutorial on how to make these cute watercolor leaves.  This mantel is a great example of how to slowly transition into your fall decor.

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Here’s another mantel created using items found around the house. Fox Hollow Cottage also likes to use her chalkboard wall to add interest to her mantel decor.

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If you’re lucky enough to live at the beach, you might not feel right throwing up the typical fall decor. Green With Decor decided to keep her driftwood and aqua accents up but add some cute white pumpkins to bring in a touch of fall.

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Jen at Tatertots and Jello loves the whimsy that is added when unexpected colors are used to decorate for holidays. She shares how to create these fun pumpkins using supplies found at the dollar store!

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If you’re looking to replicate this trendy fall look, head over to So Much Better With Age for some tricks on how to create these beautiful heirloom pumpkins. She did all the time-consuming research so that you don’t need to!

What’s your favorite fall decor? Maybe you have some new ideas to send our way! 

 

Still looking for some fall inspiration? Check out these other articles that you’ll love:

20 DIY Kids Costumes for Halloween

Spiced Hot Apple Cider

15 Fall Porches to Inspire Your Decor

Fast & Easy Pumpkin Pie Bars

15 Fall Apple Recipes You Need to Try

 

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