Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

Happy November! Welcome to the Thanksgiving Tablescape edition of the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours! I was so honored to be invited to join up with these fine ladies to show our Thanksgiving tables.

At first, I’ll admit, I was a little sad because we moved in our new house and I don’t have a pretty dining room to share yet. I MISS MY OLD DINING ROOM! But after a moment of sorrow, I realized how silly I was being. We have a table and I can set it. If we can’t invite friends over until we have everything done or all perfect, we are focused on all the wrong things.

So, WELCOME, friends! :) Come in. Our room is pretty bare but my table is NOT! :) I had fun with it. We made you a little video so you can feel a bit more like you got to see the table in real life. Just hit play or you can click on it on You Tube and watch it bigger if you want to! :)

I really like to mix unexpected things together to create a unique tablescape. It’s just more fun for me to try something a little different. We decided to go with an organic rustic casual vibe for our Thanksgiving table, with a little splash of gold to jazz it up.

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

We already had plum cloth napkins, a green runner, a set of blue Denby salad plates and a set of gold rimmed dinner plates, so we thought we’d just use what we had to start out. It was a random mix, but we thought it would be fun to pull all the colors and textures together with organic elements, so we just went for it!

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

We wouldn’t have thought to use those salad plates with the gold ones, but with the plum napkins, it worked because of the plum edge to the plates! We layered the deep green runner across a Turkish towel (that happens to have green stripes). The criss cross layering of the linens brought some great textures and softness as well as setting a more informal look to the table.

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

For the centerpiece, we picked up an assortment of fall vegetables and flowers in our color scheme of plum, green, white and from our local market, plus a couple of things we had around the house like pine cones, antlers, plush pumpkins and birch candlesticks to make the table feel lush, festive, lively and mostly organic.

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

Once the Thanksgiving dinner is ready, the serving dishes could be passed and then set on a console table behind the dining table so there would be plenty of room on the main table for the place settings and the centerpieces.

Our kitchen is so small that extra people around the stove makes cooking challenging, so
we thought providing some appetizers right at the table would draw guests to gather around the table rather than right in the kitchen, while Thanksgiving dinner is being prepared and served just steps away so the chef can still participate in conversation.

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

We decided that in addition to the organic centerpieces that would decorate the table, we would let the appetizer plates be part of the experience, too. So yeah, I guess you could say we are those people who pick our menu based on the color scheme of our table. But, it works out. The blocks of colorful cheese, the crusty round bread loaf, the pumpkin seed crackers, the olives, peppers and jelly were so pretty on the table, besides being tasty.

It makes a visual feast, as well as a tasty one!

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

My husband has been known to grab a big artichoke or cabbage up from the table and put it on his plate (even though he knows it is just a part of the centerpiece). You know, just to make everyone feel awkward and embarrassed for him, assuming he didn’t know it was the centerpiece. :)

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}
velvet plush pumpkins from Love Feast Shop

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

Plum napkins / Gold Name Plates / Marble Board / Birch Bark Candle / Flatware /  Napkin Rings / Amber Glasses / Crackle Wine Glasses / Terrarium Candleholder

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

Thanks again to all of your who have been so supportive of The Inspired Room book, I’m so excited that as of TODAY it has officially been published and launched into the world! You should be able to find it at your local Barnes & Noble, too! Let me know if you see it in a store near you?

*For those of you who are saying tablescape smablescape that’s all great but when are you going to tell me what is going on with the painter’s tape around the door in the dining room? :) I’ll be back with the tale of the dining room this week, I promise. :) The mystery will soon be revealed.

**Before you go, make sure you’ve check out Lindsay’s beautiful Thanksgiving table at The White Buffalo Styling Co (our hostess for the tour) and then you can head on over to the next LOVELY table on our Blogger Stylin’ Tours, via a new to me blog UK blog called Swoon Worthy! And then follow along at The White Buffalo Styling Co. the rest of the week to check out all the links to all the participants. Enjoy!**

The Moment When You Get the Vision for Your House

The Moment When You Get the Vision for Your House

So in my last post I shared that I was feeling a bit disconnected from my house. I wasn’t sad or down. I promise, I ADORE living in Seattle. I just miss that connection to my home. Perhaps I’m overly sensitive about my environment, but I’m sure many of you can relate. Even though my house has so much potential, it was missing a little something that I need to feel like it’s MINE.

So yesterday I spent a little time pondering how I was going to find that connection. I have had quite a few ideas since we’ve moved here, and I’ve shared my vision posts to show how I’m seeing this house. Those vision posts have been really helpful. But as I mentioned yesterday, I really hadn’t taken the time over the past few weeks of living here to just zero in on what could be done and try some things.

I sat down with my new book yesterday and flipped through the pages, just reflecting back to when I felt kind of lost and stuck with my old house. As I was reading my own words in the book (something that’s kind of scary for me to do after a book is done, by the way, ha!) and remembering that thought process, it hit me.

The Moment When You Get the Vision for Your House

I needed to follow the same steps as I did in my old house! Sometimes I forget and I wander around trying to reinvent the wheel. No, this house isn’t the same as my old house. No two houses are. But there is so much about the process that is the same, I need to remember that.

I started just puttering around with some decluttering in my living room. A bunch of stools, baskets and random things had ended up there in the move and they for sure didn’t work or contribute anything to the space. Just removing things from a room does wonders for your vision and sense of the space! It’s funny how what IS there can block you from seeing what COULD be there.

Getting rid of the excess that had just landed there in this room helped, but I was still just not sure what to do next. So from there I was in the dining room and tried something I had tried before, but this time something new really clicked. I not only removed a few excess things and slid furniture around to try it in new ways, but my daughter Courtney started marking up the wall with painter’s tape around the kitchen door, so we could get a better visual of an idea that had been brewing since we moved in :).

It is a risky idea because it is not what is normally done. You know, it might not follow “THE RULES.” Who makes those rules anyway?

The Moment When You Get the Vision for Your House

I haven’t yet shared that full idea here, because we weren’t exactly sure yet if it would all work. This house is different than any I’ve ever lived in, but that’s OK. Every house requires a time of discovery. We didn’t know if it was even OK to do it at all. Yeah, WHAT? OF COURSE IT IS OK TO DO IT! Silly me, it’s my house.

This house has been trying to tell me something. I am listening. She wants exactly what I want! It took about five minutes of seeing the idea mapped out with painters tape on the wall and our rearranged furniture in the space before we just KNEW. This was IT. HOORAY! This house and I are going to get along great, I just know it.

Courtney and I were practically jumping out of our skin.

Once we realized what had made us feel disconnected to our space, we knew exactly what we needed to do to feel connected.

With that one new little vision, and by daring to see our room in a new way, we knew we could:

-give our dining room our own unique look

-give the house more of our own personality

-use what we have in a fresh new way

-make our house feel cozier

-make more sense of the space we have (as limited as it is!)

-feel more connected to our dining room

-make a design statement that would appeal to our taste and freshen up the look of the house

-refresh the space on a budget that seems manageable

-reimagine how to make the dining room flow effortlessly into the kitchen (without gutting the whole house just to get the look we love).

-AND, once we knew all of these things, we started seeing how the rest of the main floor would come together.

RIGHT? That’s a LONG list of developments for only one day, but we are pretty tickled. We actually already love our house so much more EVEN with the tape on the wall than we did without the tape. We think we will just leave the tape there for now, it really has changed everything about how we perceive the space and even if we can’t get to that project immediately, it will help us to stay on course going forward.

The Moment When You Get the Vision for Your House

We’ll share a photo of our dining room with tape on the wall next week, so you can see what we see :). We might scare some of you with our idea, but hopefully you’ll like it as much as we do. It’s not expected at all, but I think that’s what we love so much about the idea. Gotta shake things up a little, right?

A house is just a structure until layer by layer, you make it a home.

Now I’m extra happy to finally introduce to you the brand new video trailer for my new book, The Inspired Room! It is pretty ironic and quite surreal how in many ways this book reflects RIGHT where I am in this new house. Making any house a home is a grand adventure.

The Moment When You Get the Vision for Your House

If we don’t live in our ideal house, many of us go through times of feeling uncertain about how to get the look we want for our home, or if it is even possible to ever really LOVE it {nods head.} I still don’t have it all figured out, but I definitely feel like I have a more clear piece of the puzzle. It’s always a slow but fun experience to see a house transform.

This book has lots of photos so you can enjoy just browsing through or even just set it out on your coffee table, but I hope you’ll sit down from time to time and read it, too. I shared lots of ideas and stories about how my other house came together over time, on a budget, using what we had and gathered as we went. I offered a lot of advice on how to use what you have RIGHT NOW (YAY!) and how to gather as you go to create an authentic home you’ll love. There are helpful tips for how you can apply the ideas to your own space, even if you have limitations or challenges.

I want you to feel that same sense of connection to YOUR house that I love feeling in mine.

Here’s the trailer!

You can preorder The Inspired Room here at the new book site so you’ll be one of the first to get it when it releases in just a few days!

Also, I just noticed Love the Home You Have (Kindle Edition) is just $2.99 at Amazon!

I can’t wait to show you our taped up dining room and our furniture all moved around, so you can see how we reimagine it. It’s so fun for me to share with you all, thanks again for letting me ramble on about houses :).

The Moment When You Get the Vision for Your House
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