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Simple & Natural Table Setting Ideas

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Are you hosting Thanksgiving this week? I know some of you are from Canada so you’re probably already on to Christmas. Personally I have always thought it would be so nice to have Thanksgiving a bit earlier so it would not be so close to Christmas. Rather than getting into a stressful holiday frenzy right after Thanksgiving, for many years at our house we have enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner by the twinkling lights of a tree.

I prefer to slow the pace and spread out the process so we can savor and celebrate with joy and gratitude through the entire season.

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Go ahead and usher in the cozy and festive vibes in any way that inspires you! That’s one of the main reasons why I love natural decorating. It is so easy to flow effortlessly from season to season.

Simple & Natural Table Setting IdeasFox Hollow Cottage

You can decorate your tables with few pinecones, greenery, berries, rosemary, pumpkins, wheat, whatever you’ve got on hand! Make it simple enough to be enjoyable and festive enough to feel special! That’s my motto, anyway. :)

Thanksgiving is at my house this year and I’ll be setting the table for twelve (and yes, we DO have our tree up and sparkling, so stay tuned for that!)! Our table isn’t actually big enough for twelve, so we have our handy dandy folding craft table ready set up to make room for everyone.

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I’m so excited to gather around the table this year. There is so much to be thankful for.

I wrote a post about the secrets to gracious hospitality over on Proverbs 31 today. Find it here.

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions and memories?

  • My new book Simple Gatherings helps take the stress out of hostessing! Grab a copy on Amazon or Barnes and Noble–it makes a great little gift, too!
  • We have our annual Inspired Room Gift Guides ready to go! You can get a sneak peek here. You can also shop for Christmas decor here!

More Posts on The Inspired Room:

A Place at the Table: Festive Place Card Holders

Free Thanksgiving Printables

My Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape (and video!)

Herringbone Floor Tile in My Kitchen

Herringbone Floor Tile in My Kitchen

Are you remodeling this time of year? This will be my first Thanksgiving and Christmas in my new kitchen. Last year we had a contractor literally in our kitchen ON CHRISTMAS EVE hanging our Dutch door. I was so happy he was willing to do that, but I’m pretty excited to have the kitchen finished and to myself this year. I can’t wait to set up my Christmas kitchen!

But before I get going on all that festive stuff (soon, though, YAY!), I’ve had quite a few questions about my kitchen flooring. I somehow neglected to do a post specifically on the herringbone floor tile. I know some of you have also asked about a post on our cabinets and lighting, too. Great ideas! I will for sure get to those topics, but it may be January before that happens :).

We debated for months about what to choose for our kitchen flooring. There were so many options! Each one had its own benefits. As is the case with many remodels, there were many additional factors to consider such as cost, coordinating with connecting rooms and an exterior door. It was so hard to decide.

Herringbone Floor Tile in My Kitchen
But to make a long story short, we decided on a fairly neutral porcelain tile. I wanted to be able to update my look in here throughout the seasons. That meant I needed to have a flooring that could look amazing on its own (especially for those summer months when we don’t even need a rug!) but that also set the a perfect backdrop for rugs and runners in a variety of textures, patterns and colors.

This particular tile is a great neutral with beautiful coloring and texture on its own. Because our kitchen is a galley layout, we thought it would also be nice to have flooring that gave a sense of movement in the space. Laying the tile in a diagonal pattern helps your eye to keep moving, which can make the narrow space appear wider and at least a little larger than it actually is. We decided to have our tile laid in a herringbone pattern.

You don’t have to buy a specific “herringbone” tile to accomplish this look. We didn’t! Our tiles are individual, large and rectangularly shaped. At first we were thinking to use small tiles but we are so happy we went large which makes the pattern bold but simple and easy on the eye.

Herringbone Floor Tile in My Kitchen

The tile installer laid the individual tiles in the herringbone pattern. Our tiles actually start under our cabinets, but you can also often lay tile after cabinets are installed (just make sure you will be able to pull appliances out once the tile is laid, if you decide to go that route.).

You’ll find the tile we used linked below. We had a choice between polished and unpolished tile. Our original thought was we didn’t want a shiny or slippery tile, but our contractor suggested polished. It is such a matte finish it doesn’t look shiny at all. We’ve been super happy with it! It really is so easy to clean but it hides all the dust and dirt really well until we’re able to clean it. That’s a perfect kitchen floor in my opinion! :)

Are you remodeling a kitchen right now or planning one in the near future?

You can find my kitchen remodel posts linked below if you need any tips or inspiration.

If you missed the kitchen reveal, you can find it here!


Daltile Imagica ig97 Haze ColorBody Porcelain (polished)


Jute Runner Rug

Black and White Dash & Albert Rug


Our galley kitchen remodel sources


Shiplap Walls Behind Stove & Sink

Carrara Quartz Counters

Where we got the Dutch Doors

Kitchen Remodel: Four Design Tips

How we chose our kitchen appliances

How we mixed and matched our kitchen hardware