Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Thanksgiving decor

Welcome, November! I love November. . . when days are short, skies are gray, and temperatures are chilly. There's something about this month that makes me want to curl up with a cup of hot cider and read a good book.

Before I start reading, though, I like to put away the Halloween decorations and get out the Thanksgiving decor! Our tradition is to begin decorating for Christmas on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Until then, I keep the decor autumnal. Here's what I've done so far.

The dining room with its Thanksgiving bounty:


I love my cornucopia. I got it just after my oldest son was born, so this is its 19th Thanksgiving. It's made of papier-mache. I stuff it with gourds and corn and nuts. And since my family roots are from Kansas and Tennessee and all my ancestors were farmers, I like to add the staple crops from those two states--wheat and cotton.


In the living room, I added autumn hurricanes to the chest on my wall of crosses.


I'd admired the double-walled hurricanes at Pottery Barn, so I made my own by putting Dollar Tree vases inside hurricane globes I already had. Then I simply added autumn leaves.


You can barely even see the inside glass, but the leaves are kept safely separated from the candle. Love it!


I'm not sure if I've shown y'all my latest addition to my cross collection. See that beautiful tassel? It was custom-made for me by Heather of Butterfly Genes. I think she can make a tassel topper out of almost anything, and she does the most beautiful work. Thank you, Heather!



What about you? Do you decorate for Thanksgiving? Or are you chomping at the bit to get the halls decked for Christmas?


28 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your dining room is gorgeous. Love your decor. Everything is just so beautiful and inviting. Hugs, Marty

Bumme (Barbara) said...

Beautiful dining room ... such warm and rich colors! I'm especially intrigued by your wall of crosses. I'm new to your blog and haven't seen any posts on this ... what a unique and creative idea. I'd love to see other pictures of the wall if you can guide me to them!

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

Beautiful, Richella! I love that you take time for Thanksgiving and don't just skip on to Christmas :)

Blondie's Journal said...

Your dining room is lovely!! Cozy and inviting! I love the hurricanes you made and the tassel is sweet!

I simply removed anything I had out for Halloween and tweaked some of my fall things. We decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving as well as I hate to rush that. Now all I have to worry about is my menu!

XO,
Jane

InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Richella-

What a beautiful room and tradtion to decorate right after Halloween. Your dining room is painted the perfect fall color- perfect for enjoying delicious food around the Thanksgiving table with family and friends.
My best- Diane

Anita said...

I love the fall touches. What is the color of red in your dining room. Reds are really hard to pick out.

Anita
anitarn13811@gmail.com

Laurie at Turner Farm said...

A warm and inviting place for your family to gather ~ love the colors.

Karen said...

Richella, so pretty! I cringe when I see Christmas trees up before Thanksgiving. We just pass right by and miss out on one of the most wonderful seasons of the year. Love the 19 yr. old Horn of Plenty (is what we also call it).

Denise said...

I decorate for Fall which sees me all the way through to Thanksgiving dinner, then we put our tree up the day after Thanksgiving and I take a few more days after that to get the rest of the Christmas decor out. I love your cornucopia. I need to start setting the dining room table all pretty for Thanksgiving (which is actually Kristen's birthday this year!) everything else is already out. I should take pictures again and do a repost ;)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Beautiful!!!! I love your cross collection. :) I am one of those weirdos who waits until after Thanksgiving to do Christmas. I think Thanksgiving deserves some front and center time. ;)

Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

So warm, luscious, beautiful and inviting! I wouldn't want to drag the Christmas decor out just yet, either.

southerninspiration said...

I LOVE your dining room so much...the color and the molding is just spectacular!! I love it....and I'm with you...I don't do Christmas until a few days AFTER Thanksgiving! I love the colors of fall too much to pass them by!

Suzanne

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

So beautiful! I love the cornucopia, It looks great!

Richella said...

Barbara, I first wrote about my crosses in this post:

http://www.impartinggrace.com/2009/06/matter-of-taste.html

I'm glad you like them! I'll add a category about them to my sidebar in case you'd like to see them all. :)

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

I'm like you, Richella. I wait until after Thanksgiving to get out my Christmas decor. Not to say that I don't start listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving sometimes. ;) I love your Thanksgiving decor. So warm and cozy. I need to take down my Halloween decor. Can you believe I still have it up??!! I can't! ha!

Jami said...

Everything looks so beautiful and inviting! Come do my house next, OK? :)

Patti said...

I'm chompin'.....can't wait to pull out the Christmas items and I can do it early this year because Thanksgiving is not at my home!! Yippeee.

your decorations are wonderful - lovely home!

Judy @ Southern Style Home Decor.com said...

I have the same wall color that you have in your dining room. I picked out the color a few months ago and I'm just waiting for dh to paint now! Its such a beautiful color. I love the dining set and the decor. Its so warm and inviting. Someday the toy room will once again become the dining room, but until then, at least it will have the color I want.

Anne said...

Just found your blog through the CSI challenge... glad I did! I agree, its delightful to get glimpses of each others'homes and to share ideas for creating beauty. Your dining room is gorgeous, love the wall color!

Joy said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I'm sure that your guests want to linger longer in such a pretty dining room.

Crystal said...

What a beautiful home! I'm so glad I found your blog!! :)

Crystal

Paula said...

Thanksgiving is one my very favorite holidays. I love how you've decorated your home for it. My Halloween decorations are still out, but I'll get them put away and my turkies out by the weekend!

HeathahLee said...

Aww, thanks for the shout out, Richella!

I love your fall decor. My sweet husband was hinting that I needed to do something, because as he was getting ready for hunting season (youth hunt starts tomorrow so he is taking Kiddo to try to bring home the bacon...or backstrap, as it were) he brought down the "Autumn" box I had stashed in the attic. I didn't even break the box out last year. And hadn't really thought much about it this year. But maybe... : )

Melanie said...

I love the dining room table decor. Don't you just love something like that that holds a sweet memory for you? Your tassel is very cute too:)

Christine:) said...

Your home is gorgeous!! The Thanksgiving decorations are so cute- I love the color of your dining room as well.
(Found you at CSI:)
Love,
C:)

Pamela said...

Beautiful fall decorations. I'd like to lift your dining room table and set it down in mine! It is a visual delight.

Anonymous said...

Hi there!! .!! Happy Thanksgiving!. !! :) :)
Thanksgiving is 1 of my favorite holidays, and each yr I like to get into the mood-extend the holiday, as it were-by reading "Thanksgiving novels." And in addition, these stories are mostly about families, about coming together to heal old hurts and showing thanks for the gift of love. ... . ""
Have You Been Better Off These days Than You Had been five Yrs Ago?

Mel said...

I just found your blog last night and now I can't remember whose blog I was perusing first. Probably The Nester; I just love her!

I've read a few of your posts and now I've signed up to get your posts in my email1 As a believer, I especially enjoy finding blogs written by other Christian women and moms. So, thank you!

I, too, decorate for Thanksgiving. This year it was pretty simple and last minute, but I still loved it. I have friends who decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving, but I wanted to have my fall colors while we ate our Thanksgiving meal. Though, I did let my teenage daughter put the tree up and put the lights on. I had asked the hubby and teenage son to do it, but they were wrapped up in Xbox games and football. ;-)

Your decor is simple yet so beautiful!! I love your hurricanes and your cross wall. I have a cross wall as well and we slowly keep adding to it. You have a beautiful home!! I look forward to seeing your Christmas decor. Blessings to you and Merry Christmas!!

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