Grocery Store Thanksgiving Table Decor

I’m hosting Thanksgiving Dinner again this year, my third in a row, which I love!  I love gathering supplies to create a pretty table and gathering recipes for the big meal, and gathering my family and friends together in my home.  As I was looking for inspiration I noticed a trend this year…all you need for a pretty table is a visit to the grocery store.  Here are some of my favorite tables from around the internet!

thanksgiving tablescapeFirst up…sometimes a simple grouping of one item makes the biggest impact.  Like the bunches of kale above from Grace at A Storied Style or the bowl of apples below styled by Jennifer at With Heart.

2015-11-02 12.09.17Add in some flowers, like this uncomplicated grouping a single color of roses in the center of the table designed by Julia of Cuckoo 4 Design.  Surrounded by pomegranates and cranberries these coral roses creates a gorgeous focal point that’s easy to pull off!

Thanksgiving Table Setting - Cuckoo4DesignIf you want to get a little bit fancier mix flowers, fruits and vegetables like the table below from A Thoughtful Place.  Also…how clever are those vintage drawer pulls used as napkin rings!

pink thanksgiving tableHead down the bread and cheese aisle to make a pretty (and edible) centerpiece.  They look beautiful casually piled together…a feast for the senses. Fall Tablescape Ideas - The Inspired RoomLooking for a simple way to display, without needing a vase or pedestal..check out this post by Design Mom for putting together a no-fail centerpiece with items all purchased form the grocery store…plus it can be easily customized for your budget and table size.

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And, for my favorite DIY I plan to use for my own table…this faux wooden box designed by Erin of Earnest Home Company.  I adore her blog and this DIY!

faux wood box centerpieceI plan on filling my box with none other than fruits and veggies of course!  Here’s a peek at what I’ve gathered for my own table so far.

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I’m so predictable with my color palette!  But, when you only buy orange blue and white that is what you use for every holiday!  I’ll share my table…well tables (one for the kids) next week.  Have a great weekend!

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The Anatomy of the Perfect Kitchen for Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner

Of course no one designs a kitchen with cooking Thanksgiving dinner in mind, but it really is the ultimate test of how well your kitchen functions.  When I saw this kitchen, designed by Brown Design Inc. (you MUST check out their portfolio to see so so many jaw-droppingly beautiful spaces), I instantly thought it would be the perfect spot to cook and serve Thanksgiving dinner.  The room has been beautifully divided into places for work, prep, cooking and serving and I think it would be a dream to cook here.  Here’s why!

The Anatomy of a Dream Kitchen for Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner | www.theanatomyofdesign.comNone of us are going to be renovating our kitchens before next week, but this room does have me thinking about setting up my kitchen next week to create the perfect zones for prepping, cooking and serving.

And, because I cannot finish this post without sharing some photos from this gorgeous kitchen…here are a few more details from this amazing space.

How great is the layout of this kitchen and dining room?  Open, but still separated is my favorite! And, the clever window wall is so beautifully styled…such a unique moment. With seating for at least 12 this home is perfect for hosting a Thanksgiving feast!

I am in love with this work station in this kitchen.  A clean countertop, the pretty piece of artwork, the tiny beautiful lamp and artful shelf styling make this corner a really beautiful spot in the kitchen.  I could work all day here.

I’ll be back later this week to share my own Thanksgiving table ideas!

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Set Your Table For Thanksgiving

I feel like Thanksgiving has approached so quickly this year…wasn’t it just summer?  I am hosting Thanksgiving again at my house, so I have been thinking a lot about my menu and how I’m going to set the table (my favorite part for sure!).

I put together a little post using items that are readily available to purchase before next week, in case you are hosting as well and want some last-minute tips and inspiration!

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If you want even more inspiration here are three additional posts from years past:

Setting the Thanksgiving Table:Family-Friendly and Formal

Setting the Thanksgiving Table: For a Buffet

Setting the Thanksgiving Table: In A Transitional Style

I’ll be back later this week with a peek of my own table plans!

ONE (TARGET): Candle Holders | Dinner Plate | Salad Plate | Flatware | Placemat | Napkins | Napkin Rings
TWO (PIER 1): Gold Rimmed Dinner Plate | Gray Dinner Plate | Gray Salad Plate | Gold Patterned Salad Plate | Napkin | Drinking Glass | Garland | Leaf Platter | Flatware
THREE (WORLD MARKET): Runner | Wood Charger | Dinner Plate | Salad Plate | Flatware | Drinking Glass | Candles
FOUR (ANTHROPOLOGIE): Chalkboard Runner | Dinner Plate | Salad Plate | Napkin | Flatware | Terrarium

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Add a Candle Sconce for Fall

Last week I shared some fall decor ideas for this year.  One of them was a candle sconce, which I am really loving this year!  They are fairly inexpensive, compared to electric wall sconces, and add a beautiful texture and shine to a room. I scoured the internet for some gorgeous new and vintage finds…there really is something for every style!  Here are 20 of my favorites!

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Here are some real-life examples of where and how to use candle sconces inside a home! (Just click on the picture to go to the source)


An entry is a great place to hang a pair of candle sconces…such a cozy way to greet guests when it gets dark so early.

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Light the path up your stairs with candle sconces.

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The fireplace is a great place for candle sconces, when you are looking for a more affordable solution to electric sconces, with the same amount of beauty.


A pair of sconces can help create beautiful symmetry in a formal room.


Even bathrooms can use sconces!

Untitled-2I hope you feel inspired by this little idea for fall.  Do you have any unique ways you incorporate candles into your home for fall?

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Fall Living Room Details

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI’m not a huge Halloween decorator, but starting in October I love adding touches of Fall to my home.  I don’t go overboard, but I do love bringing in leaves and pumpkins and fall colors and patterns.  I haven’t shared many photos of my Seattle living room here on the blog, so I thought it would be a fun time to show you a peek!

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comThose big windows really make this home feel light and bright even on the grayest Seattle day.  Plus, the fall colors from my view are just getting better and better…such a show going on right now!

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI added some velvet pillows and a few throw blankets to the room to add additional pattern and warm texture for the season.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI always love to have something living on my coffee table as a little focal point in the room…leaves clipped from the maple tree in my front yard are adding a stunning little yellow moment to the room right now.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI spray painted a ceramic apple gold last week and I love the way it looks sitting happily on the coffee table.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comThis bookcase, though gorgeous, is always a difficult piece for me to style.  Those super big square shelves make it tricky to fill.  But, I added some fall-inspired artwork  I’ve created and books in colors that suited my living room for the season mixed in with some of pottery I’ve collected from Mexico.  This piece is constantly changing.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI love gathering leaves during my walks around the neighborhood and I often like to frame them for simple, inexpensive art around the house.   My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comMy fall mantel is just a simple collection of candlesticks and pumpkins.  Those black tapers were a fun find last year and they looked perfectly spooky for Halloween, but still elegant enough for the entire fall season.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comThis little bar cart, a term which I use very loosely since we don’t drink, houses a candle which is burning almost constantly these days and little bits of nature my kids bring home on our walks…that little gold dish is full of pinecones.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comThis is a little peek at our front entry.  The lighting makes it incredibly difficult to photograph, but I hung a strand of gold pinecones by the front door, and brought out a boot tray for our rain boots which get daily wear around here.  I also brought in all my plants in for the season and this trio i so happy sitting in that bright window.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comHow do you decorate for Fall?  What is your way to bring fall color into your house?

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