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!

Thanksgiving Table Inspiration |

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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Fall Decor That Transitions into Christmas

Decorating for the holiday season  is so much fun. I love the anticipation of pulling out the decorations each year, and rediscovering my favorite pieces.  Along with all of my cherished decorations I love to spruce things up with a few new things.  But, decorating for a specific holiday or season can be an expensive hobby…especially since the season doesn’t last that long in relation to the rest of the year.  So, I say look for pieces you can buy now that will transition through Christmas and the entire Winter season.

Here are 7 things to buy now for Fall, but leave up all season…and a few tips on how to style them!


Do you use any of the same Fall decorations for Christmas too?  I’d love to know!  I’ll be back with a little peek at some fall decor in my own house later!

ONE: Stool | Lantern
TWO: Mirror | Luster Glass Hurricane | Brass Net Hurricane | Geo Glass Hurricane
THREE: Floor Lamp | Wood Pedestals
FOUR: Antler Candle Centerpiece | Runner | Table
FIVE: Olive Leaf Swag | Terracotta Pots
SIX: Plaid Pillow | Plaid Throw | Floor Lamp
SEVEN: Candle Sconces | Mirror

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A Formula to Simply Style Your Mantle

Danielle Colding

Danielle Colding, the designer behind the Room of the Week, is kinda a master at styling the perfect vignette.  For example…those bookshelves walk the perfect line between styled and overstyled.

And, my favorite moment is the simple, but beautiful fireplace styling. It is decorative but not cluttered and is a nice resting place from the busyness of the bookshelves nearby.

And, it’s a formula that works for almost any style and space…some kind of art in the middle with a large piece of sculpture on one side and a trio (or other odd number) of candlesticks on the other.  Here’s a few little scenarios I did to test the formula and show you how it works for so many styles!

A Formula to Style Your Fireplace Mantle | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI shared a peek at my own current mantle for fall a few weeks ago on Instagram…no large pieces of sculpture, but plenty of candlesticks!

Fall Fireplace Mantle Styling | www.theanatomyofdesign.comWhat do you think of the formula?  Anyone up for giving it a try?


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Choosing the Perfect Rug (and keeping it that way)

I know I spent some time talking about rugs this week already, but I wanted to finish off the week talking about choosing and caring for a rug.  Choosing a rug is usually one of the top things that stresses my interior design clients out.  It’s makes a big impact both on the budget and visually in the room. And, they are expensive and cumbersome to ship back so you definitely don’t want to get it wrong!

Instead of re-inventing the wheel, here are 5 amazing guides to choosing and caring for your rug!  Just click on the photos to head that guide.

This Joss & Main guide has fantastic graphics to help you visualize their tips. And, really pretty rugs if you’re ready to shop!

I love Apartment Therapy for their real-world design advice.

This World Market Guide is super visual and helpful.
This One Kings Lane guide is my favorite of the bunch…so much great information in one spot.

Even though it’s Friday, I’m not dong talking about rugs…I’ll be back next week with a few additional posts on playing with pattern and scale and also what to put under your rugs!

Have a great weekend!

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The Anatomy of a Shelfie

One of my favorite “moments”  in the Room of the Week is the carefully curated bookshelves on either side of the sofa.  They aren’t the star of the room, but definitely a supporting element that really is the cherry on top.

Rachel Reider InteriorsFilling shelves like these, especially when there are so many can be daunting, and expensive!  But, there are 5 simple lessons I learned from studying these styled shelves that can be applied to almost any bookshelf.

THEANATOMYOFASHELFIEHonestly, styling a bookshelf just takes practice.  So shop your house for books and accessories and put these lessons to the test!

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