Hello and Happy Fall! Fall is definitely my favorite time of year. Having lived in New York most of my life and now in New Jersey, I’ve experienced the beautiful transition of the four seasons. Although Spring and Summer in the Northeast is fun, there is something homey and serene about the Fall and Winter. I live for crisp, airy afternoons, trench coats, orange foliage, Pumpkin Lattes and the holidays. And, with Thanksgiving right around the color, utilizing the colors of Autumn as inspiration for decor is a must!
If you are hosting Thanksgiving this Fall and need some ideas, just look out your window. The rustic colors of the season are filled with inspiration for indoor decorating. I won’t be hosting Thanksgiving this year, but thought I’d share my table setting from last year’s dinner.
Our condo has a contemporary vibe touting earthy colors, making it easy to incorporate those dark Autumn hues. The inspiration for my table setting started with a gorgeous runner I purchased at Crate & Barrel. The heather gray runner features a vine of orange leaves and purple berries. The purple is a rich eggplant color. Complimenting the runner are the most lush napkins, in the purple shade. Pairing a runner or a table cloth with matching napkins takes a table from simple to chic.
I added a large vase to hold a candle and used squared dinnerware in white. I prefer white dinnerware because its a blank canvas. White plates make everything look appetizing! Since this was a dinner with mostly immediate family, I opted for seamless glasses. If I had friends and other guests, I would have went with stemmed. Although I love elaborate center pieces and place settings, my dining table is narrow, so I had to keep it clean.
What made the dining room extra festive was the cornucopia my mother-law designed. Again, we live in 1,000 square feet, so everything has dual purpose. The cornucopia rested on top of of our buffet where we keep wine glasses, liquor, coasters and other bar items. I also try to have my Christmas tree up and trimmed in time for Thanksgiving every year. A tradition I inherited from my mom, who does it to get everyone in the spirit of the holidays. For me, it somehow makes the holiday seem a little longer. Either way, it is a great pre-cursor for Christmas.
If you don’t plan on having guests this Thanksgiving, you can still be get into the spirit by simply hanging a Autumn wreath or placing a pumpkin at your front door.