I have finished almost everything on my Thanksgiving prep to-do list. I have one trip to the Farmer's Market left and then of course all of the cooking and baking but that's the easy part. I have tried to add some festive touches here and there that could easily transition into Christmas decor since that will be going up very shortly.
I made a huge centerpiece for the dining room table with my antique grape lug. I filled it full of gourds, cotton bolls, leaves (that we picked up in Asheville), candles and pinecones. It's huge and weighs probably 50lbs.
I ordered a chair from Ballard Design back in September and it was just delivered a day or two ago. It's the Elsie Club Chair and it's really comfortable.
The arms match
my sofa without being too matchy matchy and it's got a deep seat so you
can curl up in it.
I sewed a pillow cover with some leftover fabric. Todd joked last night, "we (meaning me) like beige. And sometimes a little off white." I try really hard to bring more color but I just get sucked into this neutral pit!
A few weeks ago I saw this blog post and fell in love with the white pumpkin she painted. I'm guessing that her inspiration was from this artist's blog. I have never in my life painted anything but I needed that pumpkin! Todd snickered the entire time I was painting it maybe even making a few comments about how it was going to turn out like a elementary school project. I was actually pretty happy with how it turned out!
Now the mantle. Ugh. This was a huge source of stress over the past few weeks. I hate the TV up there- it is such an eyesore. (Todd is screaming 'I TOLD YOU SO!" right now.) I've had it for years, it's small, and because TV is not a top priority of mine, I haven't upgraded. I put it up on the mantle a year ago with the intentions of mounting it but it never happened. Then I got cable and there were these ugly cable boxes to deal with. We've decided that it's time to upgrade (after Christmas) and at that point it'll come off the mantle all together but I had to find a way to disguise this mess until then.
I figured the willow branches help fill the space left from the small TV and the pinecones help to hide the cable boxes. And those big huge burlap bows...just for fun!
I got the sparkly GIVE THANKS garland from Pottery Barn Kids.
And just to keep myself grounded- this is the corner of the breakfast room.
That is my storage closet until the tables are delivered on Wednesday.
You've already seen the front porch but the back porch and all of the Thanksgiving details will have to wait until next week!