Decorate for Thanksgiving {How-To}

"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." William Arthur Ward

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I am ready! Each year, I look forward to getting down my vintage turkey plates, and putting some cloves on the stove  - at least I can make it smell like fall has arrived, even if the Houston weather will not cooperate!  And, one of my favorite colors is orange, so I love to use pops of color as I decorate for fall. Here are some simple tips to create a festive vibe in your home this year. 

Make a Statement!

I loooove this ceramic turkey from Pottery Barn that I purchased last year. I put it on top of a an antique cheeseboard, with acorns for texture, and viola - a little new, a little old, creates a statement piece on my island that every guest will see!  


Decorating for each season does not have to be costly - here, on the open shelving in my kitchen, I added orange husks to the vases that were already in place, added a few ghords I already had, and some dried leaves. The ghords and leaves are faux so that I can throw them in a storage tub and use them year after year. 


Turkey tea-towel (from our studio) and a few more ghords above my kitchen cabinets help ensure every bit of the kitchen is Thanksgiving-ready, but not overdone.  

I added some faux pumpkins to my backyard, too, and they withstood two torrential rain storms with no problems! 

My dogs never seem to understand that they are not the focus of all my photos! 



Use What You Have

I love to incorporate these wicker wrapped glass jars in my decor year round! This fall, I added a few stalks, some faux leaves to a small container, and an orange candle.  (vanilla pumpkin sold out again this year at our studio! We can't get enough!) Viola, a simple, unexpected centerpiece (this one is actually off-center - think outside the box!) that is not costly or time consuming. Also pictured, a pop of orange from a Pottery Barn pillow. 


Below, the orange vase was something I already had, I just placed it in a more prominent place when I got out my fall decor. Rearranging is good for you! Sometimes you can use what you have, without buying anything new, and create a whole new look. Just have fun! 

Also below, I added a few pomegranates to a topiary I already had, and orange ribbon to candlesticks that I kept in their same place. 

Artwork by Houstonian Lawrence & Crane

Artwork by Houstonian Lawrence & Crane

Pillow Power!

One of my favorite ways to update the look of my home is through pillows - I have a special stash of pillows in my hall closet and I love to rotate them in and out based on the seasons. It's actually an affordable way to really change the look of your home.

(I might have a bit of a pillow obsession, but it's true - purchasing a few new pillows and swapping them out periodically is a good thing. Extends the life of the pillows, keeps your home looking fresh and prevents you from thinking, I need to make a major purchase, etc... I. Love. Pillows!) 

Seen below, a Pottery Barn pillow on my slipcovered antique setee, and a Lacefield Designs Tangelo velvet pillow with amalfi trim in my family room. 


Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours!

Thanks so much for reading along today! If you have a question, or tips to share from your own home, I'd love for you to leave a comment below. It's always a joy to hear from readers near and far! 

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” Henry Ward Beecher


Gobble gobble!