Love Family and Friends

Love family and friends fittingly suggests and describes the nouns of our lives- the people, places, and things we treasure.

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Thanksgiving holiday gathering together welcomes traditions, food, friends and family into heart and home.

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Photography by Jon Tyson – Unsplash 

Sharing this all things house that make a home life with you, the reader who has become the friend is a privilege. I am grateful to you for inviting me into your home through word, style, and design.

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Thank you for welcoming me into your home through this show and tell.

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Personal mementos and collections tell your story to others, and that’s reason number one you should gather together and bring treasures you love to your Thanksgiving table and sideboard.

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Accents, accessories, touches, and tidbits- what suits your style, taste, and personal preference is what best fits the occasion and sets an impressive holiday table.

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Make memorable Thanksgiving gathering goodies by mixing the traditional with new traditions for memorable measure and the sweet with the savory seasoned with love and gratitude.

“Gratitude is when memory is stored
in the heart and not in the mind.”

—Lionel Hampton

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“Forever on Thanksgiving
the heart will find the pathway home.”

—Wilbur D. Nesbit

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Home is where the holiday heart is, and mine beats strong here at Places In The Home.

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Our holiday celebrations are all about honoring traditions old and new, making meaningful memories, and sharing the holiday love with family, friends, and readers.

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Setting the holiday table serves as a welcome to our home show and tell.

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As a few of you may know, my partner in Places In The Home, life, and love, Dave the Builder, passed away last Thanksgiving evening. Beautiful memories of him and the life we built together over 40+ years top my what I’m most grateful for list.

Some of you may realize Places In The Home has been on a forced (error) vacation over these last two weeks.

Back of the house business and corrupted plugins coupled with inadvertent deletion of the files that make the site visible to the public all came together to dance the death of destructive disappearance over the pages of Places In The Home.

We’re back up and running, and for that I am grateful beyond words.

May love of family and friends, good health, the comforts of home, appreciation of beauty, and wealth in all of these richly touch you and yours.

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The Thanksgiving Of It All

It dawned on me that going with my heart this year and decorating according to the current mood is exactly the theme for this year’s Thanksgiving of it all.

Nothing too elaborate or over the top, just simply going with tried and true pieces that speak Thanksgiving to me.

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Opening the cabinet doors of the section of the kitchen reserved for the good china and holiday appropriate plates proved to be the hardest part of the decorating plan.

Simple elegance is rooted in a cozy and comfortable ambiance.

sideboard-Thanksgiving-piecesTo me it simply isn’t a Thanksgiving table without serving pieces and figurines denoting a pheasant and turkey pattern.

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My great-grandmother, Mama Two, went to great measures to set a lovely Thanksgiving table each year she was with us.

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The Thrifted Table

Mama Two entertained and adorned with grace and what appeared an effortless command of the feast setting.  At least one pheasant and one turkey plate, platter, or figurine always found a planned path to the tabletop.

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Antique finds gathered over the years such as accent flatware pieces connect the dots to family tablescape traditions.

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Posts of Thanksgiving past prove my tried and true favorites don’t seem to waver.  Color combos and patterns continue to lean neutral to nature with at least one new or new to me addition added for good measure.

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Woodland Turkey Platter

Better Homes & Gardens Exposed White Clay Stoneware Drink Pitcher

Jadeite Green Glass Cake Stand with Loop Trim 

Antique J. H. W. & Sons Hanley England Serving Bowl

Mazie 20pc. Flatware

Hemlock Trails Cotton Quilted Round Reversible Placemat Set of 6

Ceramic Pumpkin Gravy Boat

In the Forest Owl Mixing, Measuring and All-Purpose Bowls, Set of 3

Linden Street Amber Glow Acorn Wood Serving Tray

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Something as simple as velvet ribbon and decorative feathers becomes a stunning choice of dinner napkin embellishment.

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Thanksgiving into Christmas 11 inch wreaths for use as chair wreaths or as decorative rings framing candles, serving bowls and/or cake stands.

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Lindsay Bowles Artist

Treasures found online and in store set a place for the unique and the uncommon.

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Treasure Chest

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Place cards zhuzh up the occasion.

DIY Thanksgiving Pear Place Cards

DIY Thanksgiving Pear Place Cards

Lovely place cards ideas range from fresh fruit au naturel or spray painted in your favorite holiday color.

Fall leaves and a Sharpie create festive place cards.

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Free printables such as this vintage brown turkey with fanned tail lend traditional beauty to the holiday table.

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The Graphics Fairy

How gorgeous is this pairing- get it?

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Good Housekeeping – Photography by Mike Garten

Roasted Pears

Ingredients

4 Bosc pears

2 tbsp Maple syrup

1 kosher salt and pepper

1 tbsp olive oil

½ cup walnuts, toasted

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Wash and pat dry pears.  Cut each pear in half lengthwise and remove seeds.

Place the pears on the baking dish, with the cut side facing upward.

Fill each pear with toasted walnuts. Drizzle olive oil and maple syrup over pears. Sprinkle with  salt and pepper.

Bake for 30 minutes or until soft.

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Jadeite continues to have its moment, and the Martha Stewart Highbrook Jadeite Glass Loop Cake Stand is poised to become a timeless remembrance.

Martha Stewart Highbrook Jadeite Glass Loop Cake Stand in Mint

Martha Stewart Highbrook Jadeite Glass Loop Cake Stand in Mint

Well, folks, that’s the Thanksgiving of it all.

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Do You Know What Your Thanksgiving Tabletop and Decorating Plan Is?  

It’s the 1st of November.  Do you know what your Thanksgiving tabletop and decorating plan is?

Inspiration is everywhere, and we thrive on it here at Places In The Home.

Let me share with you a few of the Thanksgiving tabletop and decorating suggestions and finds in seasonal color, texture and pattern to set the holiday tone and the Thanksgiving table with the look of the season.

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Birds of gorgeous feather colors flock together among 6′ baby tear and frosted eucalyptus garlands from Hobby Lobby.  Duck hunting in the Sportsman’s Paradise goes with the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and this new to me find sets the scene- one very well known to the men of the Places In The Home family.

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Fall clearance sales are underway much to the delight of the tablescape maven.

May I also suggest checking out dollar, craft, hobby, and fabric  stores for candles, candle holders, decor, chargers, etc…  Dollar stores are inexpensive to begin with, so there’s that.

The upside to Christmas and holiday items being stocked and displayed on a store shelf near you earlier and earlier each year is the deep discounts on fall and harvest themed items shoppers see sooner and sooner in the season.

The cream craft pumpkin from Lowe’s is 50% off, and the Ashland Finial Vase from Michael’s is on clearance.  Both are calling my name.

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Frosted Eucalyptus Garland  ||  Cracked-Look Candle Holders  ||  Cream Craft Pumpkin  ||  Grace Dinner Plate  ||  Antique Crown-Embossed Compote  ||  Autumn by Lenox  ||  Vintage Soup Tureen  ||  Ironstone Pitcher  ||  Transferware Vegetable Dish  ||  Copper Bowl  ||  Ashland Finials  ||  Quail Figurine

Thanksgiving Tabletop and Decorating

After creating the gallery I remembered Dollar Tree stocks a white stoneware dinner plate with gold rim.  You can’t go wrong with a set of  white dinner plates with gold or platinum rims.  A simple yet elegant white dinner plate makes a strong argument for the perfect foundation plate, and complements almost every china pattern known to man.

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My style preference leans traditional.  Classic tableware and vintage linens set most of my holiday tablescapes and Thanksgiving tabletop, but I do like to gift the eye a decorative surprise.

Marry a traditional china pattern to a modern and/or contemporary pattern.

Intermingle pops of bold color with the customary fall palette.

Mix seasonal buds and branches with roses and taxidermy.

I am always impressed and amazed when decor accents and accessories that normally would not be paired together come together in perfected contrast to create remarkable beauty.

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PomPom Design Dinner Napkins – set of 4  ||  White Burnout Snowflake Dinner Napkins-set of 4  ||  Godinger Dublin Goblets  || Cromwell Highball Glasses  ||  Antique Crown-Embossed Compote

Halette+Pedestal+Cups+Cake+StandDessert compotes remind me of my grandmother- a woman who mastered the art of the holiday table with signature style and grace.

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One of the best pieces of Thanksgiving tabletop and decorating advice I can offer is this:  I embrace the words do small things with great love.

Incorporate pieces, finds and treasures you love into your Thanksgiving tabletop and decorating.

Personal mementos and collections tell a compelling all things house that make a home story.

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Company’s Coming! This Year’s Thanksgiving Table

This years Thanksgiving table planning is in full swing.

Decorative accents and accessories are going into place and company’s coming.

Clearance sales making room for Black Friday deals and steals makes anticipating the decorative needs of this year’s Thanksgiving table and hitting the place order button a gobble gobble gotta have it a no-brainer.

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Traditional is the flavor of the Places In The Home Thanksgiving month, and the preparation begins at the first hint of the harvest moon.

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Colors and natural decor that intermingle well with fall through to Christmas decorations and tablescapes keeps costs in check.

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Shades of blue, green, red and creamy white are as stunning on a harvest themed table as well as the Holiday table.

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Dave the Builder worked on the dining room redo this past weekend with success in the major improvement department!

Lighter paint colors and natural light will open up a space, guaranteed.

We’re hoping to have it all pulled together by next week in order to get the Thanksgiving tablescape ball rolling.

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I’m depending on traditional simplicity to make an elegant statement for this year’s Thanksgiving table.

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Places In The Home For The Holidays: Setting The Thanksgiving Table

Decorative options when setting the Thanksgiving table is a lovely thing!

Options allow us to take a slight step or total turn from traditional and/or expected decor choices.

The holiday table begins as a blank canvas ready to reflect a personal interpretation of holiday style and splendor.

Setting the tone for holiday magic begins with setting the Thanksgiving table.

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Traditional colors, shapes and accents associated with the Thanksgiving and Christmas tablescape have lead the way for years as the hallmark of holiday distinction.

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Martha Stewart. Who else?

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Traditional is timeless, but the updated classic beauty of new traditional style proves there’s a new and stylish sheriff in town.

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The mixing of styles, patterns and presentation invites rave reviews.

Begin a new tradition by one or two updated classics to your holiday tabletop and home decor accessories.

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It is guaranteed to keep guests guessing and the holiday tabletop decor festive and fresh.

Holiday time “presents” the perfect reason to update tabletop and home decor accessories.

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What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term casually elegant?

Beautifully understated?

Comfortable?

Cozy?

Warm?

Inviting?

Simple sophistication?

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Stunning does not have to be expensive or labor intensive.

Simple is the whole point behind the concept of simple sophistication.

The above examples demonstrate how free, inexpensive and clever ideas produce elegant results.

Craft paper makes a super easy table cover.

Use a Sharpie to write heartfelt messages or quotes on the craft paper to be read by your guests.

I love the free place card template from Martha Stewart.

Martha is such a giver!

Now you know I couldn’t do an idea post without mentioning the Dollar Tree.

The free wheat bushel and ornate frame printable from The Graphics Fairy will make a wonderful header for a printable Thanksgiving menu.

Type it up,  place it in a decorative frame, and place it on the table or sideboard as an informative accent.

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Happy decorating!

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A Season of Thanks: Thanksgiving Tablescape

My Thanksgiving tablescape is rich in colors of the season, natural elements, good deals, vintage pieces, and memorable keepsakes from the past.

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I stumbled upon these boxwood letters at Hobby Lobby.

At first glance I was intrigued.

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After a much closer second look, I was sold by the yellow and red beauty of the clearance price tag.

T-H-A-N-K-S !

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Stop me if you’ve seen this one.

A quail, a turkey, a duck and a pheasant…

This group made their first guest appearance on my casual Christmas table,  A Dash Of Louisiana “Seasoning”: A Casual Christmas Tablescape.

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Burlap sandbags continue to be my first choice for fall and Thanksgiving tablescapes.

Deep gold placemats and oatmeal goblets, heirloom vintage lace napkins, and gold resin acorns achieve the look and feel of the season.

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The recipe for making the tablescape your own is simple-bring items of special meaning to the table.

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Seasonal fruits and flowers along with vintage finds accentuate the casual, the simple and the elegant.

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The sideboard display is a potpourri of locally grown and sold items.

The knock out roses are from a local nursery, the cotton stalks from local fields, the vegetables from local growers, and the salad plates from the local Goodwill.

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“Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home.”

Wilbur D. Nesbit

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