Today I bring you my cozy blush and amber tablescape just in time for us to host Thanksgiving dinner.
Hey friends! I’m so excited to be sharing this Thanksgiving table with you today. I’ve teamed up with my friend Kristi from French Creek Farmhouse as well as some other amazing bloggers to bring you 25 inspiring Thanksgiving tables all week this week. Each day this week, Kristi will feature 5 talented bloggers on her blog and her Instagram who have created some seriously swoonworthy tablescapes. Today is my day!
I’m particularly excited about this post today because it’s always an honor to be invited to join a seasonal tour with other talented bloggers, but also because I have never done a tablescape for the blog before. This probably goes back to the fact that I didn’t grow up fancy. It was always those styrofoam plates with the compartments at my Granny’s house, which is where I spent every Thanksgiving when I was growing up. Loads of delicious foo was had, my Granny was a phenomenal cook. But it just wasn’t ever fancy. And to this day my family isn’t fancy. So a tablescape is something new to me. I don’t entertain a whole lot to be honest, but I do prefer to be a little more formal than styrofoam plates. I just never have photographed it for the blog before.
When Kristi invited me to do this tour, I began creating a vision in my head for how it would look, and it almost immediately came to me that I wanted to do a cozy blush and amber tablescape. My inspiration for this tablescape came from one of my favorite bloggers, Carmel at Our Fifth House. I wanted to tell you where my inspiration came from, particularly because I wanted you to click over and compare mine to hers. She used a blush throw instead of a table cloth or a runner, and I just completely fell in love with the way it looked. I loved the coziness and the texture it brought to her table.
It stuck with me. And although my table looks completely different, it goes to show that you can gather inspiration from the tiniest of details, and still have something that looks different and unique. The last thing I would want to do is copy another person, but to gather inspiration from another person is golden!
My cozy blush and amber tablescape is a mixture of brand new, collected, and thrifted items, and I love the way it all works together. In case you are new to my blog, welcome! I’m Nicki, and I love a gathered look in my home. I would best describe my design style as polished casual, with touches of farmhouse and eclectic thrown in. I love to create cozy and beautiful spaces on a budget, and I love sharing with people how you can create a welcoming, cozy home without spending a ton of money. I love the thrill of the hunt! But I like to mix the old with the new for a collected vibe, that is interesting to me.
Amber bottles and jars are really trendy right now, and I have been crushing on them for a couple of years now. The large one you see below with the fall leaves is a find from a vintage store I was in earlier in the Fall. I actually walked out without it because they only accepted cash and I had zero cash, smh! And my sweet husband went back the following week after me describing to him the large amber bottle I had to pass up, and he bought it for me. He’s a keeper!
The two bottles above are from two different places. One was actually a Kombucha bottle I kept and took the label off of, and one was a thrift store find. And then the amber jar with the lid is from the Hearth and Hand line at Target. I love the way they look arranged in the middle of the table. One of my favorite things about this table is all of the layers and interesting textures. That feels cozy to me.
For example, I could have stopped with the throw and the table runner. I could have added the amber jars and bottle and a couple of candles and called it a day. But instead, I sprinkled around the leaves that have the metallic plaid on them. Then I added a couple tea light candles on top of a couple of the leaves. I could have stopped there as well, but I decided to add the pretty wooden bead garland, just haphazardly around and through the whole vignette. There are so many interesting things to catch the eye, and they add texture and interest, and that is cozy to me.
I mixed old and new items to put this tablescape together, but one thing I knew I would be purchasing was a throw. This blush throw with the fun tassels was a Marshalls find and it was the very first thing I bought for my tablescape. Everything else on the table was based upon the throw. I also found the table runner at Marshalls, and it says grateful hearts on each end, which I thought was perfect for a Thanksgiving table.
The brass candlesticks are thrift store finds, and then I added some small glass tea light candles for a little extra glow of candle light. I think the candles add a touch of romance to the tablescape. And the faux sheepskin that adorns the bench adds another layer of cozy and warmth. It just invites you over to have a seat.
My everyday dishes are multicolored Fiesta Ware. I like them, but they aren’t great for photographing. So I decided to purchase some more neutral dishes, and I believe they will come in very handy for lots of photography I do for the blog. I love the simple details on these plates from the Hearth and Hand Line at Target. I also love that the salad plate is shaped differently than the dinner plate. I could use these plates on so many different types of tablescapes. I placed the plates on some wood chargers that I have had for several years. They were from the Better Homes and Gardens line one year at Walmart.
And then I found the little tiny plates that are on top at Marshalls as well. Two of them have green pumpkins and two have rust colored gourds. I thought they were the perfect little touch. And I was so pleased when I found the plaid napkins at Marshalls that had touches of amber and blush in them. It was like all of these were meant to be together. To top off the place settings I added these tiny pumpkin succulents planters to two of the place settings, and two tiny blush pumpkins on the other two place settings. The tiny blush pumpkins were tiny vase filler pumpkins, and I painted them pink myself. I thought it was fun that I used sightly different things to top off each place setting. It adds a bit of interest but all coordinates together.
The glasses are yet another Marshalls find, and I found them on clearance. I really feel like I lucked out in finding so many items I used in the tablescape all in the same day! It was like all of the stars just aligned! I love the metallic rose gold that goes around the bottom of the glasses. And don’t you just love the rose gold silverware? Let me share a little secret with you. This is very inexpensive plastic silverware that I found at Target. But they add the perfect touch to my blush and amber tablescape! And the best part is that no one would ever know these are plastic unless they actually touch them. They are so pretty to use for entertaining because they look great and can be tossed afterwards. And they are really good heavy duty quality too.
I am in love with the way these amber bottles shine and the pretty tint they bring the room when the light shines through them at different times throughout the day.
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Cute dessert plates (as an option to my tiny pumpkin and gourd plates)
Let me tell you what you don’t see in these photos. You don’t see the water marks and stains on this well used and loved table. You don’t see the thousand scratch marks all around the edges because our dog won’t stop putting his paws up against the table (BTW, can someone tell me how to stop a dog from doing such things, because he has ruined this table and our TV stand in the 2 1/2 years since we have had him, and it is maddening!) Needless to say, this table needs painted or replaced, and plans are on the horizon!
You also don’t see that our home office is also housed in our dining room because when we moved here, we had no place else to put a desk, so we made this room do double duty. But now that one child is out of the home, and the other is away at college, our house is starting to feel a whole lot less crowded, so we may be moving this home office out of the dining room. Right now it’s just in the discussion stage, but it will eventually be on the list of things to do I am sure.
You can see in the photo below the two file cabinets in the left corner. I found these at a thrift store and gave them a makeover. They serve as much needed storage for the home office part of this space, and there is usually a big honking black printer sitting on top that I made my husband move out of here so I could take the photos for this post. And to the right you get a glimpse of our desk. Do what works for you family in a home. This is what worked for our family. And it has been just fine.
I am so thankful to Kristi from French Creek Farmhouse for inviting me to participate in this fun tablescape tour. She inspired me to do something outside of my normal comfort zone, and I realized I could do something that I hadn’t really thought about doing before. I invite you to go now and visit the other talented bloggers who are a part of the tablescape tour today. Up today, we have Kristin from White Arrows Home, Bree from Rain and Pine, Kyla from Valley And Birch, and Kristi from French Creek Farmhouse. You can go to any of the links in this paragraph and find the links to the rest of the tour over at Kristi’s blog. Thanks a million Kristi, for hosting this awesome tour!
So how do you do Thanksgiving at your house? Do you go all out with fine china and a perfectly coordinated table, are you all decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving, or do you do paper plates like my family? I would love you to tell me in the comments! It’s fun to see how different families do things. But Thanksgiving is about spending time with family and friends and being Thankful for all of the blessings in our lives, so it really is less about how we set our tables and more about the people we love, don’t you think?
Thursday is the big reveal of my kitchen makeover for the One Room Challenge and I hope you stop back and see the miraculous transformation! Also, you can keep following the tablescape tour every single day this week, with new bloggers scheduled to share each day. Follow along by coming back to this post and clicking the link to French Creek Farmhouse. I can’t wait to follow along myself because I haven’t seen anyone’s yet, so I am excited to check them all out.
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