Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Nature Inspired Thanksgiving Tablescape

One of my favorite yearly posts would have to be the Outdoor Fall Tablescape that I have done for the last three years. Doing an outdoor tablescape wasn't going to happen this year as our outdoor area was completely off limits due to a new roof and minor construction, then new guttering projects. I couldn't even really decorate the front porch, let alone style a photo shoot. So I decided the next best thing would be to put my energy into doing a Thanksgiving Tablescape indoors, like I had wanted to do outdoors.




I'm a more casual tablescaper, I feel more comfortable and at home when the mood and atmosphere are created with natural elements, and in the Fall and Winter, I'm all about a good Tartan Plaid. I had wanted to build my outdoor tablescape around a vintage brown plaid blanket and I wanted to use bits and pieces of my old Brown Transferware. I've not collected large stashes of dishes like many of you who tablescape, just picking up odds and ends when I find them for a good price.








When we moved into this house there were a set of handmade windowboxes that were so charming, that matched the front of the house. But after several years of using them and the fact that ants were coming in through the windows, I stopped. They had started to deteriorate so my husband renailed the better of the two for me to use here as a centerpiece box. My big windowbox that I usually use was just too large to consider for an actual "sit down" dinner.



I wanted it full of natural elements, and since we have Thanksgiving in the afternoon, I chose not to put candles inside, but fill it with leaves, antlers, pumpkins, vines and berries, with a little nest and quail; all things you would find in Nature.







Then I gathered my only "set" of  Brown Transferware, six placesettings of J.G. Meakin of England, "Scandia", which I think must be from the 60's. I used some other unmarked white ironstone that is much older to fill in for missing salad plates.



Some mismatched Brown Transferware cups became the individual candleholders for mini clay flowerpots and a votive candle.

I've had this set of heavy amber glassware for many years, I think they must also be from the 60's and then my Heisey wine goblets that give a little more elegance to the setting. When I was younger I never would have "mixed and matched", but now that's just part of the charm of a vintage table.




I wanted to incorporate another pattern along with the brown, so my caramel stripe French Grain Sack and a set of creamy floral napkins broke up the larger area of brown plaid, also adding a little interest.



This is my silver setting from Oneida, just cannot remember the pattern.



Each placesetting included a vintage Thanksgiving postcard used for a place card, held by an antique flower frog.















Another mismatched place setting.







I wanted the feel to evoke an English Country Cottage afternoon,
 after a day of hunting.















































Thank you so much for joining me for my Thanksgiving Tablescape.
I hope this gives you permission to be casual and a little "mismatched".

Enjoy your family and the blessings of Thanksgiving!

Joining these weekly parties:

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspiration Exchange at Yellow Bliss Road
Fill Your Cup at Mrs. Olson's
Tips and Tutorials at Stone Gable

xoxo,

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32 comments:

  1. You know I love every ounce....but that Pendleton piece....my favorite!

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  2. Your dining room and decor are gorgeous! The mix of antique items and natural items pair very well together. I hope to have a lovely dinner room like this one day.

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  3. Your natural dining decor is just beautiful!! I love your repurposed flower box as your centerpiece, it goes perfect with that gorgeous Pendelton plaid you used as your table cover. Love it!!!

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  4. Debra! OMG! This is all so beautiful!!!!! You outdid yourself.

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  5. Love, love, love your Thanksgiving table setting, even if it is inside. Everything is beautiful.

    judith

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  6. You have make beautiful photos of the table!
    Greetings, RW & SK

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  7. Debra everything looks so beautiful! I love every detail. All your photos are gorgeous.

    Kathy

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  8. You had me at the vintage plaid Pendleton blanket! Gorgeous! Your dining room looks so warm and inviting with all your mismatched pieces in autumn colors. And you don't have to worry about birds dropping....well, anything on your table.

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  9. I love it all! The antlers caught my eyes first! OOH...LOVE BUTTON PLEASE! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  10. Gorgeous table Debra!…I just love the throw that you used and the perfectly "mismatched" place settings are fantastic!…you always dress the buffet so beautifully too…a true work of art!

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  11. Ohhh Debra I love this table and your buffet. You have such a wonderful and creative talent!

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  12. I love the colors on your tablescape. Great idea for a table cloth. I have been known to use a comforter or quilt when the colors work. Alaina

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  13. I always love your tablescapes Debra, and the vintage turkey cards are just wonderful perched in the frogs~lots of eye candy to feast on!
    Jenna

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  14. I love all of this but the idea I will definitely borrow is the use of the vintage postcards at each place setting in the flower frogs -- love this!

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  15. Everything looks beautiful! I just love the plaid blanket on the table. I use quilts sometime but the blanket is a cozy change!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  16. how gorgeous! so much attention to "detail." many prayers of thanks around THAT table.....your love for your family is evident...

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  17. Very pretty setting, Debra! I love the use of the plaid throw on the table. The planter box you used works perfectly because you can still enjoy it and yet have room for your tablesettings.

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  18. Debra,
    I love every detail of your table setting. Your blend and use of natural with white is stunning. All of your guests will feel so welcomed and relaxed.
    Hope you are doing well-
    Jemma

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  19. Really beautiful setting, Debra....I loved it all, the window box is just lovely and the amber glasses add such a warm glow. I love old postcards so the Thanksgiving place cards are so perfect!! I know you will host a wonderful meal....I don't think I would even need dinner on the plate as the whole setting is such a feast! I know all will be blessed....thank you for blessing us with a glimpse of your beautiful setting. Linda

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  20. English Country Cottage in the afternoon perfection! I love your taste, Debra.

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  21. Your tablescape is gorgeous and very inviting!

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  22. This is gorgeous! I love the filled planterbox! I just adore Pendleton blankets too :)

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  23. Love the tablescape. It's gorgeous and so welcoming and everything is perfect. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Have a great weekend.
    Mary

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  24. Debra, it is all so very pretty. Love all mismatching and how it all goes together beautiful..Happy Wednesday..Judy

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  25. Love the colors and the textures - how you pulled everything together. Want to just step right into the pictures!

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  26. Debra, I absolutely love this setting! The mixed transferware is so beautiful and I love the Pendleton blanket used as a coth! I love plaid and this is so creative. Of course I adored the vintage postcards also. I have three, but keep my eyes out for more. I just ran across some red transferware at a thrift. I could hardly believe my eyes. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  27. Hi Debra, just hopping back to let you know that I will be featuring you at SYC today. Love this!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  28. I would love to know where you got the chair covers!!

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    1. Hi Angela, I don't know if you'll find this reply, but the chair covers were custom made for my chairs by a local lady who cut a template from the backs of the chairs. they are linen, and I wouldn't have tried these myself. thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

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    2. Hi Debra, I love the chair covers. Are you able to custom-make them by the local lady for me for my 6 chairs? Please let me know what you'll need from me for the measurements, and the price. I'm in Singapore. I'll make payment in advance. My chairs and the dining table were from my late father, so I don't want to change them. These pretty covers are just what I need. My email is handorf@gmail.com. I really hope to communicate directly with you. Thanks. Warm regards, Shelly

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  29. Love this! From the tartan plaid to the mismatched china to the great flower box, the vine on the chandelier,,,,well, just everything about it. Well done!

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