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:

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Inspiration Exchange at Yellow Bliss Road
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  1. Oh my friend you have outdone yourself! I had to "Pin" your centerpiece. It is perfection! Do you happen to remember where you found the fine feathered quail? We have loads of them in our neighborhood and I never get tired of their fancy head dress. :)

  2. Sooo beautiful Debra!... of course you know I want to steal, I mean borrow, your beautiful Pendleton plaid throw... love everything, especially your little Quail... we had 16 real Quail eating in our backyard yesterday... so pretty... wonder if they would come inside and pose on my table for an Autumn photo op?... glad you are feeling better!... love you!... xoxo Julie Marie

  3. I LOVE your table and that plaid just pulls it all together! Now you have me rethinking my Thanksgiving table! Great job!

  4. Wow - awesome tabletop. I love to incorporate vintage postcards. Tabletops look fabulous with mixed vintage china and glassware.

  5. How lovely!!! Charming, warm and friendly......perfect for giving thanks!!! Love every element, from quail to chandy décor!!!

  6. Debra, bravo on your tablesetting! The centerpiece is amazing. Love all the natural elements. They offer lots of texture and perfect fall colors. Your place settings are charming, especially with the added touch of the vintage post cards on the wire flower frogs. The white chair covers really dress things up. Love the look of all you did.

  7. Oh Debra you knocked it out of the park on this table scape. Ohhhhhh the window box centerpiece is so amazing. I love that the most. Your table is gorgeous and will be so pretty for everyone on Thanksgiving. Love that you used nature along with your vintage. Beautiful.

  8. I love mismatched. It's beautiful as usual. I love the twiggy stuff in the chandelier.

  9. Your table looks fabulous, Debra. I love the dishes, and actually have the same gold glasses. I agree, I think they are from the 60's. Love how you used the plaid throw for a tablecloth. Beautifully done!


  10. Table looks amazing and I am such a lover of all things natural! Those antlers are amazing! My husband is a hunter and I always look forward to adding my stash each year.

  11. Once again you didn't disappoint -- love this look! Sally

  12. Hi lovely lady.
    Your Tablescape is Gorgeous as always love how you use the antlers in your centerpiece. I hope you have a wonderful week with your family.

  13. Debra,
    Adore your Thanksgiving Tablescape, dear friend!!!
    The Pendelton plaid throw works beautifully as a table cover!
    The natural elements within the window box are perfect for a rustic ambiance!
    An English Country Cottage design done elegantly, indeed!!!

  14. Your whole dining room is so beautiful, Debra! And your tablescape...Stunning!! Love the vintage postcards in the frogs at each place setting.
    Mary Alice

  15. I'm crazy about this entire room, Debra. Love the plaid blanket, the natural elements, the mix of dishes, the white pieces.. Mismatched to perfection!

  16. beautiful, debra:) the plaid is striking, and i love those placecards/frogs--very clever!

  17. I love how you used the plaid throw, Debra. Fabulous Thanksgiving table!

  18. Your dining room is a real WOW! Every element came together so beautifully and created such warm feeling, especially with your plaid throw on the table. Your buffet decor is so charming--love the huge birdcage!

  19. That plaid throw simply pulls the gorgeous details in the table together just perfectly! The centerpiece is awesome and I love those pretty amber glasses. Elegant, warm and inviting is your entire home for the lovely season of Autumn.

  20. I love using thros for the table, so pretty the plaid...Everything is so pretty in all the warm colors...

  21. You always have the most BEAUTIFUL posts!! Thank you for sharing such a gorgeous tablescape!

  22. Debra, your table is just beautiful, love love the tartan plaid throw. In my younger years, I didn't like plaid, now I can't get enough of it. Beautiful transferware, love the brown. And those frogs and postcards are darling. I have been looking for frogs to display some of my crafting projects. Do you have any to sell?

  23. Beautiful, Debra! You sure know how to mix it up, and still keep it cohesive. :)

  24. Perfect tablescape for Fall. LOVE the tartan Pendleton throw and the vintage Thanskgiving placecards held with the flower frogs. It's funny, but I was looking at some in an antiques and decor store today. Now I wish I'd gotten some. :)

  25. Your tablescape is beautiful, as is the rest of your home. Thanks for sharing!

  26. I couldn't agree with you more about using natural elements for tablescapes. For me, they always seem more interesting and warm. I adore your plaid throw, but I'm a plaid lover from way back. You have a lovely dining room, and your table is sheer perfection.

  27. Your tablescape looks beautiful ! It's very inviting and comfort looking !

  28. Your tablescape is absolutely gorgeous. What a great idea with the throw and I am in love with the vintage Thanksgiving place cards. I would love for you to come and join in my link party tomorrow night at 8pm EST. Hope to see you there.

  29. This is gorgeous! Love that flannel on the table!

  30. I love everything about your table but the vintage postcards in vintage flower frogs are the BEST!!! I would love to have some of these postcards. They don't make things as lovely as those now!

  31. Wow, your entire room is stunning and your tablescape is gorgeous. Love the plaid, is is sensational. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  32. Thanks so much for sharing your Nature Inspired Thanksgiving Tablescape. I'll be featuring you this week.
    Hope you're doing well, have a wonderful weekend!!

  33. Just gorgeous Debra! Love that tartan throw!

  34. I featured your pretty Thanksgiving table today on Mod Mix Monday at Mod Vintage Life.


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