THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPE: FOCUSING ON FAMILY & FOOD.

I think I’m one of the lone bloggers out there that is still writing about Thanksgiving when the world has already moved on to Christmas. Perhaps I’m a little old school in my views – and trust me, I’m all about having the Christmas spirit – but I firmly believe that it shouldn’t be celebrated until after Thanksgiving. Break out the trees and the bells and the glitter the very next day if you will (I know I’m going to blast Sinatra’s Christmas album any day now), but give Thanksgiving the time it deserves!

Needless to say, I’m still all about the pumpkins and the fallen leaves and the naturalness of Autumn and that’s exactly the feeling I want to incorporate into my Thanksgiving tablescape – easy comfort. So I threw together a trial run to see how all of my serving pieces would fit together and I’m actually pretty pleased with the outcome! I’m also amazed that I have just enough serving dishes…

Thanksgiving Trial Run 2

Thanksgiving Trial Run 3

I’ll be adding a leaf to the table, more chairs, a couple more serving pieces, and simple florals, but this is the gist of it: simple, elegant, and realistic – with focus on family and food. And I love how the white ironstone will allow the food to speak for itself!

Thanksgiving Trial Run 4

Mmm, I can imagine these platters overflowing with delicious (and fried!) turkey, yams, slow cooked stuffing, green beans, glazed carrots, mashed potatoes smothered in gravy….

Thanksgiving Trial Run

And speaking of all this delicious food, I better get to the grocery store, and on to prepping, and cleaning, and stressing….

With family piling in tomorrow and the mad rush that will ensue, I’ll be offline for the next few days, but before I go I want to wish everyone a HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I’m thankful for each and everyone one of you.

And when I return on Monday – the Christmas spirit will be in full effect!

Cheers.

KITCHEN UPDATE + THIS CHICK’S HAD IT!

I  hope everyone had a great weekend. I know I had quite the productive one, but I still only finished a quarter of what I wanted to accomplish! With my entire family coming into town in just a couple of days, and only a small house to contain them all, I am doing my darndest to get things organized, finish up last minute projects, clean, and get as much food prepped as possible. Whew (and I’m sure many of ya’ll are in the same boat and feeling my pain!)!

My husband and I also decided to take on a new project over the weekend. Remember this kitchen…

Kitchen 2012

Well, we finally decided to repaint it per the upper right hand corner sample color – Benjamin Moore in Silver Sage. I was hemming and hawing over the color for a while, but I’m actually thrilled with the outcome – it really brightens up the kitchen, brings the outdoors in, and makes certain pieces pop:

Kitchen Repainted 2012

Kitchen Updated 2012

I also added a little character that expresses my sentiment exactly…

Amen!

Amen!

What do you think? Do you like the new color (Team Kristen) or do you prefer the original brick-ish red like my husband (Team Tom)?

ps….I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just 2.5 days away! Are you as stressed as I am?

A SNEAK PEEK, AND MORE SHARING OF THE LOVE…

First, I want to give you an itty bitty sneak peak into a living room update that is currently in the works…

Pier 1 Basket

I’m actually not a huge fan of Pier 1 these days, but while browsing for a new throw blanket, I stumbled across this adorable basket and just had to snatch it up as a replacement to my decade old Ikea magazine holder. Seriously, it was about time…and I love it!

I also snagged a furniture piece at Charlottesville’s premier vintage/antique store, Circa, that I am refinishing. If you’re ever out and about here in good ole C-Ville, this is a highly recommended stop. It’s almost impossible to leave without a handful of goodies!

And finally….remember this guy?

Living Room TV

The dreaded Big Black Box!

While I haven’t yet managed to convince my husband to toss the entertainment unit out the window, I have convinced him to let me refinish it – one must pick their battles, I suppose, and this was the compromise.

I hope to have the living room updated by the end of this weekend. And starting this evening, I will also be repainting my kitchen so I have a busy few days ahead of me! I can’t wait to share the updates with you next week.

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Now on to sharing of the love because really, I have so much to share!

1. I’ve been a fan of City Farmhouse for quite some time. Jennifer’s style is impeccable and her home is full of vintage charm and classic style. It’s refreshing, comfortable, and livable, which is what I find to be most important.

I also happen to be in love with these refinished chairs. You can find the tutorial here!

(Thanks Jennifer, for the sweet comment and friendly advice!)

2. Ever hear “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure?” Well, you’ll find that Jessica over at Dear Emmeline is a trash pickin’ machine! And indeed, she turns trash into treasures. Her most recent transformation is absolutely lovely – I love the gold gild she applied to the details:

Here are a few other examples of her work:

Painted with her very own chalk paint recipe!

(Thanks Jessica, for all of the amazing comments and encouragement you’ve left for me!).

3. Susan over at Uniquely Yours or Mine is another fellow trash picker and has quite a few amazing furniture for sale as we speak (and at exceptional prices)!

$225

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$185

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Want to see more? Go to her “for sale” page here or find her at the Ashland Vintage Holiday Market!

(Good luck Susan!)

Have a great weekend ya’ll!

DIY THURSDAY: BEFORES AND AFTERS…

Well, I somehow managed to get sick for the second time in one month. Tis the season, I suppose, but I fully blame the overly-crowded DC metro on this one!

With my head a bit fuzzy and my nose feeling as though it’s about to burst, I decided to forgo the planned DIY project for this week. I was resolved to post something equally entertaining, however, and was wracking my brain on what it could possibly be when my Aha! moment hit.

Who doesn’t love before and after pictures?!

I’ve lived in my home for just under 2 years now, and while the progression has been slow going, it’s still a world of a difference from what it was before we moved in. So without further ado…

LIVING ROOM: (repainted in Valspar Chalk Green)

Living Room Before

Living Room 2012 - AFTER

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(You can find the tutorial on the wall gallery here.)

DINING ROOM: (repainted in Valspar Oatmeal)

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(DIY shelving tutorial here.)

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(Architectural décor tutorial here.)

HALLWAY: (repainted in Valspar Oatmeal)

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(Barn door coat rack tutorial here.)

Needless to say, it’s still a work in progress, but I can’t deny that I’m happy with the progression! Next up: the kitchen and the library!

What do you think? Do you have any befores and afters you would like to share? If so, feel free to send them my way and I will share a few in Next Thursday’s post!

WHY, HELLO FALL…

Fall is officially here, and I feel happy, comfortable and cozy. Need proof?

Slippers!

Yeah, that comfortable.

I don’t usually do seasonal themes with my decor, but to instill just a little bit of that Fall coziness into my home, I felt obligated to create a few vignettes…

Fall Wreath

An adorable wreath made for me by my friend, Sara (thanks Sara!).

Mantle

A vintage window, a faux branch and leaves from Michael’s, and mini gourds from the grocery store.

Fall Mantle

More faux flowers.

Living Room Fall ShelfA few more faux branches and a framed vintage music sheet.

Living Room Fall Bench

A few Fall leaves and a pumpkin!

Dining Centerpiece

Moss (purchased from Michael’s), more mini gourds, and a basket-full of corn.

Wellies

And lastly, my new Wellies courtesy of my hubby (thanks honey!)….

Rainy Fall Day 2

…perfect for this dreary, rainy day.

Oh Fall, how I love Thee.