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!



Bad news: I got the first cold of the season, and it was a nasty little bug.

Good news: I’m getting it out of the way early!

Well, a couple of days down, and I’m back up and semi-ready to go. But this gorgeous day gives me that extra little bit of motivation that I need!

A few of other things that are exciting me this week:

1. I finally ordered MMS Milk Paint and am expecting it any day now!

2. Mums + pumpkins = the perfect October.

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3. Football + parents in town = the perfect October weekend.

4. Scarf weather!

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It’s the little things that count, right?

The Best News: As of yesterday, Zara Home has officially launched in the U.S., and just in time for the holidays! Oh, how I have dreamed of this day.

For years, I have come across products from Zara Home that I have absolutely adored, only to discover that I couldn’t quite get my hands on them without a quick trip over the ocean. Well, no longer will my frustrations get the better of me – Zara Home is here and here to stay!

Here are just a few of my favorite products:

Zara Home Set


I must be on a bit of a gold kick.

There is free shipping through October so you better get shopping!