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Kate’s Casual Fall Elegance

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Kate Riley of Centsational Girl created this beautiful Fall tablescape. Read on for her thoughts on Fall dining and more!

What was your goal for this look?

“This table setting is my everyday casual look where I use a lot of basic white and incorporate pretty linens. During the holidays or for special occasions, I add a lot more flair with pops of color and festive accents!”

Where were these photos taken?

“This is my dining room in our home — it dresses up for formal settings or dresses down for casual ones like this.”

Why did you choose these Pottery Barn dishes?

“I was shopping for a basic white plate several years ago and came across the Caterer’s Plates at my local Pottery Barn. I loved that I could buy them separate from cups or bowls, and I bought one set of the dinner plates and salad plates. We’ve eaten our meals on them every night for years!”

How would you describe your style?

“‘Casual elegance’ is the term coined for my personal style. I’m a busy mom with an active family so it’s best to keep things as relaxed as possible, plus that style is so inviting for when friends and family come into our home. However, I do believe that things can be pretty too, so I use simple palettes, layered neutrals and seasonal botanicals to up the style factor for everyday living. I’m also a big believer in bringing the outdoors in, hence the olive tree clippings from my yard and white fall pumpkins scattered about.”

Any tips for a gorgeous table?

“Thoughtful layering is the key to setting a gorgeous formal table. Start with a pretty tablecloth or runner, and then at each place setting introduce colors and texture. For example start with a pewter charger, layer in a white plate, add on top an accent salad plate and then an unexpected embellishment on top, such as a clever napkin ring, a seasonal swag of some kind or a pretty place card. You can’t go wrong with an assortment of fresh flowers in the middle coupled with candles for ambiance as a centerpiece. Keep arrangements low to encourage lingering conversation so guests are not encumbered by elaborate displays.”

Why do you shop at Pottery Barn?

“Pottery Barn’s style very much fits my own, it’s casual, elegant, modern, yet comforting, the best kind of style for the best style of home!”

 

Learn more about Kate’s style when you read Centsational Girl. Love the look? Here are some suggestions for capturing Kate’s gorgeous style!

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Source: Photos courtesy Kate Riley of of Centsational Girl

How-To: Create Silhouette Pumpkins For Thanksgiving Decorating

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If you have some uncarved pumpkins lingering around your home, you’re probably looking for a way to transition them from spooky October holidays to more family-oriented November gatherings. Luckily, today we’re sharing a fun and easy way to decorate with them for Thanksgiving.

Silhouette pumpkins have been all the rage for the past few years, but we think this wildlife adaptation on the traditional silhouette provides a seasonal twist to the trend. You could go even more Thanksgiving-themed by using turkey silhouettes on your pumpkins, too.

This DIY project is quite simple. (So simple, in fact, that you can do this DIY in front of a favorite movie if you prefer.) To get started, here’s what you’ll need:

 Pumpkins. We used Cinderella pumpkins for their unusual coloring. Use one pumpkin per silhouette.
 Silhouette patterns.  We used the animal silhouettes from Karen’s Whimsy.
 Scissors
 Tape
 Pen
 Paint (acrylic or house paint works fine)
Paintbrushes. At least a larger brush and a very fine point brush are needed.

After you find and print the stencils you like, cut around the silhouette. Use your tape to tape the silhouette pattern onto your pumpkin, positioning it as you like best. Then, carefully trace around the pattern with your pen.

Remove the stencil, and then use your brushes and paint to fill in the silhouette. You will likely have to use two to three coats of paint to create your silhouette.

The pumpkins could easily be incorporated into a Thanksgiving centerpiece. To save room on the Thanksgiving table, try painting mini-silhouettes on miniature pumpkins. We also love the idea of using mini-pumpkin silhouettes as a placecard for Thanksgiving dinner guests. Of course, you could also feature your vignette on an entry table or console, or your fireplace mantel.
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An Inspired and Relaxing Retreat

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Today, we’re excited to share some gorgeous images from KariAnne at Thistlewood Farm. We think you’ll agree that this room provides an incredibly inspiring (and relaxing) retreat!

What was your goal for this room?

“This is my respite from a harried and hectic day.  This is where I unwind and recharge for the coming day.  I wanted this to be warm and welcoming, a place where a cup of hot tea and a really good book are never far away.”

Can you tell us about how this room is used?

“This room is full of laughter and joy and light.  A warm fire keeps the room warm and toasty for late night conversations and sharing the stories of the day.”

How would you describe your style?

“I decorate for my heart.  My style has a little farmhouse, a little cottage, a little shabby chic, a little distressing and a whole lot of vintage.”

 Any tips for a gorgeous mantel?

“I like to keep  my mantels interesting.  I am always on the lookout for unusual pieces that can be re-purposed for display.  I have used barn doors and garden gates and lanterns and vintage boards.  The key is to have fun with your decorating.”

Why do you shop at Pottery Barn?

“I adore Pottery Barn.  The catalogue is full of inspirational ideas and new ways of repurposing items to make them fresh again.  I never visit a Pottery Barn store or look at a catalogue without leaving inspired.”

Make sure to keep up with KariAnne’s decorating adventures on her site, Thistlewood Farm.

Thanksgiving Centerpieces Inspired by Nature

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For a tablescape that’s custom-built for Thanksgiving, we recommend heading outside. Check out three of our top ideas for creating unusual centerpieces this year.

Gather acorns to line the base of a hurricane, and then carefully nestle a candle around your nature finds. (Use one of our Flameless Wax Candles to avoid a fire hazard.) Stack crisp apples in a vertically oriented vase or hurricane, or try miniature pumpkins or gourds. Colorful fall foliage is also the perfect addition to a bouquet of flowers. Look for florals that complement the color of your leaves: amaranth for maroon leaves, or light-colored ranunculus for yellow leaves.

 

Still have some pumpkins around your home? Hollow them out and use them as an alternative vase. We used geraniums here. For a very autumnal centerpiece, choose scented geraniums such as cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger. (Yes! These types of geraniums  do exist. Find them at your neighborhood greenouse.) Place a small jar or highball glass inside the pumpkin for cut stems. As an alternative, place small pots of geraniums in the pumpkins if you want to plant the flowers after your gathering. Disguise the top of the container with moss.

If persimmons are local to your area, we also recommend layering a tall vase with persimmon branches that are laden with fruit. They create an unexpected sculptural element to a bouquet. These fruits could easily pair with flowers, though the addition of autumn leaves and green figs to this arrangement is certainly inspired.