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Easy Decor Details for your Traditional Thanksgiving Table

Any one of these easy decor ideas will add the perfect finishing touch to your traditional Thanksgiving table. “Easy” is the key word… we’re all far too busy in the days leading up to the Thanksgiving feast to weave our own raffia cornucopia! But just the right handmade detail can create the perfect mood for the day.  Here are some easy ways to impress without stress!

An old thrift store platter becomes a charming chalkboard for your personal Thanksgiving message. Just cover a metal tray or platter with chalkboard spray paint… but don’t serve food directly on the tray!

Handmade thanksgiving table decor

There is something about handwritten decor that is just so special for a holiday gathering. It is personal and welcoming with a heart-warming nostalgia that takes us back to simpler times.

These humble brown paper and string handwritten tags created by Becky at the ThisIsHappiness blog are terrific examples. Used to tie napkins and tied to a sprig of leaves as a place card, the tags would be quick to make and you could put different words of gratitude on each napkin holder.

Pumpkin vases

Everyone will feel the harvest happiness when they see these pumpkin and squash vases. Squashes come in so many colors you can take your pick for a lively ‘traditional with a twist” display on your Thanksgiving table. Choose a hefty squash like a Hubbard to hold large stems or mini pumpkins for small posies.

To hold the flowers and some water, just carve out enough space in the squash to nestle a glass jar — or a votive holder for tiny squash. You might need to trim the bottom of the squash to make it stand upright. If so, rest the cut surface on a tray or runner so the juices don’t stain your table! Martha Stewart gives more how-to-make-it instructions if you need them – she created this lovely display.

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For a more glamorous look, gold-sprayed dried miniature Indian corn cobs make dazzling place cards, with each name written in gold pen on the husk. The easy DIY project is sure to be a talking point at your Thanksgiving table. The design is a perfect match for an opulent Rococo or Louis XIV style room, and it would also fit nicely with Hollywood Regency style.

If you make this cookie turkey as a centerpiece it is sure to charm everyone, although all bets are off as to whether anyone will want to dismantle it to eat all the cookies after dinner!  The cookie turkey should be simple enough to make just by copying the picture although you’ll need a steady hand to do the decorative glazing. No cocktails till you’ve finished!

Thanksiving harvest basket

If you’ve run out of time to do even the easy ideas above, you can never go wrong with a lovely basket filled with harvest foliage, fruits and vegetables.  (This one is arranged by Yvonne on her Stone Gable blog.)  The basket captures the spirit of the season and it looks wonderful on all traditional Thanksgiving tables. It’s the perfect match for your antique  French Country furniture or for Tuscan or Farmhouse style decor.

Happy Thanksgiving, however you decorate your table!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 9 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Easter Table Decor

Hand-painted easter eggsWith Easter approaching I’ve been looking for some Easter table decor inspiration. After the long hard winter that many people have endured this year, it’s so uplifting to see traditional Easter table settings with all their color and pretty floral arrangements and even chicks and bunnies.

The design on these sweet hand-painted Easter eggs would be easy for anyone with an artistic eye to copy! They are larger wooden eggs, the ostrich size, and they are perfect to scatter across a tea table not just at Easter but for a wedding or mother’s day too.

Victorian Easter Table Decor

This Easter table setting looks very Victorian style to me. A tall glass vase (this is a hurricane vase) is filled with decorative faux eggs and then placed inside a vintage birdcage.  More eggs and chocolate bunnies are sprinkled around the table. The green table cloth and plates, as well as the large palm plant in the back, add to the ‘natural’ backdrop.

Easter flower glasses

This is another simple and fresh Easter table setting that reminds us that spring is here! This look could also work well on a bathroom shelf or window sill or on a console table in a French Country bedroom. The glass tumblers are filled with pebble-sized fake eggs and the center glass has a candle too. Four sprigs of flowers are tied to each glass with a white ribbon, and each glass is placed on a colorful saucer or glass coaster. How easy is that?

At the other extreme, here’s a lavish Easter table setting with every bell and whistle imaginable! We’ve got bunnies and eggs and butterflies and birds in nests and fancy cut crystal and decorative plates and placemats and ornate candelabra and twisting candles and big pink flowers and colored glasses and… It’s one of those brilliant designs that works because it is so over the top. If the designer had held back on a few things it could risk looking merely cluttered and fussy. But they went ALL OUT with springtime exuberance, so the table looks whimsical and feminine and fun.

Along the same lines, this glamorous Easter table in Los Angeles celebrates with bright color and bold pattern. Who can go wrong with a riot of flowers? The table setting avoids looking too messy because each bouquet is a single color, taming the wildness with a tailored look.

If you prefer a softer look, this Easter table also relies on flowers to create a charming springtime mood but everything else is kept very stripped down. A pure white table and bistro chairs are teamed with white linen napkins and humble Mason jars to create a dreamy-clean canvas so the daffodils and lilacs can star! Wispy chandeliers add to the delicate mood.

If you will have your Easter brunch or dinner outdoors, candy-colored Chinese lanterns keep the Easter feeling. They look a little like Easter eggs floating in the air and the pretty paper lanterns are usually easy to find in the Chinatown area of your town or online.

I hope that these Easter table decorations have give you some ideas! And if you are looking for an Easter gift for yourself or a loved one, check out our vintage and antique religious treasures, from holy water fonts and Madonnas to crucifixes and standing crosses.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Bookshelf: Elegant Rooms, Southern Style, Flower Recipe

The definition of an elegant room varies according to each person, but I’d say that no matter how elegant the space, it needs to be easy to live in too. Welcoming, practical, and somewhere that people can relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Who wants to sit bolt upright all evening, terrified to touch anything or pick up a magazine for fear of disturbing the overly groomed ‘interior design’? Not me. And certainly not our 8 cats and dogs!

These three recently published books provide some great inspiration for elegant rooms that real people can live in.

Elegant Rooms that Work

Great inspiration for your elegant room design! EuroLuxAntiques.comAuthor Stephanie Stokes is an art historian and interior designer. In her new book she explores ‘Fantasy and Function in Interior Design.’ She gives tips on how to plan your space without sacrificing style and atmosphere. Stokes is keen on creating multipurpose spaces too, to make the most of every inch of your home! All her expert advice aims to create a practical but beautiful environment. Many of the elegant rooms photographed feature lovely antique furniture and accessories.

 

 

This French Provincial style dining room is designed by Stephanie Stokes. I love the way that the large chandelier helps to balance out the high ceiling in this light and airy room. Plus, it’s a statement piece in itself. If you like the look, check out the vintage chandeliers in our gallery.

Houses with Charm: Simple Southern Style

Ideas for a Southern style elegant room. EuroLuxAntiques.comGracious living and warm hospitality are the focus in this new coffee table book. Writer Susan Sully is an expert on Southern style – her articles appear in magazines including Veranda and Martha Stewart Living. The book celebrates traditional Southern architecture and interior design with homes spanning eras from the 18th century to the present day. Some are cozy and romantic. Others are rather grander, such as the Louisiana plantation house filled with antiques. In all cases the homes capture the essence of the Southern lifestyle – elegant but laid-back.

The Flower Recipe Book

Floral arrangement ideas to create a welcoming and elegant roomA beautiful vase of flowers immediately adds an elegant and welcoming touch to any space… and despite this book’s title, it isn’t about cooking with edible flowers! (Although if you enjoy cooking, I recently blogged about delightful ways to serve up summer herbs in style.) Instead, this lavish book gives “flower recipes” to create gorgeous floral arrangements. Subtitled 100 Magical, Sculptural, Seasonal Arrangements, the book is written by the women who run Studio Choo, the fashionable San Francisco floral design studio. Their bright ideas for different styles of flower arrangement range from sensationally wild to elegantly formal. 400 colorful photos offer plenty of inspiration. Pop any of these floral arrangements on one of our antique dining tables and your work is done!

What’s your definition of an elegant room? Let us know in the comment box below!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

Home Decorating: Bring the Green Indoors

Pretty four-leaf clover -- EuroLuxAntiques.comIt’s March. Can you believe it? The year rolls along like a bullet train, doesn’t it?

March is the month of green. It’s the month of St. Patrick’s Day, and the month gardeners start to get serious cabin fever. Depending on where you live, bulbs may be sending tender green shoots up through the snow, or your grassy carpets of lawn may be greening up for spring.

I thought I’d kick off this month of green by talking about decorating with houseplants and cut flowers. Besides, it gave me a good excuse to sort through a plethora of pretty posy pictures on Flickr!

English Ivy houseplant -- EuroLuxAntiques

A bit of history, to start with. People have been cultivating plants indoors for at least 3,000 years. Many experts believe the Chinese were the first to bring the outdoors inside. Later, houseplants were considered the dominion of the wealthy. Starting in 16th century Europe, it became fashionable to add a conservatory (greenhouse) to your home in order to cultivate plants common and exotic. By the mid-20th century, even us commoners decorated with houseplants. Today, many people recognize the benefits of using houseplants for aesthetic reasons and to help purify the air.

A pink bromeliad coupled with a roaring fire adds warmth to this room -- EuroLuxAntiques.comFrom an aesthetic standpoint, decorating with houseplants and cut flowers provides many benefits. First, both green plants and blooms add color to the decor. Second, some houseplants and cut flowers add scent to the environment. The therapeutic effects of decorating with plants and cut flowers can’t be understated. Add a bouquet of cut lavender to your home and see if it doesn’t make you feel calmer and more serene!

Lovely hortensia blooms add a pop of color to the decor -- EuroLuxAntiquesYou can use potted plants to add more than greenery to your decor. Just like accent pillows or throw rugs, houseplants can be used to coordinate with your design scheme or contrast with the color palette. If you’ve created a very warm room using hues of red or orange, you can use white or blue flowers to help cool things down a bit. Likewise, if you’ve done a “white room,” for example, you can choose colorful bromeliads to add bright pops of color and warmth to your design.

Cut wildflowers in a jar are perfect for a cottage design scheme -- EuroLuxAntiques.comCut flowers can subtly reinforce your design scheme. What says “cottage style” better than a bouquet of wildflowers set in a Mason jar? For a more modern design scheme, a vase filled with long-stemmed tulip buds about to open makes for a lovely display.

A gorgeous vase filled with tulips about to bloom -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

Of course, decorating with plants can be functional, as well. Grow a kitchen herb garden in a sunny window to add both color and taste (literally!) to your home.

A simple windowsill herb garden adds color and taste (literally!) to this kitchen -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

Decorating with plants also allows your creativity to express itself. You don’t have to settle for boring potted plants. Consider creating a moss terrarium (they’re coming back into style) or growing succulents under a bell jar. You’ll get an outdoorsy feeling whenever you meditate on these beautiful objects, and they’re sure to start many interesting conversations when you entertain guests!

This moss terrarium brings the outdoors in and makes a surefire conversation starter -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

Making houseplants and cut flowers an integral part of your interior design will bring you joy all year-round. Forced bulbs in the winter help cure the doldrums, while indoor gardening helps keep cabin fever at bay. I hope this post has given you some ideas for decorating with plants!

How do you creatively weave houseplants or flowers into your decor? Send us pictures to share!

 

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!