Fall Home Tour 2016

Are you ready? Today marks the second official day of fall and my first official [fall] home tour of the new house! Let’s face it. I couldn’t keep directing you guys (especially my new readers) to the empty house tour! As exhilarating as it was, I’m sure you’ve been waiting for some action and I don’t blame you!

If you’re joining me here today from Pretty Real Blog or any other stops along this Fall Home Tour hop hosted by Meg of Green with Decor, then welcome! Continue reading

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Think again Thursday #6 [5 alternative uses for cloth napkins]

I hate to admit this, but I think I am almost all fall-ed out. It is a hard thing to admit because as a blogger, I’m totally guilty of it. The fall crafts, décor & DIY’s come flying out of the gates in August, with a slight change-up for Halloween and then back at it for Thanksgiving. Months and months of it!

Buuut, I do think it is time to get the ball rolling for the… ahem… next holiday in line and its not even November yet.

I can’t help it, but I’m ready for something new!… a new color palette…new vignettes…new signage… you catch my drift?!! Its the most wonderful time of the year 😉

So as I get ready to bid this season goodbye, I thought an ode to one of my fave fall décor DIY’s of all time was a good idea for Think again Thursday.

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I am not the first person to make pillows out of table linens and I won’t be the last. If you are on board with this idea, then great! If you are sort of intrigued and find yourself hunting down great cloth napkins, but don’t really see yourself using them in a table setting, well, then you are in luck!

Today, I am going to share my 5 ideas for how to use a cloth napkin [other than the obvious!].
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5 ways to use cloth napkins:

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1 | pillows

I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again…just sew 2 together and voila! You’ve got yourself a pillow cover! Place a pillow insert inside and you have a new accessory for your couch or chair (or entryway table!).

2 | wall art

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Simply place a napkin behind a crisp white mat inside of a frame and hang it up on the wall or lean it on a shelf or bookcase to instantly add a pop of color, punch of pattern and a bit of texture to your space. (See how I made another DIY wall art piece with a journal cover here)

3 | placemat

Many people use napkins as a placemat or charger plate instead. Place your charger plate (or skip the charger) and / or dinner plate right on top of the napkin. Easy table transformation for any occasion.
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See here for just one of the MANY beautiful tablescapes created by Courtney of A Thoughtful Place. She is the queen of a beautifully styled table with tons of great quick & easy DIY’s to go along with.

4 | quilt

Use cloth napkins as you would use regular fabric for a quilting project!

5 | wine bottle gift wrap

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Surely you aren’t already burnt out of this nifty napkin thing?! I hope not because tomorrow I am sharing my top 5 cloth napkins for 5 Fab Friday Finds! Festive fallish napkins to take you right into Thanksgiving. Add some pizzazz to your table or try out one of these other 5 ideas from today.
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Lastly, I’m so humbled by all of my new instagram followers – I am just shy of 1,000 followers!! If you aren’t already following This is our Bliss on social media, be sure to come on over to see other featured bloggers, diy projects, recipes and fun fashion trends!






I’ll be scheming some great giveaways for the upcoming milestones, so be sure to come along for the ride! Thank you 😉

Have a great Thursday and I hope to see you right back here tomorrow!
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How to add a few simple Fall touches

I don’t go all out and fall-ify my house to the 9’s, but I do like to add a few simple touches. Every house needs a little fall-ification, right?! But it CAN be done quickly, simply & on the cheap. With the exception of my fall entryway with the addition of a large DIY Fall word art piece, I try to use what I already have! I’ll break it down and show you 2 spots in our house where fall is taking on more of a supporting role 😉

Is it me or have we been talking about fall decorating for months now?!
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Formal Living Room

easy fall vignette - simply fall decor - this is our BlissThis little fall vignette was created on the end table next to the couch in our formal living room. I started with 3 dollar tree pumpkins…
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easy fall vignette - simply fall decor - this is our Bliss…and then filled a thrifted vase (which ironically resembles a white pumpkin!) with a small bouquet of fall-colored flowers.
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Mantle

Although I did just style a fall mantel at my parent’s house last week in Arizona, but around here, I don’t really have one. At least one that’s not decked out. I did add a few leaf stems (Pier One) to a mercury glass vase (HomeGoods) I have had for a year or so & plopped a few pumpkins next to it. The metallic ones were from the $1 spot at Target last year and the chevron glitter one, I picked up from Hobby Lobby (50%) a few weeks ago. I used what I had except for spending a few dollars on a fun, glitzy little pump!

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And if you are still over-thinking your fall decor, here is my list for ways to add SIMPLE FALL TOUCHES & not break the bank while doing it:

1 | Toss a fall pillow to the couch (plaid, fall colors, pumpkin, typography, etc.)
2 | Add a throw blanket to a chair (plaid, fall colors, wool, etc.)
3 | Scatter mini pumpkins in various places (pick up a few at your local grocery store – white ones are super neutral & orange pumpkins give you that fall “punch” or pop of color)
4 | Fill a bowl with pumpkins & gourds
5 | Fill a vase with acorns
6 | light a pumpkin scented candle
7 | Hang an autumn wreath on your front door
8 | Fill a large vase with fall-colored flowers as a centerpiece on your table (or split the bouquet up and make 3 smaller arrangements & put in 3 different rooms)
9 | Add a pot of mums to your front porch
10 | Hang a fall dish towel on the outside of your oven door

What simple fall touches do you add to your home around this time of year?
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If you follow me on instagram, then you saw I was away on vacation for the past 9 days. After a lovely trip away with family, I came to the realization I have a bit too many things going on right now around the house and in life in general. Obviously, when life gets busy, that busyness can quickly turn into feelings of stress & anxiety. And no, I don’t want that to happen! So, now that I’m back, I’ve decided my #1 goal is to finish up all of the UNfinished projects I have in the works and start making some big CHECKS on my to-do lists. I’ll be the first to admit, I oftentimes take on too much. Like start 10 new projects while 25 are barely halfway complete. I want to be able to blog about projects I am naturally working on and not feel like I have to create something brand new each and every post. I want to be able to share with you the real things going on over here and also, get back to all of the posts where I have maybe left you hanging…

Did she ever finish that?

What does it look like now?

Whatever happened to this idea?

That sort of thing. I want to simplify a bit and make use of ideas, supplies & décor pieces I already HAVE, without bringing more into the house (or my mind, if I can help that!)

So, I am unfortunately not going to be taking part in the Fall One Room Challenge. I mentioned last week, I was going to make a game-time decision and that decision was a no. It was going to be too much for me to take on right now. I am however, going to be cheering from the sidelines because they are some AMAZING rooms being transformed right now and I can’t wait to see the reveals in week #6. Eek!

So please hang with me. My goal is still to keep this little blog machine running, but circling back to finish up where I left off is going to be my focus for the next few weeks. Please come back and see where things are headed!

Enjoy the rest of your Monday!

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A Fall Mantel [at my parents’ house + how to “shop your house”]

Apparently, I can’t hold back my urge to splash a little fall around the house – even while on vacation. If you follow me on instagram, then you probably know we are visiting my family in Arizona right now. Yay for vacay!

The 4 of us are here at my parent’s house and my husband is facilitating a training class out of his company’s Phoenix office this week – it worked out perfectly to be able to spend some time in the sunshine! My parent’s live in Iowa the majority of the time and typically come down here for 2 – 4 weeks at a time off and on throughout the winter months. We’ve spent spring breaks and winter breaks down here for as long as I remember, since my grandparents and my mom’s 2 sisters have lived in AZ full-time since the late 80’s. It’s like home away from home and now with the my husband’s company recently creating their Southwest corporate location here, its a win for us all!

So back to fall decorating…sorry for the detour! We were at Safeway grocery shopping over the weekend and I spotted several barrels of mini pumpkins near the floral section. I so LOVE mini pumpkins…they are theee cutest little things & can be used in so many ways for fall decorating. I also grabbed some spider mums, a small rose gold vase (couldn’t resist) & the sack of mini pumps.

Thinking I would just sprinkle a few pumpkins around their house and enjoy the flowers this week.

Then this happened…
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My mom & aunt recently scooped these 3 brass candlesticks up from a realtor friend who sold them to her for $10 – they were just sitting in her garage! They are waaaay too pretty to be hiding away in a place like that. My mom then left them in her garage until I came down here and rescued these brass triplets again! I need to figure out how to sneak them home in my suitcase 😉

The sunburst mirror (HomeGoods) is simply leaning on the mantel and creates some dimension – a layering effect. It was swiped off the wall from in between 2 framed photographs in my mom’s hallway – a small wall I styled while I was down here in August helping her decorate this new house (more on that trip soon!).
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"fallThe rose gold vase was $6 in the floral section of the grocery store where I bought the flowers & mini pumpkins.
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The pewter “book” (Ross) was resting on a shelf in a bookcase in my parent’s bedroom. I grabbed it to use to add some height to the right side. A stack of books are great props for styling (see how I use books for nightstand styling & coffee table styling).fall mantle - mantle styling - copper & gold - mini pumpkins - rose gold vase - stacked white pumpkins - fall vignette - fall vignette - This is our Blissfall mantle - mantle styling - copper gold - mini pumpkins - gold sunburst - fall vignette - brass candlesticks - fall vignette 1 - This is our BlissAnother look at the left side…
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If you aren’t on board with this notion yet, then I highly suggest you start practicing!

If you aren’t familiar – here is what it means to “shop your house”:

  • shifting things around to different spaces or rooms
  • pulling things out of storage to use again after they’ve been packed away because you were tired of it, but didn’t want to get rid of it
  • grouping new & different things together to make it look fresh & appealing
  • using something you already have, but zhushing it up a bit – creating some sort of DIY project to transform what you already own to give it a new look
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Are you a professional or novice when it comes to shopping your house? Do you pull things from other rooms or do you have a stash of décor items to rummage through?! Please share – I love doing this and want to know where my fellow “shop your house” peeps are!

You can check out my Fall Entryway here.
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P.S. I am still unsure about taking the plunge and taking part in the Fall 2015 One Room Challenge as a Linking participant. It starts tomorrow and I am sooooo nervous to commit! I guess we’ll see what I decide tonight – EEEK!

Check out my Spring 2015 One Room Challenge Reveal if you aren’t sure what level of decision I have on my hands at the moment!

Thanks for reading, friends! Please come back soon 🙂

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DIY Fall Pillows [for under $5]

You guys, I made 2 pillows for $5. TOTAL! Have you ever even heard of such a thing?! Nowhere. I repeat – nowhere, can you get a decorative throw pillow for $2.50 or even $5, for that matter unless you are thrifting or at the Dollar Store (but last time I checked, the dollar store doesn’t sell pillows!). So do you want to know how I did it?

Napkins!

Ok, so I popped into HomeGoods one day a couple of weeks ago to do a return. Well, you know I can’t just go through the line with one measly return. I had to grab a cart and power through my favorite aisles. For some reason, I went down the table linens aisle and spotted these sparkly fall plaid napkins. My first thought was…

Ooo! These would be perfect for a fall tablescape!

But my second thought was…these could seriously be the cutest pillows!
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I don’t deck my house out for fall, but I do get the urge to warm things up a bit. I had been wanting to add some autumn-ish pillows to the family room to spice up our new gray couch. (More soon on the couch and our new rug, too!) After peeking at the cloth napkins and noticing “18”x18″” on the tag (and the amazing price of $4.99 for a set of 4), I knew I had to grab them.
fall plaid cloth napkins - HomeGoodsWell, they did sit around for a little while in my pantry, but I finally opened them up to sew a couple together. If you’ve done any sewing before, you can do this. OR if you know someone who sews and you bribe them with a pumpkin spice latte or a bottle of wine, you just might get yourself a couple pillows sewn for you.

I don’t too often, but I’ve done a ton of pillows – for our outdoor patio & the floral print ones in the guestroom. And, you might remember back to last year when I made Simon’s nursery curtains out of bed sheets. Other than that, I don’t bust out the sewing machine much.

Back to the napkins…As far as pillows go over here, I like to switch my covers out and change them around fairly often, so I sewed a zipper in. It makes it easy to take off the pillow to throw in the wash, too!

Here is how mine turned out:
DIY throw pillows with cloth napkins - fall table linens Fall decorating This is our BlissThat’s really all the further I got with step-by-step photos – so sorry! After I sewed them, I put in a 20″x20″ insert I already at home. I like to use inserts that are the exact size of the fabric or napkins (before sewing) or just slightly larger so they are nice & full. I prefer feather or down inserts, but any pillow forms are good!
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DIY fall throw pillows with cloth napkins - fall table linens Fall decorating gray couch stairway galler wall This is our BlissI really love the gold & orange hues on the gray couch…it really warms things up from the usual neutral tones.
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DIY fall throw pillows with cloth napkins Fall entryway fall table linens Fall decorating This is our BlissSince I was playing around with my fall entryway last week, I decided to try this option out and I absolutely LOVE it!
DIY fall throw pillows with cloth napkins Fall entryway fall table linens Fall decorating This is our BlissLook at the gold stitching glistening in the sunlight! It’s just too perfect in my entryway! After all, I was able to make 2 pillows with 4 napkins for 5 bucks 🙂
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I know I didn’t share the steps I took to create this, but there are a TON of pillow sewing tutorials out there – like this one here from Scout & Nimble. Check it out – super easy instructions if you’ve never made a pillow before – a zippered one, at that!

And if you are looking for a non-zipper option, Sarah from Thrifty Décor Chick has an awesome how-to for table linens! She finishes her pillow off with a hand-stitch. Either way is great – your preference!

Are you going to be stalking the table linens aisles now? I’m pretty sure I’m going to peek around at Target for some more today. Especially since I found the prettiest ones there last year that I used on my Thanksgiving table!
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Please let me know if you score some goodies anywhere & share your DIY pillow secrets, too!

Have an awesome day and Happy Fall… now that it’s official 😉

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A Fall Entryway

Hello out there! Welcome! I am so happy to have my fall entryway table styled, photographed and ready to share with you today! If you’ve been reading for awhile, then you know I don’t typically go all out for fall, although I had fun styling our fall front porch last year. This year, I knew I wanted to decorate a few little nooks in the house and the entryway area was one of them!

If you follow me on instagram, then you may have seen a couple of sneak peeks, but I just couldn’t help myself! I joke that I am decades behind in my fall decorating here in the blogosphere, but you can’t win ’em all! However, I did just realize I didn’t post my front porch last year until October 30th…I guess I’ve come a little ways then 🙂

 I’m so happy this little nook of our house is fully decked out and ready for fall…and that I was able to complete this little space without too many interruptions from my little guys. Henry started preschool last week, and although Simon doesn’t really nap in the morning anymore, it is a tad bit easier to get things done around the house & here on the blog with just one little one running around! Preschool is a short 3 hours though, so I know I have to step it into high gear if I have a want to get through one task from start-to-finish. Although having lots of things going on simultaneously is the norm around here 😉 Buuut the fall entry is checked off the list and I think I will be wrapping up the front porch next…stay tuned!

Ok, lets get to the pics, shall we! Sidenote…there are lots of photos today. I recently bought a new camera lens so I was playing around (a lot) with these little vignettes. I hope you like it!

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Fall entryway - fall vignette - metallic artichokes - rustic number 4 -gingham fabric pumpkin - fall decor - This is our Bliss Fall entryway - fall vignette - metallic artichokes -gingham fabric pumpkin - fall decor - This is our BlissThe black & wood rustic number “4” has been in our family room leaning on a floating shelf, but I decided it needed to be a part of this little fall party. I wanted to keep the color scheme black, white and gold, with a pop of orange and a few natural touches. $25 from HomeGoods, but I’ve had it for a over a year.

When I spotted the black and white gingham fabric pumpkin, there was not a question whether or not it was coming home with me. Nope, not one.
I bought an orange light-up pumpkin from HomeGoods a few weeks back and originally had it here, but I moved it to the family room once I found this natural colored one at Pier One.
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The gold leaf bowl holds our keys or other personal items after we walk in the door and need a place to set them down. I always find that small trinket dishes or trays are a nice way to corral small, loose items and help you find them more easily.
Fall entryway - fall vignette - DIY word art - fall decor - This is our BlissThe sun mirror is a thrifted find. I remember when I found this piece earlier this year, the girl that sold it to me asked if I planned to paint it. I told her, “Yes, it’ll probably end up gold.” and it almost did. I tried working it into the Guestroom revamp project, but it didn’t quite make the cut, so back to my stash it went. When I went digging this week, I came across it and just loved the coloring – antiqued autumn colors! Perfect! Just the right amount of color to pull together the leaves and the solo orange gourd.
I did take my gold Rub ‘n Buff Wax and run some along the inner edge with a q-tip. That stuff will do the trick every time. Especially when its not something you want to spray-paint in its entirety.
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Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - oversized DIY fall word art - leaves - open frame - This is our BlissAnd here is a shot of the entryway table at night…isn’t this sort of dreamy?
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Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor -staircase view - fall word art 1 - This is our BlissThere it is! My fall entryway! [insert happy dance.] Now off to (frantically) tackle a few other things around here before the boys wake up!

Thank you for hanging out here for a bit today! I am working on a couple more posts to get out yet this week and don’t forget next Monday is Week #3 in our Back to Basics series. Check out my week 1 & week 2 if you missed!
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 …by adding in my DIY Fall Pillow! The orange plaid was just the perfect pop I needed on that bottom shelf!

What are your favorite spots in the house to deck out for fall? What colors do you like to use? Where are your go-to fall décor shopping stops?!

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2 Gilded DIY Projects for Your Thanksgiving Table {Place cards & a “Thankful” book}

Hello out there! The week is coming to and end which means we are that much closer to Thanksgiving and of course, the countdown is on for Christmas (at least in our house 🙂 ) 32 days and counting, but who’s counting?! HA! Tomorrow we are spending the afternoon and evening at a “Friendsgiving” with friends, obviously and then only a couple days until we pack up and head to my in-laws to spend time for actual Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to getting away for a bit and hanging out with family & friends. Thanks for all of the sweet comments, emails and Instagram likes on my Thanksgiving Table. I can only imagine some of you probably think I am a little cuckoo crazy for setting up a table when I am not even hosting, but I just couldn’t resist after seeing such beautiful ideas all over Blogland and Pinterest. Since I created the table mostly using things I already had, it was a fun little afternoon activity and of course, a few quick DIY projects came out of it as well. Today, I am sharing 2 of the 3 pieces I crafted for the table to give it a personal (and gilded) touch! I will share the last one tomorrow, so please come back to see!

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Project #1:

As I was sorting through my extra fall décor to place on the table and to fill the dome of my cake stand, I found some fake leaves in one of my storage bins and thought they would make great place cards. Sure, I could have left them as-is, but I can’t resist busting out the gold spray paint. It was as simple as this:

DIY Gilded leaf place cards for Thanksgiving table

Lay out your leaves and apply a generous amount of gold spraypaint to ensure full coverage.

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Let them dry and then write your guests name with a black sharpie.

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I traced over the names a second time to try to darken the lettering, but it was still pretty faint on the leaf. If I did them again, I think I would maybe use black paint, but the sharpie totally did the job.

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Project #2:

DIY gold chipboard thanksful book for thanksgiving table

I came up with the idea to make a “We are thankful for…” book after I picked up a leaf chipboard kit for $.39 at Michaels when their Halloween décor was 80% off.

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I have seen lots of Thanksgiving tables set using brown kraft paper as placemats or a tablecloth and then a black marker to write “I am thankful for:” to allow family and friends to reflect on and share their thoughts on what is special and important to them at this time of the year. It just so happened to work with my leaf theme, so decided to make it gold, too.

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Same as the leaves…Lay out all of the chipboard pieces and give them a good spray.
These dried extremely fast, so was able to apply the Sharpie to it right away.

DIY gold thanksful book for thanksgiving table

This time, I did decide to go over the marker letters with a fine point paintbrush and black craft paint because I really wanted the “Thankful” to be bold and stand out on the table.

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much better!

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I didn’t draw any lines in the pages to write on, but thought it would be neat to just have words randomly throughout.  I may add “2014” to the back of the book after we all write what we are thankful for. Clearly, Henry & Simon will need a little help with their pages, but I think it will be cute to see what Henry actually says when we ask him haha.
Next, I stacked the pages and attached the metal ring clip it came with to hold them all together.

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Set it on the table and it’s ready to go!

DIY gold thanksful book for thanksgiving table

Tomorrow, I will be sharing the super easy instructions for making a less messy alternative to the ever-so-trendy chalkboard art. You can create your own with just 2 materials and neither one is chalkboard paint or chalk!

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See you then and thanks for reading. Now, off to start a nice and relaxing Friday night at home – those are the best ones in my book.

What are your favorite Friday night plans? Are you celebrating an early Thanksgiving this weekend?!

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How to Create A Modern & Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape {the simple way}

Hey there! Cold weather…blah. Feeling cooped up (already), but am enjoying warm fires and cozy blankets while snuggling my boys. That never gets old 🙂 I am back today with some tips and how-to details, and of course the sources, for my Black & White & Gold Thanksgiving Tablescape I shared with you earlier this week. I will break down the simple steps I took to create this look so you can do the same if you are hosting Thanksgiving or any other holiday this year. To be perfectly honest, I am not even hosting this year, but since it was my first upcoming Thanksgiving as a new blogger, I had to join in on all of the decorating fun!!

Modern Thanksgiving Tablescape--Black white & gold---modern with natural touches

The items you set your table with do not have to be super fancy or expensive. I will show you how I used everyday pieces, most of which I already had, to set mine. Read on for the scoop – tips, where to purchase & MORE!

How to create a modern & elegant thanksgiving table1 – Find your inspiration & decide on a look & / or color scheme {Pinterest & blogs are great resources :)}

I knew I wanted to do something simple and elegant for my Thanksgiving table, so black and white seemed like the route to go. I pulled inspiration from the black and white striped table runner I made last year and took it from there. Classic patterns, neutral colors and pops of metallic sums up my style, so decided to use this as the basis for my table. Gold was my main accent, but I chose to mix and match the metals for extra glam and a slightly more modern look! After I made and hung my Burlap “Give Thanks” Banner, I knew I wanted to incorporate a few natural elements on my table to play off of the burlap – acorns, mini pumpkins, pinecones and leaves. The leaves received the golden touch, as do most things I come into contact with, but more on that later.

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2 – Start with pieces you already own.

Scour your kitchen cabinets, drawers, pantry and other storage places to pull out the things you have – very basic pieces are great because they will work well with other things. You may not even remember you own some of the things you find! I wanted this table to be pretty, but did not want to spend a fortune. Many of the staple items on the table were things we received as wedding gifts and use them regularly. Keeping things simple by using what you have is the best place to begin!

I started with the following:

 black & white striped table runner {I plan to post a tutorial on this sometime soon!}
gold plate chargers
 white circular dinner plates
black side plates
water glasses (Homegoods) & wine glasses
everyday silverware (similar)
cake stand (similar)
wine carafe – used for water (similar)
fall décor – faux pinecones, acorns, white pumpkins, leaves {DIY gold leaf namecards tutorial coming soon}
brass candleholders & taper candles
picture frame (Homegoods)
burlap ribbon (look familiar?)

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3 – Find items on sale post-season or after a holiday to use for the next year or next holiday.

I scooped up some great deals earlier this month right after Halloween and was able to use a couple of things on my table, but I also stashed a ton for next fall and Halloween at crazy low prices. The chipboard I mention below was only thirty nine cents.

Unfortunately, my table wasn’t complete using only what I had on hand, so I determined what was missing and bought the rest.

New items:

cloth napkins (website says “not sold in stores”, but I found them & on sale)
mercury glass votive holders (mine was a pack of 6)
leaf chipboard (similar) {DIY tutorial coming soon}

metallic linen napkins from Target

4 – Create something to make it personal.

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You can see from the photos, I added a few DIY pieces to my table – Gold leaf namecards, a “Thankful” book and super simple faux chalkboard art. Celebrating Thanksgiving by gathering around the table with the ones you love is a wonderful and oftentimes, rare occasion. Creating a little something to add to the table, gives a warm welcome and that extra special touch. It could be something as simple as hand-writing each guest’s name on a piece of cardstock, paper punch a hole through it and then use a piece of ribbon or twine to wrap it around your silverware. Easy peasy!

Apply any of these 4 tips and I promise you can put together a beautiful Thanksgiving table without breaking the bank. Decorating is more fun when you shop your own house anyways!

Thanks for stopping by today and don’t forget, I will be sharing the tutorials for my 3 simple Thanksgiving Table DIY projects later this week, so stay tuned.

Happy Hump Day!

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DIY gold thankful book for thanksgiving table

Thanksgiving Tablescape | Black + White + Gold + Natural Elements

Hello out there! I hope all is well and am so glad you have joined me here! Today, I am sharing my take on a Modern Thanksgiving Tablescape. I decided to decorate our table using a black, white & gold color scheme which is sort of my thing around here, in case you didn’t already know! I love to decorate with neutral colors — shades of black, brown, gray and white with a little glitz and sparkle on the side 🙂 One of these days I will get a few photos posted of some of our adult & family spaces instead of just the kids’ places!

I am posting the photos today and then will be back again this week with the “How To” details, as well as the DIY tutorials for a few pieces I incorporated into the table décor. I hope you find some Turkey Day table inspiration for yourself!

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I would love to hear what you think!

Please come back again soon to see the DIY deets and sources for everything pictured above. Thanks so much for reading — I sincerely appreciate each and every one of you!

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DIY Thanksgiving Bunting

Hello! I am stopping in quickly tonight to share a little DIY Thanksgiving décor craft with you. I don’t typically publish posts on Sundays, but realized I promised this one at the end of last week! So let’s get to it…

Do you remember when I said I picked up a ton of cute things at Michaels right after Halloween at 80% off? Well, one of the items was a roll of black burlap and it was only $1.99!

Black burlap from Michaels Craft Store

Prior to this project, I was a burlap rookie. I had never used it for anything, but continue to see it used everywhere. Well, I technically used some when I tied some pom pom burlap ribbon on our cornstalks and a lantern on my Fall Front Porch, but not actual burlap – just to be clear 🙂

After finding the black burlap, I thought it would be cute to make a DIY Thanksgiving bunting with it. I initially thought I would use my Silhouette Cameo  (I totally heart this thing) & make some gold vinyl letters and adhere them to the burlap, but got home & found some black polka dot craft / wrapping paper I had picked up from Homegoods and decided to use it on top of the burlap instead.


Here is what I did

I opened up a MS Word document and decided on a font, “AR CENA” and typed out “GIVE THANKS” spacing each letter out so there were 2 letters per page, centered in the middle in landscape layout. Next, I went to the toolbar and clicked “insert” and selected triangle. I added one to the page and then right-clicked & chose “send behind text”. After that, I positioned the letter where I wanted it in the triangle. Then, I right-clicked again and selected “copy” and then pasted a duplicate triangle next to the original. I positioned the new triangle around the next letter and repeated these steps for the remaining letters.

Here is a screenshot in case it doesn’t make sense.

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Now that each letter was properly positioned in a triangle, I saved the document and prepared the craft paper since that is what I printed on.

I rolled out the paper and laid a piece of regular copy paper (8.5″ x 11″) down and cut around it. I did this 5 times since there are 10 letters and 2 per page..

This step was a little tricky… I tried to smooth the paper out until it was flat (without the curled edges from being on a wrapping paper roll) so I could insert them into the printer paper tray. A couple of times the edge was curled a little too much still that my printer didn’t read that there was paper in the tray. Once I figured that out, I was good to go! I printed out all of the letters and then cut around the triangles with scissors.

DIY Thanksgiving bunting DIY Thanksgiving bunting with black burlap & wrapping paperThen, I laid the triangles out on a piece of cut burlap and I cut around each one leaving about 3/4  – 1 inch of burlap showing around the edges.

After that, I flipped over the letters and applied a thin line of Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue (found at Michaels or any other craft store or purchase online here) around the perimeter of the triangle and then centered the paper on top of the burlap and set aside to let dry. I waited about 30 minutes before the creating the holes for the twine to go through.

Next, I took a screwdriver and pushed through the back of the burlap to make 2 small holes to weave my Sisal Twine through. I also <3 this stuff and have used the same roll for a TON of projects.

DIY Thanksgiving bunting with black burlap & wrapping paper

After I made both holes in each piece, I started threading them on, starting with E and ending with G. I left plenty of extra twine on the ends since I didn’t know how much I would need to hang.

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*Note: when pushing the screwdriver through, make sure to be as far down from the top as possible, as it is easy for the burlap to come unwoven and then you are left with an unclosed hold. Lesson learned 🙂

DIY Thanksgiving bunting with black burlap & wrapping paper

DIY Thanksgiving bunting with black burlap & wrapping paper

Now it is time to hang. I always use clear 3M hooks to hang signs & banners with. They hold up well and are easily removable when it is time to come down. Total bonus.

I pressed the sticky backing of the hook to the trim, tied the left end of the twine into a loop and once it was positioned where I wanted it, I tied the right side off and looped it over the hook on the opposite side (in this case, the top of the trim since I hung at an angle.)

DIY Thanksgiving bunting with black burlap & wrapping paper

Here it is hung across the window in our kitchen behind the table.

DIY Thanksgiving bunting with black burlap & wrapping paper DIY Thanksgiving bunting with black burlap & wrapping paperI have hung several banners in this spot because it is a large, open area and you can see it from the front door when you walk in. It’s a focal point of the kitchen, as the window overlooks the backyard and neighborhood from the 2nd level since our house sits on a hill.

There you go! DIY Thanksgiving Bunting completed & hung!

Total project time was approximately 1.5 hours. The tedious parts were designing the letters / arranging the triangles on the computer and then cutting out the paper and bunting.

What do you think? Are you into burlap? What have you made with it? Please do share your thoughts & any project ideas you have!

Later this week, I will be sharing a Thanksgiving tablescape with several simple décor ideas & of course some DIY details as well! Please come back to see more and hang out here again!

Goodnight!

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