I love the challenge of trying to come up with a different Thanksgiving tablescape each year.
This year was no exception, and when I ran across my mother's inherited Noritake Chandova porcelain dinnerware, I knew it would be perfect. Not only does it have the pop of hot pink I'm loving, it also has an arrow-like pattern which hints at the Native American culture I have in this room.
Fostoria Argus glassware in the perfect shade of green pairs so nicely with the green in the Chandova.
Heirloom Wallace Louvre sterling flatware from 1893 recalls American craftsmanship at its finest and adds a feminine touch to the rustic table with the beautiful repousse pattern.
I always like to add something special at each setting, so I used the Fostoria Argus cordial and filled it with Mountain Fire Pieris, magnolia, and autumn sedum clippings. I added a yellow leaf and place cards I designed using music from a hymnal that belonged to my great grandmother.
I deliberately doubled up on the napkins purely because of color. I love these green embroidered napkins I found about six years ago, but also wanted that pop of pink and a "heartier" napkin, since this is Thanksgiving, and there will be lots of gravy:-)
For the centerpiece, I used my DIY horseshoe board and layered it with the same clippings as the cordials. I added vintage brass candlesticks with vintage colored candles in varying heights. My mother found a whole stash of colored candles at her house, so I was happy to get them out.
Both the magnolia and the Mountain Fire Pieris will last for months, so I simply layered these cuttings on the board.
A vintage Indian sari made into a runner brings all these colors together.
For chargers, I painted the wood ones I had with gold paint, and when I only found seven, I ended up painting two of the woven chargers I had for each end.
I added a small Turkish kilim for color on the bench.
Turkish kilim pillows definitely make these uncomfortable Duncan Phyfe chairs a little more accommodating for a special meal like Thanksgiving -- where one likes to linger over that third piece of my mom's pie.
Arrowheads collected by my maternal grandfather, are a reminder of his Cherokee heritage, and help us remember those ancestors who lived before us on this very land.
What makes this room Bohemian chic? Many different cultures, time periods, textures and styles come together to make one eclectic and interesting look that is, essentially, timeless. There is a story to be told in every single element I have specifically chosen, and that makes it uniquely my story.
We all have stories to tell, and I think our decor should reflect and facilitate those, and that is exactly what I like about Bohemian chic style.
We will sit down here as a family this Thanksgiving and add to our story -- which, hopefully, our children will carry on with their own families someday. And for that blessing, I could not be more thankful:-)
What is your family's story?
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