One of my favorite Holiday is upon us and I can’t believe Thanksgiving is around the corner. Why is Thanksgiving one of my favorites, well, family, great friends, and fantastic food. Does it get better than that??
I take in everything about cooking and baking for Thanksgiving. The smells are unbelievable. I mean come on, turkey roasting, brown sugar smells, apples, roasted vegetables with a bit of brown sugar the list could go on.
I would like to share our great room for fall today. I used many natural elements.
First up is this box. I spoke about repurposing an apothecary chest I went and picked up with my mom when I was five a few times. I said I couldn’t used it in its original sate since the drawers were stuck to badly.
So, I took all the draws and did some different things with them. This one I decided to make into a pedestal. I painted it first with Old Ochre chalk paint. As many of you know I LOVE to use transfers. I found some fall ones looking around Pinterest. Using a sunflower one for this box was the plan. After this was dry I used the Mod Podge method to do the transfer I used clear wax on the painted area only and then went over with dark wax to age. I thought this would be pretty on our coffee table vignette.
Some close-ups of the box, the top is decorated with a small grapevine wreath for texture and velvet pumpkins I bought from Amazon. One good thing about getting these from a company on Amazon, Citi reward points were used so FREE.
I am a fan of these fall colors more muted to go better with our décor. Acorns finish this off with a pretty rustic feel.
View from the other side of the box.
The other piece I used on this centerpiece was this aged mirror I purchased from Ballard many years ago. I also place da sheep I purchased from Anita’s shop at Cedar Farm Hill Farmhouse, great size.
Beside is a French antique frame with a chalkboard. I kept it simple and the word Fall is all that was needed.
Next I moved to the mantle and fireplace. Here I used a wooden shallow crate I received as a gift and filled this with some faux apple pieces I have had for years covered in burgundy and some gold leaf. I added real acorns from our old neighborhood that I spoke about in a previous post.
I also added some black candle holders from Antique Farmhouse I bought a ways back to add some black to the side of the room.
On the hearth you will notice this urn purchased this many years ago from Home Goods and a wreath to add texture and a white pumpkin. Below is a close-up.
Next, I moved to our bookcase beside the mantle. I couldn’t get great close-ups of the upper shelves. I can’t climb a ladder anymore with my leg, sorry. I should have asked John but I forgot.
I used one of my old-fashioned champagne glasses filled with more acorns and a small branch with some attached. All of these were cleaned and sprayed with poly so they will last for a long-time.
Below is a silver metal trophy purchased from Antique Farmhouse a few years ago. I thought a small dried hydrangea and few leaves was all that was needed.
A white pumpkin placed on top of favorite decorating books with a door knob and small lock I found on Etsy from France. I’m drawn to old items such as these. You may notice my French Accents book that Anita wrote, fantastic book!
Below, a close-up of the lock and knob.
Large wooden acorn from Home Goods from years ago.
Another box from the chest . This time, I made this a vase type using transfers again. These are not decoupage these are revere printed transfers. I have spoken about this process many times. The same technique I use for my French flower pots.
I thought these fall images were pretty neat.
A chalkboard print which was free, in a frame from Michael’s along side an amber glass acorn which was gift years ago.
The top shelf is finished off with a mercury glass pumpkin, French flower bucket and a piece from Home Goods from years ago. The French flower bucket I made with a transfer. Can you tell I like doing these a bit, LOL.
One the other side of the room there is a buffet and a cabinet from Décor Steals. Many of you may remember this cabinet very well. I always change this up for different times of year.
I used some pieces I have had for a long-time. A silver creamer which was my grandmothers filled with a little white pumpkin and some dried lavender bundles and a transferware pitcher with the same. An antique lace piece was placed underneath the creamer for some whimsy.
I used a finial, small plates and the sugar bowl that goes with the creamer along side a sterling silver sugar shaker from England to finish it off.
Here is our buffet that I painted and aged a year ago. I kept this very simple because you’ll notice the grouping beside it and the cabinet. I thought more added would make this appear too busy.
The large green bowl was a Pottery Barn find many, many years ago. I filled this with greenery from Michael’s and artichokes found at a small store in Bergen County, NJ a bit north.
I hope you enjoyed this tour. Do you love Thanksgiving and the holidays as much as me? Have a great rest of the week!
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