Can you believe that Thanksgiving is officially LESS than a week away? I can’t either! If you are struggling to get any type of decorating for the holiday up like us (bad blogger status) then we wanted to share a few tips for getting some very basic decor together in a pinch! No DIY involved, just straight up shopping around your house/craft supplies for some inspiration.
Our dining room is mid-construction right now, but I still wanted to bring in little festive touches to a few key areas. The main focus is the huge 6 foot shelf (just built and hung it up- will share the tutorial soon! Oh yea, and the rest of the dining room : P) which is where your eye naturally goes when you look into the room. Here’s what we’ve got going on up there:
Again, we put this look together after pulling together the following things:
- Dishes- LOVE this cute dish from Crate & Barrel!
- Anything Pumpkin- Some natural and a candy bowl
- Art- This deer head was stolen from one of the guest bedrooms
- Vases- The color fit the bill and I’m a fan of sticks (I can’t kill those!). The dried mini-roses were also stolen from the kitchen. Also already dead for minimal kill-ability issues : P
- Candles- Any and all sizes were welcome
- Kitchen- Anything is fair game! We chose to add some popcorn kernels to this glass vase and top it off with some faux leaves from an old wreath
- Craft Closet- I have way too many pinecones from sales at Michaels hanging around and this was another excuse to use them.
Excuse the glare from all of the snow ha!
The other two areas we focused on were the table and the light fixture. Let’s also start off by saying that the light fixture is another thing that’s going to be leaving once we find Mr. Perfect. This was a huge old fixture that was original to the 1970’s era of this house and used to have large glass pieces covering the bulbs. After removing those it looks slightly more “updated,” but we are on the lookout for something much different. In the meantime, I thought I could hide some of that loveliness by creating a wreath around the fixture.
All this is is faux hay from the craft store that was wrapped around the fixture with a few added pinecones and faux leaves (very important– if you try something similar, be sure to keep any materials away from the bulbs to avoid a fire hazard!). Real leaves would be lovely here, but this early November snow put a halt to that thought!
I put the leaves on the bottom so that while we’re eating you have something fun to look up to, and again, to distract from the fixture. It’s kind of like me at the grocery store- underneath that cute long jacket and boots are actually my pajamas and paint covered sweats. It’s all about the disguise : )
Last but not least was throwing a few things on the table- a pretty runner, a plaid blanket, a wire basket and some old mason jars. Again, all things that were found around the house. I don’t plan on having any type of massive centerpiece on the table because this table is so narrow we wouldn’t be able to fit food (priorities), so adding a few pops of color and pattern still make the table feel festive without the added chore of removing everything before we can eat.
So what do you think? Are you ready to start searching your house for a few last minute touches? Would you add decor to your light fixture? Do you decorate for Thanksgiving? Although everything here is super simple- it was fun to see what we could pull together for $0 and about 20 minutes!
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