If you’re like me, you have a certain image of Thanksgiving dinner stuck in your mind, playing on a loop each and every day of November. It’s basically this: a large, happy group of family and friends crowded around a really long table, groaning under enormous plates of traditional food.
I’ve hosted this kind of Thanksgiving more times than I can count–needing to rent tables, borrow chairs from the neighbors, and fervently pray there’s enough cheese ball appetizer to go around. Besides the massive prep work and cleanup, big gatherings can be fun and exciting–and boisterous and silly. You get caught up in the sheer abundance of energy and celebration, and count yourself lucky to be in such good company.
But how do you feel about a small Thanksgiving gathering? Does it make you feel sad if you have to host or attend one? Do you feel pity for the friend who mentions that her Thanksgiving will be tiny when yours will likely be forty if the second cousins stay home?
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For me, autumn is the most sensual season of all: the smell of woodsmoke and cinnamon, the feel of bumpy, strange-shaped gourds, the sound of feet crunching fallen leaves, the taste of harvest fruits and vegetables from the fall garden. Inspired by those sense memories, we created our own tribute to the season using a variety of our richly colored vintage pieces.
I have always been drawn to carved wooden fruit and vegetables, and have amassed a decent collection over time—as well as grape clusters in glass, acrylic, and marble from the 1960’s and 70’s. They work particularly well on an autumn table, mixed with real produce and gem-colored goblets.
The vintage carafe with the oversized round cork was a great thrift-store find. The rounded, mid-century design highlights the other round shapes in our vignette, such as the plates, grapes, and goblets. Even the lowly onion becomes a star, showing off the deep burgundy color of its skin.
If you’re like me and you’ve grown tired of the usual “pumpkin and pilgrim” Thanksgiving and harvest décor, this vignette may inspire you to go in a different direction as you think about the fall holidays. So grab a sweater, brew some coffee, and enjoy the distinct pleasures of the season.
Okay, so you haven’t traveled the world yet, gathering unique treasures from off-the-grid markets to bring home to your perfectly curated home. Or you decided it was probably a good idea to keep paying off your student loan rather than handing over your credit card for a vintage kilim rug. Well, don’t despair—because everything you need to create a fabulous backyard boho lounge is available (and affordable) at your local thrift store, estate sale, or vintage market.
In fact, everything pictured in our boho lounge was sourced from such places—and I mean everything: the rugs, furniture, pillows, vases, macramé wall hangings, and accessories.
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“You’ll love this bride,” Sarah (the wedding planner) told me. “She’s so fun to work with and she’s fallen in love with your retro gold typewriter!” I was immediately excited to meet Evie, who is planning an autumn wedding in the Colorado mountains, complete with gondola rides to the top of the peak where the ceremony will take place. When I asked Sarah about the theme she told me to visualize a whimsical mountain affair with white and touches of gold. She also mentioned that Evie had been drawn to my collection of brass candlesticks in various sizes and shapes.
Because I work from home as I explore future space possibilities, meeting clients means I set up inspiration vignettes on my long dining room table, the coffee table in the family room, the kitchen counter, and just about anywhere else that can accommodate my vintage inventory.
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Here are some photos from our Fourth of July styled shoot! We gave ourselves a challenge: to create a patriotic vintage vignette using select items from our inventory enhanced by household objects easily found in the average garage, attic, or basement. No plastic windsocks or tempting merchandise from the Target dollar bins! You’ll see in the photos that we started with a rusty red wagon from the garage as our focal point, added some blue-covered history books from our shelf, a stray brass eagle bookend, some blue-and-white plates, white goblets, and a red cake stand from the pantry and (last but not least) our adorable mutt Otis! Taking a shortcut, we picked up some festive desserts, but otherwise spent nothing on this easy-to-recreate backyard celebration.
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