Hellllooooooo November! Oh how I welcome you with open arms.
I take the month of November to pause, reflect, and count the many blessings for which I am thankful. My Thanksgiving decor mimics our family’s slow quiet transition into the the holiday season. I think of it as my “calm” before the crazy Christmas “storm” that encapsulates my home with decor, treats, gifts, and an amazing smelling tree, or two, or three! I use this month to quiet my soul and spend precious time with family which usually consists of an annual trip. Unfortunately this year, the farmhaus is slightly behind schedule… bet you never heard that one before… haha! As you all know, building timelines generally take longer than expected and the farmhaus project is no exception. Our main focus right now is to get it all buttoned up before the winter weather sets in. So instead of taking our family trip… we are staying focused on our project and enjoying each other at home!
If I could sum up my decor this time of year with one word it would be SIMPLICITY. I am inspired by nature’s transformation and simple display in late fall. The leaves have turned their vivid array of colors and have fallen to the earth revealing simple stick branches. Bears and other animals scavenge the forests before finally seeking a warm cozy space to remain for the winter months. This is the time of year when the busy bustling of fall starts to cease.
For our family, the fall season kicks off with loud cheer at football games transitioning into fun filled wild Halloween parties….
there is a moment that arises….
the championship game has been played, the parties cease, the trees are bare, the birds stop chirping, the animals retreat, and all is calm and still.
This is my November….
Welcome to my simple grateful gathering…
My holiday guests are calmly greeted as they enter my home this cozy time of year. I discovered this vintage drying rack at a local shop and it was love at first sight! I knew it would become a focal point for a late fall display… I love it so much, it just might stay through the Christmas season as well! I added some dried neutral colored Indian corn to give dimension and contrast. A couple of vintage black corbels and a simple sign completed the display as one of my favorite things to do this time of year is to “GATHER”! Yet, this little word has two very different meanings to me. I love to welcome guests to gather in our home just as much as I like to gather nature to enhance my interior decor! These autumn colored leaves found in my yard proved to be the perfect finishing touch to sprinkle around the house this season. My daughter and I had a lot of fun gathering the perfect leaves that displayed just the right amount of fall transformation!
Our mantle is the first place I style. It is located in our family room where we gather each evening for a fun family games, cuddles on the couch, or to simply warm up by the toasty fire. When styling the mantle I look for an inspirational piece that sets the mood for the decor. This year… it was this long thin vintage sugar mold topped by the sweetest angel straw pumpkins with stick stems. I added one of my all time favorite quotes to the wall and placed cozy warm blankets in a wicker basket. Keeping with my nature inspired simple theme… I placed bare stick branches into a tall cement pitcher. This time I used sticks I already had, but I would encourage you to be adventurous and go out to gather sticks from the yard for your autumn displays.
Positioned in front of our fireplace rests this Versailles balloon chair. This is one of my all time favorite spots to curl up with a warm cup of coffee and enjoy a crackling fire. Often times you will catch a kiddo in this very spot with me. I cherish these cuddles and I am truly thankful for these special moments!
I am excited to reveal a project I was able to complete with my dad! This old farmhouse dresser was in worse for wear shape when I purchased it last month. One of the most precious gifts my grandfather gave my dad was teaching him the art of woodworking. I still have the very first jewelry box my grandfather made me when I was a little girl and I will forever hold his hand made pieces close! I turned this dresser over to my dad who lovingly refurbished all of the drawers and strengthened the unit keeping the chippy charm of the exterior. After I saw with amazement how well this piece came together, I quickly ran out and purchased another piece I had my eye on! He is just finishing up that piece and all I need to do is order some hardware! I am telling you… refurbishing could be my newest addiction!
Copper is definitely in this season so I filled a vintage copper bucket up with acorns and paired it with these uniquely tarnished copper leaves my mom gave me years ago. I love the way the cool turquoise tone neutralize the warm copper in these leaves. To add a bit of softening I layered fabric pumpkins and greenery in a couple of the drawers. I am really enjoying having my tableware stored in this dresser that is close to our table…. it makes setting the table very easy!
Our master bedroom doesn’t have a single lighting fixture and with the days getting shorter, we needed to add lamps to the bedside tables. I paired these vintage inspired lamps with natural elements found in the vintage terra cotta clay pots filled with straw, and a simple little acorn was the perfect finishing touch. I can’t even explain how in love I am with these new lamps I found at Kirklands! The vintage style Edison bulbs add a warm glow through the cold autumn nights. Since we are experiencing cooler evenings, it was time to put the quilt on our bed. Curing up in a nice cozy bed on a cool still night gives me sweet dreams for sure!
As the days get shorter and the wind starts to howl… this California girl feels the need to bundle up! I love accessorizing with a warm scarf and what’s even better is when they are at my fingertips to grab on the way out the door. I rolled a few of my autumn inspired scarves then layered them into this HUGE primitive bowl. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I am contemplating chalk painting this yellow bowl… so you might be seeing a DIY project here pretty soon?!? But for now, I am enjoying the warm neutral yellow fall hue especially with the scattered leaves we gathered from the yard.. ha ha… they are everywhere! As you can see, my wardrobe very much resembles my decor style…. tone on tone neutral colors! This is pretty much what my closet looks like… but I will save that little disaster for another day!
Many of my readers know I follow a Whole Food Plant Based food regimen. Essentially… that means I am a vegan. When I realized our family would be in the country for Thanksgiving this year… a little thought stopped me in my tracks…. I have NEVER cooked a turkey… like EVER!! I don’t have a clue as to how to choose the perfect turkey, let alone clean or roast one! So I was relieved when my mom (who is also my best friend and the absolute BEST mother in the world… yes sorry peeps, I got the BEST MOM EVER!!) offered to host Thanksgiving. With that being the case… I stuck to motto and styled a VERY simple centerpiece! I do adore a perfectly set table, but this season I am enjoying the simplicity of just a centerpiece. For this centerpiece I placed a few neutral white pumpkins layered with soft silvery lambs ear in my favorite European dough bowl! Our dining room is central in our home and resides between the entryway and our family room/kitchen area. We pass this space multiple times a day as it is also a focal point from the stairwell and my office. This table brings me peace and stillness which is definitely what I need this time of year!
A final ode to my family this season is this carefully styled curio cabinet. I chose to keep this display simple by gathering a few of my white pitchers and favorite family photos that make me smile. I styled them in this curio cabinet to reveal what I am truly the most thankful for… my family.
Thank you for touring my simple gathered home this Thanksgiving. My you find peace, stillness, reflection, and thankfulness during the holiday season! I would love to hear about your favorite Thanksgiving tradition in the comments below…. please drop me a note!
There are many talented bloggers who are graciously opening their home to show you their Gratefully Gathered decor. I have listed the participating blogs below…
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