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Everybody has their own take on what Thanksgiving means to them and their family. For some, it’s all about the food. For others, it’s all about the football. Considering that this blog is about design and lifestyle, it would seem a tad odd to show you a group of pictures of “Turkey Bowls” as well as bowls of turkey. I know we are just a few days away from the holiday, but here are some inspiring holiday tables that may help you in your quest to design a memorable Thanksgiving table.
I say bring out the good china and gold decor. It’s so rare that we even use our dining rooms, so why not show off the good stuff? I say if you registered for it, use it. Who cares that none of it is dishwasher safe...beauty is all about suffering.
A tad more rustic, but still formally beautiful in a “still life” sort of way.
Give me Plymouth Rock and a good Pilgrim story. The only thing missing is a pair of buckled shoes and a host called “Goody.” Seriously, this Colonial-Style table is the modern embodiment of what the holiday is all about. Simple, elegant and timeless America.
These Windsor style barstools are similar to the chairs above. Classic Americana but made for today. Who doesn’t need extra seating during the holidays? Whether it’s traditional or contemporary, any style barstool will probably come in handy.
Nature is usually a theme we tend to gravitate towards during the fall. This table is no exception. No fuss here, just a nod to Mother Nature. Gourds, nuts and leaves, done.
Fall-inspired coasters are a great way to infuse your table with a sense of the outdoors without buying expensive flower arrangements.
I like this sophisticated, dark and rather Goth table. It really reads Thanksgiving even though the dishes, napkins and flatware is simple, almost everyday.
Here is another simple yet affective look. White pumpkins and feathers are a beautiful combination.
The modernist table. Simple and clean but still warm. Again, no need to embellish here. A few key autumnal design touches and you’re ready to go.
We can’t forget the kids table. How many years did we wait until we could join the grown-ups? It seems like the kid’s table gets increasingly sophisticated as time goes on. Frankly, the older I get the more I wish I would get demoted.
Photos courtesy of tartanscot, housebeautiful, houzz, lonnymag, marthastewart.
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.
Demote me! I'm all about the kids table, that's where all the action is! Thank you for the post.