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11.25.2013

Vintage Pink & Silver Thanksgiving

 For my final inspiration Thanksgiving tablescape,
I'm really going in a different direction...

a Pink & Silver Thanksgiving Table!

I was inspired by my own PINK Sweet Sweater Pumpkins
and my mom's wedding china from the 1960's...
her china pattern has little pink rosebuds on gray stems with gray leaves.
In order to keep the whole look from going far too 'spring' in theme,
I introduced some deep silver/pewter 'winter' colors...
they serve to pull out the gray leaves in the patterns and highlight the silver plate rim.
The Centerpiece:
 I gathered up the family silver tea set,
three patterns of china, including an antique china pedestal,
along with my wire tomato cage dome and some antique chandelier crystals
to create a sparkling multi-level centerpiece for the table.
Some cuttings of passion vine and rosemary from the garden pair with pink petunias and roses.

Want to make your own wire dome from a two dollar tomato cage?! 
Click here for my tutorial!
 The Linens:
Over a pewter satin tablecloth, I laid a light-weight white crocheted lace tablecloth.
The contrast of the dark color underneath really makes the lace details pop.
Napkins are simple pewter satin.

The Rest:
The china shown here is a classic and feminine mid-century pattern,
with a silver plated rim, gray leaves, and pink rosebuds.
A secondary and complimentary pattern with larger roses and leaves
appears in the espresso cups & saucers,  and several of the serving pieces.

  Floral-motif antique silver flatware and cut crystal glassware brings sparkle to the neutral setting.
The napkin 'rings' are simple strands of vintage chandelier crystals,
wrapped around a rolled satin pewter napkins.
A variation has a small paper doily gathered with a pink vintage ribbon,
and a crystal ornament tied on.


I've placed a mini PINK Sweet Sweater Pumpkin at each place setting as a gift,
in a miniature espresso cup.
  It's an idea easily replicated with a real pumpkin, a chocolate pumpkin, or a candle.
Just a little token of thanks...

11.23.2013

Vintage White Thanksgiving

Today I'm offering a very feminine variation on the tablescape from my last post.
 With a simple change of a few elements, we can create a whole new look,
and the previous 'contemporary vintage' look goes completely 'Shabby Chic'
[with a nod to Her Madge of Shabbiness, Queen Rachel Ashwell]

Here's how I pulled together this tablescape:
 The Centerpiece:
I kept the tallest Sweet Sweater Pumpkin sculpture in pale neutral tones and the pale leaves.
I added in cut crystal bowls and ivory & white pumpkins,
along with some vintage fabric carnations.... you could use real ones, of course.
I love white carnations for their spicy scent and low price!

The Linens:
Over the tan linen tablecloth, I laid a light-weight white crocheted lace tablecloth.
The contrast of the tan really makes the lace details pop.
Napkins are vintage white cotton, with lace trim.

The Rest:
White ceramic dinnerware in a classic pattern that truly works with any decor style,
while gold flatware and cut crystal glassware brings sparkle to the neutral setting.
The white floral pattern on the clear candle holders coordinates with the theme, too.
  It's a simple combination that looks old, luxe, and feminine.
[Grandma will LOVE this one! ]

The napkin 'rings' are the same as in the last tablescape, serving as place cards as well.
They are a strip of glossy paper with a sticker, and bleached leaves tucked into the top.
This time the napkins are gathered softly, instead of a crisp fold...
I've placed a mini Sweet Sweater Pumpkin at each placesetting as a gift,
which is an idea easily replicated with a real pumpkin, a chocolate pumpkin, or a candle.
Just a little token of thanks...
Again, this didn't take a lot of time to put together!
A beautiful Holiday table is easy when you use what you have in a fresh, new way...

11.21.2013

Black, White & Tan Thanksgiving Table

 I love mixing up the elements I have on hand to create a whole new look.
When it comes to tablescapes, it's kind of fun to do the unexpected...
like mixing the crisp contemporary color scheme of black, white and tan
with some softer, earthy vintage and natural elements.

Here's how I pulled together this look:
 The centerpiece:I used several of my original Sweet Sweater Pumpkins...
two are mounted on pedestals (a terra cotta urn and a black column), 
one is perched inside a black flocked velvet shadowbox frame on the wall,
and two more nestle with real leaves on a ceramic platter - that has leaves in its subtle pattern.
Now, even if you didn't get any of my pumpkins,
you can certainly do this with other elements - 
REAL pumpkins, pine cones, wood rounds, or any material from nature.

The Linens:
The white platter sits on a thick felt leaf cutout,
which tops a linen tablecloth in a light tan color to further the theme and color scheme.
The napkins are a crisp black satin for a sleek touch.

The Rest:
Black and white ceramic dinnerware - the black very contemporary and the white rather classic -
combine perfectly for high-contrast style.
Sleek clear glassware - vintage and new - along with gold flatware are simple ways to add sparkle.
The highball glasses are family heirlooms, the goblets are from a discount store - 
it's not about pedigree or price here, but style. They mix perfectly.

The napkin is bound by a strip of glossy paper with a nametag sticker and a dried leaf tucked in - 
serving as both napkin 'ring' and placecard.

The napkin can be placed in the soup/salad bowl
or beside the plate.
If you prefer a more streamlined, modern look,
replace the frame, pumpkins and leaves with simple white gourds & pumpkins
on more white platters.

This all came together in just an hour.... without pre-planning.
I looked around and saw what I had here in the house, and came up with the color scheme.

Pulling together a delightful table for your guests 
doesn't have to break the bank OR cost you a lot of time.
I hope this will inspire you to dig through your cabinets and see what you have in there!
 My next post will show you a variation on this look
with a much more feminine vintage style...
Shabby Chic fans, you're going to love it!

11.19.2013

Back to the Basics...


I sit down to write this post, and my head hangs in shame.
Because as I look at the list of recently-published blog posts here,
I see Christmas content..... and it's not even Thanksgiving yet.

Thanksgiving....
the ONE holiday a year that isn't about buying gifts
and creating 'wish lists' of what we WANT,
but about spending time with family and friends
and being grateful for what we DO have.

And I basically skipped over it completely here at HOMEWARDfound.

I'm sorry. Really, I am.
Honestly, I planned to hold the Christmas posts for a while longer..

but then I got caught up in the subtle, subversive competition going on
all over blogdom and facebook and Hometalk and Blogtalk
of who can get the Christmas posts up first/faster/most/best.,
and who can pin more photos on Pinterest,
and who can be thought of as a creative leader
and get published and recognized.

That's not why I blog, or design, or share.
I do it to GIVE. To INSPIRE. 
To give you something meaningful. and fun. and do-able.

I need to get back on track here... and I hope you'll stick around
if I'm not racing with 'the celebloggers' for more clicks and more likes.

Because it rips away my passion and my soul when I do that... when I compete.
When I worry about what other people are doing/creating.
When I start focusing on what I could do 'if only' -
instead of focusing on what I CAN do, here and now, with what I have been given.

That's my goal.
For ME, and for you...

and I am going back to that goal that I began this blog with over a year ago.

Now, I want to share just one more thing about Christmas for a week or so:

Writer Ann Voskamp wrote the most beautiful, meaningful, touching post on her blog
about how she's flipping CHRISTmas upside down.

It's brilliant,
and it reflects my heart right now.


I think if you read it, you, too, might see 
how distracted and misled we become this time of year
by looking in the wrong direction.

Now, don't misunderstand me...
Decorating our homes isn't wrong.
It's one way we tell the people we love that they are special to us
- worth the effort to make home and Holiday special, too.

It's a way to use our creative gifts to honor the first gifts given on the first Christmas.

It's just all about keeping the right perspective on what we do and WHY we do it...

Read Ann's blog post here
 
and now, back to Thanksgiving ;)
 
  
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11.15.2013

Let It Snow!

All this week, I've been creating a snowstorm of sweaters and fluff and glitter
making lots and lots and lots of my Brand New 'Sweet Sweater Snowmen' originals!

Here are a few of the very special little guys (and girls) that sprang from my imagination:
 sweet little 'snowcake' ornaments!
some very cheerful and LARGE Sweet Sweater Snowmen sculptures!
.... and then, there are the ones that I predict will be the biggest hit of all:
 these adorable Snowbabies! [pacifier included!]

I also have four kinds of Snowmen & Women,
cute little 'Cup O' Snow' people - made in white milk glass punch cups
and little JUNK Snowmen, made in tiny tin canisters... 
another copyright protected original creation from Debi Ward Kennedy | homewardFOUND decor