I’ve loved being able to decorate for a holiday for the first time in our new house! I’m a big fan of black and white when it comes to decorating for Halloween. I also only buy the Fairy Tale pumpkins at Trader Joe’s, and those usually last me through for my Thanksgiving decor too.
This year I found a really affordable spiderweb I added to our front porch. I secured the web with these command hooks. I wrapped these oversized spiders to the poles and its such a fun festive look against our white house. I added some mums to match our front door and planted some pampas grass in my planters that will last through to Thanksgiving as well. I added all the links for my decor below!
I think back to when Garrett and I were first married and all of the thought and design that went into the decor and design elements. Since our wedding I have welcomed any opportunity to throw a party with an awesome color scheme and tablescape, so today I’m partnering with Macy’s to share a spread that would be fall wedding worthy!
Since Thanksgiving is in the air, I wanted to keep in mind that this kind of setting would also work on a smaller scale for a Thanksgiving dinner. But take this tablescape, multiply it by a few dozen, and how gorgeous would a fall wedding set up look!?
Fall Wedding Place Settings:
There are a lot of different ways to add class and elegance to a wedding dinner table, but there are a few key pieces that really elevate the look and feel for your guests. I opted to keep the plates and cups clean and simple, and bring in more texture in the placemats and linens.
I usedLenox napkins from Macy’s in dove grey. These napkins are so gorgeous and I especially love the delicate white trim that brings a feminine touch. I ordered this same color scheme in around table linen as well because I love the color and texture so much!
I added a pop of glam with these goldChilewhich Pressed Dahlia Placemats. I can’t tell you how much I love these placemats. They are made from a pressed vinyl-coated polyester and are bendable and wipeable. They look so elegant and are so incredibly functional.
I love the idea of using these placemats for a fall wedding reception, but they would also make a fantastic wedding gift. For any brides out there, add these to your registry! I love that you don’t have to throw then in the wash after every use. Just wipe them up and you’re good to go!
A good color scheme for fall is crucial in delivering the right feel of the season. I’m not a big fan of orange and browns, so I brought in deep hues of burgundy, purple, and red. I mixed in lots of greenery as well which is an inexpensive way to make a centerpiece look extra full and dramatic. Eucalyptus and seeded eucalyptus are perfect fall greenery options. I added them all along the outsides of the arrangement to have the effect of the leaves pouring over the edge
*hint: I used three smaller clear vases to make the large flower centerpiece! I set them in a triangle on the round platter and filled them all individually.
Throw a small sprig of seeded eucalyptus in front of name cards! A simple touch that ties in the centerpieces with the place settings.
One last small idea to consider when planning a fall wedding menu is to throw in some Thanksgiving day favorite foods! How delicious and unique would it be to serve these comfort foods? I listed a few of my favorite Thanksgiving sides below for a little inspiration. I made a mini Thanksgiving dinner for Garrett’s birthday recently and these are some of my favorite tried and true recipes that would be classy and delicious to serve at a wedding.
Traditionally times this sweet potato casserole is made with marshmallows, but this recipe is more sophisticated and fit for a wedding! I love the blend of tangy green apples with orange juice, mixed with the sweetness of yams and brown sugar. This is sure to be a hit!
*tip: start boiling the sweet potatoes with cold water and work up to boiling – it will ensure for an even cook. Don’t overcook the potatoes, cook them until you can poke a fork through them but not soft enough to mash. Also, I always double the green apples because I think that provides a more balanced flavor mixture.
Ever since I got our chandelier for our dining room I’ve wanted to do something really fun with it for the holidays.
I love it so much and it is so unique and delicate, but I had the idea to add some fun pretty fall foliage to it and really make an impact. I’m also hosting a baby shower at the end of next month, so why not go for it and be able to enjoy it for the next few months!
I browsed through Pinterest for a bit of inspo and was really drawn to natural full feathers and pampas, and I wanted to add some depth with touches of burgundy and mauve. I am loving how it turned out.
I searched all over online for the right full faux plants. I found some pretty pamaps options, but they were really pricey and many of them shipped from China and took weeks for delivery. I did find these gorgeous ostrich feathers on amazon and I love the color and fullness they bring. They came in a pack of 24, so I just divided them up and hot glued them to a long dowel to create 2 big plumes.
I was walking through Target of all places a few weeks ago and found the most perfect faux flowers! I never thought to check Target but they were way better than any other places I had looked! (I linked all of the flowers below)
It was actually pretty simple to create the fall floral chandelier..
To create the chandelier I divided up all of the different flowers and decided how I wanted them arranged. Then, starting from the base of the chandelier, I gently slid the stems through. The stems were long enough to reach the other side so they stayed balanced and in place. I started at the bottom and did each side, rotating sides to even out the chandelier.
I know this technique wouldn’t work perfectly with all types of chandeliers, but I think it would be really pretty to create this effect with a large circular styrofoam (for a wreath, only bigger) or possibly zip tying or using flower wire to attach the flowers to the chandelier. I was very careful to keep all of the flowers under the lights so that they didn’t touch and weren’t at risk of getting hot or catching on fire.
If you create a similar fall chandelier I want to see it! Email me a pic or send me a DM!
I’ve been prepping and designing my living room for quite some time, so I’m thrilled that it’s finally complete and that I get to share it with you today! One of my favorite parts about our home is the that we have a spot in our living room for a piano.
In full transparency, when I say that I’ve waited a long time for this kind of a room, I mean… a looong time. I’ve wanted a beautiful living room with a white couch and a piano since we first got married twelve years ago. I was thrilled when we moved into our new home that had the absolute perfect living room, but this room sat completely empty for an entire year. Now while I wish that I could have just snapped my finger and decorated this room in an instant… I wanted very specific and special pieces in this room, and I was willing to wait and save to decorate it the way I wanted to. In the meantime, this room served as the space where I cut and designed almost all of my Monthly Dresses. It was full of yards of fabric and mannequins (and soccer balls and nerf guns). I love that we get to enjoy this room as a family now (playing the piano, family scripture study, naps, and visiting with friends), but I’m also grateful for the soccer games and sewing pins that filled this room before we could actually fill it with furniture.
I love our couch so much. I wrote about my experience designing it here. While some might think I’m crazy for getting a white couch with three boys, I’m really happy that I did. The fabric is durable and can be spot treated. I’ve wanted a white couch for so long and I feel like if I wait for the perfect moment to get an amazing couch..I’ll be left waiting a lifetime. I love that we can enjoy it now and it makes me happy every day when I see it. The boys know they can’t have shoes, toys, or food in this room and I just make sure they follow the rules. They are good about it!
I love an eclectic blend of furniture in a room. I love to juxtapose a modern piece with something traditional or glam. I paired the clean lines our coffee table and our velvet side chairs with classic touches from the rug and gold vintage mirror.
Our piano was the very first purchase I made for this room. I’ve so missed being able to sit at a piano to play and sing! I also love hearing the boys practice their piano here.
I’m so happy I went with this leather recliner chair for this corder of the room. It’s just the right scale for this space. I wanted to be able to recline, but didn’t want to have to place an ottoman in front of it. I searched high and low for a really beautiful chic recliner and I found this one at Pottery Barn. It’s so comfy!
How often do I sit down and really really relax. Read a book, watch a show, do nothing. Honestly, the answer is hardly ever. But I wanted to create small cozy corner in my office that let me just relax sometimes. Or take one of my 26 minute naps…my favorite thing ever.
One thing I really want to do to make my home office extra functional is to make it easily convert to a guest bedroom if we have company. We have a cute little cutout window that was the perfect size for a twin bed, so I searched high and low for a good sleeper sofa. Do you know how HARD it is to find a chic sleeper sofa? Almost impossible!
When Interior Define reached out to me about working together to design some beautiful couches for our home I knew they would help provide me with the living room couch of my dreams. (and they did! more on that in a sec) But an extremely pleasant surprise was that they have a gorgeous short sofa SLEEPER couch option!
I fell in love with the sleek modern lines of the Sloan sofa, and the fact that it doesn’t in any way look like it converts to a bed, but it does! The size was perfect, the lines were perfect, the functionality was perfect, but here is the best part. I got to pick the fabric and the legs myself. I got to tailor this beautiful sofa to fit the colors and style of my office (still not finished, but I’m getting there!). Interior Define has a blush velvet fabric that looked amazing in photos. You can request a free swatch to be sent directly to your house, but since they have a store in LA I headed down there to grab a few swatches in person.
The color of this blush velvet it perfect. I feel like the images don’t even do it justice. It’s an ultra chic mauve/blush that picked up all the right tones in my office rug. I opted for the natural wood block legs and I love how it turned out. I’m so happy I have a cosy resting spot (for 26 minute naps) and a functioning guest bedroom when we have family in town!
My living room sofa is really the sofa of my dreams. The employees at Interior Define were really helpful as I was making my selection. I wanted a lighter fabric that was durable and that I could clean. Interior Define has an option to narrow down the fabric selection to kid/pet friendly fabrics, and that made it easy to make a decision. I ended up going with a Static Weave in the color “vanilla”. I took the swatch of this fabric home and I sprayed Mio flavoring and smeared Nutella all over the swatch. Then I used my strongest rug cleaner and scrubbed the spots like crazy. I would obviously treat a real stain with more care, but I wanted to make sure it could withstand stronger spray and hard rubbing, and it did! The spots came out and that’s when I decided to go for it.
For the sofa I went with the 90″ long Ms. Chesterfield Sofa. It’s absolutely stunning in person! The Ms. Chesterfield is a lighter, more feminine approach to the classic Chesterfield. Interior Define kept the signature tufting, but deconstructed the traditionally heavy shape. I selected the brass plated L legs to keep with the feminie modern take. I’m not a super modern person, but I love the juxtaposition of the brass with the tufting. It’s deep, but not too deep. I am able to place decorative pillows on it that don’t have to be removed in order for my guests to sit on it.
I’m revealing my entire living room next week, so stay tuned for that!
I highly recommend Interior Define. They have so many beautiful furniture options and I love that you can customize the pieces to fit your style. They are impeccably made and built to last. It makes such a different to have these beautiful sofas in our home!
In high school I worked for years at a party store. We were in charge of filling hundreds of balloon orders and helping with party decor and rentals. While working there I tied my fair share of bows! I learned how to tie the perfect bow, and I still use this trick today when I’m wrapping presents or tying bows on my wreaths.
It’s pretty simple! I’ve included the instructions below…
HOW TO TIE THE PERFECT BOW
Tie a knot and pull the right loop for the bow so it runs straight up and down (this is the trick!). Hold at the center with your right hand and loop the left ribbon around and through the hole to create a bow.
Make sure your ribbon lies flat as you cross it in front of your first loop. As you pull the second loop through the hole grab both loops and pull them together evenly and tightly.
From here you can adjust the size of the loops. This will allow for the ends of the bow to both hang straight down and the loops to go straight across at the top!
I promise once you get in the habit of making sure your first loop runs straight up and down it will be so easy to create the perfect bow each time!
I have a LOT more bows to tie on presents before Christmas!