Spruce Up Your Home for Thanksgiving
Make home design a family affair. Round up the kids and go for a walk to collect fallen gems.— Gina Samarotto, Samarotto Design Group
Mientras que los fantasmas y los vampiros están rondando en octubre, y las luces brillantes están esparcidas en diciembre preparándose para la Navidad, la fiesta de Acción de Gracias, entre la noche del miedo y la noche del silencio, a menudo es olvidada cuando se trata de la decoración hogareña. Más allá de la fiesta tan esperada por la familia, las decoraciones de ésta puede aportar un toque a tu casa que pondrá a tus invitados en el espíritu de agradecimiento de este día festivo olvidado.
Preparando el escenario
Successful decorating for Thanksgiving means concentrating on several key areas rather than spreading décor throughout the entire home, said Jennifer Owens of Le Potager Décor. Owens recommends choosing areas with big impact, such as an entry table, dining room sideboard, mantel, kitchen island or china cabinet, to stage your décor.
“Begin by grouping like items to give them more visual impact,” Owens said. “Place your dimensional items like picture frames or framed mirrors, and then add some sparkle with candles and family silver. Use books to give varying height to items, and of course, add fall leaves, branches, acorns, pumpkins and gourds as filler.”
A large glass or wooden bowl can become a stunning focal point when filled with pine cones, said Gina Samarotto of the Samarotto Design Group. “Make home design a family affair,” she said. “Round up the kids and go for a walk to collect the fallen gems.”
It’s easy to swap out your summer color accessories for fall’s rich hues, according to Samarotto. Bring in those Halloween pumpkins and place them next to the fireplace, draping them with flowers and boughs of leaves to bring out Thanksgiving’s natural colors.
“Deep honey, gold, burgundy and hunter green all make great colors for throw pillows, candles and the little extras throughout the house,” Samarotto said. “Simmer apple slices, cinnamon and cloves on the stove to welcome the season with scent.”
Cathy Hobbs, creator of Design Recipes interior design resource guides, suggests using deep chocolate browns mixed with accents of lime green or burnt orange. “Orange and chocolate as well as chocolate and lime are really fresh, modern color combinations that are perfect for Thanksgiving without being too trendy,” Hobbs said. “I have used thick chocolate [brown] ribbon to accent napkins used for individual place settings as well as chocolate fabric for table runners."
Pots of fall mums and urns with ornamental grasses and evergreens also produce a festive autumn welcome while adding colorful foliage to both indoor and outdoor décor.
Incorporating fall foods can spruce up your home for the festive holiday, too. Hobbs suggests getting creative with fall nuts. “I love to fill large glass apothecary jars with lids with colorful acorns or walnuts and then add candles and use them as centerpieces,” she said.
Bouquets of fragrant Thanksgiving herbs, such as thyme, rosemary and sage, cut fresh from the garden, will add a visually interesting centerpiece and light, fall fragrance to your home. Festive vegetables can also double as a centerpiece. “Try carving out peppers, artichokes or cabbages and turning them into candleholders,” Hobbs said.
Nina Petronzio, head interior designer at Plush Home in California, also recommends decorating with fresh fruit and vegetables for the holiday season. “Fill your favorite bowls and baskets with red apples, nectarines, colorful bell peppers and even a presentation of fresh artichokes to bring color and festivity to your dinner,” she said. “Couple your arrangements with votives, fabric napkins, spotless glasses, nice music and an organized table setting to create a special mood of graciousness, abundance and prosperity.”
Thanksgiving is, after all, a time for families to celebrate together. Why not make decorating for the fall feast a bonding experience? Decorating for Thanksgiving is a family affair in Owens’ household.
“Hours before our meal, I place produce, botanicals and miscellaneous candles on a folding stage table in the dining room so every guest joins in to create the table centerpieces,” she said. “People get very creative, making stacked artichoke candleholders, bouquets of brussels sprout stalks, and vases filled with crab apples and cranberries.” The bonding project allows the entire family to see the fruits of their labor, and it yields a unique table setting, Owens said.
Owens also places different inspirational quotes at each place setting. “This has been a very successful way to create a holiday table that encourages diners to linger and to enjoy more than just the food,” she said. “After all, Thanksgiving is about being thankful for the people in your life.”