Simple Gifts – Thanksgiving Table Decor

This Thanksgiving more than ever I have so much to be grateful for. We were fortunate to survive Hurricane Sandy unscathed, but our church did not nor did many of our friends’ homes. As you decorate your home and table, cook up the meal and spend time with family and friends, please take a moment to remember those who are much less fortunate. Perhaps, you could spend the morning serving a meal at a local soup kitchen or donate a turkey to a local organization (we gave ours through our church’s Adopt a Social Worker program, which is a part of Covenant to Care here in Fairfield County, CT) or provide some warm coats and gloves to those who lost everything. Maybe your children can make a Thanksgiving card for a soldier or write a special blessing to say at dinner. Please just take a moment to give thanks.

It is so much fun to help set up my interior design clients homes for holiday parties. Table settings are a great place to start your holiday theme.

Source: via Avery on Pinterest

I love how so many of these tablescapes feature fresh fruit and vegetables – after all Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks for the abundance in our lives.

Love to hear from you in the comments below:

How will you decorate for Thanksgiving this year? What are you grateful for?

(For more great holiday decor ideas, head to my Give Thanks board on Pinterest)


Shall we dine?

Thinking about next week’s invitation to the New York Times Taste of T at the Architects and Designers Building in New York City.  I have never been before.  Since I’ve already waxed poetic about kitchens and still I can’t get my mind off of food, I thought I would share some of my all time favorite dining tables.

S Table Xavier Lust

S Table by Xavier Lust

S Table by Xavier Lust is made of Ecotek,  which is low maintenance and recyclable. I love the sinuous curves–the purity of the white allows the table to be all about the form.

DR Riddled + led table horm

Riddled with LED by Steven Holl

Steven Holl designed this magnificent Riddled Table with LED lighting for Horm.  What could be more romantic than the interplay of shadows and light.

DR simplicity table carlo santambrogio

Simplicity Table by Carlo Santambrogio

This is a great dining table for a couple that hosts lots of parties.  Between fingerprints and sharp edges, I would not recommend it for families with young children.  But I still love the simplicity of the lines–it’s clean and sculptural looking.

DR ovale_iv_table brueton

Ovale IV by J. Wade Beam

I love the detail of the stainless steel balls holding up the sandblasted glass top.

DR mandarin_table stanley jay friedman brueton

Mandarin Table by Stanley Jay Friedman

How could I resist this modern take on a classic Asian architectural motif?

DR aqua table zaha hadid

Aqua Table by Zaha Hadid

Made of gloss finished polyurethane, this sinuous table comes in black or white.  What a dramatic statement and no surprise from the master of unusual forms, architect and designer, Zaha Hadid.

Borgonova tavolofix_3735

Tavolo Fix by Pinuccio Borgonova

The glass top floats above legs of stainless steel, ebony or walnut.  I could picture this in a contemporary Manhattan apartment.

Hope you enjoyed this preview of next week’s dining experience.  Can’t wait to let you know about Taste of T.

Bon appetit!

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