The holiday season is officially here! Today, I’ll be sharing with you some tips on decorating your space for your special Thanksgiving dinner. The dining table centerpiece will not be the only fabulous item to grace your loved ones this night. There are a million ways you can decorate your home, but here are some of my favorites:

Start with the Outside

This understated entry is using orange mums for a punch of color and keeping the pumpkins white to harmonize with the house coor. I love this simple yet sophisticated arrangement with the corn wreath pulling it all together.

Customize Your Gourds

The traditional orange pumpkin color is of course the go-to choice for Thanksgiving decorations. By using white or cream pumpkins you will be able to add a level of style and sophistication that will continue to intrigue well beyond November. Succulents added to the stem area with plant glue will survive up to ten months if sprayed with water once a week.

Candles and Scents

With temperatures dropping, scarves and coats are becoming more and more necessary. Add some warmth to your home by lighting candles around the house, and some scented candles to fill your home with the aroma of Fall.

I have recently used LED tea lights for ambiance. They are easy and safe and add that flickering soft light that makes us want to cuddle on the sofa. Maybe not quite that romantic, but I still love the flattering glow.

Look to Nature – With a Touch of the Unexpected!

Thinking back to the origin of Thanksgiving, it was – and still is – primarily a Holiday to cherish what nature has given us during the past year: A plentiful harvest, healthy livestock and a full pantry of preserved food. True, these days we are fortunate to be able to buy groceries almost 24/7 in many areas. However, there people in this country and certainly in many parts of this world that don’t know this luxury. Nature provides, and it is simply exploding with beauty during the fall season. All the warm red, oranges and gold colors are a last fortissimo before the quiet time of winter.

So let’s bring this beauty in and decorate with leaves, twigs, fruits and colorful vegetables. They don’t have to be real to enchant – quite the opposite: I love glass pumpkins! They enchant with their colors and textures and literally last forever!

And these are my favorites: fabric pumpkins with real stems glued on. They bridge the gap between nature and art so beautifully, and can be used year after year!

Another way to tweak nature is with a simple spraycan of gold paint. How glorious a golden pumpkin will look as a centerpiece! Just add a few dried colorful leaves and not much more is needed (except the turkey, of course!)

Stop and Smell the Roses

Yes, you have heard that right! Roses are still blooming in my yard (this is California, after all!) and I love the fact that I can bring them in and enjoy their scent and beauty and have them join other favorite pieces in little vignettes throughout my home. Here is a recent find: a vase/candle holder for tealights. The glass cylinder with its intricately blown inside can be both, depending on which way you turn it. Here you go:

Set the Table

The kitchen is where the magic happens. The dining room is where the magic is experienced. Decorate your dining table with the colors of Fall, and Autumn-themed dishware. You can also take a page from Martha Stewart and place a branch of leaves under your glass dishes, like the picture above.

The Centerpiece

The centerpiece has traditionally reigned supreme among all decorations (second only to the Christmas tree, whose strict annual appearance makes its presence much more special). But this year, try making the centerpiece focused on what’s truly important: the turkey.

If this isn’t enough, surround the platter with decorative foliage, pinecones, and acorns. Let the majestic turkey rest on a bed of Thanksgiving décor goodness. It will be so fabulous, your guests will not be able to resist!

Last Tip: Give Thanks

Planning for the holidays can oftentimes be very stressful. When life gets difficult, it can be easy to forget all that you have. So remember, when you’re going through a stressful moment or a rough patch in your life, take a minute to breathe and enjoy each moment you share with the ones you love. Your life is wonderful and magical all on its own. It’s never too late or too early to count your blessings and be thankful for the moments you are living. With this, I hope you all have an incredible holiday season. I hope these tips will help you create the Thanksgiving you and your loved ones deserve.  And if you need more interior decorating advice, do not hesitate to let me know!