Christmas Decor At Its Finest

I have to be honest of all the home decor magazines out there Veranda isn't usually my favorite. Well next month one of my favorite designers and writer of the blog Velvet and Linen will be featured in this very magazine! UNfortunately Fortunately, I got the months mixed up and picked up the December copy of Veranda excited to see Velvet & linen's home and instead was met with this:

Veranda Magazine December 2014

This is what I like to call a "Happy Mistake."  My goodness this house is amazing! It is located in New York's Hudson Valley and is owned by a European couple who have relocated to the USofA. Believe it or not this isn't actually an old house... it was built using old wood from a farm in Vermont and made to look old and rustic while still maintaining modern lines and interior elements as well.

Veranda Magazine December 2014

Veranda Magazine December 2014

Veranda Magazine December 2014

I am absolutely in love with the natural color scheme in this house. All the white and wood and terra cotta accents. Its beautiful. This family did an excellent job incorporating their Christmas decor into the natural beauty of the house as well. I am a believer that holiday decor (no matter the occasion... except for birthdays, go crazy on birthdays) should blend well with the rest of your house. Following that rule of thumb will give you a much more pleasing and cozy look for the holidays than an in-your-face-blow-up-Santa in the front yard. Am I right?

Veranda Magazine December 2014

Veranda Magazine December 2014

Veranda Magazine December 2014

Definitely pick up a December copy of Veranda and read this article if you have a chance. The rest of the photos are amazing and you will love reading about this family too!

Happy Thanksgiving

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I love Thanksgiving. I love the parade and the food and the time that I get to spend with my family away from the normal chaos of life.... but most importantly I like being reminded of the things I am thankful for. This year has been a rocky one to say the least.... but in the midst of this trial I have been very blessed too. Its a strange feeling to be thankful for the worst time in your life and to actually mean it. I'm not thankful for all of it by any means... but I wont count the last 9 months as a total loss either. I have learned so much about life, love, myself, and most importantly I have learned SO much about the Lord and the promises that he gives to those who love him

So thank you to all of you who read my blog, thank you for all of your prayers, thank you for your support and the love and laughter you have given me. I am so overwhelmingly thankful for the people the Lord has put into my life... new and old. I hope that everyone has a joyful Thanksgiving!

How to style an easy Thanksgiving table

Who else can not believe that Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK?! I dont know about you but I am ready for some good food and a little R&R.

Today, however, I want to get real about Thanksgiving tables. Every single year I absolutely gawk at all of the gorgeous Thanksgiving tablescapes that float around the interwebs making us all feel less than up to par. Being the designer that I am there is such a HUGE part of me that would love to go all out and decorate the heck out of my thanksgiving table... but... I am still of the age where I travel to my parents house and just show up with a box of cookies. Ya feel me? (ok, maybe I am not that bad... I am making a pumpkin bread this year ok? gah, get off my case!).

But, even if I were hosting my very own Thanksgiving (which I will be one of these days) I still don't think there would be enough time in the day to make my table as perfect as what Martha Stewart would advise. My schedule just seems to fill up to much for that.

Anyway, here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving tables.... and my ideas on how to make them fit your real life.

Thanksgiving Table Scapes | Sarah Barksdale Design

When it comes to Thanksgiving decor you really can not go wrong when you give things a "harvest" theme. Luckily, lots of pumpkins are going on sale now that Halloween is over and all of the stores are gearing up for Christmas. To pull of this look all you need to do is run to your local grocery store and pick up a few pumpkins and squashes; then snag a few branches from the back yard and your done!

Thanksgiving Table Scapes | Sarah Barksdale Design

This table is stunning isn't it? This look seems a little more intimidating than the last, but it shouldn't be too hard to put together. Keep things simple. Grab a few similar candle sticks from your attic or from Home Goods. Dont worry so much about the gold accents if you dont have them....you can always pick up a can of gold spray paint from the craft store and spray some baby pumpkins. Once you are done fill a few glass vases with them and you'll have a glam table in no time.

Thanksgiving Table Scapes | Sarah Barksdale Design

If you have some left over gold paint and really want to jazz things up. Try spraying some fallen leaves from the yard and making place cards out of them!

Thanksgiving Table Scapes | Sarah Barksdale Design

This is one of my favorite ideas I have seen lately. I have a rosemary bush in my yard and it would be so cute and easy to cut a few branches and make tiny wreath place cards with them. I kind of like the idea of incorporating a little hint of Christmas into your Thanksgiving decor. Added bonus:  it would make the table smell amazing!

Thanksgiving Table Scapes | Sarah Barksdale Design

If you are a little overwhelmed with setting a magnificent table, then don't sweat it. Go simple with the table and style a bar cart nearby instead. It is a smaller area to tackle and it will have just as much impact! Who doesn't love a good holiday cocktail anyway?

How will you be styling your Thanksgiving table this year?

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