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Table to Turkey: Everything you need to host a beautiful Thanksgiving

Design by Sarah Richardson, Photograph by Stacey Brandford

We all know where to find Christmas decorations – even in August you can walk through Costco and find a large selection of Christmas fare.  And more and more an abundance of Halloween decorations are readily available. But it’s a little bit tougher to find Thanksgiving or general autumn decor.  So I suggested to the other UsedEverywhere bloggers that I was going to try and “shop” for a perfectly decorated Thanksgiving dinner on UsedRegina. We joked that we could find everything from the dining table to the turkey.  Except maybe the turkey. Or could I find a turkey? Hmmm…

Inspired by the picture above I started with the dishes. I love the toile look of these brown dishes:

Beautiful brown dish set for $250 on UsedRegina

Brown transferware is just so rustic, pastoral, and Thanksgiving-y, don’t you think?

Photo from A Country Farmhouse

And to balance out the highly detailed look of the brown dishes I’d mix it in with some solid white dishes too:

A complete dish set from UsedRegina

And like the inspiration picture I found some pretty crystal stemware:

(My parents used to let us use stemmed glasses for special meals like Thanksgiving dinner when we were kids, and I loved that tradition!)

Now what to put all these beautiful dishes on?  Some great dining room furniture, of course.  I love this big, curvy set!

Dining room furniture from UsedRegina

And some extra chairs are probably in order with all of the houseguests.

6 extra chairs for $75 on UsedRegina

I’d pick up this pretty set and paint all of the chairs from both sets in a dark espresso brown  or black and recover the seats in a pretty fabric.

Design by Robin Mayer, photography by Jon Wayne Kishimoto for Country Living

I think I’d leave the hutch off of the sideboard, mount a pretty mirror above it, and layer in an autumnal wreath.

Design by Nancy Soriano, photography by Steven Randazzo for Country Living

This mirror would be perfect:

Antique mirror for $10 on UsedRegina

from Martha Stewart Living

I love the look of a gold-framed mirror!  And just like this picture I’d include some pretty brass candlesticks on the buffet:

Brass candlesticks for $5 on UsedRegina

And perhaps some stacked firewood too, just like in the picture above:

Firewood for sale on UsedRegina

Another easy way to make a big decor impact is to display a large branch full of fall foliage, like in the pictures below

Design by Michael Penney, Photography by Janet Kimber for Canadian House & Home

To do this I’d pick up some pretty old vases and bottles to place the branches in:

An assortment of antique bottles on UsedRegina

And an easy way to make your home look cozy and seasonal is to display beautiful quilts or wool blankets.

Photography by Robin Stubbert for Country Living

And no blanket is quite as iconic or chic these days as the Hudson Bay blanket!

Design by Calvert Wright, photography by Roger Davies for Elle Decor

So I’d definitely pick up this 4-stripe beauty!

Some classic Canadiana for $140 on UsedRegina

And I’ve always loved this idea of votive candles floating in apples in a tub,

from Martha Stewart Living

And this tub would be perfect for this such a display outside the front door!

Wicker lined metal tub on UsedRegina

For an easy but pretty table centrepiece (or mantel decor) I could collect some leaves, wrap them around candles, and place them in some cylindrical vases, like the picture here:

from Martha Stewart Living

Here are the vases:

Vases for $2 each on UsedRegina

The candles:

Box of slightly used candles for $5 on UsedRegina

And some leaves, in case you can’t gather your own:

Leaf garland from an autumn wedding on UsedRegina

The leaf garland is also being sold with a number of tall tea light lanterns, which I could swap out for the vases, too.

And sure enough I sought, and I found.  I can buy a turkey on UsedRegina!  (This is Saskatchewan afterall.)

Chickens, Ducks, and Turkeys for sale on UsedRegina

So, there you have it.  A beautiful Thanksgiving from table to turkey!


I'm the wife of one amazing man, a mom of two wonderful little kiddos, and I love interior design, painting, pottery, diy-ing (is that a verb?) running, watching football, singing, the outdoors, ...and so many other things about this wonderful life I've been given!

One Response to “Table to Turkey: Everything you need to host a beautiful Thanksgiving”

Sarah Penner

Awww Justine, I had hoped that you were going to actually come and bring all this beauty to my house! Are you for hire? Great post!


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