Friday, November 2, 2018

A Barn Thanksgiving Setting...

Happy November! (How did that happen?! Wasn't it just summer?

I hope you've been enjoying the beautiful fall colors, and that you're looking forward to the holiday season!

This past weekend, we enjoyed an early Thanksgiving-style family dinner in the barn. And while I can't share all the sweet "people photos" quite yet, I thought it would be fun to show you the setting... 

For the backdrop, I used a large, chippy mantel that came from a late 1800's Pennsylvania farmhouse. 
(Anyone else a sucker for furniture that has a story to tell? I thought so...)

The table cloth is actually an antique coverlet that is also from the 1800's, which I borrowed from my father. My dad has collected antiques my whole life - from weapons to coins, from blankets to bracelets. I grew up hearing stories about special relics from history, as well as the collectors who cherished these artifacts. I'm sure that's part of the reason I appreciate antiques and vintage pieces so much. (Thanks Dad!)

For the centerpiece, I simply used pumpkins in muted shades, a few leafy branches from our yard, and candles.

Here's a more up-close look at the time-worn mantel...

An extra large wreath on the mantel served as a festive fall focal point. I purchased the large grapevine wreath at a craft store and tucked in some sturdy, colorful leafy branches from our yard.

I prefer wreaths to look somewhat balanced but romantic or free flowing, nothing too rigid or tailored... 

We sat three of the youngest kids on the hay bale and loved the fun farmhouse feel that added. 
(Plus, it's practical since the straw will be used in the sheeps' stall soon!)

I remember a friend once describing a home she had toured (to potentially buy) as feeling like a "big barn." She meant it in the negative, but I remember thinking, "That sounds lovely!" I think we were picturing two different things. ;)

Where will you be spending Thanksgiving this year? Will you be hosting any of the holidays? I'd love to hear a favorite traditions or your table setting plans in the comments below!

Thank you for stopping by today...



  1. Simply beautiful:-))) Love it all:-)))

  2. I'd love spending Thanksgiving right here in your barn!

  3. Loving it all, just love this farmhouse look, great job!!

  4. This is so pretty and cozy! We have beams in our home from an old Pennsylvania farmhouse. It is partly what sold me on the home! We also live in the PNW and I can't help but wonder about the history of these beautiful old pieces and how they made their journey across the country.

    1. Your beams sound amazing... love all the history that they've "seen" and the miles they've traveled...

  5. You outdid yourself here, really looks amazing!! Love everything but the little knot holes in the wall really brought a smile. Thanks so much for sharing this inspiration and your talents with us, my friend!

    1. Thanks so much Jen - that means a lot to me! Hope you enjoy the weekend! xoxo


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