What could be more inviting than a Thanksgiving table setting that beckons with warm and cozy textures contrasted with gleaming crystal and silver?
For a boho Thanksgiving table setting, I used sheepskins (to keep them clean, I never use them as rugs on the floor) to drape over the backs of two of my dining room chairs. You can see that the other two chairs are upholstered. Different kinds of chairs around a table add to that boho vibe that I love.
The above photo is the “before,” showing an unadorned dining chair in the foreground…
…and the next photo shows the “after.” I’ve found that sheepskins can really add a feel of luxury to a room, whether draped on chairs, ottomans, or used as area rugs. For a boho Thanksgiving table setting, sheepskins add warmth, texture, comfort that can’t be matched. Occasionally, there are good deals for sheepskins at World Market and at Amazon.
What delights me most about a boho Thanksgiving table setting is the mixture and contrasts of textures and colors. Rag rugs, purchased years ago at Dollar Tree, are used here as place mats. They add a distinct rustic feel to this setting. The china is Tivoli Belles Fleurs, a discontinued line by Dansk (you might remember seeing this same china in my prior Thanksgiving post!), and flatware is Reed & Barton 1800.
The glassware is vintage, purchased from an estate sale some years ago. The light reflected off of sparkling wine glasses and water goblets is magical during the holidays, and provides a shimmering contrast to the dark gleaming wood of the table and dark pattern of the place mats.
I usually host my Thanksgiving dinners in the dining room, but as shown in these photos, I used a relatively small table set up in my living room close to the fireplace instead. The smaller table, the sheepskins, two upholstered chairs, the candles, and the nearby fire made for a different experience that was cozier and felt somehow more intimate.
The days are short at Thanksgiving, and the weak and waning light outside only makes the interplay of candles and firelight reflected off of dinner dishes, goblets, and flatware all the more pleasing and comforting.
Because of the smaller table, I was fine with a small and simple centerpiece: a cutting from a late-blooming Rhododendron outside my back door. Depending on the weather this time of year in the Southeastern U.S., we can resort to out-of-season flowers in our own yards! The cutting was placed in a cut lead rose water bowl.
I love getting creative, playing around with patterns, textures, and colors in unexpected ways. Rag rugs for place mats? Sure! Why not? Sheepskin rugs for chair backings and cushions? By all means!
Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving to all of you. As my favorite modern-day philosopher Gretchen Rubin says, gratitude is a critical element to a happy life. May we all be more consciously grateful for those in our lives whom we cherish this Thanksgiving. –G
*Please note that all opinions are mine alone, and that I received no samples, payments, or financial incentives from Dollar Tree, Dansk, Reed & Barton, World Market, Amazon, their affiliates or any other person or entity for comments or links in this article.