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Decorating for Thanksgiving (and a little giveaway!)

November front doorHallelujah!!  I am actually going to share some seasonal decorating before the day of the holiday! It’s a miracle. 🙂 Let’s start at the front door with the wreath I shared with you at Halloween. Remember I said it would be easy to change out the pumpkins for darker colored gourds at Thanksgiving?  Well…my Halloween wreath fell off the door a few days after Halloween. 🙁  Have any of you had that problem with wreaths before? (I’m sure it was my wimpy wire hanging.)

November wreathSo to lighten the load, I cut the pine branches off the garland that was previously wrapped around it and just inserted them into my old Christmas wreath, then added a few brown gourds, and tied it on with a dark brown satin ribbon.  Now it really should be okay for changing out for Christmas…fingers crossed it doesn’t fall off the door again.

Thanksgiving vignette on foyer buffetYou’ll see the start of our holiday color scheme here – red and brown, and I believe this will roll on into Christmas decorating very easily.

pecans in jar for ThanksgivingThere is a reason for the pecans in the jar (beside eating them.)

The house in which I grew up sat at the edge of a large pecan orchard.  Every November, my family would pick up the pecans that fell from the trees, weigh and bag them, and take them to a place that weighed and bought them from us. My father would then pay my brother, sister, and me for the pounds that we had each picked up. (Waaay less than minimum wage I know! 🙂 )Anyway, this was our “Christmas shopping money” that we used to purchase gifts for each other.

Thanksgiving foyer vignetteAnd every Thanksgiving Day, my father, brother, sister, and I would rake the leaves in our yard…the leaves that fell from those money-making pecan trees, while my mother would cook up the big meal in the kitchen. Some families watch football on Thanksgiving- our family raked leaves. 🙂

Thanksgiving vignetteSo I can’t help but think of pecans and leaves when I think of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving piano vignetteOkay…where were we? Oh yes, decorating for the holiday. 🙂

I picked up a couple of chocolate brown pillows from the Pottery Barn outlet a couple of weeks ago, and mixed them in with the red ones on the family room sofa.

family room in NovemberIt has been so darn cold here, I had to take the photos while the fire was going in the fireplace.  It gives the room a strange light.

sofaSince I was using the pecans in the jar and arrangements of fall leaves in the foyer, I decided to go all out with nuts and leaves in the family room…hazelnuts in a jar on top of the cabinet…

fall vignette for top of cabinetleaves on the end table…

fall vignette for end tableleaves on the mantel…

Thanksgiving mantel

fall leaves in silver pitcher on mantel Thanksgiving vignette

Thanksgiving mantel vignettewalnuts in the jar on the mantel…

fireplaceand a bowl of mixed nuts on the game table.

Yes, I’ve gone nutty.

(Sorry, I just couldn’t resist. 🙂 )

And now for the little giveaway.  In this month of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a sweet treat with one of you super wonderful readers to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit here.(Well actually, I would like to share it with all of you, but I am afraid I can’t do that and have any Christmas shopping money left over.)  I picked up this pumpkin loaf pan, pumpkin bread mix, and this jar of pecan pumpkin butter for you on my last trip to the Williams Sonoma outlet.  (There’s a recipe using these ingredients in one of my old blog posts here.)

Thanksgiving giveawayI’ll be doing a random drawing for them this weekend.  If you would like to enter, just leave a comment on any post that publishes here between 11/18/2014 and 11/21/2014.  The contest will close at midnight on 11/21/14, and I will announce the winner in the first post after 11/21/14. I hope that makes it easy for you to enter.

Good luck, and as always, I look forward to reading your comments! 🙂

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Jaybird - December 2, 2014 - 12:59 pm

I was just looking back over this post and noticed the silverware.
Is that Fairfax?? If so, I have some of it’s relatives…my Mom and Dad’s pattern/wedding gift.
Blessings to you,

karen - November 25, 2014 - 12:59 pm

The red and brown is so beautiful. It will take you right through to Christmas without having to switch anything! Your home is always so lovely and inspiring.

Brenda A. - November 22, 2014 - 7:10 pm

Kelly, Thanks for sharing your home and ideas with us. I love the way you display your children’s pictures thruout your home, especially in your kitchen cabinets. We have 15 grandchildren and I think they’d love it if I could do that with theirs. I look forward to seeing your Christmas decor as well. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving with your family.

Ellen Martin - November 21, 2014 - 11:06 pm

As always, your seasonal decorations are simple and beautiful! Your home is so inviting and warm. I love the turkey plates, and your combination of them with red!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Lisa Mothersead - November 21, 2014 - 8:29 pm

Thanks for the giveaway! Your home is beautiful and full of life.

Linda - November 21, 2014 - 12:28 pm

I love your house and all your Thanksgiving decorations!
The turkey plates are perfect!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Linda - November 21, 2014 - 11:36 am

Just discovered your bog. I’ll be a regular reader! Red and brown, I’m in, it looks wonderful and so cozy.

Becky - November 21, 2014 - 9:56 am

LOVE your blog! Thank you so much for sharing your home with us:)

Amber L. - November 21, 2014 - 9:50 am

Oh, you lucky girl; everything is going to be perfect for your Thanksgiving 🙂 Soooo envious of that platter and serving bowl! Also adore the turkey on your entryway table…

Julie A - November 21, 2014 - 9:00 am

Love your blog and will be trying this recipe!!

Cind - November 21, 2014 - 7:45 am

I love your blog Kelly! I don’t know where you find the time and energy to decorate your house so beautifully for every season. Everything always looks so nice! May you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Cynthia - November 21, 2014 - 7:24 am

What a lovely name…lol, that’s what I named my sweet daughter!
I could move right in to your beautiful home and feel like its mine! You have a beautiful eye for home decor. I particularly enjoy the “natural” elements you have used for your Fall decor. The glass jars of nuts are a great addition!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Jill Wendt - November 20, 2014 - 10:38 pm

Your home is beautiful and very cozy. And…I love those turkey plates! They are beautiful and look amazing on your table. Enjoy your Thanksgiving.

Sherry Myers - November 20, 2014 - 10:06 pm

You have hit it out of the park again! I love the wreath on your door. Lovely. Your entry and living room look so seasonably warm and inviting. Your family has to love coming home to such a charming place.
I love the brown and red you have used in your dining room and kitchen. Congratulations on your turkey dishes!!! They are perfectly beautiful! Nothing would look better. Your generous spirit has been rewarded. I am happy for you!!
I know you have worked hard. I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving celebration together.
Blessings to you and yours,

Debbie - November 20, 2014 - 10:00 pm

You have no idea how much I appreciate your blog. I have become so fond of it. It is always interesting, full of ideas, and creativity. I bet your students are so thrilled to have you as a teacher. You can certainly tell a great story and be witty with it too.
I have to tell you I spent hours decorating my kitchen and breakfast room in reds and browns and shopped for bags of nuts to fill my large glass cannisters ha.

Your home is so warm and welcoming. Thanks for sharing with us.

I would be thrilled to win the giveaway!

Drucye Cox - November 20, 2014 - 8:40 pm

I’m a Georgia girl too and I love your blog. You amaze me with all you do.

Bobbie - November 20, 2014 - 8:06 pm

I have 2 favorite blogs and you are one of them! I have followed you and your beautiful decorating for over a year. Love, love, love your style!
I hope you and your family have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.


Lisa Roesler & daughter, Jessica - November 20, 2014 - 6:26 pm


We love your house! You are so creative. Thanksgiving is so inviting at your house. Blessings for a Happy Thanksgiving!

Lynn Mosher - November 20, 2014 - 6:05 pm

Your home looks lovely and so inviting. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Anne in NH - November 20, 2014 - 5:33 pm

What wonderful photos, gets me in the mood for weekend house decoration! Love your ideas…and pumpkin bread. Bring on turkey day!

amanda s - November 20, 2014 - 5:21 pm

That looks very tasty! I would love to win. You have a beautiful home.

Pam from Ontario, Canada - November 20, 2014 - 4:51 pm

Hi Kelly,
Love your blog. You have such fabulous taste. We’ve already had our Thanksgiving…I love these ideas for next year! We just received 40cm of snow yesterday (about 15 inches) looking forward to Christmas! Would love to win your giveaway. Pam

Laura - November 20, 2014 - 2:11 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! I love following your blog and your home inspires me to cozy mine up! Just Gorgeous! I can taste that Pumpkin Butter on that Pumpkin Bread already! Thank you


christi in ma - November 20, 2014 - 1:07 pm

Our Williams Sonoma outlet closed about this time last year.
It was my go to spot for anything kitchen and dining. Oh AND for peppermint bark. I’d find such treasures in the clearance in the back. I picked up the Pottery Barn velvet tree skirt there years ago for $20!

Annette - November 20, 2014 - 12:02 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! Love looking at all the touches you add for each holiday to your home. It inspires.

Theresa in Nebraska - November 20, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Lovely! I have my eye on those Thanksgiving plates too! Our store is also sold out. Glad you got them and they look beautiful!

Kys - November 20, 2014 - 11:36 am

Hello Kelly~
It was such a sweet story about the gifting of your dishes. Thank you for your inspirations in decorating for Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing the giveaway of my favorite things that I use as soon as Fall rolls around. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Lisa K - November 20, 2014 - 10:48 am

Oh Kelly – I love your new turkey plates & the platter is just gorgeous! What a thoughtful family; knowing just what you wanted 🙂 Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Deborah - November 20, 2014 - 9:54 am

Hi Kelly! Cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. Love your ideas and decorating for every holiday and seasons. I’ve used quite a few of your warm touches for each room in my house. I thank you! Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

denise - November 20, 2014 - 9:41 am

i have a house crush. I want to replicate each room in your house, but I don’t b/c i fear that you will some day come over for coffee and be creeped out and think I’m a weird stalker. But then i remember that ours is only a one way blog relationship and that the chances of you dropping by is nil to none, so, maybe i will after all. 🙂

Ann - November 20, 2014 - 8:05 am

Love all the touches that you have throughout your home . . . especially the red!!

Nancy Whiddon - November 20, 2014 - 7:59 am

Kelly you just inspire me…. I love the story of the turkey plates so happy you now have a wonderful collection to use for many years! Love seeing you family at the barn wedding Saturday and you know I love your sweet girl! HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Sharon - November 20, 2014 - 7:48 am

I am always amazed how your simple seasonal changes make such an impact!! Makes me believe that I can do that too! I am thrilled that the turkey plates found you for Thamksgiving! Oh my they are beautiful….and the bowl and platter. You must be one loved lady! Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow….even turkey dishes! 🙂

Stacey - November 20, 2014 - 6:36 am

Love love! Since I already blatantly copied your black and white photos and frames with your help…I might blatantly copy the jars around the house too. Already have them in the kitchen so that would work. 🙂

JenniferinVA - November 20, 2014 - 4:06 am

Yep, it’s official your blog is still my fav!! Love all the cozyness you have created!

Andrea - November 19, 2014 - 10:59 pm

Kelly….your home is so lovely, as always thank you for sharing it with us all!

annie diamond - November 19, 2014 - 10:23 pm

Your house is incredibly beautiful for this season! I adore the brown and red books and the leaves and nuts…cozy fire, all so inviting!

Amy C - November 19, 2014 - 9:34 pm

Lovely home. Always so inviting and cozy.

Barbara P from Ma - November 19, 2014 - 8:13 pm

Hi Kelly, Everything looks SO Pretty! Just perfect for this time of year- You sure do have a knack for selecting just the right things to make your home so warm and inviting! Always look forward to your posts! Can’t wait to see your home decorated for Christmas!

DiAnne - November 19, 2014 - 8:01 pm

Love your home! Happy Thanksgiving, Kelly!

Pam Jenkins - November 19, 2014 - 5:35 pm

I love fall decor, and your home is such a beautiful example.

Barbara Hagler - November 19, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Nuts all over! I love it!

barbara n - November 19, 2014 - 3:03 pm

I love Williams Sonoma and all things pumpkin! Would love to win this giveaway!

Julia G. - November 19, 2014 - 1:14 pm

Your home is so warm and cozy and I love hearing about your family’s Thanksgiving traditions!

Lori R. - November 19, 2014 - 11:56 am

What a nice give away. My out of town company would love to eat such a nice surprise.

Joyce W - November 19, 2014 - 10:44 am

Hi Kelly!
i am impressed with your lovely home and the stories behind your decorating.
All that is left is to fix that turkey dinner- hope you have a fabulous holiday!
Make ever day special-

Mary Ellen - November 19, 2014 - 9:48 am

Hi Kelly,

You make your home look so cozy and inviting….makes me want to visit. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Lisa - November 19, 2014 - 9:30 am

Hi Kelly,

Once again, I love your home. So cozy, warm and inviting. I hope your boys get to come home for the holidays. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. No fuss, lots of food and fellowship. What a special story about raising funds to purchase gifts for others and helping your father. Instilling the appreciation of giving to others is very important during the holidays. I can’t wait to see what you serve for Thanksgiving.

Debbie V. - November 19, 2014 - 8:18 am

I love your decorating style and always look forward to reading your blog. Hope you and your family have a very happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway.

Kathy - November 19, 2014 - 3:06 am

Tis the reason for the season!!! Your home definitely reveals a beautiful season for you, your family, and all your Pinterest friends!!! Thank you for sharing your lovely home, and enjoy the holidays!!

Donnamae - November 18, 2014 - 11:31 pm

Your home looks so warm and lovely! Thanks for the opportunity! 😉

Phyllis - November 18, 2014 - 11:09 pm

Your home is lovely and.such a warm and inviting place to be for the holidays. I would love to win your.william Sonoma give away. Please enter me in the contest. Thanks and have a wonderful. Thanksgiving.

Anita - November 18, 2014 - 10:36 pm

Red and brown. I never would have put those together but with the right tones, it works quite well! Lovely!

Dawn - November 18, 2014 - 10:26 pm


I love your pecan picking and leaf raking story. What a wonderful way to grow up. I bet you and your siblings really appreciated the gifts you bought for each other! I really like the idea of all of the nuts used in different jars and areas as a way of decorating. My grandmother always had bowls of mixed, in the shell, nuts around her home during the holidays and my uncles would crack and eat them. In the shell nuts remind me of those special times at my grandmothers house and how my uncles would show me how to use the tools to crack and dig the nut meat out of the shells. (I am the oldest grandchild and niece and my grandmother has been in heaven for over 20 years). Thank you for rekindling a holiday memory for me. I don’t think your fireplace gives off a weird glow in your family room. I love the glow of a wood fire and think it gives it a more natural glow. It helps me feel like I am right there with you while you give us a tour of your lovely home.

heather - November 18, 2014 - 9:58 pm

I would love to win this one thanks for the chance.

Mary - November 18, 2014 - 9:40 pm

I’ve been enjoying your blog for a few months now. I love your style!

Pat in Georgia - November 18, 2014 - 9:33 pm

Holidays are my favorite time of year. I love how you lovingly decorate for each holiday with so much care and attention to beautiful details. Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks to all our blessings. One of my greatest blessings is your blog and the beauty that is represents. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Louvina - November 18, 2014 - 9:02 pm

Another wonderful post! Warm, fuzzy and down home feel of family and Thanksgiving! Really like the brown, red, leaves and nuts!! How you liking this cold weather? It is reaching mid-FL tonight!! Got your fireplace going? I bet you do!

Julie - November 18, 2014 - 8:35 pm

I only recently came across your blog and I have to say I love it!!!!!!

Jeanne Bell - November 18, 2014 - 8:27 pm

I love your house and how homey it always looks. Will your sons be home for Thanksgiving or Christmas? They can at least see home thru your blog.
I have had the pumpkin bread from William Sonoma and loved it.
Thanks for the chance to win it.

Laura - November 18, 2014 - 7:51 pm

I love your Thanksgiving decorations. Your home looks so cozy and inviting!

Benita R. - November 18, 2014 - 7:13 pm

Beautiful as always! You have encouraged me to add “pops” of color all through my decor…I’ve never thought of buying books for their color, but I find myself migrating to red covered books!

GinaE - November 18, 2014 - 7:11 pm

Your home is always so lovely and inviting. The fire going is so cozy and gives a wonderful glow. Wishing you and your family the happiest Thanksgiving. Many thanks for the chance to win this great give away!

Patti - November 18, 2014 - 7:05 pm

You know, in this sometimes bleak and dreary world there is a little bright spot called “Talk of the House”. You are an inspiration in so many ways. Thanks! 🙂

Kathy - November 18, 2014 - 6:27 pm

Thank you for sharing your home with us. Happy Thanksgiving!

Dawn R. - November 18, 2014 - 6:27 pm

Hi Kelly,
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Thank you for the giveaway, it looks great. Your home looks perfect and ready for the holidays.

Donnie - November 18, 2014 - 5:40 pm

kelly, love the wreath saga. I’ve actually combined two different wreaths to make one full wreath with lots of interest. I am following your lead and decorating early this year, same reasons, love the season and want to be able to sit back and enjoy the fruits of my labor. Thank you for all your inspiration.

jenna - November 18, 2014 - 5:04 pm

Thought the wreath on the front entry was wonderful and the interior was warm and inviting!

Mary - November 18, 2014 - 4:45 pm

I just recently discovered your blog… following a link from another one. You and your house have quickly become one of my most favorite houses ever and I so look forward to each and every blog entry now. As usual, I’m going crazy pinning so many ideas from your blog/house. Your style is definitely the look I want to create in my home!!! Thanks for the giveaway…. yum!!!

Jerry Stocks - November 18, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Love your casual arrangements of leaves and berries. This is so much better then “fixed” arrangements. Your home is beautiful.

Cordelia - November 18, 2014 - 4:37 pm

Wow! You are amazing. I love how cozy and comfortable you decorated while managing to keep it chic and classy!! I think I need your house!

Barbara Hagler - November 18, 2014 - 4:35 pm

One of my favorite blogs. Love your decorating style.

Susan - November 18, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Kelly – it’s all so pretty and charming! I love the touches of silver you have in there too, with trays and candlesticks and vases. I am trying to get my winter things out but my daughter is getting married THIS Saturday, so it’s project wedding 24/7.

BTW, I LOVED your post about the Barn Wedding and we’re using that for inspiration!

Joy Jenkins - November 18, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Everything looks Beautiful!

Pat Peele - November 18, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Lovely as always! Nuts are good to see and taste goo also. Love the red and brown.

Kathy P. - November 18, 2014 - 3:26 pm

I just love your decorating style – so warm and cozy.

Debbie - November 18, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Kelly, thanks again for another great post full of inspiration and sweet memories. AND a giveaway! Please tell where you found that beautiful turkey in your entrance hall. And the brown pumpkins also. I’m decorating our new-old home in brown, red, gray, and cream. Thanks a lot to your inspiration!

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!

Wendy Boyd - November 18, 2014 - 3:18 pm

Love your home – it’s just beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway also!

Mrs.T - November 18, 2014 - 3:18 pm

Love your theme of nuts and leaves! So rich-looking. I like how the nuts provide a hint of harvest time.

The giveaway is so fun, too. Would love to win! That loaf pan is amazing even if one never baked in it! Thanks for the opportunity.

Pat Pegram - November 18, 2014 - 2:50 pm

So cozy and warm! I love your style and your blog.

Linda - November 18, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Your home looks great Kelly! My family fell in love with your pumpkin cake recipe! Thanks for sharing:)

Jaybird - November 18, 2014 - 1:57 pm

I am in love with your brown and red!!! Beautiful decorations, lovely home!!
Thank you for a chance in your give-a-way!

Kim - November 18, 2014 - 1:46 pm

I just love your house! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Vickie M. - November 18, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Your home is beautifully decorated. I look forward to each and every post! Happy Thanksgibing, Kelly!

Colleen - November 18, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Such sweet memories!! That’s really what it’s all about isn’t it? Thanks for sharing yours. Blessings to you and your family.

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - November 18, 2014 - 1:31 pm

Kelly, I loved the story about picking pecans for Christmas money! My siblings and I picked blackberries (well, truthfully, strawberries too) for extra money. I love all the nuts in the shell…that brings back memories of the holidays for me. My dad loved nuts and we always had some in a bowl to crack. I was just looking at Costco last night for nuts in the shell…none to be found! I will keep looking though. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Warmly, Gracia

L J - November 18, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Kelly, I had some misgivings at first about whether I’d like adding in the brown. foolish me! You’ve done it again and it is so inviting and warm. I love the touch of the brown pillows and the brown satin ribbon on the wreath. Way to go, girl. You inspire all of us and for that we are THANK-FULL.
BTW, for those who are searching for a red pedestal cake stand like yours. I found mine a few weeks ago at Cost Plus/World Markets (about $20).

Debbie w - November 18, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Love your home in all season! Would love to be the winner of this giveaway!

Yvonne Cannon - November 18, 2014 - 12:59 pm

I look forward to all your posts! Your home looks so warm and inviting! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Terry Ellen Cross - November 18, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Love your site, how inspiring!!! Will you share where you found that gorgeous wooden lamp, perfect!!!

Christa - November 18, 2014 - 12:28 pm

I love the stories about your childhood family traditions. Very sweet!

Sharon - November 18, 2014 - 12:18 pm

I love your home, it is always cozy and inviting. You know how to celebrate the seasons with subtle touches that seem natural and yet festive without being overwhelming. Thank you for sharong 🙂

Pamela G - November 18, 2014 - 12:10 pm

I love your blog and love seeing the way you decorate your home for the holidays!

Kayleigh O'Neal - November 18, 2014 - 11:59 am

Kelly, I loved reading about your Thanksgiving traditions growing up. I would so love a pecan tree in my yard! Your wreath looks beautiful – hopefully all the snow you’re bound to get leaves it alone. Ha ha

Ruth - November 18, 2014 - 11:55 am

Smiled upon spotting the Chit Chat cards (a.k.a. Table Topics) in your family room. A couple of years ago I got a deck for our family, for when our dinner table conversations became stale and predictable. My boys laughed scornfully when I brought them out, but we’ve always have the best time and the best discussions with them! We enjoyed ours so much, I gave them as Christmas presents to our neighbors. I recently sent a deck to college with my son, pointing out that it might provide a funny “ice breaker” with some of the ladies around the dorm, or be the basis for get-to-know-you activities among small groups of freshmen. Back home, I got them out the other night when we “empty nesters” got restless with our books. The cards really do stir up some fun conversations!
I love, love, LOVE your photos and your decorating sensibility, and appreciate so much the “armchair trips” to NC and other beautiful, soulful places.

Joy Cooper - November 18, 2014 - 11:41 am

I love your Thanksgiving decorations, especially the addition of nuts. It was always a big tradition in my family growing up to have bowls of nuts in front of the fire for cracking and enjoying. Would love to try the Williams Sonoma bread for my family this Thanksgiving. Thank you for offering this giveaway.

Robin - November 18, 2014 - 11:38 am

Beautiful Kelly!

Charlene - November 18, 2014 - 11:26 am

I know I say this every time I leave a comment, but I absolutely love your website. I check it daily and get excited when there is a new post! 🙂 Love the browns and reds – what a great combination for the holiday! Thanks so much for sharing your home with us!

Garden, Home and Party - November 18, 2014 - 11:23 am

Hi Kelly,
I love the brown and red theme. It’s so rich for this time of year and seems the perfect color combination to bridge the season between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love using nuts and with the leaves you’ve gathered, it’s picture perfect.
By the way, take my name out of the drawing, I was the lucky recipient of your generous giveaway last year…the Thanksgiving and Christmas Entertaining books. I was looking at the Thanksgiving book last evening for ideas and recipes and I wanted you to know how much I enjoy these two books. This is my favorite time of year and it’s fun to have such a great pair of reference books. Thank you!
I hope your prep for the big day goes smoothly. I’m already buying the dry goods…fresh items to be picked up next week. I’m so excited! 🙂

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - November 18, 2014 - 11:18 am

Kelly, your home is always so warm, cozy, and beautiful….I love that your wreath on the door can be taken from Fall to Christmas with just a few changes…beautiful…When I saw your silver bowl of nuts, it so reminded me of my childhood…my parents always had the bowl of nuts and the nutcracker out for the holidays..truthfully, I think that was the first thing that they put out…

Liz Piccione-Volger - November 18, 2014 - 11:17 am

Wow, great giveaway. And that pumpkin pecan cake from 2012 looks so yummy! Love how you do all your jars every season. And those pumpkin bowls from 2012 are adorable too! Thanks for the opportunity to win and all the work you do here. Its always a pleasure to visit!

Nan, Odessa, DE - November 18, 2014 - 11:17 am

You have done it again! Lovely. Thanks for having us over.
I would enjoy baking with that lovely pan, smelling the bread baking and sharing it with loved ones!

Continue doing what you do so well.

Who plays the piano?

Karen Krieger - November 18, 2014 - 11:16 am

Your house is absolutely stunning! I love all of your seasonal touches that make everything so inviting.
thank you for all the inspiration!

Rose L - November 18, 2014 - 10:57 am

Oh Kelly, I totally love the leaf bouquets in the silver pots. Just the right amount of glitz to go with the leaves. It makes everything feel so warm! With over a foot of snow, blown in to three and four foot drifts I’m having a hard time thinking about Thanksgiving and my mind just wanders away to Christmas 🙂 I adore that beautiful loaf pan and will order one for myself since I’m likely to win it from you (though I’m hoping I do). I have lots of fresh home grown pumpkin put up just for making delightful pumpkin recipes this fall and winter. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season together. Happy Thanksgiving!

Rose in Nebraska

Donna - November 18, 2014 - 10:57 am

Hi Kelly! Your home is so cozy and comfortable. I love that you have books everywhere. Thanks for doing this giveaway…it is perfect for the season!

Jan P - November 18, 2014 - 10:54 am

Really like your Thanksgiving decor – and glad to see you haven’t decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving. 🙂 I love natural elements when decorating.
Your home is very welcoming.

Lisa K - November 18, 2014 - 10:51 am

I love your relaxed way of decorating with things from nature for the Fall & Thanksgiving!

Grand - November 18, 2014 - 10:45 am

would love to have this beautiful pumpkin pan. I really enjoy your blog and your lovely home.

Debra - November 18, 2014 - 10:31 am

Ok, after just seeing this pretty fall post, I think I want to go a little “nutty” too. Love the brown and red, Kelly. There’s something to be said about your simplistic styling. I love that brown turkey as well atop your entry cabinet. Well, it is a 8 degree wake up this morning and I have to go out and run errands soon, but I think I would rather just gaze over your post a bit, especially the fireplace photo. So toasty! Oh, I am jealous, as we have a William Sonoma store not too far from us but not an outlet, I don’t think? Time to google, or hopefully win? What wonderful little treats for a giveaway.

Julie - November 18, 2014 - 10:13 am

Must use this recipe for the holidays. Would be excited to win the supplies.

Jill - November 18, 2014 - 10:06 am

I love hearing about other families traditions. Sounds like you have some wonderful memories.
The red and brown look nice together. I like your big turkey. I don’t think that I have any decorations that are specific to Thanksgiving. Hmmm…..

Wendy D. - November 18, 2014 - 9:59 am

I could not imagine decorating for fall without using leaves and nuts! Thank you for all the inspiration. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Dorene - November 18, 2014 - 9:57 am

love your home and the colors you decorate with, all my favorites. I feel like a stalker I have visited so many times for ideas

Amy O'Quinn - November 18, 2014 - 9:56 am

I love your ‘nutty and leafy’ fall decor. It’s beautiful, and the firelight just adds to the whole ambiance and cozy atmosphere of the family room! I grew up picking up pecans too (and still do). I think I got paid 10 cents a pound as a little girl! LOL We live in my late grandparents remodeled farmhouse next door to my parents, so now my children get to pick up pecans from all the very same (numerous) trees. A little funny…a few years ago one of my little boys asked for one of the specific pecan trees for Christmas! He wanted the Stuart by the barn all to himself, since those bring the best prices. 🙂 No go! All of my children know which trees are which (seedlings, Mayhans, Sumner, Stuart, Schley, etc.)and always make a beeline for the ones with the heaviest and best-selling nuts. Somehow our fragile and VERY lightweight Mayhans in the front yard always seem to be the last ones to get picked up. LOL
Great post…thanks for sharing!

Jere - November 18, 2014 - 9:47 am

I love the natural earthy feel to your home. It looks so welcoming and cozy.

kathy - November 18, 2014 - 9:43 am

My favorite things in this post are: #1 your story about pecans and using them in your decorating (I love decorating ideas with meaning), your wreath, the red and brown theme, the sheet music, and all of your books. (Josie, do you see how many Readers Digest Condensed books are on Kelly’s shelves? Will you shop there for me?) Do you go to the WS outlet in Dawsonville, Kelly? I love that place! Thanks for more inspiration!

Sue - November 18, 2014 - 9:32 am

However do you leave for work Kelly? Your house is so cozy, I would sit all day in front of that fire with a good Mitford book;-)

Jill - November 18, 2014 - 9:29 am

Hi Kelly! Really enjoy your photos, we have very similar tastes I believe 🙂 I too love Williams Sonoma anything, pumpkin anything this time of year is delicious. Thanks for the give away & Happy Thanksgiving!

Laurie Cordeniz - November 18, 2014 - 9:29 am

Hi Kelly, Great blog! Always excited when I see you in my in box. Your home always looks festive for the seasons…love your natural touch and glad to see that someone else puts nuts out at the holidays…you must be an old soul as well like me. Thanks for the chance for the WS pumpkin mold. Fingers crossed!

Talia - November 18, 2014 - 9:28 am

Your house is positively charming. I would never leave! 🙂 You always decorate it so tastefully, yet it always looks inviting and cozy. Beautiful work!

Hoping your Thanksgiving is filled with yummy food and surrounded by those you love most.

Libby - November 18, 2014 - 9:21 am

I so enjoy your blog Kelly. I find tons of inspiration here. And your home is beautiful! What a super nice give away. Love pumpkin anything this time of year. Pick me!

Kay Carver - November 18, 2014 - 9:19 am

I just love everything you do! You love what you do, and it shows! I just don’t know where you find the time to accomplish it all.

Barbara (WA) - November 18, 2014 - 9:16 am

Brown & red looks great – so smart for the transition to Christmas! I put out a few of my autumn pumpkins (ceramic, fabric, wood) in late September despite the chaos with all the Spare Oom stuff in the living room. My bins of Christmas things are among the chaos and since I broke my wrist (!!!) I am going to leave those bins where they are. Once I do a bit of Christmas decorating I’ll have hubby tuck them away.

Heather - November 18, 2014 - 9:05 am

Love, love, love your house inside and out, and I love, love, love pumpkin!

Brenda - November 18, 2014 - 9:05 am

I may have to go nutty too! I love the looks of the nuts displayed in the jars, and your memories of picking up pecans and raking leaves are very sweet.

Your home is very welcoming.

Cindy - November 18, 2014 - 9:04 am

Your decorating is so warm and inviting! Love all the brown pumpkins…where did you find those? I don’t do orange so I am always looking for different colored pumpkins I can use.
Would love to win, love anything pumpkin.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Joan - November 18, 2014 - 8:48 am

Your home looks so warm and cozy, and I especially love your wreath. Thanks for the lovely giveaway- I’ve made pumpkin bars with the Muirhead Pumpkin Butter before- yum!

kathy - November 18, 2014 - 8:46 am

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kathy - November 18, 2014 - 8:46 am

I love the wall of photos of your kids!

Thanks for the giveaway! -Kathy

Karen - November 18, 2014 - 8:27 am

Wishing you a blessed and thankful holiday! Your home is simply stunning, I’ve, “borrowed,” several of your ideas!

Patty in Michigan - November 18, 2014 - 8:26 am

Kelly, your home looks beautiful. Love all the different nuts. My grandmother always had nuts in a large bowl on the table during the holidays. I love this giveaway. I think my pumpkin bread that I make would come out beautiful in that loaf pan!! Have a great day!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - November 18, 2014 - 8:20 am

Your home looks so beautiful and I love your pretty photos. The one of the fireplace and cozy fire is stunning. Love the story of the nuts and what a great decorating tip too, they look like the holidays to me too. Love the bread pan and mix, what a lovely gift.

Katrina - November 18, 2014 - 8:19 am

You always do such clever decorations! Love the brown but I must say, you make every color you accent with look great! The glow from your fire just makes those pictures even more inviting.
17 degrees in the mountains of NC!! Brrrr……

Judy Miller - November 18, 2014 - 8:18 am

Oh Kelly, I can smell the pumpkin bread now!!!! I so much enjoy seeing you add nuts to your fall décor. I like the color choices too. I once kept a black cast iron pot by the wood burning fireplace filled with nuts. Guess would sit on the hearth, crack the nuts and throw the hulls in the fire. Those days are long gone since all I have now are gas logs but I do miss those days. From what I see you are well ahead of the game….I need to get busy or the holidays are going to be here and gone before I get started!! LOL Happy Holidays to you and yours!! Judy

Barbara Hinske - November 18, 2014 - 8:14 am

Everything looks lovely! So warm and cozy. I like decorating with nuts, too. They’re sort of architectural — very pleasing. Happy Thanksgiving!

Ann - November 18, 2014 - 8:08 am

I have a lot of red in my house because it is my favorite color. I would have never thought of mixing it with brown. Thanks for the idea!!

Lynne - November 18, 2014 - 8:02 am

We grew up in an old farmhouse with pecan trees in the yard. I think there were about 13 trees. We used to pick up the pecans and my Daddy would sell them. I enjoyed this decorating post on nuts and love the red and brown colors used for Thanksgiving. It is different and cozy.

Karinm - November 18, 2014 - 8:00 am

Love the Thanksgiving décor. Never thought about using nuts in my fall décor. Looking forward to photos from your workroom.

Sherry - November 18, 2014 - 7:56 am

I just love and enjoy your home! And the nuts and leaves are right down my alley! Love it! The give a way looks awesome! Thank you.

Gail - November 18, 2014 - 7:54 am

Hi Kelly: Your home looks like the most inviting place to curl up in during the beginning of the most hectic time of the year. Love the wreath; how very versatile! It is giving me the idea of hauling out my two Christmas wreaths and redoing them for each holiday. Thank you for that one:-) Enjoy your wonderful home and family during this season and thank you for sharing it all with us! Blessings!

Julie - November 18, 2014 - 7:52 am

Please pardon my typo above. It was supposed to say:
“I have been reading your blog for awhile NOW.”

Robin Nikkel - November 18, 2014 - 7:52 am

Your house looks very cozy Kelly. I love the leaf arrangements. They look like real leaves. How do you get them all arranged so well? I think I might try it myself this year. Thanks for the idea.

Julie - November 18, 2014 - 7:51 am

I have been reading your blog for awhile not, but have never commented before. Your home is beautiful. I love the fireplace! I really enjoy scrolling through your photos as I have my morning cup of tea. 🙂

Linda - November 18, 2014 - 7:33 am

I’ve recently purchased some food from WS and have been impressed. The cranberry relish is a must try! BTW, love how cozy your house looks.:)

Arlene@Nanaland - November 18, 2014 - 7:32 am

I really like how you pick two colors to focus on each holiday. That is an idea that I plan to steal!! Pecans…how I remember “black” fingers from shelling those delish nuts. No pecan pies without that little chore. Growing up, my dad and his brother, father and nephews went hunting while the ladies got the meal together. And I do remember watching the Macy’s parade. NYC seemed to be in a galaxy far away from Northwest Georgia!! Love all your photos as usual Kelly!!

Amy Mac - November 18, 2014 - 7:29 am

The “We Gather Together” sheet music is a stroke of genius!! I’ll be singing it all day (which is good … it’s one of my favorite hymns!)

Sharon - November 18, 2014 - 7:17 am

I love the red and brown color combination. Your “nutty” theme is so simple and seasonal. I so look forward to seeing how you decorate your home each season. It is beautiful and comfortable.

Tracy S - November 18, 2014 - 7:10 am

Your home is so inviting and beautifully decorated.

DeAnne - November 18, 2014 - 6:54 am

I always save photos of your different rooms in your home—for my dream home one day. Every time you decorated something, it is exactly like I would want to do, I just can’t come up with it on my own. You are definitely talented!

Carolyn Smith - November 18, 2014 - 6:50 am

Love your Thansgiving decorating. It is my one of my favorite blessings , a time to reflect on family, friends and so much more.

Janej - November 18, 2014 - 6:48 am

Always enjoy your post thanks

Paige Dalton - November 18, 2014 - 6:17 am

I love all your red and brown in the house Aunt Kelly, and really love the idea of a fire burning in the fireplace. I would love to be sitting in front of that fireplace with a good book on this cold day!!!

Emily - November 18, 2014 - 6:05 am

Kelly, your house looks wonderful with the combination of red and brown. Love the use of nuts in your canisters. Of course, love pumpkin! I grew them this year and have harvested three for our pumpkin pies. Bought some pie plates yesterday. They are red!

Take care.

Barbara Barnes - November 18, 2014 - 5:58 am

Your home is always my continued favorite…I absolutely love the way you decorate your home

Velia - November 18, 2014 - 5:39 am

Kelly, what a lovely and welcoming home you have. Like you, I also have fond memories of pecan picking in my youth and being tasked with the raking of leaves. I will have to remember to display more nuts around my house next Autumn. Blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving.

Carole - November 18, 2014 - 5:22 am

First time commenting here but the giveaway inspired me. Your house looks beautiful decorated for Thanksgiving. I’d love to sit in the chair by the fair and have a cup of coffee with you!

Sheena - November 18, 2014 - 5:08 am

Thanks for offering this giveaway, Kelly. I love Williams-Sonoma’s breads and products. Your house is so cozy and warm. Thanks for sharing your great decorating ideas.

Anne Boykin - November 18, 2014 - 4:57 am

Hi Kelly, your room looks so good by the fire’s glow. Thanks for the give away!

Frances in England - November 18, 2014 - 4:05 am

Your house looks so cosy and welcoming, especially with that fire going.

It isn’t really cold enough here for fires yet (this is very unusual) – though we have just woken up to the first hard frost of the season, so maybe winter has decided to arrive now…

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