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Sunday, November 7, 2010


I’m getting rid of the ghosts ... witches and jack-o-lanterns too.  This is what one end of my kitchen island looked like last week.
hween vignt It now hosts pilgrim salt and pepper shakers and other Thanksgiving decor.  (Yes, this is my current blog header, but you don’t remember that you just saw that, right?).
 Last week, I showed you a table in our family room that looked like this.
full tbl top last wk
Now, it looks like this (well, not exactly like this, since I played around with the paint in Photoscape for this picture).
TBLTOP PNTNG My gardener, carrying the season’s  bounty, was added along with a mirrored tray.  (Nothing stays the same for very long around my house!)
On the other side of the fireplace, this dresser top (yep, I have a dresser in the family room!) has changed from Halloween decor to Thanksgiving decor.drsr topBefores and Afters” are shown below.
cloche-lmp chngs
drsr mos
The fireplace is between these two table tops, and since I’m afraid you might not have ever seen my fireplace (LOL!), I am showing you the wall with these table tops.
whole wall
I do not have a “before” of the next picture, because there is no such thing.  Our dog dislikes having her picture made as much as I dislike having mine made.  When she sees the camera, she takes off running, unless there is a fire in the fireplace.  Since it was finally cool enough to light a fire, I’d like to introduce you to our fireplace lover, Elsie.
lc thnkg She is wearing her orange collar for a fashionable Fall look.
I am linking this post to:
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch,
MM[1][1] (2)
Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life,
and Before and After at Savvy Southern Style.
 ssss-1[1] Be sure you go visit these lovely hostesses to see all of the changes around Blogville this week.
Thank you so much for stopping by to see my little changes.  I love my blog visitors!  laurie


Sarah said...

You are really on top of things. Not only do you have your Thanksgiving decor out, you've got photos to share.
It all looks great. Love the photoshop shots.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

You amaze me Laurie over and over!
What charming and lovely Thanksgiving decor!
Are you sure your not related to the energizer bunny?
I am in awe of your energy!

Kat said...

Love all of your fall decor, especially the mantle. It's beautiful. Your home looks so warm and inviting. And Elsie is a cutie! Kat

we three dogs and me said...

Love your displays. I like your mantle. Thinking about makeing fake fireplace as I can't have a real one. They have electric ones. what do you think?

xinex said...

I love the changes, Laurie. Pretty vignettes and your dog is so cute!...Christine

Debbie said...

I love your displays and tabletops. Thanksgiving is my ultimate FAVORITE holiday.

My favorite is that awesome fireplace wall!!!! (Excitable, aren't I?)As if the fireplace and mantel were not stunning on their own, showcased by the walls, it's just beautiful.

Happy Thanksgiving season, Laurie!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Do you really change the dog's color for the seasons....I must really be out of it! Your new vignettes look great!

Sussi said...

Your fireplace is beautiful as is your precious Elsie.

Shelia said...

Hi Laurie. I love your Thanksgiving displays!! I still want to come live with you! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good morning my dear Laurie...Girl I really don't know how you can sleep with the BOSS and still do all these beautiful things..I bet your grands just love coming to your home..Hey I'm up for adoption ha ha!! Love ya girl...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

ellen b. said...

Your home looks like a grand retreat for Thanksgiving! Love the coziness!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks great - You did good!
Elsie - I don't like my picture taken either. :-D
Have a great week.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love your changes and all the warmth in the home right now. Thanksgiving is such a great time and not to be rushed. Your sweet doggie is a cutie!

Olive Cooper said...

So pretty Laurie. Where do find your boundless energy?

lvroftiques said...

Ummm big fat green bag of envy here much?? *winks* You betcha!! This room just kills me. It has since I first saw it.....I wish it was mine *sniffle snort* Vanna
PS Elsie is the sweetest! Please give her some puppy loves for me.

Betty said...

You really have a lovely home.

Ann said...

your mantle is gorgeous! and I love the horn of plenty print!

Kim said...

I love your little pilgrims and all of your other Thanksgiving touches. I've never seen your room before--just gorgeous!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love, love, love what you have done! You are truly an artist when it comes to decorating. I adore each and every piece you own. It is always so much fun to visit with you.

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Love your changes Laurie! Looks so festive!

Kathleen said...

Amazing! It looks fabulous all decked out in Fall finery, friend!
I am skipping Fall, saving my energy for Christmas!

Marlis said...

Beautiful. Your fireplace wall is perfect. I love the idea of stacking the stands and then topping them off with a cloche! Love dropping in.. it's a treat. Thanks for stopping by today.

Linda in AZ * said...

* Laurie, how fun all this is!!! Annnnd, I never KNEW you had an ELSIE... she is absolutely TOOOO PRECIOUS!!!!!!! (I wish so much she and Belle could meet n' run n' romp, don't you?)...

Big hugs,
Linda in AZ *
(AKA: Mom of a German Shorthair)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Laurie, Everything is so beautiful. I love your fall decor and the mantel is gorgeous! Elsie is adorable.
Hugs, Sherry

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Laurie, everything has some serious drool power. GORGEOUS. I love it all. Of course you know that I am loving all of the cloches, and the tiered display with the cloche on top is just unreal. Your home is so pretty and I would love to curl up by that fire too and just take it all in. Thanks so much for the beautiful inspiration and for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

mississippi artist said...

Love all of your fall vignettes. I am glad I am not the only one who decorates the dogs for the seasons.

Karen said...

loved looking :) You made me said though - I remembered I had a set of salt & pepper shakers just like those (pilgrim boy & girl) and I guess I got rid of them in a move! :( I had not thought of them until the picture popped up. I absolutely love your mantel & fireplace. So cozy! Joining you at Marty's.

Myrna said...

Hiya Laurie~ oh my, but your fall vignettes are so beautiful! And your family room is so warm and cozy and inviting! I had the opposite effect with my dog..Winston WANTED to be in the how could I resist!!
Blessings to you!

Jacqueline said...

That is such a charming use of the stacked cake platters. The fireplace is wonderful. I won't be decorating that for Fall as we are gone for Thanksgiving, so I am doing just a little.

Love the fashionable collar. Dogs who have it all!

Sailing Simply said...

I love how you decorated your fireplace. It is just gorgeous! I also love your tiered cake plates with pumpkins and the indian figurine in the canoe. Everything looks so festive!

Sharing with Sherri said...

L A U R I E! O my gosh! Your fireplace mantel is decorated sooo gorgeously! I don't think I've ever had a look at this room before! You've done a beautiful job with it! I love that gorgeous tall ceramic vase on the hearth too!! it ALL looks so warm and inviting!

So are you putting on the Thanksgiving dinner at your house this year?! I'll bet you are, you are such a Superwoman!

Love and hugs,

KarenHarveyCox said...

What a cozy home you have Laurie. I love your family room. Always filled with inspiration, I love your cozy corners.

The Tablescaper said...

wow! That is a lot of Thanksgiving decos. Each looks so interesting and collected with time and love. I love how you change it all about each season - but I'm not sure where you get all of the energy to do it!

- The Tablescaper

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Gosh -- you're always at least five steps ahead of me! Love your Thanksgiving pilgrims among the pumpkins -- thanks for your sweet visit.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Laurie, I love your family room. It is so pretty and warm and cozy, too. I love your vignette changes. Thanks so much for joining my party.

Entertaining Women said...

Great job on your fall touches. The tiered vignette with the cloche on top is outstanding. I'm thinking that I have to try a version of that one! Your fireplace is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing a slice of your Fall Homescape. Cherry Kay

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Laurie~
Wow!!! Your fireplace and living room are incredible! What a beautiful space you have to decorate and relax in!! I love the cloche's in your post and all the pretty decorations you added! Very warm and inviting! :)

Bill said...

I really like your new header, Laurie! And the display looks wonderful in your kitchen. Everything you shared here looks great -- warm and festive! I think a dresser in the family room is a fantastic idea (display area with storage drawers!).

Hope the rest of your week goes well.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Everything looks right out of a decorating magazine! Just lovely! I love the beautiful your banner! Wow! ♥

artis1111 said...

Love all the fall things. I know you are eager to get your Christmas things up. I am still doing an area at a time. It is going to be so much fun this year. I want some turkey on T day first. Kathy

Ginger said...

Laurie your home looks beautiful. I love seeing the pictures every time I visit your blog. Makes me want to move in with you. lol.
Elsie is a sweet looking gal.

Elisabeth said...

What lovely accents for the Thanksgiving season. I especially liked "The Gardener".

Your pictures give me inspiration to keep mixing things up at my place.