By Kathy Wilson
Thanksgiving is a special time in my house. It reminds us to take time out of
our busy lives and remember how very thankful we truly are for the blessings of
family. It is also a gateway for the busy, (and sometimes expensive!) holiday
season! So here are some great ideas to bump up the autumn splendor in your
home, while saving that spending money for other things!
1.Set a backdrop for your Thanksgiving celebrations! Layer fabrics on windows
and tables, bring out the area rugs (you can layer them too!) and switch out
some of your more summery accessories for things with rich colors and feel.
This doesn’t have to be expensive…visit your own linen closet for quilts and
sheets that can be pressed into service, or take a trip to your local thrift
store to check out what they might have there! Make pretty no sew placemats
from warm colors of fleece. Call up a few friends, and see if they have linens
or accessories to trade! Make an afternoon tea out of it!
2.Invest in a package or two of silk fall leaves. They only cost a couple of
dollars at the discount store, so use them as lavishly as your budget allows!
Tuck them behind picture frames, sprinkle them on tabletops, even pin them to
your guest towels! Nothing brings that warmth to a home more than fall’s
3.Rearrange your family living areas. Think about how redirecting your seating
arrangements might create conversational areas, and warm up the look of a room.
Try the sofa on a diagonal, or use the loveseat at the dining table. Move
a rarely used chair to a corner and add some throws and pillows for a reading
spot. A new view can be charming and fresh, and who knows, maybe you actually
will get around to that book!
4.Create a little snack or breakfast table in a corner of your kitchen with a
cheap card table and some layered linens. Accessorize it with a basket of
apples, and keep a place setting or two always set for that impromptu hot cider
with your spouse or kids. These touches add warmth whether we use them or not,
just knowing they are there for us!
5.Finally, make ordinary moments special times of Thanksgiving! Serve Monday
night burgers on your best china, set a vase of fall flowers out at breakfast,
or visit a farmers market and display your finds in pretty baskets from the
dollar shop. Tie fall ribbon on the backs of dining chairs, around throw
pillows or guest towels. Use dry erase marker to write inspirational messages
on the bathroom mirrors for your kids and for your guests!
Use these great ideas for your home today, and find out how thankful your loved
ones are that you cared enough to make their home as special as can be…without
spending more than
you need to!
Author, Editor, Consultant
Kathy Wilson is an author, columnist, and editor of The Budget Decorator. For
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