How to Avoid Politics at your Thanksgiving Table...

Thanksgiving is my favorite. 
I love celebrating Christmas as well, but let's be honest...Thanksgiving tends to be 
all the good of the holidays without as much stress. 

You may have noticed this is an election year. Yikes. You've got family gathering around your table but you're a tiny bit worried where the conversation may go. I have a solution for you! 

Distract them with your table.

Here are 8 very simple ways to take your table up a notch and 
distract your guests with beauty. ;)

1) Paint your pumpkins and stack them down the table. Get out your spray paint or craft paint and make the magic happen. It's unexpected and beautiful!
casa de perrin

2) Garland. You and I both know the stores are already busting out garland and Christmas decor. Simply drape the garland down the center of your table, add candlesticks from your drawer,
 & you've got drama.
Elle Decor

3) Bring the outdoors in. Anything in mass bundles has a clean, modern affect. 
Stick to one color, one texture, and call it good. Very simple! 
Elle Decor

 4) Mix fruit in with your greens. I used this method in my Friendsgiving centerpiece, but I also love this example. You could use green apples, brown pears, or even write a beautiful phrase on them to remind your guests why they're together.

5) Add herbs, not only to your dressing but to your table! They smell beautiful and anything organic adds a beautiful texture. Just keep your candles unscented otherwise
 the smell of your candles will argue with the food. 
Lemon Tree Dwelling

6) Snip a piece of your garland from the center of the table and add a little fancy to your napkins. 

7) Print off your menu. If you are hosting you've already made a list of the groceries needed. And I'm guessing you've got the menu somewhere even if it's on a post-it note. All you have to do is type that menu into your computer and print it off! If you really want to go crazy, add a fancy font. Your guests will love it. Shock and awe, people. Shock and awe.
Tending the Table

 8) Conversation cards. Yellow Bliss Road  created these lovely conversation cards. This is sure to keep the adult conversation on track. They're free. Just print and cut. 
Yellow Bliss Road

If all of these options feel overwhelming to you, just hop on Etsy and order this glittery banner
If nothing else it will make people laugh. 
Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? 
Will you try any of these methods to dress your table? 


Camera Ready Interiors

I'm thrilled to be joining 23 other bloggers to give credit where credit is due: our photographers. 
We are highlighting the people whose craft makes our work shine. 
I'm greatful to Jana Bek for putting this talented group together! 

If you've ever snapped a few photos with your phone of any space in your home, you realize that it never looks the same as it does in person. There's just something that happens between what I see and what happens through the lens that doesn't match up.

Thankfully I had the pleasure of meeting 
Ashley Avila, of Ashley Avila Photography

Over the years architectural photography has become a big part of my business as well. I love working with architects/builders/designers to showcase their creation and bring it to life visually. I understand your project becomes your life in a sense and it is my  goal to show the world how you see it through your eyes. You created this masterpiece and now it is time to document it and give it a voice. Whether it is a new build, a remodel or a one room renovation; I will take the time to capture it in the way you wish the world to see it. By capturing images that highlight the details that set it apart from the rest of the block. ~Ashley Avila 

Ashley works magic. Really.

We live in Michigan, where unless it's summer, the weather is gray most days. This makes it incredibly difficult to capture interior photos, because lighting is everything.

But Ashley Avila brings her lighting, sets it all up, and works hard to make it look bright instead of dreary. She went so far as to climb in the tub and stand on a chair to get the perfect shot.

 This photo amazes me, because I was there and know that the sunlight was not hitting these cabinets perfectly. But this lighting? Ideal. Ashley nailed it.

I truly enjoy when I can collaborate with a talented woman like Ashley and see my work through her eyes. This photo below OF TOWELS, which shouldn't technically be a big deal, is one of my most pinned images. This is because of Ashley's creative eye

 Behind any successful designer is a wonderful photographer. Cheesy? Yes. But their photos of our work highlight the spaces at their best. Thank you, Ashley! Please take a moment to check out 
Ashley Avila Photography, along with the other artists linked below. You can see more at #camerareadyinteriors on social media. Let's show our photographers love today.


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