15 Ways to Decorate Your Home for Thanksgiving

a cozy Thanksgiving nook
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    Warm Amber Glass

    Lucy Akins at Craftberry Bush dressed a fireplace mantel with a collection of warm autumnal amber glass in the form of a bulbous vase and votive candles to create a warm understated Thanksgiving feel. If you don't have a fireplace, recreate the look on a coffee table, floating shelf or guest bathroom counter for a festive autumnal glow. This look works best with a mix of shapes and sizes, and don't hesitate to pair vintage and contemporary glass.

     

     

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    Moody Florals

    Cheetah Is the New Black embraced the power of dark florals to create a sophisticated Thanksgiving table. A white tablecloth, black plates, a mix of white and black candles in brass candlesticks and an artful floral centerpiece with hints of pink and purple creates a moody, gorgeous, decidedly grown up holiday table perfect for Friendsgiving.

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    Work That Thanksgiving Vibe

    Thanksgiving decor need not be limited to the dining room or front porch, as demonstrated by this glamorously festive home office from Joan Berman of 2 Ladies & A Chair, decked out with a pumpkin perched on the rug (real or velvet renditions would work equally well here) and ceramic and metallic pumpkin accessories perched on the desk. It's a seasonal nod to fall and Thanksgiving that can keep the festive vibes rolling until Christmas.

     

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    Copper Accents, Terracotta Dishware and Dried Flowers

    Lucy Akins at Craftberry Bush created a gleaming Thanksgiving table setting with copper accents, earthy terracotta dishware and dried flowers. Brass candlesticks and an effortless table runner made with eucalyptus leaves and fresh pears creates a festive ambiance that sets an inviting and beautiful stage for a memorable meal with family and friends.

     

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    Chic Neutrals

    Thanksgiving gets a chic monochromatic makeover with this neutral table setting from Amanda Saiontz Gluck of Fashionable Hostess. A mix of real and faux white pumpkins, white and gray dishes and glassware and white linens is sophisticated and festive. Fresh eucalyptus branches strewn down the middle of the table prevents the white-and-gray palette from feeling cold.

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    Mini Pumpkins Under a Glass Cloche

    This colorful mantel display from Lucy Akins at Craftberry Bush is as easy as some mini pumpkins piled into glass cloches alongside pussy willow branches in a clear vase, with some stacked white paperbacks to fill in the negative space. It's a cheery, achievable way to add traditional Thanksgiving cheer to even the most contemporary of spaces.

     

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    Organic Modern Farmhouse

    For Thanksgiving, Cassandra LaValle of Coco Kelley dressed her farmhouse table with organic modern elevated terracotta planters filled with dried flowers, with plenty of room to add seasonal holiday products like mini corn and pomegranates to create a "modern cornucopia." Cork coasters, mismatched silver flatware and simple linens add to the "slightly Swedish farmhouse vibe," she says. "This table is proof that things don't have to be expensive or fussy to be beautiful, and that feels like a true expression of what this holiday is all about."

     

     

     

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    Gratitude Tree

    This gratitude tree from The House That Lars Built is a pretty DIY seasonal display that allows family and friends to note what they are grateful for on colorful paper leaves attached to a vase of bare branches.

     

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    Pampas Grass Centerpiece

    A dramatic centerpiece made from a generous bunch of pampas grass was the start of this golden Thanksgiving table design from Ashley at Modern Glam. She completed the look by adding her mother's vintage glasses, plates with a turkey design, glittering golden pears and votive candles.

     

     

     

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    Rustic Dessert Bar

    An adorable nature-inspired dessert bar from Eden at Sugar and Charm includes rustic wooden DIY cake stands and a dessert menu tied to a tree branch with twine and hung on the wall. If you don't have the time or desire to make your own cake stands, channel a natural aesthetic by using baskets, bowls and platters made from wood or rattan.

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    Shocking Red Berries

    Thanksgiving table with berries and pumpkins.
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    Sometimes all you need to create a festive holiday atmosphere is a tall vase full of towering branches, like the simply gorgeous centerpiece of vibrant energizing red berries that is the star of this Thanksgiving table. Add in some complementary crystal glassware, autumnal table linens, leaves, pumpkins and kumquats scattered on the white tablecloth to create a casually inviting holiday table that will put a smile on everyone's face.

     

     

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    A Small Space Thanksgiving Shrine

    a rustic fall faux mantel
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    If you live in a small space, you can still create a modern minimalist shrine to the holiday of gratitude by decorating a floating shelf with an assortment of mini pumpkins. Add votive candles to amp up the hygge vibes. If you aren't hosting Thanksgiving, think about hanging a wreath or a seasonal garland in an unexpected place—the back of a door, an empty spot in a hallway, from a hanging light fixture or chandelier—to remind you to celebrate the joys of the season.

     

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    Dessert Station

    Thanksgiving sidetable.
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    In the run-up to Thanksgiving, decorate a sideboard with cake stands and plates in varying heights and styles with a variety of pumpkins. You can swap in real desserts and any extra pies brought by guests when the day arrives. And once Thanksgiving is over, you can repurpose the same arrangement of cake stands, platters and vessels to showcase the impending joys of Christmas.

     

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    Al Fresco Table Setting

    Outdoor Thanksgiving table.
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    If you're celebrating Thanksgiving in a mild climate, take the party outdoors. This sophisticated fall harvest table is decorated with architectural flower arrangements in earthy fall colors that bring an indoor elegance to the outdoors with simple tableware and glasses that keep the focus on the wine and food.

     

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    Embrace Tradition

    Traditional Thanksgiving table setting.
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    In the same way that many Americans faithfully recreate the same Thanksgiving menu every year in the name of tradition, there's no imperative to chase trends or reinvent the wheel every time with Thanksgiving home decor. In turbulent times there is a certain comfort and beauty in keeping it classic and focusing on the timelessness of the holiday and the good fortune of having enough. A linen tablecloth, crystal glassware and an antique candle holder filled with with tapered candles is a holiday table setting for the ages that never goes out of style.