thanksgiving Posts

Happy Thanksgiving From Balance Design!

By: Stephanie Andrews

Photo courtesy of Jason Peterson.

Photo courtesy of Jason Peterson.

After an emotional election leading into the holiday season, I feel encouraged to reach out to our readers, clients, family, and friends for Thanksgiving. I feel very connected to this holiday because of my role as an interior designer, creating homes that are warm, inviting, and full of life. I encourage everyone to take some time away from the hustle of 2016 news, politics, business, and uncertainty to truly breathe and enjoy the traditions of this holiday.

This black and white photograph by Jason Peterson celebrates just that. His Instagram is filled with images that are both powerful and soothing. He portrays hope in a time of uncertainty. Looking at this image, we can remember our roots, our heritage, the meaning of Thanksgiving, and our responsibilities as citizens of our beautiful country.

4 Easy, Modern Ideas For Your Thanksgiving Table.

By: Stephanie Andrews

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and this year, after an unexpected turn of events that has my in-laws flying out to California, I find myself hosting the dinner for friends and family. This is a first. I must confess that when it comes to cooking, my husband Ed is the star of the show, which means I get to do what I do best: make things look beautiful! My main focus? The table, of course.

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Photo courtesy of Free to Be Lea.

Just a simple draping of branches and herbs in the center of the table. Add a few votive candles and you have an effortlessly elegant arrangement.

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Photo courtesy of Decor Advisor.

Update that tired cornucopia with a fresh paint job and vibrant fruits and veggies. Maybe a deep grey with pomegranates and eggplants for a richer, more sophisticated look?

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Photo courtesy of HGTV.

Let’s not forget those vintage pieces that are laying around. Fill an old dough trough, bowl, or tray with bright apples, acorn squash, pinecones, and artichokes to celebrate the bounty of fall. And don’t forget a few flowering branches! (Check out Candler Park Flowers for unique options.)

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Photo courtesy of Decoist.

Don’t you just love the simplicity of this twine, pumpkin, and wood arrangement? The neutral palette keeps the setting fresh and uncluttered.

Keep things simple this Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season. This helps me remember the real reason for holidays: enjoy my family, appreciate their uniqueness (and try not to kill them), and count my many, many blessings.

Holiday Siesta

By: Kate Donnelly

Between traveling, food prep, and that double whammy of tryptophan and red wine, Thanksgiving can be exhausting. Once the pie has been eaten and the dishes cleaned, we are all ready for a little turkey-induced coma.

We found some very comfy pieces to retire to after Thanksgiving indulgence. So put up your feet, drown out your crazy relatives, and take a well deserved nap on one of these finds:

nap1We love love the bohemian vibe of this Roche Bobois Sofa designed by Hans Hopfer. The low profile and wide cushions make it great for sitting, laying, or lounging. With room enough for the whole family!

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After an evening full of family rhetoric, many of us will feel like fainting. Hopefully there is a stunning antique fainting couch like this one somewhere close by.

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It’s a bean bag, it’s a hammock…no, it’s a Beanock! For grown ups and kids alike, the Le Beanock brings comfort and fun. I think this looks like the perfect place to cuddle up for some Z’s.

nap4One look at the dreamy Enignum Canopy Bed already has us in a trance. With it’s organic curved wood and flowing canopy, this bed whispers instant relaxation.