Sunday, November 1, 2020

Thankful for our Small Home!

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Thankful for our small home!

As we age, we are in our 70's now, I'm really thankful for our smaller home. It's a bit short of 1400 square feet. We happily raised two boys here, I ran my business from here, and occasionally it felt small. With the large basement, someone could always escape. 


This year, I am wondering if we will have a Thanksgiving. I skipped decorating for Halloween this year, but we put out candy for the Trick or Treaters. Since Fall is my favorite time of year, I decided to be thankful and decorate for Thanksgiving anyway.


Hand-painted porcelain platter with pears/ and gold trim. Perfect for a Fall display. The transfer ware pitcher was my mom's favorite. 

Will we be gathered around the dining table or not? We will have to wait and see.

Thanksgiving has always meant FAMILY here, mixed with deer hunting (up North) and Football. Seriously, the small TV in my kitchen dining area, is there simply for Football on holidays. Less the sound, the boys can still see their games while we have a civilized meal.


Normally, I plan on serving desserts, pies, punch, and beverages from this buffet in our living room. This year 

I've decorated with larger pieces. Because, I know there won't be the usual dessert bar here. At the most we will be 8, if we gather, buffet style and spread out about the house.


I brought in a blooming Mandilla pot which was companion planted with a burgundy Sweet Potato Vine. The vine was frost nipped and has a bit of gold on its leaves now. I stuck a large rustic fruit/grape branch in the planter and set it in a large Aesthetic transfer ware bowl. We will see how long it lasts. 

I have lights behind, which casts a warm glow off the 1920's mirror from my grandmother's attic in the evenings or on cloudy days. 

Hubby bought the Pilgrims and the resin turkey a few years ago...perfect colors for our room and this holiday month. 

The rest of the decor sits on a thrift store runner. Fresh Pumpkins and gourds and the Pilgrims 


Here you can see the lights reflected in the mirror.

In the darkest corner, a piece of my mom's (broken)Staffordshire.  She would buy chipped or damaged pieces if she couldn't afford the perfect piece. 
I always smile at this, knowing it was bought with 'sugar bowl' money saved from being frugal. 


Staffordshire with a faux leave arch.

Most of our really good antiques are family heirlooms, like this brass plate with the noses rubbed off from polishing. This piece dates late 18th century.

Another treasure are family pieces of 

P.Ibsens Enke, from Norrebo, Denmark from the beginning of the 20th century. The matte glaze was created in the early 1900's and used extensively by fine artists working in the Ibsen potteries. Even Georg Jensen designed and worked there. Enke stands for widow, Louise, wife of artist/designer Peder Ibsen. Louise and her son, Berthel continued the company until the 1950's after her husband's death in 1860. Yes, it is a very old company.


As a potter/artist, I totally appreciate the design and especially the glazes on these stoneware pieces. And, they are treasured.


Hope you enjoyed our little tour...
And, Stay safe!

Do you use treasured pieces for Thanksgiving?