I love Thanksgiving. We host the dinner at our house, and I love having friends and family around.
The more, the merrier is our motto so we need a big space for dinner. We set the dining room up as the buffet and everyone eats out on our patio. (Fortunately, Southern California weather usually allows us to do this.) I love to do something big and spectacular as far as centerpieces and tablescapes go.
I do my best to create an outdoor room, and to change it up a bit each year. A few years ago I told Handsome Hubby that I wanted a hanging centerpiece… basically a floating shelf. This is what he made for me, and it was pretty much what I had pictured in my head. (I love it when that happens.)
I love the rusticity of the wood and the rope when paired with the shimmer of the candlelight and the ribbon. Everything else? Clippings from the hedges and trees in our yard and pine cones gathered on a hike. Practically free. Yay. (Then a simple runner of tulle, candles and fresh pears. Simple is good.)
It was very easy to make.
You can use whatever size board you want. The base of this is about 18 inches wide by 7 feet long. I can’t remember if this was built to specific measurements I gave HH, or if this is what he had on hand. Either way… Once the base is cut, frame it out with 1 x 2 and then add a bit of decorative trim. Stain it or paint it. (Or don’t. It’s up to you.) Put an eye hook in each corner for hanging. We added them in the middle for added stability because it was so long.
It looked very pretty at night too. (Forgive the blurry shots. These photos are from 2007.)
I’m going to use this again this Thanksgiving and incorporate these green, blinged out pumpkins.
I’ll show you how it turned out later this week.
Leshia @ Southern Chic Love says
My utility room is definitely the room that needs the makeover.
My garage needs some major organizing and tidy up!
My bedroom! It hasn’t had anything done to it in the ten years I’ve lived here!
At The Picket Fence says
That hanging centerpiece is gorgeous Vivienne!!! You always come up with the most creative ideas. 🙂 Our garage could use a makeover for sure and I’m seriously over my green carpet. LOL!
Lisa Nelsen-Woods says
My living room. I need more seating because the family won’t visit!
Amy Anderson says
Um, my kitchen area which is going to be a craft area – when the boxes are gone . .
Steph @ The Silly Pearl says
Gina @ MoneywiseMoms says
My living room
Leslie Stewart says
This is absolutely gorgeous! You did a wonderful job! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com says
Floating centerpiece = EPIC GENIUS!!
Mary Beth says
The bedroom of my 2 youngest son’s definitely needs a makeover!
Amanda @ Serenity Now says
Our upstairs bathroom needs a complete overhaul! Great Giveaway, and I love the hanging shelf. 🙂
Well, my kitchen is in sad shape, but it’s not the only room that needs help! 🙂 The living room, the bathroom upstairs, the dining room…
Angie CountryChicCottage says
This looks great Viv! 🙂 My entire house could use something… 😉
my main living room could definitely use a makeover. I started with browns and neutrals for the big pieces of furniture, but I don’t know where to go next!
Leshia @ Southern Chic Love says
Heidi @ Moms Crafty Space says
My family room is in desperate need of a makeover…it’s top on the project list for 2013!
Angie B. says
Oh my a lot of rooms do but I’d like to see my bathroom get a makeover first
J's mom says
I love that hanging center piece. & also love living in Southern California with the warm weather for Thanksgiving. We also end up eating outside a lot this time of year.
Holly Lefevre (504 Main) says
Viv! OH MY GOSH! You outdid yourself. This outdoor room is positively magazine worthy! I am beyond impressed! And I love Ace Hardware!
Literary Winner says
Definitely our kitchen!
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Lisa @ akawest says
My living room is in desperate need of a makeover.
Your centerpiece is gorgeous!! I need help organizing our spare bedroom/my dressing room/closet. We love Ace!
My kitchen is in most need. Too many knife nicks in the linoleum.
My bathroom is so ugly it is in dire need of help firstname.lastname@example.org
my living room needs a major upgrade
my bathroom really need a makeover