My Thanksgiving Dining Area Refresh!


What is it about the upcoming holidays that makes me want to jazz up my dining area? Is it because we linger a little longer around the table with our loved ones during the shorter days? Maybe it is knowing that I will soon have family and friends joining us to eat, drink, and be thankful and merry. Whatever the reason, I have put together a full-proof way to give my eat-in nook a little Thanksgiving love! Feel free to borrow any and all of these ideas to spruce up your own home!

Thanksgiving Refresh: Take One…Change out the lighting!

If you follow me at all, you know I believe lighting makes or breaks a room. It is literally the quickest change for maximum impact you can make in decorating. Right now I have a glass school house pendant hanging over my pub height espresso finished table with countertop height stools. It’s a bit dark in the kitchen nook, so to shed some light in this area (pun intended) I am purchasing this gorgeous wood bead chandelier to give the entire space some southern charm!

Thanksgiving Refresh: Take Two… Add a different host and hostess chair to anchor the table!

Nothing will make your husband feel more like a king of his castle then by adding this very fun change to your dining chair situation. It’s as easy as removing your current end chairs and popping in either a different color or style of chair to instantly update your table. Right now, all of my dining table chairs are espresso wood countertop height chairs with backs. I am grabbing these two gorgeous pieces to glam up our eat-in nook AND the cream color will lighten up the space! (Plus the distressed lighter wood will look great with the lighter wood pieces in my entry way… our home is open concept, so it is fun mixing pieces to create separate looks in this huge room).

Thanksgiving Refresh: Take Three… Swap out dark lamps on the buffet for lighter ones!

The buffet behind our dining room table is a gorgeous piece my husband brought to our marriage. It is old-school Tommy Bahama in a wood a little bit lighter than espresso. I currently have a gorgeous gilded mirror hanging above it and have anchored each end of this piece with two retro metal palm tree lamps. The wall behind this furniture is a light cocoa, so we have a LOT of dark on dark. I definitely want to continue my mission of bringing light to this area and cream lamps will definitely do the trick!

Thanksgiving Refresh: Take Four… Add some fun Thanksgiving-style dinnerware and Voilà… You are FINISHED!

I could write a book on all the fun ways to set your holiday dinner table, but I will be super brief today. My favorite way to entertain a large crowd is by having a table top they won’t forget. Start white dinner plates and then pop in some fun Thanksgiving-themed salad plates on top.  The week before Turkey day, grab the kids and hunt fresh pinecones to display on a copper platter in the center of your table and then pop in some tea light candles in various places on the tray. Then leave room for  all the food and fixings… be sure to serve them in beautiful dishes. Gold silverware is a must and don’t forget the good drinking glasses…a mix of your best champagne flutes, highballs, and water goblets will look beautiful twinkling in all that candlelight.



From my house to yours…. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!


Melissa K. Wright Design