Thanksgiving with Candlelight and a Natural Centerpiece

Welcome to the 64th Tablescape Thursday!

Recently I was “chatting” with my friend, Kathysue…we met via Rate My Space and
have been friends every since.   Kathysue has created a beautiful tablescape for Thanksgiving and she graciously agreed to let me share some pics of her table setting, as well as her beautiful dining room.

I’ve always loved the striped wall paper in Kathysue’s dining room…it’s the softest, prettiest shade of green. The room feels so inviting and fresh. Notice the symmetry she’s created with with the mirrors, pedestals and lamps.

Kathysue told me, “Green is my neutral and it can be mixed with my other favorite colors,black and white and pink/red and cobalt blue so I do have fun changing it out with simple changes for the different seasons. I guess my style is more on the traditional side with a twist and hopefully a simple elegance.”

Love the centerpiece…and isn’t it perfect in this room?!

Gorgeous chandelier!

Kathysue told me, “I like to use natural elements for my centerpieces, so keeping in mind the abundance we have, I did a cornucopia affect without the cornucopia.

“I pre-ordered all my veggies from my produce man at my grocery store and added pheasant feathers and wheat to the arrangement, I scattered nuts around for texture and added the silver pheasant and votives for sparkle.

“My color scheme was linen,cream, and green with a touch of black. The tablecloth is linen from none other than “Tarjay” the napkins are white linen that I have had forever. I based the arrangement with a 4ft long mirror for reflection.”

I love the silver pheasants!  Kathysue told me they came from a store called, Poppleton’s in Pacific Grove near Carmel.

Describing how she put her tablescape together, Kathysue said, “The first element I chose was the Bakelite (knives) and linen and then the rest just came to me after thinking about color and textures.” Dinnerplates in white are Mikasa, antique white Ultima, super strong fine china…they have the glaze of fine china and the durability of stoneware.  The black transferware is Stafford, fine earthenware in the Haystack pattern…perfect for fall and my touch of black.The soft, muted colors are really lovely.

Fall Table Setting in Green and White_wm

“The crystal goblets are also from Mikasa, the small green flutes with the fruit relief are from one of your favs the dollar store. Flatware is Wallace and the knives are french ivory Bakelite Sheffield from Ebay and thrifting trips.”

The candlelight makes everything feel so magical…what a fabulous table! Kathysue, thanks so much for sharing your beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape with us for this Tablescape Thursday. I know your family is going to love sitting down to this gorgeous table for their Thanksgiving feast!

Check out more of Kathysue table settings and designs at Good Life of Design

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  1. What a pretty light fall table! Thank you for hosting the tablescape party. Your the hostess with the mostest… dishes that is! 🙂


  2. Susan,
    Your blog is fantastic and I have learned so much from all the wonderful bloggers!

  3. Christi @ A Southern Life says

    Beautiful, I have often thought that green was kind of God's neutral color that He uses to highlight all the other colors in a garden and the woods and flowers. Kind of like blue is the neutral in the sky. Nobody mixes colors as well as God! Beautiful natural table using produce and the pheasants are fabulous! Love this table.

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  4. Styling by Coty Farquhar says

    Hi Susan,

    Come and pop over and have a glass of wine with me at my blog today, summers nearly here and the days are warm. More yellows, I'm in love with yellow at the moment, a beautiful happy colour.

    Kathysue's table setting is wonderful and thank you for sharing her table with us.

    Have a fantastic tablescape party.
    xx Coty

  5. Beautiful table, and your right she does have a beautiful home.

  6. food with style says

    my favorite color is green and i ALWAYS love the natural look, another WONDERFUL guest table enabler!

    i like the mirror, although i would be terrified to see my chins dangling in the soup…

    thanks for hosting all the fun again~

  7. nannykim/spindlecottage says

    What a serene room! The centerpiece is marvelous!! Love the silver pheasants and the arrangement being made on a mirror. Love the dishes, and bakelite.

  8. Oops, please delete #16, the computer was messing up and put us on twice. Thank you! And the silver bird looks so pretty! He's a nice touch on that mirror. The centerpice is very nice as well.

  9. Yvonne @ StoneGable says

    Hi Susan, Thanks for hosting and 64 weeks! I have a little message for you at the end of my post this week, come see!
    Kathysue's diningroom is so beautifully unique. She dressed her table in a lovely bounty of vegetation and sparkle! Can't get better than that. You always post the most lovely homes… all gussied up for us to ohhhh and ahhhhhh over. Thanks.

  10. Love the centerpiece it's gorgeous!

  11. Cottage Rose says

    Hi Susan.. What a beautiful dinning room,,, love the colors.. Her table setting is so gorgeous, the center piece is so great.. Thank you Kathysue for sharing your beautiful Thanksgiving table…..


  12. *Fresh & airy* are the words that pop into my mind when I take in all of this wonderful tablescape! Please tell Kathysue that she did a terrific job on the arrangement of all the elements? Her home is lovely & I hope we get to see more of it in the future. I just love visiting all of your friends, Susan! 🙂

    I can't believe those pretty green stemmed glasses came from the Dollar Store! They pick up the room colors beautifully. I, too, love the striped wallpaper. Sooooo pretty!


  13. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says

    What a thrill to see you showcase Kathysue's gorgeous tablescape. She is such a dear friend and I always enjoy seeing all of her wonderful creativity. Her home is truly beautiful and so is she. Hugs Marty

  14. Cindy (Applestone Cottage) says

    Thanks for sharing this gorgeous table Susan! The centerpiece is just stunning and her dining room just makes me drool! My table this week has those same plates by Royal Stafford. I love them, but I like her table better! Thanks for sharing this inspirational table! Cindy

  15. Wow! I am so excited for Kathy Sue. Her dining room is really getting the recognition it deserves, first on Joni's site and now here. Her tablescape is stunning and yes, I love the centerpiece along with everything else….Christine

  16. A beautiful fall table — love the colors — and I agree too — there is a lot of green at Linderhof because it goes so well with any color (think green, think garden, think flowers)

  17. There is nothing like a beautiful room to bring a smile to my face…does that mean I'm shallow or just easily pleased? Gorgeous room. Thanks for taking us on a visual journey.

  18. Susan, thank you so much for showcasing Kathysue's gorgeous tablescape. She is one of the most creative people I've ever had the pleasure to know. And she's a sweetheart to boot! Kathy

  19. Julie Harward says

    I loved the tall goblet candle holders so much! All of it is very pretty! (On your post earlier today…I loved where you had your G. clock so much that I moved mine! I put a thin blanket under it and slide it over the wood floors to my foyer! See there, you inspired me..thank you!)
    GIVE A WAY on my blog…

  20. Maya@Completely Coastal says

    Thanks for sharing this! Love the stripes -always! Interesting to use vegetables…, I do love them, eat them every day in fact.

  21. Such a gorgeous room and table. Love the monogram, the centerpiece and the mirrored closets!! So chic!

    Eddie + Jaithan

  22. Thank you everyone for all the sweet and wonderful comments, This has really been fun for me. Eddie and Jaithan so nice to see you here, You two are the best!! Hugs Kathysue

  23. Mid-Atlantic Martha says

    Oh yes! I remember this dining room from RMS — and as I recall her kitchen is pretty fabulous as well!

  24. What a beautiful room.
    The table setting is very nice.
    I'm looking forward to flying to Seattle on Saturday so that I can get my home there ready for Thanksgiving and have some fun with table settings. I don't have anything this week as I'm busy getting ready to be gone from my sweet little condo in Southern California for a full 6 weeks!!

  25. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    Susan, Kathysue's dining room is gorgeous even without the tablescape! Love the use of mirrors! The silver pheasant is gorgeous.

  26. The Quintessential Magpie says

    Thanks for sharing this, Susan! I enjoyed seeing it, and I like the green and white stripes. I had them in my foyer till the stager made me 86 them, and I still miss them!!! 😉



  27. Kathysue's fall tablescape is so beautiful and elegant. I have those same black and white plates, and I love them. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Susan, thank you for sharing Kathysue's table this week. She has definitely achieved a feel of simple elegance. I love her idea of the soft green as her neutral and the use of natural elements for her center piece. Every element of this table is perfection. I'm headed over to her space now. I want to see that kitchen! ~ Sarah

  29. Kathysue is a talented tablescaper and decorator! I adore those chair covers! I have a set of china today with "your name on it" :)! It just looks like something you would love. Thanks for hosting!

  30. Yellow Rose Arbor says

    So beautiful! She is so creative! Lovely home!


  31. Debbie Pearson says

    I've never seen a freestyle cornucopia before, but this was outstanding. Love seeing new ideas from all these wonderful ladies.

  32. Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick says

    Susan, I have been meaning to link up my dining table forever!! I will add your button to the post tomorrow. The room you highlighted is lovely!

  33. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    I always love seeing what Kathysue is up to, because it's always something beautiful. Her centerpiece is gorgeous, and of course, I love the toile china. I am also going to be on the lookout for some of those pretty pheasants. Thank you for hosting TT and thank you and Kathy for sharing her beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape. laurie

  34. Hi Laurie, So nice to see you here and thank you for your very generous compliment it means a lot to me. Hugs Kathysue

    PS We have to thank Susan for putting this all together she does such a wonderful job of making everything look and sound so lovely, Thankyou Miss Susan!

  35. Fifi Flowers says

    LOVE the vegie centerpiece!!! FAB!

  36. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the cornucopia with the cornucopia and the pheasants are so unique. Everything looks so natural but elegant.

  37. tales from an oc cottage says

    Ohhhhhhhhh so elegant!

    m ^..^

  38. Thank you both for sharing this lovely Thanksgiving table.
    In my post I share the Thanksgiving table for 2008 which my sister and I set up in her dining room.

  39. Diane @ Four Paws and Co says

    I love Kathysue's color scheme! What a beautiful room. Her tablescape is fabulous too. ☺

  40. Hi Girlfriend…

    Ohhh…I'm so glad that you featured Kathysue's fabulous Thanksgiving table! As soon as your blog page loaded and I seen that beautiful dining room…I knew right off that I was at Kathysue's home! Her home is one of my "all time" favorites!!! She is such a creative and talented lady and so very sweet too!

    I love, love, LOVE the tablescape! Of course, I think my favorite thing about it is the fabulous centerpiece!!! I love the idea of using the "natural" vegetables, etc…adding the wheat and pheasant feathers…the perfect addition! The place settings are gorgeous…I love this pretty black & white "Hay wagon" pattern! It's all gorgeous!!! Thank you so much, Kathysue…for sharing your beautiful Thanksgiving table with us! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family…many blessing sent your way, my friend!!!

    And…a big thank you to you, Susan…for featuring Kathysue's beautiful tablescape for us today!

    Love ya,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  41. Susan, Kathy's Thanksgiving table scape is awesome. Please thank her for showing us and thank you for hosting this day.


  42. Carol at Serendipity says

    What a beautiful table! Very elegant.

    Again a wonderful post.


  43. Stephanie Lynn says

    I adore the green and white – Such a lovely combination. The centerpiece is amazing – Great idea. I am always in awe looking at all of these fabulous tablescapes!

  44. What a clean look to a tablescape. The centerpiece is not so overwhelming. One could talk to the person across the table.

  45. What a beautiful dining room. I haven't read all the comments above to know if this question has been asked or answered, but I would love to know who makes the wallpaper and the name of it.
    Thanks you again for this great weekly event that I always look forward too.

  46. Her house is gorgeous she given me many ideas for my own house. Does she have her own blog?

  47. Susan, thank you for featuring Kathysue's gorgeous table. She has been an inspiration to me for many years and continues to be a dear friend. She has done an amazing job decorating her home. But the best thing about it is the feeling of being "at home" there. Kathy, enjoy all the wonderful comments. They are well deserved!

  48. I remember her beautiful home from RMS. I wish she would start a blog.
    Thanks so much for featuring her adorable house.

  49. Hi Vicky, so good to see you here, Vicky has sat at my table for over 30 years, a dear friend I hold near and dear to my heart.xoxo

    Hi Chari, so glad to see you here, Chari always says the nicest things and is one of the first people I felt I met at RMS, good to see you here sweetie.

    Mrs. G the wallpaper was made by a company called Imperial Home Decor it is no longer available, sorry, I already checked it out for another lady, thank you for asking and your sweet comment. Kathysue

  50. These colors are beautiful together and feel very calming.

  51. Everything looks beautiful. And, I am so in love with those pheasants.

    Thank you to you and to Kathysue for sharing.

  52. For those that are interested in the silver pheasants, I found a link to where you can purchase them :

    Hope this helps, Susan told me you all would be interested in the pheasants, boy does she know her readers Kathysue

  53. Gorgeous table. I do love that centerpiece, those pheasants are amazing. I am noticing that Kathysue has added a link. You are the best at getting us all to the places we want to be…happy shopping.
    PS – sorry for getting on the link list twice…I lost my head.

  54. Melissa Wertz says

    Kathysue's tablescape is beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  55. Sue (Someone's Mom) says

    The centerpiece is amazing. Everything looks so pretty and natural…love it!


  56. Kathysue has created a wonderful masterpiece! I love the use of all the vegetables in the centerpiece. Every detail is beautiful! Thank you for sharing! Happy TT! Be sure to stop by if you have the chance and check out my anniversary giveaway! Hugs!

  57. Lori (All That Splatters) says

    Beautiful!! I love combining dollar store finds with pricier pieces. It makes the dollar store finds look so much richer. I absolutely love the silver pheasants!

  58. I have to run but will be back! I remember this dining room from RMS, and yes, it was one of my favs too!!!! GORGEOUS centerpiece, in fact, I may have to copy some of these elements:):) Be back later to look again, thanks to Kathy Sue for sharing her dining room and table!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  59. Cote de Texas says

    I love Kathy Sue's whole house – but her dining room – with that green and white striped wallpaper really attracts me! I love it!!!

    Thanks for featuring this – she has a truly beautiful home.

  60. Charli and me says

    Good evening Susann, Your tablescape as usual is absolutely lovely!

  61. Kathy Sue's table is so beautiful and fresh – I love the centerpiece and the Pheasants! Thank you, Susan, for giving us the link to purchase them and also for sharing this lovely home with us. You're right, her kitchen is so charming and inviting. What a creative and fabulous idea for fixing the fluorescent light box in the ceiling! She has a beautifully decorated home.

  62. Hi Joni, Wow ! it is so good to see you here, I was just over at your blog and made a comment on your lovely tablescape, it is gorgeous, thank you so much for the sweet compliment, it is a real honor coming from you, Kathysue

  63. Red Door Home says

    Your tablescape is beautiful! I just discovered your blog. I have seen so many wonderful Thursday tablescapes I am inspired to try my own in the near future. Can't wait to see more.

  64. Lady Katherine says

    Just simply lovely. I have the black and white dishes too. I love the centerpiece.

    But would love to know more about her place cards.

  65. lady Katherine here is the website for the place cards that are on my table. I bought the timeless knife rest because they were smaller than the place cards and I like that better. Hope this helps

  66. Blogging To A Better Bonnie says

    I have come to you by way of Bill at Affordable Accoutrements, a recent Blog of Note Winner, and I have instantly become one of your many "followers".
    Looking forward to sitting down to read your posts with a cup of tea on a rainy day… what do you know, that day is here ;-).
    "Create a Beautiful Day"
    Bonnie of Blogging To A Better Bonnie

  67. i love your tablescapes. One day I will join in on the fun.

  68. I love the beautiful chandelier and
    the pretty stemware!

  69. Stunning table setting in a most beautiful room. thank you for sharing it with us Susan and for hosting Thursdays Tablescapes. I am so enjoying at last participating.

  70. Sometimes, when I visit your blog, I can not believe my eyes by seeinfg all those beautiful tables!
    Your blog is just wonderful Susan!


  71. Very very nice! I would have to say that green is my neutral too, although I have a friend in another state who says she cannot tolerate green in anything.(She hasn't seen my house) Go figure…I think it's soothing. So fresh, and love the chandelier too.

  72. Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio says

    What a lovely tablescape! I love that she mixes fine china with Target linens….beautiful crystal with dollar store glasses. What a wonderful eclectic mix!

  73. SmilingSally says

    Kathysue's place is gorgeous, Susan. Thanks for sharing.

  74. What a beautiful tablescape this is, Susan–I love the mirror under the centerpiece, and I love those green flutes from Dollar Store! I wish they still sold them–they’re gorgeous.

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