we like it wild: thanksgiving at the cabin

As far as holidays go, Thanksgiving is pretty high on our list. With the day fast approaching, we jumped at the opportunity to plan decorations for a cabin party. What do you really need besides some family and friends gathered gratefully around a homemade meal? Some simple and affordable decorations make the scene all the more inviting. As you can see from a recent post of ours, a walk through your own backyard or a stroll through the farmers’ market is all it takes to set the stage for a cozy and colorful Thanksgiving scene. — Studio Choo

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What better way to welcome friends and family to your new home than with an autumn meal on your rustic front porch? When Alethea recently moved in to this amazing cabin, we knew she needed an inaugural celebration worthy of both her and her new home. The little cedar-sided cabin provided us with instant inspiration. We started with an unfussy welcome swag above our buffet made by bunching persimmons on the branch, privet berry, rust amaranthus and plum branches.

Local farmers’ markets are filled with fruits and vegetables right now that are as colorful as they are delectable: root vegetables, eggplants and persimmons provided a dark purple and rust palette that looks amazing against the wooden backdrop. These fruits and veggies look as lovely sitting on a table as they do on your plate (or in your belly!). The rest of the decorations were scavenged, simple and sweet. Foraging in her mum’s backyard, we found fallen branches perfect for a wreath and some weathered wood for our vases. We had Mr. Rizzo cut the wood into different sized blocks and put large holes in them with a paddle bit. You may want to seal the wood if you have a nice tablecloth and use a liner or water tubes to prevent leakage.

Instead of hanging our wreath on a door or wall, we turned it into an overgrown chandelier and wove in some plum branches and peonies to complement the grayed oak. A chandelier like this makes a great focal piece and can replace a centerpiece, saving valuable real estate on your table for something more important: food! You can make the wreath from scratch by wiring branches together or buy a pre-made frame and add in some wild pieces. You can use a few small water tubes for the flowers you add in to make sure they look good all day.

We thought these woodlandy charms would be the prefect way to personalize our place settings. Just tie a different one onto each person’s napkin or glass with a bit of twine.

To keep things interesting, we like to add little details in more unusual places, such as a driftwood log on the front porch with bits of purple and rust nestled inside. We used some hydrangea, plum and buck-eye to continue our theme from the table.

  1. liz says:

    I love the use of some lesser-known/loved/use color palettes — especially the addition of a dark purple/plum. A great reminder of how some different vessels and a variety of texture really help to mix things up and keep it interesting!

  2. I gotta get jumpin…

    I’ve got home made chutney by the cupboards full, and stone wear platters filled with persimmons and dates.

    And I am loving your driftwood planted with succulents and such.

    That’s my next best move. Cheers!

  3. jan says:

    very cool! where did you find the charms to put on the napkins?

  4. Sealicious says:

    Incredible and gorgeous, as always!

  5. Samhain Moon says:

    Not just a Thanksgiving dream, but ahome dream in general. Lovely!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    this is all gorgeous! I love the chandelier wreath and the flowers in the log…such talented ladies!

  7. Oh, the napkins! Love! Love!

  8. sally says:

    mind blowingly good! the chandelier wreath is so dreamy. is the cabin in pacifica?

  9. Where can I find some of these “woodlandy” charms? I love them!

  10. MissHeliotrope says:

    O dear – now wanting to make autumnal arrangements in mid spring…

  11. bfitz says:

    I love the rustic theme for your gathering and love the wood, rust and purple color idea. The kitchen twine, on the natural cloth very neat.

  12. corinne says:

    so inspiring !!! makes you want to run to the forest now .. :)

  13. i love the natural organic feel. so gorgeous!

  14. Karen Hasler says:

    Love this rustic, simple cabin and Thanksgiving decor…very relaxing..

  15. Elizabeth says:

    Beautiful color pallet, gorgoues flowers and rustic elements! Thanks for inspiring me to take a walk in my own back yard and dream up something fun!

  16. Amy Fiore says:

    I like many others would love to find out where to get the woodland charms used on the napkins. I Spin yarn and they would be perfect for our thanksgiving at the cabin in Lake Geneva!

  17. Viola says:

    Thanks! I had a weekend “Thanksgiving” get-together with friends, and was upset that I left decorations til the last minute, and shops were closed. Inspired by this post, even though I’m in the middle of a city, I took some strategic clippings from a few bushes. Totally transformed my table, and my friends couldn’t tell they had been snagged from scruffy city plants.

  18. Kmart Design says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Love your use of nature in the decor. That chandelier idea is genius!

    Our Chief Home Design Officer is a big fan of using things in nature and out of context too. She recommends using rocks, leaves and tree branches from the yard as foliage beneath candle sticks or vases for table decor.

  19. StudioChoo says:

    Hey everyone- thanks so much for your lovely comments on our cabin decor! The charms come from metalliferous.com- they are called brass stampings. The little cabin is in oakland.

  20. Kristen says:

    So gorgeously rustic. Perfectly captures all the most beautiful things about autumn.

  21. kelly says:

    oh, to have a front porch. And then make it look like this. It’s so gorgeous and earthy and rich.

  22. amber says:

    I really like all of the earthy, handmade qualities of eacho of the pieces.

    For another idea on a holiday wreath, follow these simple steps on our design blog: http://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/make-a-holiday-feather-wreath-with-holly/

  23. Sharon Kurland says:

    i love the wood walls- what did you use
    on them to get the polish???
    Lovely rustic home- my favorite style


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