My Thanksgiving Home

Gosh I love gourds.  There is just something so charming about all their googly garbled knobiness.  I realize that makes no sense…but gourds are just so weird in a strangely beautiful way.  Their colours are perfect for fall, and they are abundant in markets and grocery stores, which makes them such fabulous tool to decorate with (not to mention inexpensive).

So that’s why I have them a plenty in my home this year.  They’re lying on vignettes, on random tables, they were on my Thanksgiving table setting and now they’ve found their way on to my Thanksgiving mantel and porch in preparation for the big turkey dinner with my family (it was Thanksgiving in Canada this past weekend)!

So come on inside and take a little tour with me…first stop the porch.

Thanksgiving Porch {A Pretty Life}

I didn’t do much with our porch this year, because in all honesty time got away on me.  So I kept things simple and just used what I had around, including the yarn wreath I made a couple of years ago, then I added some pumpkins and gourds that I picked up at our local grocery store.  And done.

Thanksgiving Porch {A Pretty Life}

This little box of pumpkins, squash and gourds is my favourite.  It was crazy easy to put together.  Love it!

Thanksgiving Porch {A Pretty Life}

So pretty!

Thanksgiving Porch {A Pretty Life}

On the other side of the door is this simple arrangement of pumpkins.  These will get carved for Halloween in less than two weeks…time is flying!  I love our porch this fall…it was simple & stress free to put together, and it’s both cheery and fall-y!

Now, moving on indoors…

Thanksgiving & Fall Mantel {A Pretty Life}

I got a little crazy up in here with gourds this year!  I just can’t resist the fun patterns and colours that they come in, so I gathered up a bunch and added them to my mantle.  Because, why not?  😉

Thanksgiving & Fall Mantel {A Pretty Life}

Then I added in some dried corn cobs, leaves and squash. Side note…aren’t those white squash THE BEST?  My mom is the winner of best squash found this year!  She gave some to me, but she also placed some on her beautiful autumn whites table scape.

Thanksgiving & Fall Mantel {A Pretty Life}

I also added a bucket of wheat, a few more squash and the birch logs that I use in almost every mantel-scape…and done.  My mantel made simple.

Thanksgiving & Fall Mantel {A Pretty Life}

To finish off my mantel area, I sprinkled (if you can sprinkle gourds) more gourds on to the shelves that surround our fireplace.  I love their little splashes of colour!

Thanksgiving & Fall Mantel {A Pretty Life}

I think the orange colour splashes match great with the new pillows that I bought as part of my fall living room refresh…blue + orange = pretty!  Side note:  this picture makes me feel a little loopy…like I’m leaning to the right…ugh…anyway

Thanksgiving & Fall Decor {A Pretty Life}

I also decorated my coffee table…can’t forget about this great little piece…I always have so much fun with it at each season.  I love to fill it up with seasonal decorations.


That’s my Thanksgiving home!  Thank you for stopping in today!  I am very thankful to have you here.
Have an inspired fall day!


P.S.  Stay tuned for some ah-mazing Thanksgiving recipes that you won’t want to miss!

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  • Reply Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate October 15, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    I love the coffee table, what a neat idea! Really everything looks so festive! I can’t wait to see what you do for Christmas!

  • Reply Time With Thea October 15, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    As always, love your decor ideas and your narrative. Your blog is an inspiration! Well done! ~Thea

    • Reply Jo-Anna October 18, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Thank you so much Thea! Your comments are always so kind and so appreciated!
      Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Virginia Fynes October 16, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    Looks beautiful Jo-Anna! I love that Canadian Butter crate, perfect! Your coffee table is great, so many possibilities!

  • Reply Sarah October 16, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    For “not doing much,” I think your porch looks beautiful! I really love the tree stump and of course all the gourds! Your fall decorating posts inspired me to actually decorate my house for fall and make a little arrangement of gourds in a pretty wooden bowl in our entryway table.

  • Reply Courtney October 17, 2013 at 5:19 AM

    You’ve done a great job decorating your home – the gourds are all so lovely!! 🙂

  • Reply Christine Vandormolen October 18, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    my first time it!!! New Follower! Christine from Little BRags

  • Reply Cindy @ Diy beautify October 19, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Love all the gourds and the natural elements you used!! Happy “belated” Thanksgiving! I’m a Canadian now living in TN so I kind of get to celebrate it twice 🙂
    Cindy @ Diy beautify

  • Reply Julie @ This Gal Cooks October 23, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    What a beautiful home you have! I love all of the fall decorations. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

    • Reply Jo-Anna October 23, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      Thank you so much Julie!

  • Reply Angie @ Knick of Time October 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    So simple and pretty! Thanks for sharing at the Junkers United Fall party – I’m pinning you on our board!

  • Reply the cape on the corner November 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    love all the pumpkins on your porch, and that tree stump!

    • Reply Jo-Anna November 3, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      Thank you! I love the tree stump too…it was such a simple addition!

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