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    Happy Thanksgiving Decorating and Beyond

    Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

    Happy Thanksgiving from our ranch to yours. Here’s a glimpse of last year, in case you’d like a little last minute inspiration.

    These feathered turkeys have become a staple in the entry hall. I ordered them from the Internet (no idea the source, sadly). 

    Thanksgiving at Rancho la Zaca

    This is his mate on the opposite wall. You will notice they are both Toms. We run a very open-minded-Rainbow-Coalition-type-decorating-operation over here at RLZ. 

    Thanksgiving at Rancho la Zaca

    The great room’s two enormous mantles are always fun. It’s like decorating two aircraft carriers.  I used a combo of pumpkins and olive, oak, and camellia foliage. 

    Thanksgiving at Rancho la Zaca. Butterfly painting by Hunt Slonem.

    I like the contrast between the olive’s dusty gray and the camellia’s dark shiny. I spy a little pepper tree in there, too.

    Thanksgiving at Rancho la Zaca

    The centerpiece had a foundation of moss, with a pair of pheasants (eBay), candleberry, pumpkins, and fall foliage.

    Thanksgiving at Rancho la Zaca

    Thanksgiving at Rancho la Zaca

    Remember the big Matisse exhibit in New York last year? Our 2014 place card was an homage to that. If you’re in a pinch and need one, feel free to click on this image and print for yourself. It’s not the best reproduction, and I re-touched out the year and “Rancho la Zaca” etc. You can print 8 x 11 and fold – or print smaller and use the whole thing. Like I said, in a pinch. 😉

    Thanksgiving at Rancho la Zaca place card

    Oh but Thanksgiving is not the end, oh no. We entertained the next night, too, (because I am insane) on the side porch, which can hold a few more people. The wonderful, giant, twig chandelier became the structure for a ridiculous sort of hanging centerpiece of hydrangeas and foliage. That’s my darlin’ daughter-in-law under there, pulling stems through the twigs, in one of my favorite flower-arranging photos of all time. Hats become her, don’t you think?

    Thanksgiving at Rancho la Zaca

    This got almost as many likes on Instagram as Kim Kardashian’s bottom.

    Thanksgiving at Rancho la Zaca

    Well, maybe not quite as many.

    Dinner party at Rancho la Zaca

    Have a wonderful holiday. Be sweet. Be giving. Be forgiving. Be cell-phone-free at the table.  Happy Thanksgiving, Love, me.

    Posted in Decoration & Design, Entertaining, Flowers & Gardens | 10 comments

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