Thanksgiving Update…Close your eyes and picture a Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving: Grandpa carving the turkey at one end of the long wooden table, Grandma at the other end, seated on one of 10 matching chairs. For a long time, that set-up was synonymous with “dining room.” But the American family has changed since Rockwell last put down his paintbrush — and American dining rooms are changing too. People are entertaining in more creative ways today. They’re mixing different patterns in their dishes and putting branches and shells on their dining tables. The traditional mahogany table just isn’t working with today’s lifestyle.
Even in a formal dining room you don’t want to be boring, uninteresting or gloomy. Eating is really one of our indoor sports. We play three times a day and on Thanksgiving, it’s the main attraction! It’s well worthwhile to make the game as enjoyable as possible.
So, what is working in today’s dining rooms and table settings? Mixable, matchable; unusual materials and unexpected finishes; making a style statement by breaking all the rules.
Give thanks for the food before you, the family beside you and the love between you.