Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Gathering Together For The Holiday Season

Welcome to the We Gather Together Thanksgiving Blog Hop. 

I am so glad that you are here. I'm thrilled to be participating in this fun hop hosted by the amazing Amber from Follow The Yellow Brick Home. Her house is just so cute. This time you will be seeing her adorable dining room. Amber does such a great job with these hops. 
If you are coming from Botanic Bleu, welcome. Don't you love Judith's natural country French display? Her florals and tables are always gorgeous. 

I've been cozying up our space for the holidays since the cooler weather has arrived. 
We went straight from summer to winter. It's been unbelievable but I love the colder weather, so I'm not complaining at all. 


What a wonderful time of year. 
The dining room is an iconic place for the family to congregate during the holidays. 
I'm so excited about using our dining room for Thanksgiving this year. 
It's had some changes with the arrival of a few special pieces from my step mother's house. 

The corner cupboard is one of those prized pieces. 
 I literally cried when we put it into place. It seemed destined for this spot. 
My dad and mom bought it at a fire sale.

I was very young so I have no memories of what they did to restore the finish but I remember exactly where it was placed in our home. There was a corner in the hall toward the kitchen. Behind it was the closed up dumpwaiter. We didn't want him to close it up but he did anyway. With six children a dumbwaiter to the basement was an accident waiting to happen. Trust me on this.
When my dad married my step mother, we moved to a Colonial revival home in Bedford Village, N,Y. This beautiful cupboard was in a place of honor in the living room. 
My dad loved it and when he died, my step mother moved it to Texas. She (and it) eventually ended up in Oklahoma. My step mom told everyone that when she died, the cupboard was supposed to come to me. 
My siblings honored that request.
I didn't decorate the inside exactly like she did. She filled it with blue and white. I filled it with the china painted by Bill's grandmother.

This thing holds a ton.
One of the shelves below holds all of my Autumn by Lenox china. 
The other shelf holds other random knick knacks.
I do need to take some time to organize the bottom shelf a little better. I'm annoyed with myself for already packing it like a rat.

The room looks so much bigger. 

There are spots in front of the china for bits of seasonal decor. 

A lighting system from IKEA illuminates everything inside. 
The light shows off the china in such a beautiful way. 

I couldn't wait until Christmas to see how a wreath would look on the glass door so I made one for Thanksgiving. 

The wall next to it needed some pictures. 
I've loved the rich earthy colors with the print and the antique oil paintings. 

Four Eastlake frames from my parents got some butterfly nature prints. I may change these out for Christmas and winter, 

My mom's wedding tea set was supposed to go to my daughter but she left it with me.
She knew it meant more to me than it did to her. It's really not her taste but we can always revisit that at a later date. My step mom had it lacquered so that it won't tarnish. I'm not sure how I feel about that.

"Heidi" is the other final addition in this room. It's just a print but this picture is in my earliest memories. None of us knew if that was what this print was called. It is what we always called it.

As a sentimental person, I realize that these "things" don't bring my loved ones back. They don't replace them either. The room won't magically fill with people who cannot make it home for the holidays but a glance at these heirlooms brings them back to my memory, if even for a moment.
Adjusting the silver service, turning on the light in the corner cupboard, hanging a tassel, placing a wreath at the door, dusting the pictures, all these small actions bring comfort, peace, and the hope that there will be a day when all of us will be gathered together again.
It brings me hope. I honestly don't know how anyone takes another breath without the hope that we will see our loved ones again.
Gathering with those still here on this earth is a chord that ties the past and the present together.
Those that have departed are with us for a moment, if only in our stories and memories.

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to visit CoCo at The Crowned Goat . She has such an inspiring blog and adorable decorating style. You will see all the other amazing links below.
Have a blessed holiday season, my friends.
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