Photo courtesy of Homey Oh My!

Photo courtesy of Homey Oh My!

Tomorrow is the big day, and if you’re like me, almost all your thinking has been about the Thanksgiving meal itself: “Who likes what?” “How long does that bake?” And “how many pans can I fit in the oven at once?”   

But a holiday meal should please the eye as well as the belly: It’s not too late to plan a handsome Thanksgiving tablescape. Here’s a roundup of my favorite ideas; I hope it inspires you to make something beautiful for your own celebration tomorrow.

A tablescape doesn’t have to be elaborate to look marvelous. Over at Homey Oh My!, blogger Amy starts with an heirloom table runner, adding her copper-striped mini pumpkins, copper-tape candle holders, and bright floral arrangements from Trader Joe’s. The metal accents add a dash of glam without overpowering the simplicity of the overall look.

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fire

The kitchen is the heart of a home during the holidays and if your space is like mine, it’s full of people going in and out all day to help with cooking, spike their egg nog, or just sit and swap tall tales.

That frenzy of activity, cooking, and baking puts a kitchen at extra danger of kitchen fires, even if your cooking is on par with Mario Batali or Nigella Lawson. Thanksgiving Day is the leading day for home cooking fires, with three times as many occurring on Thanksgiving as any other day of the year, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

“Thanksgiving is the time of year families come together to celebrate and feast. The kitchen is the place where holiday traditions are shared and new ones are made,” said David Anderson, renters insurance expert from Protect Your Bubble. “As families get together, under one roof, the kitchen becomes the busiest room in the house. Unfortunately, it can also turn into the place where misfortunes happen.”

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Oriole Living

You’re going to need a gorgeous place to host friends and family for the holidays, and if you don’t feel like signing on for a mortgage just yet, you should consider this amazing condo. Set back from Mockingbird Lane and the Dallas North Tollway is Park Cities Townhomes, a gorgeous gated community with tons of great amenities and a fabulous location.

 

If you want a great place to live with a private community pool and easy access to downtown and the Park Cities, this is the home for you. Offered by LocalDwelling.com, Dallas-Fort Worth property management experts, 6352 Oriole Avenue is a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath townhome available for lease for $2,600 a month.

Oriole Dining

That’s a significant value considering the excellent condition this unit is in. It features maple cabinetry, a gorgeous updated kitchen with granite counters and plenty of room for a breakfast table, or a place for your friends to hang out while you prepare a feast.

And with 1,950 square feet, this unit is sizable. Just imagine the gatherings you could host here. I bet it looks amazing decked out for Christmas, too. All you have to figure out is where to hang the mistletoe from these vaulted ceilings …

Oriole Kitchen

You get a balcony, a two-car garage, a gorgeous master suite with jetted tub, and stainless steel appliances. The designer paint and trim are sure-fire signs that this unit is ready to for anyone with a sophisticated palate to move in.

Does this look like the lease for you? Contact the experts at LocalDwelling.com to find out more.

Oriole Master Oriole Master bath Oriole Nursery

 

 

3801 Normandy kitchen

If you still haven’t entered to win a kitchen makeover from Capital Distributing and Ebby Halliday Realtors, well, you’re running out of time! The contest closes on Sunday, Nov. 17.

Seriously, it takes only a few minutes and you could end up with a $10,000 appliance package from Capital Distributing, retailers of the highest end appliances you can find in North Texas. It’s all part of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ seasonal celebration of the heart of the home — the kitchen.

“We’re cooking up some fun and partnering with North Texas’ ultimate appliance destination, Capital Distributing, to give someone the chance to dream,” says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for Ebby Halliday Realtors. “The lucky winner will receive $10,000 credit toward the kitchen appliances of his or her choice at Capital Distributing’s state-of-the-art Dallas showroom. What a fantastic way to get ready for the upcoming holidays!”

Capital Distributing Logo

Just imagine your mis-matched appliances being swapped out with brands like Viking, Wolf, Bosch, and SubZero. It’s a no-brainer! Capital Distributing has the most amazing showroom in the Dallas Design District, and your head will be aching with possibilities once you’ve browsed their website.

For contest details and to enter to win $10,000 worth of kitchen appliances, visit Facebook.com/EbbyHalliday right now!

In honor of Thanksgiving, we’ve picked out a few of the most incredible kitchens and dining rooms Dallas has to offer as sites for our dream turkey dinner. They are truly a feast for the eyes! Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!

9008 Briarwood Lane: This house has a stunning dining and kitchen combo, both with beautiful blue hues on both the dining room wallpaper and the kitchen cabinets. Also amazing are the chandelier and fireplace in the dining room. Surreal!

Platinum Series Kitchens by Mark Molthan: All of these kitchens are perfect for preparing your elaborate Thanksgiving dinner, but this one, with the bright lime bar and gorgeous cabinets, is incredible!

9784 Audubon Place: With an amazing wood ceiling and gorgeous cabinetry, I would be hard pressed to actually leave the kitchen at this home! It’s also open to the dining room, which will make serving a gigantic turkey that much easier!

4346 Park Lane: Christine McKenny with Dave Perry-Miller gets some of the most amazing listings, and this house is no joke. The kitchen has a not-too-often seen feature — curved cabinetry  — that looks so elegant.

Tatum Brown’s Crestbrook Residence: This kitchen is just so sleek and perfect, and there’s a TV just above the fireplace, so you can watch the game while you do prep work (just watch your fingers with that knife, please!).

Phil Romano’s Strait Lane Estate: There’s no outdoing this kitchen and dining room, which makes entertaining feel more like eating at a restaurant. The stainless steel buffet and counter-height tables make serving a snap!