Give Thanks in Natural Elegence

Looking to create an inviting setting for this fall’s seasonal celebrations and Thanksgiving gatherings? Look no further than your backyard, nearby woodland trail or the local farmer’s market. This fall, the home fashion look is natural elegance.

“Fall’s fashion lineup weaves earthy neutrals with a range of bold color statements and patterns to reflect a landscape of hope, fun, fantasy and all things natural,” said the Pantone Color Institute.

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(Picture: Decorating with natural and fresh florals mixed with fruits, pinecones, branches and bird’s nests creates an earthy elegance. Photo credit: French Country Cottage)

Earthy elegance is on-trend. “Fall and Winter 2015 colors are evocative of a love for nature and a timeless appreciation for warmth and security,” added the Pantone Institute.

“I love to decorate with nature by mixing subtle greens, blues and golden yellows with pink roses and soft white pumpkins,” said top design blogger Courtney of French Country Cottage.

As you set a welcoming seasonal scene with rustic, organic and textural elements, your furnishings can add to the charm when you select natural and reclaimed-looking woods with wire-brushed finishes that show the beauty of the grain and are easy to live with.

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(Picture: Natural, reclaimed woods offer livability and authenticity. Photo credit: Hooker Furniture)

Dining and other wood furniture with open grain looks are livable and authentic. An added bonus: they are carefree, with little worries about scratches, dents or spills.

As part of the appreciation of all things natural and organic, “live-edge”  furnishings and wood décor have gained great popularity as well. Essentially, these furnishings are made from a slab cut out of a tree. The sides of a dining table, for instance, look just like whatever the tree looked like when it was harvested—sometimes the bark is left on, sometimes not. The edge has the same kind of look that Mother Nature gave it.

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(Picture: “Live-edge” furnishings, where the wood retains the look Mother Nature gave it, are increasingly popular. Photo credit: Hooker Furniture)

However you bring the beauty of nature to your home for this fall’s celebrations, the most important part of being thankful together is good company and a warm and inviting home. Enjoy it all with another of nature’s great gifts: the pumpkin. Enjoy this recipe for Pumpkin Bars, a fresh twist on the classic pumpkin pie.

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Pumpkin Bars

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan; set aside. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

  1. In a large bowl stir together eggs, pumpkin, sugar, and oil. Stir in flour mixture until combined. Spread batter evenly in the prepared baking pan.
  2. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
  3. Spread with Cream Cheese If desired, sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Using edges of foil, lift uncut bars out of pan. Cut into bars.
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