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Thanksgiving Shabby Chic Decor Ideas

Whitewashed surfaces. Distressed wood. Slipcovered furniture. Muted hues. Hints of silver. Vintage charm. Floral motifs. These are a few of the signature elements of Shabby Chic, a style pioneered by designers such as Rachel Ashwell. When it comes to shabby chic, elegance is key, yet worn and weathered details create a sense of comfort. [from 30s Magazine]

Shabby chic tablescape Thanksgiving Shabby Chic Decor Ideas
Shabby chic tablescape

Are you a fan of Shabby Chic? Then perhaps you’re looking for some Shabby Chic decorating ideas for Thanksgiving! Today’s post is dedicated to this interior design style and the way it can put a unique spin on autumn decor. We begin by spotlighting some signature Shabby Chic finds from the shop of the expert herself: Rachel Ashwell. We then highlight a few other Thanksgiving decor pieces that can help create a Shabby Chic look of your own. Finally, we focus on four distinct fall Shabby Chic concepts that are perfect for the Thanksgiving table. Enjoy!

Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture

You can’t hear the phrase “Shabby Chic” without crediting designer Rachel Ashwell, who has been a leader in Shabby Chic style for more than 20 years. Not only has she created a beloved brand that combines elements of vintage, country, and elegant styles, she has recently expanded her Shabby Chic empire to include The Prairie, a stunning B&B in Round Top, Texas. Here are a few finds available through Ashwell’s site, Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture… We begin with the Grain Linen Single Ruffle Tablecloth, which serves as the perfect backdrop to any Thanksgiving table:

Linen tablecloth Thanksgiving Shabby Chic Decor Ideas
Linen tablecloth

Add some charming linen napkins that evoke a weathered yet stately look, such as the Fleur de Lys Linen Napkin pictured below…

Linen napkins
Linen napkins

Rachel Ashwell loves adding chic insignias to her products, such as royal crowns. The Crown Mugs below are the ultimate in Shabby Chic style, especially when combined with vintage flatware for a worn yet elegant look.

Shabby Chic tableware
Shabby Chic tableware

Serving pieces in white make a big statement. Autumn color pops against the crisp surface of each bowl and platter, while delicate patterns evoke the charm of vintage dishware. This Prairie Serving Bowl would beautifully accentuate any Thanksgiving table, but it’s definitely not holiday-specific!

Shabby Chic serving bowl
Shabby Chic serving bowl

Don’t forget about the power of florals! Thanksiving is the perfect time to add deep, rich tones to your interior. The English Rose Pillow below is powerful yet soft with its gorgeous combination of cream and plum:

Shabby Chic pillow with rich tones
Shabby Chic pillow with rich tones

Thanksgiving Finds with Shabby Chic Flair

From the flagship of Shabby Chic to one of today’s favorite retailers… Pottery Barn features affordable decor in a variety of styles. Today we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites–pieces that can veer into Shabby Chic territory for Thanksgiving. We begin with these Twig Turkeys, which are rustic and just plain fun! 

Twig turkeys
Twig turkeys

You can never go wrong with linen napkins, and this Set of 4 Cross Dyed Linen Napkins adds variety and color to the autumn Shabby Chic table:

Set of linen napkins
Set of linen napkins

Hints of silver are a lovely counterpart to the soft tones of Shabby Chic vignettes. Plus, silvery tones often create a vintage feel, in addition to a sophisticated vibe. The perfect combination of attributes for the Shabby Chic Thanksgiving table! That’s why we love these Etched Antique Mercury Glass Pumpkins, which have a slightly worn look…

Mercury glass pumpkins
Mercury glass pumpkins

White platters are classically stylish. Make a big impact with stoneware! This Set of 3 Juliette Platters features an array of scalloped and embossed designs. Since these pieces aren’t match-matchy, they evoke the feel of antique platters collected over time:

Stoneware platters
Stoneware platters

From mismatched platters to mismatched silver… For another nod to Shabby Chic style, combine different flatware patterns with a vintage feel. Or you can achieve the same look with this brand new Maxfield Serving Set, complete with a large serving spoon and a meat fork crafted of nickel with a silver plated finish:

Vintage-style flatware serving set
Vintage-style flatware serving set

Four Shabby Chic Thanksgiving Table Concepts

Now that we’ve shown you some specific items that can add Shabby Chic flair to your Thanksgiving, we end today’s post with a series of Shabby Chic Thanksgiving table concepts for your inspiration. We begin with this colorful table from French Larkspur, created by combining shades of blue and orange for a striking statement. Not to mention, the vivid color adds a bit of modern style to the design:

Colorful autumn table setting
Colorful autumn table setting

To get the look above, rely on fall foliage and produce in fiery hues. You can also try embellishing your table with these DIY Autumn Pastel Painted Vases, created by applying color to inexpensive floral vases, then distressing them. For a full tutorial, head on over to Simply Designing with Ashley:

Shabby chic painted vases
Shabby chic painted vases

Next up: a whitewashed effect! Many a Shabby Chic table makes use of an all-white palette, created by painted surfaces, white dishware and creamy accents. We also love how vintage book pages hang from the branches below. Adapt this idea for Thanksigiving by creating a “tree of thanks.” Instead of book pages, write thankful messages on white and cream-colored paper, punch holes, then slip the pages onto the branch of your choice. [from French Larkspur]

Shabby chic touches in an eclectic dining room
Shabby chic touches in an eclectic dining room

To enhance this look, choose white pumpkins instead of orange. The more markings on this produce, the better. After all, we’re going for a weathered look! [from Shabby Chic Blog]

White pumpkins for a shabby chic look
White pumpkins for a shabby chic look

We love the unique feel of this next Thanksgiving concept. Create a Shabby Chic table with shades of brown and eggplant, as well as items from nature. Vintage linens, enamelware and pine cones create a truly earthy feel, all the while evoking the charm of autumns past. [from Nelly Vintage Home]

Earthy shabby chic inspiration
Earthy shabby chic inspiration

Since this palette is darker by nature, don’t hesitate to add some shiny accents, such as mercury glass candlesticks and birds. The combination of shiny and natural tones will make a big impact… [from The Old Painted Cottage]

Thanksgiving centerpiece with mercury glass
Thanksgiving centerpiece with mercury glass

Our last featured Shabby Chic concept is created by incorporating pastel hues, yet tempering rosy shades with autumn colors such as gold and brown. Note how the fall produce in this gorgeous vignette from Nelly Vintage Home has been painted pink with a touch of lavender. And don’t those glasses of bubbly fit right in?…

Pastel autumn table spread
Pastel autumn table spread

Aside from painted produce, this look thrives with the help of vintage fabric in autumn tones. With a hint of mauve, of course! We love the muted fall autumn bouquet fabric from Etsy shop Duckyhouse, shown below…

Vintage autumn fabric
Vintage autumn fabric

Which of today’s featured Shabby Chic table concepts do you prefer? Are you a fan of combining fiery tones with soft blue? Perhaps you’re partial to a whitewashed effect. Or maybe earthy centerpieces are more your style! Do you enjoy the use of pastels mixed with autumn tones? Tell us about your favorite look by sharing a comment below…

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