The Power of Connections

Lilly Bunn


‘Tis the season, readers. For trees and presents

Friends and fellowship,

Meg Braff Designs


And gathering around a home cooked meal.

Thanksgiving dining
Rose and Ivy

Because these next few weeks are about celebrating, about savoring, about remembering.But, most importantly of all, they’re about connecting. 

Marie Flanigan

In the rush of the decorating and the shopping, the parties and the egg nog, the kids’ programs and present wrapping, there are moments, many of them, in fact, that are tailor made for connecting, for remembering who and what is most important in our lives. 


Whether it’s taking the time to reconnect with a friend you haven’t seen in far too long in the corner of a crowded party over the fa-la-las blaring through the speakers,

Or staying up far too late whispering with that relative that you haven’t seen since last ChristmasFighting over who gets to sit at the best seat, the one beside Grandmother and, even better, her stories of holidays past,

Or deciding to forgo gifts this year in favor of good, true, quality time together, we hope that this season can be filled, for each of you, with what we all need perhaps most of all: love, relationships and a reminder of where we come from and where we want to go. Because, amid the bells and tinsels, the festivities and the merriment, there is always time for remembering what is most important.

Speaking of connections, we are so grateful for our By Invitation Only group this holiday season–and the friendship of these remarkable women. To see each of their takes on connections this season, visit Daily Plate of Crazy, where we’ll all be linking up!

Thank you so much for stopping by and for making Design Chic a part of your day!


If you’re in the Triangle, NC area, I would love to see you this Thursday night, November 16 at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC at 7 pm. I’ll be there signing Slightly South of Simple, sipping champagne and talking books with my friends and fellow Tall Poppy writers Katie Rose Guest Pryal and Susan Bishop Crispell. Come join us!



Setting the Thanksgiving Table in Style



As my husband and son are watching videos of turkeys , we’re thinking about setting the Thanksgiving table.  We’re major, major fans of the white pumpkin. Because, let’s face it: While festive, the orange pumpkin doesn’t exactly mesh beautifully with just any decor. 

Loi Thai


This tabletop is a perfect example of white done right in Loi Thai perfection. The antlers, soft candlelight, ideally proportioned pumpkins and gorgeous hydrangeas are just too good! We want to copy this one!

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Karolyn – The Relished Roost

Have you ever seen anything like these pumpkins handprinted by our friend Karolyn, at The Relished Roost?  How gorgeous would they be gracing any Thanksgiving table? We know who else LOVES these: our friend Tina from The Enchanted Home!



This is so beautifully delicious, decadent in its utter simplicity. Recipe please, OKL!



The best thing about the Thanksgiving table is that all of its components are so utterly beautiful all on their own. There’s no way to go wrong with this one!



Gold, gorgeous colors, green hydrangeas, textured gourds… What’s not to love? It’s like the best of all possible worlds!



This is a holiday all about the harvest. This beautiful arrangement brings it center stage!


Whimsical yet lovely… We couldn’t have set is better ourselves! What’s on tap for your Thanksgiving table? We’d love to see what you’re cooking up!


Setting the Table




Are you ready for all that awesome holiday shopping? Have you started? Are you finished? Maybe somewhere in between? My mom, the elf, was wrapping up some beautiful Slightly South of Simples for  early Christmas shoppers, and we thought Hey, what if we could do this for everyone? So, if you want to get a truly personalized holiday gift, just purchase Slightly South of Simple at your favorite local bookstore (indies rock!!!), Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Books-A-Million or wherever else you love buying books, email me at kristy @ kristy woodson (take the spaces out, of course!), and I’ll send you a personalized bookplate for the person (or people!) of your choice, a gorgeous bookmark and plenty of ribbon to tie up your own copy in style!




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