Thanksgiving really snuck up on us this year. Maybe it was the warmer fall weather, or just the fact that time always seems to speed up this time of year, but that doesn’t mean we’re any less excited for our favorite holiday! Especially the decorating and table setting part, and the food a close second. With exactly a week until the big day, we wanted to share an Old Glory tablescape with you and show you our Old Glory Signature Style design process at work. (Visit our older Old Glory Signature Style blog posts HERE and HERE to see what it's all about!)

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This is a tablescape we did at Old Glory Denver this week, to inspire your own table decor and help you pick up any last minute Thanksgiving decor goods you might need for holiday gatherings big and small. And to help you prepare even more, here are a few of our tips and styling insights to take the stress out of the holiday—at least in decorating for it!

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We like to start with a blank slate: a bare table in front of us and plenty of ideas in our heads. Our overall Old Glory Style philosophy is based on the belief that you don’t know until you try, and that every idea is worth trying. Even the “bad” ones lead to even better ideas and design solutions. As my kids’ elementary art teacher used to say, there are no mistakes in art! Sometimes (most of the time for us), the final product looks nothing like what you had envisioned. But that is okay! It will be even better because more and more ideas come to you in the process and creativity and hands-on hard work take over. 

For a holiday like Thanksgiving, the table setting and design has to be practical for large groups and for easy dining, but that doesn’t mean it can’t beautiful and unexpected too. We like to make our Thanksgiving table festive and fun, not too perfect or polished, and full of unexpected and welcoming finishing touches that make us want to sit there long after the turkey is done and dusted. 

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Layer different plates and different dish styles to create a visual and practical variety. Use height to engage the eye on different levels, with some dishes raised on breadboards or even other dishes, greenery that reaches upward, and place setting details that are a little different at each seat.


Play with texture—the worn wood of old breadboards with the smoothness of ceramic dishes, the beautiful patina on vintage silverware with paper placemats and quote cards with just the right amount of roughness. The meal can engage all the senses, not just taste! Use ornaments as plate decor—we love the beautiful simplicity of these metal pinecone ornaments, combined with the clean whiteness of the plates and the neutral worn-ness of the table.

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Use dried (or fresh) fruits and vegetables as decor to make the whole table come alive. Our go to’s are dried artichokes and pomegranates, because of the splash of color and warmth they add to the table. We also love adding greenery anywhere we can, because it adds so much vitality and warmth as well. 

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Collections are one of the trademarks of Old Glory Style, and they can play a huge part in a tablescape design. This time of year is the perfect time to bring out your favorite collections and put them on display, and even put them to good use! From vintage silverware you can put at every place setting, to your favorite collection of old breadboards you can use as serving pieces or chargers, to your favorite set of mismatched vintage vases and jars for greenery or silverware, the Thanksgiving table is a great way to put your collections to good use, both visually and practically. 

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And finally, another one of our favorite elements of Old Glory Style is the “mix not the match.” In addition to combining and contrasting different textures, tones, and dining ware styles, you can creatively display ordinary objects all around for unexpected touches, mixing up people’s expectations and creating an uncommon and beautiful finished product. We came up with the idea at the store of putting vintage silverware in the soil of our potted pine trees, with quote cards between the fork’s prongs to make each setting a little more inspiring and unexpected. Now, not everyone would want to use a fork that was dipped in soil…but sometimes it’s better to put what looks good over what us useful every once in a while, right? 

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Fair warning: if you have as much fun tablescape-ing as we do every year, you might never want the meal to end! But don’t worry, the holidays are just beginning and this time of year, there are endless excuses to make your home beautiful and decorate for the season.

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I'll be honest...running a store that is 1,000 miles from home can be challenging. Enter the Old Glory Texas dream team! I am so happy to have such great help to make Old Glory Texas the successful adventure that it is. Here is the team that makes it happen!

Many of you know Sandy as our store manager in Denver. You may also know her as the face of Old Glory Texas, as Sandy ran our pop-up store in Burton for several years. And now Sandy, in her usual calm, steady style, has stepped in to help with our new store in Round Top and has made several trips to Round Top to get things up and running. You can find Sandy in the store developing policies and procedures, opening boxes, and merchandising, all while greeting customers by name. Thank you, Sandy, for your willingness to step in whenever needed, your can-do attitude, and your kind spirit. 

Debby is the latest addition to our Old Glory team, and we are so happy to have her. Debby is running the store in Round Top. A native of Texas, she is full of energy and enthusiasm and has a quiet smile that welcomes customers into the store and makes them feel right at home. Debby is resourceful and fun, and in three short weeks she has become an invaluable part of the Old Glory family who goes above and beyond the call of duty. How lucky we are to have met her! We don't feel so far away with Debby taking care of the store and we know it is in good, hardworking, and creative hands.

Meloney Russell, owner of Seedbox Antiques, is a long-time friend of Old Glory, and she has worked with us since the days of the Old Glory Antiques Fair. Meloney lives in Missouri and travels to Texas to help us at our shop and for Seedbox business. She buys merchandise for us year-round and comes to the store to help us put it back together, taking a messy shop, selecting pieces from our disorganized storage, adding new pieces she has found for us, and transforming it into a beautiful and interesting feast for the eyes. And her husband Brian is such a huge help too, with great ideas, muscle and comic relief. 

Here are some photos from our Round Top store...see the results of this hardworking, creative, and tireless team from our latest store refresh this week. Thank you Sandy, Debby, and Meloney for helping me make Old Glory Style look so good in Texas! 

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It's hard to believe, but the holidays are just around the corner and we are so excited about it at Old Glory! It's one of the best times of the year, especially for nesting, shopping, and decorating, not to mention family gatherings and some well-earned time at home as the days get cold. 

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Come help us celebrate the season this weekend at our Old Glory Denver holiday open house! We are so excited to share our 2017 holiday collection, as well as timeless and thoughtfully selected home furnishings, all beautifully presented in our signature Old Glory Style. 

And to help us ring in the season even more, we all picked our favorite things at the store this week before the open house, to jump start your gift shopping and to serve as an impromptu Old Glory 2017 Gift Guide. Here are our favorite finds and items from the store, from the Old Glory Denver Team!


Mary Gregory + Old Glory

One of the best parts of owning and running a store is the scouting--scouting the huge antique pieces that fill our space and the smaller things that finish it off and make the perfect complements to our favorite antique finds. We also love getting to work with such great people and creative minds in our scouting, and Texas-based artist Mary Gregory is no exception. 

We met Mary at a show in Round Top and have loved her artwork ever since. So now we are so excited and so happy to be carrying her work in both our Round Top and Denver stores! We got our first load of her prints in Denver this week, and we love the way they just fit right in and feel at home with our Old Glory Signature Style. 

Here are some pictures of Mary's work in our Denver store. Come in to bring some beautiful Mary Gregory artwork home with you! 

Found & Favorite at Old Glory Denver

With the changing seasons and changing weather, this time of year is the perfect time to remind ourselves that working hard is the best way to spend our time and the best way to weather the cold. We've had a great week at Old Glory Denver working hard in the store, getting ready for the holidays, arranging and rearranging the store for the season, and scouting and stocking what you need to make your homes beautiful and welcoming for fall & winter. 

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Here are a few of our favorite spots around the store this week, just in time for some snow and cold weather! Come in and see us, Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. 


Old Glory TEXAS Opens TODAY!

Today's the day! Starting today, Old Glory TEXAS will be open year-round in Round Top, Thursday though Sunday every week.

To celebrate the occasion, we wanted to share with you a look at our Texas store through the eyes of our friend Theresa of Walker 1791 Salvage & Design. Theresa visited us during Antiques Week in September and captured our Old Glory Texas style. Thank you, Theresa, for sharing your beautiful photographs with us! We are so happy to such supportive and talented friends, and we always look forward to seeing Theresa's friendly face!

(All photos taken from Theresa's Facebook page and used with permission)

Visit our TEXAS page for all the details on our Round Top shop. And here are the dates for the rest of 2017!