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05 November, 2013

Thankful at Home...Pottery Barn Inspired Dough Bowl

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Fall Dough BowlI am so excited that November has come at last! Not only does it signal the arrival of my favorite holiday…Thanksgiving…but it means that it’s time to pull out one of my most prized possessions…my grandmother’s dough bowl! It has seen many a batch of wonderful Southern-style biscuits through several generations and its lovely old patina and well-worn finish represent all that is family to me. And…over the last several years, it has become the centerpiece of my Thanksgiving décor as well! This year the old gal is sporting a very stylish look…inspired by Pottery Barn!

Pottery Barn Dough Bowl As soon as I saw this photo of their harvest mantel on the Pottery Barn web site, I knew I had found this year’s inspiration! I love the fall elements of pine cones, autumn leaves, birch candles and acorns! But I also knew that it would need some modification since I am not much of a gold or glass girl.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Fall Dough Bowl So here is my version…in more natural fall colors. I used my bargain birch candles…found half price at Kohl’s…and sprinkled in a generous helping of pine cones from my yard and faux acorns with some pretty fall leaves for color.

And I will reveal my secret for keeping it all in place…if you look closely, you will see that it is all seated on a bed of dried black beans! Sometimes I use dried pinto beans as well. Yes…they anchor all of the candles and serve as a subtle backdrop for all of the elements in the dough bowl! Now you know!

Ozzie Our scheduled co-host and CEO Miss Ozzie seems to be having her afternoon nap in the sunshine so I will show you a few of the previous years’ fall dough bowl arrangements.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Simple Fall Dough Bowl 2009 It was four years ago that I first saw dough bowls being used in décor and realized what a treasure I had in my grandmother’s bowl! My first arrangement back in 2009 was a simple one, with white baby boo pumpkins, pillar candles and votives resting on a bed of dried pinto beans…sounds like an new vegetarian dish, doesn’t it? lol

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Fall Dough Bowl 2010For Thanksgiving the next year, I dressed it up a little with the addition of some raffia tied around the candles and placed it on my buffet along with some of my favorite vintage silver. I love the contrast of the rustic and elegant! You can see more here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Thanksgiving Tablescape 2011The following year, I traded the white pumpkins for traditional orange ones and used it as the centerpiece of my Thanksgiving tablescape, including dropcloth, burlap, family heirlooms and Goodwill finds…quite a combination! If you would like to see more of my tablescape, click here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Fall Dough Bowl 2012 Last year my dough bowl arrangement starred a long-stemmed pumpkin that I brought back from my family’s annual visit to a pumpkin farm in the north Georgia mountains…always a happy memory for me! I love seeing my grands wandering among the pumpkins…big and small…both the pumpkins and the grands! You can get a closer look here

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Fall Dough BowlAnd here’s another look at this year’s version. I am so blessed to have a family piece with a wonderful history that I can pass down to my daughter. I hope that happy memories of Thanksgiving will include this dough bowl and that it will figure in family tradition for many years to come!

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed having a little peek at my fall dough bowl arrangements! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures,  Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays , The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays , No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays , Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays , My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday , French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday , Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special, Tatertots and Jello for the Link Party Palooza
See you next time! À la prochaine!

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  1. Such a beautiful post about your very special dough bowl, Debbie. Thank you!

    I love the birch bark candles and what a great idea to use the beans! I am definitely going to remember that one.

  2. I have my great grandmother's dough bowl and you have given me some great ideas. Thanks!

  3. I loved every one of the dough bowl vignettes, Debbie!

  4. Debbie your dough bowl is beautiful. So happy to be a part of this lovely series with you.

  5. oh oh I love it~! so very pretty and the sight of it says fall and welcome to my home.

    you did GOOD..

  6. Oh, so very pretty. I love dough bowls and have one that is very old that a dear friend gave to me.

  7. What beautiful inspiration! I am always inspired every time I visit your blog. Thanks for sharing your PB knock off ideas. I LOVE your dough bowl-Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. I'm loving all the variations and especially love this years with the birch candles. So that's how you keep them standing. Beans.

  9. I love that dough bowl! How wonderful that it came from your grandmother. I just love family heirlooms that hold meaning and incorporating them in to our homes. I love every single one of your variations with it, too. And, I love those candles from Kohls -- I need to go look for those!

    Thanks so much for being a part of the tour, Debbie! I always love what you do! :)

  10. I came over to check out what you were doing and discovered that you and I wrote about exactly the same photo from Pottery Barn this week! I love your dough bowl and all the different ways you've showcased it. Beautiful!

  11. Hello Debbie,
    Your dough bowl vignette is those 50% off candles. You are so lucky to have your grandmothers bowl.


  12. I couldn't pick a favorite dough bowl display. They are each stunning. You're lucky to have such a treasure from your grandmother. Thank you for being on the blog tour. ~Jeanette

  13. I like your's even better! This one and last year's are my favorites. I may need to dash to Kohl's. ummm….you might need to fire your kitty co-host!

  14. So, so beautiful Debbie….love the Pottery Barn inspiration….and such a great idea to use the dried black beans!!!…You give us all such beautiful inspiration and always love seeing your precious Grandmother's dough bowl!

  15. Debbie,
    My heart is deeply touched with knowing that the dough bowl is a family heirloom,
    now turned Family Tradition for celebrating Thanksgiving, dear friend!!!
    Clever idea to use the pinto beans!
    I've used coffee beans in the past and the aroma is divine!!!
    I adore your birch candles. . . I recently purchased battery birch candles @ LOWE's
    for our Holiday use here on the Prairie!!!
    Precious co~hostess and CEO Miss Ozzie looks quite content. . .
    the ever sign of comforts of home.
    Thank you for sharing your special Thankful at Home.
    Blessings to you. . .You continually bless my life!!!

  16. Debbie how great is it that you have this dough bowl from your grandmother!! This turned out beautiful as always. I have been starting to look for a dough bowl. Wish me luck. Pinned!!!


  17. What a family treasure! I love how you incorporate it in such creative, meaningful and varied ways. And, for the record I like your version better than PBs. So there.:) And, I'll have to remember the great additions beans make to an arrangement. So happy I stopped by. Enjoying the tour with you.
    Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio

  18. I just recently learned about dough bowls and trenchers. I can't believe I did not know about them. I love each and every one of the vignettes. You are very creative.

  19. I love the look of a dough bowl (I just got one!) and yours is extra-special since it comes with memories! :)
    Your arrangements look so pretty.

  20. You do indeed have a real treasure there Deb, someday I am goign to get a dough bowl, but it won't have the wonderful stories or memories attached to it like yours done. Nothing like a wonderful family piece. Loving the pinecones!!! Easy to transition into Christmas as well.

  21. How great it is to have a family heirloom such as your dough bowl and to be able to use is year after year is even more special. I love all the ways you've decorated it for Thanksgiving.

  22. What a beautiful bowl and even more special with the history behind it! Your centerpieces are amazing- love the tip about using beans! (I've tried tissue before but it always gets squished or sticks out) and Miss Ozzie is just too cute!
    Happy Thanksgiving

  23. I really enjoyed seeing the different ways you've decorated your special dough bowl for Thanksgiving. I like how you put your own twist on the PB inspiration picture. Great tip on the beans!


  24. Debbie, you never stop amazing me. You have so much talent and creativity... I'm always inspired when I come to visit!!!!
    What a beautiful bowl... and so meaningful that it was your grandmothers and was actually used as a dough bowl!!!!

    I love the idea of anchoring things in beans! Brilliant... just like you! xo

  25. Stunning! Love how you change up your grandmothers bowl - what a great memory!

  26. Very cute, Debbie! Love the birch candles.


  27. Beautiful! Need to get my dough bowl out and decorate it. As soon as we move the furniture back after having the carpets cleaned.

  28. Oh how fortunate you are Debbie to have such a family treasure…especially since it is something your grandmother really used not something that sat on a shelf. I love all the "looks' of the bowl throughout the years. Thank you so much for sharing & for being on tour with us!

  29. Beautiful, Debbie! You have a wonderful way of displaying things. Now I might have to be on the lookout for a dough bowl for my round table. Love it! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  30. I really enjoyed seeing the yearly photos of how you used your treasured dough bowl. Each one was beautiful in it's own way! Such a good tip about the dried beans to stabilize everything, gotta remember that. Best photo: that sweet kitty in the sunshine.

  31. I have a dough bowl that belonged to my grandmother as well! I love yours filled with the pinecones and birch bark candles-probably my favorite centerpiece I've seen this season.

  32. Debbie I absolutely love that dough bowl - I must try and find one. Your Tablescape is beautiful and that little secret about the black beans in the bowl to hold things in place is GENIUS. Pinning this. So very thankful to have been a part of this awesome tour with you and the other gals! xo

  33. Personally I would fire that assistant of yours, but otherwise love your dough bowl and the way you styled it!!

  34. I so want a dough bowl, yours is beautiful! Hopefully one of these days I will be able to have one.

    Mary L

  35. Wow, such beautiful styling every year! It must be hard to top the last one, but you managed it! Simply gorgeous! I popped over from Home Stories A to Z-- thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  36. Your bowl is a treasure - beautiful and meaningful! And I love the way you've styled it each and every year!


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie