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8. Seasonal touches

Thursday, November 12, 2009

From our design experts, here are other small things you can do in the dining room:

Keep a Thanksgiving guest book. Visitors can write what they are thankful for. Take it out year after year, and it will be a favorite family heirloom of celebrations gone by (Terry Sullivan, Washington).

Arrange your child's leaf collection on the table and include jars of acorns they've collected (David Herchik and Richard Looman of JDS Designs, Washington).

Hang a wreath in front of a large mirror, using a cream or white ribbon for contrast (Tracy Morris, Washington).

Collect magnolia leaves outdoors. Whether spray-painted gold or silver or left their natural color, these can make a last-minute centerpiece; or arrange them in an oversize bin or flower pot inside a fireplace (Dana Tydings, Laytonsville).

Add shades to the exposed bulbs of your chandelier or sconces. The shades will instantly soften the light (Michael Hampton, Washington).

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