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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