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Carolyne Roehm filled a pair of Franch transferware pedestal bowls with rose hips, berries, wild grapes, and chestnuts.  It certainly makes for a robust arrangement. I love that she made a pair of arrangements and used them to flank a hurricane votive.

1 Carolyne Roehm filled a pair of Franch transferware pedestal bowls with rose hips, berries, wild grapes, and chestnuts. It certainly makes for a robust arrangement. I love that she made a pair of arrangements and used them to flank a hurricane votive.

The mixture of dahlias and roses in bright oranges and reds is perfect for fall and winter arrangements.  I love the clash between the warm hues of the flowers and the blue and white china. Definitely a showstopper and perfect for an entry hall sideboard.

2 The mixture of dahlias and roses in bright oranges and reds is perfect for fall and winter arrangements. I love the clash between the warm hues of the flowers and the blue and white china. Definitely a showstopper and perfect for an entry hall sideboard.

The golden glass of this pedestal looks gorgeous in the sunlight and works well with the fuchsia goblets in the background.  Filled with pears and chinaberries, it is a stunning centerpiece for Thanksgiving - made even better by the fact that it is half-edible (do not eat the chinaberries!)

3 The golden glass of this pedestal looks gorgeous in the sunlight and works well with the fuchsia goblets in the background. Filled with pears and chinaberries, it is a stunning centerpiece for Thanksgiving - made even better by the fact that it is half-edible (do not eat the chinaberries!)

A trio of arrangements made from clusters of yellow mums looks stunning and fresh in cobalt blue Venetian glass. I really like these arrangements because of the unusual color combo and the fact that you don't need to spend a lot of money. These three arrangements are very affordable and will last a very long time.

4 A trio of arrangements made from clusters of yellow mums looks stunning and fresh in cobalt blue Venetian glass. I really like these arrangements because of the unusual color combo and the fact that you don't need to spend a lot of money. These three arrangements are very affordable and will last a very long time.

We lose a lot of greenery during the fall and winter, when the leaves begin to turn.  It's refreshing to find a bright green display such as this one, which includes bowls filled with Granny Smith apples, and a wild arrangement of immature persimmons with magnolia leaves and peppercorn branches. This arrangement would like especially nice on a front porch.

5 We lose a lot of greenery during the fall and winter, when the leaves begin to turn. It's refreshing to find a bright green display such as this one, which includes bowls filled with Granny Smith apples, and a wild arrangement of immature persimmons with magnolia leaves and peppercorn branches. This arrangement would like especially nice on a front porch.

Roehm used this arrangement to decorate her own Thanksgiving table.  She used iron pedestal vases to fill with lemon leaves, eucalyptus berries, olive-shaped hypericum berries and roses. The combination of textures is particularly appealing.

6 Roehm used this arrangement to decorate her own Thanksgiving table. She used iron pedestal vases to fill with lemon leaves, eucalyptus berries, olive-shaped hypericum berries and roses. The combination of textures is particularly appealing.

While I won't be hosting Thanksgiving this November (my apartment is not exactly holiday-ready), I am certainly going to get in the festive mood by decorating with fall and winter flower arrangements. One of my all-time favorite designers/authors is Carolyne Roehm. In searching for inspiration for Thanksgiving arrangements, I scanned my color-coordinated bookshelf until I came upon her "Fall Notebook," which is a comprehensive look at some of the best flowers and plant material to bring indoors during the Fall and Winter months (the spine of the book is brown, by the way). I also love her decorating tips for setting the dinner table, as well as the delicious seasonal recipes she provides. This is a book that every one of you should reference during the upcoming holiday season. Her entire collection of books would make a fantastic and endlessly inspiring Christmas gift, as well.

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Comments (5)

  • I adore Carolyn's designs, so classic and inspiring -What a great suggestion Kevin. Such perfect taste!!

  • You don't need to post this, just curious:

    If Oprah can have her OWN network then why doesn't Martha?

  • Love Carolyne. I am still building my collection of her books. They are so beautiful. She always uses her blue and white pieces. I love it and I also collect it. Her "Passion for Blue and White" is an amazing book. I also love Charlotte Moss. How is the progress with your book collection redesign/reorganization at the office going? We need to see updated pictures. Alexis is stressing over her books fitting in her new space. Please help her.

  • Hi Kevin, thanks for the reference, she is very good!
    Wish you a great weekend. Happy Thanksgiving and best wishes!
    Rowaida

  • Yes, Carolyne Roehm's work is both elegant and timeless. It's too bad you're not ready to entertain this Thanksgiving, but I look forward to following your apartment's evolution and your insights in all things home related.

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