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Living and Giving Well This Thanksgiving

Updated: 7 days ago



Like so many things that have been unusual and unprecedented in 2020, Thanksgiving is going to feel very different this year. No large cooking for crowds, no long-distance travel to far-flung families, no afternoon football to watch together. Some of you may be hosting a small, socially-distanced Thanksgiving dinner for the very first time – a simultaneously exciting and onerous task.


My clients and friends have been asking me what practical, cost-conscious things they can do to fill their homes (and outdoor spaces) with nourishing, supportive energy for the upcoming holidays – and boy do we need it! Let us start with some sage, time-tested advice:

  • Cleanse Your Home: Preparing for any celebration requires a clean home with fresh, renewed energy, so tidying up and de-cluttering beforehand is crucial. Space clearing or “smudging” can be achieved by performing an orange peel ceremony or by burning incense, white sage or palo santo wood. With so much change and chaos around us, shifting energy in a positive, healing direction is now more important than ever.

  • Pay Attention to Scent: Keep aromatic energy consistent throughout your home by deciding on one scent (maximum two) to use in common areas. Candles and essential oil diffusers are perfect ways to enhance the aromatherapeutic energy of your home. Thanksgiving, in particular, lends itself to cozy, spicy smells such as cinnamon, rosemary, pine and wood.

  • Dine Outdoors: Setting a socially distanced table outdoors? There is a lot to factor in: non-household members six feet apart, no buffets or heaped platters, blankets at every place setting, outdoor fire pit or propane heaters for warmth, hand sanitizer alongside autumnal centerpieces.

  • Enhance Earth Elements: This Feng Shui element celebrates the bounty of the earth and is represented using light yellow and sandy brown colors. Incorporate grounding, solid square shapes wherever possible. Earthenware containers are highly recommended.

  • Focus on Fire Elements: This Feng Shui element has a nourishing and supportive relationship with the Earth element and is represented by shades of red, orange and gold and triangular shapes. Work candles into centerpieces or light up the fireplace to warm and further purify the energy of your home.

Lastly, practice gratitude and give thanks to those that are loved and healthy in your life. We partnered with One Kings Lane, 2Modern, Pottery Barn Teen, Brooklinen and Bed, Bath & Beyond to curate a list of inspired Thanksgiving design elements and gift ideas guaranteed to showcase your gift-giving flair while elevating the elegance of this special holiday – wherever you’re celebrating:


Assortment of 6 Clear Glass Stoppers by One Kings Lane: For the avid wine and spirits drinker. Six cut-glass stoppers for practical use as well as unexpected decoration.


Feu de Bois (Smoky frankincense, notes of leather, sandalwood, pine) Reed Diffuser by One Kings Lane: Housed in a handblown art-glass vessel with hand-cut reeds, this diffuser fills your home with the bright, luxurious scent of sparkling grapefruit, Tuscan lemon, and ginger, beautifully balanced by calming rose, neroli, and verbena.


Anemone Gift Wrap by One Kings Lane: Illustrator Lana Frankel's love of beautiful paper and whimsical design led her to found Lana's Shop, specializing in prints and stationery featuring her own unique drawings. Printed on matte paper, this gift wrap features a charming anemone pattern on a navy background.


Courant Wireless Charger by 2Modern: Combines multi-coil, single device wireless technology with the familiar valet silhouette, allowing you to thoughtfully organize accessories and charge your devices.


Offi Overlap Computer Tray by 2Modern: This hybrid table allows you to bring your office with you, check email on the deck or take breakfast to your partner in bed.


Ferm Living Ripple Carafe Set: by 2Modern: A stylish addition to your glassware collection, the Ferm Living Ripple Carafe Set is a half-liter carafe and tumbler that also functions as the lid of the carafe. Available in clear glass and smoke glass.


Elle Lacquer Wall Jewelry Organizer by Pottery Barn Teen: This wall piece holds everything from rings and earrings to necklaces, with its bar and multiple hooks. All your treasured jewelry will be neatly organized and stylish.


Umbra Gold Jewelry Storage Kit by The Container Store: The kit includes the essentials to make it easy to get your jewelry in order. The Umbra Gold Jewelry Storage Kit includes: (1) Tribeca Necklace Stand, (1) Prisma Bracelet & Earring Holder and (1) Circa Bracelet & Ring Holder.


Super Plush Robe by Brooklinen: Inspired by the luxurious feel of our Super-Plush Towels, our Super-Plush Robe is made of combed, long-staple Turkish cotton and has a substantial 380 GSM weight. The robe features a piped collar, cuffed edges, deep pockets, and a sturdy waist tie.


Keurig K-Cafe Special Edition Latte and Cappuccino Maker from Bed Bath & Beyond: Enjoy coffee and delicious specialty beverages with Keurig's K-Cafe Special Edition Single Serve Coffee, Latte & Cappuccino Maker. With 4 settings, a 60 oz. tank capacity, and included milk frother this machine will make great drinks for the family.


Oggi Stainless Steel Mug from Bed Bath & Beyond: This oversized, vacuum sealed, insulated mug boasts a comfortable to hold handle and includes a slider lid top that ensures your beverage stays at the right temperature.


Wishing you a nourishing, healing Thanksgiving. Remember there is more power expressing gratitude for what you do have than longing for what you don’t have.


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