Hi friends. You might have noticed that I’ve been challenged with keeping a regular blogging routine that past couple of months. Life has been a whirlwind of activity lately with the move to our new house, work demands and an extended vacation thrown into the mix. I’ve wanted to be here with you everyday but as I struggled to keep up with life’s demands, I made the decision to give myself a break. My blog is a bright spot in my life and I want to share and inspire you but I can’t do that if I’m not feeling like I’m giving you my best. Sometimes in life you just have to stop and take a breath and that’s what I’ve allowed myself to do.
Even though life continues to be busy I’m slowing easing back into a routine and getting back on track. Thanks for hanging in there with me and continuing to follow and support the blog.
Ok, enough about my busy life, its time to get to some fun fall decorating.
Today I’m sharing my Fall Tablescape with you. I’m calling it Autumn Elegance because it a fun combination of chic and rustic.
p.s. there’s a full source list at the end of the post to make shopping easy for you
Fall Tablescape: Autumn Elegance
The color theme I choose is a twist on a traditional fall color palette. The mix of terra-cotta orange with blue & white and shades of green give the table the feeling of fall but with a lighter edge. And the wood elements add the rustic touch.
For the centerpiece, I used a vintage dough bowl and filled it with faux pumpkins, hydrangea and ornamental cabbage. I love the look of real cabbage in an arrangement and was excited to find faux stems at the craft store.
Since my bowl is deep, I placed a few pieces of dollar store floral form in the bottom and nestled the flowers between the foam. The foam also helps to elevate the pumpkins and keep everything in place.
The place setting is where the mix of chic and rustic elements come together. I mixed my elegant Blue Willow china with casual Fiestaware plates and the wood charger. I found the Bird of Paradise bread plates last week at an antique store and they are perfect for my color theme. And to add another rustic touch, I used my favorite faux bamboo flatware to complete the place setting.
I’m all about layers when it comes to creating tablescapes so I also mixed in several different accent plates.
Our dining space is not fully decorated yet but I did add a few fall touches to the buffet. I kept the arrangement eclectic and used a pair of tortoise hurricanes, ceramic pumpkins and brass pineapples. The tortoise hurricanes I snagged at Pottery Barn on super sale but these from Amara are similar.
I just love how lush and layered the centerpiece is. It really is the star of the show and sets the tone for the entire table.
I love how this tablescape came out! I think it’s so warm & inviting and just the look to get me in the spirit of the season.
How do you decorate your table for Fall? Do you go with neutrals or traditional Fall colors?
Fall Tablescape Design Tips:
* Find one item that can serve as the jumping off point for your table decor. Use it to pull your color story together and to decide the style of your table.
* Create a focal point with your centerpiece. If you’re creating a larger floral arrangement as your centerpiece, pay attention the height. You want to make sure and keep the arrangement low so conversation can easily flow across the table.
* Make sure your tablescape has depth vertically and horizontally…layer from the bottom up and from side to side. My centerpiece provided horizontal impact on the table and the layered place settings gave the table visual interest.
* Candles are a must…Candles could be tall candlesticks or small tea lights depending one your table decor.
* Personalize your place settings. Use place cards, napkins or decorative element within your tablescape to add the personality to your table.
* Mix and Match to make the table come to life. Combine different china patterns, linen textures and materials to add personality and interest to your table. I love mixing refined china and cauual dinnerware and using a combination of silver and gold finishes. The perfect mix of rough luxe!
* Layer, Layer, Layer! I’ve mentioned this before but can’t stress enough how much layering will enhance your tablescape.
Fall Tablescape Source List:
Orange Tablecloth (similar here)
Blue and Orange Dinner Napkins (Pier 1 on clearance. Etsy is a great source for custom embroidered napkins)
Bamboo Flatware (purchased at Neiman Marcus but also available here)
Wood Charger Plate (thrifted–similar here)
Blue Willow Dinnerware (lots of vintage options here)
Orange Fiestaware Plates (available in every color under the rainbow)
Small White Cake Stand (Target dollar spot last year but you can get them here for under $4.00)
Blue and White Coasters–vintage/thrifted
Large Dough Bowl–Lakewood Antiques Market 15 years ago–great vintage source here)
Faux Cabbage (looks like the real thing)
For more entertaining and table design inspiration, check out some of the other tablescapes I’ve created:
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