For me seasonal decorating is all about a progression, easing into the upcoming season. I’m not one to ravage the local farm stand, buying every pumpkin and mum in sight, plastering them across my front entrance and leaving it at that. I prefer to be more subtle and intentional, starting with a softer touch and building from there. I began this season with gentle neutrals and this week I’m beginning to add in more color, but always keeping my personal style in mind. This was my mantra for today’s post, using autumn color in a fall tablescape.
I’m joining with a group of bloggers for an Autumn Tablescape Blog Hop, hosted by the talented Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate. Please be sure to check out each fall tablescape listed and linked at the bottom of this post.
The key to my concept for this table was to bring in some fall color but to do it in a way that retains the soft feminine feel of my French Country style. I didn’t avoid orange altogether but rather softened its punch with the colors I surrounded it with. They needed to be equally weighted and I also balanced the gold tones with the infusion of pink.
My plate stack is actually a very traditional combination, with copper chargers, clean white dinner plates and a pumpkin print salad plate topping it all off. (See resource list at the end of the post.)
Because I enjoy patterned dishes, I’m always concerned about how to make them look different from one table to the next. It’s what sits around them on the table that makes all the difference. You can see just how different these particular plates look in this Thanksgiving tablescape that focused more on browns and golds.
For glasses I went with a subtle gold goblet, warm-toned enough to project fall but soft enough to just whisper it.
Eucalyptus leaves trail down the center of the table, peppered with craft pumpkins in a playful mango orange. I’m having great fun with velvet pumpkins this year and they’re showing up all over our home.
The most amusing secret to this tablescape is that I set it and shot it in the middle of a construction site. Our kitchen is currently being renovated and if you got a look at the mess that was going on behind me, you’d likely get a good laugh. You can get a glimpse of our new floor in this photo, as I had just moved our table back into the room for the shoot. (Stay tuned for the kitchen reveal beginning next week.)
As the underpinning for the setting I used a plaid tablecloth in a range of fall colors. In fact I got a little nervous that it might make it too dark, but instead it illustrates how all the elements working together combine to tell a new story.
I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but when I get to this stage in styling a table, I begin to work by instinct and improvisation. I started this table by selecting the plates and the tablecloth, but the rest evolved as I was working and it’s where I think its true character emerged. The washed russet napkins were a natural enough choice, but when I added the peony napkin ring, the table found its voice. This would have been a very different setting without the pink floral.
For the centerpiece I used the floral arrangement I styled earlier in the week for my fall vignette in the living room, with pale green hydrangeas and a hit of peach and the lovely drape of eucalyptus leaves.
A sprinkling of small gourds adds seasonal flavor and interest, a final touch to the tablescape.
Source List – Click on the items below for direct links to the products. Where actual items were no longer available, I’ve provided similar options. (This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.)
- Copper chargers
- White dinner plates
- Pumpkin salad plates
- Gold goblets
- Hemstitch napkins
- Floral napkin rings (similar – mine are from Pier 1 but not currently available)
- First Love Silver Flatware
- Plaid tablecoth
- Velvet pumpkins
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