Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Simple autumn tablescape

Hey all! How are ya? The cat pulled the cord out of my phone last night so we had a fun morning of running around trying to get to the bus on time. We did. ;)

Today I’m sharing my fall tablescape as we continue our fall link ups! If you’ve been following along over the years you know I got a wild hair a couple years ago and decided to get rid of our dining room and turn it into a library. It’s still in process but we LOVE it so far.

For a while this meant I really didn’t have a table to dress for the seasons (we had our round kitchen table). Not a big deal but I’m a decorating fiend and a blogger so I did miss that part a bit. But since I made our new, bigger table earlier this year, I’m able to join in on the festivities again. Whoot!

I started with a blank slate of the DIY tabletop:

DIY farmhouse table

I tried to use what I already had for the most part – I love our round IKEA chargers so those and my basic white plates were first:

white plates

I got the napkins at Pier 1 – LOVE them but they only had three and I needed four. So I ended up with two of the prints and two solids that matched. I like how it turned out.

The plates felt nekked when I was done so I added some gourds I picked up last weekend on each plate:

Like a smarty I only got three of the green and three of the orange – so I had to mix those up too. I was on a roll.

I created the whole table setting based around the pink flowers you see here:

I LOVE them – I can never remember what they’re called but I always see them in the fall. Any idea what they are? The bring pink is a wavy/felty feeling one and the longer ones are fuzzy and fun. They played perfectly with more hydrangeas from my pee gee trees. (You can see how I used those on the mantel here.)

I wanted to carry the flowers down the table a bit so I filled a Goodwill set with little bits of the flowers as well:

There’s a lot of Goodwill on this table – the little white creamer set, the copper sprayed candlesticks, the water goblets and glass hobnail votive holders are all from Goodwill over the years:

I love the glass aisle at Goodwill – it always draws me in. I can’t quit it.

At first I planned on putting a runner down the table, but I really wanted to see the table I worked so hard on. :)

My goal (like with the mantel) was to use more natural items and some items I already had. I didn’t want it to scream FALL – I wanted it to whisper. *Fallll.* 

I think it whispers:

Last night after I took pics the Bub asked why we were going to eat pumpkins. Love him.

This morning it was dark and rainy and I took the opportunity to light the candles again and take a few more shots:

It’s no fancy dining room but I love it. ;)

I think we’ll eat by candlelight tonight!:

This kind of thing is so fun for me – just puttering around and adding things, taking them away, arranging them just so. Hope it inspires you just a bit! :)

Do you have a dining room or just a kitchen table? I thought I would miss the dining room table more than I do – but I really don’t! It was a good choice for us for sure but wouldn’t be for everyone.

56 comments:

  1. Very pretty! I have no idea what kind of flowers those are, but they are so fun!

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  2. We have a wonderful round table in our breakfast nook. we eat their every meal but Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas (and Eve), and Birthdays. Right now our dining room table is my "store" as I have about five different preserved boxwood on it, fabric rolls for projects, MMSP, trim mouldings...It has to be off by Thanksgiving! Your table is simple and very pretty. Perfect balance of family friendly and classy :)

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    1. And it is"We" and more importantly "there" not their!

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  3. The flowers are cockscomb. Lovely table setting!

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  4. looks very elegant and classic! I love fall! It is such a great time for decorating! Are your hydrangeas still blooming here in Indy! Mine are! Its great to be able to keep some of the summer flowers going and mix in the fall stuff!

    Laura
    House Envy

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    1. Laura mine are too, at least on a couple plants. The others aren't doing much right now. Love them!

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  5. I love it! The colors are beautiful. We got rid of our dining room as well and gave the room to our girls since it is larger. They prefer to share a room at their young age and we are not really formal people so now I need to decorate my table as well. Thanks for showing us!

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  6. I think the ruffly looking pink flower is cockscomb. I was in Nashville, IN a few weeks ago and there is a little shop that grows these and sells the seeds. I would have never known this before then.

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  7. LOVE it!! It definitely whispers "falllll!" =) I enjoyed reading about your family trip yesterday too- we are total lake swimmers, too, and I forget that it really creeps some people out, ha! Beautiful picture of your Dad and little boy.

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  8. Love the dining decor and love the hydrangeas! great choice of plating :)

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  9. so beautiful! It whispers fall perfectly! I love all the thrifted items!

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  10. I can't see the one flowers well enough, but the ruffly one is called celosia.
    I love how your setting turned out. The colors are perfect.
    Our dining room table (and all our dishes) has been packed up for three months in order to have our makeshift kitchen in there during the never-ending remodel. So I haven't decorated ANYTHING for fall anywhere in the house yet. It will just get a layer of construction dust on it, so......But I did stick some pee gee hydrangea flowers in the wall vases in there, and I'm excited to bring in some fall leaves for the mantel. The rest will have have to wait a wee bit longer. We're getting clooooooser. :)

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  11. Love it! The longer pinky purplish flowers are amaranth - my toddler picked a bunch of it last week at a local greenhouse. The tablescape is beautiful - understated and elegant, says fall without being over the top. It's beautiful!

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  12. Beautiful! We only have a (small) round kitchen table. No dining room for us. But for Thanksgiving, we push all of the furniture out of the way and turn our living room into a dining room. It's fun! :)

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  13. love love love love the arrangements..... beautiful :)

    http://nicksnacksbyme.blogspot.com/

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  14. Beautiful, I love the candlesticks, where did you get them?

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    1. Thank you! Those are from Goodwill -- I got a bunch a couple years ago and spray painted them for this Christmas centerpiece: http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/2011/12/metallic-christmas-table.html

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  15. Since you have multiple names for your flowers I thought I would clear that up. Everyone was correct, it just depends what they are known by in your part of the country.Cockscomb flowers are also known as Wool Flowers or Brain Celosia, suggestive of a highly colored brain. The flowers belong to the amaranth family, Amaranthaceae.

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  16. I heart your chairs!! Where are they from?

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    1. Those are from World Market -- I talked about them more here: http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/2013/04/ikea-table-turned-farmhouse-table.html
      (I started with two and got two more last time they were on sale.)

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  17. We got rid of our dining table and chairs and turned our dining room space into a nice home office and den. We hardly used the dining room and it became a pile up space for "stuff". I've been following your blog for some time and I find all your projects and décor very inspiring. Your latest fall tablescape is no exception. I love your mix of natural, organic décor mixed with vintage finds. Have a lovely day.

    Jennah

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  18. Oh, dear. I would do something like that if I ever could get the craft stuff and random power tools off my dining room table (and keep it off!)

    Seriously, it's gorgeous!

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  19. I love how the total effect is both rustic and refined at the same time --great job! :)

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  20. Oh how lovely!! I think it whispers "Fall" too, but in a very classy way. I want to come dine at your table now! Still loving your dark painted doors too! They really pop.

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  21. I love, love, love it!!! Sooooooo crafty :-) I am *HOPING* that we will be in our new house by Thanksgiving so I can get crafty too!! Fingers crossed.....

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  22. YOU amaze me!! I follow you daily and always am surprised. Love your table. Simple but perfect. I have a formal dining room and love it! Buying a new house in Prescott, AZ and my first requirement is a formal D/R. I entertain during the holidays and it's a must have for just hubby and me. LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  23. Your new table and Fall table decor are beautiful. Great job on both!

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  24. The chargers and flowers are just perfect together! I wish I could put together a table this pretty!

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  25. it looks gorgeous- love the color the flowers bring in!

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  26. So pretty, Sarah, and I love the idea of turning a room into a library! We are in the beginning process of doing that to an upstairs dormer area.

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  27. We have a dining table that we keep set all the time with seasonal tablescapes. Not only does it look lovely when you walk in the front door, it keeps us from using the dining room table as a catch all. Your table is lovely!
    Cheers,
    Lori in Atlanta

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  28. LOVING the colors. The greens and burgundy is so gorgeous! Looks great :)

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  29. This is fast becoming my favourite blog!!!

    We're hoping to buy our first house within the next year and I'm just inhaling all your wonderful ideas for when we move!

    Shreena
    http://tea-in-texas.blogspot.com/

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  30. Your table is so beautiful! Btw, I don't think you have gourds. They look like acorn squash to me which is a bonus because you will be able to eat them!
    :) Laurie

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  31. I love it! I love the hydrangeas, and I adore your little 'bub' asking about eating the pumpkins lol, so cute! We have an eat in kitchen, no dining room. The eating space is large enough to set it up as a dining room, so it works for me. I decorate it like a 'formal' dining room (as formal as you can get with 2 kids, a husband, a dog and a cat) but use it for our every day meals. We also have the kitchen island nearby (like you do!) for the kid's breakfasts, etc. I thought I'd miss a formal dining room when we bought this house, but turns out we don't need it! Barbara at Chase the Star (.net)

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  32. Your table scape is awesome. I love it, it has a touch of fall with elegance. You are so creative.

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  33. Very nice! I love the picture facing the door. It has such a nice cozy rustic feel to it. Perfect for a fall dinner. I like when you do a tablescape. It gives us an opportunity to see the sum of your projects and how cohesive the final look is. Be careful though with the tablescaping thing. It is very addictive.

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  34. Love your table décor and inspiration to find and repurpose! My table is currently naked, except for the stray items that have wandered there out of lack of a better place. Fall is my fav time of year... guess it's time to get serious and dress that drab table up a bit!

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  35. We have both a kitchen table and a dining room. Although, we never really use our dining room except for major holidays when family is over.
    Your table is gorgeous. Love the simplicity of it.

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  36. Very Pretty!! I like how you used more non-traditional fall colors. Not just orange,gold, brick, etc. This table looks so homey and inviting. And I also like the use of objects you already had. Just mixed up in a different way. Inspires me to do so as well. Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Simply beautiful...I love it!

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  38. Beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  39. i think i missed the post where you got 2 additional chairs :) love them and the tablescape! Be YOU ti ful!

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  40. Your simple arrangement made a big difference. I love it! Really clean and chic.

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  41. I must say, you remind me of my sister. Just puttering around, changing something here or there, shopping her home, or mine, turning the furniture a different direction, adding or deleting. Meanwhile, I just stand in awe,...and deep appreciation of her talents!! Your table is beautiful.

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  42. It looks beautiful! It's simple yet classy and very welcoming. The last two pictures made me want to come for a visit. ;)

    Have a great day!
    Amy
    www.homesweetthriftyhome.com

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  43. That looks really lovely! I'd quite happily sit round that table. Whenever I try and decorate the table it just never looks quite right :-(

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  44. The wavy flowers are cockscomb, but the longer ones that are deeper in color look like fuzzy sumac berries to me. Your table looks lovely!

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  45. I love your kitchen designs. I have been looking into birdhouse kitchen decor and I like the vintage country feel. Thanks for the post!

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  46. It seems i would follow your decor ideas as soon as possible. Decor ideas comes within with a uniqueness. Loved your table arrangement with candles.
    Home Inspection Viera

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