Autumn Tablescape

Cooler weather means mornings on the veranda with a hot cup of coffee looking for the first signs of turning leaves.  I love this time of year.  Wearing sweaters, cooler nights with a warm quilt on my lap, looking forward to  a fire in the fireplace, some wool applique handwork, a lovely scented candle, and a good book.  I enjoy decorating to usher in the season with an Autumn inspired tablescape.  I’ve mentioned this before, our table is visible from the loft next to our bedroom, so a pretty tablescape is a decorative display that I see every morning as I come down the stairs.

This year I got out my Autumn placemats that I made a few years back with some wonderful plaid fabric with gold Autumn leaves.  They are simple rectangles, quilted with a maple leaf pantograph, then bound as usual.  The fabric was a secret sister gift in a longarm group. I put the placemats on a cream color tablecloth to set them off, and added my Nutmeg Spice napkins with wood napkin rings.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The plate stacks have my copper color chargers, with white dinner china plates, topped with these Autumn Leaf plates from Pier 1. I swear, they should pay me for all I do for them, LOL!! Don’t you love that store?

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Above the knives on the placemat, I set knife rests, a gift from a friend and the first time I’ve had a table to use them. This is the kind of detail that makes a tablescape just a bit more special, not to mention it saves your placemats from getting quite as dirty.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

As usual, I add individual salt and pepper shakers.  I had to do a silverware polish, but that really didn’t take too long.  I use the Wrights Silver cream with water, and it is fast and easy.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Wine glasses are added too, these were a thrift store find.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Taking a closer look at this year’s centerpiece, I used my Advent candle holder to hold four rust color candles, then added a large ceramic pumpkin to the middle. Autumn leaf garlands span the length of the center table.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Another thrift store score, these ceramic leaves are really salt and pepper shakers. I nestled them into the garland leaves as a surprise for those willing to look at bit closer.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

My crackle glass votive holders and ceramic pumpkins are on each end of the centerpiece, surrounded by the leaf garland.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The colors of the elements of the centerpiece really go together well.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Another thrift store score, these pumpkin bowls fit into my existing leaf plates nicely, and would be great to serve salad dressings. I put a set on each end of the table.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Another look overall, with all the elements in place.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I am ready for autumn!  You can see my tablescape from last year using a more rustic theme HERE.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Did I mention how much I love these plates? LOL, I think I should get the dinner plates too.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Welcome Autumn!!

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Are you ready for Autumn? Do you have any special things that come out for the season?


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26 thoughts on “Autumn Tablescape

  1. debdevo

    What a beautiful layout…you really made it look lovely…something I am not good at, at all…so I love to look at other people’s table art….thx for sharing!

  2. Shirley

    Your lovely tablescape looks like it could be in Southern Lady Gracous Tables. I collect pumpkins and decorate with them varying what I do each year. A few leaves are starting to turn in the trees behind my house.

  3. Rosemaryflower

    Oh this is beautiful. I love the pumpkins and the candle holders, just everything is exquisite, Carole
    You are so snazzy, I think the snazziest person I know. I read your updates every day, but life has been nutty here and I am always doing about 9 things at the same time. Enjoy these cooler days, and it appears that this miserable hurricane is going to by pass us due to these beautiful mountains that love and protect us. haha

  4. karenfae

    beautiful layout for fall. I’m afraid I don’t really do that much decorating for the seasons just a little here and there

  5. Kristi

    We pulled out our Autumn décor yesterday! I just have a few special things we enjoy each year. I’m also definitely ready for cooler weather, crisp mornings and pumpkins!

  6. Mary Jean Cunningham

    Not quite ready for full autumn decor yet – I do a “transitional” color scheme and theme of gold and green with sunflowers in September, then Halloween in October and “full fall” in November, using non-Halloween type pumpkins then with autumn leaves, etc. Every meal is eaten in our dining room as we do not have any other dining area in our home so I always change the tablescape for every season and holiday. You just gave me a great idea, though (another one!) – I’ve been thinking of making a set of placemats but didn’t think I had time and/or skills to piece and then quilt them all right now, but if I go through my (voluminous) stash, I know I have fabric that is printed and would make great placemats by the quilting method you used without having to cut, seam, etc. all the pieces. I don’t have a pantograph, but could transfer an uncomplicated stencil to the fabric and quilt by my regular sewing machine….hmmm!!! Exciting idea!!

  7. Melanie

    Your tablescapes always make me smile. :o) Love seeing them and all the detail you put into setting such a lovely table. I have never heard of knife rests!!! What a clever and useful item. I love Pier 1 also. I have been bringing out some fall decorations, wreaths, and linens to get ready for autumn. I am so ready, past ready, done with summer! LOL

  8. Irena Mangone

    Its springtime here in Queensland Australia and warming up a bit more each day. Love your Autumn table scape the pumpkins your plates are just gorgeous.

  9. Hi Carole,
    I love, love, LOVE those plates!! You should definitely get the plates. Go! Now – before they are all gone. What an appealing table. I would feel honored to dine at it with you. ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. HA….I was running so fast commenting this morning from the party that I didn’t make the connection until now. You are the one who commented on my blog this morning:) Next time I won’t get confused, I will follow and definitely will come back! Thanks so much!

  10. Oooh. I love all of the fall leaves here. Your table would go well with my glass leaf plates. 🙂 Is it just me, or are there more dishes for fall than any other holiday? I just keep seeing more and more this season, all very difficult to resist. Lovely table here.

  11. That’s just beautiful! I love those plates too! I get a lot of my salad plates from Pier 1 – they are hard to resist and add that nice seasonal touch. You’ve reminded me I need to get my Fall plates out. I just adore the colors of your table setting! Beautiful!

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