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.
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?
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.
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.
Wine glasses are added too, these were a thrift store find.
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.
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.
My crackle glass votive holders and ceramic pumpkins are on each end of the centerpiece, surrounded by the leaf garland.
The colors of the elements of the centerpiece really go together well.
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.
Another look overall, with all the elements in place.
I am ready for autumn! You can see my tablescape from last year using a more rustic theme HERE.
Did I mention how much I love these plates? LOL, I think I should get the dinner plates too.
Are you ready for Autumn? Do you have any special things that come out for the season?
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Do you love tablescapes as much as I like doing them? One book still on my wish list is this one, by the publishers of Southern Lady Magazine and Tea Time – such beautiful tables in those magazines!! Southern Lady Gracious Tables