Seasonal Decor

Inviting Autumn Table Settings

Written on September 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm , by

Gathering around the table to share a meal is a favorite occurrence for so many of us and what better time is there to enjoy savory food and good company than the autumn season.   As I drive around town running various errands this month, I can feel the change of the season in the air and I observe the piles of leaves that begin to collect in the street from now until November.

In anticipation of setting a table for the fall season, I’ve collected six simple ideas for setting an inviting autumn table.  Enjoy!

1.  Seasonal Abundance.   Pumpkins and fall leaves are readily available this time of year, and the pumpkin plus leaf medley is a no fail combination.   Whether your pumpkins are big and your branches are small or vice versa, the two go hand in hand when setting your seasonal table.  So many of us have wood tables so skip the tablecloth, keep your table bare, and corral natural elements together for a casual display.

 

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2.  Unexpected Elements.   Consider the chandelier or nearby sideboard as a place to put autumn bounty on display, or even books from a nearby bookshelf as props for your seasonal gourds.

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3.  Light It Up.  There’s no debate about the ambiance that is achieved through glowing candlelight.  Surround multiple pillars or single votive candles with branches, fruits, gourds, or berries for an effortless centerpiece.

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4.  Leaf Motif.   Details matter when setting an inviting autumn table, and changing leaves are a symbol of the season. Use cardstock cutouts or the real thing to add that extra detail to the edges of your tablecloth or the center of a place setting.

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5.  Varied Heights.  One of the key elements of an interesting fall display is the visual movement that occurs with objects and accessories displayed at varying heights.  Play with textures, containers, and natural objects to achieve the look when creating your own vignette on your table.

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6.  Everyday Elegance.  Combine your everyday white plates with glass vases filled with branches and berries brought in from the outdoors.  Simple seasonal botanicals enhance the serenity of a mostly white tablescape.

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Fall is that special time of year when we head outdoors in cable knit sweaters, embrace the colors of spice in our homes, and gather around the fireplace with family.  Don’t let the season pass by without spending quality time with your favorite people.  Tie some ribbon around a mini pumpkin on your breakfast table and invite your best friends over for tea to savor the beauty of this time of year.

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Wishing you all the very best the autumn season brings !

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Fresh Fall Centerpieces

Written on September 13, 2012 at 11:00 am , by

Yes, it’s in the air, can you feel it?  Autumn has arrived!  The air is getting cooler and the leaves are beginning to change.   Nature puts on the best show this time of year and provides us with plenty to work with when creating seasonal centerpieces.  Here are my favorites to inspire you this season in creating a beautiful display! 

A branch stabilized in moist floral foam and wrapped in burlap sack makes an stately centerpiece on a simple fall table.  Pair it with smaller arrangements of flowers in fall colors.

 

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Pine cones purchased at a craft store or collected on an autumn walk make perfect vase filler.  Add mini ornaments suspended on simple branches to complete the look.

 

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Natural acorns make charming ornaments too, you can even add craft paint to the shells for a fun pop of color.

 

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What is fall without pumpkins?  Silver painted minis make elegant candleholders on top of mercury glass candlesticks.

 

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Dip leaves in a golden bowl for color and float candles on top for ambiance.

 

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The bounty from your annual apple picking tradition surrounds a pillar candle in a large glass bowl.

 

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Nuts and berries in tiered bowls and urns bring nature’s treats to your fall table.

 

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A collection of mini pumpkins and walnuts forms an easy natural vignette on top of a pretty beribboned cake stand.

 

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Cinderella pumpkins make a beautiful tiered display when stacked in varied colors and sizes.

 

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A simple rectangular white tray corrals a changing collection of pumpkins, flowers, and stems.

 

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White pumpkins faux or real can be carved out to form vases for fresh flowers in seasonal shades.

 

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Branch clippings truly are the easiest centerpiece such as festive green acorns.

 

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Bowl of pears or figs from the market and some branch clippings for an effortless display.

 

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Are you inspired by this season in decorating your home?  What are your favorite autumn accents to bring indoors?

 

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Ten Simple Ways to Decorate with Fall Leaves

Written on August 29, 2012 at 10:00 am , by

With Labor Day weekend just a few days away, the time is near when we turn our thoughts to the upcoming autumn season and the festivities it includes, from football games to Halloween haunts.  For many, fall is their most favorite season for its cooler weather and the guarantee of a vivid show from nature.   

Keeping your fall decorating as simple as can be gives you less time spent indoors and more time spent outdoors enjoying the beauty of the changing season.  Here are ten simple ways to decorate with autumn leaves !

1.  Spray adhesive, cardstock, and ribbon are all the supplies you’ll need to transform fallen leaves into ornaments for display on branches around your home.

 

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2.  Gather a collection of oak or maple leaves and string them up along a bookcase, table, or countertop for a festive fall display. 

 

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3.  Decoupage small leaves to wax candles to dress them up for a centerpiece. 

 

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4. Press leaves between heavy books to flatten them then display them behind glass or in a shadow box to make seasonal shelf or mantel art.

 

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5. The fall season brings the harvest and with it comes savory flavors.  Schedule a wine tasting party and label your vino with cardstock leaves cut from colorful papers. 

 

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6. Acorns are easily glued to a craft frame, then layer a leaf on linen inside as a focal point.

 

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7. Speaking of frames, if you have an empty one, paint it in a vivid hue and insert a simple autumn leaf garland as the subject matter.

 

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8. Use a dab of craft glue to adhere real leaves or ones made from paper to a pumpkin, vary the colors of the leaves or paper for interest.

 

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9. Gather miniature vases and insert leaves collected on an autumn walk for a colorful display on a tray. 

 

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10. Clip branches and place them in a tall vase for a simple yet stunning show on the mantel. 

 

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Are you excited for the upcoming show from nature? 

How do you decorate with fall leaves?

 

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