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Harvest Fruits Early Fall Tablescape

Hello everyone and welcome to the Fall Tablescape blog hop hosted by the fabulous Chloe Crabtree of Celebrate and Decorate! I am so honored to be joining this amazing group of 25 bloggers for this hop. If you are coming over from Sweet Sensations or if you just happened to stop by today, I am so happy you are here! Please come gather round my table and join me in welcoming the harvest season!


Even though fall hasn’t officially arrived, September traditionally marks the start of the apple harvest and the gathering of other late summer and early fall fruits and veggies. As always I have taken cues from nature for inspiration in styling my home. There is still a lot of green in the forest across the street, but a few trees are getting tinges of gold and bronze.




I have created an early fall tablescape which centers around the first gifts of the harvest. It is still a little early here in KY for pumpkins (and also 100 degrees!), so for now I am enjoying the beauty of apples and pears on my table. I am also using lots of yellow, gold and green in my early fall decor.


I love the look of French Country and vintage cottage style decor in my home, so this year I really wanted my early fall tablescape to have a bit of a French farmhouse feel.


For my centerpiece I filled a wooden dough bowl full of beautiful faux apples, pears, moss, acorns and scattered leaves. A glass demijohn is filled with several faux maple stems which perfectly reflect the changing colors on the red maple right across the street. From our dining table the maple is in full view and we get to enjoy it’s changing beauty throughout the seasons. In another month it will be a brilliant red!


A thrifted, vintage wicker demijohn adds a bit of texture and a French vibe. The metal Harvest cut out is from Dollar Tree! Actually there are several Dollar Tree and thrifted items that make up my harvest fruits tablescape.


I had all intentions of using real apples and pears for my tablescape, but I found three dozen amazing faux apples at the thrift shop for only a couple of dollars. They have very realistic colors and textures. I already had a few pears in my stash. After I added the moss and a few little faux acorns and falling leaves, the dough bowl was overflowing with gifts of the harvest.


I am really excited about this tablescape and how our dining room is looking right now overall. Today you are getting a little sneak peak of some of the dining room changes I have recently made that I will share more about next week on my Vintage Cottage Style Early Fall Home Tour. Just this past week I broke down and chalk painted the old corner china cabinet, and I am still swooning over the end result.


I removed a hodge podge of mismatched dishes and filled it with several pieces of my vintage ironstone. I just love it now! I didn’t put any flatware on the table for this tablescape, but I have a set of gorgeous “fool the eye” gold, heavy duty plastic (reusable) flatware that I keep in a little ironstone pitcher in the china cabinet. It can be grabbed quickly when it’s time to eat.


The brighter off-white china cabinet filled with ironstone is less distracting, so everything on the table just seems to pop now.


When we went to the beach in July I spotted these lovely napkins at Pottery Barn and I almost bought them for a potential fall tablescape, but they weren’t on sale at the time so I passed. As I was getting ideas together for my early fall tablescape last week, I decided to check the Pottery Barn website and the napkins were on clearance! Since I wanted to stick with my overall neutral pallete with some yellow and green added in for early fall, the napkins are perfect.



I already had the gold chargers from Dollar Tree in my stash. The golden yellow place mats are new from Home Goods, only $7.99 for six.   Just this week I made the pretty burlap napkin rings using an empty cardboard paper towel roll and a few other supplies from Dollar Tree. Be sure to come back and check out my Elegant DIY Fall Napkin Rings post for all the details.


DIY fall Napkin Rings Burlap Napkin RIngs made from a paper towel roll and dollar tree supples

Elegant DIY Fall Napkin Rings Using A Paper Towel Roll and Dollar Tree Supplies


I love these napkin rings! They were so easy and inexpensive to make. Now I have all kinds of ideas for DIY paper towel roll napkin rings for future tablescapes too.


The thin burlap runner is actually just a roll of burlap fabric that I layered on top of my every day  French farmhouse style runner. I love the combination of textures and the natural, organic look of the runners together. Because I have “a thing” for painting things white, I added just a bit of white chalk paint to the burlap to “shabby it up” a bit.


For this photo I removed the end chair to show the pretty overhang of the farmhouse runner.  I love tablecloths for other tables, but I never cover up the wood on our 100+ year old antique, authentic farm table.


I forgot to mention that the farm table is my number one all-time junkin’ find…it was a $10.00 yard sale score! You can read the original story of the serendipitous event and see pictures of this same table styled for fall in my previous cottage here.


I had started taking pictures yesterday before I remembered the pretty gold rimmed wine glasses that I used last year for my Thanksgiving tablescape. These glasses have the look of elegant stemware but were also purchased from Dollar Tree. If I would have specifically gone shopping for new retail items for my fall tablescape, it would have never worked out! I have tried once or twice, but I give up and go back to my tried and true “use what you have” decorating with vintage, second hand treasures or bargain finds.



Several years ago I found four vintage Adams Titian Ware ironstone dishes at a yard sale and I love using them in the fall. The acorn and pine cone design around the edge is so pretty and fallish. I only have four plates, but I would love to luck into more pieces in the future.





Just for fun I thought I would share this gorgeous apple plate too. It is extremely old, and it doesn’t have any type of mark on the back. I would love to have a few more of these dinner plates or even salad plates or saucers. Wouldn’t they also have been so pretty for this particular tablescape? I actually have a smaller plate which looks like it came from the same set with a different fruit design. I love putting them on display for late summer and early fall.





The DIY shabby painted brass candlesticks and small French urns that I have used on each end of the table are all yard sale treasures.  This tablescape came together easily using mostly things I already hand on hand.



I topped the urns with faux artichokes for a French feel, and I am using all-natural beeswax taper candles in the candlesticks for a touch of elegance.


Since I just finished up this tablescape, I won’t be changing it for my Welcoming Fall Home Tour which is just a few days away. I will probably keep this particular styling through late September.


All this talk of apples and pears has me craving an early fall apple and pear salad! I think I will fix one for lunch, and then I am going to relax a bit and enjoy my latest issue of Southern Lady Magazine. After that, it’s back to work putting the finishing touches on my early fall decor as I prepare to share my Early Fall Home Tour next week. I will be joining the talented Marty at A Stroll Thru Life and 28 other creative bloggers for a tour full of amazing fall decor inspiration!



Fall is my favorite season, offering different “gifts of the harvest” as the season progresses. It is also a special time when friends and family gather around our table for relaxed casual dining or more formal holiday dinners. Either way, time spent with family is worth celebrating!




apples and pears French Country Fall Tablescape

I hope you have enjoyed the wonderful Fall Tablescape Blog Hop as much as I have. Thank you so much to Chloe Crabtree for being a fantastic host! If you haven’t had a chance to see all the lovely tablescape posts, you can find them via the links below.

Home Is Where The Boat Is | A Casa di Bianca
Living With Thanksgiving | Everyday Living

Corner of Plaid and Paisley | Belle bleu Interiors 
My French Twist | The Painted Hinge

Debbee’s Buzz | Red Cottage Chronicles
  Panoply | Celebrate & Decorate

Life and Linda  | The Painted Apron
Me and My Captain |Our Crafty Mom

Simple Nature Decor | Bluesky at Home

Sweet Sensations | Follow The Yellow Brick Home

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  • Reply Rita C at Panoply

    Lovely, Amber! Your home is the perfect setting for the antique wares. The Titian Ware is beautiful, and your textures in the burlap runner & napkin rings, along with the maple stems, makes a perfect seasonal, transitional look. Oh, and not to mention that fabulous farm table! Happy fall, it’s coming, I promise! Only 85° for a high today – woo hoo!

    September 7, 2018 at 8:59 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much Rita! I am so glad it is going to be cooler today! Have a beautiful weekend!

      September 7, 2018 at 9:48 am
  • Reply Carol@BlueskyatHome

    Amber, the dough bowl is a perfect French fall vintage centerpiece. You were so smart to grab the faux fruit. You really have captured the feel of French and country and fall. The golds and greens are beautiful. I immediately saw your table and loved it. ($10!!!!) I really want to see how you painted the hutch.

    September 7, 2018 at 9:12 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Good morning Carol! Thank you so much for your kind compliments. I used Dixie Bell Chalk Paint for the first time and I really loved it. I am going to try to get a cabinet makeover post up on the blog this weekend or early next week. I just added one more picture of the inside of the cabinet with the ironstone and the little pitcher of gold plastic flatware that goes with the tablescape. Thanks so much for visiting!

      Have a great weekend!

      September 7, 2018 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Jenna

    Oh Amber, I feel like I am dining in an apple orchard! This has such great early fall feeling, who doesn’t think of apples in the fall! Your centerpiece is so lovely! It fills a large space but is so airy it’s perfect for dinner conversation…I love the nuts, artichokes, and the soft color palette, just beautiful!

    September 7, 2018 at 10:00 am
  • Reply Chloe Crabtree

    What an amazing fall table! I can’t believe you thought you were not a talented table stylists! The dough bowl with the apples is just perfect, just as those lovely plates with the tiny acorns! All of your details are so wonderful! I will pin and share on Facebook! I hope this is not the last hop you will join us in!

    September 7, 2018 at 10:07 am
  • Reply Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    Amber, this is just beautiful! I am so inspired to create a pretty tablescape! I am loving that wonderful dough bowl, and you have me wondering why I am not using my demijohns! This is my favorite fall decor I have seen this year…so lovely! Thanks for sharing!

    September 7, 2018 at 10:29 am
  • Reply Debbee

    Oh Amber, what a fabulous fall table you have created, styled! I just adore the apple centerpiece running the length of the table. And that table, $10??? Plus your amazing other finds…I need to tag along where you shop!

    September 7, 2018 at 11:13 am
  • Reply Pam Richardson

    Amber, what a beautifully styled autumn table. I love that you have the ability to thrift so many of your wonderful wares. I love the dough bowl filled with faux fruit and acorns and those fabulous plates! Just a gorgeous setting, and I have enjoyed blog hopping with you this week!

    September 7, 2018 at 2:07 pm
  • Reply Mary

    Just gorgeous Amber! Your photography and table styling is straight from a magazine! I love all your thrifted and Dollar Tree items. I’m coveting that handsome farm table, (what a find!) and your newly painted corner cabinet with vintage ironstone. I so enjoyed blog hopping with you this week!

    September 7, 2018 at 2:43 pm
  • Reply Ann K/ Corner of Plaid and Paisley

    I love your fall table!! You have turned your thrift store and dollar tree finds into a wonderful, warm delightful setting on top of your fabulous farmhouse table! The apples look very real and the napkins coordinate perfectly with the apples and the leaf branches! Very Pretty!! It’s a pleasure hopping with you! Have a nice fall????????

    September 7, 2018 at 4:21 pm
  • Reply Bonnie Morgan

    Amber, I love your farm table and can’t believe you only paid only$10 for it. That is amazing!
    Your dough bowl filled with fruit, acorns, demijohns, and fall foliage is a perfect fall centerpiece! Those napkins, napkin ring DIY and your plate stack framed by the tiny chippy urns with artichokes complete your harvest theme beautifully.

    September 7, 2018 at 5:16 pm
  • Reply Maria

    What a gorgeous tablescape! Its magazine perfect! That farmhouse table is beautiful! You have great taste.

    September 7, 2018 at 7:44 pm
  • Reply Kari Rogers-Miller

    Amber, I want to come and sit at your beautiful table and just take in all the surroundings. The dough bowl is perfect for your fruits….and I am loving the Titan Ware. So glad you enjoy the dollar store and have found so many bargains there…I discovered it a long time ago and it is my go-to when I need something a little different or special. Thank you for joining us on Chloe’s blog hop…it is so much fun.

    September 8, 2018 at 2:41 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much Kari! I had so much fun blog hopping with all of you. Happy fall!

      September 16, 2018 at 9:50 pm
  • Reply Michelle @ The Painted Hinge

    Amber, I knew you would knock this one out of the park and I wasn’t disappointed! I love how you kept with what’s in season this time of year. Filling your dough bowl with pears and apples made the perfect centerpiece. And those apple plates! So happy to be on this hop with you!

    September 8, 2018 at 5:39 pm
  • Reply Botanic Bleu

    Fall tablescapes always make me think of family gatherings. Your fake apples and pears in the dough bowl look amazing…like real. Hope you beginning to get some Fall weather. Our high temperature today was 77° with buckets of rain. Definitely a day that held promises of Fall is coming.


    September 8, 2018 at 9:51 pm
  • Reply Fabby

    What a lovely, warm, inviting and happy Fall tablescape ! I love everything specially your dough bowl centerpiece, you are very talented and very inspiring !
    Thank you for sharing.
    I just posted an early Tksgiving table too, but I guess I’m late for all the Fall parties.
    Have a great week.

    September 9, 2018 at 7:16 pm
  • Reply Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

    Amber, you have captured the French Country Farmhouse theme perfectly! Your table is absolutely gorgeous! I love the dough bowl centerpiece with apples and maple branches. Every fall detail on your table is lovely. You have such a beautiful home. Happy Monday, sweet friend!!!

    September 10, 2018 at 8:58 am
  • Reply Sandra L Garth

    If you hadn’t mentioned that the fruit was faux I wouldn’t have guessed it. I’m always stumped when it comes to filling my dough bowl so thanks for the inspiration. You’ve captured the fall feeling and I’m so happy that you shared it with us. It’s been a pleasure to blog hop with you again.

    September 10, 2018 at 5:09 pm
  • Reply Michelle James

    Amber, your french farmhouse tablescape is just amazing!! Everything is put together perfectly. It has such a warm and welcoming look and I have looked at your pictures about 10 times as I am a huge fan of this style! Thanks for the inspiration and for hopping with us!!

    September 11, 2018 at 2:29 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much Michelle! I hope to join you all again on the next hop!

      September 16, 2018 at 9:50 pm
  • Reply Julia@Cuckoo4Design

    You do fall so well! And I’m all about apples this year too. Love your table setting, so so festive.

    September 12, 2018 at 9:58 am
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    oh Amber this is absolutely gorgeous! Love that dough bowl filled with fruit and the demi-john with those wonderful maple stems! just perfect!

    September 12, 2018 at 8:40 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Wise

    Absolutely gorgeous. So inviting! 🙂

    September 13, 2018 at 9:12 am
  • Reply Jann Olson

    Amber, it is a gorgeous table! I can’t believe how real the faux fruit looks. I would have never known if you hadn’t said. I have always loved your 100 year old farm table. Your dough bowl is perfect. I have a small black one, but would love a larger one! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    September 13, 2018 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply Michele

    This is one my my favorite tablescapes that I have seen. I just moved and was looking for some new ideas. Those apples look real! I love this. #Pitstop

    September 13, 2018 at 10:48 pm
  • Reply Kerryanne

    I love your harvest tablescape Amber. The colours are so lovely and your chippy table is divine!!
    Thank you for sharing it at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring this post at tonight’s party and pinning too.

    September 14, 2018 at 1:13 am
  • Reply Cindy Price

    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

    September 15, 2018 at 2:06 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Cindy, and thanks for hosting such an inspiring party!

      September 16, 2018 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Tiffany

    Such a great post to get in the mood for fall! it’s been cool and rainy here in Oregon, so it’s starting to feel a lot like Autumn. You’re dining table is one of my favorites 🙂 have a great weekend!

    September 16, 2018 at 12:55 am
  • Reply Kippi

    Stunning table settings ready for fall guests. Happy Fall, Kippi

    Ps. I pinned it

    September 16, 2018 at 9:11 am
  • Reply Theresa

    I love fall and your fall tablescape is so pretty! Thanks for sharing at the inspiration spotlight @DearCreativves pinned and sharing. See you again soon. Theresa

    September 19, 2018 at 12:11 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much Theresa! Have a great week!

      September 19, 2018 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Wendy Robbins

    There are so many things I love about this tablescape! Those little burlap napkin rings are awesome, and you definitely captured a French country feel. All so pretty! Where do you live in Kentucky? I lived in northern KY for years but just recently moved across the river to Cincinnati.

    October 2, 2018 at 8:23 am
  • Reply Jennifer Dynys

    Oh my goodness! This is so incredibly beautiful! I love the apples and all of the muted colors! If you have time on Fridays, I would love if you would link up with us at Embracing Home and Family link party!

    August 25, 2020 at 12:21 pm
  • Reply Marilyn

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

    August 26, 2020 at 9:38 pm
  • Reply Kim | Shiplap and Shells

    Your fall tablescape is absolutely gorgeous Amber. Thank you for the inspiration.

    September 3, 2020 at 12:46 am
  • Reply Kerryanne

    Of course I love all of your seasonal tablescapes Amber, but this harvest fruits one is definitely one of my favourites.
    Thank you for sharing it at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your early fall tablescape at tomorrow’s party and pinning too.

    September 3, 2020 at 6:56 am
  • Reply Cecilia

    So pretty, Amber! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    September 6, 2020 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    I remember this beautiful table and am so glad you shared it with Charming Homes & Gardens!

    September 7, 2020 at 9:07 pm
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