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.
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!
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.
Thanks so much for visiting today! Please do visit again soon!
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