Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Tablesettings report: Autumn Accents

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For many folks, nothing says fall like football. For some, it is a yard full of leaves. For others, it may be picking pumpkins at a pumpkin patch (a reader wrote me yesterday about the pumkins that she grows in her very own patch and boy are they beautiful. Marti, has a green thumb for sure! [click here])! For me, it's the opportunity to decorate with a bounty of reds, oranges and yellows, in a harvest of mums, branches and pumpkins.

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(above: Persimmon Dinnerware, Made in France by Jars, set of 4 dinner plates, $110.00, Gumps; image from Country Living magazine).

Those who like to decorate may welcome autumn by changing the colors in their homes and the colors on their table. It could be simply adding a brown and gold table runner on the table or trading the blue and white dessert plates for sage green and bronze or replacing the daisies on the dining table with a cornucopia of gourds.

I've put together a table setting report with some of my favorite table settings that are full of autumn accents to give you some inspiration to dress your table in the gorgeous hues of the harvest.

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(above: Milo Charger, $21.95, Crate and Barrel; Tudor and Provence dinner plate, set of 4, $ 29.00, The Bombay Company; Pheasant salad plate, set of 4, $48.00, Pottery Barn).

To dress earthy stoneware for dinner, layer on rich olive green plates with a glowing bronzed rim. For a simple update to the autumn table, add Pottery Barn's pheasant salad plate, a updated vintage copperplate set up against porcelain. For that extra touch, add warm color and organic texture to the table with a handwoven natural rattan charger.

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(above: Harvest leaf salad plate, set of 4, $56.00, Pottery Barn; Martha Stewart magazine).

For a splash of style, adorn your table with autumn's brightest accessories: vivd fall leaves. I love the harvest leaf salad plate at Pottery Barn. As an alternative, simply clip leaves from a tree and arrange the clippings at each place setting and top with a transparent glass plate.

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(above: Image Country Living magazine; Marrakech Dinnerware, $12.95 - $14.95, Crate and Barrel; Image from Blue Print magazine).

Taking advantage of flowers and produce available at this time of the year is another way to celebrate fall. Pomegranates, colorful dried corn, nuts, berries, citrus and apples in bowls or baskets can add a warm touch as a centerpiece. Place a large straw cornucopia or small bowls on the dining table and fill it with raffia, gourds and pepper berries.

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(above: Laque de Chine Gold by Haviland, dinner plate, $90.00, Bloomingdale's; Luxury dinnerware,
16pc setting, $519.90, Horchow).

Depth of color and a golden gleam add a rich accent to a autumn table settings. The gold band
highlights the subtle shaping of the rims of these dinnerware patterns.

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(above: English earthenware from Spode® features traditional game and bird studies with a border pattern inspired by the British flower designs favored in the early-19th century. Delamere 5pc place setting, $69.90; Horchow).

There may be plenty of holiday dinner plates to choose from - new and old - in every price range; but to me nothing says Thanksgiving like Spode's Wildlife dinnerware. It's a classic and one of their most recognized patterns. It has a vintage and antique feel. For a more paired down look mix and match it with Delamere.

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(shown above: Image for Martha Stewart, Image from Carolyn Roehm, Image from
Cottage Home).

To put more autumn on your table, changing even the simple things can give your table setting a lift. Try spray painting your pumpkins silver as shown in the pictures above. Just look through your house for things that might be in fall colors or metallics and group them together.


studio wellspring said...

ooo ~ i love the sweet little broom on the place setting and the persimmons and the silver dusted pumpkins! this has so gotten me in the autumn mood! :o)

Sarah Dennis said...

I love autumn! This season brings with it Thanksgiving and that is my favorite Holiday. My family, near and far, all get together and have such a wonderful time. Good Food, Good Friends and Good Memories!

ks2026 said...

I absolutely love both of these posts - what beautiful images! I actually found them yesterday, but I'm terrible at leaving comments (which I shouldn't be since I know how nice it is to get them!). If you don't mind, I'd love to use them in a future board. So glad you're enjoying Snippet & Ink!

Enjoy Celebrations and Occasions said...

I just scheduled an intimate "spooky /halloween/ celebrate Fall" dinner party and have been looking for table ideas. Of course I would find inspiration here!

Sarah Dennis said...

K, thanks so much for stopping by. I think Snippet & Ink is great! Your story/mood boards have the feel of Domino's "Editor's Cravings". Of course you can borrow pics! Can't wait to see what you come up with next.

Sarah Dennis said...

Mimi when's the party???
Please share pics of that "spooky /halloween/ celebrate Fall" dinner party! I know it going to be fabulous. Thanks for stopping by and I'm glad I was able to provide you with inspiration.

&rew said...

Thank you Sarah for the link to my blog post about the pumpkins. Marti sure did have a green thumb!

Britt said...

Love Love LOVE those feathers in that top photo!

Julie at BV said...

Great post,

I love all of them, especially that one on the bottom. Absolutely gorgeous.

Mike said...

I love the plate with the peacock on it.