Easy Fall Table Decor
Fall is one of my most favorite seasons to decorate. While I find it a welcoming time for change toward cooler temperatures, I also find it a wonderful time for new beginnings . We are greeted with so many visual and physical changes, like the turn of color in our foliage, the ripening of new fruits and vegetables, and hence the new menu items highlighted on menus around the world. We go from eating fresh lemon and lime infused foods to all things pumpkin and spice. When not long ago we were wrapping ourselves with pool towels we are now wrapping ourselves with blankets. Fireplaces begin firing up and outdoor heaters get put to good use. Football fans come alive and local school spirit roars. Fall colors in jeweled shades of orange, yellow, and red are everywhere you look.
Halloween is fall’s first holiday. For many they go straight from beach umbrellas and pink flamingos to witches, skulls and crossbones. However, I like to take things a bit slower and really draw out the season for as long as I can. One of the first things I change out in fall is my dining room table. It seems to be the easiest way to get that instant fall gratification in one of the largest areas of my home. Take a look at how I decorated my table using what I already owned.
First, I started with an old rustic barn plank placed down the center of my table. Because it serves several different purposes it quite possibly cold be my most favorite design piece to play with. It offers up good texture, defines space, creates an extra layer to what would otherwise be a flat table, and provides as a hot dish trivet. To prevent scratching, make sure to stick felt pads on the bottom of your plank before laying it on your table.
Next, I found these great cotton woven navy blue and ivory placemats by Tommy Hilfiger at HomeGoods. They are thick in texture and complement my dining room chairs well. Most notable is the bold, yet simple pattern. My plates are from William Sonoma and are part of the Josiah Wedgwood & Sons collection. I added a gold charger to each place setting for more layering, coloring and interest. Additionally, I found these dark washed blue Park B. Smith napkins at HomeGoods. They are stitched with a thick ivory border. The seeded water glasses are from Pottery Barn.
Centerpieces are always the most fun part of the table decor. I had two old Pottery Barn vintage-like stainless steel pitchers that I used as flower vases, but you can use anything you have. The center urn is just a bit larger than the other two vases, therefore providing weight and height to the center of the table. In this case, the washed blue ceramic urn is from Pottery Barn, therefore bringing together the colors of the placemat and napkins perfectly. I chose to fill my pitchers and urns with bright-colored flowers, but if this were a Thanksgiving table you might want to go with richer warmer colors.
Finally, to truly make this a fall table I added fall’s biggest cheerleaders to the mix, pumpkins and squash. For my greatest pop of color I chose small sugar pumpkins as a center piece to each table setting. I flanked each end of the barn wood plank with these adorable ivory and orange squash. And it’s really as easy as this. Happy Fall!