Like most of you I am ready for Fall, so ready in fact that I just had to set a table to remind myself that those cool, crisp days are not far away.
Last Fall I used a lot of purple in my tablesettings and I think this year I'll be repeating that trend. I chose a pattern by by Royal Staffordshire called Tonquin.
Do you recognize the tablecloth?
You've seen it before but not on the table because it's usually on my bed.
King sheets and blankets are the perfect size coverings for our wide and long table and as you know I seldom use a 'real' tablecloth anyway.
I love the rich jewel tones in the blanket and plaid is always a good choice to evoke feelings of Autumn days, paired of course with purple transferware.
I didn't feel that placemats were a necessity so I skipped them altogether. Brown jacquard napkins are slightly dressy but casually folded to keep the feeling relaxed.
You can't go wrong, in my opinion, by combining amber and aubergine. I adore this color combination. It screams Fall!
Since I'm poor I shop my house for most centerpieces I create but even if I were rich I'd still shop my house for most centerpieces I create.
For this table I began with the top of an antique wooden chest that my sister seriously regrets giving me one year for my birthday. Sorry Lauri. I think it was meant to be mine because as I cleaned it out I came across a newspaper dated to October 3 of the early 1900's and that's my birthday...well not the early 1900's part...I'm not that old.
Any weathered, worn or old salvaged wood would do the trick to replicate a similar centerpiece. I layered fall picks of maple leaves, seed pods and berries mixed with real pinecones that we gathered last Spring on a trip to with my sister-n-law, niece and nephews to Beavers Bend.
I love candles any day, any time, so they generally find their way to play an integral part in my tablescaping. These Linden Fig pillars add warmth and ambiance.
Squirrels and chipmunks perched upon pinecones and giant acorns add a touch of whimsy.
A glass hurricane layered with mums and pinecones would make a pretty centerpiece all on its own. I later wound up removing this from the overall centerpiece but love it on its own.
I've layered atop the dinner plates, the salad plates along with cups and saucers. If cups aren't going to be used for serving coffee or tea then why not use them for a starter course of soup or broth?
Here, you see the dinner plates paired with the salad plates.
Now, as Henry Beston says in Northern Farm, when "the leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools" we shall sit together and leisurely dine at this table ready for Autumn.
Pillar Candles: Zest Candles
Dinnerware: I currently have about 8 places settings of purple Tonquin in stock. Email for pricing or visit my Etsy shop, English Transferware.
Jacquard Napkins: Wallie World Fall 2010 or 11 (that's Walmart btw)
Flatware: Towle Stockholm
Blanket: Ralph Lauren, Brittany pattern (discontinued but I've seen some on Ebay before)
Amber goblets: I've had them for at least 15 years. They are Cristal d'Arques
Tonquin is available in brown, blue, red, polychrome brown, purple and I've discovered some serving pieces in green and black. I almost always have some of this in stock in my shop or email me if you are looking for or wanting to start collecting this pattern and I'll work with you to locate what you need.
I'll be joining these lovely parties around the blogosphere:
French Country Cottage
Between Naps on The Porch
The winner of the $50 Novica gift certificate via random.org is janejett123
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