October is here! We had a day this week where we turned off the air conditioning and opened all the windows to a cool, crisp breeze! I may be exaggerating a little bit with the cool and crisp part, but there was a pleasant breeze. I finally gave in to some fall decorating and had so much fun doing it. I re-filled my front door baskets with some autumn color and put some new plants in my front porch pots. You can read about my baskets here. I've also been busy with some spray painting (ivory, silver and gold). I have been known to get on a roll where I want to spray paint everything!
So, I am finally joining the Fall tablescape party that so many of you have been hanging out in for weeks. Last year I bought theses napkins (see close up of fabric above) at Tuesday Morning and still hadn't used them. Since I was attempting to bridge the coastal, beach colors of the summer with the warm shades of fall these were a perfect starting point.
Since the blue background has a grayish cast I was able to use my gray handled flatware (Ross). On one of my many Good Will trips I bought these taupe and ivory checked placemats. Sometimes you buy something because you know it will work in the future. I got a chance to do some major dish stacking this week.
My friend, Kathy, and I found a great deal on these dishes on clearance at Burlington Coat Factory. We each bought some of the pieces knowing we could share (she lives right next door!). These are the chargers (less than $1 each).
I added an ivory dinner plate (Federalist Ironstone).
Then a blue plate to coordinate with the napkins. (Beall's Outlet)
The salad plate that matches the charger was next.
I love these white leaf plates. I think I will get a lot of use out of them. The white is so seasonless (is that a word?). They are from Ross (I had to go to 2 stores to find 4).
Then I topped the whole stack with a little pumpkin.
I like the way the plate edges look together. I have learned to really pay attention to the edges of plates I am thinking of purchasing.
I used my Dollar Tree "crystal". Never have to worry about breaking one of these!
The centerpiece consists of 2 blue plates (local thrift store) on a rack (Ross) that I filled with a "beachy" fall assortment. I added a few pine cones and three candles to the top layer.
On either side I placed brown ceramic pumpkins (Ross), sitting atop viney candle rings with beads and crystals (.59 each at GW). You have to bring your imagination with you to GW. There is so much there that just needs a little ingenuity to make it work.
The only other things I added were tea lights sitting on top of some blue glass beads and these cute acorn salt and pepper shakers (Ross, less than $5).
I think I achieved my goal with this table. Just a hint left of summer, heading into fall. Of course, this is Florida and it's still in the high 80's everyday. You won't hear me complaining, though!
I decorated my side table, too. The big pumpkin (lights up) is from Marshall's and the little ones are from Dollar Tree. They are sitting on a "faux" stack of books from Ross.
Of course, I have to have some candlelight shots!
Thanks for stopping by. I always welcome your comments! Please visit my sister, Elaine, at her blog, Creating Wonderful Spaces, to see her tablescape for this week.