Form the couch, looking into the living room, I would question my Fall tablescape choices…
Is blue and white Fallish enough?
Blue and white is classic, I countered.
Will people question my choice in color scheme?
You shouldn’t care what others think I reminded myself.
Then, the November issue of Southern Living arrived and wouldn’t you know it, their article on Fall tablescapes featured a beautiful blue and white table all decked out for a Thanksgiving feast.
“Blue and white is a classic,” they said.
“Always in season,” the article went on to say.
And right then and there, I decided to trust my decorating instincts, mixing and matching plates,
shopping my home for the makings of a centerpiece,
and arranging and rearranging until I liked what I saw. And that’s the lesson today…trust your decorating instincts.
But I don’t have good instincts, you say. I beg to differ.
You instinctively know when something looks good or not, even if you don’t know why. So use what you have and play around with it until you like what you see. And be encouraged, you can even change the look from year to year without spending money.
Here are some examples from my own home.
Six Fall Tablescape Themes
Pumpkin Spice, Fall 2011
White ceramic pumpkins embellished by a faux leaf garland and cinnamon colored candles make up the very first Fall tablescape I ever shared on this blog. I still really like this one.
Fall Flower Patch, Fall 2012
Here are the same ceramic pumpkins and table runner from the prior year, but with a floral centerpiece I’d made years before and a different set of candle holders, all items from around the house (at that time.) Did you notice the floral arrangement sitting in the background in the photo from the year before?
I wish I still had the leaf garland and ceramic pumpkins, but they didn’t survive my natural- elements-only phase. I did buy some faux Fall leaves again this year which I used in this year’s Fall tablescape and on the front porch.
Colorful Cornucopia, Fall 2013
Even without the leaves and candles from the year before, I managed to create a colorful color palette using napkins and apples. I used white melamine plates to set the table. The gold goblets make an appearance almost every year, along with my favorite apple vase filler.
I eventually donated the table cloth and napkins which means I had to get creative in years to come.
Vintage Farmhouse, Fall 2014
This look is simple, but sentimental. I inherited the pink depression glass bowl and vintage milk glass candle holders from my grandmother earlier that year. So, of course I wanted to display them. The only purchase was the apples from the grocery store to use as vase filler.
Natural Beauty, Fall 2015
Last year, I used a fabric remnant from my sewing stash as a table runner in keeping with a neutral color palette. The white ironstone plates were inherited from my grandmother the year before.
Since I didn’t have eight of either set of placemats, I mixed and matched what I had on hand. I added the hurricane sleeves to the same candle holders from last year. A free pumpkin from Trader Joe’s and some greenery from my yard round out the table.
Blue and White Beauty, Fall 2016
The blue and white placemats were rescued out of the donation bin in my garage. I think I’ll hang onto them. White plates and napkins are my go-to at this point. I layered the ironstone plates with some that were my grandmother’s and some Mr. Hines bought me a couple of years ago.
This year, I brought out the crystal vase and candle holders; gifts from our wedding registry nearly nineteen years ago. The orange embroidered napkin from five years ago was the perfect complement to the blue and white color palette.
I used wood spheres in place of pumpkins and salvaged the daisies from a fading bouquet that was gifted to me.
Those are six very different looks created by using what I have and following these three guidelines:
- Love what you have
- Mix and Match sets
- Switch out accessories from year to year
- HomeGoods is my favorite store for dishes and cloth napkins. If you prefer vintage dishes and linens, find them through my Etsy affiliate link.
- My yard is my go to for greenery and pinecones.
- Trader Joe’s is my local hot spot for live pumpkins and fresh flowers.
See you in class,