Thursday, September 20, 2018

Fall Beckons with Leaves on the Table

We seem to be rushing ever faster through September. Fall now beckons, although summer is hanging on. But leaves in the garden have started to change colors, so I decided a table to welcome fall was needed.

Since it feels very much like summer still, I wanted to bridge both summer and fall. Leaves became the perfect theme! I immediately thought of these plates with a border of leaves. Their olive leaves definitely hint at fall, while the bright turquoise ones are the color of a brilliant summer day.

Grapes (or are they berries?) bring a deep purple to the mix, a color repeated in the wine glasses and, in a lighter shade, the napkins.

The placemats, which you first saw in a spring table, continue the theme, and leaves adorn the napkin rings.

For a centerpiece I simply gathered leaves from the garden, then interspersed them with faux lavender. (A tip for using leaves from the garden -- wipe them gently with a damp paper towel to bring back their sheen.)

I added ceramic quail to the centerpiece, birds that always make me think of fall. These are considered covered boxes. Love their detail! 



To bring some height, but not enough to block conversation, I added turquoise tapers in pewter candle holders.



Jaunty quail salt and pepper shakers have joined the table, bringing more fall colors with them.

Nandina leaves in pale green, gold and rust contrast with the dark green camellia leaves. Pewter glows more warmly than silver, on candle holders I've had forever.









Soft colors are beginning to deepen for fall. Soon there will be crimsons and russets, golds and browns.



But not yet!





Table resources:

Plates | Fine China of Japan 'Vintage'
Bowls | Fire King
Wine glasses | Fostoria 'Classic-Amethyst'
Quail | Fitz & Floyd
Flatware | Mikasa 'Italian Countryside'

Sharing with:

Between Naps on the Porch
Share Your Cup
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Petite Haus
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French Country Cottage
My Soulful Home
Love of Home
Maison de Cinq
Celebrating Everyday Life
Finding Silver Pennies
Life and Linda
Rustic & Refined
The Freckled Rose
Amaze Me Monday
Metamorphosis Monday
The Dedicated House
Home Away From Home
Confessions of a Plate Addict
Cedar Hill Farm House
Stone Gable
Worthing Court
A Stroll thru Life
Celebrate Your Story
Let's Add Sprinkles
DesignThusiasm
shabbyfufu
Savvy Southern Style
A Delightsome Life
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A Bit of Whimsy at the End of Summer

Despite the temps pushing 90 (and the humidity levels right up there, too), all the signs point to the end of summer. Or at least the calendar does! I've set a table to begin the transition at our house.

I started with this pretty runner and complementary napkins given to me by my sister for my birthday. (Thanks again!) The large flowers are in teal and summer green on a cream and tan background. The flowers, stems and leaves are embroidered, giving the runner a dimensional quality.

To continue with the teal color, but in a lighter shade, I chose aqua glass plates which I featured recently in A Pastel Table with Turquoise Accents. The same plates paired with different linens, stemware and flatware makes for a totally different experience.

This time I set the plates on silver chargers with a wonderful wavy edge. Iced tea spoons and glasses are a given this time of year.

The wine glasses repeat the greens of the table runner. I use these wine glasses often because I like their versatility, as seen here and here. And because greens and blues are my favorite colorways! (As if you hadn't guessed!!)

I like the play of texture on the napkin trim, the beads of the rings, and the detail on the flatware. Together with the embroidery on the runner they add subtle interest.

In the center I've placed simple pillar candles in clear hurricanes. That wasn't quite enough for a centerpiece, however, so I tried adding several things between the candles. Flowers competed with the embroidered ones and a pot of small green plants was just okay.

From the deck I retrieved the perfect bit of whimsy for an end-of-summer table. And in gorgeous teal!

















Thanks for coming to Dinner at Eight!

Table Resources:
Runner, napkins, plates | Pier 1 Imports
Hurricanes | Crate & Barrel
Napkin rings, glass bowls, iced tea glasses | vintage

Sharing with:
Between Naps on the Porch
Eclectic Red Barn
Follow the Yellow Brick Home
Katherine's Corner
Share Your Cup
French Country Cottage
Love of Home
My Soulful Home
Celebrating Everyday Life
Maison de Cinq
Finding Silver Pennies
Life and Linda
Rustic & Refined
Angie the Freckled Rose
Amaze Me Monday
Metamorphosis Monday
Tuesdays at Our Home
Confessions of a Plate Addict
Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Worthing Court
StoneGable
Celebrate Your Story
The Dedicated House
Let's Add Sprinkles
DesignThusiasm
Shabbyfufu
Savvy Southern Style
A Delightsome Life
21 Rosemary Lane