Thursday, November 7, 2019

Autumn Arrives with Color

Many of you welcomed fall weeks ago. But here in North Georgia it has only just arrived, bringing with it brilliant colors that have transformed trees everywhere. The last hardy flowers in the gardens bloom in deep,vibrant shades.


I wanted to capture that exuberance inside, and what better way than by bringing the colors of autumn to the table!


For a centerpiece, I've relocated the faux flower arrangement I had made a few weeks ago for the dining room.


But the real stars of the table are these eye-catching salad plates! I purchased these last fall after Thanksgiving and this is the first chance I've had to use them.


There are four designs inspired by Dutch still-life paintings on a lustrous black background. They have a wondrous depth and are prettier than my photos convey.


Joining them are quail salt and pepper shakers, seated on colorful leaves and grapes.


A gold-printed tablecloth forms the backdrop, then dark rattan chargers and white bone china support the salad plates. You can see how the tablecloth was used in another season here.


I tucked sprays of berries under the chargers to repeat those on the plates.


Gold was the metal of choice, found in candlesticks, flatware and these vintage glasses with an entwined looping pattern of gold and black. A set of eight, I discovered them buried in an antique mall with their original wire carrier.


Choosing napkins was surprisingly difficult. White was uninspiring and I do not have any gold. I finally decided on these, which are somewhat goldenrod and somewhat apricot. They first appeared here. Amber and gold beaded napkin rings let them fan out prettily.


I've again used my MIL's gold flatware. I don't know that I would have bought flatware in gold, but I've been surprised at how often it has made an appearance in my tablescapes.


The pattern on the tablecloth provides interest while not competing with the main design.





These will remain until we get ready for Thanksgiving.


Table resources
Salad plates | Williams Sonoma 'Harvest Bloom'
Dinner plates | Royal Doulton 'Alice'
Wine glasses | Waterford Marquis
1960's vintage barware

  
  
  
  
  
  


   
   



22 comments:

  1. Oh la la, what gorgeous plates! They look amazing on your table with those flowers! Beautiful tables!!
    Jenna

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    1. Thank you, Jenna! Those plates grabbed me and wouldn't let me go, lol!

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  2. Absolutely amazing post!Wonderful dishes and precious salt and pepper too!It is a pleasure stopping by!!!Hugs!

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    1. Glad to see you, Maristella! Thanks so much for your lovely comments!

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  3. SO lovely Sandra! I LOVE those salad plates - the black background is stunning! I think I have those exact same flowers, and now I've got some inspiration on how to use them! :) Thanks for another beautiful table! 💗

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    1. Thank you, Barbara! My photos don't do them justice -- all the colors are so vivid.

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  4. Sandra,
    Your table looks so perfect for fall and your dishes are beautiful. Congratulations you are my feature on Thursday Favorite Things. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2019/11/thursday-favorite-things_13.html
    Hugs,
    Bev

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  5. beautiful table Sandra, those black botanical plates are truly gorgeous. oh but I love those little quail salt and peppers!

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    1. Thank you, Debra! My heart skipped a beat when I first saw them and knew they'd make a great table.

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  6. Beautiful colors! Those little quail are the cutest!

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    1. Thanks, Amber! I love finding unusual salt and peppers to spice up my tables.

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  7. What a pretty table, Sandra! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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  9. I love your black plates! gorgeous now I want some LOL

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    1. They are gorgeous! Even more so in person. I certainly couldn't resist them. Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. Sandra,
    You always have such lovely tables and this is no exception. Congratulations, You are being featured at Thursday Favorite Things. I hope you stop by. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2020/10/thursday-favorite-things.html
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. Bev, what a lovely thing to say! Thanks for the feature!

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  11. Lovely color combos and pinned this post. Visiting at AROUND THE FAMILY TABLE AT THE HEARTH AND SOUL LINK PARTY where I shared Fall Color Exercise Tips to Burn Calories, Get Fit, and Improve Health. Wish you'd drop by.

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! And thanks for pinning! I'll drop by for a visit.

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