Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Easing Into Fall

September signals that fall is approaching, although we'll still have summer weather here during October. So I decided to start easing into fall with warm vibrant colors for a stunning tablescape!


Today I'm happily joining a group who are sharing their fall tablescapes. We're hosted by Rita from Panoply, and all the tables are linked at the bottom of this post. When you've finished here you'll want to check out their creative ideas! 
 
 
I began with a new blue and white tablecloth. Blue and white is a timeless combination that lends itself to a wide range of table styles. I love the bold block-printed design and the contrasting band around the edge.

  
Copper punctuates the blue and white and brings the warmth of fall to the table. Metallic copper shines in the chargers, pitcher and napkin rings. I received the chargers as a gift from my daughter and I've been waiting for fall tables to use them. Navy blue napkins emphasize the darkest part of the blue spectrum and feel perfect for a fall table.


A different shade of blue is found in the glass vase with touches of white. Copper makes another appearance in the tall tapers in the candlesticks. I love the contrast of the delicately cut crystal candlesticks against the chunky glass vase.
 
  
In the centerpiece white mums are accented by coppery orange beefy pods and dainty flowers.

  
Realistic? Realistically faux!


The place settings begin with metal chargers, topped by vintage blue and white dinner plates and soup bowls perfect for heartier fall meals.

  
The center of the dishes' traditional design is similar to blue onion patterns, but they have a different rim design and lack the inner decorative band. I've collected various pieces of the china from antique malls and online sources for several years. You can see another tablescape styled with this pattern here.


Peeking beyond the flowers you can see that the buffet continues the theme of blue and white interspersed with copper.


The burnished copper bowl is set on a riser (otherwise known as books!), and holds the only standard acknowledgment of fall — a tiny white pumpkin. The same type of florals found on the table also grace the center, placed on matching napkins and a differently patterned tea towel.

  
To the left is a wonderfully portly soup tureen, with graceful handles and a delightful twist knob. I was lucky to find a silver ladle that fits the tureen just right. The ladle doesn't slide into it, nor does it tip over to the outside. 

  
On the right is one of a pair of covered vegetable bowls found at a consignment store. Unfortunately I can't decipher the faded hallmark on the bottom.

  
The pattern is in the Imari style, with intricate botanicals in various blues and oranges. Gold traces the handle, the decorative bands and the rim on both the lid and the bowl. The center of the bowl repeats the pattern on the top of the lid.


Colors are saturated, foretelling the colors that will soon fill the fall garden.


The warmth of the deeper colors and the shine of the metallics are irresistibly linked to the feeling of fall in the air. 

  


I'm not yet ready for the profusion of pumpkins, nor the deeper shades of oranges, rusts, crimsons and burgundies. But I am all for easing into fall!


I would like to thank Rita from Panoply for organizing this fall tablescape celebration. I hope that you'll visit each of my fellow stylists — you are sure to be inspired!
 

The Painted Apron - September Pumpkins
Everyday Living  - A Welcome to Autumn Tablescape
Life and Linda - Poppies and Checks
Hyacinths for the Soul - Colors of the Season
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Fall Tablescape - Mixing Some Blues In 
Dinner at Eight (you are here!)Easing Into Fall
Red Cottage Chronicles - Cozy Autumn Table
Sweet Sensations - Welcoming Fall in Copper and Gold 
 



Table elements used:
Dinner plates, soup bowls, tureen | Blue Danube (Japan) 'Blue Danube'
Tablecloth | Southern Living 'Blue Floral Block Print'
Candlesticks | Waterford Marquis 'Canterbury'
Vase | Target
Napkin rings | Crate and Barrel
   
   
Shared with:   
Home Matters    
Pieced Pastimes     
    
    

     
   

38 comments:

  1. Love the copper and blue in many forms is almost always on my table too.

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    1. Thanks, Donna! Blues and greens are my go-to colors!

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  2. I am loving all of the blues I am seeing for fall today! Your tablecloth is lovely and a great way to begin with this pretty table! I happen to love blue and orange together. Copper is great for fall, but the standout for me is that gorgeous vegetable server in the blue and orange! Stunning!!

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    1. Thanks, Chloe! I think blue and orange has a rather jaunty air, with the orange energy contrasting the blue's calm. I couldn't pass up the vegetable server!

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  3. Sandra, your centerpiece is so pretty, and I LOVE your copper pitcher and chargers! The crisp blue and white is lovely with the warm autumn hues! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

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    1. Thanks, Cecilia! I have been sooooo attracted to copper these past few years. Patina's nice, but I really love it to shine.

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  4. Let's hear it for realistic looking florals! Blue/White/Copper; great color trio for this time of year. Extending the theme to the buffet was a great way to keep everything harmonious. I love the covered vegetable bowl and I will be on the hunt for a few of them. Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Sandra! Although I love fresh flowers, my garden's in a bit of a rough state at the moment. Silk flowers are more dependable! And they can be found in so many varieties.

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  5. You are so right about blue and white being timeless. The gleam of the warm copper accents transport it right into fall. Your soup tureen is a beauty! What a pleasure to ladle soup from it and I love your Imari-style tureen too. So happy to join you at the table and hop with you, Happy September!

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    1. Thank you, Mary! I love blues in almost any combination. It's been fun heading to the antique malls the last few times and finding marvelous things. I find covered tureens and bowls so useful when trying to get multiple dishes ready on time!

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  6. Oh Sandra, the copper paired with navy is a wonderful combo for Fall! It looks stunning and the soup tureen on the side board immediately took me to having a comforting hot soup on a chilly Fall evening! Lovely...
    Jenna

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    1. Thank you, Jenna! The copper gives navy such zing! I love serving soup from tureens.

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  7. Sandra, orange and navy blues are beautiful colors to start out with for early fall. I just love all the copper pieces and the soup tureens and vegetable containers are gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks so much, Rachelle! I love that serving pieces don't have to be pedestrian but can be as pretty as the other dining elements.

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  8. Sandra, I am so thrilled you joined the hop…welcome. You always set lovely tables with beautiful details. Easing into fall is perfect, since our weather is still rather warm. Copper plays beautifully with the blue and white. I personally love using blue and white for any season, especially autumn. The tablecloth is really lovely and the above table shot shows off the beauty of the table. Happy Autumn!

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    1. Pam, thank you! I'm delighted to join a group whose creativity I've always admired. Blue and white can either be the star or the background; either way it's dependably pretty. I was smitten the moment I saw the tablecloth.

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  9. Sandra, your table is beautiful. I love the blue with the metallic copper. I have that copper pitcher and copper chargers. The blue and white is timeless. Love the buffet with your Imari style bowl. The soup tureen is lovely as well. Your floral centerpiece is lovely with it's rich fall colors. A beautiful table to welcome autumn.

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    1. Thanks so much, Linda! I was pleased how everything came together. Luckily at the last minute I remembered the Imari bowl which I had stashed behind some other things.

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  10. Sandra, your blues are so pretty! I love the shinny copper on your table. I find metals like brass, copper, and pewter all offer a nice texture and touch for an autumn table. You have some gorgeous pieces!
    Happy Autumn!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I agree with you about the metals. I love their glow against all the natural elements like wood, rattan and botanicals. Enjoy September!

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  11. Exquisite table!Wonderful dishes and tureens!

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    1. Thank you, Maristella! I don't have the variety of dishes that you do, but I've been able to find some beauties.

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  12. Sandra, imagine my surprise with your 'easing into Fall' title as I have been using that 'ease into Fall' comment in a few of my comments to our table stylists today. I LOVE your table and I especially love your copper pitcher and chargers...be still my heart. I have had copper pots and pans for years and I only display them as I want them to stay pretty. How silly am I?
    Kari @ Me and My Captain

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    1. Thanks, Kari! I suppose easing into fall comes readily to mind living here in North Georgia. Summer lasts a long time to fade into summer, unlike other states where crisp air comes with the calendar. I haven't had much copper so I'm not sure how much care these will need. But I do use the silver pieces I have.

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  13. Sandra, the copper accents go so well with the blue and white. (I’ve used the same color scheme myself.). Love your blue tablecloth. Perfect backdrop for your pretty flowers.

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    1. Thanks, Carol! I love the combo, but then I love almost any color with blue. I confess I couldn't pass up the tablecloth, lol.

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  14. Sandra, thank you for bringing your taste of early fall to our blog hop! I love when stylists share their sources and thinking behind their designs. Your blue & white is classic, just as Linda's black & white is. You've got me inspired to use ones I previously had on a summer table, but with the twist of copper, it totally works for fall! Lol, the creative secret use of books as riser is one not all stylists would share, and I love your candid approach to that and the fantastically faux florals. Thanks for sharing it all today. It's classic.

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    1. Thank you, Rita, for your generous comments! I love styling tables and find it endlessly fascinating to use the same things over and over but create something new. (Admittedly I've got a lot of dishes to work with, lol.) I don't think it should be intimidating and I always hope that the hows, whys and details will encourage someone to give it a try. Thanks for including me in the hop -- I've really enjoyed it!

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  15. Sandra, I'm so happy you've joined us for a tablescape hop. Welcome! I'm also a big fan of orange and blue, so I loved seeing the vibrant colors in your fall table. The blue and white tablecloth is timeless and makes the perfect base for your vintage blue and white dishes. The tureen is gorgeous, and I love the copper accents, too. Again, glad to have you here :) Pinned!

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    1. Thanks so much, Rebecca! I was pleased with the way it came together. As soon as I saw the tablecloth I knew I wanted it for a fall table! Thanks for welcoming me to the tablescape hop -- I've really enjoyed it.

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  16. Sandra, blue is definitely the perfect neutral for transitioning slowly into the autumn season! I love how you have paired it with the cooper to bring that layer of warmth and a nod to the colours of the season! Your centerpiece is lovely, and wouldn't have guessed it was faux!! The soup tureen is gorgeous and reminds me how much I want to have one myself! We serve A LOT of soup in the cold winter months!!

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    1. Thank you, Maureen, for your lovely comments! There's something special about serving soup in tureens. The anticipation, the steam rising as you take off the lid, a pretty ladle. The reaction of my adult nephew was priceless -- he had never seen soup served that way and was transfixed, lol.

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  17. Lovely fall tablescape Sandra and I love the tablecloth. Such a pretty choice for your dishes and the copper accents. I'm excited to share your post this week at our Tuesday Turn About Link Party!

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    1. Thank you so much, Michelle, what a nice surprise!

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  18. The combination of navy and cooper are stunning together. Beautiful table! Thanks for sharing your posts every week. #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Thank you, Donna! I certainly enjoy coming to the party.

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  19. I love blue and white together, Sandra! This is such a pretty transitional tablescape. Thank you for sharing and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party Community. I’m featuring this post at the party this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there! Take care and I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

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    1. Thanks so much, April! What a lovely surprise to come home to! I'm just back from vacation in New Mexico -- the "land of enchantment".

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