I remember when I felt like “holiday” colors were locked in. Christmas had to be green and red and fall had to be yellows, oranges, and browns. That is it.
And then I vividly remember seeing an article in a magazine, featuring a home decked out for Christmas in pale pink. That article gave me the push I needed to drop traditional colors and decorating for seasons in colors that I love.
So, my fall table is my favorite blue and white palette with some greens and a little bit of yellow mixed in. It may not look like fall to some people, but it looks like fall to me!
I started with a piece of checked fabric as a tablecloth. It’s the same vintage fabric I used on some of the upholstery in my living and dining rooms. I wish I could give you a source for it, but I literally bought it out of a woman’s van. And this was the only roll. And I bought the entire thing.
Instead of adding a floral arrangement for the centerpiece, I used a pretty cast iron dutch oven. I have long wanted a French cast iron dutch oven, so I selected this oval Coq au Vin Cocotte by Staub. I have splurged on a few pieces of professional grade cookware over the years and it really does make a big difference. I cooked soup in this pot and the heat distribution is even and the lid design allows what you’re cooking to retain more moisture.
And I’m convinced now that every pot need a chicken handle. Not only does it look cute, but it is very comfortable, believe it or not! Chicken handles all around!
Anyway, when I’m setting a table for a photo shoot or get-together, I like to layer plates, mixing and matching. It’s just so much more interesting than having everything match and it makes it possible to collect used dishes from here and there and use them all together.
And each setting is topped with a mini ceramic Staub Cocotte for the soup I made. These would also be great for baking individual casseroles or cobblers.
The green napkins aren’t an obvious choice for fall, but I love how the green plays off the blues and whites, and they work with the “smokehouse” variety of apple I bought at a local farm stand.
Aren’t these cow chalkboard place markers just the best? So perfect for me, right? I wrote Calvin’s name on one and he wanted to take it to his room.
I bought some rosemary topiaries a few weeks ago, so I just used them as a part of the “centerpiece.” They are in some antique dry goods buckets I have picked up on various shopping trips.
My pot of soup is the main focal point of the table, but a fall “arrangement” of mini pumpkins, smokehouse apples, nuts, and preserved leaves is scattered around the table. And antique bread board is used as a trivet.
Speaking of the soup, I made a no-skimping-on-the-good-stuff baked potato soup and it was heavenly. I’ll share the recipe in another post.
The glasses are Seletti Estetico and I love the “European cafe” styling of them.
I mentioned in yesterday’s post that Sebastian likes to sneak into my pictures.
It’ll be like “Where’s Waldo”.
Except he’s pretty easy to spot.
Anyway, if you’ve felt trapped by “traditional” seasonal decorating colors, I hope this post inspires you to use decor in a palette you love.
And speaking of inspiration, here are some more gorgeous fall dining rooms to peruse…
and our lovely featured guest this week- Buckets of Burlap
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by All Modern as a part of the Farmhouse Holiday Decor Series. I curated products that were true to my style and ones I thought my readers would like. All words and opinions are my own.