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Monday, September 6, 2010

Earth Tones in the Dining Room

 

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 Fall decor has begun making its appearance throughout the rest of the house,  and since the dining room is visible immediately upon entering the foyer, I figured it needed a touch of earth-tones, as well.

 

 

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Nothing fancy here, just some dried hydrangea blossoms interspersed with a few sprays of faux weeds.  The metal basket was aged with a couple of layers of spray paint and it fits in quite well with the earth colors of the centerpiece.

 

 

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Miniature cat tails add some height to the arrangement.

 

 

 

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The dried blooms were all clipped from the same bush, and most of the spent blooms had already dried brown; but there were a few variegated pink and green still left on the branches. I think this variety of hydrangea is called Pee Gee.

 

 

 

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I recently used these faux antlers in a tabletop vignette. While they may not be to everyone’s design taste, my opinion is that they add to the autumn theme.

 

 

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The candlestick on the left was originally brass before I sprayed it with Oil Rubbed Bronze paint.

 

 

 

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A carved wooden acorn,  a ceramic pumpkin, and a faux leaf  were placed in the space between two place settings.

 

 

 

 

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I saw this Lenox Temperware  china in a magazine ad 30 years ago and proceeded to order a set for 12, complete with all the serving pieces,  from a local department store. I can’t believe I did that sight unseen- talk about impulse buying….

Temperware is not as easily broken as stoneware, and given my record for banging things around in the sink and in cupboards, it’s held up quite well. I’m only missing a few bowls and coffee cups.

 

 

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The leaves make ideal salad plates.

 

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A matching leaf bowl is perfect for serving fruit or dessert.

 

 

 

 

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The  antler handles on the silverware tie in quite well with the decorative antlers in the centerpiece, don’t they?

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I’m linking to Marty’s Tabletop Tuesday party

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Susan’s Tablescape Thursday.

 

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50 comments:

Always Nesting said...

Beautiful table. I love those leaf plates.

Jo said...

Very nice !

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very pretty, I love the leaf plates!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love your autumn tablescape, Sue! It has a very western style theme to it, which I love! It reminds me table wear and accessories I saw last summer in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, especially your silverware and the faux antlers (only there they were real and cost a fortune!) I loved Jackson Hole and wish I could re- visit it again soon!

PAT said...

A love the table, Sue. I really need to find some antlers, real or faux.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good day my sweet Irish friend...girl you have again out did yourself...I love all the fall colors you have going on here..I should drag out my fall stuff but my old butt is too tired to even drag right now ha ha!! Hope your having a GREAT Labor day without the labor ha ha!! Miss you my dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Shelia said...

Your table is beautiful. Love your centerpiece and all of those dishes are just perfect.
be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Lori E said...

Today is a perfect day to put out the fall things. My favorite time of year.
Your table looks very inviting.

Joyful said...

Very nice table. I love Fall! I also agree with you that the antler fits in very well with the Fall theme ;-)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Oh my, Sue! You do SUCH an exquisite job of decorating..and this is certainly an opening to FALL weather! What a nice feeling..
I also use antlers in my decor, however they are real. I have two sets that belonged to my late husband. I do not believe in hunting really, but he was one long before I married him..and rather than get rid of them...I honor them and the animal they represent in a place of honor in my home. At first I cringed...
Please do not berated me for not destroying them.
He no longer was doing it by the time I came along, but he was an outdoorsman...and years ago..that was what a country man did.

LOVELY display! I must get started..but at this time I am dragging my feet! :) Your tabletop entry is wonderful. The flatware really does fit your theme!
Mona

Glenda/MidSouth said...

So Pretty!! I have not even started on Fall decor.
Thanks for stopping by. Daughter was hoping she would go into labor to celebrate Labor Day, but it did not happen.
Like your music!
Have a great week.

xinex said...

I am getting so jealous with all these pretty fall decor, Sue. Love your tablescape and your Fall table. Thanks for stopping by and yes, I do recaall seeing one of those shoe thingies on your blog....Christine

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Sue, this is so pretty. I love the colors you've used and the centerpiece is gorgeous. Your linens and china are so petty. I have those same leaf bowls but I havn't seen the leaf dishes. They are wonderful. The flatware certainly ties it all together beautifully. I love it all. Thanks so much for linking to TTT Hugs, Marty

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

You even make antlers look pretty~ and that's no mean feat!

Seriously, it's gorgeous.

sweet violets said...

Beautiful tablescape....and to die for centerpiece!!!! hugs...Cleo

Alicia said...

I have a ceramic pumpkin just like yours! It's one of my favorites. I love the flatware, that's beautiful!

I can't wait for the weather to get cooler so I can break out the autumny items. Enjoyed yours though :-)

farmlady said...

I love the combination of color and texture. You are so good at doing this.
Love the antlers on the table. Very interesting and "English" or should I say Irish. Sorry.

Susan said...

Your dining room is gorgeous! I love the earth tones. I have found myself torn between earth tones and red........I am moving away from the shabby chic because of the clutter it generates. I am simplifying my life

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Gorgeous Sue!! You set a fab table! I love those leaf dishes and the silverware is so unique... perfect!

Hugs, SHerry

La said...

Fall is in the air. Your table looks great! La

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...

Very pretty! I really like your dried hydrangea centerpiece and your candleholders!

Red Door Home said...

Such a pretty table. I love how you combined a variety of natural elements. It definitely feels like fall. Such a welcoming site, I am sure, as you enter the house.

AshTreeCottage said...

I love those leaf plates!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Love that silverware Sue! Antlers are huge in decorating lately. Who knew the old antlers I would find in the fields out here would become such a decorating statement. :) Bobby G. has a huge turtle shell from our lake. Wonder if that will become a decorating statement too! :) Your goodies are on their way. :) xoxo

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

It looks great! I was ready to start adding some fall colors to my house too. Isn't it funny that you can buy faux weeds? I love the acorns...they really add that seasonal touch.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Sue, love what you've done. The colors are so soft and appealing. Love the dried hydrangeas. Mine are sort of blue-green and brown...not pretty like yours. Linda

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Oooh... beautiful fall table setting, Sue! I love the mix of dishes... gorgeous!
Have a great day,
Hugs ~ Jo :)

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Very well done! Love the fallish/nature look.
Brenda

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi sweet lady...

I just read your sweet note and wanted to come by to say thank you! I always enjoy your visits, my friend!

Ohhh...I'm sooo glad that I came by! Your autumn dining room is absolutely gorgeous and so inspirational!!! I'm getting all kinds of great ideas for my autumn decor! Hehe! Girlfriend, I love your centerpiece...that pretty metal basket full of the autumn colored hydrangeas and cattails is really pretty!!! And...by the way...I love the antlers! I agree, they really do look autumnish!!! Love your silverware too...the handles are beautiful! This is the first time that I have heard of temperware! This pattern really is beautiful and so perfect for this season...it looks fabulous with the autumn leave plates!!! A gorgeous table, my friend! Thank you for sharing it with us!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

janet said...

Beautiful Autumn tablescape!

Janet xox

Blondie's Journal said...

I love all the earthy colors of your dining room, Sue...the perfect backdrop for fall. I see you have started decorating and it makes me feel guilty, I'm still all about shells and swan feathers! lol!!

I love your pretty floral arrangement and I can see why you decided to collect the china, the pattern is beautiful! Your silver goes so well with everything, too!!

Happy TT Tuesday! :-)

xoxo
Janie

Mary Ellen said...

Such a beautiful table Sue!! I love the flatware you used and the antlers. I would not have thought of antlers at the table but I have some around and will have to try them out in some vignettes!

Dandelion and Daisy said...

Thanks for visiting today, you may not grow flowers but you are very skilled at arranging them. Love your tabletop's fall decor, great mix of textures.

Chic Creations said...

Just simply Beautiful! Love the tablescape. Thanks for sharing. Also love this blog.

Kathleen said...

Love it all, antlers too. You are so ready for Fall! The dishes are just lovely!

bj said...

Sue..everything looks so nice. I see you are really into your fall decorating. I won't do much until about Halloween...the grands and I have lots of fun doing that.

Kathy said...

i love your place setting -also love the acorns -simply lovely

craftyles said...

The whole table is very inviting. I love the leaf plates and the antler flatware. It all looks like autumn!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a wonderful fall table. Love that antler flatware. These colors really put me in the fall mood (my favorite season!)

Diann said...

What a beautiufl Fall table! Your centerpiece is gorgeous!!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

I love your antler and the leaf dishes! I'm hoping to find some antlers in our woods--we certainly have enough deer. And I'm also looking for some antler flatware. Yours is wonderful! Linda

Miss Merry said...

What a wonderful centerpiece and what wonderful dishes! I love the leaf salad plates and the antler silverware. Very neat!

The Tablescaper said...

Great stuff. Antlers on the table. Great flatware. Love it all.

- The Tablescaper

Entertaining Women said...

You've created a wonderful fall tablescape. I am taken with the antler handed flatware and the small leaf plates. Thank you for sharing your design. Cherry Kay

Sailing Simply said...

Very pretty! I love how well your candlesticks look? What did you do before spray painting them? Did you use any type of primer or etch them someway? I have some sconces I'd like to try. I just spray painted some brass knobs and used acetone on them first not sure if they are going to hold up but they look great right now. I would love to hear what you did, yours are beautiful! Cute leaf plates too!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

This is a gorgeous Fall settings. The leaf plate is fab.

Your centerpiece is one of a kind.

Happy TS...

Greetings from Stockholm,
/chie

Barbara said...

What a pretty fall table! The colors are just lovely. I especially like the leaf plates and bowls.

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Wonderful natural elements on your beutiful table. Love those leaf plates.

Sallie said...

I love it. So pretty. The flatware is adorable. I really love the leaf plates too.

Texas Tea Party said...

Love your beautiful autumnal tablescape. The centerpiece with the lovely flowers and accessories is so creative. Your dishes from thirty years ago are just wonderful with the leaf plates. Very Pretty!