Decorations for fall are often displayed longer than Christmas decor. Usually debuting in our homes near the end of September, they take center stage on our tables and porches through the Thursday of Thanksgiving.
I think your style for fall should complement the look of your home, and you should use some of the same rules of thumb of design for your tablescapes, wreaths, and front door & porch decor.
Guidelines to Creating an Attractive Tablescape
1. Keep your look consistent throughout, including your front door wreath and porch decor. For instance, your dining room tablescape and your buffet or bar should have similar looks.
I chose for my look to be “Rustic Southern Chic” so I kept my color palette to shades of brown, cream, orange, olive green, burnished gold, with a touch of dark purple. All of the colors are in the same hue. For my color palette I would stay away from adding any bright or primary colors because I am keeping everything more muted.
2. Have a bit of contrast within your consistency.
I found a pair of beautiful gold pheasants from Design Additions in Avondale (Jacksonville, Florida) that I adore because they are rustic in nature yet glamorous. What a great statement they can make in the middle of a table or on a mantle. I also like the glitz treatment that some of the acorns and pumpkins have in my garland.
3. Create some different heights. You want your eye to travel.
I used fabulous faux dark purple flowers (from T. Gregory Imports, Jacksonville Beach) and pussywillow branches to create a TALL arrangement for the buffet. Medium heights were created with two pinecone filled vases. To connect them all together, I ran the twig and cotton branch small “garland” in, out, and around the vases.
Using small pumpkins on each plate also gives your eye another place to travel from the center of your table.
4. Incorporate some pattern or fabric. Tablerunners can be placed in the traditional manner, running the length of the table, or you can do two or three shorter swaths of fabric and place them horizontally across the table.
I ordered the brown buffalo check from www.fabric.com , cut it, and used touches of fabric glue to secure the ends until I can get my best friend Amanda to hem it all for me! 🙂 You could also incorporate fabric or pattern with cloth or linen napkins.
TIPS: If you can’t find a garland or arrangement you like, just make your own. I made mine and it is easier than you think. I used a lacquered grapevine wire garland and used wire clippers to clip off the handled-ends. From Hobby Lobby I bought the glitzy pumpkins and acorns, and 2 sticks of autumn floral. By deconstructing the floral sticks, it will give you quite a lot of materials that you can then work into your garland. Secure your elements in your garland with brown floral tape.
Inspiration and Sources:
James Farmer’s “Set for the Season” layout in Southern Living‘s October 2014 issue.
Design Additions in Jacksonville, Florida
Cotton Bolls from HOSTandSERVE on Etsy