Monday, October 5, 2015

Welcoming Autumn alfresco

Oh the joy of autumn in the North Carolina mountains! I always look forward to the transition from hazy summer days to clear, Carolina blue skies, vibrant color and crisp, cool nights.
It's the perfect time to get back out on the porch, as the noon day sun that has beat down on our table all summer, finally shifts and is filtered by the changing leaves.

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I am excited to be back on the porch with a vibrant fall tablescape, and I'm sharing with these other talented ladies in a blog hop hosted by Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours. 

Autumn is crazy colorful here, so I'm embracing that and taking it as far outside the box as I can. People tend to think of Fall in shades of orange, rust, yellow and red, but there are tons of purples and even deep pinks scattered throughout the landscape this time of year. 

I started by layering my table with vintage silk sarees. These are so versatile, and since
I bought my first one last spring, I have used them all over the house.

Since the linens are so colorful, I opted for creamware plates with my Wedgwood "Queen's Plain."

For texture, I added square, jute placemats I found at Walmart for about $2.78. The square shape saves space on the table, which is wonderful if you want to add more place settings. 

I simply plopped a pumpkin in the center, then gathered some flowers from my mother's garden and arranged them in iridescent Carnival glass pedestal bowls.

I covered the benches with Turkish kilim rugs, which add to the texture, and make the benches more comfy.

I accented each place setting with mini pumpkins and simply tucked sedum into each one.

To play against the rustic textures, I used antique sterling flatware in the "Louvre" pattern by Wallace, and iridescent glassware I picked up at World Market about 10 years ago.

The fuchsia napkins were an ebay find, and the bamboo napkin rings add yet more rustic texture to the table.

I love the mixture of traditional with a little Bohemian chic flair thrown in. 

...and the colors -- I just love the combination of bright pinks, oranges and golds.

It is what Autumn is to me -- colorful, warm and bright.

And it won't be long until all the leaves show their color as well -- 

But Autumn is fleeting so you have to enjoy and embrace every moment before it's gone, and that I will:-)

Thank you so much for stopping by, and thanks to Pamela for hosting! Make sure you go by and visit these ladies below for more Fall inspiration.

 White Lace Cottage

 The Everyday Home

Edith and Evelyn Vintage


Adventures in Decorating

Chateau Chic

Atta Girl Says

French Country Cottage

From My Front Porch toYours

Source List:

Jute placemats: Walmart
Dinnerware: Wedgwood "Queen's Plain/Shape"
Sterling flatware: Wallace "Louvre"
Glassware: World Market
Indian sarees: Sanskrit Vintage/Ebay
Turkish Kilim: ecarpetgallery/ebay
Yellow leaf pillows: Walmart
Fuchsia napkins: ebay
Rattan napkin rings: Walmart

I'll be joining:
Inspire Me Tuesday
Wow us Wednesday
Foodie Friday and Everything Else


  1. Your tablescapes are always spectacular, Anita!! First of all, your setting is breathtaking. I love the way you mixed the deep jeweled tones with some traditional fall colors. Absolutely stunning!!
    Mary Alice

  2. LOVE the beautiful colors! So unique and gorgeous. It would be wonderful to enjoy a meal at this table!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  3. Anita, your settings are simply gorgeous!
    Edith & Evelyn Vintage

  4. Anita your tablscape is gorgeous! I love the colors you chose to use this year. Thank you for hopping with us!

  5. You're right, there is deep pinks, if not purples with the usual Fall colors and I agree with Mary Alice's comment 100%! Kathleen in Az

  6. Your tablescapes are always a feast for the eyes, with this one being no exception. I love the colors you chose ... so vibrant, especially against the backdrop of your trees! Outstanding!

  7. If I had your porch I'd sit out there all of the time. Gorgeous!

  8. I just love the jewel tones, especially the fuchsia, paired with fall elements. What a lovely space. Hope you got to enjoy it this weekend without rain!

  9. Absolutely stunning Anita!!

  10. LOVE your vibrant colors! What a beautiful tablescape!

  11. Shirley@Housepitality DesignsOctober 5, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Anita, I am loving those colors that you have also used this vibrant and beautiful...I always love seeing the gorgeous tablescapes that you create on that fabulous porch with that most bucolic view! Happy Fall!

  12. I never would have thought to put these colors together, but they are beautiful! Oh yes, Autumn is wonderful....

  13. Pinky at Designs by PinkyOctober 5, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    I love when you set a table out here as it SO reminds me of our deck at the old house. We had the exact same view with all the trees. Your vibrant colors are gorgeous!!! I love that you thought outside the box!

  14. handmade by amaliaOctober 7, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Such a pretty, welcoming table. And what a gorgeous setting.

  15. What a rich vibrant table! The purples are so pretty with all of the warm autumn colors you used. And I adore the small flower arrangements in the carnival glass! So pretty!

  16. thepaintedapron.comOctober 11, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    I am a huge fan of pink and orange, but never thought of it for a fall table or vignette, it's totally fabulous pumpkin fun!