Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Autumn Apples

I really wanted to do something different this year for fall as I had added so much blue over the summer. So I decided to use apples instead of pumpkins. Apples are a big crop here in Western North Carolina and I start craving them this time of year. 

For the table setting, I used hand painted Fondeville New York salad plates with Mikasa "Italian Countryside" dinner plates.

I used my mom's 1961 casual wedding stainless flatware, "White Lily" by Oneida...

Vintage Indiana Glass "Whitehall" iced tea glasses and a crochet-edged napkin. Sheets of music serve as placemats. The problem for us is we sit there reading the music.

I filled the box with my grandmother's blue Mason jars, hydrangeas, fruit, pine cones, nuts and berries. I replaced the zinc lids with just a canning ring since I have votives in the jars.

These are just a few of the leaves that have started to turn. 

You might notice I lit up the cabinet (black hole) in the corner with a work light. I got the idea from Kelly, at The Essence of Home, then I went down to my mom's sewing room and realized she uses these same lights there. I got this one at Walmart for $7. 

I attached pine cones with blue ribbon and lace from the chandelier...

I used one of the runners I have for sale in my new etsy shop, Knight's Store. 

 I am loving the blue for fall, and I am super excited about Christmas because I'll get to use all the those beautiful mid-century colors of pink and blue that my grandmother used. I can't wait to get those Shiny Brites and bubble lights out!! 

As for the apples, I also used an apple pattern on my very first blog post three years ago. You can see it here:

Autumn Lunch for Two

Thanks so very much for stopping by! Also thank you all for the nice comments on my porch decor:-) Please stop by my facebook page and follow along so you will not miss the great giveaways I have coming form Mikasa and Ramsign. 


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  1. Carlene @ Organized ClutterOctober 10, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Beautiful Anita. Love the apples tucked in the box, on the plates and as name cards. Also love the hanging pine cones and leaf scatter.

  2. Allyson PecilunasOctober 10, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    So pretty, Anita!! Gorgeous love the apples gorgeous table as always!

  3. Gorgeous tablescape for fall, Anita. You could take this through Thanksgiving. The centerpiece is stunning..I'm in love with it!!!!!!! Big hugs,

  4. Shenita @ Embellishments by SLROctober 10, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Anita, now this just says, "Fall", beautifully! I love how you change the box out seasonally; and it always looks so different! The setting is just gorgeous...from the sheet music, to the name cards! The work light looks great above the china cabinet; and I love the pine cones hanging from the chandelier. You just always get it right!

  5. Anita,What else to say, breathtaking.Your ideas with use apple place cards, ribbon lace dripping from gorgeous chandelier, music place mats, fruit salad plates, highlighted hutch, not a note missed.A complete work of home harmony and music ...Love it!!!!!The "box" a study from fine painting, grapes, glass, grace.

  6. Your table is so beautifully decorated and set for a fall meal. I like aqua and pale blue as so many other colours can coordinate with them - like orange and red and shades of green. The work clamp light is great for a bit of industrial chic and lightens up your china cabinet. Great idea! I'm loving your new look for your home! Hugs, Pam

  7. Beautiful! xo

  8. Pam - @diy Design FanaticOctober 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Ok, where do I start? First off...gorgeous table Anita! I love the apples and was thinking of doing the same thing since they are so beautiful and tasty this time of year. I love the work lamp, as well. They could probably be painted with a high heat resistant paint, as well. Your work lamp looks a little smaller than the one I have and it's perfect for where you put it. Love the centerpiece too!

  9. Cindy (Applestone Cottage)October 10, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    So well done, I love the centerpiece! What a gorgeous table, such a neat idea to add the apples too.
    Love, love your beautiful home~

  10. So the work that something you just put on top of the cabinet and direct the light downward? No knowledge of electricity needed? It was hard for me to tell from the photos. It doesn't appear to be affixed to the ceiling, though. I see where Pamela called it a "clamp light." Does that mean it clamps to something? If it's just sitting on top, I think you may have just answered the question to a problem I've been trying to conquer in my own house for some time now! LOVE the sheet music placemats and the apple placecard holders!!!!!!!! FABULOUS runner, too! I really admire the way you're able to make that cool wooden box take on so many different personas. You know just what to do to breathe new life into it every time! I believe wholeheartedly in keeping items that can be used in a multitude of ways limited only by my imagination. The pinecones hanging from the light fixture is a great touch, too. VERY pretty!

  11. Luv the sheet music as place mats. It is all so very pretty Anita. Autumn bounty :-)just spilling from the box .
    Just so pretty..
    Cheers, Gee

  12. ❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁October 10, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Who needs pumpkins when one has such a lovely fall tablescape to enjoy? Can I come to your house for dinner? ;)

  13. Very pretty, Anita. I have some fruit plates from my mom. You just gave me a great idea!!

  14. This is beautiful! I adore your centerpiece filled with your autumnal accents & hydrangeas! I wanted to let you know that your link at Tablescape Thursday isn't working so you might want to delete it and redo it!

  15. Kathy @ Creative Home ExpressionsOctober 11, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    Very pretty, Anita! The whole room looks great! I love how you lit up the shelves. I'll bet it looks wonderful at night.

  16. Tammy @ A Walk in the CountrysideOctober 11, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    Your table is so beautiful! I love the music sheets as placemats!

  17. Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous, i love the pine cones especially!

  18. Wondrous table - hanging pinecones, sheet music and the beautiful shades of Fall.

    - The Tablescaper

  19. The Vintage ChateauOctober 13, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Beautiful tablescape. I love the sheet music placemats, very clever!

  20. Pinky at Designs by PinkyOctober 14, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Anita, I just LOVE this tablescape! The use of the blue is so unexpected but BEAUTIFUL! I love the work light shining on the corner cabinet too. I noticed that right away. I promise I will be sharing alot more of the house soon. As I get the rooms put is ALOT of work. Nothing is where it was in the old house, LOL. XO, Pinky

  21. Pinky at Designs by PinkyOctober 14, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Forgot to say, love the sheet music placemats! PERFECT!

  22. Your tablescape is beautiful! Love it!



  23. Oh my gosh! Breathtaking! I couldn't decide which imagine to pin ~ your centerpiece box being my favorite! Love how you decorate it seasonally... and how you tied together the aqua mason jars and the aqua pinecone ribbons (pardon the pun:) Such a lovely tablescape Anita!