Sometimes you just need a few ideas to pull a space together. Like these fall table decorations that create a simple layered fall table.
Can you feel it? That chill in the air when the sun goes down? It’s so refreshing after a long, hot summer. Of course, along with fall comes the urge to restyle some favorite spaces, like our dining room.
Fall Table Decorations
With fall just around the corner, it was high-time to break out our fall decor tub last weekend. Woot! The Mister was super sweet and pulled it out of the shed for me so I could go through it and
play make the switch to fall decor in our little bungalow.
I actually decorated the mantel in the living room first, as I often do. But since Kate’s link party for Fall Mantels is next week and Kevin & Layla’s Fall Table Decorating Ideas link party is this week, I decided to change up my decorating order. After last fall’s marathon decorating for the competition Crafting With the Stars and our home’s special appearance on Steven & Chris (on CBC), our dining room basics are pretty much finished.
The buffet and hutch are great for storage and for prettying up each season.
With just the tinsiest bit of rearranging and tidying, the desk (which houses our laptops most days as shown) converts easily to a sideboard for company.
And our giant farmhouse table is one of my favourite things in the whole world.
Although it is quite the beast when it comes to setting it because it seats 10 comfortably and we often squeeze in an extra little person or two when family is here. Thus we need 10 to 12 of everything; chargers, cloth napkins, napkin rings, etc. And since the table has only been this size (it used to only seat 6) for less than a year, we’ve had to quickly stock up on sufficient chargers, napkins, napkin rings, etc. Which can be a pretty expensive proposition!
5 Ideas for A Simple Layered Fall Table
When looking for new chargers to add more texture to the tablescape, I really wanted rattan or jute ones. But I just could not justify the price tag – at $10-20 EACH the total would have been $100-200 just for chargers. Um, no. Not for this girl. I then thought I could make some similar beachy looking versions with natural rope. But when hubby helped me determine the amount of rope I’d need, the price was even worse! (DIY isn’t always a better option).
Seeing that I was uber frustrated, Dean asked if I’d looked everywhere for what I wanted. Um, yes.
Kitchen Stuff Plus?
Which is where I then went and found these fabulous wood grain chargers on sale for $2.39 each!
2. Napkin Rings
And imagine my delight when I scored the napkins rings I’d been eying on sale in-store at Chapters for $2.25 each instead of $4.95!
3. A DIY Table Runner
To round out my shopping finds, I created a new REVERSIBLE ruffled table runner from a cheap but durable canvas drop cloth and a sharpie. One side says Give Thanks and the other says Joy to the World. Nothing like a double duty DIY!
(To make the runner I simply outlined the words in very large scale and then filled in the downstrokes to create fake calligraphy a la Emily from Jones Design Company. )
4. Mix and Match Dinnerware
One of my favorite ways to create a layered table setting is to mix and match white dinnerware. In this case I used the dinner and side plates from our main set of dishes with a plain white luncheon plate in between. This creates subtle texture.
5. Baby Boos
And of course, putting it all together with one of my fall favourites – baby boo mini white pumpkins resting atop the mix and match white dinnerware.
It’s not super fancy, but it works for our family . 🙂