Friday, November 4, 2011

An Autumn Table

Don't you just love Fall?  It's my favorite season -- has been for years.  Of course, when Spring rolls around, I'm often tempted to change my mind, but I still think Fall is the best.

It certainly looks like autumn in our area, but we've still been having temps in the 70's.  Not every day, but often enough.  We have had a few cold days, and I cooked a crock pot of chili and a skillet of cornbread last weekend.  At our house, that always means it's officially fall.

I've so looked forward to doing a fall tablescape.  I started my blog in January of this year, so this is my first fall tablescape.  I used my Johnson Brothers "Old Britain Castles" dishes.  When I look at all the creative tables in blogland, it seems like everybody and their brother has these dishes, in one color or another, yet I still adore them.  I don't have a lot of pieces, but I'll probably try to get some more soon.  Did you hear that Mr. Forest Manor?  ;)   I do have cereal bowls and coffee mugs, but I didn't use them on the table this evening.

For my centerpiece, I used my hurricane globe with an ivory pillar candle and acorns.  I had seen this in one of the catalogs I get in the mail (I think maybe it was Pottery Barn).  The acorns came from my mother-in-law's yard; they had a bumper crop this year.  I surrounded the hurricane globe with Nandina leaves from the bushes in our yard, where I'll also get the berries to use for Christmas decorating.  I saw the idea of using Nandina leaves at A Perfect Setting a few weeks ago.  She used these on her table, along with Magnolia leaves, for a beautiful centerpiece.  I added bittersweet berries, also from my in-laws' property.

My salt and pepper shakers are nestled in front of the centerpiece.  Aren't they cute? :)  They had these discounted at Belk a few years ago, and I couldn't resist them.  I love the shape; they're like castle towers.

The maple leaf plates are "Olfaire," made in Portugal.  And Alycia, my friend, if you're out there, I finally got my flatware!  Yay!  This has been the case of the disappearing and re-appearing flatware.  I've been looking for Hampton Forge "Sophia" for many months now.  Every time I found it listed online, the website said "out of stock."  Back in the summer, I was on the Target website, and I saw it listed.  Later that evening after dinner, I went back to the Target site, and it said "out of stock".  That fast -- I couldn't believe it.  Then last week, they suddenly re-appeared on Target's website, so I was able to order them.

I have to give a shout-out to Sherry at The Charm of HomeSherry made my fall table runner, and I really love it.  You should check out her blog and her Etsy shop if you haven't already.  She has some wonderful offerings.  Thanks, Sherry!  Y'all know I love me some burlap :)

Gold damask napkins with an autumn leaf design and engraved pewter napkin rings.

Now for some candlelight shots...

...and the rest of the pictures.

Thanks to Mr. Forest Manor for photographing my tablescape!  I'm linking to Tablescape Thursday, hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch; Home Sweet Home, hosted by Sherry at The Charm of Home; and Seasonal Sundays, hosted by The Tablescaper.  Hope you'll take time to check out these blogs.  Thanks so much for stopping by the House at Forest Manor.  I hope you all have a wonderful fall weekend!


On the Table:
Table Runner:  Made by Sherry at "The Charm of Home"
Place Mats:  Bed, Bath and Beyond, last year
Hurricane Globe:  Pottery Barn, last year
Dinner and Salad Plates, Vegetable Bowl, and Salt and Pepper:  Johnson Brothers "Old Britain Castles"
Maple Leaf Plates:  Home Goods, this fall
Flatware:  Argent "Sophia", by Hampton Forge; Target this fall
Crystal Stemware:  Gorham "French Cathedral"
Napkins:  Bed, Bath and Beyond, this fall
Napkin Rings:  Kirksteiff pewter, wedding gift

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