Happy Autumn everyone! It arrived here in Ohio yesterday in fine form. The day was perfection. Blue skies, cool temps and just a light breeze. Call me crazy but it helped inspire me to finish my fall decorating. (Are we ever really finished though?) I put together an early fall tablescape that’s neutral and I used vintage pieces along with a few new finds.
I used the little bottles that I shared in my Decorating With Mums post for a special touch on all the place settings. I added a sprig of mint to each one. Mint is so fragrant that even as I was setting the table I could smell it. A nice little treat for your guests. They could even pluck a few leaves and drop them in their water glass.
I continued layering by placing my antique tray as the base for the centerpiece. I love the look of Pellegrino bottles. They remind me of an Italian street cafe…even though I have never seen one in person. The silver pieces added some shine. I had one loaf of Apple Walnut Bread left and it fit perfectly on the small oval tray. Edible and pretty at the same time!
Last year I became intrigued with cotton bolls and made a fall wreath using bolls I got from Cottage at the Crossroads. Jane sent me a box of bolls direct from the cotton fields near their home. I had stored it carefully and when I pulled it out I was happy to see it looking so good. I looped some burlap ribbon around it and used a staple gun to attach the ribbon to the back of the mirror.
About the same time last year, I heard from a reader in Louisiana named Sharon. She was thrilled that I was posting about cotton bolls. She has fields surrounding her and offered to send me more bolls if I was interested. I kept her email in a safe place so I wouldn’t lose it…which has been know to happen. A few weeks ago I asked her if the offer was still open. Not too long after this is what arrived in the mail.
Fresh picked Louisiana cotton bolls. I will be using them in my decor and have ideas already swimming around in my head. I added some to a clear vase along with curly willow. It literally took three minutes and is an easy way to bring in more natural elements.
Setting a festive table doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. I admit that many times I strive for perfection…only to realize that less than perfect is cozier and more welcoming. Combining bargain finds with treasured heirlooms reflects my real life. It’s how I decorate my home and it works for me. Finding your style should be about decorating with things you love. At the end of the day, that’s what matters the most.
Linking to: Centsational Girl
Wishing you a perfect week.