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Early Fall Tablescape

Early Fall Tablescape 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.

On Sutton Place Dining RoomI pulled out my ivory linen runners and layered on the wicker chargers. The gold plates are old Pier 1 and the Thankful plates are from Walmart.

Early Fall TablescapeI picked up 2 sets of kitchen towels at TJMaxx and used them for the napkins. They don’t match but I like the way they work together. (Shocker I know. I’m usually matchy and symmetrical!) 

Mums and MintI 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.

Early Fall Tablescape CenterpieceI 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!

Early Fall Tablescape CenterpieceLast 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.

Cotton Bolls

 Cotton Boll WreathAbout 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. 

Louisiana Cotton BollsFresh 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.

Cotton Bolls and Curly WillowSetting 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. 

Early Fall TablescapeI hope you will take a minute and visit the other blogs joining me for Fall Into Autumn. 

Fall Tablescapes1. Me! 2. Creative Cain Cabin 3. Debbiedoo’s 4. Cottage At The Crossroads

Linking to: Centsational Girl

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Early Fall Tablescape


  1. It’s lovely! I especially love the natural elements like the cotton and the displays of food and drink!

  2. Everything looks so warm and inviting…perfect for Fall. I’m coveting your cotton bolls. :)

  3. Jean Windham says:

    Ann your table is lovely.

  4. Debra @ Frugal Little Bungalow says:

    Very lovely and the photos are wonderful! Your dining room is so light-filled and pretty !

    That is so interesting about the cotton bolls ( I am from PA and of course we do not have them either! :)

  5. Ann, Your tablescape is really beautiful. The simplicity of it is very appealing.
    Happy Autumn! I have one or possibly two of your free prints hanging on my walls. I love the sentiments.
    Hugs, Cindy

  6. The vibrant colors of Autumn are stunning with the comfort of the neutrals. So pretty, Ann.

  7. Anne Boykin says:

    Oh Ann, your table is lovely! Love your style.

  8. Ricki Jill Treleaven says:

    Your dining room looks fab! And of course I love the cotton! Be careful of the briars…they can hurt!


  9. Okay, and, here, this whole time, I thought even those were called cotton “balls!” Shame on me! LOL! I love where you’ve placed them … the texture is beautiful, as is your tablescape (love how you tied your stemware)!

  10. You set a gorgeous table! I was wondering…do you know the diameter of your silver bowl? I need one that size…I’m thinking 8 or 9 inches? Thanks! ;)

  11. Beautiful table, Ann!! I’m hungry now for a banana nut bread! I’ve had my eye on the cotton fields here (California) near my home, but it’s not quite ready….. a few more weeks and I’ll have some too! I would love to make a wreath like yours!!

    June G.

  12. Your table looks lovely Ann, as always, you finished it with great details. Loving the dishes and bottles with the mum pieces in them. I also love the fact that you got cotton bolls. How neat that you have access to that site. I was going to ask if there would be any way you were able to share this site with us??? Not all of us have access to cotton bolls and it adds such a nice touch to many things. I noticed that Pippa asked too.


    1. Ann Drake says:

      I’m working on a different source for cotton bolls. Will let you know!

  13. Your fall tablescape is beautiful and inspiring! I especially love the plates from Walmart. Do you know if they still have them?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      I got them just a few weeks ago so they may still have them. I tried to find them online so I could include a link but they were not on the Walmart website. Good luck!

  14. Very pretty tablescape, Ann. The wreath is great! I love the cotton bolls.

  15. Ann – LOVE everything you have done here. Is there any way you could share the source of cotton bolls? Would your friend Sharon be willing to sell some of them to those of us who don’t have them available locally? Would appreciate any help on this!

    In the first Mary Engelbreit Home Companion Christmas book, she has a gorgeous Christmas wreath pictured with cotton bolls and I’ve wanted to do one ever since!!! Never had a source for the cotton though.

    Your blog never ceases to amaze and inspire! Hugs from the Rockies, Pippa

  16. Ann,
    Your table and wreath are gorgeous. Love the cotton bolls! Beautiful arrangement using them!!

  17. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says:

    How pretty Ann! I loved that you used dish towels as napkins,

  18. Ann your photos are GORGEOUS!! Love your Fall tablescape!

  19. Nana Diana says:

    Your table looks just beautiful, Ann. I love the little fun elements you have added, too. Those cotton bolls are just amazing, aren’t they? Did you prick your fingers on them? xo Diana

  20. Elaine McCarty says:

    I love your style! The table looks beautiful!

  21. Debra@CommonGround says:

    so pretty Ann. love those great little bottles with flowers on each place setting!

  22. Mary Alice Patterson says:

    Your table looks so pretty with all of your personal touches, Ann. I really like the idea of a little bottle with a couple of blossoms one each plate.
    Mary Alice

  23. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    Ann, your style of decorating works for me, too! You’ve set a beautiful table. I should have said so in my post but there is nothing that I like better than having friends over for dinner. And I have always enjoyed setting a pretty table. Hope that someday we can get together at one of our tables!

  24. Pamela Gordon says:

    Love your table scape Anne. The silver, wood and rattan along with the fall colours are perfect and my favourite. The cotton bolls are a great addition to your vases and add lots of texture. Beautifully done. I’ve visited the other bloggers too and enjoyed seeing their tables. Lots of inspiration! Hugs, Pamela

  25. Ann, your tablescape is lovely! How nice to have such sweet readers to send you such great treasures. Your fall decor is beautiful.

  26. debbiedoos says:

    LOVE! I want some cotton too LOL. Your table looks gorgeous. I love how you tied the stemware too.

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