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My dining room table is set for fall! I hope you enjoy seeing how I combined old and new in my fall table styling as you gather a few ideas for your own fall table decorations.
Have you started planning your table decorations for fall? Are you excited about the prospect of adding fall flair to your home’s eating area? If so, today you are in luck. My Seasons of Home blogger friends and I are back to share our fall table decorations!
Fall Dining Room Decor and Table Decorations:
We are giving you a peek around our dining rooms and hopefully sharing some inspiration for you to decorate your own. As usual, I’ve linked all of my friends at the end of this post. Once you’ve checked out things here, be sure to take a look at their lovely dining rooms and table decorations!
I am one of those people who relishes styling a table. It is great fun to start with a blank canvas and create a beautiful and unique tablescape. Although I’m pleased with how this table turned out, I struggled with it at first. So, instead of just showing you the finished product today, I thought you might be interested in my process, that is, how everything came together. Sound good?
As you may know from my fall kitchen tour, I recently completed a major kitchen remodel which also affected my dining room. As these photos show, other than the table and chairs (and a fabulous new chandelier), this room is empty. It also happens to be white.
Sidenote: If you’re looking for any sources for items seen in the post, I’ve linked up whatever I could below.
Fall Table Decorations – New Finds:
I’m always on the lookout for interesting and one-of-a-kind table decorations. Many of the items in my fall tablescape came into my life through chance or happy coincidence, although a few intentional details at the end did bring everything together.
While I was at HomeGoods about a month ago, I spotted this plaid tablecloth. I’m a sucker for plaid, and I love the colors in this one. The orange, tans, and single maroon/plum stripe in this plaid are gorgeous (though it is hard to compete with the plaid tablecloth I used last fall).
I happened to have these plum-colored napkins from two years ago. (You might remember that I used them for the fall table decor in my Pittsburgh apartment.) The napkins bring out the maroon/plum stripe in the tablecloth, so I knew they’d work perfectly.
Speaking of napkins, I also found these adorable mouse napkin rings. You know that I like to include a quirky element on my table, and these little guys were it. You don’t notice them until you get up close.
The ceramic and black pumpkins are other items I’ve had for a couple of years. (The white pumpkins came from HomeGoods and Grandin Road and the black pumpkins were from West Elm. Unfortunately, the Grandin Road and West Elm ones are no longer sold.)
I’ve used these pumpkins time and again – I love their modern, chic aesthetic. Because the large black chandelier is such a statement piece in this room (especially given the minimal decor), I wanted a way to pull black into the table decorations.
That’s also why I used this matte black flatware from Target and the black pillar candles, also from Target.
Because I can’t seem to get enough gold (and it works perfectly for fall), I created an arrangement in this gold vase. (I got it at Target a couple of years ago.)
The other new element I picked up for this tablescape are the pumpkin paper placemats. After selecting the tablecloth, I bought the placemats intending to use them here.
Fall Table Decorations – Old (Vintage) Finds:
Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of antiquing. With so many great stores in the Pittsburgh area (A post about my favorites is coming soon.), I’ve spent hours exploring them. I’ll admit that at times it can be tedious and often I come home empty-handed, but when I do find a treasure, I’m overjoyed!
I called this post “Old Meets New” because I used several of my thrifted finds for this table. These weren’t items I specifically bought for this fall table, but they ended up working beautifully!
These drinking glasses might be among my most recent favorite finds. Besides wanting to tie in the black of the chandelier as I previously explained, these glasses were a big reason I decided to bring black into this tablescape. With their gold filigree, they also inspired some of the gold elements.
I was lucky enough to score a set of six for $10 at an antique store that had them marked 50% off.
I found these wood bowls last summer. I think natural wood is an excellent choice on a fall table, which is why I decided to use them here. Coincidentally, they work beautifully with the floor. That wasn’t intentional and it’s not critical; it’s just something I noticed as I was editing these photos.
With all of the above items in place, I had one more purchase to make the morning I photographed my fall table decorations. I visited Neighborhood Flea (a little monthly flea market here in Pittsburgh) where my favorite local flower farm, Pisarcik Flower Farms, has a booth. I was hoping they would have some coordinating blooms, and to my delight, they had just what I needed. I combined a few different bouquets to create this arrangement.
While at the flea market, I noticed that another seller had these adorable little plates. I assume they were once used for salt, butter, or even caviar. I thought they’d make a great addition to my table and could be used for a pat of butter.
And finally, a small brass mouse (another thrifted object) sits next to my flower arrangement for still another unexpected and fun element.
Per usual, I created a few treats to go with my table. The first is a Pumpkin Old Fashioned. Recently, the Old Fashioned has been my go-to cocktail, so I had to try out a version for fall.
I was happy with the flavor combination on this one. It looks festive, too! You can grab the recipe for this delicious fall-inspired Pumpkin Old Fashion here. Cheers, friends!!!
Another thing I’m loving is Brussels sprouts. I’m glad they are making a comeback since folks have figured out a way to cook them so that they are delicious! Roasting is my favorite method, and that’s what I did here.
For a fall twist, I mixed them with sliced Honeycrisp apples and dried cranberries.I love the sweet element with my Brussels sprouts. You need to give this recipe a try. They would be delicious for any week night dinner or even Thanksgiving. You can find the recipe here.
My Old Meets New Colorful Fall Table is now complete! How’d I do?
Want more fall dining room decor ideas? Check out these ideas:
- Fall Decor Ideas for Your Dining Room
- Fall Entertaining In the Kitchen (Pumpkin Shaped Cheeseballs!)
- Fall Style in the Dining Room (my Pittsburgh apartment)
- Chic and Colorful Outdoor Fall Tablescape
- Colorful Fall Entertaining Ideas
- Fall Cork Leaves: DIY Table Decorations
- Fall Dining Room Decor and Entertaining ideas (at my old House)
As you can probably tell, this tablescape didn’t come together instantly. I didn’t have a clear plan, and I struggled a bit. I had to make a few last-minute trips for goodies, keeping my fingers crossed that I’d find what I needed.
I’m not sure if sharing my process has been helpful, but I hope it’s encouraging and somehow inspiring. Tablescapes, like other types of decorating, take time. It’s important to know, however, that if you buy what you love, somehow it all has a way of looking fabulous together. Try new things, use what you have, but most importantly: have fun!
Okay, friends, I think that’s a wrap for today. Thanks for sticking with me.
Fall Table Decorations Sources:
Dining Room Chandelier: Radcliffe 30″ Round Bare Bulb Chandelier (Oil-Rubbed Bronze)
Dining Table: Gracehill Dining Table
Dining Chairs: Davin Chair, White
Paper Placemats: Pumpkin Placemats
Mouse Napkin Rings: Gold Napkin Ring or Set of 8 Napkin Rings
White Dinnerware: Hue White Dinnerware
Wine Glasses: Edge Red Wine Glasses
Pillar Candle: Unscented Black Pillar
Gold Candle Holder: Gold Candle Dish
Black Flatware: Matte Black Flatware Set
Items No Longer Sold: plum napkins, gold vase
Vintage Items: black and gold glasses, brass mouse, small decorative plates, wood bowls
Seasons of Home Fall Table Decorations:
If you’re looking for additional fall table decorations and dining room decor ideas, be sure to visit my friends below. They’ve all created beautiful and stylish spaces. Enjoy!!
Ella Claire & Co. | Dear Lillie | Zevy Joy | Rooms for Rent
Inspired by Charm | Craftberry Bush | Maison de Pax | Julie Blanner
The Handmade Farmhouse | French Country Cottage | My Sweet Savannah | Maison de Cinq
Hi Michael. Your tablescape is simply stunning. Can you please let me know what are the names of the flowers that you have in that gorgeous flower arrangement. My father and I are just awestruck over the large burgundy show stopper flower that is in the arrangement. Thank you in advance for your reply.
Thank you! I don’t know the names of all o them, but the large burgundy flowers are dahlias … my favorite!
The plum is a gorgeous addition to this tablescape! I love how it pops against the orange table cloth.
I always love to see what you’ve done for tablescapes. You have such a good eye for combining unexpected things and making it work fabulously ! I Love it! Oh! And I have a very similar mouse with the stick up tail and whether or not that’s what it was intended for, (it’s hollow on bottom) I use mine as a candle snuffer…bonus! 🙂
Thank you so much. Angie! And yes, I’ve heard them used as that or even a place to store rings (on the tail).
Beautiful table, those flowers are the perfect shades of plum/maroon ! And the old fashioned sounds like something I need to try. As well as the Brussel sprouts, we have a daughter who loves those little cabbages.
Such an interesting and beautiful table setting. Your flower arrangement was stunning and you chose the perfect colors to play off of all the other pieces on the table. I’ve fallen in love with that gold vase and was disappointed to see that Target no longer has it for sale. I also love the mouse with the “stuck up” tail, so cute. Don’t think that your pumpkin canisters and pot on the stove were missed by me. I’m a sucker for pumpkins and those canister are so cute. Brussels sprouts are a favorite of my husbands so I’ve book marked your recipe and will make those for him soon. Thanks for a great post Michael.
Thank you so much, Vikki! Yes, the pumpkin canisters were a HomeGoods find! They will be featured in an upcoming post. I shared the pumpkin pot in my fall kitchen tour. Love that!! Have a great weekend! Enjoy the Brussels sprouts!
That flower arrangement is a showstopper! It’s just glorious. I love the deep red with the black!
Ps those little plates are commonly called butter pats in case you ever want to look for more. 🙂
Awesome! Thank you! I assumed that’s why they were for, but I’m glad it’s confirmed!
Wonderful job Michael! That flower arrangement is a stunner! And the mice?….adorable!
Thank you! Thank you!!
Your tablescape ROCKS! I cannot believe you struggled with it. It’s perfect. My favorites are the turned wooden bowls. Rustic, yet works with the rest of the scape.
It was a struggle getting to this point. Ha. I’m pleased with the end result. Thank you!!
I am crushing on those pumpkin placemats! The white with the gingery-orange pairs beautifully with your tablecloth and the shape sets off each place setting. Thank you so much for reminding me how the right placemat can add interest and depth when used with a tablecloth!
You’re so welcome! I always love a pop of the unexpected and these placemats were perfect!
So Awesome love the brightness of the white and the bold table accents. I am sure the new window adds to the brightness of the room. Makes you just want to sit there and sip on that cocktail. And I know you would eventually bring out an amazing baked good.
Yes!! The kitchen and dining room are honestly the only places I want to be! I love them. Thank you so much for your kind compliments, Dave!
Your fall florals are SO fabulous Michael – you truly have a gift! And I just love the plaid tablecloth! It’s such a classic look! You’ve mixed traditional and modern so well 🙂
And the Brussels sprouts look amazing!!
This is so kind of you, Sheila! Thank you so much!!
Thank you for the lovely post – it was nice (and helpful) to follow along your process. We’ve all got things in the linen closet/china cabinet that can be put to use with a little creativity. You’ve inspired me to bring fall to my table!
I’m so glad to share a little inspiration! That’s the goal! Happy decorating.
Wow – this is a fabulous tablescape ! I love the modern and traditional mix and the vintage glasses add the perfect little pop. It has inspired me to bring out and use some gold and black vintage glasses that I have. I love your style Michael and I always look forward to seeing what you do next.
You are so kind, Mary! I’ve honestly been having so much fun antiquing. It’s a joy to be able to use my finds in my decor!
I love how the black gives a little nod to Halloween , without using Halloween decor! I will be using some of your ideas for my dining table. Thanks for sharing!
It really does! Thank you, Tracey!
This is so well done. I love that is the perfect balance between modern and traditional. I love using back accents–it makes it fresh. Love the light plaid and florals. I cant imagine how much work this was. Thanks for taking the time to share your ideas. I need to comment here more often. Instagram is a quick fix but there is so much to see on the blog itself.
You are so sweet, Mary! You always know the perfect thing to say. And I appreciate you noted the amount of work. It really was – thankfully it was mostly enjoyable!
Wow! You always have the most delicious spreads. I love every little detail! Those butter plates, the gold mice, wooden bowls and glasses! All of it! 😍😍😍
Thank you! Thank you! It was so much fun to put together!
I’m loving the black pumpkins….. and gold. Great find on the glasses too!
Aren’t those glasses the best!!? I love them!! Thank you!!
I love it! colors are so welcoming for fall! You nailed it perfectly! The mice accents are so cute. I always look forward to your tablescapes —–
You made my day, Cathy! Thank you!!
Looks beautiful, Michael! And the Brussels Sprouts look delicious!
Thank you so much!! They really were! I’m excited to share the recipe!!
I love your clean, modern, masculine vibe – with a twist or two! The Brussels sprouts look yummy. Looking forward to that recipe.
You are so sweet! This is such a lovely compliment! Thank you! Thank you!! And the Brussels sprouts were SO TASTY! I ate them all for dinner! Ha.