Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Mercury Glass Pumpkin Setting

Mercury glass seems to be very popular these days, but sometimes it's difficult to find specific pieces.  I lucked out recently, and found some small, mercury glass pumpkins that I've been looking for.  I had a large pumpkin, which I used last year for a simple tablescape which you can see here.  These have been on my kitchen table for the entire fall, so I designed today's table around them. 
I found this runner at Home Goods a while ago, and I liked the white background with the autumn-colored leaves.
I decided not to use chargers.  These plates that I found at Marshalls this past summer had the exact same colors, white with the autumn hues.  The pumpkin placecard holders came from Home Goods.
Shot of dinner plate.  The pattern is Leah by 222 Fifth.  Silverplate is vintage.  I'm not sure of the pattern, and I don't have the salad forks that matched, so I used another pattern that I think is from around the same time period.  All of it is Wm. Rogers.
All of the mercury glass came from TJ Maxx!
The large pumpkin is elevated on a cake plate, and garlands of leaves are placed around it.  Artichoke votives and pumpkin votives are also placed in the leaves.

Napkins were purchased from Tuesday Morning last year.  Napkin rings are sprigs of little faux berries and pumpkins wired together.
I love the glitz of these candles!
Wine stems are Gorham and iced beverages are hmm, I can't remember... I'll look it up and get back to you.
A few more shots . . .
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Fall Setting

"How beautifully leaves grow old.  How full of light and color are their last days."--John Burroughs

I love this quote and hope the same can be said of my life one day.

It was a fun weekend.  My son came home from college, as did most of his friends, and we all attended the high school football game.  It was so good to see them all, and to top it off, our team had a victory against our rival!  On Saturday, my husband, daughter, and I went to the afternoon performance of  Wicked, and later, our son and two friends met us at a restaurant for a delicious dinner.  On Sunday, we had a late lunch/early dinner together before he left to go back to school.  My daughter went back to her new apartment to get ready for her work week.

After a wonderful weekend with my family, I settled in with rain fast approaching.  Candlelight, warm colors and textures in the dining room evoked a cozy, homey feeling of autumn. 
Lots of candlelight provided a warm glow for this autumn table.
Glass hurricanes were filled with acorns which are abundant right now in my backyard.
This runner from Tuesday Morning has a rich, brown color, gorgeous trimwork, and leaf design.
Starting with a gold baroque charger, plate layers consisted of brown stoneware, ivory stoneware, leopard-design salad plate, and pumpkin tureen.
I finally found bright orange napkins at Home Goods.
The centerpiece consisted of magnolia leaves and nandina leaves, with mini pumpkins, grapes, and gourds tucked inside.  Two pillar candles were placed on top.

Iced beverage glasses are vintage and were my mom's and wine stems have little gold leaves on them (Tuesday Morning years ago).
Flatware is Italian Countryside by Mikasa.
A fall arrangement decorates the sideboard.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

An Autumn Day

It's amazing how fast time flies!  It seems like yesterday that I was putting my daughter on the school bus, and this past week-end we moved her into her own apartment!  Luckily, she's only 20 short minutes away, and I'm sure we will still be spending lots of time with her.  Her apartment is beautiful, so much better than my first apartment, which I have tried desperately to forget.  Her bedroom is bigger than the one I have now, there's an updated kitchen, with brand new stainless appliances and granite.  We have had fun decorating it, and she shares it with three of her girlfriends.  I am excited for her, and I hope to share some of the pictures when everything is all finished.

I had a few hours yesterday to play, so I prepared a fall table with flowers from the yard (a few faux thrown in for good measure)! 
It was such a beautiful day!  Temperatures in the 70's and not one drop of rain--yea!!  So I took it outdoors, because in a few weeks I will be inside for a lonnnng time!

I used a Raymond Waites tablecloth, probably purchased at Marshalls or TJ Maxx, in fall colors.

I used flowers from the yard arranged in a wheelbarrow.

This cute guy has hydrangeas for hair, wish I had those curls!

I loved this shot, because you can see the sky!  Such a crisp, autumn day!

A burlap runner grounded the centerpiece.

A combination of rustic chargers, and fine china was used.

The top layer of china consists of a bowl and salad plate, which is Princess Anne, Signature Collection.  The green and gold are perfect fall colors.  This was my mother's china.
The next layer is a white and gold Limoge, which I won at an auction.
Last layer is Courtyard Gold by Lenox.
Not sure of the stemware patterns.

Napkin rings have a place to add a flower, in this case they are holding orange and gold faux flowers.

Candlesticks add a bit of bling.

Silverplate is Baroque by Godinger.

Looks a bit spooky at night~

Good night to all!  Thanks for stopping by!  I am looking forward to the weekend--my son is coming home from college and I haven't seen him since August!  Can't wait!  I appreciate your kind comments, and I look forward to visiting with you very soon!!