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Tabletop Decorating: Fall Has Fallen

Growing up in Northern California, I experienced seasons. Sadly, Los Angeles does not have the same climate changes throughout the year. Although it is nearly 80 degrees outside as I write this entry, my calendar tells me that fall has fallen upon us. Nothing says fall to me like the changing colors of the falling leaves, pumpkin patches, pumpkin pie and spiced apple cider.

Fall tabletop decorating is all about balancing warm hues with seasonal notes. With Halloween as the staple of the fall season, I find it fun to incorporate celebratory statement pieces into my tabletop designs. Here are two fall-inspired tablescapes.

Fall Tablescape #1: Cozy Fall Cocktails & Hor d’ouevres
Cozy autumn nights, cocktails and hor d’oeuvres is the perfect setting for fall entertaining. For this holiday design, I have a new hor d’oeuvres platter as the centerpiece. I recently discovered Juliska while shopping in Neiman Marcus with my mother. As a housewarming gift, she bought me the Country Estate Hostess Tray in a color perfect for fall: pumpkin! While casually browsing Home Goods with fellow Triple Knots blogger and dear friend, Kristi, we came across these gold and white-striped appetizer plates. There were two sets left and Kristi and I each bought one!  I knew that they would be perfect for fall entertaining and beyond. Whimsical cocktail napkins, seasonal gourds and candles add an elegant, playful, and warm touch.

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My Juliska Country Estate Hostess Tray can be found at Neiman Marcus: Juliska Hostess Tray
Home Goods offers affordable decorative items for everyday use and special occasion: Home Goods

Fall Tablescape #2: All Hallows Eve
With Halloween right around the corner, I have to set up a Halloween-inspired table. Over the years,I have collected themed decorative items such as Jack-O-Lantern and spider candleholders, and pumpkin candle that will light the table. Much of my seasonal décor came from Pottery Barn a few years ago – I suggest checking out Pottery Barn and other home stores for seasonal and holiday items. I placed black, cotton napkins tied with gold ribbon, and a glitter gold accent to ‘pop’ against the clear, glass dinnerware. Colorful straws are always a festive and fun touch!

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Similar Halloween-themed décor can be found at Pottery Barn: Pottery Barn Halloween Decor
Whimsical Straws can be found at many local arts & crafts stores and online at Etsy

 My everyday table centerpiece was inspired by an idea from Pinterest that I created for my own. I filled a tall glass vase with branches and mini white pumpkins. The branches add height for interest and white pumpkins bring in cheerful fun. I enjoyed crafting this fall-inspired centerpiece and know it will be festive throughout the season.

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I hope my fall tablescapes inspire you to create designs of your own. I am always looking for new ideas and inspiration, so please share your ideas with me! I will be sure to upload pictures from this season, and by the time the last leaf has fallen, I will be ready to share ideas for Winter!

Tabletop Decorating: A Taste of Summer

I’m certainly no Martha Stewart, but I do love a well-decorated table. I’ve always been a believer that you eat with your eyes before your mouth—and I think it all starts with the table. Tablescapes can provide an inviting atmosphere that set the stage for your meal, and for me, they also provide a creative home design outlet. I consider my decorating style to be semi-formal and fun—I love combining classic patterns, modern twists and whimsical notes. Over the next four seasons I will share photos of my tablescapes and tabletop decorating ideas with you!

Over the years I’ve been collecting dining pieces and tabletop décor. I’ve been fortunate to have been gifted some very special pieces for my tabletop, which I always incorporate into my tablescapes. I love the look of non-matching (but coordinating) pieces and I love seeing items of personal significance on the table. One quick tip: Because I don’t have endless cabinet space (or an ever-flowing supply of cash), I tend shop in my own home, mix-and-match, and reuse pieces that I already have.

Summer is here! As we head into the warm summer months there’s nothing I love more than margaritas, grilling and eating outside. I enjoy being a hostess in my home—and summer is the perfect season for entertaining. To me, summer tablescapes are all about the classic patriotic hues of red white and blue, and reminders of spending sunny days oceanside in the sand. Here are two summer-inspired tablescapes.

Summer Tablescape #1: Let the Fireworks Begin
With Fourth of July right around the corner, I love combining red white and blue for a festive touch. For this holiday design, I’ve used my everyday dining pieces from Williams Sonoma. These plates are classic and I feel that the blue edging adds the perfect pop. I think it is fun to tie ribbons around napkins (with silverware inside)—the ribbon not only holds a functional value, but also adds a preppy twist. Ramekins are a useful tool to add a splash of color on the table, and also are handy for dipping sauces.

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My everyday dinnerware can be found at Williams-Sonoma: Brasserie Blue-Banded Porcelain Dinnerware
Ribbons can be found at your local craft store, such as Michael’s Arts & Crafts and Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft

Summer Tablescape #2: Bringing Home the Beach
Nothing says summer to me like the beach. For this nautical design, I’ve used seashell-themed plates that I got from Pottery Barn many years ago. The colors are muted, which allows the raised starfish design to be the “star” of the plate. I’ve added accents such as the classic Nantucket basket napkin rings and seashell placecard holders. Lanterns can be the centerpiece to complete the look—they add height to your table, while keeping in the nautical theme.

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Similar seashell-themed plates can be found at Target: Seashell Dinnerware
Similar seashell placecard holders can be found at Party City: Shells By The Sea Shell Placecard Holders
Pottery Barn has a good selection of lanterns: Lanterns

I hope my tabletop decorating ideas for summer inspire you to try out ideas of your own! Please share them with me—I’m always looking for news ideas and inspiration. I look forward to all the upcoming summer days and nights with friends and I’ll be sure to upload photos for everyone to see. But, by the time summer ends, I will be looking forward to sharing my ideas for fall decorating!