Fall Tablescape

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in fall, foyer, thrift store, yard sale | 50 comments

I am so ready for fall!

It was 92 degrees here today with terrible humidity.
It is supposed to rain most of the weekend.

Should make things even steamier?!

I have been a busy bee here at my house today getting ready for fall.

I brought all of the boxes full of fall decorations in from the garage.

If I thought my house was cluttered before. . .

At least this clutter has purpose and will be short lived.

I can’t say that about the rest of the house!

I hope to have all of the inside decorating done by this weekend.

I usually try to have at least one “fall gathering” each year (besides Thanksgiving, of course!)

I have had my husband’s office staff before.

Last year, I had the elders of our church and their wives.

I am not sure who my folks will be this year.

Something will come to me.

It is a great motivator to clean the entire house.

I need motivation to clean.

I can decorate all day long, but the cleaning is not near as fun.

Luckily, Halloween is on its way, and I am into “natural” decorations – so the cobwebs will be perfect by then!

(The real spiders who built those webs might be a bit much?)

I started at the front of my house – right inside the front door.

You can see what my foyer looked like before here.

Here is one picture so you can compare.

My photography seems to be improving!


I wanted to keep everything “earthy.”

I traded the lamp for one I had in the kitchen.

My Lila Mae made the precious owl in art class last year.

The owl is about the only DIY here.

Sometimes I DIY and sometimes I just buy – thrifty, of course!

This is the perfect season to display some of my new brass finds.

The container was $1 at Goodwill and the tray was $4.

I have had the feathers for years.

The wreath was a great find on clearance for $13.

 I bought several pretty acorns last year, and I decided to prop one on top of this container with a bit of moss.

This perfect crackle finish pumpkin was a $1 yard sale find!

Notice that there are mostly close-ups.

That is because the rest of this area is knee-deep in boxes and decorating paraphernalia.

Maybe if everyone starts decorating for the fall, the fall will go ahead and get here!

I would like your opinion on something. . .

Should I paint this piece of furniture?

Or, should I keep it as-is?

I can’t decide?

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  1. You get alot of mileage out of that gate.So envious.I had one I’d gotten in KY but another of those things I had to leave, doggone it. Love all your Fall goodies.
    Sure hope it gets cooler for you soon.
    I used to wait for days for Fall in KY, was so gorgeous with all the colors. We lived out in country so had alot of trees to look at. Was only time it wasn’t horribly humid and giving me awful allergies.
    I keep looking forward to the cooler temps here. Since it doesn’t look like we’ll get to go to Highline (state park with lake 7 miles from our house)anymore it might as well get cooler. The nights have been in 50’s here, good for sleeping.

    • I sure would enjoy some 50 degree nights!

  2. Nice tablescape! Goes well into the fall season without having to change it after halloween. I personally love the color of the furniture as is. But there is something about the lighter color on the dresser that I absolutely love. Almost like a highlighted redish-brown? I’m talking about the top of the dresser. Its a really nice color not to light and not to dark. Oh the inspiration I need! Here in AZ its still over 100* and monsoon season is still in effect so going out to get my fall decor in my outside shed is so not happening anytime soon. I just don’t like summer. Love love love the fall and its colors. Can’t wait to decorate and see more inspiring ideas. Keep them coming! Have a great day!

    • I love decorations that can stay up for a while! These will be there until Christmas!

  3. Oooh it looks absolutely fabulous!! Love the earthy elements… great deatails! I’ve been thinking I would love to add some faux wheat on my mantel but I haven’t had luck finding any… so I’m loving that wreath.. making me jealous:P LOL

    • I am on the lookout for the wheat bundles that stand on their own. Haven’t found any yet (that were cheap enough for me!)

  4. It is so hard to pull out the fall decorations in the heat. Going to be hot and humid here today as well……but cooler weather on the way.
    Love your natural decorations and that gate.
    As far as the dresser. It looks like it is cherry. If it’s cherry and a sentimental piece I would keep it that way. Maybe a good sanding and a light waxing. If there are different woods used or some imperfections paint it. I have a hard time painting some pieces and this would be one that I would ponder.
    Good luck.

    • The light waxing is a good idea! I just might give that a try!

  5. Hi, your fall table scape is very pretty! Love the cream colored cracked pumpkin, not to mention the iron fence gate and the wheat wreath. My opinion is no, don’t paint it, it looks wonderful in it’s original color 🙂 found you thru Stuff and Nonsense.

    • That iron gate has been such a fun way to decorate for the seasons!

  6. It’s a beautiful tablescape! Encouraging me to start my fall decorating in beautiful HOT Florida. I would not paint the table…

    • TN was HOT today! The cool weather has to be on its way soon!

  7. I love your creativity! But please don’t paint that piece….I was just thinking how much I liked it! The wood is so pretty!

  8. Love this tablescape! I love the way you combine pieces of different heights. It’s balanced without being symmetrical. I fervently hope you do NOT paint the dresser, as it looks beautiful, versatile, and perfect for your home just the way it is!

    • Looks like she is going to stay her beautiful wooden tones!

  9. The gate. Is. Awesome. Feathers. Brain overload. Happy! Love! ;D

  10. Great vignette. It says fall without the over the top look!

    • I am trying to decorate in such a way that it can stay up until Christmas!

  11. Very pretty, Melissa! I love the nature theme you have going on. I like the chest as is, and if it goes with the rest of your home, I’d leave it. We got some rain last night that brought in some cooler air. I wish it would stay, but it looks like the temps will be heading back up to 85 as the days progress.

    • I am liking the “nature” theme. I will have to break out and do something colorful in the kitchen!

  12. Thank you so much Melissa for sharing this beautiful fall tablescape on Simple & Sweet Fridays. I’m sure you’ll inspire everyone to start decorating. Have a wonderful weekend.


  13. Wonderful vignette…these old gates are so much fun to play with (I know I love mine).


    • I had no idea how much I was going to enjoy that rusty gate when I got it!

  14. it was hot and humid here too for the past week. I have alot of annuals still in bloom..without chilly weather it is hard to think about decorating for fall yet…I think in the next week or two, perhaps. I am still enjoying all of my flowers 🙂

    Your decorations are lovely. Everything you do is lovely. I have you marked to my favorites bar to check in here and there if I have missed you in a linky party 🙂

    DO NOT PAINT THAT! 🙂 just my opinion.

    • You are too sweet! And, I am going to leave the furniture as it is. Thanks for your opinion!

  15. Love this! Thanks for stopping by http://www.realsouthernliving.com as well!

  16. Your tablescape is fabulous! Love the use of the vintage cooking utinsil. Beautifully put together! Thank you for sharing your creative project at Potpourri Friday!

  17. The gate makes this whole vignette click. Love it!

    • That gate was one of my favorite finds ever!

  18. That looks great, Melissa! I especially love the wreath and the pumpkin. And that rusty gate you have..I think the original post you had with it was when I first discovered you blog and I still love it! It’s so funny about the decorating all day, but not the cleaning. I am the same!

    Have a great week!


    • If only I liked to clean as much as I liked to decorate!

  19. I love your bird cage and fall decor. It looks beautiful! I’m trying to get motivated to pull out the fall decor. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

    • It sure does feel good to be getting it done!

  20. I love the color and old feel of the dresser. I think painitng it would ruin it–just my opinion.

  21. You created such a great vignette! I am just swooning over that lamp. It’s all lovely!
    Cheers, Andrea

  22. No, please don’t paint it. It’s so pretty, and like ho with top is a lighter color. I love all you fall decor, and I so want a gate like yours, I saw one last weekend at a French Market, but they wanted to much! I’m loving the wreath, what dried flowers is it? Wish that birdhouse was mine! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  23. I like how you set up your tablescape. 🙂

    • Thanks! I am having fun with the fall decorations!

  24. I like the piece the way it is….and I love love the wire gate as a background for all your goodies what a creative way to display things! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share your idea with us.


  25. Was led to your blog thru….. Kevin Bacon’s aunt’s neighbor’s cousin… Autumn decor is becoming my favorite… at least till Christmas! You have a magic touch; love your fallscapes. Had already left slobber on pic of your entry dresser; adore now-popular painting of blah pieces, but this one is great as is!

    • Kevin Bacon’s aunt’s neighbor’s cousin! Wow! That is quite the trail! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  26. Very Nicely done! Would love it if you would come by and share it at One More Time http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2012/09/share-it-one-more-time-party-and.html
    Hope to see you there…. Tammy

  27. Love it. It is so pretty! I’d like to invite you to share this at my linky party, Twirl & Take a Bow at http://www.houseontheway.com. I think it’d make a great addition!

  28. I love your style! Great vignette!

  29. You know how much I love paint, but this time I think I’d keep it natural. This one is a beauty! And I love your fall decorating!

  30. love it all! i especially love the gate- it looks so perfect!

  31. This is an adorable autumn vignette! Love the owl. And I love your honesty–“sometimes I DIY and sometimes I just buy!”

  32. Oh I just love this vignette. that fence just MAKES it!! had to laugh about the spider webs!!! thanks for joining in for the party!

  33. I just love your style. 😉 This is beautiful!

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