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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Squirrels on the Table

Happy to Design has such a fun blog party......."Sunday Favorites"!  Her premise is that weekends are too busy to blog much, so she invites bloggers to post something that they have already done.  It's sooo nice to get a little more milage from some of your favorites.  Isn't that a great idea?  Thanks, Chari!!!
Here's one I posted early last fall, just after I began blogging. 

This shiny little guy inspired a tablescape with a woodland feeling.  I wanted to make it feel like he was still in the forest.

This is where he usually hangs the bar between two  wonderful acorn and oak leaf candlesticks.  They were gifts from a houseguest with great taste!  What's with that one candle?

I just love these tiny acorns.  Actually, I love any acorns and we seem to have them all over the house.  I once joked that they were the estate logo and someone took me seriously.

Here he is as a centerpiece for our first fall tablescape of the year.  I took a morning stroll around our property, looking for some material to make the centerpiece.  Now he's nestled in with sticks, ferns, mums, leaves, and lots of moss. I brought him home from Boxwoods in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago, resisting him the first time I saw him, but going back to get him the same day.

The aged terra cotta saucer is from Boxwoods, too.  It's very heavy.  I've had it for quite a while, usually using it as a base for a large glass cloche.  It's so much more interesting than the usual straight edged saucer.

You can see the three elements with maple leaves here...the napkin, the stemware, and the small plate. The cream colored dinner plates are from Target, and so are the dark brown salad plates.  I've had them a while, but they are still for sale there.  The leaf dishes came from Boxwoods a couple of years ago.
The flatware is light-colored ribbed wood from Martha Stewart's line at Kmart.  I started out with dark wood handled flatware, but it didn't show up on the twig placemats.

These cute little candlestick holders are from Homegoods.  I love the subtle colors in them.  I can use them with lots of taupe and cream as well as the soft sage green candles I have here.  You can see the texture of the linen runner in this photo.  It's from Pottery Barn.

Tenille and Company carries these glasses.  They had them "buy one, get one free" last year and I stocked up.  See the acorns/pinecones on them?  Which do you think?  I'm going with acorns, of course.

These darling squirrel placecard holders are from Pottery Barn.  They come in a great little burlap bag with the blank cards.  They look like carved wood, but they are a heavy metal of some sort.  They even have a tiny felt circle on the bottom so they won't scratch your table.

I love embroidered linens.  This napkin has wonderful scalloped edges and a maple leaf.  I've had them for ages.  I have a runner that goes with them, but I never use them together....too matchy, matchy.

These napkin rings are my standby grapvine ones.  I use them more than any other sets I have.  Some of them are even coming apart.  You can see the flatware better in this photo.

Sugar anyone?  Just another woodland friend gracing the table today.  This faux black forest carved wood is delightful, isn't he?

More faux bois.

These are really twig votives, but I used them as vases, since I wanted a little more color on the table.
They match the twig placemats.

We're drinking wine made by our friend, Tuck Beckstoffer.  Try a bottle!  I always use a wine coaster, especially with red wine.  Another crooked candle!!!

Here's an overhead view.  This is not the easiest shot to get, ya know!

This has such a casual, fun feel.  Nothing fancy, and nothing "in your face" fall.  Not a pumpkin in sight.

Even the Staffordshire spill vases on the sideboard got a bit of autumn.

Fall colors work well in this room.

They don't hold much, but from time to time, I do fill them with some small florals.

This silk arrangement in faux horns has the perfect fall colors.  It goes from place to place all over our house.

I'm linking up with Tablescapes Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.  Log on to her site at and see how easy it is to view all sorts of tabletop design.


  1. You are on top of things for the fall season and for TT this week. Beautiful table! I'm rather fond of acorns myself. Your centerpiece with organic bits and pieces from your property offers wondeful textures. Great job! Thanks for sharing.

  2. What a gorgeous table. Love the squirrel, he was meant to live at your home, he looks beyond happy there.

    A table like this would be a joy to eat and laugh and talk at. Thanks so much for sharing this beauty, and for visiting me today. xo Lidy

  3. LOVE this table -- and that centerpiece is a masterpiece! It really give a wonderful casual feel and adds such interest. I am amazed at all the acorn-themed elements you have, and you're done a great job of combining them beautifully!

  4. That looks so rich and earthy! Love the colors.
    I saw those squirrels in the PB/WS outlet, but I passed since I have the monkeys...came in the burlap bag too! I think I got them for 1.29 for 4! They were trying to get rid of them.
    Love your table, and love the china in the previous post too! There's a place called Maryland China I would love to get to, I check it on line. Great deals, lovely china.

  5. What woodsy and warm table decorations! How charming to sit at a table like this!

  6. That is such a cute idea!!! I really like the little squirrel place card holders! They go perfectly with your motif! You are the 2nd site tonight that I've visited that mentions Boxwoods in Atlanta, GA. I'm in Missouri, but I may have to get a friend who lives there to go hunting for me! HE won't like it, but those are the breaks! :-) Very pretty table!!!

  7. Very pretty! Love the squirrels and acorns!

  8. What a gorgeous little fellow! And to top it all, those exquisite squirrel name card holders. Beautiful!
    Warm South African Blessings.

  9. Thanks for your comment on my coral tablescape. I don't know how I have missed seeing your posts in the past few weeks, but am so happy to discover your blog. You do beautiful work! I am your latest follower. I LOVE your woodland table, especially the squirrel and acorns!

  10. What a beautiful Fall table. The little squirrel is adorable and I love the glasses. Gorgeous!
    Hugs, Sherry

  11. I love your woodland tablescape. The squirrels are adorable, and your centerpiece is beautiful!

  12. It's amazing that it's so rustic and woodsy and yet has an almost elegant feeling to it. I really love everything about it.

    And hey... acorns would be a great estate logo. I say, you just go for it and make it official!

  13. Love the woodsy feel to your tablescape, with all the little woodland creatures! Great punch of color on your centerpiece too!

    Hugs, Sherri:)

  14. Your little squirrel makes a gorgeous fall centerpiece. I really like the leaf plates...I may do a table with just layers of leaves.

  15. What a pretty, woodsy inspired table for fall. That little squirrel is adorable. Love the clay saucer as a base for the arrangement, too. Faux bois is a new favorite of mine- your pieces are fun.
    ~ Sue

  16. Your new squirrel that you just couldn't leave behind inspired a wonderful woodland tablescape. Your centerpiece is gorgeous.

    All the Best,


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  18. That squirrel was obviously calling your name. I think that he'll be making appearances for years to come. You've achieved a sophisticated tablescape. I like it a lot. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  19. Such cute ideas and so creative! Love all of your photos. I am a newbie to blogging and your newest follower. I hope you will follow me back! Many blessings!

  20. Everything looks so like Autumn. so many cute details on your table.

  21. I thoroughly enjoyed your repost and BTW, Boxwood is my MOST favorite place to shop when in Atlanta. I am not in Atlanta too often but go with DH when he is there on business. We NEVER go that we don't make a stop at Boxwood. I must tell you I would LOVE to know where those gorgeous acorn candlesticks came from. I have some really cool acorn napkin rings that I got from Boxwood some time ago and I too just love anything with acorns on it. Enjoyed your post.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  22. Now how can I continue to hate squirrels [who gobble up all of the seed leaving none for the birds] when you make them look so adorable on your lovely table? Very,very nice. The sideboard is pretty as well and I am completely enamored with your Staffordshire spill vases. I love any type of dog figure, but these, with a purpose, are fantastic! Love them!

  23. Hi Linda...

    Ohhh my goodness...Girl, I could do some serious shopping at your place! Hehe! I just love ALL the beautiful autumn pretties that you have at your place...starting with that gorgeous "hunt scene" on the silver platter and the acorn/oak leaf candleholders! Of course, I just adore your little squirrel...I would not have been able to resist him either! wink! I really do stand in awe of the beautiful woodlands table centerpiece that you made for him! That is GORGEOUS, Linda!!! I'm copying your photos of that to my computer for future (copy cat)...urrr...I mean inspiration! Hehe! Your autumn tablescape is soooo your place settings! Ohhh...and the little squirrel placecard holders...too cute!

    I just love all of your beautiful autumn decor from last year and it was such a delight to have you share it with us for the Sunday Favorites party this week! Thank you! Also, I just want to thank you for the sweet mention for Sunday Favorites at the beginning of your post...very kind of you! Sure hope you'll join us again, dear lady!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design


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