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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fall Brown and Amber Tablescape

You might think that I only use green and brown on my tables, but those are the colors that I am so drawn to these days and they are so appropriate for fall.  It is hard to believe that for most of my life I never liked either color.  I was a blue and yellow girl.  We have lived in eleven different houses and I really believe that every house tells you what it wants.  Well, this house wanted a natural, mountain look, rather than the English feel that our last home had.  Here's a small dinner party that we had  on Saturday night.  I was really ready to do some cooking, and this table just seemed right to go with a pork roast!

Here's the warm, rather rustic look that I was going for.  These colors are also good for my dining room.  No fighting with the drapes!!

Here's the table midway.  I was going to make a pumpkin soup to go in these bowls, but I changed my menu to a roasted pear salad as a first course, so these bowls went back on the shelf, and I used the shallow salad bowls shown in the first picture.

This centerpiece came together so quickly.  A dear friend was in town last week, and we ran across this cachepot at Boxwoods.  Love the color, love the texture, and love the size.  I knew I was using this somehow.

Here's a close-up of the flower selections.  Mums, of course, a really unusual color of small Gerber daisies, and these cool unfurled fern fronds.  Then I added rosehips that look sort of like baby pumpkins.  I love either a minimal flower arrangement, or a really lush one.  This one sure leans toward  lush!

This celluloid handled fish fork is one I often use for a salad fork.  I used the luncheon knives that match this for the dinner knives and my every day French hammered flatware for the dinner fork and spoon.  I don't know why the tablecloth photographed so washed out in this picture, but it is a limey-green linen cloth from the Palm Restaurant (yum!) line of housewares that Homegoods carries.

The bread plates are amber glass from Pier One years ago.  The knives I used as butter knives are old ones with antler handles.  I think they are really fruit knives.  I often use flatware in ways that  it was not intended.  The Victorians would probably faint, but I urge you to be fearless about that.

Tenille and Company carried these bittersweet placecard holders a few years ago.  Perfect for fall!
I use placecards for almost every dinner party, even for four people.  I think it makes people feel welcome to see their name on the table.

Man, the proportions are all wiggy in this picture.  It makes the water glass look so tiny.  It's glass tourtiseshell that I've had forever.  The amber wine glasses have been around a while, too.  I think they came from pottery barn.

These cute little guys jumped into my cart at Michaels last week.  I think they were only a couple of dollars.  If I can find more, I think I'll get them and maybe use them for individual s/p shakers.  You know how I feel about acorns!

See?  Here's some more!

You've seen these dark brown hem-stitched linen napkins a lot, too.  The napkin ring is an antique celluloid that I have collected for years.  I mix them with a few ivory and bone ones that I have.

Same great candlesticks that I've shown you before.  They are always being used somewhere in the house.

This dinner and salad plate are the Kashmir Leopard pattern by Gibson.  I got them at Old Time Pottery.  They are on wicker chargers which can be found many places.  The bowl came from Tuesday Morning this fall.

I really like these pieces used with this shallow salad bowl which is also from Tuesday Morning.  These colors seem meant to be together.

These are the bone and antler serving utensils I used. 

This covered tureen goes so well with these pieces.  Tuesday Morning again!

Here's the coffee tray that I served in the living room.

This coffee pot and cream and sugar set finish off the collection pretty nicely.

Here's the bird's eye view.

Parmesean/Procuitto Palmiers
Roasted Pear Salad with Saga Blue Cheese
Roast Pork Roast
Apples and Onions in Roasted in Cider
Mashed Potatoes
Store bought dinner rolls brushed with Herb Butter
Apple Tartin


  1. Your dinnerware is so very pretty. The colors are rich! I like the tortoiseshell glasses too. Nicely done.

  2. Gorgeous dinnerware and setting! I LOVE the little bird tureen and coffee service! Just delightful! :)

  3. A very pretty table! I do like your colors as well as your dishes and the assortment of flatware. The centerpiece was pretty as well.

  4. Gorgeous colors, and I really love that salad bowl. Such a beautiful centerpiece; can you teach us all how to arrange flowers like that? It looks like a lovely dinner party; thank you for sharing it with us.

  5. Hi Linda, You have such a great assortment of goodies on your tables--serving utensils, little acorns, pitchers...I love it. I've seen those Palm products at HG so maybe I will try some. And you are right about the placecards. It is nice to see your name at the table, although there would be some confusion for you and me! :) Linda

  6. Yummy menu, we are having roast pork tonight!
    Love the brown, love the antler cutlery!

  7. You have made me a believer about using place cards!!!..What a great idea!!!..It would make each guest feel special. You obviously have the gift of hospitality!!!

  8. Such a gorgeous table. Love the greens and browns and I have a thing for acorns too. I have the same little salt and pepper shakers. I got the last ones at my store, too. I want more. Love the bowls from Tuesday Morning. I need to check ours out. Some day I need to go to Boxwoods.

  9. Green and brown is lovely...a beautiful combination. Those acorns are so cute. Tuesday morning has wonderful things. Your name place cards are perfect. Thanks for sharing. Stop by and say hello and check out my Halloween scape. Linda

  10. Gorgeous! I love that color combination. That green is so refreshing and that centerpiece is simply perfect. Dreamy.

    Happy Tablescape Thursday.

  11. What handsome dinnerware! Love the color combination on your table...I've always been a green & brown girl myself. Beautiful arrangement, lush is right! Your menu looks mouth watering~ pass the palmiers please :-)

  12. Linda, what a marvelous post! I love all the details you provide in your photos and your descriptions! Your table is so warm and inviting, and that centerpiece is truly spectacular! Your guests felt very pampered, I'm sure!

  13. Love it! The colors are beautiful. I love how you tied in the glassware. The bone and antler serving pieces were a unique and perfect addition. You blend everything so seemlessly! WOW!

  14. Wow, I love the brown and lime green used together! Your tortoise glasses are wonderful and I'm drooling over your bone and antler utensils. Fantastic job!

  15. Beautiful woodsy table. I am loving the colors and textures. It all looks so perfect for fall. I wish we had some of the stores you mentioned. I live in very rural area not as much selection. Your finds are gorgeous. I really love your antler flatware pieces. Thanks for stopping by and your sweet comment.

  16. yummy menu!! Love the mixed dishes. I too love the green and browns.. I too never liked them but they are creeping into every facet of our home! Beautiful table.

  17. Love your serving husband is from Alaska and it reminded me of his mom. Thanks for sharing your pretty post.

  18. I SO agree with you about using flatware and other table pieces in ways other than what they are "formally" intended! Sure, there's a time and place for living up to Emily Post word-for-word, but most of the time it is just fun to use things in a way that seems to suit the occasion and need. Bravo for you! The place card holders are so cute!!!

  19. Today I thought I would stop by Between Naps on the Porch for a visit.
    I've been having a terrific time seeing the creative and seasonal tablescapes.
    I love your table! Especially the centerpiece.

  20. Hi Linda...

    Ohhh...your table is gorgeous, my friend! I love the green and brown together and you're so's so pretty for the season! I loved your place settings. You have some really beautiful dishes! Speaking of which...I just adore that stoneware pitcher with the acorns on that!!! And...I love, love, LOVE your pretty bowl and tea set with the birds! If I had seen them...they would have been in my cart as well! Hehe! Your centerpiece...floral arrangement is sooo pretty! Such pretty, vibrant colors! Beautiful table...thank you so much for sharing it with us! Ohhh...and your menu sounds fabulous!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  21. Beautifully put together! The menu is making my mouth water.

  22. I too am drawn to brown and green. And love acorns and natural elements. Your table had it all. I love your bone and antler serving pieces (another weakness of mine!). Love those place card holders too.
    A lovely, woodsy table. Perfect for fall!

  23. I'm loving brown and green right now--pretty much "brown and anything!"
    Love the mix of flatware.

  24. Love the feel of this table and all the earthy colors. The mix of flatware with all those textures bring tremendous interest to your table. I'm always on the watch for such pieces and was thrilled to find a set of French knives with bone handles and a set of spoons with bakelite handles while at the Round Top antique venues. I was one happy person!
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful tablescape. ~ Sarah

  25. A wonderful, unique take on an autumn tablescape. The apple green and the brown tones are so comforting to the eye. I was drawn to the mix of flatware patterns...well done! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay


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