This morning, as I looked out our front window at this glorious day, I was so moved by the way the sunlight was filtering through the trees in front of our house.
Our landscaper calls this area "the park", but I feel that is a very fancy way of saying "our front woods".
I wanted to celebrate this warm, sunny day with a table set in the midst of this glory.
So, I brought this little, old work table out and found just the right spot in the midst of the oaks.
The top is one board, and it has seen a lot of action. I'm sort of obsessed with the wish that these wonderful old things could tell stories of some of the things they have seen.
I added a burlap tablecloth and this was the base of the centerpiece. I think they are sold at the floral wholesaler as casket forms. The base is styrofoam and the top is oasis, with a wire cage around it.
Here it is when I finished fiddling around with it.
I wanted to use this wonderful old wooden bird, but he needed some elevation. What kind of bird do you think he is?
Along with preserved sheet moss, reindeer moss, and acorns, I added these mushrooms made of pinecones that I found at Michael's. Then I cut some ferns and some baby pine trees, and stuck them into the form.
I love the way it looks in the dappled sun.
The bottom plate was big enough to use as a charger.
Then, I used two sizes of these wonderful faux bois plates from Boxwoods. Are you tired of hearing me rave about that store? Seriously!!! I never, ever fail to leave that store with inspiration, and usually a big shopping bag full of their incredible selection of merchandise! It's the best store in Atlanta!
Then, I used my favorite flatware. It's not our "everyday" stuff, but is some I use very, very often.
I placed the green linen napkin between the plates for contrast, and added a sprig of pine and a twig, just for interest.
What better choice for water stems than these glasses with fall leaves and acorns etched on them?
We weren't having coffee, but just for a photo, I put the cream and sugar pieces on this faux bois tray from Pier 1.
These bow backed chairs from our breakfast room and french linen pillows from the keeping room were easy to bring outside.
No flowers, no pumpkins, and no bright colors, yet this couldn't be anything but fall.
It's so natural in color selections that you can hardly see it.
Then, back into the house I went to get Mr. Pressed Pants, who was working from home today.
Our lunch menu wasn't particularly fabulous, but the setting and the company were spectacular!
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