Hi everyone! I hope you had a terrific weekend. My sweet husband and I decided to begin celebrating our anniversary a week early(!). We didn’t spend the night away anywhere, but we basically took Saturday and Sunday to ourselves. [Minus Saturday evening, which we spent with family.] While we weren’t terribly creative, we thoroughly enjoyed the hours spent together, and we both feel more emotionally prepared to handle life. We talked and laughed while driving north to the World’s Largest Garage Sale in Warrensburg (NY), bought a whole lot of good junk, and filled up on high-quality junk food like hot dogs and the most amazing hand cut fries I think I’ve ever had. Today I’m sharing some simple, vintage-y fall centerpieces I experimented with last week. Keep in mind, while I enjoy decorating, it’s not my strongest suit. Maybe you can relate? I’ve decided that for me, simple is best. If I try to go to crazy or complicated, it just doesn’t seem to work for me. So, without further explanation, here are a few ideas that I had last week.
First I went all neutral and filled my dough bowl with ever-popular bone white baby boo pumpkins. I rested them on a bit Spanish moss. I painted and distressed the bowl myself sometime in the last year, and I’ve enjoyed filling it with everything from the boos to pears and pine cones to acorns.
I didn’t set the whole table, but I took out my “wedding” dishes–Mikasa’s Garden Harvest, and topped them with Port Meirion plates I snagged while living in England.
The damson plum decoration reminds of our home in England and the damsons that grew in our yard. They are the tastiest, most darling little plums you’ve ever seen.
I recently discovered the amber stemware at a country thrift store–seven pieces for $3.00. They are a perfect match for my Mikasa stoneware.
Here’s a closer look at the stemware.
I switched out the dough bowl for my “Farm Fresh” crate. While it’s a little on the large side, particularly when the table is set, it certainly makes a statement.
Each November, the Port Meirion shop in Trent-on-Stoke holds a tent sale, offering all sorts of overstock at low, low prices. I picked up these plates for £1 each (about $1.60). When I returned to pick up six more, however, they were sadly sold out.
One of my favorite “experiments” involved setting the table with my new-to-me vintage quilt and my favorite unpainted bowl.
I used plain white plates with the damson plates and switched out the amber stemware for clear.
I haven’t gotten around to it yet, but on my “to do” list is the hemming of this old quilt. The edges are all raggedy and it will make a nicer presentation once I hem it up. You may remember I scored it at an estate sale recently for just $5.00!
This may be my favorite table setting. What do you think?
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