With the first hint of fall in the air -- I can hear a chorus of "FINALLY!" from my fellow summer-weary Texans -- I challenged myself to put together a fall-inspired table.
I'm the first to admit I'm not much of a seasonal decorator, with the very small exception of Christmas. Putting up the decorations is fun, especially if Sinatra's crooning carols and there's lots of hot coffee. But it's pure torture taking it all down on a dreary January afternoon when I'd rather be in bed recovering from holiday overload.
But I digress. My personal taste is modern rustic mixed with vintage collectibles in bright colors like turquoise, red, yellow and orange. My hutch is packed with cheerful California pottery and Pyrex, so I wanted to stick with that bright, airy feel.
So of course the first thing I grabbed was my pumpkin orange Fiesta-style plates.
Nothing says fall like a bold, warm orange. The plates contrast with the cool blue-green vintage napkins I found at a long-ago estate sale. The yellow and white placemats pair nicely with blue and orange, which are natural opposites.
Every table needs a centerpiece, and I chose a gorgeous live edge mesquite slab Zack just finished over the weekend. The tray has been sealed with oil and wax so it can be used as a charcuterie board or crudite tray. This slimmer mesquite board is also a great option for a centerpiece tray. I can almost smell the brisket...
I also grabbed one of our mini appetizer trays in cherry and sliced up some cheddar. Cheese boards don't have to be big to make a statement, especially if you're putting together a small dinner for you and the hubs and another couple.
My favorite piece on the table is the jadeite-style cake stand for our wedding in April. It's funny how the "Oh I'm getting it for the wedding!" justifications have started popping up in my head. I'm weak, people. WEAK.
My sister says you know you're old when you're excited about home decor. Sad but true, my friends.
I've left the table set for the past couple of days, and it makes me smile every time I walk past it. One of these days I'm going to buy some stellar steak knives and finally cook that big brisket.