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Fall {Dining Room}

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I had so much fun creating a new fall dining tablescape for this year. We all get bored with using the same thing all the time, but you can make it new to you! Just step back and change the way you use your treasures including the location!!! This is definitely the most frugal way to go!

It was my goal to use as much of what I had and really keeping extra cash in my wallet. The only new items purchased were the beautiful pumpkins from a local farm stand. The large pumpkin in the center was only $5!!!! Sold!! The five smaller ones were a total of $5.

I fell in love with the printed burlap pumpkins from Hobby Lobby. They were my splurge at $4 each. That was the price after the 40% off sale. The only other purchase was the $2 old book from Goodwill. I'll get to that in a bit…I promise.  Total cost spent:  $32…..not too bad since I'll get years of use out of the precious burlap pumpkins.

Notice the collection of owls scattered throughout the tablescape. My mother-in-law passed away a few years ago and I kept them. No one else wanted them! Little did I know how big owls would be today!!! This little cutie is made of shells. I am so glad that they did not go to Goodwill for some other thrifting shopper to discover!
Check out the trash to treasure place card holder.  I used wine corks which would have otherwise been discarded in a repurposed way.  VERY carefully, take a small knife such as a paring knife and cut a small slit in the top…..just deep enough to wedge a card of your choice.  I had sheets of business cards on hand and simply used those.  The writing is simply done with a gold paint pen…all on hand.  Now you could put much more effort into your card with computer graphics or scrapbook paper, but I wanted simple.  Heat up your hot glue gun and glue 2 corks together for the bottom and glue the cork with the cut slit to the top.  Ta da!  You now have a cheap, fast and easy place card holder!
Do you see the little brass owls?
The linen runner was one of those purchases that I struggled with last Christmas (pre blog). It was quite pricey from Pottery Barn, but have been so pleased with it! It graces this table daily. I may need to eventually purchase it in another color to play with since I added my awesome toile window treatments. The textured mercury glass votive holders were also from Pottery Barn from last Christmas. The smaller mercury glass votives were a find at Target!  The branches were cut from the yard and have since dried beautifully!
The large amber hurricanes on the table were a clearance item at Tuesday Morning several years ago. They have a heavy dark iron base. They are large enough to be able to put filler items around the candle. Here I have wine corks surrounding the candle. I have been savings these things for years….no I didn't insist Mr. Southern Home and I drink all that wine so I'd have the corks to use. 
Hubby works from home, so please disregard the over flowing trash can by his desk in the background! I promise I do clean!!
I love, love this china pattern. I enjoy mixing china patterns together. I did just a bit here with the salad plates.  I alternated the floral pattern with my Wedgwood Crown Gold white china.   I just adore the subtle amount of color it adds to the table. These colors are also in the toile window treatments. Guess what! My mom gave this floral pattern to me last year. It was my parents' wedding china. She no longer used it and knows how I love to decorate. It is from August 1963. It is by Royal Doulton and the pattern is Camelot. She also gave me her entire set of crystal stemware which I didn't use this time. I wanted an elegant yet casual look so I brought out these green bubbled glass stems. My flatware is by Southern Living. I had a party a few years back and got a lot free and at a reduced price. I love it because it can go in the dish washer. These days you don't have to have sterling silver. Manufacturers are really making some heavy looking look-a-likes for much less!
Notice that I only used 2 charges at each end of the table. I have this table set for 8 and only own 6. I loved the color for fall so I improvised. That is what you have to do. Use what you have in a creative way. I did the same thing with the napkin rings. I alternated monogrammed silver with a gold leaf ring.
I am in love with the vintage book flowers.  I'll have the tutorial up very soon!  In the meantime, gather your materials:  vintage book, piece of thin cardboard like from a food box, scissors, hot glue gun with glue sticks and optional stapler.  Hint!  Stapler makes it easier!!  I'll also share the site where this idea was originally discovered.  Always give credit where credit is due!

Update:  Here is the Vintage Book Flower Tutorial!

Enjoy this beautiful weekend and thanks so much for stopping by! 


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Happy Fall~



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  1. What a pretty table and the best part is you made it look so extravagant and did it without breaking the bank. Those owls are a treasure, good thing they didn’t make it to goodwill!


  2. Christy, what a pretty table setting! Love your wine cork place card holders! You have so many pretty things from the candle holders, to the china,to the vintage book flowers. Very pretty!

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