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Fall in the Dining Room

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Ideas for creating a simple yet gorgeous tablescape for fall in the dining! Color, texture, and the mixing of metals create a lovely look.

Fall in the Dining Room

I'd like to thank my friend, Amber, from Follow the Yellow Brick Home for hosting this year's blog hop full of ideas for your Thanksgiving Table! 

If you are visiting from Debra's blog at Common Ground, welcome!

I am so excited to be sharing our dining room this season. 

Fall in the Dining Room has been a long time coming. This will be the first post that I am sharing the antique armoire FINALLY in our home!

We inherited my husband's grandparent's armoire. His grandfather built it in the house. The house was literally falling down. Most of the treasures had been removed with the exception of the armoire. 

It's not completely done yet, but the striping and sanding were. 

I'm not 100% sure yet how we will be finishing it, but we are loving the natural look with layers of paint still in the nooks and crannies. 

I'm 95% sure I'm not painting it. I'm learning towards applying white wax.

I'm not even going to start working on that part until after the first of the year. We are going to live with it a while as is.  

You'll find a shopping list for the room below.

fall dining room

The armoire is beautifully crafted of pine wood. I'll be sharing more on the armoire in its own dedicated post…eventually. 

Our Dining room has certainly evolved over the years. If you follow along, you'll know that we sold our previous dining room suite to accommodate the armoire.

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We went with something a bit more casual, but elegant.

You may notice that we turned the direction of the table. It just worked better with the room once the beast of an armoire was moved in here. 

dining room decorated for fall

Our old table seated 12 with the leaves extended. We certainly gave up dining space to add the armoire. This table seats 6, but can squeeze in 2 more. 

dining room decorated for fall

When creating a tablescape for actual dining, I like to create looks that don't require you to remove the centerpiece to converse with guests. 

If it's just a look for the room daily, I have been known to go big!

We've been eating a lot of our dinners on a daily basis here these days so I keep it set for 4. It's simple to add additional place settings on the ends. 

Create a Layered Place Setting

  • start with a textured placemat
  • add a charger that pulls colors from the centerpiece, napkins, or china
  • go for a relaxed look with the napkins…..they don't have to be starched and ironed
  • mix china patterns
  • copper accents are perfect with golds for fall
  • look for pretty double-walled glasses that protect your table
place setting of china at a fall table

Create a tablescape that your guests can see each other over for dining!

fall dining room

The only height is with the amber-colored hurricane lanterns. I got these on clearance years ago for like $16 each! I use them each fall. I love the glow of the amber color with golds and coppers. 

fall dining room table

Don't be afraid to mix real and faux elements!

fall dining room

Here I have mixed painted faux pumpkins, velvet pumpkins, and real white baby pumpkins. 

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I kept the look simple and fuss-free by not adding any greenery. There is enough color and texture that makes it work. 

fall dining room with pumpkins

Curtain string lights create a fun, festive look in the dining room. I put them up last Christmas and never took them down!

That mirror in the background is a blog favorite! It's a thrift store makeover and one of the highest viewed posts. 

Do you notice the mix of real pumpkins, painted pumpkins, and velvet pumpkins?

fall dining room with a mix of pumpkins

The velvet pumpkins just happened to compliment the colors in the floral china that was my mom's wedding china. 

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fall dining room with faux pumpkins

Adding pillows to chairs and casual throws add more coziness to the spaces. 

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Dining Room Sources

Up next on the tour is the beautiful home of Cindy from County Road 407! Her home is full of vintage farmhouse charm straight from Texas.

Check out the other fabulous homes on today's tour!

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Common Ground 

Our Southern Home 

County Road 407

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The Tattered Pew

Bricks ‘n Blooms

Thistle Key Lane

The Crowned Goat

Calypso in the Country

Bluesky at Home 

Celebrate and Decorate 

Panoply

Lora Bloomquist

Belle Bleu Interiors

White Arrows Home

 

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31 Comments

  1. Christy, The dining room is beautiful with the new, old armoire. I really love the runner on the table but when I click on the source it takes me to a green wool runner???? Did you make it? Lovely.

    1. Thanks so much!!! I totally put in the wrong link. I got ahead of myself. That is the runner that I just bought to use here for the Christmas look. LOL! I bought the burlap runner years ago at Marshall’s.

  2. Christy, What an amazing treasure!! That armoire is fantastic!! I am like you, a centerpiece must be able to be seen over, but when i just have the table styled to enjoy looking at it, oh yes, GO BIG!! Your room, the armoire, the table, the chandelier and the lovely curtains, you have pulled it all together so beautifully! Have a safe and blessed holiday season!

  3. Christy, that armoire is stunning. How fortunate your have inherited it. It definitely is the focal point for your beautiful fall dining room. All the elements on your table work so well together in color and texture. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. Your armoire is amazing, Christy; what a treasure to be able to keep it in the family. It fits the scale of your home perfectly. I love the finish just the way it is now, showing it’s age and pedicure beautifully!

  5. What a lovely room. I think you are quite right to live with the armoire as is for a while. I have no clue HOW white white wax is, but the wood grain is lovely. It would be a shame to cover it with paint again. I liked your “being able to see over the centerppiece” concept; I’m the same way. I’m sure that all meals taste better in this lovely room!

  6. Christy your heirloom armoire is STUNNING! I couldn’t be more excited for you. It looks SO good in your dining room. I love the natural pine you left it and how it was such a treasured family piece too. I know you’re to going to enjoy it for years to come. It’s amazing! Big hugs, CoCo

  7. Christy your dining room is soooo pretty! I could sit at your table and gaze at your armoire all day just to admire it’s natural finish. What a treasure and to know the beautiful story behind it makes it all the more special!

  8. Christy, your lovely table exemplifies casual elegance! I love your blend of textures, layered place settings, and metallics! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  9. I cannot believe the transformation of that armoire! You did an amazing job! And with your table decor, the chandelier and fresh paint, it all looks like a model home. Those hanging lights with your curtains is a fun idea! Love it all. Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Oh Cristy, that armoire is incredible! What an amazing legacy; it’s definitely one of a kind. I think you’re smart to leave as is for awhile and live with it. The finish is so wonderful, and I can see maybe a little white wax, but the wood and patina are perfection! Love the new table, it’s perfect for the new look and the armoire. Those amber hurricanes are wonderful and your table lets that armoire shine! Happy November and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  11. Your dining room is gorgeous and that armoire is stunning. I love it natural too, such an amazing piece. I really like the new table and your setting is so pretty too. I love how you did a long centerpiece down the center of the table, that is one of my favorite ways to decorate. This room is picture perfect.

    1. Thanks so much, Marty! It took a long time to finally get this armoire to a point that we could have it moved in. So worth the wait!

  12. How special to have that family heirloom!! As someone who has done a fair bit of painting and waxing furniture, you may want to consider doing a clear wax first (such as Annie Sloan). This will bring out the natural color of the wood. If you start with white wax, it will soak into the wood quickly and it may end up more white than you’d like. You can always add white wax over the clear wax and it’s easier to control the white that way. It will be beautiful! And great storage too I’ll bet!

    1. Thanks so very much! I’ve painted a lot with ASCP. I so appreciate your tip and will definitely wax with clear first. So glad you suggested that! The same principle of waxing with clear before dark. THANKS!!!!

  13. Your table is so beautiful and that armoire is stunning! Wow, what a focal point! From all the beautiful candles to the sparkling hanging lights, your table is so festive. It’s hard to decide which photos to pin! Great to hop with you!
    Shelley

  14. Wow, Christy, what a statement piece you have in that armoire! Your dining room has a beautiful, classically traditional style. I love how the drapes are hung high and the side mirror with dishes surrounding also take the eyes upward – all complementing the newest addition so well. And on the table, those hurricanes are a perfect balance between those and the chandelier, all framed so nicely with the armoire! I think keeping it in its natural wood will be a decision you won’t regret. Enjoy the season of thanks.

    1. Rita,
      Thanks so very much! It’s taken many years to get that armoire to the dining room from the garage. So worth the effort!!!

  15. Christy your dining room is beautiful! I love how you decorated your table and those napkin rings are so cute! I hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday season! xo

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