Fall arrives this Friday by the calendar, but Mother Nature is reminding us that summer is still here weather-wise in North Carolina, with highs in the mid to upper 80s and a jump in the humidity.
A new tablecloth from HomeGoods provided some transitional table inspiration. I loved the pattern with soft blue floral accents paired with acorns and pumpkins for a nontraditional take on fall.
Robert Sprays by Wedgwood floral plates provided just enough color to pair with the tablecloth for a transitional summer to fall table. I found a 33-piece set for $19 at an antique mall last year, with some of the pieces having a few chips and some crazing. You can see it at a fall table, paired with a floral and edible runner, here.
The creamy-chartreuse Limelight Hydrangea blooms have taken on a burnished hue and made the transition from summer to fall. They’re the perfect texture for drying when the petals beginning to feel ‘papery’. I added them to a favorite cast iron garden urn with a classic egg and dart design. The patina of the urn with the bits of rust showing through pair with coppery and ‘rusty’ edges of the hydrangeas.
I cut some sprigs from the Kaleidoscope Abelia shrubs to mix in among the hydrangeas. The pinkish white blooms on the shrubs in late summer are a favorite of butterflies and bees.
Scalloped edge woven mats add a flower petal effect, framing the plates.
Farmhouse plaid napkins add some traditional fall color to the table and an assortment of pewter napkin rings found at Pottery Barn several years ago have a vintage feel.
Amber stemware provides a golden autumn glow and accent to the table. The curve of the bell-shaped goblets pair with the egg and dart design in the urn.
And vintage flatware bring some additional blooms to the table.
Floral Plates / Robert Sprays by Wedgwood
White Dinner Plates, Paula Deen Whitaker / Target, several years ago
White Chargers / HomeGoods, several years ago
Scallop Woven Placemats / Pier 1, several years ago
Flatware / Oneida Community Evening Star
Amber Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside
Napkins / Pier 1 & HomeGoods
Napkin Rings / Pottery Barn, several years ago
Tablecloth / HomeGoods
Garden Urn / Retail Days
Are you happy to say ‘hello’ to fall or sorry to see summer go?