Fall Decorating Ideas

Greetings! We thought we’d post a few fun, fall table decorating ideas here today to remind everyone about the fall table ideas link party we’re hosting here tomorrow. If you’ve blogged, or are planning to blog about any fall-inspired table top ideas at your place, we’d love to see them at the link up this week!

One of my absolute favorite things about creating decorating-related blog posts like this one, is the “dream and do” process. I imagine it’s similar to the excitement scrapbookers feel when they sit down to add something to the book they’re creating. For me, these posts usually start with an idea that pops into my brain in the wee hours of the morning, before I’ve even opened my eyes. Do you do that, too? Lay there and dream/think/meditate/pray as the room gets brighter and brighter on the other side of your eyelids? I love that time of day. I always feel so recharged and grateful for the chance to experience it.

Another thing I absolutely love about creating these kinds of posts is the opportunity it opens up to collaborate with other artsy-fartsy folks- both online, and right here in person, in sweet home Alabama.

This particular post started with a “Hey! Let’s have another link up” email between me and Kate, and Sarah, and Rhoda. I’m crazy about those gals, and I look so forward to throwing these e-bashes with them every now and then. That email led to a text between me and one of my local friends, Evan. I love collaborating with him, and this time around, I thought it would be fun to have him teach me how to put together a fab, frugal, fall flower arrangement. We also recruited our friend, Joshua, to film the insanity lesson, so if you’d like to learn along with me, click the play button on the video below:

Evan also wanted to add that the most important thing is to just¬†have fun with it. The kinds of flowers, and how you arrange them is really second fiddle. You can’t go wrong with buckets full of flowers!

We shot the video at our friends, Kim and Danny’s, house a few weeks ago, and my hubby had ¬†waaay too much fun shooting photos of our finished tablescape in their dining room.

I loved the idea of creating a pumpkin, dark blue, and white “farmhouse fresh” style tablescape this year, so we started by drawing inspiration from an inexpensive collection of mis-matched blue and white bowls I purchased on eBay a while back…

Who says fall has to be red, orange and yellow, right?

From there, Evan and I thought it would be fun to bring in some rough textures and warm colors to contrast with the glossy, blue and white dishes. We used a burlap runner, pumpkin-colored napkins, amber-colored candle votives, chalkboard name place holders, and a collection of old brass candlestick holders to bring in a little warmth and texture. Evan’s “wildflower” inspired bouquets took center stage, and could easily be moved over to the sofa table once the dinner bell rings…

It’s really just about mixing metal finishes with dishes and napkins in our pumpkin/dark blue/white palette, and then popping in a some flowers that have a fall feel to them.

This post is about fall table decorating ideas, but I wanted to share some exciting news today, too. It appears our house hunt has come to an end. We made six different offers on two separate (foreclosure) properties over the past couple of weeks and our “best and final” on the second property was accepted this afternoon! We’re really excited, and look forward to exhaling after the closing of this house, and the new one, later this month- ha!

Table top sources:

Burlap Runner- handmade
Pumpkin-colored napkins- World Market
Silverware- homeowners
Blue and white bowls- eBay
Square dinner plates- World Market
Square salad plates- World Market
Amber-colored votives- Target
Tall, tin buckets- Save-on Crafts
Floral tape- Save-on Crafts
Brass candlestick holders- Goodwill
Chalkboard place cards- World Market

Mojito Hydrangeas
Hypercium (Red Berry, a.k.a “Coffee Bean”)
Seeded Eucalyptus
Safari Sunset

PS- HUGE thanks to Joshua Pittman for filming…

Evan G. Cooper for flowering…

…and Kim and Danny Brown for letting us take over their table!

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  1. Suzie Q says

    Love the fresh colors… And flowers on this tablescape! Nice, REEAAL nice;) also, congrats on the new house!!!

  2. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    Love Love Love Evan! What a cutie-pie!!!!! (Layla, shame on you for hitting him with your flowers!!!!!) LOL

    “Typically, what would an arrangement of this sort, cost to create?” I’m looking at it and thinking $100 or so????? They both turned out absolutely stunning!
    P.S. I’d have to make do with day old flowers!!!!!!! This looks pretty costly.

    • Layla says

      Hey Ter’e! Evan said it was $35-40 for each of these arrangements, but any of these flowers could be switched out for less expensive/free ones! :-)

  3. says

    The table is gorgeous.. but OH WOW! How wonderful about the offer being accepted. Moving is so exhilarating and exciting. You guys are going to take so much knowledge with you into your new home. I bet you can hardly sit still. Congratulations.

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Shannon! :-D I don’t think it’s really hit us yet, but I guess we better start gathering up some moving boxes!

  4. says

    Love the added blue surprise to fall! And…Congrats! Hope all goes quickly and smoothly with the closings and can’t wait to see the new casa!

  5. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    Thanks Layla! That is definitely do-able!!!!
    Hey………………..(more like Haaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy)……….can we please see Evan at Christmas too? This looked so easy and was sooooooo inspiring! Thanks for sharing him.
    P.S. Remember, I am married to a southern man. LOVE THEM!

  6. Betty says

    I totally love the idea of working holiday colors into a semi-permanent color scheme that may not automatically lend itself to such. I always was afraid to add a little orange/purple/green to my red/green decor. But when I learned from somewhere/someone that if you make a purposeful statement with the holiday colors in one spot, or several, it makes everything festive. I just got done doing my bay window scape. I break out all my colored mercury glass style candleholders in fall colors and set them up in on the bay sill, totally framed by my 1980s red/green/blue floral wallpaper, and it still screams fall. It’s festive and sparkly and draws attention away from the dated stuff elsewhere. Thanks for your inspiration!

    • Betty says

      I also do something similar with my outdoor holiday decor. I have a red/green brick house with a MASSIVE red brick driveway. When I add a strongly colored fall/floral themed bouquets to the stair rails and a fall twig wreath on the front door, my house says happy fall, not 1950s brick hasbeen.

  7. says

    yah! congrats on the exciting news! I can’t wait to see the new digs. The table is gorgeous. Love the arrangment, the tablescape-everything.

  8. Minna says

    Congratulations on the new place! Can’t wait to see the diamond in the rough transformation that you guys are so great at. :)

  9. says

    Absolutely gorgeous! (And is it weird I was obsessing more over the lights that accent the artwork on the wall?? SOOO clever!)

    Congrats on your accepted offer! I was just thinking about that today and was going to ask! YAY! The holidays in a new home!

  10. says

    Wow, your table is fabulous! I enjoyed the video; thanks for sharing how to make these arrangements! Gorgeous!!! Are you packing? I’m so excited for you! I know you’ll love being near family! Oh, I visited Prattville Pickers, on my way to Florida, and loved it! Cool place!

  11. Tenacwalker says

    Everything is great except one thing- those wine glasses need to be full- that is hardly enough to wet your whistle! :-P Congrats on your offer being accepted- we have done the “best and final” before and I found it quite nervewracking! Can’t wait to see y’alls’ next chapter…..(did I get the plural possessive apostrophes right?)

    • Layla says

      Nervewracking is right, Tenacwalker! PS- there’s probably a joke about those glasses being a little fuller before the photo shoot somewhere in here. ;-)

  12. says

    YAY!! Good news about the house hunt! Your table setting is gorgeous! BTW Layla – congrats on the start of the adoption journey. I read your post the other day, but didn’t have time to comment. I’m very excited for you! My sweet sis and her hubby adopted three special needs kids from India. We love ‘em all with all our hearts, and cannot imagine our family without them!!! Praying for good connections for you & Kevin along the way!! Blessings! ~Sally

  13. Emily Kephart says

    I love love loved the flower video. It was very helpful. Thanks for the inspiration. Congratulations on the new home

    Lucy’s Grammy

  14. says

    Woot! Congrats on having your offer accepted. I love the idea that you will have this wonderful opportunity to start anew and we get to see what fab ideas you come up with. That is a double woot! By the way, I am also designing a blue and orange and cream tablescape. When your kitchen is blue and white, you go with the flow(blue.) haha Thanks for sharing. see you tomorrow.

  15. Lynette says

    Congrats on all your exciting news! Love your blue fall table, but I’m completely smitten with the light fixtures in the hall. Would you be able to share where they could be found?

  16. says

    Layla that is beautiful, love the flowers and the colors. That touch of copper in the place settings is amazing. Congrats on your new house. I know its’s bitter sweet after all of the hard work you two put into your home. It’s going to be fun to see you guys work your magic in a new house.

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Karen! We’re absolutely giddy about the upcoming move…well, maybe not the actual *moving* part, but the new house and neighborhood will be fun! :-D

  17. says

    Wow, what a beautiful table to welcome the Fall season! I totally agree that Fall decor doesn’t have to be just red, orange and yellow. I am looking forward to incorporating blue and white into my Fall accesories. Thanks for the inspiration and congrats on your new house.

    • Layla says

      Ha! :-D We were actually thinking you could move the flower arrangements over to the sofa table when it was time to chow down! ;-)

      • Kimberley says

        So glad you mentioned needing to move the flowers when it came time to eat. I was looking at the pictures and admiring everything, but kept thinking the flowers would be in the way once everyone sat down and wanted to have a dinner conversation.

        • Layla says

          Yep. Easy peasy, and there just happens to be a gorgeous sofa table to display them on right next to the table! Poyfect! :-D

  18. Elizabeth says

    Loved the video with Evan. Both of you were great and it was very helpful to watch the arrangement develop. Hope to see more videos with Evan. Congrats on the new house too!

    • says

      Elizabeth!!! Thank you so much!! I have to be honest- I told Layla I was super nervous about doing the video we when we first tossed around the idea, but I am so glad we did now!! Your kind words make it all worth it!! ;) I hope to do more videos with Layla– Keep those Fingers crossed!

  19. says

    Hi Layla and Kev,

    Congrats on your soon-to-be new place! That is beyond exciting, I’m sure you are chomping to get in there :-)

    And I am ready to link up tomorrow. Just say the word and I’m there! Or here, you know :-)

  20. diane says

    I want to know where to get the light fixtures on the hallway wall

    Just what I have been looking for.

  21. says

    I love your table.
    I france, we don’t use to do that, to change decoration following the seasons or the events. Except for Xmas, of course.
    And I like that in your country.
    It’s much more fun. It seems you celebrate each occasion you can. And I LOVE that.

  22. Karen says

    Wow – those flowers are so pretty! Tablescape and the pix are fab too! And congrats on the new house – we’re all looking forward to seeing it and what you guys are going to do with it! x

  23. says

    Beautiful Layla! I love the blue dishes. You have inspired me to use my grams blue willow china. I hope to get something put together today :) What a great video and I love the trick of making a grid on top of the vase! I never thought about doing that. The tablescape at your friends home was simply gorgeous. Makes me want to make a wood table like that! Congrats on your new home ……..it’s going to be fun following along with your new adventure.

  24. Janet says

    I am thrilled that you have gotten a buyer for your home and found a new one closer to your family. I can’t wait for your remodel blogs.

  25. libbywilko says

    Love the table, I second another video of the two of you doing a Chritmas/ holiday table. Congratulations on your offer being accepted! Can’t wait to see your journey from the start of the new house. Best Wishes to you both.

  26. says

    The photos are so beautiful!! But even with watching the video, I’m not sure I can duplicate the flower arrangements! Can you come over? lol

    • says

      Ashley!!! Thanks so much for the kind words!! You are to sweet! I had a blast working on this video with Layla!! It’s so wonderful to hear that you took something away from the video– MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!! I would LOVE to tag team with you and Layla soon! It would be FABULOUS!! ;)

  27. paula says

    Wow, that looks so wonderful! Great space to work in and I must know where those hallway lights are from! The entire house looks great, and Layla you’ve made it look even better.

  28. says

    first i just have to say yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay for the new house offer being accepted! thrilled for you!

    ok, with that outta the way, i hope you know how talented you are. this table is gorgeous and yet simple. so well done. and fun!

  29. says

    I love the classic country style! (I love the video; it so helpful and it is easier to follow than some blog posts – which are also great by the way!)

  30. says

    table setting is beautiful. And congrats on the house. My husband and I are in the process of selling ours and buying a foreclosure for our next house is something we want to look into. It would be great to know how you went about this process of finding a foreclosure home. Did you just use zillow or have a realtor that helped in the process?

    • Layla says

      We actually ended up falling in love with a particular community, so we just made offers on the foreclosures we found there. It was pretty much the same as buying any other house, and we hope the closing goes as smoothly! #FingersCrossed!

  31. lisa sraders says

    I love how this looks – however, I am always looking for a tablescape that can stay ON the table during the meal! No fun trying to see over gorgeous flowers, eh? More on that bent, perhaps? Blessings!

    • says

      Glad someone like the fact I trim my Mothers ferns, because she HATES it! hahah So glad you are going to try to mix the fern in with your arrangement. I would love to see a picture! High Five, Krystle ;)

  32. donna says

    Thanks so much for the video. Flower arranging can be so intimidating to me. Appreciate the ease and simplicity of your approach …I will attempt for myself soon. Love your blog and wish you much happiness in your new abode !!

  33. says

    So excited to read about your new house… I can’t wait to see it and read along as you two make it into a home. This table setting is stunning… the home, the flowers, the colors… you have the magic touch!

  34. says

    I love the way the blue china looks against the color of your table!

    Congrats on the offer being accepted. We just bought a foreclosure too, so I know how intense the process can be. Good luck with closing!

  35. Jeff Jones says

    Those flower arrangements looked awesome, and so easily done. I think people are easily intimidated by the task of floral arrangements. DIY is definitely something that needs more emphasis in social media with regards to making your home more “your home,” if you know what I mean. You guys looked like you were having fun and still accomplishing awesome quality work. Serious kudos.

  36. says

    The flower arrangement and table settings are perfect! I love how the flowers are so bold but you kept everything else so soft and elegant. Great set up!

  37. Kelly says

    Layla your rocked that flower arrangement! Congrats on the new house. Can’t wait to see what you two come up with in the new house. You are both so talented and you inspire all of us! Do you ever disagree while doing all this work together like a lot of us married couples do when doing these little projects? Ha Ha :)

  38. Becky says

    I have had blue bowls like those on your beautiful table for over 20 years. I’m heading to E-Bay to look for some more.

  39. Shellaine says

    I’m so jealous of your flower arranging party :) I laughed the whole time, and it looked like you were having so much fun!

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Lisa! Kim said they got the table and chairs at Market in Atlanta. They’re made by Canterbury Antique Reproductions. Here’s their address and phone: 660 Miami Circle; (404) 231-4048

  40. julie payne says

    I want the table itself-I am lusting for that natural kind of finish-is it refinished or did you buy it that color-and where?! gorgeous pics!!!

    • Layla says

      Hi Julie!

      Kim said they got it at Market in Atlanta. It’s made by Canterbury Antique Reproductions. Here’s their address and phone: 660 Miami Circle; (404) 231-4048

  41. Stephanie says

    I love the idea of changing up colors for the fall decor to a blue & white but also how you added the fall colored flowers. It turned out beautifully! I never would’ve thought of it myself. Also congrats on the new house!!

  42. Mary J says

    Where are those awesome sconces from in the hallway (?) over the pictures in the picture, 2nd picture, of the whole table?

  43. says

    Love the fresh flowers. The colors are spot on! Those chalk place cards are adorable. What a beautiful and fun table to share with friends.

  44. says

    This tablescape is absolutely stunning! I could move right in! I LOVE that you did not do the traditional Fall colors. I have come to realize that my heart beats for navy…this is just so cozy & adorable! Such a Fresh Fall look. I want can’t wait to see more of what ya’ll are up to!

  45. Mindy says

    Love the decor and great idea to incorporate Navy with the fall colors! You and Evan are great together – hmmm maybe a web show? Best wishes on moving from the old to the new!

  46. Jon says

    Sorry Layla, I know that a thousand other people have asked the same question….and I know that the lights came from Circa….but do you know which ones they are? :)

    I went on the website, but I see several different ones similar to them, but they vary so greatly in cost.


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