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. 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 !!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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 :)

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. Lisa says

    Layla….do you know the source of this dining table and chairs? BEAUTIFUL everything!!

    • 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

  10. 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

  11. 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!!

  12. Mary J says

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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.