Thursday, October 26, 2017

Richly Rustic, Romantic Autumn Tablescape

I favor a mix of masculine/feminine style in home decor, and I am also always looking for an opportunity to infuse antique, vintage or repurposed elements together with new items as part of my style. In my favorite way, I've created a tablescape that is richly rustic, yet romantic, in that contradictory style I favor. It captures so much of what I love, and works perfectly for the autumn season.
My tablescape started with my fall dining room centerpiece I created back in September. The dough bowl was originally an estate sale find a couple years ago. I then layered on cuttings from the garden, acorns gathered, and baby boos from the farmers' market.
I recently came upon this vintage MacKenzie-Childs wool "lap robe" in the classic thistle motif, one of their early textiles (meaning late 1980s, early 1990s) from a seller in a collector's group. The throw became my tablecloth.
Place cards are vintage forks bent as easels, with a few sprigs of dried lavender attached with simple shipping tags, stained for an aged appearance. The tags are what my Panoply sisters and I use for pricing, and they serve well in this setting.
The napkins rings are repurposed leather belts found on Etsy. The felted wool birdhouse was a souvenir from our cross-country trip last year, from a little shop in Moab, UT. The bronze flatware was first used here. Navy napkins are hemstitched cotton.
The plate stack base starts with wooden chargers, sourced from another Etsy dealer last fall. Together with the dinner plate - my go-to, creamy-white base, both were first used here. The salad plate - sold as an appetizer - is my jewel on this table. It is Ralph Lauren, from the Carolyn collection. Out of the entire collection, I fell hard for this plate alone. I love the design and colors together.
The Carolyn collection was inspired by Ralph Lauren's 2008 fall ready-to-wear collection (see photo below). The feathers and jewels on the Carolyn collection epitomize Lauren's classic way of creating. The master of renegade and refined, rustic and glam, Ralph Lauren's styling is what I aspire to achieve in my own, small way.
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I have the coordinating cups and saucers from this collection. They are paired with crackled glass water tumblers and wine glasses in a purple hue, embracing what was my mother's favorite color.
Just as an appetizer is interchanged as a salad plate, who's to say a saucer can't be a bread plate? Creative license, I say, using what you have and like for a purpose not necessarily originally intended.
As another nod to my mother and her style, I placed a couple pieces of her costume jewelry (purple stones) on the table, nestled under the centerpiece and beside my wine glass. They're also visible in the centerpiece photo shown earlier in this post.
The table is set in my dining room, where the furnishings exude a mood that matches my intended juxtaposition of elements. Leather and leopard, rosewood and white paints, mixed metals - all of these collide to set the scene.
Brass candle lanterns offer a bit more drama to the atmosphere.
I will enjoy using the elements of this tablescape for the entire autumn season. So many of the individual pieces please me beyond tablescaping, and are useful as decor. As a tablescape, this certainly is relaxed enough to pull off for a casual dinner, yet dressy enough to use for hosting Thanksgiving or other special occasion. 
Whether your style leans exclusively one way or you prefer mixing it up, I hope you find value in using decor elements for multiple purposes to increase your enjoyment in having them. Thanks for your visit today. Your readership and comments are always welcome!
  
Source List
Dough bowl, trophy, brass candle lanterns, fork easels - estate finds
Tartan wool lap robe - MacKenzie-Childs, individual seller
Wood chargers, napkin rings - Etsy sellers
Flatware, glassware, napkins - Pier 1
Cream dinner plates - Filigree, Pfaltzgraff 
Appetizer as salad plates, cups & saucers - Carolyn, Ralph Lauren, Macy's

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