Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Feline Fondness for Fall Tablescape

Welcome to my blog, Panoply! Today I'm experimenting a bit with some fall decor elements in a new tablescape I'm calling Feline Fondness for Fall.  I love fall and I love just about anything leopard.
When it comes to fall fashion, several staples may come to mind if you ask any trend-conscious man or woman: blazers, scarves, jeans, boots, etc. I'm no expert, but I bet leopard is considered a secret weapon in any woman's wardrobe, particularly in fall and winter. So, is there any reason to doubt a little leopard can be that same secret weapon in home decor as well? Or even in tablescaping? Raise your hands if you agree! 🙌 A little leopard can go a long way, just like a red lipstick, and it's my springboard in today's table. 
First, a thank you to Chloe Crabtree, from the blog, Celebrate and Decoratefor hosting and organizing several bloggers each day this week, to bring you an entire week of fall tablescaping ideas, all listed at the end of this post. 
Typical of my personal style, I always like to mix vintage items with anything new, whether it's fashion, home or garden. I also have no problem mixing high- and low-end elements with no bias toward either. Today's table is all that. While the leopard salad plates are the new found fun items on the table, there's plenty of other well-loved elements being incorporated too. See source list for resources.
The tablecloth is a humble dropcloth, and the plaid, mohair lap throw-used-as-runner is a vintage estate find. The napkin rings are old belts, recycled, with added grommets. The napkins, chargers, dinner plates and flatware are all recent years' retail purchases, as are the velvet and felted pumpkins and napkins on the table.
Mid-century wooden candle holders and a silverplate pitcher sit comfortably with Art Deco period salt & pepper shakers. The little acorns are new this year, felted, with real acorn caps attached. The vintage wine sipper acts as a catchall tray for the acorns, but could just as easily serve its intended purpose with wine being served.
Vintage crystal is original 1970s from Lenox, part of my earthy registry choices way back then. Water goblets are interchangeable as wines, and tall glasses are in the same pattern.
Since adding the vintage Japanese folding screen to the dining area wall, the space feels much more inviting, especially for a table setting.
As takeaways for guests, I purchased several vintage, stamped spoons with messages appropriate for the guests and the fall theme. One example is pictured below, next to the felted acorn: "what you think you become". Think about the message intended there. These are great conversation starters, and you can order any message you'd like.
I hope you've found a bit of inspiration for ushering in fall and finding a way to perhaps use some of the things you may already have to create your own style. The source list below gives you a better idea of how I mix things up and, in this case, added the proverbial "red lipstick" of the leopard plates to build upon.
Feline Fondness for Fall Tablescape Source List
Dinner Plates - Pfaltzgraff Filigree
Salad Plates - Ballard Designs
Chargers, Flatware - Pier 1
Brown crystal glasses, goblets - Lenox Impromptu
Napkins - French Garden House
Velvet Pumpkins - LoveFeast Shop
Natural (dropcloth) tablecloth - Lowe's
Wool Plaid Runner, Wooden candlestick holders, silverplate pitcher, wine sipper, salt & peppers - Vintage Finds
Be sure and stop by each day for updated links below, taking you directly to each blogger's table setting with a their ideas of a fall themed tablescape.
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Please let me know you were here by leaving a comment. I appreciate each one of you, and getting to know new visitors is a fun part of blogging. Hopefully, you'll return again. Thanks so much for your visit and readership today.
Rita C. at Panoply

44 comments:

  1. Hi Rita, I’m raising my hand...I’m wild about a little animal print whether it’s a wardrobe or home accessory. You’re style and knack for mixing vintage with new and high with low is one of my favorite things about your tables. I've been a long admirer of those velvet pumpkins with a feather accent and love those stamped spoons. What a gorgeous estate find your mohair lap throw is too! As always it's a treat to blog hop with you, Happy Almost Fall. ♥

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  2. Rita, I have been eyeing the leopard plates from Ballard’s and I also just read that leopard is more popular than ever for the fall and winter season. I always have a “little” touch of leopard in each of my rooms. Ok, I love leopard also! I do love your table with the pretty mohair lap throw used as a runner and your mid-century candle stands. The acorns are so cute, were they sourced locally? Using the stamped spoons as a take away gift is a great idea, I may have to borrow from you. I can see many gorgeous tablescapes in the future from your beautiful new home. Lovely, lovely table!

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    1. Pam, here's the link for the Etsy shop from which i purchased the felted acorns and tiny pumpkins (I also updated my source list above):
      https://www.etsy.com/shop/StoneHouseCrafts

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  3. Rita, I'm with you leopard is always a good idea in decor or fashion. I have leopard pillows and towels but no dishes. I'm crazy about your plates and your cute twiggy flatware! You have my heart with all the vintage elements and just the right touch of new via velvet pumpkins with whimsical feathers and darling little acorns! Love the mohair plaid throw and mid- century candlesticks. I got a kick out of " earthy registry choices" as your description of your wedding crystal! Love your fun tablescape.

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  4. Rita, both my hands and arms are raised up high, and I'm jumping up and down too! I love leopard and zebra and giraffe and well anything animal print as long as it's faux. I sometimes think there's a little Cruella de Ville in me, at least my wardrobe of animal prints! My youngest son's bedroom (now guest room) is done in a safari look with a leopard print comforter. Love your eclectic and stylish table too. The twig flatware is a fav, and incorporated into my table tomorrow.

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  5. What wonderful flatware, those twig handles are perfect. You've set a wonderful autumn table, and I love mixing vintage with new as well.

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  6. Rita, I do love your leopard. I always enjoy seeing a little of it thrown in. Your table is lovely and I would enjoy being seated there admiring your gorgeous Japanese folding screen. I have loved it since you first posted a photo of it. Also love the treats for your guests. Happy day to you!

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  7. Rita, as always, your table is beautiful. I love leopard too! Your a master at mixing new with old. I love those spoons and the stamped spoons are so cute! I also have some 1970's brown stemware from my wedding registry, although I have given most of it away. Those felted acorns are just the cutest. Have a great week my friend!

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  8. I'm absolutely loving the leopard! It's just gorgeous with your centerpiece.

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  9. This is a brilliant Fall table Rita, the leopard plates are fabulous! I Love all the textures you've fearlessly married here, from the cozy throw, to the velvet pumpkins, the silky feathers, the glossy plates, vintage and shiny silver and the wonderful felted acorns, it all works together for a stunning tablescape!! Yay for red lipstick! The stamped spoons are the ultimate special touch!
    Jenna

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  10. Rita, add me to the list of leopard - loving people. And when you mix it up with another favorite, plaid, it sends me into a whirl of excitement. The addition of vintage items and natural items like acorns, pumpkins and feathers and it says everything that is cozy and inviting. I love your guest party favor printed spoons. Is there a particular company which you prefer to purchase them from? What a lovely gift. It is great blog hopping with you.

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    1. Thanks, Marsha! Here's the link to the Etsy dealer which sells the stamped spoons (I also updated my source list above):
      https://www.etsy.com/shop/MilkandHoneyLuxuries

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  11. Oh Rita, I am with you, animal print is a staple of fall prints along with the warm plaid of your runner. The natural elements you have added to your table are a lovely tribute to the coming fall season. I love the brown stemware! My 1980's wedding stoneware was brown hued, too! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Rita, Who doesn't love leopard? Love the plates! Your pumpkins, acorns & throw are beautiful as well. The spoons are a wonderful conversation starter & clever gift idea! Your new dining room is really inviting & your Japanese screen is stunning! Enjoy your week! Clara ❤️

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  13. Sassy and Classy. Love this. Everything looks so pretty all together.
    Have a good week.
    xoxo

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  14. Hands raised really high!! I have a whole section in my closet for "leopard". Love it all especially combining the plaid and leopard together. meow.

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  15. Love this - leopard/cheetah/ is my fav print! I have a lot of it in my wardrobe! - - BUT no dishes :-(
    Love the "belt" napkin rings - did you make them? And a wine slipper - didnt know they had a name, but I have a few silver ones! And those favors!!! Love them. I have the stamps to do this but it is a tough craft! Great table - well done! What time shall I arrive?

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    1. Patti, here's the link for the Etsy dealer from which I bought the napkin rings (I updated my source list above also):
      https://www.etsy.com/shop/Greenbelts

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  16. Hand raised--I love animal print accessories! Your table theme is so fun, Rita. You know I have a fondness for pairing elegance and whimsy! Happy Fall! Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

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  17. Rita, your table is so fun and lovely. i absolutely adore leopard plates. Using the cozy throw is lovely. The vintage art deco salt and pepper shakers are truly gorgeous.
    Love the feather pumpkins and those cute acorns. What a lovely idea to present each guest with a customized spoon. Beautifully presented table Rita.

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  18. Rita, here's to fall where ever it is! Ha! I'm all in for this table filled with a mix of old and new, high and low. You do it so seamlessly! I love the touch of leopard. I always think of animal prints as a neutral much like Courtly Check is a neutral for me. They seam to go with everything. I love the idea of the spoons with quotes. I've given some as gifts and received some as gifts. Love the idea of favors for the table.

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  19. Love your fun feline fall table! Your leopard plates are the first of that pattern that I've seen. I knew leopard was popular for clothing, I didn't know that it also is found in home decor. I love your mid-century candle holders and also your salt and pepper shakers. What stole my heart on your table are the adorable felted acorns. I love those and you'll enjoy using them for fall for many years to come.

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  20. Your table is beautiful...I love the leopard plates ! Thank you for the take home idea of the spoons. I always have a little treat bag at the front door ready for guests when they leave - usually a portion of the baked goods or whatever treat I had served earlier - but I just LOVE the idea of the spoons. And the sayings on them! Thanks so much for the ideas !

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  21. Your secret weapon works!! Your table looks fabulous. I especially love that mohair plaid lap throw - it adds so much texture. The fabulous felted acorns look like they have found the perfect home topping the the throw. I also love the feathers! You are the queen of mixing vintage pieces with today's items to make a special eclectic look. Always a pleasure to hop with you!

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  22. Oh my how I love those dark rich colors mixed with the warmer browns too. Perfectly fall. And now I'm on the hut for some felt acorns! Aaaaahhhh!

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  23. Yes, I agree, I love me some leopard, Rita! I just bought a sleeveless leopard top, which will come in handy. I love the mohair throw on top of your drop cloth table covering. Those vintage stemware from the 70's look wonderful, with the plates, etc. The twiggy flatware add a touch of whimsy...love them! Your treat bags with the message spoons is a great idea.

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  24. Rita-your fall table setting is spectacular and the leopard works beautifully for the season! You have such a creative spirit!

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  25. It's beautiful, Rita. I collected a lot of acorns up north so I could use the caps for felting acorns! They look wonderful there and now I'm more inspired than ever!

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  26. Gorgeous and fun at the same time. All of the details work so well together especially the animal print dishes. I really must find some twiggy flatware because it is just so fun! I like to find my favorite thing when visiting all of these beautiful tablescapes. Yours has more than one fav thing; the plaid lap throw, the pumpkins and the acorns together create the warm and fuzzy fall feelings we all love.

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  27. Both hands are raised! I love animal print! Your table is super elegant and classy, I love plaid and leopard prints mixed. The little felted acorns are adorable. I love this tablescape!

    Happy fall!

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  28. Hi Rita,
    What a fun tablescape! Love the creativity you have brought to this. Using the mohair throw for your tablerunner---LOVE it!!! All of the colors and textures blend so beautifully for a very unique WOW---WELCOME FALL! Your guests will be delighted!
    Kathleen

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  29. Rita, leopard is the LBD of prints. What doesn't it go with? It definitely gives the pizazz to your table, along with feathers and velvet. What a wonderful table to sit down to!

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  30. Ashamed to admit I have no animal prints in either my wardrobe OR decor... but these little plates are PERFECT here! I love the touch of a take-away gift for your guests, and the napkin rings are a wonderful idea too!

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  31. My heart is singing over the slash of leopard. The wee acorns are truly darling!

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  32. Rita what a fun table! The wool roving acorns and the velvet pumpkins say welcome autumn. Everything looks so lovely. The table runner is inspired and so clever.Can I tell you a secret? I use throws ad table cloths and table runners too. The favor is such a sweet touch for guests too. It's a pleasure to be on the hop with you.

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  33. Rita, you definitely have great imagination. I love how you mixed the leopard print with the plaid runner. The feathers are an awesome addition too. The little acorns are a cute thing to throw in. Your title is "the cat's meow".

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  34. I absolutely love the twig looking silverware! That's awesome. And I had no idea you could get spoons stamped like that. That's such a neat idea, and I bet they would make wonderful Christmas presents.

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  35. LOVE that vintage mohair runner Rita! My hand is also raised for animal prints. I love how you combined those plates with the plaid runner. The rich browns are perfect for Fall and your twig flatware is fabulous. I also love the added texture from the velvet pumpkins and felted acorns. It's always a pleasure hopping with you! Happy Fall!

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  36. Nice tablescape! I really like the table runner and the velvet pumpkins.

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  37. I love everything and anything that is animal print - those plates are fabulous!

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