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Modern Autumn

The title of this post came from my granddaughter Gabrielle. She is my tablescaping assistant in training. Whenever I’m undecided about a color scheme, napkin, etc I ask her and usually she’s spot on with her recommendation. Just for the record I don’t steer her in any direction. When given the choice between two napkins the one here was her choice. Her thought was that it looked more modern. Not having a tablecloth was also her choice.

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While we were on a roll I asked her what the name of the table should be and she said, you guessed it, “Modern Autumn”. And so it is. Now on to the details of this family friendly table.

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From the files of waste not want not I spray painted wine bottles to use as vases for the centerpiece. After giving them a couple of coats and letting them dry I brushed on some gold glitter paint. It gave the bottles just the amount of shimmer that I was going for. Into each bottle I placed some feathers (I’m on a feather kick lately), and mums. I don’t know what the fuzzy stems are called but they worked for me. The last items added were the acrylic beads. All in a seasonal appropriate color. A .59 brown scalloped charger is the base and a twig wreath circle the entire piece.

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On each side of the centerpiece is a gold mercury glass votive holder along with a smaller gold matte one.

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The stack starts with a brown spiral placemat. Making its second appearance on my table is the beige/white flowered dinnerware from Burlington’s. I’ve had the rustic flatware for many years and don’t remember where they came from. Fingerhut maybe, but I’m not sure. Gabbi’s choice of napkin came from the clearance bin at one of the thrift stores I frequent. Lots of their linens and home goods come from Target and they are a steal.

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On my “A Huntington We Will Go” table I used these large goblets and figured why not let them serve double duty. The smaller multisided goblet is also a thrift find.

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I have to give another big thank you to my helper. It’s a pleasure to have her take an interest in what I’m doing. However, I do have my limits. For the longest she’s been asking can she do my make-up. Ummmmm…no. Gotta love her!

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18 thoughts on “Modern Autumn

    1. Sandra Post author

      These have just the right amount of sparkle. I love all things bling and shiny but sometimes have to pull back a bit so my projects aren’t gaudy. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Jenna

    I love your Modern Autumn Sandra~ I agree with your granddaughter, no tablecloth [I find them generally too fussy for my taste] and your painted wine bottles and soft color palette with the cranberry accents is just perfect!

    1. Sandra Post author

      I’ve really taken a liking to repurposing bottles and old vases, It’s a great way to make use of what you already have. I will also be calling on Gabrielle in the future to decide whether I should use a tablecloth or not. Hopefully she’ll still be in the mood to help.

  2. Ramona

    I usually don’t do the “modern” thing… but you make it still look welcoming and elegant. Well done to your granddaughter.. she’s got your talent!

  3. Alycia Nichols

    Go on! Be brave! Let the little girl do your makeup!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Actually, I’m with you on that! Don’t mess with my hair OR my makeup!!! My body is totally whack now, so my hair & makeup are all I’ve got goin’ for me!!! 🙂

    Gabi did a good job in her choices, and the table turned out great! She’s following that path and will be a wonderful homemaker/decorator when her time comes. It’s good to start them out young and pique that interest so that later in life they can draw from those experiences. My Mom let us go wild, giving us carte blanche on cooking and decorating around the house. It all clung to my brain. My sister…not so much! 🙂

    I like it that you termed this a “family-friendly” tablescape. It is that, indeed, and what a lot of readers out there are in search of. They crave ideas for tablescapes that look terrific but are not going to bust the budget or require an investment of hours and hours of time. You nailed it!

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and if you get out there on Black Friday…PLEASE be safe!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Sandra Post author

      Girl Gabbi will not get near me with make-up. My luck she’d take pictures and show it to her friends. We could probably compromise and a manicure but that’s it! No Black Friday ventures for me. I was snug as a bug in a rug eating Sweet Potato Pie!


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