5 Fall Tablescapes you Can Try Before Thanksgiving


I was invited by the lovely Cindy Hattersley of Rough Luxe to participate in her Thanksgiving Table Post.  I normally don't do these types of things but I figured it would force me to start getting ready for my own Thanksgiving and perhaps give you the push you need too!

My whole look starts with this amazing antique farm table that I got from Alex.  Isn't it good?  I could throw some plates and cuttings from the garden on it and I'd be done. And guess what, that's pretty much what I did. I wanted to use some blush (of course) instead of the traditional Thanksgiving colors. I'm in love with that look.  I did purchase the new Pottery Barn napkins because I just love the linen/cotton blend and they will blend in nicely with my existing napkins.  I can even envision them at Christmas.  I hope you enjoy what I've put together and maybe you can use some of my ideas or those of the other talented bloggers who are participating.  At the end of my post you will find links to their blogs.






























































Oneida American Harmony Flatware










Check these lovely ladies out!

         Most Lovely Things                  Nesting With Grace 
         Classic Casual Home                    Rough Luxe

And if you'd like to add any of my Fall table ideas to your home here are some links...xo

American Harmony Flatware
Pottery Barn Napkins
Soup Tureen
Soup Bowls
Antique American Farm Table




45 comments

  1. Ah, Janet, you've nailed it. This is the way I love to decorate. So simple. With the exception of the plaid blankets (or, even, including them), you've taken everyday beautiful items and elevated them by bringing them together. I don't like to "transform" my home for the holidays, I just want it to be my house, but better. Nothing about your table is fussy, but it is gorgeous. And, nothing need be packed away and stored for next year: the flowers can be composted, and everything else can go back in the kitchen cupboard, to be used all year long. That chippy blue/gray painted table is certainly the cherry on top. Great find!

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    1. A while back, you mentioned that you use the Wash and Stain Bar by The Laundress. Well, I use my linen napkins every day (why not), and have found that this stain bar works wonders on them. I'm not a fussy person, I just prefer the feel of linen over paper towels. Okay, maybe I am fussy. But, all I do is, as the machine is filling with water, I wet the napkins under the running water, lather 'em up with the stain bar, throw them in the wash, and let them soak for about ten minutes before I close the lid to start the machine. Rarely do I need to retreat. Thanks for the info.

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    2. thank you kerri! you are so kind. i love that stain bar too! it gets out stains on colored items like nothing i've ever used before.

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  2. Oh would I love to grab a glass of wine and join you in your garden. What a magical spot! Call Country Living. They need to photograph this! Thank you Janet so much for joining us. What a lovely start to my day!

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  3. Lovely! What are those green berries?

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    1. i don't know saj. it's a shrub that grows absolutely wild on the perimeter of my garden. they will be dark purple by christmas.

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  4. WOW...you knocked it out of the park, Janet. I love the patina on the table and floral napkins and of course, the throw blankets. So pretty and inviting!

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  5. Fabulous table setting Janet...love the pink and green together here with the rustic table.
    Those napkins are so pretty and they really add elegance...country living magazine knew they were onto a great feature when they found your cottage! I bet they will be back soon!

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  6. I love this table and every throw..dish..silverware..the chippy.furniture. and love the napkins!! Thank you for such creative and beautiful ideas.
    By the way...this week while a quick trip to the second hand shop..i found a beautiful Blush long too with soft overlay of lace over cotton. I love it! Picked up a few more candles and small glass containers for the season. Thank you again.

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    1. glad you had luck at the 2nd hand shop nancy. you top sounds lovely. x

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  7. The napkins are so pretty, Janet and the tablescape is beautiful. But I'm guessing you won't be eating out in your lovely garden come late November!
    Hugs and happy weekend wishes, x.

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    1. mary normally we can eat outside. 2 years ago we had rain and had to move inside but that's pretty rare. xo

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  8. I am not a "wordy" person. But, I would like you to know that I love your blog! Would you include a "Like" button at the end of your Blog?

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    1. awww thank you so much cynthia. your feedback is wonderful. xo

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  9. I love the simplicity of your table. Isn't that what Thanksgiving should be about. I've been looking for some new napkins. Are these large ones? I will have to check out Pottery Barn and see the sizes. I've purchased old napkins on ebay so that I could get the large old fashion sizes.

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    1. they are pretty large sandra and well made. you must check them out. x

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  10. Janet, This is gorgeous!!

    Renee in Northern California

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  11. I adore your farm table...that is my look throughout my cabin. I love early painted pieces that have aged naturally. One of my next favorite things is to decorate with things from nature. A trip around my property always produces treasures you couldn't buy in a shop. I have found two fallen birds' nests in the last couple of weeks.

    And what you do here is especially nice...mixing the rustic with the refined. The contrast is wonderful. The plaid blankets add another texture & the warmth of fall. It's all beautiful.

    Anita - the cabin on the creek

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    1. thank you anita. my son alex is v much into primitive furniture. at first i didn't think it'd work inside my home but the few pieces i have i just love! you home sounds lovely. x

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  12. exquisite.
    the mix of plaids... the floral napkins...
    the simple white dishes.
    the rustic table in the outdoor setting.
    it's all just exquisite. but more important...
    welcoming! and that's what the holiday is about! xo♥

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    1. thank you tammy j. after i took all the photos larry and i ate burritos at the that table setting. lol, x

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  13. Janet, I hope you don't mind me asking where you purchased your simple white dishes. They are so pretty.

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    1. kim i don't mind at all. the large plate is mikasa italian countryside. you can google it and see where to purchase, maybe ebay? not sure. the smaller plate is vintage buffalo ware which i've collected for years. the cereal/soup bowls are from pottery barn. they are a fairly new purchase for me b/c we were down to 2 bowls. i really love their shape and size. x

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  14. Beautiful! May I ask what your silver is? Looking to upgrade my hodgepodge of silverware and love the look of weight in yours. Thank you!

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    1. thank you montanamommy! yes, it's American Harmony by Oneida. It's in their classic line. I've had it for a few decades now and love it. I used to reserve it for special occasions but about 10 years ago I decided to use it as my everyday flatware and it is perfect for that. I provided a link under one of the close up photos of it on the table. Thank you for asking. x

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  15. I love this. While I really appreciate very fine dining our lifestyle is pretty casual. Your table setting reall is spectacular. It has that balance of festive but not stuffy. And if something spills not a big deal,

    Kcarracher Instagram

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    1. aww thank you K. it fits my lifestyle perfectly too. x

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  16. Did I spy a plastic GOOSE in your GARDEN????
    I have one TOO!Brought back from CAPE COD.
    LOVE THE NAPKINS............and the BLANKETS!
    CAN YOU BELIEVE TURKEY DAY IS ALMOST HERE!
    XX

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    1. Yes! a friend gave him to me when she was moving. my grandaughter thinks he's real. x

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  17. SO inviting, Janet. Cozy; intimate. Just something about eating outside. I'll never forget your photo spread of Alex's wedding. It was probably the coolest wedding I've ever seen. You always make me want to BE THERE; I wish I was your neighbor(!)...

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    1. thank you vicki. oh i wish we were neighbors too! what great conversations we could have. and thanks re the wedding. i'll never forget that either.:) xo

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  18. I looked at the links to the other table settings, they were all lovely but I love your's the best. The simplicity of yours, the outdoor setting, the plaid throws and flowers picked from the garden....perfection.

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    1. thank you queen vee. i think they were all lovely too! xo

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  19. Absolutely stunning. I adore your centerpiece flowers and those PB napkins are perfectection.

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  20. I would be so happy to eat at this table....for many reasons!! And, I really love how you chose the PB floral napkins. Very non-traditional for Thanksgiving, they work, and I love it!

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    1. thanks emily, i'd love for you to come and eat at this table! xo

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  21. Janet, Love your floral napkins with the white. It's lovely and I love your centerpiece and all the natural elements, a very California Thanksgiving look! Just catching up on your blog. I am with you, the news has been terrible and I even wrote about the guns as it's distressing me so much. Hope you have a lovely week. Kim

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  22. What a beautiful table in a beautiful setting, you're so talented

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