Friday, November 7, 2014

Rustic Fall Table & Dining Room

Last month, I shared my fall home tour including a peek into my dining room decorated for the season. I am joining with several other talented bloggers today, sharing our Thanksgiving tablescapes, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to give you the full dining room tour. I am keeping things simple and the same this Thanksgiving. Be sure to visit the other talented bloggers at the end of this post for more inspiration and a big thank you to the very talented Bre of rooms FOR rent for hosting this event.
I don't think we will be having Thanksgiving at our house this year (it's kind of nice when you can leave the cooking and the mess to someone else, right? {grin}). But we have been enjoying meals as a family at the table every night, and I am reading the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp and trying daily to find thanksgiving in everything around me. Even when the house is a mess, the kids won't sleep, and I have piles of laundry and dishes calling my name. There is still beauty to be found in each and every moment. They are harder to find some days, but I am learning that I can train myself to look for them, by recording them in my own journal of gifts.

The dining room can make me feel down some days, since it is the hub of our house and the first to get cluttered up, but I am striving to keep it as cleared as possible. And see the beauty in the clutter on the other days :)

To create this fall tablescape, I started with an empty slate and added two of my scarves for table runners. And then just started loading it up with several white pumpkins.
I wanted it to have a rustic, woodland feel, so this year, I added antlers to both my table and mantel. I also sprinkled everything with acorns and added some owls here and there.
My husband got this beautiful pumpkin at our local grocery store and I fell in love with it immediately (he knew I wanted one like it because I had shown him some on Pinterest, ha! Nice when your man is paying attention, am I right?). I don't know what kind it is though? What I have researched leads me to believe it may be a "blue pumpkin" even though it seems more pale green to me?
They were labeled "assorted pumpkins"at the store, so I have no idea! Maybe one of you could fill me in, so I can make sure to get more next year ;) 
For the place settings themselves, I used a mixture of vintage dishes with little baby boos and brown feathers. Simple, yet elegant.
For silverware, I just filled a pretty fall colored platter and added another feather. Fall just seems to be the perfect time for feathers, doesn't it? Or make that...anytime.
I threw some faux fur fabric over the seats and an old wooden bench.
The mantel was also decorated in a natural, rustic style this season, and is probably one of my favorite set-ups of all time. It felt nice to keep it simple.

Below the mantel, I filled an old wire basket with some deer skulls that my step-dad found in the woods. He has had them for ages and let me borrow them all for my decor this year.
And on a little side wall, I threw together a simple fall vignette.
So now I have given you all of the elaborated tours from my fall home! If you missed any of the others you can check them out at the very end of this post.

Till next time...
~Alice W.

Make sure you visit these amazing bloggers and their wonderful Thanksgiving Tablescapes as well: