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“FALL?! Its only August, Jordan!” I know, I know. It seems a little early to be mentioning the ‘F’ word, especially here in the South, but just hear me out. I haven’t broken out the pumpkins, yet, so don’t worry. This is more of a transitional Fall dining room refresh. It works well for the end of Summer, but will seamlessly transition to Fall thanks to the combination of warm wood tones, shades of blue and pops of gold.
Our dining room is not big, by any means. It has slowly become one of my favorite rooms in our house though, despite being a small space. I love changing it up for the seasons and playing with different table settings. My inspiration this time came from this tablecloth I found while perusing my local World Market. (You can find your local store HERE if you are unsure!) The warmer colors seemed perfect for Fall, but the cool blues keep it toned down enough to use in any season.
I layered the table with contrasting textures like the woven placemats and wood chargers paired with sleek and shiny items like the glass elements and gold utensils. Along with balancing colors (warm and cool) and patterns (floral and stripes), the contrast of more masculine and feminine textures combined keeps the table setting interesting and a perfect way to transition into the cooler months of Fall.
And if you’ve ever been uncertain on how to go about creating your own tablescape, I photographed my process step by step! Its much easier than you may think.
1) Start with a base.
This could be your bare table or a table runner. I chose a floral tablecloth from World Market as my starting point and inspiration.
2) Add your centerpiece.
Since our space and dining table are small, I like to stick to simple centerpieces that add a little height. This time I used a wooden cake stand with a glass vase and flowers. Sweet, simple but impactful.
3) Put down placemats.
The key to a striking table setting is lots of visual interest through layers. Even if I’m using a tablecloth or table runner, I always put down placemats, too.
4) Add chargers.
Chargers are such a fun way to add visual interest and change the look of your table. I’ve had my eye on these wood bark ones for ages and I’m so glad I finally pulled the trigger on them!
5) Top with plates.
This time, I used simple white salad plates to top my charger with, but try layering dinner plates AND salad plates for a different look.
6) Finishing touches.
The last things I add are glasses, napkins, a topper on my plate and utensils. My topper this time was a simple striped napkin in a wooden napkin ring with fun gold utensils tucked in. Once again layer, layer, layer.
See?! Setting a table is easy peasy and so is quickly taking your home from Summer decor to Fall. I hope, too, that you realize you don’t have to have a huge space and large farmhouse table to be able to achieve a striking tablescape.
If you do have smaller areas in your home, be sure to check out World Market’s furniture for small spaces and dining tables for small spaces. They have a ton of gorgeous options that do double duty and also look so stylish while being incredibly functional. And speaking of style and function, check out this video from Design Expert Nicole Curtis as she introduces a better way to bar–the rolling bar cart from Cost Plus World Market. Practical enough to store your cocktail essentials, pretty enough to show off at parties, our versatile bar carts are the height of small space savvy.
So great for small spaces and so much inspiration, am I right?!
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