I have been working on putting up my fall decorations this week. I changed up the look again this year. I kept the green and brown color scheme in the dining room, but made it a little more rustic feeling than last year. I filled a huge lantern I found on clearance at Lowe’s with some of the brown and green filler that was just scattered on the table last year and an old cheese grater that I got for $1 at an antique mall this year.
I always feel like not having any height in the decor looks a little flat and blah. I bought some new burlap this year and cut a table runner to go under the chocolate beaded one that came from Bed, Bath & Beyond years ago. I also covered some plain glass cylindrical vases with burlap and put out the birch-covered glass vase. I only had enough filler for the taller vases, so I put candles in the shorter vases. I could not for the life of me find where I stored the pheasant feathers I bought last year, otherwise they would be in there as well.
When I was at Old Time Pottery getting the dried filler for the vases, I found that they had a lot of real pumpkins available. In addition to the traditional orange pumpkins they had white, heirloom, and wart-covered ones. I picked up a pale peachy-orange heirloom and a white one for the foyer table. They are so pretty in person, with a finish similar to chalk paint. The burlap table cloth is from years past, but I also covered a galvanized pail with burlap and put a deep red mum in it.
My rustic tray and brass quails were relocated to the living room this year. I kept the vignette low profile because it is on the table beneath the television. The tiny wart-covered gourds are also from Old Time Pottery. I used another piece of burlap as a runner to lighten up the look and give some contrast between the wooden table and wooden tray.