Friday, September 21, 2018

Autumn Table in the Dining Room

Here comes Autumn! I'm not quite ready to pull out my sweaters and tall boots but I did purchase a few things for my dining room with the hopes that it would give me a push toward welcoming the season changing.

Plaid is everywhere on the internet. We see it in clothing and home decor so I jumped on the wagon when I saw a table runner and napkins on Zulily that seemed to have a thread of a similar teal blue color that I used on my dining room walls. 
Color and I have a complicated relationship. I love color. I don't have a favorite. I have had and infinite number of favorite-of-the-moment infatuations, too many to count really, but I confess that I am fickle. I embrace a color, make it part of my life and then when everything in my home is just right along comes some other fabulous color with swag that turns my head quicker than.... well, I don't know-just quick!  Like many others (at least I hope there are others) I see a color on a blogs or in current magazines and I copy the look in my home; imitation is the truest form of flattery, afterall. Little happy dances of joy happen when I go off script, pick a color for no other reason than that I saw it in the paint store and I liked it and then I see my color choices trending in the home decor realm. Validation! 

This is the case with the color I chose for the dining room last year. I chose what I'm calling a peacock-y blue-teal and I love it. It never seems to photograph the way my naked eye sees it but that's okay. Right? The color is called Dragonfly by Benjamin Moore. Anyway, that is the color I found in my Zulily purchase.  
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It is very similar to Behr's 2019 Color of the Year, Blueprint! Okay, not quite the same based on these two color blobs from the internet but in real-life...pretty stinkin' close! 

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I combined it with the plates mister picked out from Crate & Barrel. This is a photo from last winter. 


With harvest season in mind I used my braided raffia placemats to bring a natural element to the party and they play well with the gold in the runner and napkins. I've used them in previous posts and let me tell ya, they were a yard sale site purchase on Facebook! 

Green milk-glass plates (purchased on sale at Target) sit atop the napkins. 

Last year my pumpkin purchases from the dollar store got a pant job. This year they adorn each place setting. 

Floral nosegays used in the living room last year found a home in the dining room this year. 

Notice in these two photos how the wall color looks different as the clouds parted and more light streamed into the room? 

It doesn't take a lot of money to get the looks you're after. Shop your home. Use old decorations in a different room this year or give your tired items a coat of paint in a new color. Adding just one new element can give you a fresh new look. Silverware might help, too! :)

Happy Autumn and happy decorating! 


  1. You are blessed with a beautiful home. The table setting is a delight, loved the individual pumpkins.

    1. Thank you! Always blessed by your comments and encouragement.

  2. The plaid is so lovely the blue! Gorgeous fall dining room, Jolena!
    Thank you so much for your kind comment on my blog today, too!

    1. Thank you for stopping by and for the kind words. Always love my visits to your blog!

  3. What a beautiful table setting! So perfect for the season, and I really love the layers. I pinned for inspiration. I am also eyeing your placemats. I am feeling inspired to try and crochet something similar... Thanks so much for sharing!

    Would love if you came to link up! And enter the giveaway for an Etsy gift card :)!

    Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots
    Super Crafty Sunday Link Up #8:

    1. Thank you for the visit and the invite, Alexandra! I would never even think to attempt to crochet placemats so I will be staying tuned on your blog to see how they come out!