10/21/2009

It's Tablescape Thursday!
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Hello my friends...it's Thursday and you know what that means...it's time for Tablescape Thursday!
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Tablescape Thursday is hosted by our very own Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch. Thank you, Susan...for giving us good reason to get out our dishes and play! You won't want to miss what Susan has for us today so go and pay her a visit. While you're there you can visit all of the other beautiful tablescapes in Blogland today!!!
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I am also joining in with the DIY Fall Festival #10...the Grand Finale! Thank you, Roeshel for hosting this fabulous Fall Party for us!!!
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Please go by and pay Roeshel a visit over at The DIY Show Off! You won't want to miss out on all of the fabulous Fall projects and decor!!!
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An Autumn Tablescape With Antoinette


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Welcome to this Thursday's tablescape...

"An Autumn tablescape with Antoinette"!

Antoinette is my french girl bust...she will be the center of attention today...of course, Antoinette always thinks she is the center of attention! Hehe! I must admit...she is difficult to upstage! *
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We will be having brunch in my French Country dining room. Nothing fancy...just a small brunch for two!
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Ahhh...Autumn! Autumn in a French Country dining room with a French girl named Antoinette! Can't you just imagine having a lazy-day brunch on a brisk Autumn morning in Paris? *
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Ahhh...Automne à Paris!
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The Centerpiece...
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And...here she is, Antoinette, sitting so pretty atop a couple of old well-worn books! She is accompanied by two very sweet Autumn songbirds, two Roseville candleholders with tapers, and a French table tray full of Autumn pears.
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An old French table tray full of Autumn pears!
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I just love this French table tray! It's made of metal and has an ornate "cut-work" pattern in the sides. The distressed finish adds to its charm.
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Ohhh...and just look at these beautiful Autumn pears! I love the color of the pears against the charcoal gray tray!
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...and here is one of the sweet Autumn songbirds now!
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I found these two little songbirds at Michaels...half priced at only $2 each! I could not resist!!! If you look closely, you will see that the ornate design that shapes their little wings are made up of acorns and oak leaves!!! The two candleholders are Roseville pottery...this pattern is called "Clematis" in Autumn brown.
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The Place Setting
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I am layering the place setting...just like we layer for Autumn warmth!
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First, a woven charger plate...then I used a dark red dinner plate and a matching salad plate from a set that was a gift from my daughters. I added another smaller dinner plate (sage green) in between the red plates....just thought that adding a little green into the mix would bring in some nice contrast! I topped the place setting off with a new purchase...an acorn dessert plate! I found these little acorn plates at the Dollar General for just $1 each. Actually these little acorn plates are very versatile...they could be used for a bread plate as well!
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I love acorns and nothing says Autumn better than an acorn...don't you agree? Hehe!
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A better view of the dark red dinner and salad plates. I have had this set for a number of years and they have served me well! I use them often in my red French Country dining room! I have also had the sage green set of dishes for a long time...I think they were purchased from Walmart! *
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A cup for a little morning coffee with our brunch! The stemware is a Dollar Tree find...I love the size of these large goblets...great for a glass of milk, juice, or maybe iced tea!
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Sel et Poivre
(Salt and Pepper)
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Matching acorn salt & pepper shakers! Great buy for just $1 at Dollar General!
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The Table Linens

I used an antique gold colored tablecloth that I made a few years back out of a piece of fabric that I found on sale. This is the tablecloth that I usually leave on my table throughout the Autumn season. I love the beautiful "tone-on-tone" embroidered scrolled pattern and the gold is a very deep, rich color...perfect for Autumn! I also used olive green colored, leaf placemats under the woven chargers...again, with lots of layering for Autumn warmth in mind!
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The dinner napkins have all the fabulous colors of Autumn in a pretty plaid. Purchased at TJ Maxx a few weeks ago...4 for just $4! I tried a different type of napkin fold for this tablescape...it's called a "Diamond Envelope" fold. Something a little different and it has more of a casual look to me...perfect for a lazy-day brunch! The dinner and salad fork just slip right into the pocket of the napkin!
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For more info. on how to do this type of napkin fold...you can go HERE.
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An "artsy" photo.
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Throwing in an extra photo.
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I took this photo of the tablescape when I was trying to decide on what to do for the table's centerpiece! It was taken at night...I love the soft glow of the candlelight!!!
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I first tried the Autumn floral arrangement that I had made for the buffet. It was pretty but then Antoinette started fussing...all in French of course...she thought she should be the center of attraction for this Autumn "lazy-day" brunch tablescape...reminding me how beautiful Paris is this time of the year!
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"Madame de la maison, vous savez qu'il n'y a aucun autre endroit sur terre comme Paris dans le temps d'automne!" (Lady of the house, you know that Paris is the most beautiful place on earth during the Autumn season!)
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Antoinette had no argument from me on that point!!! Hehe!
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Well my friends, I hope you enjoyed "An Autumn Tablescape With Antoinette"! I'm so glad that you stopped by...please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I'd love to visit with you! And...don't forget to go by and see Susan and all the other beautiful tablescapes in Blogland today!!!
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Thank You!
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Love ya'll,
Chari
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66 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Chari, this is just soooooo gorgeous. I love the colors and Antoinette is stunning. YOur tray with the pears is so pretty too. Your little acorn plates are perfect in this setting. You always do the prettiest tablescapes and your dining room is just the perfect background. Hugs, Marty

Tonya said...

Absolutely gorgeous!
Everything is so rich and looks like you spent a bundle!
Thank you so much for the warm wishes sweetie. I can't wait to get settled so I can get back to my visiting (and posting). :)
Big Huggs,
Tonya

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM My dear friend...this is outstanding girl...I knew it would be...Oh I just love that you used the bust as the centerpiece...I might just steal that one from you ha ha!!
All the colors are just beautiful in your DR girl...Now I wished we had a Dollar General near by I could do some damage there also ha ha!! Did I tell you I just love those stores...I pray all is well on your side of the mountain today my friend...Love ya sis...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Stacey said...

Chari, your table is so pretty. I can't believe how it all came together with your dollar store items. Great job! Your whole dining room is always just stunning to me.

artis1111 said...

You have done a wonderful job with thi one. I just love the little bird!!! He is so cute ,and Fall colors too. I shall have a cup of tea please!! Kathy

Lynette said...

As always, just love your pretty tablescapes Chari. I found some of those cute birds at Michaels also - they are waiting to be unpacked in their new home! Actually, everything I have is waiting to be unpacked in its new home - ha! Shouldn't be but a couple of more weeks before closing now!

Happy Wednesday to you friend -

Bunny Jeans Decor... and More! said...

I love the red walls!

Your pictures are lovely, especially the closeups.

I will be checking out that napkin fold... thanks for sharing.

I have a Halloween giveaway happening over at my blog... come by and enter!

Melissa Miller said...

Chari this table setting is GORGEOUS! I just adore the Fall warmth in all the colors and the pretty leaf dishes.

~WOW! It's all so stunning down to every last beautiful French detail. Where did you find the stunning gray tray????
I just love it!

Many blessings my friend,
~Melissa :)

Mieke said...

Beautiful autumn colors ! I love those napkins and the cute bird.

Denise said...

What a beautiful fall tablescape. I lovethe S&P and the acorn plates.

XXDenise

The Watts Family said...

Wow that is beautiful love the pears and the ceramic bird ~Blessings Heather ;D

Rettabug said...

What a lovely tablescape for two! I love your RED dining room & I just adore the colors in all that you've used. Even the pages of your books are beautifully colored!! Great attention to detail. :D

I've just posted my TT for the week. Come take a peek, if you have time.

♥ Rettabug

Theresa said...

Beautiful, warm and inviting... AS ALWAYS at your table:) Love the layers and the colors, AND the candlelight! Have a blessed day!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Chari another star tablescape dear friend! All the layering of plates, those darling little birds, pretty linens and of course we must now forget lovely Antoinette!

Are you enjoying the snow up there today or did it miss you? We have had lots of snow all day. I was trying to spray paint some things down in the basement as the snow kept me from doing it outside. Bill came in and told me I better call it a day before I blow us all up from the fumes!

blessings
mary

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love your tablescape Chari. It is so warm & inviting. I love all the colors and of course Miss Antoinette is fabulous. Do you speak French fluently? I wish I did. My nieces speak it fairly well. I wish I wasn't in such a funk & I would feel like putting a tablescape together. I haven't participated in so long. I even have Halloween dishes to use, but I just don't feel like messing around with a tablescape. So I guess I will just have to enjoy every one's contribution.

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Chari, I am so sorry I haven't been by in a while! Thank you for your recent visits and prayers for our family. We are still waiting to hear about the "mass". We are believing it is nothing serious, we know God is in control.

This tablescape is just beautiful!! Your photos look like they should be in a magazine, I love the shot with the pears in the tray...just beautiful!!

P.S. I know you think I've forgotten about the bow post, but I haven't! Melissa has asked me to do one too...I thought I would do one in Nov. and show how to make a tree topper. I'm sorry it has taken me almost a year!! Shame on me! Talk to you soon, Kristen

9405018--Pat said...

everything just sooooo beautiful...thanks for sharing...Pat H

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

Beautiful tablescape in that red room I so love! I've bookmarked that napkin folding tip so I can learn to do it. I was so impressed with it! Your tablecloth is very pretty, and the napkins look so nice on it. That room just exudes coziness!
Brenda

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OOOH Chari,
Even your name is spelled in a frenchy kind of way! I always want to call you Char-ee. This is so gorgeous, the colors and layering are just fabulous! I am so impressed by your cute acorn plates from Dollar General. I never saw anything cute like that at ours. I am so loving Antoinette, she is a beauty and she just steals the show! I love the artsy photos and how you take us on such a beautiful journey! I feel it girl, I really do! We had cold,yucky and rain today probably similar to you. The farmers need to get some dry weather to finish getting their corn out of the fields. I hope your feeling better this week, everyone around here is getting the flu! Yuck, I just want to avoid that. Again, the table is stunning, it should be in a book. I love looking into your kitchen too, it just is all so beautifully decorated! Hugs to you, Cindy

nannykim at spindlecottage said...

ooooo, I like the bottom photo the best--love the leaf arrangement in the vase or was it a pitcher...

Love the tablecloth--brown is so nice and I love the sage green with the red! The tray is fantastic and the pears (look fake==are they? ha). Great table!!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Chari,

Your tablesetting is beautiful. Hope your Antoinette meets with a better fate than Marie Antoinette! Let us eat cake!!!

Christi

Sue said...

I really enjoyed looking at your beautiful pictures....lovely close-up shots....I could almost taste those pears!!

Janie's World said...

Beautiful fall tablescape. Antoinette is doing a fabulous job hostessing! I love all the textures and the warm colors.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Ohhhlala! Merci Chari.The french tray is gorgeous, especially when it holds pears. I love the contrast and color. Just to let you know, I have those acorn plates. I got them at an upscale shop near where I live and I paid $5.75 and they were 40% off! You got a bargain. I have been using mine a lot this fall. I have even been lending them out. They are very popular.
Just loved your tablescape!
Thanks for sharing.
Yvonne

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

Such a pretty fall tablescape! Your dining room is gorgeous, too!

Jane

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love all your dishes and that salt & pepper set ~ too cute!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Charli, this is beautiful. You know exactly how to create a lush feeling without overwhelming the design. I love it....all the touches and of course, the beautiful and stunning red.

Wonderful job!
Hugs, Barb ♥

Vicci @theplaidbasket said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS! I sooo love your deep red dishes and your napkins. BEAUTIFUL dining room, too and glad to see the mirror in there...tis good Feng Shui!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a pretty tablescape! I like all the details! Cute acorn plates!

Katherine

Sonia said...

Oh Chari,

What a pretty fall tablescape for two! I love love the acron plates and all the layers of rich colors you have used. So warm and cozy looking against your pretty red walls. I love the sweet birds on the table too! I really like the napkins you coordinated with the plates. You have done it again...another beautiful table to share! As always ...thanks for the inspiration and all the encouragment you have given me!
Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Chari -- this is so pretty -- your tablescape - the dishes - your dining room. Love the little acorn plates and Antoinette is a lovely dinner guest!

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

I love the centerpiece because I love old books! Plus, I have a thing for red dining rooms.

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

Beautiful table Chari! The whole room looks wonderful!
Great job!

Liz said...

Oh I love your red dinning room!!! It makes your pretty table look so rich.
This is really a pretty post!

~Liz

susan said...

Fabulous! I will be googling a Dollar General address shortly :) I love the layers and expecially the reflction in the mirror. I think they are ALL artsy shots! Is that book the History of Colorado??--I tried so hard to tell :)

Kammy said...

Hi Chari !
Just beautiful ! I loved dining with that lady's head....LOL !
No, truely it was lovely - I love those pears.....
Hugs ! Kammy

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Chari-everything is beautiful. I loved that little bird immediately. The colors are so warm and elegant.

Sue

Leann said...

First...I love the vibrant colors of your walls! The table that you've set is so warm and fall like. I hope that you had a great brunch!

Leann

Bellamere Cottage said...

Hi Chari!

I am so envious of you gals who are the Tablescape Queens! This one is just lovely. The colors are fabulous. I'll be right there!

Hugs,
Spencer

Kat said...

Wow this is such a beautiful room, love the red walls, my favorite color along with orange. Your Tablescape is truly gorgeous!

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

I love the colors and the wonderful pears, I love the acorns, anything acorns, yours are beautiful

Sharing with Sherri said...

Tres chic! Chari' .....

Your tablescape make me invision dining at a French bistro in the Fall!! Love it!

hugs,
Sherri:)

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Chari,

Beautiful and so warm and inviting! I have the same acorn plates and salt & pepper shakers! Don't you just love them!

Have a wonderful day!

Hugs,
Diann :)

xinex said...

Antoinette is beautiful, Chari and your tablescape is beautiful as usual. I love everything about it...Christine

mbkatc230 said...

This is beautiful Chari! I love the autumn colors, and really like the napkins and the way you folded them. Great idea and I'll be checking the directions soon! I really love that tray, and the pears are the perfect compliment. Just a gorgeous table. Kathy

Tammy518 said...

Oh, Chari, I love, love, love your fall French table. I adore your candleholders (remember them from before), and those little birds are so cute. I may have to look for those acorn plates.

Joyce said...

Classy TS and I love the acorn plates. To answer your question I found my cat plates at Home Goods for only $2.99 way back in August when they were first putting them out. I find at HG when you see it you need to grab it and run to the register.
Joyce

kiakai / Kelly said...

Chari, I love the "lady". I'm glad you told us where you got the acorn plates. So cute! I can't believe you got them for a dollar!
I may go looking too.
Kelly

Cynthia said...

Love your table. I enjoy the Dollar store finds, perfect for us who love to change our tables weekly. Thanks for stopping by and visiting my table. Have a great day!

honeysuckle said...

What great ideas you have given me here--the sculptured bust on the table and books too! Looks lovely. Please come visit me as I have a giveaway today!

ann said...

this is lovely.i thought those birds were our chatty birds at first.they do look like them.each time i see mine i am so filled with pride and love for our girls.
and as for Marie,elegant as always.i love the way you folded the napkins.very didfferent.and the acorns.,very special.all is fabulous,as usual.
i am fine.thank you for cking in so often.i am really doing well now even with the treaments.i am breathing so much better.
love ya...anniepoo

Mimi said...

Your autumn table is stunning, so is Antoinette!

Yvonne@StoneGable said...

Chari, thank you for all of your kind words. I am following your blog, too. I left you a message last night- I just love the pears and the french tray.
I'm sure we will be good blog buddies!
Yvonne

claudie said...

Well look at Antoinette! I wonder who she was waiting for since the table is set for two? lol
Very pretty Chari. Audrey is sitting at my table today.
Love the acorn plates. I'm getting up to get me a pear yum yum
Happy TT
Love Claudie
xoxoxo

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

Beautiful! I particularly love Antoinette and the charming table tray!

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

Hi Chari, I came back! You asked about the B&W cloth I have....it's actually just fabric-taffeta to be exact-out of my stash (I typically use it at Christmas time!)

Sandi (Meme) said...

Chari, what a beautiful tablescape. I think I might have a matching piece of the tablecloth fabric! Thanks for stopping by and visiting me for another Nell Hill's tablescape. Have a great weekend.

sherri@lavenderfields said...

What a wonderful table setting! And a wonderful site you have. I just love it! The deep red colour of your walls is so beautiful. They really tie in nicely with the red dishes. I just love the French Flair you have created. And many of the things you mentioned were very reasonably priced items. All coming together to looks like a million bucks!! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such nice comments on my sight. Being new to this whole blogging thing, I really appreciate it! I'm having a great time and it's because of creative people like you. I will be back...Sherri P.S. The lamps on my table were actual lamps. They have cords running under the place mats. I was laughing on another blog saying nobody told me it had to be practical! LOL

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Chari, it is such a pretty tablescape. Antoinette looks perfect, overseeing the festivities. I can't believe those acorn plates were such a bargain. I'm going to be on the lookout for those. The acorn s/p shakers are a great touch.
Your tablecloth is gorgeous, and that napkin fold is so clever. You have put this all together so beautifully. Hope you are staying warm! love ya, laurie

Linda Q said...

Chari,
Really gorgeous and I want that bust!! And a few other things I see, plus your red walls, lol.
That was fun, thanks for sharing.
Linda Q
Just reading the tablescapes this week.

tardevil said...

The entire dining room, not just the table, is gorgeous! Like your Antie too!

rufflebunnies said...

what an exquisite display of autumness!!! Just gorgeous!!!

Debbie Moore at Slice of Pie Entertaining and Cookbooks said...

Thank you for visiting my site ... and I'm so glad I dropped by yours! This is a beautiful tablescape ... and the acorn plates are so cute. Don't we love our bargains??!!

Kathleen said...

I thought I commented on this the other day!
I love your table..those acorn plates are wonderful.
If you see a lot of traffic from the garden web, one of my friends linked your blog there to show everyone those plates!!
Beautiful fall table!

The DIY Show Off said...

Chari - your tablescape is beautiful!!! Perfect for fall. Your entire dining room is gorgeous. I love it! Thank you so much for adding your inspiration to the Fall Festival!

Roeshel

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