11/01/2010

Brookshire Autumn

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Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!
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Wow...can you believe that we are now in the month of November? We have settled nicely into Autumn at our place...enjoying the cooler days. We have even toasted our toes by the fireside on a few occasions. I really do enjoy this time of the year!
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Today, I set a little "autumn table for one" by the fireplace in our living room. I wanted to use a set of dishes that just seem perfect for the autumn season. I hope you enjoy!
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Brookshire Autumn

A warm and cozy table set by the fireside on a brisk autumn day.
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The table...facing the large window in the living room...has a beautiful view of a lovely autumn day.
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A beautiful set of autumn dishes..."Brookshire" by Johnson Bros. China...the star attraction of this autumn table for one.
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A "Brookshire Autumn" Table Centerpiece...

I shopped around my house for a few items that had that "sweet autumn feel"...an ornate metal clock, a few candles, autumn florals, acorns, pheasant feathers, and a few autumn pears. Ahhh...autumn!!!
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* I have had this pretty, ornate metal clock for some time now. It usually sits on the shelf of our entertainment center in the living room. I thought it would be perfect for an autumn centerpiece. I love the bronze finish...so autumn like. I added a few autumn pears to the inside of the clock for a little extra interest and color. A sage green colored tassel hangs from the clock handle...down the side of the clock...love that!

* A few autumn floral picks decorate the base of the clock...and a couple extra autumn pears. Three brass candleholders with chunky tapers have been added into the mix.

* A small cloche on a pedestal plate is filled with miniature acorns and decorated with an array of beautiful pheasant feathers. The pheasant feathers continue the theme of the "Brookshire" china. I love the deep, rich colors of the feathers...sooo perfect for autumn!
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I tied three decorative skeleton keys with a pretty gold satin ribbon and laid them on the table...just a little more "pretty".

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* The Place Setting...
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"Brookshire" manufactured by Johnson Bros. China.
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I just love this pretty set of dishes! Different types of birds and feathers decorate the rims of the plates...pretty pheasants decorate the cups! A dark hunter green band frames the scalloped edges of the cream colored dishware.
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I just have to tell you about the bargain that I received on this beautiful set. Last December Dillards was having their after Christmas (online) sale. They were originally $99 for a place setting for four....they were marked down to just...$12! I couldn't hardly believe my good fortune. I purchased two sets for a total of $24...making a place setting for eight!

*This set has a seven piece place setting:
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11" dinner plate
salad/dessert plate
bread & butter plate
lg. rimmed cereal bowl
berry bowl
teacup
saucer
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I only paid $24 for this entire set!!! I just couldn't believe it...and they were offering free shipping at the time...to boot! Yeeehawwww!

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* I used a toffee colored tablecloth and a cream colored dinner napkin.

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* Pheasants, Canadian geese, chickens, several different spieces of ducks, and feathers...decorate the rims! I just love it!!!

* The pheasant is my favorite!

* And Voila...a Brookshire Autumn!
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I am joining these fabulous parties today...

Table Top Tuesday...hosted by Marty over at A Stroll Thru Life.
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Tablescape Thursday...hosted by Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch.
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Thank you, Marty and Susan...for hosting these fabulous parties for us to enjoy!
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Well my friends...I am soooo happy that you stopped by for a visit today! Please leave a comment and let me know that you were here...I'd love to visit with you!
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Warmest Autumn Wishes!

74 comments:

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The dishes are so beautiful ...perfect for Fall! And I wanted to say...THIS is why I love your blog! I always learn something new! I have that identical clock...I can see it from where I am sitting, but you know? I have never thought of putting something INSIDE of it! Now that I look at it...it looks so empty! Love your ideas! ♥

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh girl I do love this table...Those dishes and all your pretty touches just add to the whole theme...I see you have been having fun with your new table you got for your sweet anniversary ha ha!! Love ya sweet Sis...Hugs and smiles to you Gl♥ria

Beth said...

Your tablecloth is so elegant and the color divine, Chari. I love your dishes and what a deal you got! The gold goblets are pretty and their color is just perfect with this setting. How creative of you to place pears inside your clock! It looks great; most would never have thought of that. You truly have the design flair. Your table for one is very pretty. I so enjoyed my visit, Chari and I thank you for stopping by to see me. Have a wonderful autumn! I'll bet it's beautiful out in Colorado!
Hugs, Beth

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love these dishes, Chari! You got one of the best deals I've ever heard so far in blogland about dishes! Your table looks beautiful and I love all the little touches. When a table looks this lovely who minds eating alone! : )

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, how I love those dishes! That it just the quintessential fall table and so very handsome! It makes me want to linger long with a good book and "dine" with the friends in it. You just thought of all the touches from the dishes to the linens to the stemware to the centerpiece, and it shows, Chari. Good job! :-)

XO,

Sheila

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Chari, this is beautiful. That clock really sets the mood of the whole table...and then those dishes....are so perfect. I love the whole table. So creative you are....so good at setting table designs. You should keep your own idea book...maybe it will get published one day! Your pictures look they come out of magazines.
blessings,
Debbie
I always love coming by for a visit.

Dining Delight said...

This is gorgeous! I am so inspired by your Brookshire Autumn table for one! The colours are perfect for November, a nice change from the orange/black seen over the last few weeks. You've created so many little details that add to the cozy feeling. Love the pheasant feathers, the acorns under glass and the clock filled with pears is a terrific centerpiece! I might have to see what I can come up with that might hopefully compare!

DD

Vanessa said...

Hi Chari! Well, I think that might just be the prettiest little cloche I have ever seen and I absolutely love that you put the feathers around it! It gave me lots of ideas! And, that metal clock is so unique and what a wonderful thing to incorporate.
It is all just gorgeousness as usual! :-)
Vanessa

Brenda Kula said...

That was some deal you got! Wow! The table is heavenly. The keys as an addition are perfect. This is so pretty. I would be honored to get to sit at your table.
Brenda

Pat said...

I've never seen this beautiful Johnson Bros pattern Chari. Your table for one is gorgeous!

Blondie's Journal said...

I love your china...the pattern is so fitting for fall and what a great deal you got on it! I also love the clock and the cute addition of the pears. The keys on the table are a nice addition, too. You have such a great eye for detail, Chari!! I get a lot of inspiration from your table settings!

Happy November!

XO,
Jane

Olive Cooper said...

Chari, the china is lovely and the price was splendid! ♥O

podso said...

Nice photos--you arrange things so beautifully. Like that little cloche filled with acorns! Delightful! Happy November!

Debbie said...

Once again, my socks are knocked off! I love this in so many ways. That clock filled with pears is my favorite part. Or it was... until I settled on that pheasant feather pedestal. It's all just beautiful, and what a deal you got on the dishes.

Marilyn said...

The tablecloth that is the foundation of the whole lovely table is such a rich color. You should be working for a fancy magazine with all your talent!!

Conferences are over for fall, had a 3 day weekend and was able to work in and outside. Lots still to do, but we will have five days off later this month. Love my job, it just makes it difficult to get every thing done--my problem is that I such a good procrastinator!! ♥♫

Sandy said...

Hi Chari, You really got a deal on those beautiful dishes. As usual your table is just perfect, so many unique details. Thanks for sharing.
Sandy

Miss Char said...

Love, love, love your table. The dishes are beautiful and I think that's the most beautiful take on a cloche I've ever seen.

Step inside my home said...

Love your place setting with the Johnson Bros. china. And what a great find. The clock is stunning. So unique with the ability to fill it with various seasonal items.
Your have wonderful decorating ideas. The ribbon with the keys is so darling! ~ Susie

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I really like your Brookshire Autumn setting, just beautiful! The photography with all the deep earth tones is fabulous! You are not only a great decorator, but great photographer as well!

Love that clock! All the special touches such as the ribbon on the keys is like icing on the cake! Love it all!!

Katherine

Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) said...

So very amazing. Love all the touches, the keys, the tassel. And that clock is gorgeous. Wonderful, wonderful photos!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Goodness Chari,
That is just a fabulous table!
I remember the deal you got on those pretty dishes and I was in awe!
They really are wonderful and of course you have set the most fabulous table too!
Great colors, love the pears, the keys, the cloche, the everything!
I am on baby duty tonight! I can see why people should have their kids in their 20's and 30's cause I am pooped!
I want to see your magazine spread. How can I get a copy?
Big Hugs,
From the wide awake Granny!
hehe.
Cindy

Custom Comforts said...

Chari,
Stunning table setting!!! Your dishes are gorgeous and what a fantastic deal. Makes them all the more special and affordable. Everything is lovely. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.
Cindy

Sharing Shadymont said...

Chari,

I can't believe what a great price you got in the dishes. Your tablescape is absolutely gorgeous!! I always look forward to your posts. You have such a knack for color and display!!

Thanks for your visit to Shadymont! I enjoyed it so much. Thanks for your kind comments.

You're the greatest!!

Blessings,
Kathy

Splurgie said...

I've done very well by Dillards. It's always worth checking their website now and then. I love the pheasants too ... so autumn. Your extra touches such as the pears and acorns make it special.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh wow, this is just stunning. I love your gorgeous china, and using all the pheasant feathers with it isjust so beautiful. Love the tiny cloche, you knew I would. What a fabulous piece with the acorns and the feathers. The clock is wonderful too. You do always set the most exquisite tables. Love it all. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Honey said...

What a lovely table setting! Love the dishes and your attention to detail. Great photography makes it magazine perfect!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Your pictures are wonderful...and oh, I love that clock. I love clocks and how cute that you have the pears in it!! LOVE

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I LOVE your dinnerware, but then I have a thing for game birds. I also like what you did with the clock. How clever of you to put pears in the container. You have me looking at things from a different petrspective now.

On Crooked Creek said...

Chari,
This table top had all of the elements I adore. . .candlelight, pears, feathers, a glass cloche. . .my how you make my heart swoon! Lovely, elegant post. Many thanks!
Fondly,
Pat

bj said...

I do love your autumn table...just beautifully done.
Love that adorable clock and that you can add things to the inside. Love it.

titi said...

de superbes photos

bonne journée

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

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Gail said...

Oh My Goodness this table setting is absolutely beautiful. I love what you did with the clock. In fact I love everything about this post. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

Enjoy your evening.
Gail

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Chari, I am so in love with your dishes. These are perfect for Fall and what a deal you got on them. Your table is beautiful and I adore the cloche sitting on a bed of feathers. You always create the prettiest tables and vignettes. Take care friend.
Hugs, Sherry

paperbutterfly said...

Thank you for your kind comments. So happy you had time to drop in.
Your Brookshire Autumn, is so warm and inviting. Great find!!! The centre piece is so creative. I love feathers and your placement of them around the cloche is brilliant. You always surprise me with the unexpected.
Blessings, Pam

Sandra said...

What a gorgeous tablescape and place setting. I love the birds and what you did with the feathers... the little cloche is adorable. What a wonderful place to dine on a cozy autumn evening.

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Oh so beautiful. You really have an eye for beauty. Thank you so much for sharing. And thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. I so appreciate it. Hope you will come back again. I will be back to see your.

Nancy said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love everything you've put together...what a fantastic deal on the dishes.

Hugs, Nancy

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Hi Chari!
Sigh, oooohh...awwwe...So beautiful! I was drawn to the beautiful shades of fall you pulled together for your "autumn table"! Your Johnson Bros. "Brookshire" dishes are lovely! I loved your metal clock and how you have filled it with fall fruits. I have something similar shaped as a birdcage. Your cloche with those feathers and acorns are a lovely touch. Also loved the skeleton keys! Thank you for dropping in! Have a great week! Hugs!

Purnima@a creative project said...

So beautiful!! Love the clock!! Absolutely gorgeous!!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

My gosh, but your home is beautiful. So..sophisticated..and together! How I admire someone who can do that!

Sonia said...

Hi Chari,

Wow did you get the bargain! I love anything from Johnson Brothers and this set is so wonderful for Thanksgiving! You accessorized your table so well with the colors and autumn fruits. Your clock is so pretty..I've not seen one like it or I would have so bought it! Your Thanksgiving table is going to be a show stopper! Thanks for your sweet visit! Hope you are enjoying fall, it's getting chilly here..brrr...

Miss Bloomers

Sandra said...

Hi Chari! How are you? Oh my goodness, you did a wonderful job! Ms Chari, I love it all! It is perfect!
Blessings,
Sandra

Tete said...

Love the colors! So many are doing just white! These colors would go in my living room! Best thing for me is that clock. Thanks for visiting and the sweet comment!
Hugs- Tete

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Just stunning Chari!

The warmth flows from this pretty setting. And you know I have loved those dishes since you first got them! The clock is gorgeous. Very inviting table you have set for us today!

Hugs,
Diann :)

Sarah said...

Rainy and cold here today, so I'd be delighted to be dining at this cozy table by the fire. Lovely as always, Chari. The dishes are beautiful. ~ sarah

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Chari, is there anything that Johnson Brothers doesn't do well? Lovin' the plates! Your pheasant feather cloche is just the icing on the cake-love it all-enjoy:@)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Chari, this is gorgeous! That china is beautiful, and I am so glad I didn't see that deal, because I would have bought these also, and I REALLY don't need any more dishes. All of these Fall colors are so pretty. That tablecloth is just gorgeous, and your accessories pull it all togehter. Who, but Chari, would have ever thought to decorate the inside of a clock? Fabulous! laurie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Chari, even though I've seen this, I just had to come back by and ogle it some more and also wish you a very Happy Tablescape Thursday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

food for thought said...

what a pearfic post... gorgeous!

Lindy said...

Oh, wow. Your table setting is beautiful! You have wonderful taste. The dishes are out of this world and you paid what for them? You certainly know how to shop....
Lindy

Jacqueline said...

What a beautiful bargain and you have put it together so fantastically. I love the clock and how you filled it with fruit and added a tassle. The tiny pheasant feathers are wonderful and they just tie everything together. What a lovely design for Autumn.

Mimi said...

Stunning table...that china is beautiful! 7-piece place settings, at a price that rivals the thrift stores...WOW! Your table is so cozy and welcoming. Thanks for sharing one of the prettiest tables of the season, Chari.

Aledia said...

What a BEAUTIFUL table setting! I really like the keys you added and everything looks so warm and inviting! Thank You for visiting my blog and for leaving such a nice comment. Oh- I LOVE LOVE LOVE your Tea Rose Bedroom :) I believe I could sleep there quite peacefully. Have a blessed day!

xinex said...

This is just beautiful, Chari. You just have a knack of putting things together and creating gorgeous vignettes. Funny you should ask what dishes I am using for my thanksgiving table, lol. I am using my Brookshire. I finally opened the boxes and boy, are they heavy! I also have a set of hunting flatware so I thought they would go together well. I'll email you about my mom....Christine

Sami said...

I am swooning over the skeleton keys atop your gorgeous china.

Sami G.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh this is gorgeous! I love those dishes --- what a great bargain you got! You've set a perfectly beautiful table and I love all your thoughtful elements -- you've brought together a wonderful setting for an elegant autumn dinner.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Love the pheasants and the whole outdoor, woodland theme. The keys were unexpected and whimsical, and I would never have thought to do that, but I will be looking for old keys now. Just a beautiful table!

Marlis said...

What a great price on those dishes. I will be checking dillards on line from now on. This is really a beautiful setting. So serene. So Fall. Great job.

Kathy said...

I was loving the pearfilled clock then I saw those keys! Terrific accessory! Love the cozy, elegant setting,
Kathy

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Wow, Chari, you got an AMAZING deal on those gorgeous dishes! And your table is magazine worthy -- the centerpiece is just stunning. I love the dishes against the toffee-colored cloth -- so rich looking. Thank you so much for your kind comments on my table this week.

Diane said...

OMGosh, that tablescape is gorgeous!

Thanks for visiting me over at Pittypat Paperie and leaving the sweet comment Ÿ

Sweetladyelaine said...

Perfect table for fall! Your dishes are beautiful....Love your ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Entertaining Women said...

Okay, I'm going to go dig in my drawer full of old skeleton keys...great idea! The Brookshire by Johnson Brothers is stunning...and what a great get! Thank you for sharing your lovely Autumn design. Cherry Kay

Tess said...

Your dishes are so pretty and perfect for this time of year. I love the colors...and I'm with you on being near the cozy fire!

Lovely!

Alycia Nichols said...

Seriously??!?!?! Seriously??!?!? Just $12??? Seriously??!?!?!! Color me astounded and happy for you!!! That must be the bargain of the year!!! I really like the pears in the clock and the really pretty cloche on the pedestal! Very nice!!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Beautiful! I'm going to come snatch that clock!! Hee-hee!

Katherine

Barbara said...

So lovely! All your touches just bring the wonderful, calm feeling of November. I could spend many hours sitting in this spot.

A Perfect Setting said...

Wow, great buy on those dishes, I can't believe it! I will be checking out their website every day after Christmas! You have such a flair, everything looks so great together, love the clock, a beautiful setting!

The Tablescaper said...

Oh so beautiful. Great dishes and just a wonderful autumnal table.

- The Tablescaper

suzyq said...

Chari, what a truly gorgeous table. I particularly love the clock and what a fabulous idea to put the pears inside.
Just stunning,
Suzyq

Sailing Simply said...

I can't remember if I commented on this yet or not but strolling through Martis party again today and really wanted to tell you I love your setting. It is so wonderfully fallish. I love the way you used those pears. Gorgeous china too! Beautiful tablescape!

Pamela Joan said...

I just found your blog surfing the web. Your tablescape is subtle, classy and beautiful. I look forward to following you!

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