10/12/2011

~~Autumn Enchantment~~


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Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!
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Ahhhh...Autumn!
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The leaves have turned color. The air has turned brisk...and once again I find myself
 bedazzled by the beauty, the charm, and the magic of the season!
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~~Autumn Enchantment~~
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 Will you join me?
 Let's just sit awhile and savor the sweetness of the season!
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There is nothing like a warm fire on a cool autumn's eve.
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I decided to set a table for two in front of the living room fireplace! The mantel,
 dressed in its best fall finery, makes a beautiful backdrop for my autumn table.
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 Dinner by the fireside...
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....and a table with a view!
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 Ahhhh...Autumn Enchantment!
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The autumn table is layered in rich, flowing fabrics.
A long, cream colored, tone-on-tone damask cloth drapes down the sides of the table...spilling over onto the floor.
 An antique-gold colored cloth is layered on top...bringing to the table...the deep, rich colors of autumn.
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A table in rich hues of gold, burnt orange, and red.
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I love the colors of the season! Sooo warm, sooo rich, sooo inviting...Autumn Enchantment!
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I love how the rich, autumnal colors of the table look against the
living room's olive green walls...so beautiful!
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Autumn birds....so charming...so enchanting.
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I decided to carry the bird theme of the dinnerware into the table's centerpiece.
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A wire cloche with the sweetest little bird finial is the centerpiece's main attraction.
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I love the old, distressed gray finish of the cloche. A gold candle and autumn berries decorate the cloche...all sitting atop a silver pedestal dish. I used a candle ring at the base of the cloche...filled with autumn leaves, berries, and acorns. The colors coordinate perfectly with the dinnerware.
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This vintage bird figurine belonged to my husband's grandparents. When I was looking around for items to use in the centerpiece, I spotted this pretty bird that I had on a shelf in my living room. He looks very similar to the birds on the dinnerware! So awesome! He is sitting on a small, silver footed tray...along with a few old skeleton keys tied with a pretty ribbon. Three burnt orange votive candles also grace the table.  The soft glow of their candlelight will create the perfect, romantic ambiance that I'm looking for.
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The Place Setting...
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*The dinner and salad plates are manufactured by Royal Stafford and are called, "Decoupage".
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I found this beautiful set of dishes at TJ Maxx last year...it was love at first sight! I fell in love with the rich colors and the sweet birds. They really do set an enchanting autumn table...don't you think? The brown charger plate has pretty oak leaves dancing around the rim...found at Walmart. I decided to use amber colored goblets with this place setting...sooo pretty!
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The salad/dessert plate.
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The dinner plate.
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 An autumn candlelight dinner for two! Is there anything more enchanting than that?
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~~Autumn Enchantment~~
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Well my friends...I hope that you experienced just a little bit of the enchantment of autumn today!
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~~Autumn Enchantment~~ originally posted October 13, 2010.
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I am joining these fabulous parties...
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Home Sweet Home Party...hosted by Sherry over at The Charm of Home.
Feathered Nest Friday...hosted by Courtney over at French Country Cottage.
Open House Party...hosted by Sherry over at No Minimalist Here.
Potpourri Friday...hosted by Honey over at "2805".
Thank you, dear ladies...for hosting these sweet parties for us!
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Well my friends...I'm sooo happy that you came by today! I always enjoy your sweet visits! Please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I'd love to visit with you!
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Warmest Autumn Wishes!

46 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

All the colors on and around your table work so well together, Chari! It is very much an autumn feel!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Chari, No one does "Fall" as well as you do! The mantle and your tablescape are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this again and for joining the Open House Party.
Hugs,
Sherry

Olive Cooper said...

Chari, the gold and the oranges look so good together here. No one does the tablescaping better. hugs♥O

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Chari,
This is one of the sweetest most beautiful tables ever!
So romantic and so pretty it glows!
And the mantel and nightime photos that glow so softly!
I adore this...it's one of your finest!
Hugs
Cindy
p.s. it turned rainy here and I feel all achey. Does the weather affect you too that way?
My daughter is still working a lot and I am just tuckered out too!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Chari,
Sweet lady, your table is so enticing with its rich tapestry of colour. Your mantel is something else! I love how you brought it all together; especially love the pheasants! A very enchanting and Autumnal feel. Thanks for sharing it with us. Would love to join you for dinner!

Blessings and hugs,
Sandi

Pat said...

Well, Chari, you sure can take charge and put it together. This is so special. Your mix of linens and dishes are so cozy and rich. The colors are really eye-catching.

White Whimsy said...

Your table setting is absolutely gorgeous!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Chari,
thats just so amazingly beautifulI dont even have words..

You always make the most divine settings and no magazine can compete with you.. a joy to behold, as always.

xoxoxo
Sonny

lvroftiques said...

Oh Chari this is all sooooo gorgeous!!! I think this is one of your prettiest posts ever! I'm oohing and ahhhhing over everything! The mantel is fabulous!!! The table....love!The french chairs too! Label me "enchanted" my friend! Vanna

Cindy said...

Oh, my dear Chari, I love the colors of the season, too! They are so rich and warm. I love all of your birds, especially the ones on the plates, so beautiful, girl!!!
Hugs, Cindy

Daphne said...

An enchanting table, indeed! I love seeing the tablescape by the mantle. You captured the colors of the season so well.

A Perfect Setting said...

Chari, your mantel is so beautiful, I love it! It is definitely a beautiful backdrop to your gorgeous table. The china is perfect, I can see why you fell in love with it! You have such an eye for putting things together!!!

Designs By Pinky said...

Oh Chari, I AM inchanted!!!! This is beyond beautiful. The plates are out of this world!!!! I wish I had seen them too! I love your cloche and you filled it beautifully. LOVE the GLOW of the table by candlelight, there is nothing better! XO, Pinky

Alycia Nichols said...

My eye immediately went to those linens on the table!!! I am a sucker for beautiful linens! The dishes are the absolute embodiment of autumn...they just could not be more perfect! I never saw those at TJ Maxx last year. It's amazing how some things never seem to come to the Midwest market. Last year this time I was hitting TJ Maxx and Marshalls at least a couple of times a week, but I never saw those. My husband is in Houston now, and he went into the Home Goods/Marshalls there last night and took pictures of all the dishes for me. (He's a good guy!) There were SO many things we don't have in the stores here!!! Your whole vignette is beautiful, and that mantle is spectacular!!! Have a happy evening!

ButterYum said...

Love, love, love everything you do! The bird plates are scrumptious, and I really like all your decorative details. You are so very talented, Chari.

:)
ButterYum

Caroline said...

This is my first time posting but I have had you in my favorites for years now. You have done it again! Your choice of linens is exquisite and elevates an already warm and beautiful table setting. Love, love, love those beautiful dishes. What an absolutely romantic and intimate space. Thank you for sharing your gift.

Zuni said...

Oh...this is so pretty, Chari! I can't believe you had a bird that would so closely match the ones on the plates! Awesome. Here's one reason you are so good at this: adding the skeleton keys with the ribbon! Great touch!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Caroline...

Just in case you stop back by...I wanted to leave you a note to say thank you! Thank you so much for the sweet note that you left on this autumn tablescape and thank you for following my blog!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Debbie said...

Enchantment is the perfect word, Chari. I love this one. The lush setting is perfect for the bird themed table. Those plates in the setting are something I would love to have.

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Chari, I love your romantic setting for two in front of your gorgeous fireplace. I like the way you used several colors and shades of the same color to create a beautiful scene. Love the amber goblets and the plates are to die for. We must share a love for bird themed dishes because I have to keep myself from buying each one I see. That table in front of your window is very pretty. The table top has a nice shape and I like the detail on the legs. You brought everything together in true Chari style! Lovely! --Shannon

Michele Smith said...

Hi Chari,
Your table is so beautiful. The colors are fabulous, they all work so well together.
Have a wonderful day!
Michele

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my heavens, Chari, your home is just exquisite, your decor truly awesome. Your colors, they are just brilliant, I could go on and on and on! So happy I stopped in to see your gorgeous Autumn Enchantment!

Nancy

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Gorgeous mantel and table setting, Chari. So amazing you had a sweet birdie from your hubby's grandmother that looks like the china! Meant to be! :) Always love your gorgeous tablescapes!

Marigene said...

Beautiful, all those rich colors, so warm and beckoning.

Robin said...

How rich and full your decorations are. Funny thing, I have salad plates from TJ Maxx with that pattern but no birds on them! I got cheated. I love your dishes and the wine glasses too.

Robin
Robin Flies South

xinex said...

Your table is really beautiful, Chari. I love all the warm colors. The table is really pretty in front of the mantel. Stop by and sign up for my giveaway if you have a chance....Christine

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This is just rich and fabulous! What a stunning mantle! Fall is elegantly beautiful at your home.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Look at those luscious yummy fall colors! Chari, your room should be in magazines right now.
That mantle and those cranberry colored chairs just set the mood.
Wow!
xx
A

Honey at 2805 said...

Oh, I wish I could sit and enjoy a glass of wine with you and enjoy your gorgeous surroundings! You tablescape is beatiful, but I am totally bedazzled by your mante. It's so full and lush. The name of your post "Autumn Enchantment" is so perfect!

Thank you for participating at Potpouri Friday Party. I appreciate you so much!

d e l i g h t said...

Hello Chari, looking at this post is like looking at the pages of a beautiful home magazine! The colors are soothing and your decorating is marvelous! Everything is perfect! What a lovely season this is and you have made it memorable.

Jo's This and That said...

Beautiful fall table! Love your bird plates!Thanks for sharing and visting,JoAnn

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Chari!! Listen..and tell me the truth! HOW ON EARTH DO YOU DO THAT!
If I live to be a hundred (and I'm getting there) do you manage to create such..such..well, it's lovely, simply stunning. All of it. The mantel..everything.

At least I do put placemats and cloth napkins on our TV trays in front of the baseball games every evening. The mantel has a couple of SCARECROW people on it..and I called it a day!
Elegance has always eluded me and always will, I think.
I love having talented women in my life like you so I can at least experience it. Thank you.
You are always a delight. Always!
Sending you a huge hug!
Mona

You are proof positive that some people just have an eye for ..design..and we FEEL your joy in what you do!

Kathy said...

Chari, This is so elegant and lovely - the rich colors and textiles just bring it beautifully together! Love your fireplace the mantle is done beautifully! So wonderful! I am quite charmed!
Kathy

Creations By Cindy said...

You are amazing!!!!! Everything is beautiful! Girl, how do you ever have the time? Love, love, love!

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Such a pretty table Chari. You really pay attention to details. Pretty cloche. I love your fireplace it really is a focal point and so nice to set a table around it. Looks romantic.

Kim said...

What at absolutely gorgeous table. It is perfect. If only we could all be so talented. Thank you for sharing.

Kim@Letters from the Shore
http:kim-lettersfromtheshore.blogspot.com/

A Hint of Home said...

Beautiful table in a gorgeous setting! What a great way to have dinner for two.

The DIY Show Off said...

Chari - I'll be right over! It's so welcoming, warm and cozy! You do such a beautiful job! Thanks so much for joining the Fall Festival. I love seeing your amazing style and talent! ;)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I'm totally enchanted!!! Everything is so perfect! The mantel is absolutely gorgeous, so professionally done! You are great at staging and designing!! Love it all!

Katherine

Marianne said...

Hi Cheri, you do have one beautiful home. Your table and mantel are just gorgeous. The colors all work so well together. I'm just loving all of your bird dishes. This really belongs in a magazine!
Marianne :)

Andrea (Softer Side of Me) said...

WoW! Your table is beautiful. The colors are so warm and autumn. It compliments that gorgeous mantel arrangement. You do have a lovely home! Enjoy your fall decorating!
Andrea

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Sis this is truly just beautiful and I so remember having my morning coffee at this table ha ha!! Oh wait we had a day coffee fun times for sure...I love ya Sis..hope you and honey have a GREAT weekend..much love and hugs to you..Gloria

The enchanted home said...

Chari...is this Ralph Laurens home or yours? WOW its truly beautiful..your mantle is AMAZING!!!!!!!! Love it all, the colors so rich...too pretty to take down, just add a few "Christmas-y" things as we near towards Christmas-lol. Thanks for stopping by so nice to "meet" you and so happy to now have discovered your wonderful blog and talents!!

Entertaining Women said...

Autumn enchantment indeed...everything looks gorgeous! The mantel is over the top beautiful, and I love the bird plates. Thank you for inviting us to your lovely table. Cherry Kay

Sherry said...

It is all really gorgeous! I just love your mantel and that table. It looks like it is forma a magazine Chari! So sorry I am late getting by because I had computer troubles 1/2 the week. Thank you for joining me for the HSH Fall Open House!
Sherry

Lisa said...

I love the season that is Autumn. The color of the leafs is so beautiful.