Autumn with Antoinette...A Revisit!

Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!
As promised...I have another autumn (revisit) post for you today!
I am happy to report that my 2010 autumn decorating is going as planned...and I'm having the time of my life!!! Ohhh my...you should see my place...I have autumn leaves, garlands, pumpkins, etc....strung out all over the place! I'm knee deep in autumn pretties!!! Hehe! Hopefully I will be finished by this weekend (yes...I am slow!) and I can begin sharing my new autumn decor with you next week! Soooo...stay tuned, my friends!
In the meantime, I thought I would share one of the autumn tablescapes that I did from last year called...."Autumn with Antoinette" from October 21, 2009! I will be joining in with a couple of parties today...you will find the credits at the end of this post! I hope you enjoy!!!
An Autumn Tablescape With Antoinette

"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! *

We will be having brunch in my French Country dining room. Nothing fancy...just a small brunch for two!

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? *
Ahhh...Automne à Paris!

The Centerpiece...
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.

An old French table tray full of Autumn pears!
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.
Ohhh...and just look at these beautiful Autumn pears! I love the color of the pears against the charcoal gray tray!


...and here is one of the sweet Autumn songbirds now!
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.

The Place Setting
I am layering the place setting...just like we layer for Autumn warmth!
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!
I love acorns and nothing says Autumn better than an acorn...don't you agree? Hehe!



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!

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!

Sel et Poivre
(Salt and Pepper)
Matching acorn salt & pepper shakers! Great buy for just $1 at Dollar General!

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!
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!
For more info. on how to do this type of napkin fold...you can go HERE.

An "artsy" photo.

Throwing in an extra photo.
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!!!
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!
"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!)
Antoinette had no argument from me on that point!!! Hehe!
Well my friends...I hope that you enjoyed "Autumn with Antoinette"!
I am joining these fabulous parties today...

The Fall Nesting party...hosted by Melissa over at The Inspired Room.

Centerpiece Wednesdays...hosted by Karin over at Style Sisters.
Thank you so much Melissa and Karin for hosting these fun filled parties for us! Please go by and see what they have prepared for us today and while you are there...you can check out all of the other party participants!

I'm so glad that you stopped by for a visit today, my friends! Thank you!!!
Have a fabulous day!!!


Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a pretty table setting. I really like the bust sitting on the old books. I have not done any decorating for Fall - guess I need to get busy.

Gypsy Heart said...

Absolutely beautiful ~ as usual! Of course, I love everything fall and you certainly covered the hues of the season. Wish I were there to join you!

Hope you have a great week my friend.


Crafty Housewife said...

I love your acorns! My grandmother has a wooden squirrel salt cellar that would look right at home with the acorns =)

shannon i olson said...

ok love the napkin fold. love the pears and the dishes....cute acorns! nice post

All That Glitters said...


Sharing with Sherri said...

Chari your dining area is fit for a queen! I see a twinkle in Queen Antoinette's eye that tell's me she certainly approve's as well!!
Love the mix of deep reds and orange colors together, I could sit and linger over tea with you and the queen there for hours!! Lovely!

Have a wonderful week, and enjoy your Fall decorating!

Hugs, Sherri:)

Elaine said...

All i can say is stunning..love it

Marie De Marco said...

everything is looking so lovely. took your photobucket "art" and had a little fun with one of my pics. thanks. i forgot i had a basic account with photobucket.

podso said...

Just love all those autumn colors!

Recaptured Charm said...

Beautiful colors! Gorgeous setting. I'm such a fall person, I just love to see how everyone decorates for autumn. Love your decor.

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

HI Chari, just beautiful! oh how I love those layered dishes on your tablescape~ which my dear is lovely. I like how you mixed all the fall colors into a yummy table setting. Your dining room once again is gorgeous. I thought your Christmas dining room look was wonderful but this is just as lovely!

Arabella said...

I'm a new follower from the Fall Nesting Party at The Inspired Room!

Your blog is stunningly beautiful and I'm so glad I found it.

Happy Fall & nice to meet you!

Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea

Unknown said...

Loved it Chari, still need those birds and the bust of course, but I think the birds are more in my budget! Te-he

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I remember how in awe I was of this table Chari!
Those little acorn dishes are just the cutest and the salt and pepper, oh my, it's all so lovely!
I would say this is the most perfect of fall tables!
I am feeling a bit better tonight.
Thanks for the e-mail, your the best!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

What a perfectly inspiring room for fall!!
Thanks for coming to the party!!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

She is really a striking bust - and you make her even more beautiful!

The Charm of Home said...

This is fabulous! I love that bust as a centerpiece and theme. Wonderful idea and even prettier table. Very nice and inspirational!

Amy Kinser said...

Your table is set so pretty. It looks wonderfully inviting.

partying with you...

Vee said...

How beautifully elegant and charming!

~Kristen~ said...

Hi! I am visiting from the Fall Nesting Party! Your home is just lovely!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Chari, you've been a busy little bee. Everything looks gorgeous.. I especially love the old books with Antoinette taking center stage. I would love to be a guest at your beautiful table.. but alas, it's only set for 2 and I wouldn't want to take Russell's place..lol
Your photos are gorgeous.... I would love to change my banner, not sure what program to use, have any suggestions?
I hope this finds you all doing well your way. We're enjoying fall like weather with a promise of a "huge" storm coming our way, perfect for working in the shop and getting tons done...
thinking of you.. hugs and hugs ~lynne~

Brenda said...

Hello Chari!

We must be friends! We share a lot of the same joys in life! Thank you for visiting! Come by and visit anytime! I love your ideas and your Dining Room is beautiful! Love the table setting. I have a weakness for beautiful china!
I'm following your awesome blog! Let's keep in touch!
Love Brenda
Deck The Halls of HOME with JOY!

Rachel said...

I love the tray with the pears! The stack of dishes is fabulous and the acorn dish at the top of the stack is my favorite!
Great scape, great colors!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

So beautiful! I love the red dishes with the sage! The handle on the mug is so neat! Pretty napkins, perfect with everything else! Everything is just gorgeous!


OwningSingle said...

Really beautiful. The song birds are so sweet.

Sue said...



Valencia Jones-Edwards said...

Simply breath taking!!!

Cindy said...

Love your table setting. It's beautiful. Actually everything was, but I'm in love with the table. :)

Thanks for sharing.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Beautiful Fall tablescape. I love the color of your room. Everything is so special. I'm a newbie so I am reallY enjoying all of this.

Debbie said...

Love it all... but even beyond the table setting I LOVE the lamps in the background. Do you know where you got them??? They are beautiful. (I think - somewhere in my new stash of things is a bird just like the one you have!!)