Oh the dining room…the room we rarely ever use. I have never properly set this table. I don’t own fancy china and even if I did I probably would still pull out our finest paper plates if the Pope came to visit. But just for you I attempted to set this table and get this room ready for fall.
We purchased our dining room furniture 10 years ago from World Market. It has held up great and survived a move unharmed. If you do not know me the one thing you should know is that World Market has a special place in my heart…and my credit card
I’m going to go out on a limb and say my fall decorating in this room is on the nontraditional side. There are no traditional fall colors…I have peacock blue pillows, coral fabric squares that are filling in as napkins, a blanket as a tablecloth and an unhemmed piece of fabric as a table runner. And I went easy on the pumpkin/fall decor. I plan on keeping this setting around to get through Christmas (maybe). All I need to do is substitute the few fall like items for winter items and I’m set for Christmas.
And this is quite possibly (ok it is) the most colorful room in our house and the only room that does not have one single drop of buffalo check in it!! I know, shocking. But there is plaid…so close.
Also, as I type this I realize I never put silverware down when I faux set my table. I made sure to not forget the wine glasses but there is no silverware. Hamburgers and wine it is for this fancy dinner!
This idea of setting a table all began with a throw blanket I purchased from Pottery Barn when they were having a great sale. I cannot pass up a good deal and this blanket was so stinking cute. I had intended on putting this throw in my family room to use as an actual blanket-imagine that. I was originally thinking about getting some plaid fabric from the fabric store to use a tablecloth but once this blanket arrived I knew she was destined for greatness in my dining room.
Those colors in the blanket are so pretty, prettier than they looked online. My actual throw is no longer available at Pottery Barn but they have others to choose from.
I added a piece of fabric as a runner to break up some of the color and to add texture. I had originally bought this fabric to make pillows but it was easier to just fold it in half and throw it on the table as a runner. Easy peasy..
My next mission was to find cute pillows. No, you do not need pillows in a dining room but I like to sprinkle pillows around the house. You can call me the pillow fairy. These blue velvet pillows were calling my name at TJ Maxx. They add color and texture and amazingness like all pillows do.
Once I got the basics down I knew I had to attempt to set this table. My Pottery Barn dishes are 14 years old and minus a few chips they have held up great. You can NEVER go wrong with basic white plates.
I also knew I needed grown up napkins and holy moly that wasn’t easy. I couldn’t find a dang thing. World Market had a nice selection but nothing was catching my attention. I thought for a hot second that I could attempt to make my own napkins with fabric but who really wants to do that?? That was crazy thinking on my part. When I was walking very quickly out of Jo-Ann Fabric I ran into the fabric square section (or whatever that section is called). I assume the squares are used for quilting?? I really have no idea BUT they make great grown up napkins! And the exact color I was looking for was starring at me right in the face. Coral screams fall does it not?? I know it doesn’t but I wanted to pull out that color from my PB throw. Done!
My original centerpiece I had in here wasn’t doing much for me. I love it-but just not in this space so he got moved. I wanted something simple and easy in here since my tablecloth was pretty busy. The cutest vase from Hobby Lobby and a cute bowl from TJ Maxx sealed the deal for this table.
This is where one might add silverware to the table but I think silverware is overrated anyways. Just make sure to not forget the wine glasses.
Let’s not forget about the console table I gave a little face lift to.
How cute is this little velvet pumpkin I found? He matches my pillows. There was only this one left or I would have bought every single one of them. And he is so happy on my Target plates.
These candles on my hutch were my moms from back in the day. I love them and I am so glad I stole them from her. I steal alot from her but it’s out of love. These candles get moved around quite a bit and they are perfect for adding a little bit of texture.
This hutch was a bit of a challenge to decorate. Too much and it would look cluttered and not enough and it’d look empty.
Notice that chandelier in the mirror. I really want to paint her…really bad. Stay tuned on that one. If you are wondering, my paint color is called Silver Drop by Behr and I loooove it.
Let’s take one more look before I put these dishes away and pull out the paper plates again!
Anyone want to bet that this dining room won’t last until after Christmas??