Fall Buffet Decorating

Last year I posted pictures of how I decorated my buffet for fall.  I called it a mantel and really, it isn’t.  It’s a buffet that is in the entrance of my home that I decorate as one would a mantel, except I live in Miami and fireplaces are not popular, because we have enough heat as it is.  I do love having this big piece of furniture that I have had for 13 years, because it gives me beaucoup storage and an opportunity to set the stage for the current season.

Fall Buffet Decorating

This will be a short post because there is not much that goes into putting this together.  A few days ago, I shared how I decorated my table for Thanksgiving this year.  Since this room borders the dining room, I like to sprinkle a little fall throughout, tying together both rooms.

There were two new items that I was excited to use this year.  One was this sweet little “Harvest Blessings” sign that I picked up at Ross for 6.99 (crazy, right?!) and the white pumpkins that spell out FAMILY.  With very little money, you can pick up something similar at Ross or Homegoods and add a little autumn feel to your home.

Fall Buffet Decorating

I purchased the leaf garland that you see intertwined on the buffet through Amazon.  I actually purchased it with the intention of using it on my Thanksgiving food buffet but I figured it can adorn this table for now.  Also, chances are I will tuck it away and when the Thanksgiving frenzy begins, I won’t even remember where I put it.  It looks really nice at night, when the lights are on.

(I added the affiliate link above for the garland but it is not currently available, maybe it will come back in stock or you can find something similar on Amazon or elsewhere.) 

Fall Buffet Decorating

The wreath on the mirror was already there from the last season – lazy decorating, I know.  Hey, maybe I can glue some red berries on it and leave it there for Christmas!?  Now that’s an idea!

Fall Buffet Decorating

In a few days I will show you what I did with the family room and living room (opposite to this furniture piece) and I think you will like it.  Think vibrant pops of orange!  See you in a few days!  Harvest Blessings, friends!

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Elegant Fall Tablescape

Hello friends!  Missed me?  I’ve missed you, but it’s been so hectic around here that I had to take a small blogging break or start posting for the sake of posting, which is never what I wanted to do.  So I took a break and it was great and it was needed.  Sometimes we just need a little break from things so that we can later re-connect with renewed energy and ideas.  Blogging can be so much fun and so much work but it’s incredibly rewarding and that’s why bloggers pull up to their keyboards time and time again.  Thank you to my  Graceful Order friends for sticking with me for the last 3 years, for all the likes and all the shares and all the sweet comments – thank you!

I actually only meant to be away for the summer as my boys were home but then August came around and then September and as I was bringing down the autumn stuff from my garage, I thought “I need to share this with my friends!”  Then I started photographing and it was so much fun again!  Throughout this week I will be sharing posts about Autumn.  Expect lots of orange and brown and pumpkins and pie!

I will start with one of my favorite things to do which is decorating the table!

Elegant Fall Tablescape

I am hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year and I intend to leave the table set like this for the remainder of the month.  No fear, I will wash the dishes so that no one is eating dusty turkey!   I am using these gorgeous dishes that I picked up last year at Williams-Sonoma in their after Thanksgiving sale.  I ordered some online and when they ran out, I drove to the store to pick up the rest.  I did pick up a few extras just in case one breaks, the set doesn’t fall apart.  By the way, should that happen, you can always set the two end place settings in a solid coordinating color.

Elegant Fall Tablescape

I love having a large table.  Well, usually I love it.  One challenge that I have is finding a tablecloth that will fit.  I have priced out getting one custom-made and they are so expensive!  A quick search on Amazon led me to this tablecloth, which has the right length and width for my table – 70 x 144.  In the past, even when I can find a tablecloth that is 144 in long. it was usually 60 in wide, which leaves the side of my table short on fabric.  This one was perfect.

Elegant Fall Tablescape

The centerpiece is a swag that is meant to hang on a wall.  I just placed some gourds around it to make it feel full and bountiful – just as Thanksgiving should be.

Elegant Fall Tablescape

I also placed some faux candles on the table.  That way I don’t have to worry about any scents competing with the food or any candles dripping on the table.  These candles are the most realistic I have found to date.  I have quite a few of them throughout my home.  They are perfect for mantles and hard to reach areas where it’s a pain to light a candle; they are safer, too.

Elegant Fall Tablescape

As a finishing touch are the mini pumpkin bowls which I will use to serve butternut squash soup for Thanksgiving dinner.  I have seen a few version of these bowls and they are all adorable.  Just make sure that they are oven-safe so that you can keep soup warm in the oven, while you do last-minute things, before dinner is served.

Elegant Fall Tablescape

I hope you love how the table turned out.  I love that I get to enjoy it all month and not just for Thanksgiving.  I would love to know how you decorate your table.  What colors do you decorate your home with during the fall season?  Browns, oranges or more shabby chic with white and ivory shades?

See you all in a few days when I share fall decorated living room!  It’s nice to be back!

 

Decorating the Porch for Fall

Decorating the Porch for Fall

If you follow me on Instagram then you probably know that we are building a pool and we have been for months.  Basically, our front yard and back yard look pretty scary which means that I can skip decorating for Halloween…it’s scary enough.

I actually considered not decorating for fall either.  I mean with everything else looking so bad, (my apologies if you are my neighbor) why bother?  But sometimes you have to create beauty where the eye can’t find it, right?  And the “why bother” attitude doesn’t suit me.  So last weekend while my husband was bringing down a large canning pot from one of the top garage cabinets, a pumpkin literally fell from one of the boxes onto the garage floor.  Of course I took this as a sign, and so did he – I thought it was confirmation that I should decorate this fall and guess what the hubs thought?  That it was a sign that the fall decorations needed to be pushed back even further in the cabinet and that I should’ve closed the bin’s lid last year when I put it away.  What a silly interpreration.  Of course, it meant that I had to break out the pumpkins!  My sweet husband obliged and brought down all the fall boxes.

I am still in the process of decorating the house and I shared my fall table with you last week, and this week I concentrated on the porch.  Here is the view of the porch as you exit my front door.  I won’t show you a view of my front yard because I love ya and want you to enjoy your day.

Decorating the Porch for Fall

If you remember last year I shared images from my front porch during fall and you will notice that I changed the positioning of the bench.  I think I like it better this way since I can place a wreath right above it.  What do you think?

All those big wreaths can be expensive and I buy them when they go on sale right after the season is over.  You just have to get to the stores right away because the pretty items run out the fastest.  I also check online for clearance wreaths.  One of my favorite stores to buy wreaths online is Kirkland’s and of course Target has beautiful ones as well.

Decorating the Porch for Fall

Since I live in Florida we pretty much have to “inject” fall colors into the outdoor spaces because it is green and sunny here year-round.  I found this orange-stripe throw online and on clearance at Crate and Barrel.  It’s not meant for outdoors so I won’t be leaving it there during the day, but it’s nice if we sit on the porch at night.  Of course, in Florida we aren’t keeping the chill at bay, it’s the mosquitos that we shield ourselves from.

Decorating the Porch for Fall

The green pillow is meant for outdoors and I have had this one outside for over 8 months and it still looks new.  I splurged on this one pillow because I was tired of throwing away others that kept getting yucky from being outdoors.  I love green because it works for summer, spring, fall and even winter decorating.

Decorating the Porch for Fall

I am using all these faux pumpkins to decorate because there is no pumpkin patch open this time of year by my home.  Also, I love how feather-lite they are and how long they last.  This white one is sitting on a beverage dispenser stand.  Of course it adds height but it also makes it easier for me when it comes to cleaning the porch, since I avoid getting the pumpkins wet.

Decorating the Porch for Fall

This urn stays here year round because I love it and because it weighs more than I do.  I added this monogrammed pumpkin that I purchased a few years ago in Kirklands.

Decorating the Porch for Fall

And that’s the porch!  Next I will share my fall mantel, but first I have to decorate it and empty it of miniature race cars.

Decorating the Porch for Fall

Are you decorating this year for fall?  What are your favorite colors to decorate with – white pumpkins and neutrals or warm orange tones?

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