I like a feeling of bounty on fall tables, but I like a soft color too. And since I am also attracted to very dark tones in fall and winter I always feel like I must balance things out to keep them from becoming too overstimulating and heavy.
The afternoon light picks up the textures and the sparkle of the glass on the table, and I am using one of my favorite antique runners in the center. I realized only after I got started that the runner was more wrinkled than I wanted, so I ironed it right on the table! I always have two or three layers padding the table underneath, so it's a good surface for it.
I found this new brown damask tablecloth on sale at Williams Sonoma after the holidays last year. It must be ten feet long, which is probably why it was such a bargain. Originally $160, it had been reduced to $40 when I bought it. Though it is longer than I usually need, it's perfect for a large gathering when my table is fully extended.
I am giving it a dry run before the holidays, and seeing how it works with my things. The antique transferware plates are new to me this season. They have no mark, and I haven't investigated to find a pattern name.
The glassware is a mix, as are all the plates and napkins. I tend to buy sets of four, but in compatible styles and colors.
I also like an off center "centerpiece" that is easy to move. The plates on the cake stand could be another serving dish instead, or simply whisked away to make room for one.
The small dishes at center are for interest. A lone ironstone lid, and an ivory embossed plate I recently found in a vintage shop.
The table is set for eight, but I have enough coordinating dishes for four more with the table extended.
I have alternated the dinner plate patterns underneath, as well as the salad plates on top. Two different sets of napkins are also at the table.
One version has the transferware on bottom, and a homespun napkin.
The other has the transferware on top, and a ruffled napkin. It's a very unified look with a bit more interest when you examine it closely.
I'd rather mix and match than find room for sets of eight or twelve for every pattern I like!
Another trick I have used on this table are these small lacy coasters. They cover imperfections in the runner I chose, and are laid randomly where needed.
Here's a good view of the differing settings side by side.
It's been a while since I took the time to set a full table, and it was fun planning ahead. I can already think of a few variations to this theme. But there's no reason to wait! Fall's already in full swing.
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