Tuesday, October 23, 2018

How To Create An Autumn Tablescape

 A Tablescape Using What You Already Own

Hello, dear readers. Do you ever wish you didn't have to always buy new things in order to create a tablescape for a particular season? I feel the same way and today I'm showing you how I created a very pretty, and interesting, Autumn tablescape using objects I already own. I'll bet if you look around your home, you can find several items you already own that would make a similar tablescape!

Whenever I think of Autumn I always think of the beautiful browns, reds, oranges and golds which make up the colors of Fall. So, I began by looking around my house for items with those colors. I immediately thought of this cute owl placemat that I bought awhile ago at A.C. Moore for the vast sum of one dollar! I knew it would make a great anchor piece for my tablescape.

I then decided to start layering pieces on the placemat, playing with the arrangement until I liked the effect. First came this classic gold pear. 

To the pear I added a gold water pitcher, an orange pumpkin and a favorite flameless candle lamp. All these items have the colors of Fall in common and look wonderful arranged around the Autumn owl of the placemat. It's a simple arrangement but that's the beauty of it, in my opinion. I used what I own and found a new and creative way to display these pieces. A little bit of "this and that" ingenuity!

You may have noticed that I haven't been posting as many blog posts recently as I normally do. This has been for many reasons. Mostly, life has gotten in the way lately. Nothing bad, just the fact that my life of retirement has suddenly begun to take on a "shape" that includes sometimes subbing and volunteering at a nearby pre-school, becoming the director of my church's handbell choir, singing in the church choir, serving on committees and various other time eaters that I won't bore you with. In addition, though, I've been in a bit of a "blogger slump" that has been hard to shake. Every blogger hits a slump, now and then, and, usually, a bit of a break does the trick and the creative juices start to flow again. My slump has been exacerbated by the fact that I'm still in a bit of a "mood" shall we say over my "Debbie this and that" name being bought by another site. Sounds silly, I know, but I truly feel like my "identity" has been taken from me. After three years of identifying as Debbie this and that, it's hard to think of Debbie Styles Life as my "new" identity. I'm still me, of course, still Debbie, still sharing bits and pieces of my life, love for books, faith, style and much more with my faithful readers. But, for some reason, it feels "different." Guess there's more power in a name than we think, huh?! Well, enough whining. Let's get back to styling life...and tablescapes....and always doing it with a little bit of this and that!

So tell me, what do you have in your home that you could use to create your own simple tablescape for Autumn? Please share your ideas. I love hearing from my readers and learning about how you style life!

Until Next Time,


Sharon said...

I always enjoy seeing how you use seasonal decor in your home, Debbie. I think it's fun to pull out already-owned accessories and use them in different ways. You have accomplished that so well in your post, and you have inspired me to do some fall styling as well. I know it must be hard to have lost your blogging name; it does become part of one's identity. However, your new blog look is wonderful. I really like the font style that you chose, the description of your blog, and the pictures at the top. Maybe in time, your new blog name will feel more like your blogging identity.

Debbie Styles Life said...

Thanks, Sharon. It has already helped me to "redo" the blog header and I love the fonts, also! Somehow, readjusting this has helped me to feel more in tune with the new name!

Jacqui said...

Hi Debbie, you certainly have the knack of putting things - and colour - together to create something eyecatching and lovely: a true stylist! I didn't know that the reason you'd changed the name of your blog was that you'd lost your former blog name to another site - I'm so sorry about that - but I agree with Sharon that your new blog's look is great. The pictures are vibrant and I think the name really captures your essence and blogging identity- styling - perfectly. So I hope that, gradually, you will bond with your new identity. I think it's great! :)

French Ethereal said...

Hi Debbie, I know what you mean about being in a slump. I just came out of a summer slump where due to the amount of bugs bothering me {I'm new to Texas still} physically, all I did was clean all summer and hardly wrote a post. With the cooler weather killing off the beasties, I am happier and am back to photographing outside and getting to live out of doors again. :)

That's a shame that someone else is using your name! Originally I wanted "Ethereal" for the title of my blog but settled for French Ethereal as I do have some French furniture pieces and do love fleur d'lisle and other French icons. Well, I started getting followed by a creep from overseas and then a shop using my name popped up. Needless to say, this smutty store was bringing creepy guys to my Facebook page and wanting to follow me! Now I basically don't let any men follow me on Facebook due to this unless I personally know them. Facebook IT was also gracious when I explained what he was doing, and helped to hunt down this man who was bothering me and he seems to not be able to pull up my URL anymore. I do thank God for this! :)

Anyway, I hope blogging is happier for you now and I do try and use what I have around our Prairie Home {a 41' fifth-wheel travel trailer}. Yes, I know I am using these brackets wrong, but I like their look. ;) (In case you are an English teacher. :D ) Love your owl table runner and all the goodies you've put with it! Very festive!

Happy fall to you,
Barb Chapman :)

Debbie Styles Life said...

Hi Barbara: Thank you for leaving a comment and sharing your story of blogging woes. I'm sorry that happened with your blog and I'm glad that FB was able to help. I'm following you on Google+.