I created this great fall tablescape and it was much easier than it looks! So I want to share with you my 5 Tips For Creating a Fall Tablescape. And hopefully this will help you create your own table setup that will make you want to linger a little longer as the cooler months descend upon us.

Fall is upon us! With the cooler temps and chilly mornings, I can feel the urge to make my home more warm and inviting. A place that makes you want to stay longer!


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If you missed my Fall Home Tour, you can find it by clicking HERE.


5 Tips for Creating A Fall Tablescape

1. Shop Your Home


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The first step is to go around your home and look at it with a fresh eye. See what you already have on hand that could be used for your new fall tablescape. Do you have some old candlesticks that you haven’t used in ages? Drag them out!

Even something simple like utilizing a faux leaf garland that you normally drape around your front door can be turned into a fresh addition for your table.


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There’s no need to go out and buy a bunch of new decor for this project. Although I admit, that can be fun too! But first shop your home.

For my tablescape I used some old brass candlesticks and I love how they add some aged patina to this look. I even took that fun gold leopard pillow from it’s usual home on my sofa and added it to my upholstered dining room chairs.


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By utilizing items you already have on hand, you are creating a look that is layered in character. You don’t want to end up with decor that is all from one place and from one season. Have fun and get creative with what you already have on hand!

2. Use Something Unexpected


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I love using something different, something unexpected for the table. In this case I threw some plaid blankets down the middle to serve as the runner. I kind of bunched them up and left the fun fringe showing.

I am obsessed with the wonderful texture and character they add to this look! By keeping them in the middle I think they should stay pretty clean too. There is nothing that says fall more than a soft and cozy plaid blanket in my opinion!


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Another unexpected addition to this table is the chalkboard paper that I placed on the table horizontally. Because I like the feel and look of having my wood table exposed, I generally don’t use tablecloths. So as a compromise to using placemats I thought how fun it would be to use this paper instead!

I also really like how it make the look more casual. Perfect for this weekday coffee and doughnuts party. I used a chalk pencil to write the guests names above the plate. Simple details like this make me happy!


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3. Bring The Outdoors In


Here is one of the easiest tricks. Go outside and cut some flowers and greenery. I love using a branch from our Japanese maple when it is at it’s fall foliage peak. Roses are also so lovely to use for fall. And luckily, they are still blooming through November for us in California!

For this table, I cut some branches from a Eucalyptus tree off the side of the road. I really like the pale green color mixed in with all these jewel tones. And it dries beautifully too, so I can keep it in place for a long time.


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It is also nice to add some greenery to each place setting. Whether you are doing name cards or just adding a touch of color to the plates themselves, greenery is a great option.

Here, I added some red berries along with a feather and tied them together with some velvet ribbon. It ties in the red from the napkins and I love how simple it is.

Another trick that I like to use is to write the guests name on a leaf with gold pen. A lemon leaf, magnolia leaf or even a maple leaf are perfect for this. Placed atop the place setting it is elegant and a simple way to assign seating.


5 tips to create a fall tablescape

4. Pattern Mixing


I love to mix patterns. Here, I mixed the tartan plaid from the throws with the buffalo check in the plates and ticking stripe in the napkins. I am obsessed with how it all plays off each other.

Don’t be afraid to mix it all up! As long as you are keeping with a color scheme it will all blend together beautifully.


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I chose to use white plates to keep the rest of the table simple. The bright white plays off the buffalo check so nicely, don’t you think? Whenever in doubt, adding in pops of white will lighten the look considerably and provide less visual clutter.


5. What is Hygge?


Hygge is the art of cozy!

I’m sure you have heard the term Hygge before, right? Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cozy, charming or special.

In my opinion, fall is all about creating these moments.


5 tips to create a fall tablescape


Cozy, charming, special. This is what you want your fall tablescape to invoke! So, create a space where these moments can happen. Throw blankets across each of the chairs to invite your guests to stay awhile.


5 tips to create a fall tablescape


Add pillows to make your guests comfortable! Find a great playlist to have on in the background. One of my favorites right now is the Jazz Autumn playlist on Spotify.


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Above all, don’t make your space feel stuffy or too formal. And have some fun while you’re at it!


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5 Tips For Creating a Fall Tablescape


xo, Ashley

13 Comments on 5 Tips for Creating a Fall Tablescape

  1. Gayle
    September 11, 2017 at 11:40 am (1 year ago)

    I love that you used items you already had at home. i always see wonderful decor items for different seasons but it adds up when you’re constantly buying new things. seeking out stuff you already have and using it in unexpected ways, Love it!

  2. Morgan
    September 11, 2017 at 4:11 pm (1 year ago)

    Your table is beautiful and I like the mix and match style of textures and colors. You also did a great step-by-step guide to how and why you did what you did. Thanks!

  3. Elisabeth McKnight
    September 11, 2017 at 4:54 pm (1 year ago)

    So cUTE! now you’re making me wish we actually had a table in this tiny apartment 🙂

  4. Sues
    September 11, 2017 at 5:51 pm (1 year ago)

    This is seriously GORGEOUS!! Those yum napkins!! And every tablescape NEEDS doughnuts… that should be a requirement!

  5. Nicole Kirk
    September 11, 2017 at 5:59 pm (1 year ago)

    You have got me in the mood to decorate for fall! I don’t know what I like best the pumpkins, caulk placemats or the donuts!

  6. Kelssey Layton
    September 11, 2017 at 6:51 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh my goodness! I just want to come see this in person! It’s all so pretty!

    September 18, 2017 at 10:48 am (1 year ago)

    love your fall tablescape!! So gorgeous!



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