Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Autumn Tray in the Dining Room

Hi Friends, welcome to the Autumn On A Tray Tour, hosted by our lovely friend, Katherine of Katherine's Corner. If you're following the Tour Links and are coming from visiting MaryJo at Masterpieces of My Life, then a special "Hello" to you and I'm so glad you came by to visit. 











A perfect way to decorate for any holiday or season, big or small, is by creating a small vignette using a tray. I've been using trays for years to corral all my smaller elements of a grouping. I love to decorate with vintage items and enjoy bringing like minded small items together for accent pieces. I often have some sort of greenery or floral arrangement, a candle, teapot and cups, and smaller seasonal accessories in one cohesive grouping.




Trays are a great way to decorate in a small space in that they become a focal point for the eye, and if needed, they can be moved around to other rooms or spaces. If you like keeping a tray for practical purposes like tea or coffee, books, plants, stationary, etc, they can all be tweaked for seasonal and holiday motifs. Trays are a great way to do some quick and easy decorating with big impact.








I have a large, visually heavy dining room table that I need to use a large centerpiece on. I've tried smaller arrangements and they just get lost or covered up by the slipcovered chairs. Most of the time the centerpiece is a large Italian metal basket that contains faux ivy, hydrangeas, and seasonal flowers, leaves and twigs. I painted it a French Gray several years ago, and I usually add some other items on the tabletop for a seasonal or holiday tableau. 








Since this is a more formal sitting I thought I'd use one of my English Sadler teapots that often sits in the Dining Room China Cabinet. Being fall, I thought I'd group not only seasonal items, but pieces that were orange or with Autumn hues. Groupings of color related objects works so well in seasonal groupings.




I love using vintage items together in a small grouping, especially small items that hold sentimental significance. I found these wonderful vintage tapestry pumpkins several years ago, that I've been fortunate to collect a few of. Pears and pumpkins go hand in hand in my Fall decor, so a large vintage ironstone tureen holds faux pears. The tureen joins antique books that elevate the teapot, the collectible tapestry and velvet pumpkins, and a vintage orange small glass compote that all compliment the setting.





For some added interest I brought a metal postcard holder
 with vintage seasonal cards into the mix.





This British Castles teapot depicts Caernarfon Castle in Wales
 which was a fortress/ palace built in 1285.



I love using a layered look on the tabletop with tablerunners. All the dark heavy wood furniture dominates the space and a lighter print across the table helps so much to break up and lighten the atmosphere.









Here are a few other trays I'm using around the house this fall...




















Thanks so much for coming by to visit. Fall is my favorite time of the year, so if you're new I hope you'll come back by and join in on all the Autumn fun. You can continue the Tray Tour and hop on over to visit Jenny at Not Entirely Average.  And be sure and head over to visit Katherine at Katherine's Corner also, if you'd like to start the tour at the beginning. Have fun and enjoy visiting! 



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24 comments:

  1. Such a pretty tray, Debra!!! Those tapestry pumpkins are incredible!!! So fun hopping with you today!!

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  2. Such beautiful everything Debra! Love the needlepoint pumpkins, I need some. You home is always gorgeous!

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous Debra! I knew exactly who designed this tray from the teaser photo and I couldn't wait to see the whole thing! As always, you've created a beautiful space there in the dining room. Your floral displays are always stunning and this one makes the perfect backdrop for your tray. Love it all! Have a wonderful day!

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  4. This is so beautiful, Debra! The florals and the tapestry pumpkins are amazing!

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  5. Do you know, for some 30 odd years, I have been carrying two pieces of antique fabric from house to house in move after move, unable to part with them for reasons I cannot explain. Today, and ONLY after seeing your fabric pumpkins, do I know exactly what I plan to finally use them for. Your tray is not only gorgeous and interesting, but also inspiring. I can't sew, but I'll figure it out because now I want these! Warmly, Jenny from Not Entirely Average :)

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  6. Omgosh! Where to begin? I love it all. That teapot is everything, but the tapestry pumpkins are so incredibly unique and the faux pears are such wonderful quality that I would have presumed they were real unless you mentioned otherwise. Your arrangement and composition of everything, like always, is spot on! It's wonderful fun to be touring with you today. XO- MaryJo

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  7. Oh Debra I LOVE your needlepoint pumpkins! I've never seen those before and they're just darling! I also love your gorgeous dark furniture, and I was so happy to see more of the room. I don't get anywhere near the light you do, but your dining room is inspiring me for our eventual redo - thanks! :) SO nice touring with you, and Happy Fall!

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  8. Debra, I adore those needlepoint pumpkins! Your tray is styled beautifully and what a pretty tea pot!

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  9. Looks so pretty! I love all of the vintage items that you used on the table. Pinned & now following you on Pinterest & IG!

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  10. Those needlepoint pumpkins are awesome!!

    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.com

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  11. Beautiful tray, Debra. The tapestry pumpkins are gorgeous, but that teapot is the star!

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  12. Debra, what a gorgeous autumn tray! I am so in love with your tapestry pumpkins. So pretty. I am a afternoon tea drinker and love how you incorporated a vintage tea pot into your tray. Its a pleasure to tour with you.

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  13. HI Debra! it's so pretty! Great job! Pinning! laura

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  14. Debra,
    What a beautiful autumn tray you put together! Love the collection of the different fabric pumpkins! The tapestry ones really caught my eye!! As did that gorgeous tea pot!! Love all the colors too as I am one who loves the traditional Fall colors!! Thanks so much for sharing! And thanks for stopping by and for your kind comment!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  15. Hi Debra, pears, teapots, and old books...three of my favorite things and you combined them beautifully in a lovely tray. the teapot really gives a nice pop of color. Beautiful! Lynne

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  16. I love the layered elegance of your tray/vignette. Each item is interesting in itself and supports the others in color, texture or form. I love how the ivy spills out of the basket, then the pears and pumpkins continue the movement down and across the tray. Quite beautiful! Enjoyed touring with you

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  17. Debra, I love the use of sentimental items in your tray, plus those tapestry pumpkins are stunning. I would love to add them to my collection for fall!

    Happy October hugs,
    Rachelle

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  18. Your tray vignette is lovely Debra, I adore the pumpkins, pears and teapot combination! I have serious envy over those tapestry pumpkins, they are beautiful! The colors are perfect and everything on your table is playing so well together, the large hydrangea arrangement and your Autumn tray really compliment each other~
    Jenna

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  19. This is a gorgeous harvest bounty! The colors are beautiful and so many textures. I love this tour has given me ideas of items that I would have never thought of using but they just work! And that is just the main tray! Your vignettes are beautiful. Just so pretty. I will close this with-- I need this teapot in my life! :)

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  20. It's gorgeous my friend and the pot stole my heart. I lvoe ti all, it welcomes autumn with style. Thank you for joining in the fun. Pinned! Hugs!

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  21. Ok so I absolutely love yours! I love the tapestry pumpkins, the teapot, the tray, books and pears all so beautifully put together! I gave Bev at Eclecticbarn number one but to be honest your are both number 1 for me. I actually have 3 number “1” because I also love Barbara at mantle and table and she too deserves a number “1”! Those tapestry pumpkins are fabulous! The breadboard was appealing on Bevs as well as that pumpkin and Barbara has the most beautiful gold cup and saucer as well as those fabulous napkins which I plan to order. Please if you can, share this message with the others.
    These bloggers all deserve a thank you for their contributions, so thank you!

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  22. Debra, this is so perfect. I love autumn, and your touches and vignettes speck to the season,

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  23. So beautifully done! I love the color palette you chose Debra, and the tapestry pumpkins! What a find those were! This was a fun blog hop to take part in.

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