I love this time of year. The light is golden, there’s a crispness in the air and the flowers are fading as Summer slips into Autumn. Cool enough to wear a cardigan, warm enough for sandals (although maybe not every day). This week, I thought I’d celebrate the likely last al fresco evenings for a wee while by setting the table (and borrowing a garden) – just because. To style the table, light the candles and faff with flowers. It was just the creative tonic I needed! Here is the resulting early Autumn/ late Summer transitional tablescape.
At this time of year I’m drawn to muted colours, heather purples and hydrangea pinks and this dictated the theme for my tablescape. My dusky pink H&M tablecloth formed the backdrop for my styling, keeping the background plain and simple to let the flowers shine. I arranged tall taper candles from Style Your Spaces (you can order Katie’s beautiful dried flowers and candles online and her fresh flowers are available for local delivery) and the shorter gorgeous beeswax candles from Fairholme Studio in blue and white vintage candle holders, then surrounded them with hydrangeas just starting to fade.
For my crockery, I wanted to tie in with the cooler colours so opted for blue and white china from my vintage stash. I topped each plate with a piece of Liberty tana lawn fabric (my favourite, Betsy), tied with a pink grosgrain ribbon and topped with a few stems of lavender for good measure. My 1950s pastel cutlery tied in with the theme to finish things off. So there you have it: a simple, transitional tablescape.
How are you celebrating the seasonal shift? You can view other examples of my table styling here.