Some "Falling" in Our Dining Room!

Hey everyone!  Isn't it fun watching "Fall" pop up all over Blogland?  I've been enjoying my own "Fall" decor for a week now, and I don't think I've ever smiled so much.  Well, you have to understand how HOT it is here -- I'm talking 108 to 110 degrees!  Yes, it is the first week of September, but Arizona marches to its own climate drummer!  I've always had a great imagination, so the air remains cranked down, and I live in my little imaginary "Fall" fantasy world.  It's quite a "happy place," and I'm eager to share it with y'all!  It's time to invite you into my dining room.  Well, what are you waiting for?  Come on in!

I wanted to keep the decor in here and in the sitting room a bit on the softer hued and 
"less is more" side.

I drew on more of the golds, greens and paler oranges.

I kept my drop cloth tablecloth in place & added a burlap runner that I just tied with twine.

I filled my old wooden bowl with lots of faux acorns and glitzy gourds.  I did some layering with leaf-shaped placemats, small metal tealite holders, large hurricanes with faux candles, hurricanes with some book page rolls & leaves, & this wooden plaque that I glammed up with some 
Old Gold Rub n' Buff.

I also had a couple of berry swags that I added on either side of the bowl.

See the plates on the wall next to the china cabinet?  Those are some more of The Man's aunt's
wonderful collection.
This was the perfect place to display four more of Aunt Flora's hand-painted china.  You can see more of her talent HERE in the guest bedroom.

I still love my  sweet MIL's china displayed in my china cabinet, so I needed to keep the rest of the decor simple.  You can read about the china HERE

The three cream-colored, ceramic pumpkins are my only new purchases this season.

Anything under a cloche, right?  I'm loving this burnished golden gourd under the big cloche.

I played around with the top of the china cabinet quite a bit before I decided on this display.  I hung the over-size charger on the wall right in the middle.  I collected all of the golden, greenish hydrangeas that I had and added to a basket. 

I dressed up my large lanterns with ribbon and foliage swags & added faux candles.

I saw some really cute burlap pumpkins made by Linda @ White Weathered Hutch, and knew I wanted to make some; except I wanted to make mine out of drop cloth fabric. 

I made four all about the same size, so I just used some candle holders to add some height to a 
couple of the pumpkins.

Right behind the pumpkins (kind of hard to see), I added hurricanes with pumpkins & some brown pompom foliage thingies that I had -- just for some added height.

I used a simple leaf and berry swag to add some color & texture to the chandy.

Kept the white buffet very simple.

Love my large white rooster perched on a milk glass cake stand.  His little "Welcome" sign
pretty much sums it up for me!

Hope you enjoyed seeing my Fall dining room.  You are always welcome to stop by anytime.

I love to party with these fine bloggers:
The Tablescaper at The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays
Cheri at It's So Very Cheri for It's So Very Cheri Party
Karen at Sew Many Ways for Sew Darn Crafty
Cindy at Skip to My Lou for Made By You Monday
Kathy at Creative Home Expressions for Creative Home & Garden Hop
Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Dawn at Creative Cain Cabin for Budget Decorating Party
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Mondays
Toni at A Bowl Full of Lemons for One Project at a Time
Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home
Marti at Sew-Licious Home Decor for Sew Organized
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday
Leslie at House on the Way for Twirl & Take a Bow
Mary Beth at Cupcakes and Crinoline for Project Inspired
Suzy at Worthing Court for Homework Wednesday
Karin at The Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday
Angela at Hickory Trail for Efforts and Assets
Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe for Live Laugh Linky Party
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
The Feral Turtle at The Feral Turtle for The Aloha Blog Hop
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Anything Blue Friday
Jody & Stan at Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Fridays 
Karen at A Stylish Interior for Stylish Friday Finds
Amanda at Serenity Now for Weekend Bloggy Reading
Alison at Mumtopia for Creative Home and Garden Blog Hop
Debbie at Debbie Doos for Pinterest Blitzen'


  1. You have created a beautiful dining space to enjoy meals during the autumn season. Everything goes together so well. You've given me some great ideas for my fall bling! Thanks for the inspiration!


  2. You did an amazing job on those pumpkins! Thanks for the shout out.
    Fall is definitely at the Oasis...

  3. Looks great, Carol! I love how you tied the burlap runner with twine at the ends and those large lanterns look great all dressed for fall. :)

  4. Oh woww Carol! It all looks so beautiful already!!!!! You are so ready, I have to start decorating too, once I find the time! Love it dear!

  5. Good grief it's hot! I'd be putting up the snowflakes already with temperatures like that! Love all your fall decor and especially with the candlelight glow.

  6. Hey Carol, just found your blog. Your dining room is beautiful!!! Love all the beautiful Fall decor. We just recently moved and are still unpacking so all my Fall decor is still in boxes.. I am following along.. Love your beautiful blog..Hope you will stop by for a visit and maybe follow along. Blessed to have found you. Blessings!

  7. Your dining room looks lovely! I think you hit the amount of decor to use, just perfectly!! Beautiful!

  8. This is all so pretty and classy, Carol! I really like the subdued colors you chose. Your husband's aunt's hand-painted plates look beautiful on your dining room wall. I love to display family heirlooms in our home, too. :)

    Thanks so much for your visit and your sweet comments on our kitchen renovation. We are really enjoying our "new" room. Have a lovely day!

    Denise at Forest Manor

  9. Hi Carol,

    Wow! You've really seasoned your dining room for the season!:) Love all your pretty plate collections, especially Aunt Flora's - what a talented lady! Beautiful ambiance and atmosphere, how cozy you must be!

    Have a great week!


  10. Very nice! I love seeing your MIL's china, as it is the same as mine.

  11. Everything looks great! I especially love your wooden bowl & the hydrangeas on the china cabinet.

  12. Looks fantastic Carol! I especially love your bowl with the faux acorns and gourds. I am always in awe of acorns as I don't have any trees here that produce them!

  13. Love how you've got yourself into Fall, despite the thermometer. Great touches throughout your home.

    Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays. When you have a chance, please edit your list of parties. You've got yourself listed as joining Oh, the PLACES I've been (which is my Friday party about places) when you actually and correctly linked to Seasonal Sundays. No biggie, but I know we all tend to copy and paste these things so might as well get it straightened out.

    Hope to see you next week.

    - The Tablescaper

  14. Oh, Carol, your dinning room is beautiful! You do such an amazing job every year with your Fall decor. Every detail is perfect!

  15. Nice, Carol. I love what you did with the fluffy white pumpkins and your table runner. Your centerpiece is beautiful!


  16. Beautiful...love all of the fall touches. Your attention to detail is wonderful.

  17. Gorgeous....you are ready for Fall! Everything looks so perfect, good job!

  18. Well, whatever the temperatures outside, Carol, your home looks beautifully Fall-like! Love the white ceramic pumpkins. They always catch my eye when I'm out shopping. I don't always buy them because I have limited surfaces now, but I do like to look at them. I haven't started inside Fall decorating just yet, but I'm sure over the next couple of weeks I will give in!

    Thanks for linking up to The Creative Home & Garden hop! :)

  19. Looks great! I love the fall. I'd love for you to link up to The DIY'ers! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-diyers-28.html

  20. Everything looks so lovely Carol! It's in the 90's here this week so I've got my air cranked up too while I do my fall decorating! :-)

  21. Everything looks so beautiful. I love your hutch and the pretty vignettes you've created on it. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  22. Looks wonderful Carol! I have not started fall yet.

  23. You do such a fine job of decorating! I like the mini sunflower arrangement atop the black lanterns - might have to copy you on that for my set ;-)

  24. So pretty! I love the burlap, it adds great texture. Everything looks like it is straight out of a magazine :)

  25. Oh I am "falling" in love. The burlap runner is fantastic. :)

  26. I love your dining room decor! That tablecloth and table runner are just gorgeous! It's still hot here in Florida too but I think I am almost ready to do a little fall decorating. You have some beautiful things...thanks for the tour!

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  27. You did a beautiful job with your decor! Just gorgeous!

  28. That looks wonderful. I've been begging my husband to pull out the Fall decorations from storage...they are behind several things. I'm hoping to convince him this weekend. I can't wait to transform everything like this. Great job. Stopping in from Imparting Grace today.


  29. Carol, all of your Fall touches are wonderful! We're still in the upper 90's; and I was just ready to get my decorating done. I lit a pumpkin spice candle and pretended it was 50 degrees outside...lol! Love all of the pretty plates and the china cabinet looks great!

  30. Carol, all of your Fall touches are wonderful! We're still in the upper 90's; and I was just ready to get my decorating done. I lit a pumpkin spice candle and pretended it was 50 degrees outside...lol! Love all of the pretty plates and the china cabinet looks great!

  31. Your home looks so warm and cozy with all of your fall decor in place!

  32. Everything looks pretty. I have a couple of my great aunt's painted plates that look very similar to your aunt's plates. That hutch is so pretty. Love the way you tied the burlap on the ends to make it a runner. Your chandelier looks so pretty with the leaf garland on it. laurie

  33. Thanks, Laurie. Hubby's aunt started painting china when she was in her 80's and did such beautiful work. I truly love having some of her pieces.

  34. Carol, it is just beautiful, but sooo cozy. I love cozy in the fall/winter months, so I have drug a ton of "things" out since I have been able to move. I love the lantern, and the faux candle. I have never bought one of those candles, but I will be on the look out. Hate that about your temps. Our friend is gone from Arizona now, so we have ot kept up with the Arizona weather much.

  35. Hi, Carol! Thanks for commenting on my hydrangea post; I'm glad it brought me to yours. Funny that your mind is ready for fall in Arizona, and here I am in Ohio watching the trees start to turn and still bemoaning the end of summer. I'll get with the program soon! Your dining room looks great, and I love your treasured china--your aunt's beautiful talent and your MIL's. Thanks for stopping by. ~Zuni

  36. You're dining room looks gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing at this week's Project Inspire{d}. Pinning ~ have a lovely weekend.

    Mary Beth

  37. Your dining room is beautiful Carol! Love your hutch full of beautiful dishes and your plates hanging on the wall are so beautiful. Your Fall touches look fantastic!
    Thanks so very much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  38. Everything is lovely, Carol--you've done a great job! But oh my word, that wooden bowl is my favorite thing. Just gorgeous!

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