Set a Rustic, Fall Table

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Fall is officially underway and lately I’ve been really into wood tones so when ‘serving’ up this Fall table setting – I decided to go ‘rustic’ yet chic. For those that know me, while I appreciate all styles, I’m not much for rustic/farm style when thinking of decor, dinnerware, etc. However, I think incorporating different styles into my go-to makes for a fun change. Not to mention, it let’s me ‘play’ with my always growing (sorry hubby) dining collection(s).

rus·tic
ˈrəstik
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or living in the country, as distinguished from towns or cities; rural.
  2. simple, artless, or unsophisticated (source)

Let me clarify, while  #2 may be considered the ‘definition’, that is NOT always the case when it comes to style and definitely not for this tablescape in my opinion. While traditionally, rustic/farm style might not be considered particularly chic – I enjoy mixing it with pieces that are. P.S. there’s a reason why you see more and more rustic chic/ farm glam wedding stories out there – there’s a way to make almost any style/look more elegant. But anywho, I love to ‘dress up’ my tables when mixing styles that may be more on the simplistic side.

‘Dress up’ your table by mixing styles…

For example, I went with these round rattan placemats as the ‘natural’ base for the dinnerware. Next adding round wood platters (which I used as chargers) topped with a classic white everyday dinner plate. Simplistic and nothing to fancy/special right? Well, now to dress it up! I went with a linen napkin that has a slight shimmer to it and accented it with my new gold leaf napkin rings (a not so subtle nod to Fall) from Crate & Barrel. The gold pieces elevate the look in my opinion – I mean, gold and glam just seem to go together lol. Fun fact: when I was younger I was much more of a silver fan when it came to everything (especially jewelry) and my mom always told me that one day I would love to wear it, use, everything. While I rolled my eyes then, I had to admit it, but she was right… Keeping up with the gold look, I added my West Elm gold flatware and glass water glasses with gold rim. If I’d just left the flat napkin to the right of setting and put a plain silver fork and knife on top, it wouldn’t have been as pretty…no?

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Personal touches make such a difference…

Even when it’s just you and your significant other, personal touches like these gold, laser cut wood names take your table up a notch and makes the other guest(s) feel welcome. Who doesn’t feel special when you are at a dinner or event where you have name tag? I mean, if you don’t, that’s cool too – I know I love a thoughtful touch. Also used these last year during the holidays here.

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A centerpiece can really tie your ‘theme’ together…

If we are going with that rustic, Fall theme, I think a natural/fresh centerpiece is a nice change to a floral arrangement. Sometimes…because you know I love my flowers darling! For this table, I wen with a base of greens and topped with fresh lemons. I love the bright yellow color it brings to the table and how it accents the wood and gold tones. I will say, I made a rosemary, lemon chicken for this meal and having those flavors tie into the presentation itself…there’s always a method to my madness.

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photos by Anne Kim of Laura Metzler Photography

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