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).
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?
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.
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.
photos by Anne Kim of Laura Metzler Photography