My Modern and Cozy Fall Tablescape

Two things are super important to me when deciding how I will decorate my dining table for a holiday.  One, it can’t be too fussy and two, it can’t be too expensive.

To keep both of these things in check I like to mix in a few simple DIY projects with some inexpensive store bought items and today I’m going to share exactly how I pulled together this beautiful Fall Tablescape, sources and all.

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You may remember a peek at my dining room decorated for fall during my fall home tour and most of the comments I received were about the centerpiece.  Ain’t it pretty?

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The Centerpiece:

I love this centerpiece because well, it looks pretty, but did you know it prompted me to learn how to make posole? Sure did!

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How does a centerpiece prompt a new favorite recipe you ask?

Well I was determined to find a big ass tin can and that one right there in the middle was filled with hominy for only 2 bucks!  So let’s just say I had some hominy on hand and couldn’t just waste it so I ended up finding an amazing recipe for posole that I made in the crockpot (which usually I don’t get along with at.all) and it was fantastic!

Ok.  Back to the easy how to of the fall centerpiece.

So I gathered up some tin cans (the big one was hominey, the tall ones were baked beans, and the others were regular size.)  I took off the labels and used goo-gone to get the sticky stuff off and gave them a nice coat of gold spray paint.  Done!

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To keep it super simple, but add some nature I filled them with baby’s breath and added some cheap mini pumpkins that I painted white last year.

Lastly, I added my go to orange table runner to bring that pop of orange that I clearly love so much to the center and to anchor the cans.

The Place Settings

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For each table setting I picked up some inexpensive placemats that had great texture from Homegoods.  I think they were about 5 dollars for a 4 pack.  I thought about painting them, but decided that I really like the natural element that they added to the table so I left them alone.  (Finally listening to the voice in my head telling me that I don’t have to paint everything 🙂 )

I bought these soup bowls last year and was happy to see that Cost Plus World Market had them again this year in a variety of colors.  The ikat napkins are also from World Market (out of stock 🙁 ) and one of only two new purchase for this year’s fall tablescape.  Pretty good huh?

I used my everyday plain white dishes (that I’ve had for years,) and our everyday silverware (Crate & Barrel) and placed a DIY concrete place card holder at each spot.

diy concrete place card holders

These DIY concrete place card holders were my first attempt at working with concrete and it was so much easier than I thought it would be.  I love the industrial modern look that they add, especially with the gold accent.

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I had some reader questions about the place cards themselves.

I literally cut some rectangles from white card stock, wrote names on them with a fine tip sharpie, and did one smudge of orange paint down the side with a small paint brush I found in my little lady’s art bin.  I really just needed a pop of orange and this was the result.  A very happy accident.

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I love the way the orange bowls look against the dark black table.

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We aren’t hosting Thanksgiving this year, but since our dining room is finally complete I do plan to have some friends and family over for some fall dinners. Posole anyone?

easy fall tablescape

That’s it! I managed to pull together a really nice fall table without spending a fortune.

I think sticking to just a few inexpensive purchases each year and then getting creative with what you already have and making a few things is definitely the way to go.  I’m huge fan of shopping for decor in my own home.  Sorta crazy how just using something in a new way or in a different room can make it exciting all over again.

Do you “shop” in your own home?

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About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home (formerly TinySidkeick,) where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

17 thoughts on “My Modern and Cozy Fall Tablescape

  1. […] and inexpensive tablescape hop on over to Hey There Home and have a look at Corey’s pretty fall tablescape where she used tin cans for the […]

  2. Something about that single orange stroke on each place card… I really dig it <3 Beautiful, Corey!

  3. So beautiful!!! Thanks for making me realize my fiesta bowls aren’t enough for soup. I NEED those soup mugs!!!!’

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