My Modern and Cozy Fall Tablescape

Inside:  This modern fall tablescape is cozy, simple, and only looks expensive. Get the look by mixing a few DIYs and new purchases, and what you have on hand.

Two things are super important to me when deciding how to 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 these things in check I like to mix in a few simple DIY projects with some inexpensive store bought items. Today I’m sharing exactly how I pulled together this modern yet cozy Fall Tablescape, including sources.

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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?

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!modern fall tablescape ideas

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! 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” fall centerpiece.

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

modern fall table setting

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

I then added my go-to orange table runner to bring that pop of color to the center and to anchor the cans.

The Place Settings:

fall table setting

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

I bought these adorable soup bowls from Cost Plus World Market. The ikat napkins are also from World Market  and one of only two new purchases for this year’s fall tablescape.  Pretty good huh?

I used my everyday plain white dishes (that I’ve had for years) and silverware 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. I love the industrial modern look that they add, especially with the gold accent.

diy placecards

Some readers have asked questions about the place cards themselves.

I simply cut rectangles from white card stock, wrote the names with a fine tip Sharpie, and put a stroke of orange paint down the side with a small brush from my little lady’s art bin. I 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!

fall dining room decor

Since our dining room is finally complete I plan to have 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.

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

Do you “shop” your own home?

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My Modern and Cozy Fall Tablescape

About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home 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!!!!’

  4. Love your colors and fall tablescape! Those soup mugs are amazing! I am definitely heading down to world market to check and see if they have them.

    1. Hi Rachel! I was just at my local store the other day and they had orange, plum, and white ones. I was thinking of getting the white ones too for other times of the year. I know it’s probably in my head, but doesn’t soup taste even better from a fun soup bowl?

  5. Sherry Fram says:

    Absolutely love your tablescape!! Gives me all kinds of ideas!!

    1. Thanks Sherry! I am already trying to figure out a way to reuse those gold tin cans in my Christmas decor. I love the way they look and they were so so easy! Hope you are enjoying fall so far 🙂

    2. Sherry Fram says:

      Corey the cans would look fantastic with some evergreen branches or berry covered branches with lights and ornaments for Christmas!!

  6. I love it all. It is something anyone can do and it looks beautiful without being too fussy! Great job!

    1. Thanks Lindsay! So glad that that spam didn’t scare you away 🙂

  7. Your table is gorgeous and so it your photography Corey!! Pinning- xoxo

    1. Thank you so much Tanya! I’ve been working so hard to improve my photos. Your comment made my day 🙂

  8. Love the colors you chose! Very pretty table. Yes, I have a cupboard where I keep my decor items becuase I love to change the decor often.

  9. I love this Corey, and think I will spray every can I can get hold of gold from now on- it looks awesome! And yes, you share my philosophy that you should shop your home first!

  10. I am loving the orange accents Corey! Fabulous table decor! Those cans make such pretty and simple decor too!♥ Have a wonderful week, girl!

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