There is just something about the cool chill in the air and the changing of the leaves that makes fall my favorite season. It helps that I love to decorate my home with fall colors too! I love to sit on the porch, cozy up with a cup of coffee and soft blanket and just be. I am never alone though! I have Bella, my coon dog, Sheldon, my yorkie (thinks he is a coon dog), Tigger my orange cat (the only one in the crew that can meow..so he does it loudly), Brutus (a stray that continues to grow on me) and Mittens the grey cat with white paws.
The highlight of this season is the decorating! I love mixing colors and textures to make a table look like it was dressed up for a cover of a magazine! I do have a few struggles these days. I have 3 pieces of “blue” willow that I cannot fit in a china cupboard to store. All three are a little too large to fit between shelves or simply are too wide/long to display anywhere else other than my 16 foot long dining room table. These would be 2 enormous cheese keepers and my 40 inch long warming platter.
The center of my table always has to be the biggest part of the display. Although, I don’t have any willow pattern vases to use that fit the bill for Fall colors….heck, I don’t even have a blue and white willow vase…So this year, as you can see I opted to use my Royal Doulton Spittoon. Yes it is clean! No spit was involved in this decorating.
I couldn’t just use it in the center of the table because of the size of the warming platter, so I decided to use the warming platter to elevate my spittoon to be a show stopper! I added a fall color table cloth underneath to pull it all together. And what fall decorating is complete without pumpkins?
I don’t know how you feel about using Blue and White willow in your fall decorating, but I think it is simply stunning, especially the older English pieces. You can see in these pictures I also used a multicolored willow pattern plate. I think it all compliments each other pretty well.
The bright oranges, yellows and greens make me want to sit by a camp fire and make smores! I simply love it. Many of my pumpkins boast a reminder to always Give Thanks. In a world that is so torn upside down as it is right now, we have to remember to be thankful for what we have and not wallow in what we don’t. It is so easy to be taken down a path of negativity.
I’d encourage you to play around with using various colors, textures and heights when you set your fall table. And seriously set it. It makes you feel so much better to see a stunning table, regardless of whether you have company coming over or distancing due to COVID. Just because you may be alone is no reason to not enjoy your willow finds!