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Fall Tablescape Out By the Fire

Crystal glasses add an elegant touch to the rustic tablescape | Fall Tablescape Out by the Fire | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com
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Hello Friends,

Welcome to the 2016 Fall Ideas Tour.

This is a series of posts where 28 bloggers come together to share new and unique ideas for home fall decor.  The group was selectively gathered because each blogger has her own home, budget, and style.  This way, every day offers a variety of ideas for each different theme.

This post will include all themes and bloggers as new themes go live during the week.  I do hope you will check back with us for daily updates.
After a good review of Pinterest, I was sure of two things.  There aren’t many fall tablescapes for small tables and certainly not for small tables that are outdoors by a fire. So as you can imagine, I jumped to snag these concepts as the focus of my fall tablescape.

Rustic stools and wire pumpkins | Fall Tablescape Out By the Fire | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Then, as I am humming along with my plan, I realize that it is mid-August in the Deep South.  All of the foliage is totally green, the mums are in buds (not blooms), and there isn’t a “real” pumpkin to be found anywhere.  The whole “real” pumpkin drought is so bad that a group on Facebook was asked to alert area bloggers of early “real” pumpkin sightings.  Sounds crazy, but it’s true.  🙂

Berries add color, shape and texture to fall tablescapes | Fall Tablescape Out by the Fire | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

But the lack of all-things fall in my area doesn’t mean that we can’t get into the spirit of things.  Even without “real” pumpkins, I found a few ideas that might help transition your tablescape from summer to fall with a minimum of fuss and muss.  And as luck would have it, they just happen to work double-duty to make small tablescapes look bigger and function better.

5 Tips for Fabulous Fall Tablescapes:

1. Use Transition Color 

Nothing says “Hello Fall” when it still feels like summer like a touch of muted orange and brown.  To work these colors in without making them the focus, stems of fall-colored berries are mixed with brown branches and popped into a large glass jug.  

Berries in fall colors combined with brown branches provide a centerpiece option for early fall | Fall Tablescape Out by the Fire | www.thechelseaproject.com

The arrangement is then placed in the center of a side piece.  This option opens up the small dining table by removing the centerpiece and creating significant vertical lift from the color and texture.

Berries add color to fall tablescapes | Fall Tablescape by the Fire | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

2. Think Outside the Box

Ever been wreath shopping and, after a while, they all look the same?  It’s sort of a “been there, done that” experience? Well, next time, stroll through the mirrors and artwork section.  Look at the offerings in this department with new eyes.  That’s exactly how I found my new fall wreath.  

Consider metallics for fall wreaths | Fall Tablescape Out by the Fire | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

It’s edgy, oversized, and totally unexpected.

Yep. Absolutely perfect for visually expanding the small table by pulling the eye upward.

Think outside-the-box for unique fall wreaths | Metal and mirrors | Fall Tablescape Out by the Fire | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

3. Blow Out the Candles

That’s right. Blow out the candles and clear them away from the table. 

Mix pottery with copper and stone for an all-natural effect | Fall Tablescape Out by the Fire | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

The glow from the fire will expand the table horizontally and create a cozy focal point for diners.

Crystal glasses add an elegant touch to the rustic tablescape | Fall Tablescape Out by the Fire | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

I know I sorta lucked out because this fireplace was built almost at table height.  It’s a stretch, but the height of the large opening sort of helps to lift it over the line. 

No room for candles on the table? How about a glow from the fireplace instead.. | Fall Tablescape Out by the Fire | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

4. Layer Vertically

When working with a small table, every square inch of tabletop space is prime real estate.  

So if there is an option to offset the centerpiece, fire/candles, and serving dishes, please consider it.  Then, in order to maximize the remaining table space, start the layering process with the tablecloth and build up.

In other words. Stack. Stack. Stack.

Combine casual and formal elements for outdoor dining | Fall Tablescape Out by the Fire | www.thechelseaproject.com

And as you build, be sure to include the visual space beyond the table. This means that a vertical lift for the eye should be created that is as high as possible.

A copper kettle adds a rustic edge when combined with crystal and linen | Fall Tablescape Out by the Fire | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

5. Tie It All Together

Notice that this entire space is now part of the tablescape and not simply the table top.

To tie it all together, start with a pop of color in the tablecloth and dishes.  This will anchor the tabletop as the center of attention. 

Mix formal, casual and rustic elements in fall tablescapes | Fall Tablescape Out by the Fire | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

To this color, add neutrals and textures to weave through the space like threads through fabric.

A blue tablecloth anchors the tablescape with a pop of color | Fall Tablescape Out by the Fire | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Mix wood, metal, fabric, glass, and stone.  Pair opposites like crystal and rust, linen and lumber.

Fall Tablescape Out by the Fire | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

And then slow down and enjoy the evening – Because the number of lovely fall evenings is limited.

And well – Because you deserve it.  🙂

Happy Fall, Everyone! 

This handy graphic makes it easy to pin these ideas for later…

5 Tips for Fabulous Fall Tablescapes | The Chelesa Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

For more table top tips, please click here.

5 Tips for Table Tops that Pop | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

 

Fall Ideas Tour 2016 | www.thechelseaproject.com

2016 Fall Ideas Tour

Monday – Mantels

Fall Ideas Tour 2016 - Day #1 - Mantels | www.thechelseaproject.com

 

Tuesday -Tablescapes

Fall Ideas Tour 2016 - Day 2 - Tablescapes | www.thechelseaproject.com

 

Wednesday – Wreaths

Fall Ideas Tour Day 3 - Wreaths | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

 

Thursday – Printables

Fall Ideas Tour Day 4 - Printables | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

 

Friday – Porches

Fall Ideas Tour 2016 - Day 5 - Porches | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

 
 
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  • Reply christykjames September 20, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Your outdoor space is amazing, Susie! I think I would eat out there always. 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 20, 2016 at 8:10 am

      Thanks Christy!

  • Reply Debrashoppno5 September 20, 2016 at 6:54 am

    The table setting looks wonderful and so romantic.

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 20, 2016 at 8:10 am

      Thanks Debra!

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  • Reply Carolann September 20, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Beautiful Susie. I can see a wonderfully relaxing and romantic evening spent in your backyard. I love the colors. They are so inviting! Wonderful job!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 20, 2016 at 9:07 am

      Or for a couple of friends giggling and chatting… LOL. Works for both!! Thanks so much for visiting!

  • Reply Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge September 20, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Your outdoor dining space is gorgeous. I’m in love with that stone fireplace. And the way you set the table and the surrounding area is magazine worthy. Thanks for sharing and for joining us on the tour! ~ Angie

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 20, 2016 at 9:06 am

      Thanks so much, Angie. You are so sweet. Thanks so much for including me in this wonderful fall tour.

  • Reply June September 20, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Ohhhh what a great space and I love it all except the blue tablecloth, lightened it up a little, I think I feel this way because I just read a bloggers site with lots of whites ??? Your space is amazing!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 20, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Thank you… I have about a 100 different tablecloths. I surely can try a lighter color. Appreciate your comment.

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  • Reply Doreen September 20, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Your outdoor table by the fire is so inviting! Wish I lived closer – I’d be over this evening! Maybe we could have s’mores for dessert!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 20, 2016 at 11:54 am

      Thanks Doreen! And yes! I wish you lived closer, too. We’d have a fun ladies night and make s’mores galore.

  • Reply My Creative Days September 20, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    I love that you did this outside! You have a gorgeous set up for this!!! Drooling over it all!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 20, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      Thanks Lindsay!! We try to use the outdoors as much as possible in the fall. BBQ and football….come on over!!

  • Reply Paula September 20, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    What a beautiful outdoor space you have for entertaining. I can only imagine how much you enjoy being out there with friends and family. I think I’d want to eat every meal out there!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 20, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      Thanks Paula. Wish you and all of the ladies were close enough to come for lunch…or for ladies night. We’d have a great time giggling, chatting, and making s’mores.

  • Reply Kim @Hunt & Host September 20, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Susie – I always love your patio and today was no exception. Your tips are so great and the effortless way you decorate is something I love dearly! Love it and sharing sweet friend!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 20, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks so much, Kim. Nowadays, I do try and make entertaining casual. We love having BBQ and football. I still use the china and crystal, but try and pair them with something rusty. LOL…

  • Reply Vanessa Hunt September 20, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Oh my goodness I’m OBSESSED with your outdoor fireplace and everything is just truly so beautiful! It’s so much fun to be apart of this tour with you Susie. 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 20, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks so much Vanessa! You have no idea how much this means to me. I’m loving the tour, all of the great ideas, and getting to know all of you great bloggers. Here’s to a fun fall for all. 🙂

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  • Reply Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule September 20, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    OH, so nice!! My kind of Fall tablescape! 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 20, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks Nancy! Come on by for some food and fun.

  • Reply Marie from The Interior Frugalista September 20, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    I’ll have a glass of chardonnay please. No better yet, a bottle because I plan on transporting myself into the picture, curling up by that cozy fire, and staying awhile. What’s being served in those pretty dishes by the way? Such a beautiful and inviting space, Suzie! As always, your pictures are stunning!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 20, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      LOL…Marie. Come anytime you want and curl up by that fire. And let me know what you’d like to eat in those dishes. I’ll get cracking on it. Thanks so much… You are such a doll.

  • Reply Sarah September 20, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    I’m swooning over everything about this space and the tablescape!!! Gorgeous photos as always, Susie!! Well done!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 20, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks Sarah… you are such a sweet encouragement to me..What would I do without you? Bless you always. XOXO

  • Reply misstoni65 September 20, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Oh my goodness this is so beautiful! You always set such lovely table and I have to say your photography is just awesome! Thanks for the tips, I need to go to school on you and learn how to set a lovely table like yours. I can’t wait to check out the others!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 20, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Oh my goodness, thanks so much my dear Toni.. You are the best…

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    I am moving in your back yard!! I love it all!
    Debbie

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 21, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      Lol…Debbie! Thanks….and come on down.

  • Reply jezuri September 21, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Great tips and love your outdoor fireplace!

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    Take me to the woods please! What an amazing outdoor scape you created. Love it. Also am so excited to see all of the tours for the focused ideas. Glad to have the Fall ahead to be inspired.

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 21, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      LOL…. Thanks Debbie. You are so sweet. Thanks so much for coming by.

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  • Reply thegraphicsfairy September 22, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Wow! What a fabulous space Susie!! I love all the rustic touches. And that fireplace looks so cozy, I want to plop right down next to it and spend the day there!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 22, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks Karen… You come over and plop by the fire anytime.

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  • Reply Maryann September 22, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    What a gorgeous outdoor space! I think I’d eat every dinner out there!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 22, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks Maryann. Come over anytime and we will cook….

  • Reply Barbara Garrett September 22, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Absolutely, tee-totally perfect and beautiful in every way possible. I would LOVE the chance to sit there with you and sip on coffee and chat our hearts away. 🙂 xxoo

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 22, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks Barb. Sounds wonderful… I’ll put the coffee on… XO

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  • Reply shirley@housepitalitydesigns September 23, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Oh my…this is gorgeous!!!….Table is wonderful and I am crushing on your amazing outdoor space!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 23, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks so much, Shirley!! We’ve really enjoyed having more patio and less yard.

  • Reply 2beesinapod September 23, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    What a gorgeous tablescape. Fall exemplifies cozy fires and dining al fresco dining. Your tips are spot on and your space looks fabulous!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 23, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks so much Vicki and Jenn. You guys are the best.

  • Reply Leanna September 23, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Sighhhh. I wish I could sit outside in the warm fall evening like our southern counterparts do. Very pretty!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 23, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks Leanna. Come’on down anytime.

  • Reply Susan September 23, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    What a wonderful setting! It looks so inviting!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 23, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks so much Susan!

  • Reply Sue September 24, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I am speechless how perfect your fall tablescape is Susie. The balance of colors are soft on the eyes and the whole setting lulls me into a state of peace. You could stage a restaurant.

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 24, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks so much Sue. You are so sweet to leave such an encouraging comment. Wish you could come by for a salad and a chat…..out by the fire. XO

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    What a beautiful space! I love that fireplace and your mirror wreath. I wouldn’t ever want to leave 🙂 Thank you for sharing this inspiration with us at TaDa Thursday!!!

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      Thanks so much!! It’s a great linky party!!

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  • Reply Mary-The Boondocks Blog October 13, 2016 at 3:17 am

    Susie your photography is incredible. Having said that you also have really great material to work with. That outdoor area is beutiful and cozy. You have created the perfect setting for a fall dinner.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 13, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Thanks so much, Mary. You are such a doll!

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