Cossart Design's tips on how to prepare your table for fall

  1. Color is Key

Before you begin setting your table for fall, you’ll want to start thinking about the color scheme to build your table setting. We selected our favorite Abbiamo Tutto Woodlands dinnerware, which showcases a simple white and green scheme with a pop of tan. We thought this simple yet elegant scheme of the trees and deer could easily transition into any Thanksgiving tablescape. 

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Go on… select your favorite china that you haven’t used in years, or just pick up your everyday dinnerware and transform it to a table setting just for fall. Our next steps are key to really dressing up that everyday dinnerware!

2. Layer the Textiles

Starting from the base layer, we selected a round, woven seagrass placemat which we topped with a faux boxwood placemat. The contrast between the two textures really sets the tone for the table. We incorporated a simple gingham/plaid napkin with fall colors of cream, tan, yellow and orange. Creating a balance of textiles and placing them throughout the table really sets the tone for the base of the table.  

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If you choose to use a table runner or table cloth, make sure to build the next layer with a contrast of textiles whether it be a woven placemat or a glass charger.

3. Dress it up with Dinnerware

Since we wanted our main focus to be the Abbiamo Tutto Woodlands pattern, we decided to keep the contrasting dinnerware simple. We selected Casafina’s Wicker Park White dinner and salad plates. We topped each salad plate with an appetizer plate and bowl in the Woodlands pattern. You can choose to add any accessories to fill the appetizer bowls, here we selected small lemons. Incorporating the lemons ties the table scheme back to the yellow flowers in the centerpiece. You can also showcase your serving pieces to really make up your table for fall and your upcoming guests. 

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If you don’t have all the appetizer plates and bowls, pull out some stemless wine glasses and use those to top your salad plates. You can accessories those glasses with any unique item of your choice, from small pumpkins to artichokes. 

4. All about the Centerpieces

We created a unique fall centerpiece showcasing many colors of fall; autumn oranges, pops of light yellow, green mums, acorns, berries, and pussy willows. Most of the time floral arrangements are the main centerpiece, but we chose to add a pair of distressed, grey candlesticks flanking either side of the floral. Incorporating a few gold candle votives to the base of the floral arrangement creates a contrast of materials and allows your eyes to flow along the table. 

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You can add any type of candlesticks, candle votives and floral arrangements to match your scheme. Make sure you are creating a centerpiece with various heights and dimension. Get creative with books, acrylic stands, or unique items you want to use within your design. 

Using our 4 design tips, we hope you can start creating a fall tablescape of your dreams. Stop by our shop to see our fall table setting in person, and grab some inspiration or items to take home with you! We hope you enjoyed this post of how to prepare your table for fall. 

Key Points to a Stylish Bookcase

Do you ever wonder how those bookcases in magazines look so stylish and perfectly organized? Well here is our guide to creating a stylish bookcase in any space.

Step 1: To paint or not to paint?

Here you can see our before and after of how painting a bookcase can really transform the overall appearance of the room. We also added wallpaper to the back of the shelves to add another design element. This creates a contrast between the painted shelves and allows the accessories to make a statement.

 

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BEFORE

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AFTER

Step 2: All about the books

Old books, new books, small books, big books... Books are a great way to fill up the space. Stacking books vertically and horizontally throughout the shelves creates movement and allows your eyes to flow from shelf to shelf. Our image below shows how we incorporated old books to really showcase this space.

 

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Step 3: Mixing Materials

Whether you use a combination of wood, glass, metals or ceramics, all elements combined make for a stunning bookcase. Spacing each element throughout the bookcases creates a unique statement for each shelf. We recommend using a combination of various elements.  Remember to look at the entire space and insure that the same type of elements are not next to or above and below each other.  See our example below of the unique items and ways we mixed materials. 

 

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Step 4: Balance is key

The key to a good balance is layering elements, using various heights, mixing materials and adding the last final touch of greenery. In our photo below, the bookshelves were custom built to showcase the portrait. The challenge was to balance on the other side.  We incorporated the following elements to achieve this.  

  • Staggering books both vertically and horizontally
  • Mixing ceramics, woods and metals throughout
  • Few touches of greenery 

The paint in the back of the bookshelves adds the final element, adding to the balance of the shelves.

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Step 5: Green is Good

 Add a touch of greenery or florals to the  shelves. In the first image, you will see that we used a small planted orchid in a soft white ceramic vase.  In the bottom image, we incorporated a light teal ceramic planter with beautiful green hydrangeas. The contrast of the various colors pops against the painted white bookshelves. You can also use real flowers for those of you who have a green thumb! 

 

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