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How to Get 2 Looks from Your Autumn Tablescape

How’s your fall decorating coming along?  If you’re like me, you slowly add autumn touches around the house.  Earlier this week, I shared my latest casual fall table setting in the kitchen.  Today, I’m sharing how I reused some items from that table to create a new autumn tablescape!

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A New Look for an Autumn Tablescape:

If you read my blog, this place setting below might look a bit familiar to you…

Easy DIY Checked Fall Napkin Ring with Wheat

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Originally, I set my kitchen table with this casual style fall table setting using neutrals with navy and buffalo checks.  For a few days, we kept the table set and enjoyed our meals on the decorated table.  Then I slowly started paring it down for every day use.

Ironically, my husband and older son told me they liked having the table set “all fancy”.  Who are these people that I live with?  So, to compromise with these guys who have a newfound appreciation for decorating, I left the “fancy” runner and centerpiece down the middle of the kitchen table.

Buffalo Check Centerpiece - Autumn Tablescape Ideas

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Then I moved most of the original table setting to the dining room…

Autumn Table Setting Ideas with buffalo checks

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After all, we don’t eat many meals in the dining room.  Sad but true.  Considering, my guys loved this tablescape so much, I figured we could still enjoy it when we walked through that room.  Since I left a few accessories in the kitchen, I rearranged a few things for a fresh look in the dining room.

In doing this, I realized this was an easy way to get more mileage for an existing tablescape!

My Tips to Reuse and Repurpose Items from an Autumn Tablescape:

Instead of creating a whole new fall tablescape from scratch, consider reusing and re-purposing some items for a new look.  Take a look at what you have and think of some tweaks you can make.

Move the Autumn Tablescape to Another Room:

Since my dining room walls are navy, I knew my autumn tablescape would work perfectly in that room.

Wheat in White Pitcher Centerpiece for dining room table

For the “new” autumn tablescape, I kept the same basic look of the previous one.  Yet, there is a whole different vibe in the dining room than the kitchen.

Change the Centerpiece:

When I set my fall table in the kitchen, I used my burlap flower box for the centerpiece.  As I mentioned, I left that flower box in the kitchen for every day.  Obviously, I had to create a new centerpiece for the fall dining room table so I brought in my old standby – a white pitcher of wheat.

Wheat in white pitcher centerpiece for autumn

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As you can see, the white pitcher stands out against the dark navy walls and the cherry furniture.  By using wheat instead of flowers for the centerpiece, you don’t have to worry about changing water or removing flowers as they wilt.  This centerpiece can last through the whole fall season!

In place of the wheat, I could have used artificial flowers as well.  I just like the way the wheat looks for fall.

Try a Different Table Runner:

Since I wanted to add color to the fall table setting in the kitchen, I decorated that table with a patterned table runner.  Plus, as mentioned, I left that runner in the kitchen for everyday.  For the autumn tablescape in the dining room, I decided to go with my favorite burlap table runner…

Autumn Table Decorations in a navy blue dining room

The burlap runner allows all the white pieces to stand out.

Add a Few Different Accessories to the Table:

On my kitchen table, I used wooden candlesticks.  For the dining room table, I brought out my white ones.  These candlesticks coordinate with the white pitcher centerpiece and help brighten up the table.  Then to dress up the candles, I wrapped them with the same buffalo check ribbon on used for my napkin rings.

Autumn Place Settings

Besides those few changes, this autumn tablescape stayed basically the same as before.

Autumn Table Setting Ideas for the Dining Room

I even kept the small hurricanes filled with mini raffia pumpkins from the previous table.  I guess I did add the larger raffia pumpkins in the center, though.

Neutral and Navy Fall Tablescape Ideas

Overall, I think my guys approve the new look for their beloved fall table setting!

Carry the Autumn Decor Around the Room:

Since I couldn’t stop there, I carried some more fall accessories around the dining room.

Autumn Decor on a bar cart

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Each season, I like to play around with the look of my bar cart.  In previous years, I have tried several ways to decorate the bar cart for fall.  It’s become one of my favorite things to decorate!

Don’t tell my boys, but I wanted to see how my flower box from the kitchen would look in the dining room…

Autumn Decorating in Navy Dining Room

Even though I love the way the buffalo checks coordinate with the table, the yellow flowers are a little brighter than the other accessories in the room.  Though, I’m loving the way the buffalo checks look with my navy walls!

Speaking of navy walls, here’s a full view of the dining room with my repurposed autumn tablescape!  Be sure to also check out even more ways to decorate for the seasons in a navy dining room.

Autumn Table Decor Ideas for a Navy Dining Room

Hopefully, I’ve inspired you to try reusing and re-purposing an existing table setting this fall.

With just a few tweaks, you can stretch out the look of a table you love!


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  1. ********************************************************
    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

    1. You’re welcome Rosie – and thank you! Yes, those burlap table runners are so versatile. Thanks for swinging by!

  2. Shelley, what a great table – I can see why your husband and son liked it so much. Love both looks and love the wheat sheaves – pinned!

    1. Thanks so much, Kim! I love decorating with wheat because I don’t have to worry about changing the water like I do with flowers! Thanks again!

  3. Oh my goodness I love this table! The blue and white check and the wheat! So much inspiration! So glad you joined us for Welcome Home Sunday!

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