Thursday, September 8, 2011

Trying Out Table Centerpieces

So many bloggers are getting ready for Fall that I'm inspired to make a change or two (even though its as hot as Hades here at the moment). Because of the heat I'm not ready to pull out all the Fall decor, so I thought I would start simple. A new centerpiece for the kitchen table.

This is the way it's been looking for a few months. A vintage style tablecloth with a yellow Bauer bowl with fruit.

Of course, I could change it out with an orange Bauer bowl... but that's not much different, huh?

A couple months ago I found a real vintage, 40's-style tablecloth on eBay. I love the blue and red and as long as you don't look too close, you won't see the tiny holes or specks of green paint. I got it cheap and I don't mind "old and used." But my table takes a lot of abuse, so I don't like to use this tablecloth too much. (See note below.)

The hubby likes to see the wood on the old table. It originally belonged to his grandmother and we spend a lot of hours stripping and refinishing it. If you look close, you'll see it's about time to do that again. Oh well.

I have a lot of dark blue in my kitchen, from the wall to the 70's floor, so blue it is. I like the blue check of the tablecloth ($2 at my favorite thrift store) and the blue vase (number #2 son gave that to me for Xmas a few years ago) and the sunflowers really say "Fall," (even though they're fake).

Note: A few hours later the tablecloth was covered in chocolate milk! Good thing it's washable! And I realize it won't be long before I do have to pull out some of my Fall decorations. The kids were talking about Halloween already. Yikes!

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check it out because there's
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  1. I adore the 40's tablecloth. It brings up thoughts of my childhood. I think your lovely sunflowers are perfect for a autumn centerpiece.

  2. I have a couple other 40s tablecloths I inherited from my MIL, but the colors are all wrong. Now I'm on the hunt for ones with lots of blue and red... but they are so expensive! Wow. But I'll keep looking.

  3. Slow and steady wins the race, Katherine! I'm with you. No point in rushing into fall. If we just kind of ease into it, we'll feel a lot better about it! You've got a great head start! Have a good weekend!