Today I used all vintage and mostly French items for my Fall table. I used soft pastel Haviland Limoges dishes rather than brown plates. If you use white pumpkins and lavender flowers, I think this look can work for the fall. I love bringing something unexpected to my decor and table.
In times past, families would only have one set of dishes, so the dishes would have to work for every holiday, no matter the colors of the dishes.
Today I’m focusing on using vintage items for your table for an elegant look. Sometimes I focus on new items, but not today. I think it’s a great idea to add some vintage touches to your table to kick up the elegance factor.
I filled one of the Limoges bowls with pumpkins and seeded eucalyptus from Trader Joes.
I used another tureen filled with more pumpkins in the dining room. This lavender one is from Holland.
Some of my cups have a nice surprise on the inside of the cups. These Limoges cups have the pattern repeated inside. The dishes are thin and delicate. It’s amazing they survived this long. I am guessing they are about 100 years old.
I also added some of the baby boo pumpkins to some of my crystal stems. These are vintage American crystal glasses we inherited from the 1940’s.
I am so thrilled that I recently came across a bevy of silver napkin rings. This one is French. The French ones are very hard to find in the US. Just look at the elegant detail on this one. I suspect this one is very old.
The silverware is Christofle silverplate. These are also French, so not easily found in the US. I just love the incredible detail on these! Even though they are silverplate, the Christofle brand means they are well made. As with most French silverware, the detail is on the back of the fork, so you put them on the table with the tines down. The monogram is not mine, but I don’t care. The monogram adds so much character to the silverware.
The tablecloth is vintage linen, as well as the napkins.
I found these fabulous individual salt shakers for each place. It’s fun and totally unnecessary, but that’s why it’s such a lovely addition.
Jennifer @ Town and Country Living says
The soft colors are so pretty, Anita. Love the French silverware and napkin rings. My mom always had individual salt and pepper shakers for everyone at the table. I like that touch!
Such a beautiful table, Anita! Congratulations on your collection with Soft Surroundings. I love those glass bottles, I’ll have to check them out!
Pat M. says
I love your use of purple as a Fall color. Pleases my eye so very much. Golds and reds are used so often to indicate the season, its nice to see a color that is “out of the box.” And purple with silver – what could be more French and regal.
The mini salt shaker is a beautiful addition to this lovely fall setting. Very much enjoyed your fall tablescape post. 🙂
Beautiful table and the vintage tableware. The pumpkins look so cute inside the dishes. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!
Your table looks so elegant! And I adore your mix of white, pink/purples and vintage pieces! Thank you for sharing at our Merry Monday party; I’ll be including your table setting in my Party Features this week.
I’m so borrowing your idea of putting the little pumpkins in small glass dishes!