Creating your own natural autumn tabletop décor

Do  you have time to put together elaborate table settings? I don’t! But I love to change out my table tops and décor. So for me, it has to be quick and easy.

 Today I’m going to share a couple ideas with you for a rustic Fall table setting. You could use it for everything from an informal girls night in or a buffet setup to a  sit-down Thanksgiving dinner.

Think burlap.  It can be plain, stenciled or printed. You can find burlap at fabric stores, craft centers or online. The piece shown is large enough to use as a tablecloth, but after the holidays, I may cut it down and fray the edges for a table runner.

Mix it Up. I used rustic twig placemats, but then I added plates from Pier One, HomeGoods and the gallery for an artsy eclectic look.  I added a clay wine goblet, glass water goblet, tied the napkins up with raffia and I’m done!

Keep the centerpiece simple. I just didn’t want any kind of “arrangement” this time, so I grabbed a couple candles, some apples, and a gourd or two along with some vintage copper and put it together (Be sure you walk around the table and check if from every side!).

Walk around your house before you go shopping! I realize not everyone has twig placemats. Reed or grass cloth mats would work, too, and so would raw nubby fabric mats. Don’t be afraid to mix fabrics and textures I didn’t have a tall candle holder, so I turned a copper mug upside down and … instant candle holder!

 Gallery owner Ginny Lassiter is also a potter, an abstract painter, and a design consultant for eclectic interiors. Her best advice? Stay away from matchy, matchy. Art doesn’t have to match your sofa! This was a piece she previously wrote about setting a table for a Thanksgiving or other Fall event.