Learn how to recreate an early fall tablescape and dining room that captures the time between summer and fall when fresh flowers and fruit is abundant.

Are you feeling ready to decorate for Fall yet? While my heart is heading there, outside says a lot differently. I still can’t find pumpkins where I live in New England, so for now, my decorations are headed in a different direction! This Early Fall Tablescape reflects what’s more readily available— sunflowers, hydrangeas, and apples. To see more Early Fall inspiration you can start here, visit the kitchen, mudroom, get entertaining and menu ideas, or download this apple print.

Dining room decorated for early fall with wood table

Early Fall Tablescape Ideas and Inspiration

While I can’t bring myself to do a neutral fall this year, neither was I feeling the extremely vivid oranges and reds yet. My theme, for now, surrounds the bountiful season between summer and fall.

Early fall tablescape with apples

 The colors are more reminiscent of the end of summer, and what’s occurring right outside my window here in New England with everything muting a bit. 

wood buffet with mirror and basket of flowers

Although the colors are fading outside, this is still a season of abundance, and I wanted to bring that into the room!

wood basket of flowers and bowl of apples

The flowers were arranged from inexpensive Trader Joe’s bouquets. It still surprises me that I can fill my entire home with beautiful flowers for less than the price of a throw pillow!

wooden bowl filled with apples

Apples are a recurring theme this season. While pumpkins are nowhere to be found in my area yet, we have plenty of apples. I have a printable, and some recipes involving apples for you later this week!

hydrangeas and sunflowers in a bakset

The Pomme Basket is a reader and Instagram favorite every fall. It was from Arhaus five or six years ago and sold out. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to source one that has wording like this. However, I did find a similar source for the burl bowl I love so much here! Mine was given to me by a family friend named Bernie who makes them as a hobby, but the source has great options. 

Early Fall Tablescape Ideas

This tablescape is a variation of my favorite standby. This time around I added seeded eucalyptus, which seems to be easy to find this year, and a kraft paper runner. If you’re curious about our dining set, this table is similar. They no longer carry the exact finish we have. Here are the chairs (ours is closest to the Natural Pine finish). Here’s a similar buffet. The bench was a DIY and you can see the tutorial here—but if you’re more a shopper than a DIYer, here’s a similar source. The paint colors in the room are Edgecomb Gray lightened by 50% and Simply White on the planks.

Early fall tablescape with crabapples and eucalyptus

I loved this view of the table, with the extra sunflowers waiting in the background.

Early fall centerpiece with birch candle holders

Apple orchards are a great source for deer sheds (antlers a deer drops or sheds naturally ). My dad found one of these antler sheds in an orchard. The others are faux, found here. The candlesticks can be found here.

crabapple and eucalyptus centerpiece

The table runner consists of live seeded eucalyptus and faux crabapples. I love the juxtaposition of using real natural elements and faux.

Apples at each place setting

I layered my beaded white plates with these striped napkins. The darker wicker chargers provided some contrast to the lighter wood of the table.

Candles and eucalyptus on a paper runner

Finally, I dreamed up this idea years ago, and I really love it for Thanksgiving and other fall gatherings.

Write on kraft paper runner for Thanksgiving

This is a simple kraft paper runner. It’s a great and simple way for guests to write down and share what they are thankful for.

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13 Comments

  1. Kelly Elko Says

    Love your muted fall colors! I’m suddenly in the mood for a big slice of apple pie with an apple martini to go with it! So glad you joined the tour – happy fall!

  2. cassie bustamante Says

    nina, your home is stunning! your tablescape is just beautiful! and you make me homesick…. i grew up in massachusetts- wilbraham, to be exact. and fall in new england is the most magical time ever on earth!

  3. [email protected] Says

    Hi Nina – Your home is beautiful, so light and bright. I love it. It is fun to see how we used the same florals from the craft store. You used them on your table and I used them in a bottle and vases. Love to see the versatility :-) I also read your post about Styling Your Brand. I bought that book the day it came out. It is so inspiring. I have lent it out to a few others and they all love it. I would love to meet Fiona and attend one of her workshops one day.

  4. Calypso in the Country Says

    What a beautiful fall tour! I love your use of subtle color and all your pretty accessories!
    Shelley

  5. Pam @ The Birch Cottage Says

    I absolutely love your kitchen! I stumbled across your blog the other day when I was looking for kitchen inspiration for our future kitchen remodel. In fact, I couldn’t sleep the other night and I read your entire series of blog posts about remodeling your kitchen.
    Then I read your post about defining your blog style. I’m ordering Fiona’s book and can’t wait to read it! Well, then, of course, I had to read your post about your personal style struggle. I’m with ya. I keep waiting to lose weight, get in shape and become the ideal me.
    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog and touring your home! Thanks for sharing so openly!

  6. Yvonne @ StoneGable Says

    Hi Nina! What a gorgeous home tour! Your home wears fall beautifully and your photography is amazing! LOVE the “get the look”! So helpful! Happy FALL!

  7. Deb Says

    Beautiful Nina! Love the warm colors you chose, and that table setting is absolutely stunning!

  8. Katherine Says

    Cam you tell me what kind of berry is on the dining table with the eucalyptus? I have a faux version but wanted to know the name of it. You house is beautiful! I love the simple touches.

    1. Nina Says

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      I have seen conflicting names- it looks like rose hips to me, but they are called crabapples by Joann Fabrics (where I bought them). Thank you!!

  9. Linda Says

    Love love love looking at these posts. I miss this time of yr so much- living in Aust now we are Spring heading into the heat. So I can’t decorate yet. We still do Thanksgiving and I decorate for a few weeks around this time. Love the vintage prints this yr. My head is already moving with ideas to support this. Again thank you for all your lovely ideas and sharing them with us??

    1. Nina Hendrick Says

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      I’m so glad it inspired you, Linda!