Falling for Pottery: Autumn Tablescape Inspiration


If this is your first visit to my blog, WELCOME! I hope you will enjoy your time here — and come back often.  If you’ve been here before, THANK YOU for choosing to return!  I hope you find encouragement, inspiration, and lots of tablescape ideas.
For even more tablescape fun, I’m joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for the 108th Tablescape Thursday. You won’t want to miss it!
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My last post showed the kinds of things I like to use to bring warmth and texture to my Fall decorating.  Today’s tablescape focuses on one of my “foundations” of Fall decorating:  POTTERY.  (I’m also including ceramics.) And if you saw my previous post, you may be surprised to see that there’s not a bit of blue on this table!
Today it’s all about “traditional” Fall decorating …

Notice how even vintage dishes by different makers can be mixed and matched to achieve a great look.  Here I started with Homer Laughlin dinner plates featuring brown leaves …

… then added Denby salad plates with the prettiest Fall-colored flowers …

… then individual casserole bakers from Hall …

… and finished it off with a covered onion soup bowl …

Beneath it all are two layered placemats. I really liked the look of the dark bamboo, but I wanted more contrast with my tabletop since there were so many dark items in my tablescape. I’ve never tried this look before, but I kind of like it.  I think I’ll use it again sometime …



Notice that I added a small crocheted coaster under the amber glass. It makes the glass show up better — and adds another layer of texture, too! (Do you see the other crocheted piece in the center of the table, as well?)


I added some more pottery and ceramic pieces …



Here’s a close-up of the “flowers.” The branches are strips of green suede with some kind of puffy yellow balls attached. Sort of quirky, but great texture for Fall.

If you’ve followed my blog much, you may remember that in a recent tablescape I set a vase of flowers in the center of a salad plate, but I put a linen doily underneath it to hide part of the plate’s design. This time, I’ve chosen to leave the design exposed because it actually adds something to the look …


Finally, whenever I have time, I try to coordinate my china cabinet vignette with my tablescape — or at least not have something that clashes!  You may have noticed in the full table picture above that I’ve used pottery in a quick vignette to pull everything together.

Several of the pieces (along with most of the items in this tablescape) are for sale in my Etsy shop. If you like this look, check out my Fall Etsy shop catalog at the end of this post.  Even a single piece of pottery can add great texture to your Fall decorating!
Here are some close-up views …




Happy Fall — and Happy Tablescaping!



  1. Hi Susan, you chose lovely Fall pieces for your table, and I do love how the Laughlin and the archetypal Denby go so well together. Beautiful!

  2. A great setting, beautiful fall colors and pieces!

  3. Bravo! Yet another tablescape of yours that I love. It makes me so glad to be a follower.

    I love your colors and even more, your layers and textures for this fall table. I also love the way you coordinated the rest of the room.

    You have me all autumn inspired!

  4. Hi, I’m stopping by from Tablescape Thursday. I really love the colors of this table and it works so well with your lovely dining room. The way you mixed and matched the dishes is wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  5. this is all so gorgeous!love your shots, wonderful pics. the your big nut!

  6. What a lovely TS… I do love your whole autumn concept.

    TY for sharing spec me, I have more ideas how my fall nesting will be.

    Have a happy TS.

    Greetings from Stockholm

  7. I love the richness of the browns and golds on your beautiful table. I am intrigued with the flowers, they are really cute and perfect for a fall table.
    Have a great weekend!

  8. Your tablescape is divine! Your pictures are stunning and the colours are beautiful. I wish it was fall over here when I see this!

    I hope you don’t mind but I have tagged you with an “award”…please stop by if you have a moment. I am also having a giveaway!

    Best wishes,

  9. Lovely pieces! I made the squirrel on the walnut in the 70’s in ceramics class. Wish I still had it!

  10. I really like the idea of layering the placemats like that. Your onion soup pots are so nice. Lovely colors and textures in this table.

  11. Dear Susan, what a beautiful landscape! I love Fall for its warm colors and the sensation of coziness.
    Makes me want to cook and have friends over for special dinners.
    Your pieces are very nice. Pottery is one of my biggest passion, I am always adding something to my collection.
    I loved the way you added the Etsy shop book to your page, I will check it out.
    I also want to say that I checked the other site you told me about, the work you guys do in Brazil. I was impressed and thankful for people like you.
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. Mixing the Denby and the Loughlin was a great design choice. Your table is so well integrated into your entire dining room. Well done! Thank you for sharing your charming fall design. Cherry Kay

  13. Those bowls look impressive.. Loved how you’ve put this table together.. awesome!! 🙂