Join me as I embrace and share truly authentic American country style by reclaiming the past...my family's past. Come along as I make my house a home on a $0 budget with reclaimed, repurposed, recycled and found treasures all out of my grandparent's old house, local junk shops and my parent's attic. And since we have to eat too, I'll sprinkle in some gardening, country recipes, and a whole lot of southern hospitality.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Paisley and a Mikasa flatware giveaway!!

This week I am staying with a little cooler palette for fall but this time I'm keeping the paisley and you're getting the shiny, cool, flatware! But first...take a look!

We are outside on the porch this beautiful fall day, and the table is set for two. 




I am using my creamy Mikasa "Italian Countryside" dinnerware, which I have accented with a green leaf plate.



I used a large piece of matelasse fabric draped over this end of the table. I stayed away from the typical autumn centerpieces and used a piece of driftwood and ferns...


The hydrangeas have turned these beautiful shades of purple, green and brown...


There are plenty of acorns lying around for hungry squirrels this winter, so I borrowed a few for my hurricane.




And don't forget the paisley...the napkins were made from fabric from "Vertigo," which is a local decor and fabric shop.


I also added a touch of green with the Fostoria "Argus" green iced tea glasses...








Time to add a few more candles...








I will be linking up to Susan's "Tablescape Thursday" over at "Between Naps on the Porch." Be sure to stop by there and say hi!

To be entered in the drawing for 8 place settings of Mikasa "Italian Countryside" flatware, click HERE and follow the instructions.

Thanks so much for stopping by!! I really enjoy getting around to visit all of you too:-)

Anita


Mikasa "Italian Countryside" dinnerware and flatware
Fostoria "Argus" green iced tea glasses
Green leaf plates and placemats from Walmart
Bamboo napkin rings from Bed, Bath and Beyond
Everything else...from God's beautiful earth

51 comments:

  1. HELLO ANITA,

    WOWEE MY FRIEND!! I THINK YOU HAVE OUT DONE IT THIS TIME, YOUR SETTING IS JUST MAGNIFICENT!!! LOVE ALL THE BEAUTIFUL FALL COLORS :) AND WHAT A VIEW :) BREATHTAKING!!!
    BEFORE I GO PLEASE STOP BY MY BLOG, I AM HOSTING MY VERY FIRST GIVEAWAY :)

    XOX~MARI

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  2. Oh my! I think this is one of my favorites!!!! I thought of you this weekend! We drove through North Carolina to go to our family's home in Tennessee. I just love N.C. and always say that I could live there! The colors right now are so pretty! Your tablescape as always is wonderful. I love it!

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  3. Magnificent! The driftwood centerpiece effectively pulls the eye up and to the hills and the exquisite autumn panorama. Love the matelasse...and of course the paisley. So well conceived. Thank you for sharing your elegant design. Cherry Kay

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  4. Such a beautiful table! I love your green glasses and the great colors in the napkins-enjoy!

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  5. Oh!! Your table is so pretty. I love the acorns holding up the candle in the centerpiece and the gourds and hydrangeas on the plates!! You did a fabulous job! Of course I love your dishes, too!! ;-D

    XO,
    Janie

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  6. Oh Anita...that looks fabulous. Really so pretty and you have the perfect setting. I have those little leaf dishes in orange. I love the acorns in the candle.

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  7. This is so pretty and relaxing looking! You have a beautiful view all around! Lovely placesettings, centerpiece and the candlelight just perfect!

    Mary
    From Virginia

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  8. I'm supposed to concentrate on the TABLE in that beautiful settin? It's just so lovely from your porch right now. Love it!

    And I love the table too. The leaf plates with the gourds on them were my favorite part, but I really just thought the whole thing was fantastic. When you lit the candles? Perfect!

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  9. Anita, the colors on your trees just add to your beautiful table setting. How pretty is that. I love the natural elements you used. Thanks for your sweet comments. I go today to help them out with the baby for a few days. Yay!

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  10. Such a fun and festive table, Anita! Love the elments in this one. Perfect as usual!

    I'm back from a long hiatus and wanted to drop by and say, "hi." Mr. Magpie is much better.

    Happy Tablescape Thursday a little early...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  11. Beautiful setting for a lunch or dinner with all the colorful leaves and acorns. I love the color of the iced teas..y'all know by now that green is my favorite color!

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  12. Anita,this is my favorite,It might be because you moved it outside,I love Tablescapes outside,and this one is the best ever.You have such a beautiful view,the trees colors are awesome.And leave it to this O southern gal,but I couldn't help but notice that amazing 'hornet's nest,we have two on our property that I'm watching closely,I will be gathering that wonder of nature soon.You always give me such great ideas.WOW!
    -Jo
    -LazyonLoblolly

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  13. I could sit at this table all day sipping hot coffee and enjoying Mother Nature's glorious artwork. Beautiful tablescape! La

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  14. Now your talking! I have a few FB friends who have been waiting on me to do an outside tablescape in the fall. I have to admit I have been stumped (on centerpieces) but now I see that the ferns looks beautiful even with the fall setting I may be able to pull it together for them! This is just so gorgeous! I love everything about this one!

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  15. Truly beautiful. Love the setting outdoors and the table as always is lovely.

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  16. Anita, this is too beautiful for words! LOVE the centerpiece AND everything else. So unique and beautiful. Looks like you live in a paradise!

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  17. Beautiful... so fall season in this tablescape, love the driftwood, I dont have words to praise, fallen leaves make the scene completed... Gorgeous.

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    Farah

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  18. Oh, the glorious beauty of God's Creation. Your view is stunning and I love how you used it in your tablescape. I especially love the driftwood with the fern used as your centerpiece. Green is my favorite color and the Fall colors mixed with the green fern and green glassware is so pretty.
    This, I think, is my favorite of all your tablescapes! Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful scene with us.
    Have a blessed day!
    Susan
    P.S. I really think you'd make a wonderful photo stylist!!

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  19. Anita,
    I went and clicked ‘Like’ on the MikasaDining Facebook page;
    I also posted the name of your favorite Mikasa pattern on the Mikasa Facebook wall;
    Then signed up at Mikasa.com.

    Thanks for this great giveaway opportunity,
    Carrie – Oak Rise Cottage

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  20. this is so pretty and the outside back drop is awsome love how used elements from nature love the acorn idea you you alway come up with such cute ideas with real class:)

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  21. What a gorgeous backdrop for your beautiful table. All of the elements blend so perfectly. Fall without being over-the-top fall. As usual, just lovely.

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  22. Oh, Anita, I so appreciate getting a look at REAL fall color! What a lovely setting for your table this week! The matelasse cloth adds a cozy touch, and all the natural elements supply the charm. Love the paisley! Thank you for being a faithful commenter on my tables!

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  23. Anita! Once again you have blown me away! It is just beyond gorgeous with those trees as the backdrop and truly I feel like I am looking at the pages of a magazine! I was so glad to see your driftwood centerpiece again because it is one of my all-time favorites. Thanks again for sharing such lovely inspiration with us!
    Vanessa

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  24. Anita, I love all of your tablescapes but this is my favorite!

    You are so talented!

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  25. Tranquil tablescape made me smile- enjoyed seeing the beautiful natural setting of your property and the way you used natural elements from your yard. Good to see that your leaves have plenty of color- was dry here but still enjoying a colorful fall. Take care

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  26. Wow.love the ferns and driftwood and the additions of the gourds on the plates. Wonderful backdrop too. Can't say enough about that. Your blue hour shots are totally great. Glad I stopped by!

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  27. Hi Anita, What a pretty table and gorgeous scenery for a meal. I just found your lovely blog a couple of days ago and I have been browsing through the archives. I love your style and I am now your newest follower. I hope you'll visit and enter my giveaway too.
    Hugs, Sherry

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  28. Anita, your gorgeous tablescapes rivals that amazing view. What an awesome combination. Every detail is stunning. ~ Sarah

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  29. HI Anita! YOur trees are way ahead of ours and SO beautiful! We have the same setting, all the trees behind us! Your table for 2 is exquisite!!!! I sure wish we had some of your acorns: I had to buy FAUX ones;):) Pretty ironic since we are surrounded by trees:) Please stop by my table too. Now, I will go see the give away: I would LOVE to win the flatware!!!!! XO, Pinky

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  30. That is a beautiful table! so rich and autumnal!

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  31. I love seeing your posts each week on Tablescape Thursday! I love the warm colors you use, the "atmosphere" of your blog, the music is great! The name of your blog speaks volumes! I have just finished memorizing Prov. 31:10-31 this week to be recited with the teenage girls class I help teach on Sunday! The virtuous woman described in Proverbs is quite the woman, and from the looks of your home, so are you! :-)
    I "liked" Mikasa on Facebook. Thanks for the opportunity to win a shiny new set of flatware! :-)
    Beka

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  32. How lovely this is. I wished I could just be right there! The scenery in the background is just breathtaking!Love the driftwood for the added woody affect!! Great Job!

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  33. So beautiful! Love the centerpiece and the detail in your tablecloth just popped when the candles were lit. Great job!

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  34. Gosh can I come over? This looks so niiice!I love the tablecloth...the fabulous idea for a centerpiece...I need to find a bunch of acorns. What a gorgeous setting. Come link up to Centerpiece Wed on my blog.

    Karin

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  35. I am just in awe of your surroundings. What beautiful colors! Your table completes the beauty....Christine

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  36. This table just takes the cake, so to speak. I love your setting and everything about the naturalness of your tablescape. You captured the true look of fall. Thank you so much for posting, this is just a lovely table to take in.

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  37. Absolutely beautiful, Anita! I love the way you've incorporated the colors, shapes, and textures of autumn throughout your centerpiece and place settings. It looks completely natural, yet it's polished and very sophisticated. I always enjoy seeing the vintage Fostoria mingled with your beautiful, newer Mikasa pieces.

    Regards,
    Bill

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  38. WOW! Your tablescape is stunning! Setting it up outside so that you also get to see the beautiful fall colors is perfect. I could sit out there all day. (And night!) Thanks for sharing your decorative touch with all of us!

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  39. Absolutely wonderful! Gorgeous table and setting!

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  40. Absolutely beautiful! Love the nature of it and the colors are amazing. It just makes you wish you were there sitting at that table enjoying the view (of coarse, the drinks and food..LOL) Thanks for sharing your talent!

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  41. Such a gorgeous setting. Those blazing trees must be the reason for the warm amber light over your corner. I like your use of the green fern, it really pops out and complements the warmer color, plus mimics the greener trees in the background.

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  42. Beautiful table in a beautiful setting! I realy love that centerpiece!

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  43. You are so clever with your table outside on the deck with the falling leaves. Everything looks so natural and colorful. It's a beautiful setting

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  44. Gosh Anita, these pictures are so pretty!!!!

    Your table is lovely and dining here would be delightful.

    God bless and have a sweet life,
    d from homehaven

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  45. Oh my goodness this is so beautiful! I love all the Fall colors and the mood this evokes~
    Thank you for coming by my friend!
    Terry
    PS stop by and see "Gifts from the Sea" tablescape on my blog I did at the beach house (3 posts' ago). Now THAT was truly the work of God when you see that sunset!

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  46. I just love coming back on your deck and seing all your beautiful trees, Anita. It's so breathtaking!...Christine

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  47. Your outdoor setting is so beautiful and your tablescape is the perfect compliment! Thanks for your sweet visit last week -- I'm terribly behind in getting around.

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  48. Anita, I gasped at your first picture, honest! What a G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S setting for dinner for two!

    Our squirrels would be up on the table, snitching those acorns. Last year, I gathered a box to send to Sarah (Hyacinths for the Soul) & had them waiting to be sealed up & sent to TX. A chipmunk got in & ate EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM!!! LOL

    Your matelasse fabric adds a wonderful texture & dimension & I'm in total love with your driftwood centerpiece. Awesome tablescape!!!

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  49. Oh Anita! A gorgeous backdrop and beautifully inspired table. I love that rock arrangement.

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  50. Hi Anita!
    The woods around your house are amazing~ I love the acorns in the candle holder and all the other elements of autumn that are swirling around this table!
    Sitting at there would bring me to a quiet praise of God for the beauty of His creation ♥
    You are a good steward of it and a wonderful example of hospitality. Although we are not all there, present at your table, there is a sweet sense of invitation to "be there in spirit" as we all visit via the internet.

    God bless you in all you do, I'm sure you are a gift to your community, Anita ~
    *blessings always*
    Maria

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