Autumn in the Dining Room

By Kate Riley October 3, 2011

Hey y’all!  I’m very excited to be hosting the Fall Craft Link Par-tay tomorrow!  Over the weekend I added a few fun seasonal touches to the dining room.  And I made soup.  Because we all know soup and fall go hand in hand.

Last week, I brought home a bunch of gourds and pumpkins and scattered them across the table, then hung a few festive corn husk pom poms because don’t we all need more pom poms in our life?  Yes, thank you, we do.

kate's fall dining room with pom poms


I played around with a few vignettes on the table watching the 49ers win (yes!).  This one includes vibrant viburnum leaves from my yard in a vase full of white cannelloni beans (the stems are placed in water in a more narrow glass inside…) which also made me crave soup.

fall leaves on table


There is no such thing as too many white pumpkins in my book, this beauty is garnished with a few faux berries.

fall tablescape with pumpkins

white pumpkin on table cg


I distressed some plain ol’ orange pumpkins with paint – I love the contrast between the crisp white and intense orange.

distressed pumpkin on stand

fall pumpkins on table cg

fall sideboard cg

So there’s a quick tour of the dining room – fall-ified for fun.

cg fall dining room table


I’ll give you all the easy how to on the pom poms and pumpkins tomorrow, plus show you one more little project finished as well.  The Par-tay starts at 6 a.m. PST.  Bring your best fall craft!

Here’s a handy button to link up.


See you tomorrow!



  1. Stunning Kate. I agree…never too much. Just like shoes and purses! Think I’ll be heading down to the farm stand once again for a little more pumpkin bling. And thanks again for the college info ;)

  2. I LOVE this table! The white pumpkins are really pretty. I can’t wait to make some pom poms, really nice. Beautiful setting for fall.

  3. Looks so pretty- I ♥ the white, too. This year, I GREW some white pumpkins-and I got three of them to come out and play here in the high desert of Oregon. They go on the table/mantle tomorrow :)

  4. I LOVE the pom poms!! Very cute. Your dining room looks soo lovely! Too bad Thanksgiving is still a ways off, you’re all set. =) You could celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving, it’s this weekend.

  5. I’ve always been a sucker for white pumpkins. That distressing? Total GENIUS. Also genius, the white beans surrounding the smaller vase. I thought I was creative, but you’ve got a whole other level :)

  6. I love your pom poms! I agree with you, we all need some more pom poms in our life! I also like your distressed pumpkins!! What a beautiful setting! You’ve made me crave something warm!! Have a wonderful day!

  7. Kate, your a movie star in my blog book! I love it all. I think I need a few pom pom’s in my life too!

  8. You can put together a table and vignette like no other!! Looks fab, and so ready for fall.

    Hubs watched the 9ers game and was going bonkers! “You don’t understand, they’ve had nothing for so long!!!!!”

  9. Lovely! This former cheerleader agrees with you–everyone could use a pom pom or two (or more). :) Your tablescape is so pretty…I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone distress pumpkins before. That’s a really neat technique!

  10. Your table looks so pretty and festive, I love white bean soup too. I’ve been going slow cooker crazy the past few weeks at my house!

  11. I love your little rafia pompoms :) how adorable!! The entire table is gorgeous – I’m so totally inspired. I particularly love the dried white beans in the vase with the sprig of foliage – genius!!

  12. What an absolutely beautiful setup. I also tried mixing the beige poms with a few pows made with dried leaves, in varied sizes. It added a bit more color to the room and allowed me to cut back on the amount of paper I used. Thanks for the tips!

  13. Love this! Just wanted to let you know that I am featuring it on my “Top 10- Fall Table Decor” list today at and I will be promoting it at a lot of linky parties! Please stop by and feel free to grab a button or link to add to your site!

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