Transforming your home into an autumnal wonderland doesn’t have to be a major undertaking that rivals the efforts of Martha Stewart. If you’re feeling especially festive, the simple addition of a gorgeous autumn centerpiece is all that you need to give your dining room or kitchen table a seasonal touch.
While many reserve centerpieces for special occasions, you don’t need to have a gathering on your schedule to freshen up your home with some colorful table décor. Your automatic response might be to select a radiant bouquet and place it squarely in the center of the table, but you can do far more when you think outside of the box. Put a twist on the traditional autumn centerpiece by adding one — or more! — of these creative concepts to your home.
Most of us associate pumpkins solely with Halloween, but you can make use of these ubiquitous fall fruits even after you’ve passed out all of the candy. Start with a circular gold platter large enough to hold a handful of pumpkins in different sizes. For this purpose, think demure instead of hefty. Fill the tray with small and medium sizes, and add a few seasonal sprigs of holly or acorns. If there’s space, place a clear candle holder in the center and illuminate the setting at nightfall for a beautiful, whimsical look.
Almost nothing is as reminiscent of crisp fall days as acorns mingling with colorful fallen leaves on the grass. Taking your cue from the great outdoors, bring that natural beauty inside! Keep it simple by filling a tall glass vase with acorns. Wrap some jute around the center of the vase and position a few minuscule flowers in shades of yellow and orange on the jute by gently nudging the stem in between the jute and the vase. Finish by placing a few tall decorative berry picks into the acorns, which will help keep them in place so that they stand tall.
If you favor gourmand aromas to earthy fragrances, try something a little different. For this unique idea, you’ll want to use a less traditional platter. Try a copper plate, a cast iron pan, or something vintage that you only reserve for special occasions. The idea is to make it a little different. Fill a few squat glass vases with coffee beans, and place an unscented votive candle inside each. Place the vases on your platter and enjoy the subtle aroma of coffee. You can warm it up even more by turning on a customized Dimensions diffuser. Think of home scents that complete the ambiance — vanilla and whipped cream are nice touches.
The versatility of a tree stump is never more evident than during the holiday season. Suddenly it’s not just a nuisance you need to avoid in the yard, but a useful element that you can use to brighten up your tables. Take advantage of the wood’s natural elegance by using a thick slice as the backdrop for your centerpiece. You can keep it simple by placing candles in different autumnal shades on top or adding your favorite home scents. Make it elaborate by standing pine cones, tealight candles, and sprigs of colorful flowers on top. You might even enlist your crafty side to paint the sides of the trunk with glitter for a shimmery accent.