Back in spring, I shared the china hutch makeover where it was transformed from a sad, cluttered gallery of childhood "art" to an actual china display. At that time, it had some Easter-y touches like a miniature bunny and a glass egg ornament. For fall, I thought it would be refreshing to swap in some autumn-appropriate accents. Note the pinecone and velvet pumpkin. ;) (Velvet pumpkins available at Victorian Trading Company.)
I also changed up the color scheme. Red, brown and rust say fall a bit more than pink and green do. The gorgeous statement plate on the top shelf I discovered at the city-wide rummage sales in August, hidden in a stack of mismatched dinnerware. It looks like it belongs in a Victoria magazine, doesn't it? And here's the best part... it was $1.00. But wait there's more! The mother-of-pearl candle snuffer was also a $1.00 rummage sale find. This little gizmo has actually proven quite handy for our candlelit dinners, as snuffing candles is much tidier than blowing them out. (No wax splatters from overenthusiastic candle blowing!)
On the second shelf is an assortment of pieces from my Red Willow collection. They're just like the common Blue Willow pattern, but ya know, red. I already had the tea service, but the small plates were added this year. You guessed it - rummage sales. The odds were certainly in my favor this season. :) Never know what you're going to find!
P.S. Is all this talk of dinnerware and candles making anyone else excited for Downton Abbey? The movie hits theatres today, folks! I'm going to see it Sunday, so please don't tell me what happens!
'Til next time,