Leaves are the quintessential fall decor, and we are so lucky to have a brilliant display each year in Canada.

In anticipation of the upcoming leaf season, I put this table together with transitional elements including sunflowers, dahlias, chrysanthemums, Annabelle Hydrangea that have donned their green hue, and leaves from the Japanese Maple tree.


Watercolour leaf plates from Pottery Barn were the inspiration for the table. I discovered a set on eBay over the summer, but then noticed that the plates were showing up in the background of several of the pictures on the Pottery Barn site, although the plates themselves were nowhere to be found. So I called Pottery Barn to get the scoop. They still had several sets showing in inventory at a few stores, but were no longer available online. Ha! The salesperson was very helpful and helped me contact a store with three sets, which they shipped them to me without incident. Yes! Excellent.

The outdoor setting provided lots of scope for an exuberant centrepiece, much more elaborate than I would go for inside the house (Moxie the cat has a thing for pulling dried hydrangea off the table and making a mash of it on the floor). She finds this highly amusing. I find it less so.

The glasses are Graham Green by Juliska.

The green is discontinued, but Graham is readily available in clear.

The gold hemstitch napkins are from Pier 1 last year. The Hemstitch Napkins are a great linen staple; I have them in several colours. The napkin rings are from Pottery Barn, several years ago.

They were part of a series that included the squirrel open salt I use so often. I can’t resist his chubby little paws gripping the acorn cup containing the salt.

The rust Martillo dinner plate is from Pier 1, last year. That colour is no longer available, but Martillo is another of their regularly featured solid dinnerware sets. The Cupola cutlery is from Williams Sonoma, and still an active pattern. The tablecloth is from HomeSense (HomeGoods in the US), this year.

The vase filler is from Pottery barn, this year. They’re dried Pumpinos (whatever those are) seed pods that resemble little pumpkins. Love it!

The russet tones of the maple leaf are warm and inviting.

The sunflowers stand out boldly against the full foliage on the table.

Welcome fall!  

I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.