There is a definite nip in the air in the mornings, and I’ve dug out my light sweaters. It’s official – fall is here. Let’s make the most of it and enjoy all the bounty autumn has to offer.

 The oak trees are thick with green acorns, and made a charming centerpiece for this green and gold table.

Autumn Harmony by Christopher Stuart caught my eye while perusing Replacements for fall inspiration. Though Replacements didn’t have any in stock at the time, both Etsy and eBay had a small offering.

I loved the richness of the pattern on the rim of the plate, with its beautifully rendered flora, two narrow contrasting borders and gold accents. 

So I happily set my first indoor table of the season before leaving the Cape. 

A gold and silver acorn salt & pepper set from Pier 1 coordinated beautifully with mercury glass votives from Pottery Barn.

(I see I left the “P” sticker on the pepper shaker – ooops).

One of the things I like best about indoor table settings is the ability to enjoy them for a few days, taking photos at various times and in different lights. Here I was fortunate to capture the blue hour.

Candleliight dining is magical, isn’t it?

Antique Venetian gold twisted goblets from Elise Abrams Antiques happily joined forces with modern gold lustre chargers from Pier 1 a few years ago, and still available.

The mercury glass votives from Pottery Barn come in all shapes and sizes for an eclectic display.

The Michael Michaud napkin rings were a fortunate find and continued the gilded-fall-flora theme.

Bark-covered vases from Save-on-Crafts nestle happily down the centre of the table, holding nothing but oak leaves and acorns. Simplicity itself.



Gilded simplicy, mind you! 🙂

I’ll switch gears now, if I may, from elegance to emotion. It’s been a tough week in the Entertablement house. Burton, one of our Golden oldies, passed away and in a household of four dogs and three cats, it’s wrenching to realize how big a hole the departure of one dog leaves. 

Known as “old reliable”, he had the darkest coat of all of the crew.

Not the sharpest knife in the drawer, by any means, 🙂  his gentle personality was especially appreciated by Dundee, who often turned to Burton for comfort when life got to be too miuch for a little orange cat. 

Burton leaves his littermate, Taylor, behind and watching her gazing at her brother as he left the house for the last time just broke my heart. They’ve always been together.

Time will make things easier, but in the interim, we’re all a bit of a mess. Ugh. Taylor is doing better than we feared and seems to acknowledge Burton’s absence with patient acceptance.

Burton had a wonderful life for nearly fourteen years, and remembering him in happy times is a great comfort.

Playing on the beach with his favourite toy,

he and Taylor, with their grinning faces turned to the wind,

hanging with the gang,

protecting his pal, Dundee,

and tolerating the annoyingly energetic pup, Clementine.

Godspeed, Burton. You’ll always live on in our hearts. We miss you, buddy, more than we can say.

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