I know it's fall and Halloween, leaves, and pumpkins will be filling the blog world, I wanted to do something that reflected more of what fall means to our family.
I started with the runner which I pieced together from Birch and Aspen bark my husband gathered on his many fishing expeditions to Quetico.
I added some twisted, weathered wood gathered from our travels in Colorado and Utah.
My husband is a hunter. I am sure there are some who will view this and not agree with hunting and won't like what I chose to put on the table. I don't like that he hunts, mostly b/c he is a serious hunter and spends a lot of time away from me in the woods, but it's something he truly enjoys so I support him and wanted to do something for him. He's not terribly successful as a hunter, but occasionally he out smarts a deer. We do eat most of the animals he hunts and what we don't eat, he gives to his landscape workers. I only have one rule about the deer he hunts: they have to come home looking like they came from Kroger! No Bambi eyes, no fur, just steaks, chops, tenderloins, etc. He does his best. I have some incredible recipes for venison tenderloins, which are so delicious that I have even served them for our family's Christmas dinner.
I added shed antlers he gathered from the forest floor and one set from a successful hunt.
The pine cones were brought back from Colorado. Adding Fern Leaf Cyprus from our backyard softened the centerpiece.
For the place settings, I started with a woven placemat in shades of brown and Cambridge flatware. I added the Pottery Barn bronze charger from a Colorado thrift store (9 for $19!). The chargers are really heavy; weighing 1.55 pounds each.
The dinner plate is Mikasa Gourmet Basics. The pattern on the Home Essentials salad plate echoes the bark in the runner. I thought the brown dinner plate was lost on the bronze charger. I tried several lighter chargers, but none were rustic enough for this table.
I think the addition of the plaid napkin helped separate the browns.
Hubby's antique leather binoculars add to the outdoor look.
I hope you are enjoying the cool temps where you are. I will linking with following parties: