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25 September 2012

Come Sit Under the Apple Tree!

On a beautiful morning in northeast Wisconsin, I decided to set a table under our very old and very large apple tree.

Here at our Wisconsin house/cottage, I have very little in the way of good china, but this set that I do have, with its rich jewel-tone colors, simply screams fall to me!

I took the really cheap and ugly old round table from the deck, hauled it out to the side yard, and covered it with a drop cloth.  Apples were literally falling all around me as I set up the table!  Instant table decor!

Aside from the colors, one reason I like this china is the ability to go monochromatic...

...or mix the colors (which is what I prefer)!

The runner has all the colors of the china (a happy coincidence)!

The centerpiece is a bunch of in-the-process-of-drying hydrangeas that I managed to save (there were lots of blossoms this year, but so little rain).  The colors are so pretty, even as they dry.

You are welcome to come by and sit under the apple tree; we'd love to have you!

China from The Winterthur Store (ages ago)
Stems from Kohl's
Runner from Pier One (ages ago)

I'll be visiting some of these great gatherings this week:

Inspire Me Monday @ Create With Joy
Make it Pretty Monday ~ The Dedicated House 
Masterpiece Monday @ Boogieboard Cottage
Mop It Up Monday @ I Should Be Mopping The Floor
Debbiedoo's Newbie Party @ Debbiedoo's
Mosaic Monday @ The Little Red House
Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home

Metamorphosis Monday ~ Between Naps on the Porch

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm 
Time to Shine @ A Diamond in the Stuff 
Table Top Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life 
Tuesday Link Party @ A Bowl Full of Lemons
Knick of Time Tuesday @ Knick of Time
Tuesday's Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Show Me What Ya Got@Not JUST a Housewife
Be Inspired @ Elizabeth & Co.
Centerpiece Wednesday ~ The Style Sisters
Wordless Wednesday @ Create With Joy
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Primp Your Stuff Wednesday @ Primp
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Let's Dish ~ Cuisine Kathleen 

Show and Tell @ Blue Cricket Design
Show & Share @ Southern Lovely
Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors


  1. Just beautiful! Your table just looks so inviting and festive!

  2. I love how you mixed the colors of the dishes at each setting. So pretty and certainly works well for fall. The falling apples were just a way to say it was all meant to be. So very pretty. xo marlis

  3. What's that song... Don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me.... :-) Songs pop in my head all the time and that one did as I read your cute post! I like your mix of stemware- all the colors just stand there like jewels! How appropriate that the apples fell and joined your party!

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  5. This is a charming table! I love the mix of colors and the glasses are awesome. Fun table and watch out for those apples!

  6. Your table is wonderful! I love those dishes. Winterthur is on my list of places to see soon! We lost 2 of our 3 apple trees last October in the early blizzard, and the one remaining doesn't seem to have any apples this year! And our hydrangeas all fried in the heat so I have none to dry. I do have tons of basil, though. I think it likes the dry heat. Your table is so inviting! Linda

  7. Your setting is gorgeous! The apple tree is just perfect. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Kristen's Creations. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  8. Your tablescape is so pretty! The fresh apples are a great touch along with the great dishes! I'm visiting by way of Kristen's Creations.


  9. What a pretty setting! And how perfect are the apples falling all around? I love the mix of colors in the dinnerware; and the drop cloth adds such great texture. This is just lovely!

  10. So charming, and so inviting. I love the mix of china colors, and what a wonderful element the falling apples add. The different colors of stemware are such a striking addition. I love hydrangeas, so in my opinion, you can't go wrong with such a pretty flower, fresh, drying, or dried. Well done. laurie

  11. Your table makes my heart happy. I'd love to dine with you.

  12. Loooove this tablesacpe! I have the same gold goblets but wish I had them in all the fun colors! Everything looks so nice and paired with the beautiful hydrangea as the centerpiece pulls it all together...I would love to be out under the apple tree smelling that amazing smell of ripe apples! Come link p to Centerpiece Wednesday and share this post!

  13. Beautiful tablescape, perfect for this time. Lovely dishes and the apples strewn about. Visiting from Potpourri Friday. xo

  14. Just beautiful! I would love to sit with you! Thank you for sharing your fabulous Fall inspiration and creativity at Potpourri Friday!

    1. Thank you, Honey...I was happy to share!

  15. Hello Nancy~ Lovely photos, such pretty rich color! The apples are a charming addition. Happy September :)

  16. The perfect setting for a perfectly fun table! I can almost hear the apples falling! LOVE the mixed up colors, and the hydrangeas are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

    I lived in Wisconsin for two years and have such happy memories! I thought I was following you...but I am now!

  17. Such a pretty tablescape in such a lovely setting. I know your area of Wisconsin and it's awfully pretty.


  18. "Winterthur"! That's the town we are going to in about 10 minutes. What's Winterthur store? Your decorated table looks very fallish, very nice.
    Happy weekend

    1. I hope you enjoyed your trip! The Winterthur here is an estate in somewhere in the northeast US. Some of its furnishings are/were duplicated and sold from their catalog. I've had these for years!

  19. Your tablescape is lovely and I especially enjoyed your bucket of fresh apples. Visiting from Claudia's, Olive

  20. I do love a good apple. How wonderful to have your own tree. The stemware is gorgeous.

    Visting from Claudia's.

  21. I'm commenting again as my iPad changes my words up somehow!! Anyway... I love all your gorgeous dishes in the various colors!! Your outdoor setting is so pretty. I'm visiting from Let's Dish! Would love if you'd visit me.

  22. Oh this is just the sweetest little setting ever. I love the layered dishes and all the colors are just so pretty!

  23. Your tablescape, your apples, and your hydrangeas are lovely!

  24. What a beautiful table, Nancy! Your decor is perfect for Autumn and those colors are all so lovely. (And I like the mix and match, too!)

  25. How lovely, Nancy! Such a pretty setting outside under your apple tree. I envy you! I would be baking up a storm for sure. Love the dishes, the goblets and your rustic centerpiece!
    Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish!

  26. Such an enjoyable and beautiful post! Visiting from Debbiedoos newbie party

  27. Beautiful table setting! I love the dishes and the lovely hydrangea. Looks like a perfect place for a long lunch :)

  28. I can't imagine anything more perfect or beautiful this time of the year - love the jewel tones of the dishes, the ladder, the apples and dried flowers - all perfectly under the old apple tree - LOVE IT!
    I appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  29. That is just so pretty!

    I think my very fav of all the pics in this post is the looking up into the apple tree full of red apples- such a neat shot!

    Found you on Mosaic Monday!

    Have a wonderful week.

  30. Beautiful and lovely tablescape!



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