Saturday, December 1, 2012

Golden Days of Autumn

I know it's the first week in December,  

but I'm still not ready to let go of Autumn.

Central Texas doesn't normally experience 

the cold temperatures necessary to produce 

a vibrant show of autumn color.

But Autumn does gift us with a golden glow.

Last November, 

Mary @ Home Is Where The Boat Is

 created a table she entitled

A Gentle Transition

Mary said,  "I'm lingering at the table 

with a warm palette of neutrals 

and a touch of soft gold, 

enjoying the last few days of November."

You can view her exquisite table for four here.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and in celebration

 of her 2nd Blog Anniversary, 

Mary hosted a generous Giveaway with that post.

I was the extremely lucky one to receive her gift!

Yes, indeed, Mary sent me a service for four of 

Gold Leaves by 222 Fifth, including that gorgeous tureen, 

and a soft, warm Ralph Lauren wool throw.

With all the golden leaves falling about us, 

I knew this was the perfect time 

to set a table with this lovely set of 

Gold Leaves to share with my readers.

As you might have noticed, 

The Gold Leaves plates each feature a different leaf.  

These Williams Sonoma napkins 

compliment the plates with the lovely texture

of their beautiful crewel embroidery

I chose a simple sheer ribbon as my napkin ring.

White linen tea towels bordered 

with natural linen and oak leaf embroidery 

softened the layer between the 

rattan charger and the delicate china.

Natural elements were gathered 

from neighborhood walks to add to the table.

 Then sprinkled about as if they 

had freshly fallen from a tree above.

Vintage French crystal stems added a 

touch of elegance among the bits of nature.

Served from that gorgeous Gold Leaves tureen .  .  .

~ Butternut Squash Soup ~

Recipe available here.

It's a delicious starter for a meal, 

or hearty enough to be a meal in itself. 

Candle light for 

a cozy evening dinner for two.

Adds to the golden glow!



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Thank you, 

Your friendship is 


Mary's generosity continues with a new Give Away. 

Click here to view her gorgeous

Coastal Christmas Tablescape 

and enter to win a set of Blue Crab Bay Stoneware.  

Tutorials, Tips, and Tidbits @ Stone Gable

My tip for this table:  

Gather natural elements to use for a centerpiece.  

It's an easy inexpensive way to add seasonal details.


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. The golden tones immedieately drew me into your Autumn story. Soft, clear enchanting. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay


  2. Beautiful set up for Autumn.lovely napkins.dishes are perfect for the the brown touch.thank you....:):):)

  3. You were extremely lucky! beautiful dishes! The soup tureen is wonderful! Beautiful colors!

  4. Lucky you to be a winner of such gorgeous things!!! The setting is exquisite, soft and golden....I too am reluctant to let go of Autumn...

  5. That was absolutely beautiful, Sarah. The gift of the dishes and throw is really stunning - in the giving and in the arranging.

  6. Such a lovely setting . . . and butternut squash soup is one of my absolute favorite meals. I imagine this was a lovely evening meal experience--a feast for all the senses.

  7. Hi Sarah,
    that pretty giveaway couldn't get a better place than your house. Congratulation for winning. The dishes are really beautiful and the way, you have set the table, is very elegant. I love the embroideried details and the natural elements are so nice achosen and arranged. The whole setting is magazine worthy. Thank you for sharing this wonderful autumn table. Have a great 1. Advent.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  8. Lucky lady winning the giveaway.
    Your table looks beautiful and like you I love to gather natural ingredients for decorating.

    Loving this light napkins with the acorn and love the calmness of this autumn spread.

    A perfect setting

  9. Your table is beautiful Sarah! I love those pretty plates and the little glasses with a touch of gold:@)

  10. Sarah~ Your golden leaves setting and your soft fall collage of foliage is stunning! I love your tureen of soup with your natural elements and beautiful ladle! The soft glow from your candles and the color of the butternut is beautiful in your glasses and the recipe for a cozy dinner for two~

    I seem to have made the transition from lingering to leaping this year, LOL! Thanks so much for your friendship and generosity of spirit! Wishing you all the blessings of the Christmas Season!

  11. Sarah, this just took my breath away. Your table is beautiful, and all my favorite colors and elements. The plates and the tureen are perfect for the transition. Great job!

  12. You lucky, lucky girl, what a wonderful generous gift from Mary. The table looks fabulous, love all the natural elements the WS napkins are perfect for the season.
    Bon appetit.

  13. This is a GORGEOUS table! Sarah, you are a marvel at tablescapes, and I love every element and every photograph. Thank you for sharing. I'm so glad you won Mary's giveaway. I can't think of a soul who would appreciate that pretty china more than you. And I'm with you. I'm having a hard time moving toward winter when fall has just arrived.



  14. How lovely. I think the Autumn colors are the prettiest for our homes. I use them year round in our condo. Hugs!

  15. Mary is wonderful -- generous and talented. I know she is very pleased with how you have used the china! It looks gorgeous on your fall table. Great color!

  16. Sarah this is so pretty! I'm glad you did another fall table to share with us. Such gorgeous dishes, I do remember Mary's table and now yours will linger in my memory also! Sending you a hug!

  17. Sarah, what a stunningly beautiful post! Your new dinnerware is just gorgeous! What a great win! Another blogger and I were just discussing the 80 degree temps, here in Dallas, yeterday. While we now have fall color, it just doesn't feel very 'Christmas-y'!

  18. Sarah,Congratulations on winning Mary's generous giveaway. Your table is lovely and serene..just the right feeling heading into the Christmas season.

  19.'re such a nice blogger:)
    I am happy you won!

    What an elegant table setting..Just lovely Sarah!

  20. This is a beautiful post! Your table is gorgeous!

  21. Sarah, what a lucky lady you are! And what a wonderful table you set with your new dishes and other goodies! Those lavishly embroidered tea towels really caught my eye, but the whole setting is stunning. Can you believe the warm weather we're having?? Running the AC while decorating the Christmas tree just seems wrong!

  22. What a beautiful way to let Autumn linger a bit longer. Your tablesetting is gorgeous. I particularly love those linen tea cloths.

  23. That's quite a gift but what you did with it is the best. Just beautiful and a lingering nod to autumn.

  24. Oh that table is wonderful! What a special win that was.

  25. What a beautiful table. So enjoyed the golden color and details.

  26. Sarah, you made such a beautiful setting with htose gorgeous dishes that you won from Mary! You are both so generous and talented! I also like to hang onto autumn as long as possible--it passes too quickly!

  27. Congrats on winning the lovely set of dishes, the tureen and the throw. They are all beautiful. And I love the cute napkins. They all make a gorgeous Autumn tablescape. Beautiful images, thanks for sharing. Have a lovely week ahead.

  28. Congrats on winning the lovely set of dishes, the tureen and the throw. They are all beautiful. And I love the cute napkins. They all make a gorgeous Autumn tablescape. Beautiful images, thanks for sharing. Have a lovely week ahead.

  29. Sweet Sarah,

    I too love autumn and this year, ours was spectacular in color. However, our winter is dry and almost BALMY with a thick layer of fog in the morning. In my 16 years here in Minneapolis, it is the first time I have seen this! AHH!

    I thank you so much for visiting my Cuban Sugar post! I just thought that was the funniest thing to hear a classic UPLIFTED with some Latin flavor!

    BE WELL, ENJOY! Anita

  30. Such a lovely win and how beautifully you used it for your delightful table setting.
    Just beautiful, Sarah.

  31. Ah, how relaxing. I enjoyed looking at the golden beauty of your table, Sarah.

  32. Yes...I remember Mary's post well. REcognized the dishes immediately. Lucky you! Lovely table/post you created. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my chickadee post. ~Zuni

  33. Sarah,
    This tablescape is exquisite!
    Romantic & Rustic...elegantly set with your gorgeous place settings and vintage stemware!!! The choice of linens is stunning and compliments your "golden hues" perfectly!!! Thank you for the subtle reminder not to hurry or to rush...but to linger and enJOY each Season for it own beauty and worth!

  34. Sarah,
    Your table setting always inspire me. I love the attention you give every detail. Beautiful table.


  35. Lucky you for winning that very generous give-away!

    I also scrolled down to see your pretty Christmas tree and wreath!

    Merry Christmas!


  36. What a beautiful table you've set and how lucky you were to win such a fabulous set of dishes! I really like each detail you put into your tablescape. Your birch candles are great! I have one that is battery operated. Love the gold accented drinkware. The soup looks divine!

  37. Congrats Sarah on your win. You did a wonderful job with your new dishes!

  38. Congratulations, Sarah! What a pretty table you set with your new china. And oh, those napkins are gorgeous! laurie

  39. What a lovely gift you received from Mary, Sarah! You did an outstanding job in showcasing those beautiful dishes and the soup tureen and throw. The napkins are so pretty and I love the natural elements.

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  42. Sarah, that is such an elegent table with those Gold Leaf plates and that amazing tureen. I just love the soft glow all around, and the natural elements too. So glad you won such a great giveaway. Your table for two really shines.

  43. Your table is warm and cozy. Love the soft colors of gold and autumn. I too love fall and this year we have had a longer than usual one as far as weather goes! Enjoy the holidays!
    Miss Bloomers

  44. I hear ya! I still have roses blooming and I'm supposed to decorate for Christmas???

    Lovely Autumn table! And congrats on winning the dinnerware.

  45. Oh, Sarah! How pretty!!!!! I bought those beautiful dishes last year but haven't used them yet. I may as well chuck 'em now! You have done them the very best justice that can be done! I love the tureen! Didn't know there was one! You picked the perfect accessories including those neat candles, the pretty napkins, and the knockout stemware! The throw is a perfect backdrop to it all. Very, very pretty!!!!!!!

  46. That is gorgeous! What a wonderful gift! You won dishes from Cherry Kay too, didn't you! Send me some luck! :)
    Those are perfect for this season, enjoy them!
    Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish!

  47. Dear Sarah, this is a first here for me...your blog is lovely! Especially dear to my heart is this post, the beautiful china and all those acorns and oak them! You have captured this warm and inviting setting beautifully. N.xo

  48. Sarah, you have done these dishes proud! So soft and pretty, like the fading days of fall.

  49. This are such stunning pieces. I love how soft they are. Your soft candle light is perfect to set the mood. What a pretty table too. How unusual and visually stunning to have the long table with such a fabulous centerpiece and the two place settings. It made me think of a King and Queen sitting down to a royal feast!

  50. Elegant comes to mind with this tablescape Sarah. Such a lovely pattern, perfect for Thanksgiving with the warm colors of Autumn. I love how you set the mood with the finishing touches. Seems Autumn and and Thanksgiving get short changed with everyone thinking ahead to Christmas! Lovely photos, love the mosaic.


  51. Congrats on winning these gorgeous dishes. I have the very same salad plates. You have set a beautiful table with all of your natural elements too.

  52. The table is perfect. I love acorns and think your embroidered napkins and towels are gorgeous.

  53. Congratulations on the beautiful dishes. Your accessories are perfect with them. I know you will use them often. The embroidered napkins and towels are gorgeous!!! Love love this elegant table. xo marlis

  54. Wow, you certainly did those beautiful dishes justice with your table...just gorgeous, Sarah.

  55. Sarah, you table is exquisite!!! I love the soft colors, beautiful tableware and attention to detail. YOu not only set a table but a special mood!

  56. Wow! What an incredible giveaway!!!
    I love the table you set with your new treasure!

  57. Sarah so sorry to not be here sooner. I am trying to make the blog rounds while recovering and doing rehab therapy.

    I absolutely love, love your gift; the golden leaves are so beautiful!


  58. Sarah, this is soooo beautiful! Makes me wish fall would never end. Gorgeous photographs, too!

  59. Congrats on winning those beautiful dishes, Sarah. You created a really pretty table. I love your centerpiece too!Today was 73 degrees here, can't really call that winter yet....Christine

  60. Hi Sarah! Lucky lucky you! The dishes are so pretty! Love your lovely table too. thank you so much for popping in to see me and have a wonderful weekend.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  61. Oh Sarah, your dishes are sooo pretty! I love that you captured late autumn on your table. In our rush to get to Christmas, we tend to forget that it is still Fall :-)

  62. Sarah, what a great win. You have made a beautiful and natural leaf tablescape.

  63. I love your autumn story and your gift dear Sarah, I am so happy for you..the dishes are beautiful and the fall motif is lovely. I love your leaf tablescape and yes, I adore fall, as here where I live we have fall weather and spring weather...not the very hot or cold, so I identify with fall so much. Can't wait til I see your C'mas decor too. Thank you for dropping by, I missed you very much! Big hugs,

  64. Sarah, This is a gorgeous tablescape. I love the dishes you won and the napkins coordinate beautifully with the plates. Thank you for sharing your Autumn table at the Open House party.

  65. SARAH! Thank you for your greeting last night dear one! How are you getting along with all the duties of the season? Today for the first time in a LONG TIME, I am going to put aside the Etsy orders and business and I am going to clean and decorate. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH; I want my house to sparkle like the stars!

    Much love and many wishes for a great holiday celebration! Anita

  66. Sarah, this is a beautiful setting. Love the plates you won. Beautiful photos.

  67. Everything looks so pretty, Sarah! Christmas is coming very slowly here...too warm as always! Hope all is well at your house!...hugs...Debbie

  68. Oh my that is some of the most beautiful china I have ever seen! And then the linen! I love fall themes, and the colors here are so gorgeous. I love what you've done!Thanks so much for your support while I iron out my blog glitches, Sarah!

  69. Beautifully done Sarah! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home and have a Merry Christmas!

  70. Oh My Goodness. This is so beautiful and elegant. You took that beautiful china and raised it to a different level. The napkins and the tea towel are to die for.
    You were such a lucky girl.
    Blessings, Ginger


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