Set an easy Autumn table with a trip to the farmer's market

A simple and modern Autumn inspired table is as easy as a trip to your local grocery store. Once you’ve shopped for all your dinner ingredients, fill your cart with everything you need to create a centerpiece and a fragrant place setting. A trail of pink apples, purple turnips, multi-colour squash, and mini white pumpkins create an eye-catching centerpiece that also makes for a great post holiday fete meal.

Layer your table with casual linens and then add the fruit and veggies.

From the market to the tabletop ...

There really isn't any rules when it comes to laying out the centrepiece. Just layer on the veggies, playing with size and colour to achieve the look that works for you.

Add texture to your table.

Create a custom fringed table runner, no sewing required. Cut unwashed linen to desired size leaving approximately a ½” around the fabric, for your fringe. Starting on one side, pull threads. You will find that the thread unravels in one continuous length. Repeat until you achieve the look you want.

Fresh herbs create a fragrant place setting.

White linen napkins always look smart but fresh new cotton tea towels will have your guests covered and make for easy care. Gather a bunch of herbs together and tie with twine. Add a handmade tag to personalize.

Mix it up.

Don’t be afraid to mix vintage and new china on your table. It keeps your table relaxed, adds character and adding layers of china adds a bit of whimsy to your table. You can often find orphaned vintage pieces of china at thrift shops or antique markets.

These images were originally created for and published in a DIY column I wrote for The Toronto Star.

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