Fall is in the air and it’s the perfect time for a dining room update and seasonal entertaining. Our dining space already has some good anchor pieces, like the farm-style dining table and sideboard, but we really needed some fresh seating options. With a little shopping on Hayneedle, I was able to find the perfect mix-and-match arrangement.
I love the eclectic look of mismatched seating, especially around a rustic table like ours. I knew I wanted end chairs, coordinating side chairs, and a bench. I chose the brown leather tufted chairs – which are so comfortable! – and the open-back herringbone chairs. They complement each other beautifully without being too match-y. Decorative lumbar pillows add to the comfort as well as the decor. The long bench has a deep seat and can easily hold three or four people on the other side of the table.
Setting the Table
Once the foundation was in place, I set the table with a hot trend – gold and copper. The gold-rimmed dinner plates look gorgeous on the table, and I alternated between two different salad plates. I think mixing and matching the dishes looks so much more interesting and keeps things from looking too serious. Wine glasses and copper serving trays finish the table, while a full, low flower arrangement sits center stage.
Extra Serving Space
The bar cart and sideboard are important serving areas for this harvest dinner ambiance. The copper chafing dishes look stunning lined up and filled with both hot and cold items. Just because the dish is made for keeping food warm doesn’t mean you have to use it that way every time; I used one of the chafing dishes to hold salad, and it looks perfectly in place alongside all of the other items.
I set the bar cart with appetizers and pre-dinner drinks, and used the copper ice bucket as a champagne bucket. A cheese plate for snacking was placed alongside the drinks. On the lower level, I set out warm cider – and fun copper mugs – for the children and stacked appetizer plates, making everything ready to grab and fill.
The overall appearance of the room is elegant and formal without feeling stuffy. The copper serving pieces have gold accents which allowed me to add more gold to the mix for a completely coordinated look. This is the perfect setting for a Thanksgiving or holiday meal!
—Chris Nease, lifestyle blogger, Celebrations at Home