European rustic decor is a style that I’ve long been enamored with and is the theme for my fall home styling this year. It’s cozy, imperfect, warm and inviting and today I’m sharing the dining room. More of my fall home tour coming later this week and joining a few friends today.
As I’ve mentioned many times over the years, fall is my favorite season of all! Yes, more than the upcoming holiday season…I just love the visuals and scents of autumn. We don’t have them in South Florida, but my husband and I are talking about possibly relocating when he retires to an area that has some seasons besides HOT! So for now, I continue to bring the beauty of autumn into our home with simple decor accents and such. Let’s focus on what I’ve done in the dining room!
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European Rustic Decor In The Dining Room
The tablecloth was the first piece that got me thinking about this European rustic decor look and it has a history! Our master bathroom remodel was done a couple of years ago. We had asked the tile contractor to protect our bedroom wood floors by the French doors used for egress. They had a nifty narrow drop cloth that they laid down and tossed it out when finished. I saw it in the trash and rescued it. Indeed it was yucky, but despite this I gave it a good launder. It popped into my head how great this would look for fall, and it has the look of old washed European linen. Plus, it was free and I love repurposing things!
The runner on top is an actual vintage grain sack. I cut it down on the sides to make a runner. I think that it’s perfect for this European rustic decor tablescape.
- Think about layering linens and tablecloths to invoke a warm and relaxed look in your fall and winter decorating
I haven’t purchased anything new this year, and focused on what I already have on hand. In my planning stages I knew that I wanted to use copper. With lots of copper pieces in my stash, you can see more in my post Copper Home Accessories For Fall Decorating.
Creating Dried Flower Centerpieces For Fall Decorating
The floral arrangement is a combination of dried flowers with some faux flowers, all from aFloral. You can see more of these flowers on the recent post How To Make A Dried Flower Chandelier.
The copper bucket is actually a plastic trash can that I’ve had for several years!
*Don’t overlook repurposing pieces and use as well as what it’s obviously intended for!
Along with the fact that dried flowers are beautiful and organic, they last a long time! If you don’t have this variety of fresh flowers to dry (as is the case here), dried flowers are a cost effective way to decorate.
In addition to creating the fall dried flower centerpiece, I made another dried flower arrangement in a wood vase. Wood is definitely something that gives so much to a European rustic decor, along with the riser.
In addition to the copper toned centerpiece, Moscow mule mugs in copper add so much punch and they are so affordable! Purchasing a set of these would be an inexpensive way to get started if you want to add copper pieces to your table.
Mixing and matching with my all time favorite dinnerware and gilded wine glasses. Juxtaposing elegant pieces alongside the rustic table give that French farmhouse decor look I’m going for.
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High low decorating by combining more treasured items along with flea market gold flatware and thrift store painted chargers. You might be interested in this post on 5 Things To Buy For Fall In A Thrift Store!
Accenting For Fall With One Of A Kind Pieces
The old candelabra on the table is encrusted with layers of paint and is one that I purchased at a thrift. Learn my DIY painting technique here – How To Apply A Gold Leaf Finish.
Without a doubt, red apples are perfect for a fall table. I displayed them in a simple antique French casserole dish, again using something for other than it’s intended purpose.
On the sideboard a vintage French confiture copper pot is filled with velvet pumpkins. I don’t expect to purchase lots of real pumpkins this year and love the elegance of velvet in a European style setting. Vintage wicker covered bottles appose the elegance of that fabric with texture.
A pull back shot and my favorite mirror. My decorating mantra is to splurge on what matters most and save on smaller pieces. I’m kind of looking for a different buffet, but will hold off until I find just the right one.
Looking at the dining room from the kitchen island as the sun is setting and the copper twinkle light strand gives the table a glow.
I hope that you enjoyed my European rustic decor fall home tour in the kitchen and part two will be coming later this week!
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Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage says
Beautiful Janet. I love your dining room. The chandelier and the mirror together is gorgeous. I love your candelabra. That is sooooo pretty. I know you guys are hot down in Florida but I am sure it will cool down some this winter. We have one more week of summer in Illinois and then we will be down in the 50’s and 60’s for fall. Have a wonderful new week. xoxo
Thank you Kris! It is hot here and we don’t usually cool down until November. I’m looking forward to that and tired of the heat. Happy week and enjoy your fall weather!
I love that you used the drop cloth for a table cloth! I’m all about using things for unintended purposes; even better when it’s free. Looks great.
Normally I’m not a fan of drop cloths but this one was just worn to perfection…and yes, free!
Miche Ortega says
Janet, your fall dining room is stellar. That little creole bowl is adorable. And of course all of your copper and flower arrangements. Do not get rid of that sideboard. It think is is perfect there, and I love the bamboo details on it. Thanks for having us in, and have a great week.
I’m so glad that you like it Miche! Thanks for letting me know that you like the sideboard, which was a thrifted piece! Come back on Weds for part 2 of the tour
Gail Mount says
I am also in south Fla. but love the fall colors. I use artificial because nothing lasts more than a couple of days here. Love your fall look.
So true Gail…and that’s definitely a solution for us down here!
The copper tones work so beautifully with everything you designed!! Everything is beautiful!!
Tanya Derrey says
Janet your tour is gorgeous!! I love the pretty florals and copper too 🙂
Happy Haute Home says
I love your rustic touches Janet like the tablecloth. They can be difficult sometimes to incorporate (and look good) but yours is perfectly done.
Kathleen Ellis says
This is beautiful , Janet! I love the warm glow the copper pieces add in each setting! You’ve given me something to think about here! 🤔
I love the different textures of the cloth pumpkins, also!
xoxo ~ Kathleen
Good morning Kathleen…thank you for stopping by and good luck with your displays! xo
Susan Krauss says
Love the copper pots!
Thanks Susan…they really a nice light hint of fall to our HOT Florida “fall”!