The Antiquer’s Tablescape

On 18 Nov, 2016 With 0 Comments

Thanksgiving is almost here! Time to think about setting the table for the holiday meal.


Whether you have sentimental family heirlooms or vintage treasures you’ve found, you can incorporate them into your Thanksgiving table decor for a fun, festive look. Here’s how to create “the antiquer’s tablescape” – one that blends old and new for a beautiful setting.

Vintage Containers

Using vintage containers is a great way to display flowers or other natural elements of the season.


Satori Design for Living used this vintage toolbox to hold succulents on her fall table. You can find vintage toolboxes at thrift stores, estate sales, and antique stores. I have one on my dining room table, filled with faux pumpkins and gourds.


Atta Girl Says used a vintage canning rack to hold mason jars full of dried hydrangeas. I love how the older galvanized canning rack complements the wicker and glass on the table. The mix of old and new gives the table interest.

For more ideas for incorporating natural elements into your fall tablescape, please see THIS POST.

Using Bright Colors

It’s tempting to stick with the traditional oranges, browns, and yellow in fall. But try a vintage tablescape with a pop of a bright color.


I’m lucky to have my grandmother’s china, which is teal, gold, and white with flowers. It’s so pretty and I love remembering her each time I use it. I created a fall tablescape inspired by the china’s colors, with teal as the base color but using orange, golds, and other earth tones to complement it.


What Meegan Makes took an antique red fluted cake pan and filled it with gumballs and pine cones for her vintage tablescape. The bright red of the pan stands out against the neutral pedestal and browns of the natural elements.

For more ideas for mixing vintage items into your home decor, please see THIS POST.

Mix Metals

Copper, galvanized steel, and gold are all making comebacks this year in home decor.


I love how the copper kettle looks on this table filled with gold accents. The gold chargers and the gold glittered leaves are new, so the antique copper (and the vintage toolbox!) provide a taste of the past, too.

Think Outside the Table

When choosing items for your antiquer’s tablescape, don’t be limited by just tableware.


Use antique books as chargers, or as a way to add height to the elements on your table. Their patina and fraying covers give a the tablescape both character and texture.

For vintage decorating ideas on a budget, please see THIS POST.

How would you create an “antiquer’s tablescape” in your home? What vintage items would you add? We’d love for you to share your ideas in the comments!

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