Magnolia Garland On A Fall Table

This weekend we spent up at the beach house and one could have almost forgotten that it was fall, except for the fact that Saturday was Halloween followed by turning back the clocks. I'm not quite ready yet to go commando on...

decorating for Christmas, and still enjoying adding touches of autumn to the tables at the beach and at home. I did some shopping over the weekend and picked up that huge zinc French inspired lantern at the Restoration Hardware outlet. It was on sale and then with 40% off it called to me and I loaded it in the truck with a few other small pieces...
But back to why I'm still loving fall with planning for Thanksgiving where we will have everyone up at the beach house. Our farm table that I talked about building in THIS post is long and narrow and seats 8, and I generally style it with a garland running down the middle. Keeping it low allows every to see and engage in conversation...
On my early morning walk I passed by a couple of magnolia trees growing by the side of a road and helped myself to some branches. I couldn't grab enough to carry with me to make the long garland that popped into my head, but I did help myself to enough to drape in garland style down the center. 

Before I started working on the table I check for bugs and then I laid down a French grain sack runner to keep any dirt off the table top...
Once I arranged the magnolia branches I shopped the beach house for a few things to add into the arrangement that looked....well....
beachy!
A few old glass fishing floats in aqua and some silk velvet pumpkins from Love Feast Shop for that color that I love...
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In fall the bottom side of magnolia leaves turn a copper color that is perhaps the only bit of leaf color we see in the south this far down...
Vintage ironstone plates and some pretty and faded plates with gold trim that I picked up at a yardsale last year. Vintage white linen napkins, oversized acorns that I sprinkled with glitter and a few sea shells picked up just outside the door on the beach...
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So far I'm loving the white pottery barn slipcovered sofas in the living room that I talked about in THIS post and they are holding up to people and the dogs...
My oversized pitcher from HomeGoods is filled with stock in the prettiest shades that I bought for just $7 a bunch at the market over the weekend...
I'm going to try and see how the magnolias will dry out and whether I can use them for the Thanksgiving table, but honestly I have no clue at this point...

It's great to be back home and to those who have shopped on Shabbyfufu recently I apologize for any delay in shipping, but will be getting everything out this week ahead of catch~up...

Have a great week!
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7 comments

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Beautiful, Janet. I want to do a garland too on my tables to keep it low. I used cut magnolia in an arrangement for Christmas a couple years ago and they really dried out. There is a method of soaking the leaves, but I haven't done it before.

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

Hi Janet! I love this centerpiece! The magnolia leaves look so pretty with the aqua accents! It's fun to get away from conventional colors associated with holidays and seasons and experiment with new ones! I love to mix things up! Enjoy your fall preparations! Hugs, Leena

Unknown said...

I searched your site trying to find out about the chandelier above your beach house dining table - but I came up empty. Can you tell me where you bought it; or did you create it?
That magnolia garland is unique and stunning!

reFresh reStyle said...

Beautiful! I love it all :)
Debbie

Debbie said...

What a gorgeous garland, Janet! I love the colors for a beachin' Thanksgiving celebration!!
Debbie
xo

Amy Chalmers said...

It looks beautiful Janet. I've been wanting to build a table myself and yours is very nice with the narrower width but plenty of length with a nice rustic top.

DD's Cottage said...

so in love with this!

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