Monday, October 20, 2014

Outdoor Fall Centerpiece

Today, I wanted to share a fall centerpiece
I made for the table on my back porch.

Early this morning, this was the view from my back porch.
I feel so fortunate to have a porch where I can look out
and see the green golf course.
The view extends straight across
to the Santa Barbara mountains. 

Today, I thought it would be nice to sit
outside on the porch
to drink my morning coffee.
The sunlight was so pretty!

While sitting there,
I decided to share my outdoor centerpiece.

 It all began with this piece.
I wish I had taken a "before" picture!
Let's just say it wasn't the prettiest thing you've ever seen.

I purchased it at the Ventura Flea Market about 5 years ago.
It was black at one time (I suppose).
When I bought it, it was chipped and rusty.
I got it for a song (especially because it was also wobbly).

I have had grand visions for this piece,
but my follow-through has not been stellar.
It needed a little TLC before I could use it.
Rust-oleum to the rescue!
(This is not a sponsored post.)

I spray painted the piece with heirloom white.
What a change!
Now, I could pay attention to the lovely scrolls and details.

I also did a bit of gentle bending
so it wouldn't wobble anymore.

After fixing the piece, it was time to fill the two tiers.
I started at the bottom and added
two different mosses, some pinecones,
a few faux leaves & berries,
some white baby boos,
and a slightly larger orange pumpkin with a
lovely, long curved stem.

Then, I filled the top section in a similar manner.

 I LOVE the scrolled handle!

 The curled feet sit on top of a quilted placemat
 which I purchased in Avignon, France.

The quilted placemat and centerpiece
sit on a burlap table runner on my teak table.

Inside my home, I have a bit of orange.
Overall, however, I have a more
neutral color scheme this year.

Outside, we have orange and tangerine trees
that are covered with fruit.
Bringing that pop of the orange to the centerpiece
helps connect it to the outdoors.

 A lovely centerpiece for a lovely fall morning
in Santa Barbara.

Au Revoir,

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  1. Beautiful centerpiece! and you take wonderful pictures too....the light you capture is amazing.

  2. Thank you so much! I've never taken a photography class, but I love taking photos!
    Best, Michelle

  3. I agree with Christine above - you are great at photography in the sun. The arrangement is very lovely. I am glad you were able to salvage the iron tiered stand. If you have the time, you may like to link this to Make It Monday which I co-host.

  4. Thanks, Donna! I appreciate your comments... and I will certainly link up. :)

  5. I love what you did with the tiered piece. You have got me thinking about a 3 tiered stand I have in the attic.

    1. I'm glad it gave you some inspiration. That is the nice thing about linky parties!
      Best, Michelle

  6. Wow! What a beautiful view you have! I love your thrifty save too. I think you found the perfect use for it. Thanks so much for linking up at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

    1. Thanks for inviting me to your linky party. It was fun to see so many creative links. I will certainly come and link up again! Thanks.

  7. this turned out so pretty, love the moss and all the Fall goodies. I could wake up to that view every morning! so beautiful!

    1. I feel very fortunate to have found this home (with this view). Thanks for your sweet comment.
      Best regards,

  8. Lovely centerpiece, Michelle! Thanks for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's party. Hope you have an awesome week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse