Early Fall Coffee Table Vignette

We are just a few short weeks from fall and it’s time to start thinking about changing summer decor over to fall.  The first change that I’m making in my decor is an Early Fall Coffee Table Vignette.  This month’s Pinterest challenge gave me the motivation to start my decorating transition into fall.  Our inspiration pin this month is a coffee table vignette which inspired my early fall coffee table decor.Early Fall Coffee Table Vignette

Today’s Early Fall Coffee Table Vignette is a Pinterest challenge that I’m sharing along with a group of blogging friends.  This is a monthly challenge hosted by Cindy from County Road 407.  Each month Cindy picks a picture from Pinterest and challenges our group to recreate the look.

You may remember last month’s challenge where our group created summer mantels, June’s Lanterns for Summer Decor, May’s Patriotic Porch Decor, April’s Spring Floral Wreaths and also the challenge from March where we each created an Easter Centerpiece and Table

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Many thanks to Cindy for hosting this challenge!

If you arrived here from French Ethereal, welcome!   I’m sure that you enjoyed seeing Barbara’s version of this month’s coffee table vignette inspiration picture.  You’ll find a list of all of the participating bloggers at the end of this post.  I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone recreated this look.

Our Inspiration for this Challenge

This month we were challenged to create a coffee table vignette inspired by this beautiful one designed by Yvonne of Stone Gable.  Yvonne and I have been blogging friends for years and I adore her style.  If you have never visited her blog, I encourage you to do so.  I am not exaggerating when I say that I love everything that she shares.Coffee table vignette

Isn’t this a pretty coffee table vignette?  When Cindy sent this picture to me, I couldn’t wait to get started on this challenge.  I examined Yvonne’s vignette, thinking about how I would create this look for my own home.

Yvonne used a tray to contain her vignette.  In the tray she used a large vase filled with hydrangea, a stack of books with a plant on top, an orb, and a piece of statuary.  

I was able to shop my basement to come up with an early fall coffee table vignette for my home inspired by Yvonne’s.

Early Fall Coffee Table Vignette

This is my version of Yvonne’s vignette.  I copied a few elements of her design but gave it my own personality with vintage treasures from my basement.

Early Fall coffee table vignette with Hydrangea in an antique crock, vintage bottles and books, and a vintage Czechoslovakian vase.

The coffee table, end table, and the lamp on the end table were purchased by my mom and dad when they were newlyweds in 1968.  These furniture pieces were in our basement family room when I was growing up and then in my mom’s basement office in the 1913 home that she restored.  She let me have these pieces a few years ago and I love using them in my home.

The Tray

I started my vignette design with the tray.  I loved the vintage crate that Yvonne used but I did not have one with sides that low that would work on a coffee table.  I thought about using my vintage Coke crate but didn’t want red in my fall vignette.  

I do have a farmhouse style tray that I made but it is too wide for this coffee table and it’s in use at the lake

I spotted this round wicker tray that I scored at a yard sale in my basement stash and it ended up being the perfect size for this vignette.   The wicker tray’s color and texture are great for creating a vignette with a warm fall feeling.

Early Fall coffee table vignette with Hydrangea in an antique crock, vintage bottles and books, and a vintage Czechoslovakian vase.

Hydrangeas in a Vase

Yvonne used a vase of fresh Hydrangeas in her vignette which anchors the vignette with its size and height.  I clipped dried Hydrangeas from my yard and arranged them in an antique crock that I inherited from my grandmother.Early Fall coffee table vignette with Hydrangea in an antique crock, vintage bottles and books, and a vintage Czechoslovakian vase.

Stack of Books

Yvonne added a stack of books topped with a Boxwood in a pot to her vignette.  Since I know Yvonne’s style quite well, I am pretty sure that her books are ones that she covered in burlap. I grabbed a few vintage books from a shelf to add to my vignette.1914 Edgar Allen Poe book, 1906 England book and a 1918 Modern Inorganic Chemistry book.

The 1914 Edgar Allen Poe book was my grandfather’s, the England book is a 1906 edition, and the Modern Inorganic Chemistry is from 1918.Fall vignette with vintage books and bottles, a Czechoslovakian vase, and a crock filled with Hydrangea.

The Czechoslovakian vase on top of the books belonged to my grandmother. 

Vintage Bottles

I didn’t have an orb to use like Yvonne’s, nor did I have any statuary, so to fill in the remaining space on my vignette, I used a vintage bottles.

Mama gave me the Mason’s Root Beer bottle long ago.  The brown liquor bottle was in a box filled with old liquor bottles that my neighbor was giving away.  The small clear glass bottle was dug on my grandmother’s farm.  They used to bury their trash and if you know where to dig, you can find some neat bottles that were thrown away long ago.Mason's Root Beer bottle, Very Fine Old Horsey Rye Whiskey bottle, a brown liquor bottle and a small clear glass bottle.

I had the Very Fine Old Horsey Rye Whiskey bottle appraised when I went to the Antique Roadshow in Delaware in June and it’s worth about $100.  I took it along with my Ahalt whiskey bottle.  You won’t see me on tv but it was fun to go to where the show was being filmed.Mason's Root Beer bottle, Very Fine Old Horsey Rye Whiskey bottle, a brown liquor bottle and a small clear glass bottle.

Another View of the Vignette

When I photographed my vignette from this angle, I removed one of the bottles.  I like the look better with two brown bottles, so I quickly replaced it.Early fall coffee table vignette with Hydrangeas in an antique crock, vintage bottles books, and a Czechoslovakian vase.

The green dish on the table beside the sofa is filled with treats for Sherman.  He could very easily get on the sofa and gobble them all up when we aren’t looking, but he is a good boy and only eats the treats when they are given to him.

Many thanks to Yvonne from Stone Gable for this month’s Pinterest challenge inspiration.  I enjoyed this challenge and like how I interpreted it for my home with my style of decor.

Next on the tour is my dear friend Julie from My Wee Abode.  I’m looking forward to seeing Julie’s version of the coffee table vignette inspiration picture.

More Early Fall Coffee Table Ideas to Enjoy

Click on the links below to visit each blogger who is sharing their version of the inspiration picture.  I’m looking forward to seeing them all! 

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  1. Paulina, this is a perfect fall centerpiece! I love that basket tray and those vintage bottles are awesome!! I like that the hydrangeas contrast beautifully with the brown vase and bottles! Hugs!

  2. What a great interpretation of the challenge photo using your own creative vintage touches! Wow, those bottles are awesome, especially the old whiskey bottle. I have an old one that my husband discovered when he tore out the bathtub at my Grandmother’s home that was built in the early 1930’s. The bottle is much older than that and I love using it in fall vignettes.

    The crock looks great with the green hydrangeas, such a perfect transitional summer -to-fall look.

    I always love seeing what you come up with for these challenges. Have a great week!

  3. Paula, I am in love with your basket tray. Your bottle collections looks so pretty sitting in the basket. I love the flowers. You created a very pretty coffee table decor vignette for your table. Love it!

  4. Paula, I love that you have so much family decor that has been passed down over the years. I love decorating with sentimental items. You have a great collection of antique books! I’m trying to grow mine. My husband just got me an antique ‘The Secret Garden’ for my birthday & I love it. Enjoy your week.

  5. Oh, girl… this looks lovely! Love the green hydrangeas, and that vase with the fall colors is just lovely! Great way of putting your own twist on Yvonne’s inspiration! Big hugs, and pinned!

  6. I love the mix of green and golden brown in your coffee table vignette. It’s perfect and subtle for fall. I also giggled when I saw the teeny vintage whiskey bottle. Theses days they come in much bigger bottles! LOL. Thanks for joining us. It’s always lovely to see what you create.

  7. Love how your coffee table vignette turned out, Paula!! Your family history here, too, is really neat. It’s cool that you can go down to your grandmother’s farm and dig up old bottles and more. I’d love to find some treasures like that! My husband’s father used to pick up Civil War balls (bullets) from the fields around his home in Berryville, VA (now West Virginia) and other things. Very cool to include these wonderful bottles in with your basket!

  8. Wow, Paula! I truly enjoy seeing all of your vintage treasures on each of these hops. It’s incredible how many items you have from your parents and grandparents! The vignette is so beautifully done, and I love that you chose a woven basket, too. Gosh, I’m still in awe that the table is from when your parents got married! How special is that! (Mine were married the same year.) Pinning!

    1. How fun that our parents were married the same year! Both sets of grandparents lived through the depression and as a result were very frugal and they saved everything. As a result, I inherited a lot of great goodies. My mom still has the sofa and two chairs from her 1968 furniture set and they are still going strong. All pieces have been recovered over the years but the bones are great. Modern furniture would never last that long!


  9. Paula, I love the vintage bottles. What wonderful items to have at your disposal. Love the pop of green in your garden hydrangeas. I love the use of the round basket as your major element. The colors are perfect for this time of year. Great job sweet friend.

    1. Thank you, Carol! I had fun putting this display together and shopping my basement to do so. It’s a mess down there but I do have a treasure chest of items to use.


  10. I love the brown bottles with the green hydrangeas! I’ve come across several stashes of bottles that have been buried; never knew why. Thanks for the history lesson! I always learn some new piece of vintage history from you! Love how you made this one your own with the antique vase and bottles.

    1. Thank you, Lora! Wonder if the buried bottles were the result of a guy hiding his empty liquor bottles from his wife? Maybe he drank in secret in the barn and then buried his evidence.


  11. Wow, Paula, I wish my ancestors had done as good a job taking care of their things as yours did! I love, love, love the way you incorporate vintage things in your decor.

    Your vignette looks wonderful and so right for this time of year. Thank you for sharing it at the Grace at Home party. I’m featuring you this week!

  12. I loved your version of the early fall vignette. Isn’t it interesting to see how each blogger’s version is so different
    from the other participants, when she applies her own style to the elements in the challenge? I bet you guys are excited to see what everyone else creates each month! #littlecottagelinkparty

    1. Thank you, Kristie! I love seeing how each bloggers makes her own version of the look. I always get great ideas from this monthly challenge.


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