Autumn Dining Room with Warm Golds

Decorating an Autumn dining room with white ironstone, thrifted tea cups, dried wheat and warm golds and a mix of vintage and new.

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Hi friends, it's time for another Fall tour! I've already shared my Fall decorated mantel, my blue and white fall decor and new to me antique pine hutch, and my warm and cozy Fall living room. I love adding the warmth of the season through pumpkins, throws, wreaths and more.

Today I'm excited to show you how I decorated my dining room with warm golds for Fall. I did it on my usual tight budget, incorporating vintage and thrifted finds with a little DIY.

But before I share any more, I need to welcome you to the 2021 Fall Home Tour, hosted by Marty of A Stroll Thru Life. There are 30 talented ladies participating in this tour and opening their doors to you all week long. I'm sure you're going to be inspired and get some great ideas for your own home! The full line up of links is at the bottom of the page. 

If you hopped over here from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs, welcome! I'm Cindy, and home decor is my passion! Mr DIY and I have been married for 29 years and have 3 almost-grown kiddos and a furball named Millie. We've hopped around the country (and even another country) over the past 29 years, and you can find out more about our family here.

We live in a little Texas farmhouse about 20 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico. Over the 5 years we've lived here, we've enjoyed adding our personal touch to our home through DIY projects. Click here to see all we've done and if you want to tour our home, room by room, click here.

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Autumn Dining Room with Warm Golds

As a home decor afficionado, it's very exciting and fun for me to come up with different ideas each year! Usually something inspires me, and this year it was a spring thrift store haul. I found a set of 8 vintage tea cups and saucers, along with the matching creamer and sugar at my local Goodwill. I think I paid $12 for the entire set. I knew the colors would be perfect for Fall decorating and so I set them aside in my black hutch and waited for the day when I could use them.

And today is that day! I had so much fun decorating my dining table and the entire room with warm golds and soft colors of the season. I was recently feeling uninspired in this room, and you can find out the cost-free changes I made that gave it a new life and my tips to get out of a decorating rut without spending a dime here.

I'm going to share some tips for keeping your seasonal decor manageable even if you're on a budget. As you can see from my home, we're not skimping on the bountiful colors and Fall vibes...even though my wallet is happy πŸ˜‰

Faux and natural

I shopped my house to pull together the warm fall feels in our dining room. I borrowed those buttery yellow velvet pillows from the daybed in our sunroom, brought in some copper from my kitchen, and even shopped my yard for some dry leaves I used in the centerpiece.

Our dining room is one of the first rooms you see when you enter our home through the front door and I love to keep it decorated and the table set year-round! Even though I was recently told by a young 20-something college student who was a guest in our home that it "looks haunted" πŸ‘€πŸ’€πŸ˜² I've been told our home looks like you just walked onto Pinterest, but never that it looks haunted! I choose to see the positive in that comment...because this room kinda looks like no one uses it! And the truth is that we use it mainly for special occasions.

Here's a closer look at the thrifted teacups and saucers...aren't they pretty? And perfect for Fall?

Add layers

I love to use layers when I decorate, it adds so much more interest to a vignette. So my table settings are comprised of a white wood charger, neutral fabric napkin, then an ironstone dinner plate, an ironstone lunch plate followed by the saucer and teacup. 

Who says a teacup has to be used for tea? I love to think outside the box when I'm decorating, and in this scenario I envision it being used as a dessert plate...maybe for my homemade apple crisp with a scoop of ice cream!

The centerpiece is composed of more layers. I used a blue and white striped table runner topped with a single raw wood charger. I added a copper flour canister (part of a set from the thrift store I scored for $4.99), and some ironstone pitchers.

I added natural wheat to the pitchers and filled the flour canister with some faux cream-colored dahlias. I bent the stems and that helps them stay put. I added some dried leaf stems from my pecan tree and tucked a few delicate sola wood flowers around the base.

Mix old and new

I love the warmth from this mix of old and new, faux and natural!

Let's take a closer look at my black hutch, the very first piece of furniture I ever chalk painted. You can find all my furniture makeovers here.

You might have guessed that I have a teeny tiny little obsession with white ironstone! I love it! It's so perfect to mix and match and I think it looks amazing in my black hutch, although I also love how it looks in the antique pine hutch I recently added to our sitting room! My tip to amassing an awesome collection of white ironstone is not to be too fussy. For awhile I was only buying English ironstone! What a snob right? Don't be afraid to pick up any white stoneware you find that works! That large platter with the "F" is a recent thrifted find for only $4! It's appropriate because my maiden name is Frentz, so it totally works in our home, although I probably still would have bought it even if the monogram didn't apply!

I kept the fall decor simple in my hutch, simply tucking in some dried hydrangea stems and a few copper mule mugs. Just that little bit of color adds so much warmth to the dishes! See that little pumpkin bowl with the lid? It was a thrifted find (bright orange) that I painted. I found a secret weapon to get that porcelain look with very little effort. You can find out all the details in this post.

Over on the other side of the room I added some simple Fall touches below the French chalkboard. This little table was a roadside find that I cleaned and painted. In the basket I added some faux hydrangea stems that look like real dried hydrangeas, and a grainsack table runner, along with a pumpkin pillow and a small dough bowl.

I love how the blues in this room work with the warm Autumn colors. Don't think you need to do a complete room overhaul when you're decorating for the seasons! Spend a little time determining what you really love in your home, and just add items that will work with your existing decor! It's a great money saver, and you're sure to love the look for years to come...getting the most out of the seasonal decor you do purchase!

I sincerely hope you've found some ideas and inspiration from my Fall dining room that you can use in your own home!


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And now I hope you'll continue on this blog tour by visiting Tamara at Citrine Living. For your convenience, I've included the links to all 30 bloggers below. Take your time and visit each one for more Fall inspiration and ideas!

2021 Fall Home Tours

Monday Sept 13

A Stroll Thru Life - Inspiration for Moms - Worthing Court

Pink Peppermint Style - Clean and Scentisible - LeCultivateur

Tuesday Sept 14

Southern State of Mind - This is Our Bliss - Cuckoo4Design

11 Magnolia Lane - Decor to Adore - Noting Grace

Wednesday Sept 15

Grace In My Space - Remodelando la Casa - Whispering Pines Homestead

Up To Date Interiors - The Stonybrook House - Thrifty and Chic

Thursday Sept 16

Citrine Living - Our Southern Home - Southern Hospitality

Hymns and Verses - A Pretty Life in the Suburbs - DIY Beautify

Friday Sept 17

Golden Boys and Me - StoneGable - Quarters One

The Woodgrain Cottage - White Arrows Home - Chalking Up Success


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  1. Cindy, Your home is just lovely for fall. I absolutely love that dainty china with the copper touches. I just love this season. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Thanks Christy, I love the warmth and cozy additions to our homes during the fall πŸ‚πŸ€Ž

  2. Cindy, your dining room is so beautiful and charming! And I LOVE the teacups and saucers, they're just perfect for fall!

  3. Too funny--it doesn't look a bit haunted to me! I do love all that gorgeous stoneware, copper, and of course your blue and white plates on the wall. Beautiful!

  4. How beautiful your home is! I've so enjoyed seeing your pretty dining room and you have it all ready for Fall.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. Your dining room is so beautiful, what a great space. Can't imagine anyone thinking it is haunted, haha. Love your new teacups, they really are so perfect for fall and of course your china cabinet and amazing collection of white ironstone is stunning. Thanks so much for joining the tour this season, your home is so beautiful and I love the attentiont to detail.

    1. Thank you so much Marty, I'm so happy to be part of this tour with so much talent!

  6. What a beautiful dining room and table setting Cindy...definitely no haunted vibes here hahaha (SO funny)! I love your thrift find...isn't it great when you find something so pretty?! Happy fall!

    1. Thank you Jo-Anna, glad you're feeling pretty vibes, not haunted ones!! πŸ˜‰

  7. What a charming vignette. I truly adore your china. It is perfect for the season!

  8. Your entire dining room makes me smile. Especially the black. The cabinet, table and chairs are fantastic! My tiny vintage hutch is white on the outside and black on the inside. The white dishes really show up but seeing yours makes me want to paint mine black so everything pops! So pretty.

    1. Cindy, you totally made my day! Thanks so much for the love! That is so funny bc I've been thinking about painting my chairs and table white...πŸ€”

  9. What a beautiful mix of pieces Cindy! I love how you added beautiful Autumn hues to your dining room. It's always fun to do home tours with you.

  10. I love your table and your hutch styling! The ironstone and copper and those tea cups are all so perfect! ~ Kristin | White Arrows Home


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