~September Greetings~



Lantern from Schaefer House, Jefferson City Missouri, a couple years ago.


A freeform arrangement in a shell shaped container, assorted faux pumpkins, ceramic shore bird and a tea light lantern; tabletop vignette for the harvest table.



I arrange vignettes at the end of this table, at the condo, because I like the backdrop.

This arrangement also leaves room for four place settings, without obstructing the view.








The shell plates and glasses are plastic, from Home Goods.  White dishes, placemats and napkins from Home Goods, also.


The framed sunflower photo, on the shutter/window, is one of my photos. Sara Tetley’s Two Boats was here, before.



Above Sara Tetley’s Two Boats is a photo showing sail boats at Mackinac Bridge (Michigan), by photographer Nancy May.  The photo is a souvenir from a trip to Mackinac Island.  The sunflower photo was on this wall before moving it to the shutter/window.


Linking to Marty’s Table Top Tuesday.

A Tabletop Logo 



Another Evergreen Mfg purchase.  I saw this birdcage Wednesday, thought about it, went back Thursday, bought it.  I am hoping I can use this on the chest behind the living room sofa at home.


Family has been here at the lake with us, most of the time, this trip. 

This morning, it’s so quiet here, after everyone left for home. 

Miss them already!

We will return home tomorrow (Tuesday), after a full week of fishing, golfing, fun, food, visiting and glorious weather. 

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These photos show one of the wood docks, at a marina, Lake of the Ozarks State Park.


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Beautiful fall settings at your home Pat! Love the last picture of the dock...

lulumusing said...

Hi Pat, I love checking in with your blog. It is warm and friendly, and the photos are beautifully done. You must give me some tips. Enjoy your day in your lovely setting, and thanks, too, for your visit. L

KATHY said...

Hi Pat, I love visiting your blog!! Everything is so beautiful. I love all your fall vignettes. You do such a gorgeous job putting things together.You are such an inspiration....Kathy

Sherry said...

Wonderful vignette on your table Pat!! Love the whole composition. Just gorgeous. I have been reading all of your posts lately. Don't want to miss a thing because you decorate just like I like to. Very natural with lots of pumpkins. Your photography is an inspiration. I will confess I have bought your camera and I am in awe of your photography. I sometimes feel I am getting it but I still need some practice. I loved your mum shots and I went right out and tried them with mine, but I will have to get that 50 mm lens to get the looks your getting. Just awesome to visit! Thanks for telling us how your getting these shots too! (My Dad is a long time photographer too. He had me in the darkroom at the age of 6! LOL)

Melissa Miller said...

It is gorgeous and true fall perfection Pat! :)

Sheila said...

I liked your table from the beginning but am really falling in love with it! And I love how you put your vignette at the end of the table. You have the touch!

We are spending a quiet holiday at home by ourselves. I miss the kids but sometimes need to let them do their own thing.

Now to drag my fall decorations out...

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

So pretty, I love the harvest table. Great photos too.

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

It is so inspiring to visit your blog, and this post really gets me in the mood for Fall. Lovely, photos and table settings. I've been away from Blogland for over a month, and I'm glad to be back...hope to see you again soon...Sue

SmilingSally said...

Fall already? (sigh) You do such a great job that I feel tacky.

Happy Labor Day, Pat.

Kris said...

Hello Pat- These photos are glorious! I love fall and you have captured it so lovely in vignette! In particular, I love the photo with your sunflower photo as a backdrop. You have an eye for composition. Sometimes I wish your blog were in magazine form to savor it's pages and cut out favorite pictures for an inspiration book. But that's the great thing about blogging, I can always look back on the many beautiful photos you have posted.

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

As always, your photos are gorgeous. The vignette is very pretty and you are right that the backdrop really adds to it. Love the tablescape, especially the casual gathering of flatware in the vase. Your week with the family sounds lovely. We are enjoying a bit of Fall weather, yesterday and today, with some rain also.

Rose - The Center of My Self said...

You create such beauty for the eyes and the soul in your environments, Pat. I'm not one to create vignettes myself (more minimalist in my home), so it's a special treat to come and visit yours and reap the rewards of your skill and trained eye. I'm looking forward to seeing how you arrange the birdcage; cool piece!

The last pic of the dock is stunning. Most of us would see just a utilitarian piece, but you've captured texture and color - who knew there were so many colors in weathered wood? - and even more. In those worn, weathered planks, there's a sense of summers and family gatherings, of good times shared. I just love how your photos capture more than just an image, but an emotion as well. So grateful that you share your gifts.

Connie said...

Your photographs are beautiful. Have you ever considered going into business selling your photography? You should. Love your blog. It's a favorite that I always check.

Janet said...

I am in absolute awe of your talent for vignettes Pat. Everything looks effortless and perfect.

Shelia said...

Hi Dear Pat! Oh, another beautiful creation! Looks very coastal fallish! Just perfect for your lake house!
Glad you've had a great time with your fmaily and Happy Labor Day!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Pat, there is only one word that comes to mind each time I stop by "impeccable". I love each visit!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Pat...

My friend, your lake house is absolutely divine!!! I would enjoy spending some time there! It sounds like you had a fabulous time with your family...that's wonderful! We had our kids here for the weekend and they just left. I know what you mean about the house sounding sooo quiet...tooo quiet!

Anyway, I just adore your new autumn vignette! My friend, your table is fabulous!!! I'm so envious! Hehe! I think the vignette that you created for the end of that pretty table is just perfect! Pat, I always enjoy my visits to your home! You have decorated it beautifully! It really should be in an interior design publication!!! Thank you for sharing it with us today for Marty's party! This was such a treat!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

PS...your photo of the beautiful orange flower is gorgeous and sooo perfect by that beautiful autumn vignette! They look like they belong together!!!

Christie said...

I am a new follower...I keep coming back because of your beautiful photos! Your display is lovely! I have visited several times and just popped over from Tabletop Tuesday! Oh, I wish you lived close to me and could teach me some photography lessons! Posted a lakeside picnic at!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Pat, I bet Fall is lovely at your lake home. I always enjoy seeing your beautiful vignettes. The photograph you framed is wonderful with the Fall decor.
xo, Sherry

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Pat, I always look so forward to seeing your vignettes. You manage to put together the neatest things. I love this one especially. The lantern is wonderful with the tealights. The bird is such a cute addition and using the shell to hold the flowers is genius. Your tablescape is fabulous too. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Love it all. Hugs, Marty

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Pat, this is absolutely stunning! I love it. Just gorgeous. That tea light lantern is quite something. Love the way the tea lights are staggered in there. Great job!


Sheila :-)

P.S. Please remember Mr. Magpie in your prayers tomorrow. He's having surgery at 6:00 A.M.! Thanks!

Marlis said...

Happy Labor day to you. It sounds like a wonderful time. Beautiful sunflower picture and the tablescape makes me want to do something fallish around here, but it's still too hot to even think about it..

LUCKY 7 DESIGN said...

Pat thanks so much for your sweet comments. I think I might have visited you before but to ensure another visit Im now a follower. I cannot tell you how much I love your table and the overall coziness of that room. I'd love to sit at your table anytime. One day I hope to be closer to the water, until then I'll continue my summer vacation in SC beach house. lol Have a wonderful week, I will be back.

Always Nesting said...

You should be a photographer for Better Homes and Gardens. Beautiful.

Mary Ellen said...

Pat what a lovey vignette for fall you have created. The shuttered wall makes a perfect backdrop for your pictures! Wonderful photos as usual!

bee blessed

Sharing Shadymont said...

So so beautiful!!! Your photography is gorgeous!


xinex said...

Your photos are just amazing, Pat. I love the birdcage and it is so very clever of you making that arrangement at the end of the table. Love your tablescape!...Christine

Helen said...

Had dinner at my daughter's home last evening and noticed she placed the 'centerpiece' at the end of her table too .... The end of her table rests quite close to the wall, so it was perfect.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Pat I love coming by here and seeing all your beautiful photos..
Girl that table is just to die 4 and the way you have it all done up awesome..
Look at your beautiful sun flower pictue wow!! all your fall colors just pop..
Glad you had a GREAT time at the lake house my Dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Carolyn said...

All your photos are so beautiful!!! I love the table and bench too.


Terri at Finder's Keeper's said...

You have got me up and moving, hunting all my pumpkins, fall candles and flowers and tomorrow I am headed to Home Goods. Thank you for being such a "vitamin".

Sue said...

Pat, I love the juxtaposition of the coastal and the fall decors. That lantern is amazing and I love that you used an off-center design for the table vignette!
hugs, Sue

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love your Fall vignette!! The birdcage is so pretty! You will be able to use it year around. I still have not done any decorating for Fall. Sounds like you have had an enjoyable weekend with family. Weather has been gorgeous here the last few days - Warm, but low humidity.
Have a great week.
Daughter disappointed - She was hoping to labor on Labor Day. :-D

shannon i olson said...

That is a beautiful setting, all the way around. Great idea with it at the end of the table. Lovely post and fab pictures!

BECKY said...

Love it all Pat...especially that shot of the wood!! I'm sure fall at the lake is divine!!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend, and that you have a blessed week!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Another beautiful post, Pat. I can't believe all the plasticware - it looks like glass! I know you must have had a fantastic week at the lake! Linda (p.s. You and Marty and the queens of the vignettes!)

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Your framed picture is beautiful and the perfect backdrop for your tablescape!

Sonia said...

This post is just fabulous and beautiful. You create such a beautiful vignette with a clean crisp backdrop. I love everything..the lantern, the fall arrangement and the green apples at each place-setting! Great eye candy and the picture you paint at the lake is just wonderful. Keep enjoying your time there!

Miss Bloomers

Gabriele Agustini said...

Your eye for color is fabulous!!
I'm glad you're not a silk-painter, or you could steal my job!! :)
Thanks for another beautiful post!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Nice decor and amazing Table Top !

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I really liked the framed photogrpahs from Mackinac, Pat!

Beautiful vignette!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I always gather inspiration from your beautiful photos! Love the sunflower photo you framed! I also love the tall lantern with the three candles!


Jeanne said...

Hello Pat, a beautiful arrangement and vignette. The table setting is simple and lovely. I am ready to fall up this home too. Our weather feels like fall.

All of your photos yours and the ones you purchased are beautiful. I remember the ferry we took to the upper before the MacKinic bridge was built. Our grandfather had a hunting cabin and we vacationed there. I'm OLD!!!

Hope you had a wonderful Labor Day with your family.
Hugs, Jeanne

W.C.Camp said...

I love the Tern and the picture of the Orange flower!! I have to ask, what do you put in your table's little middle drawer? Just wondering that's all. W.C.C.

thestonerabbit said...

Good Morning, Pat!! Even before you told us why you placed your fall vignette at the end of the table I was thinking "how smart" to put it there....they can still sit there and eat without moving the arrangement!! I LOVE that idea! Of course, I love everything you used to make that arrangement, too! I especially love the sunflower picture...that's wonderful....and so perfect when viewed with the other fall items.

Glad you had a good LDay at the lake. Hope you didn't have all of the wind we had here in KC...we did have nice temps...and NO rain for once!

Have a safe trip home! L,Dan

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip! I love your fall decorations and of course, your photos. Love that birdcage! I'm glad you went back for it!

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Clever idea to put your arrangement at the end of the table. Hope you have a great time.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Beautiful, Pat! I'm not doing a lot of Fall decorating & probably won't til another couple of weeks. I admire all these pretty Fall settings I'm seeing already. It just take me awhile. :) Your tables are always a treat for the eyes.

Kristen White said...

Gorgeous fall vignette! Your harvest table is beautiful.

Kat said...

Gorgeous Pat! I especially love your framed sunflower photo! Stunning.


Deserae said...

Beautiful as always! Your tablescapes are always spectacular and this one is no exception! Love the vignette on the table at the end versus in the looks great against the backdrop!!!! Have a great week :o)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I love how you mix the shells with the fall things. I put away some of my summer things, but I always leave out a few shell/beach items...they make me feel good.

I love the picture you looks beautiful on the wall.

Sailing Simply said...

Beautiful tabletop vignette! I just love it! I really love how you were able to bring that bird into this fall setting also. Amazing! I can see why you like that backdrop as well! It's wonderful, especially with your sunflower now! Gorgeous photos on the wall as well as your blog! Thanks again for such warm and sincere words of experienced advice. I really do appreciate you sharing your thoughts with me! I plan to get back to your Saturday photo post later and study it more when I have a little more time! Looking forward to that one!

Blondie's Journal said...

beautiful fall vignette and tablescape. I am in awe of the plastic dishes...they look so real!! I am also so please to see your framed sunflower print, it looks just stunning as part of your fall decor. Actually, I think everything you photograph should be framed, the last picture of the dock, for instance!

I'm happy that you had a fun holiday week{end}! Take care.


Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I just KNEW it! I was just commenting to Marty that bloggers are better than any magazine out there for ideas...and then I drop in on you..and ..YUM! Just YUM!
Everything is gorgeous!!
Your colors and your groupings..I LOVE your taste in decor.

Kathy said...

Your photography is beautiful -your posts just keep me coming back for more :-)

Cindy said...

Pat, Your vignettes look so professional, you really have the touch. Your photos are all so lovely and you are inspiring me to begin to decorate for Fall. I have some new little goodies, so maybe I will this week. I am home from our vacation so it is time to make some changes.

Hugs, Cindy

Rachel said...

My my my! That is one inviting Autumn table! I LOVE the original tablescape then the layers with the plates, bowls and napkins! So creative and inspiring!!!!

Beverly said...

Pat, every image and vignette is absolutely stunning. Your essence is of beauty and grace.

Pamela said...

Love that setting! It is sooo beautiful and I also love your table in general!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Pat, how I love your new vignette on that wondrous table. I love the table and benches. Perfect colors and shabbiness. Love, love that lantern with the hanging tea lights. I would love to have one of those.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Just lovely, Pat!


Kathleen said...

That looks wonderful!
I totally understand the down feeling when everyone leaves! I had to do a little retail therapy Mon to cheer myself up. I love summer!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Oh my gosh another wired cloche dome.. girl. I've got to find some for the shop... they would sale great up here. Love the vignette at the end of the table..
hugs ~lynne~

Kathysue said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous and you are so right to do it at the end of the table it is perfection,Kathysue

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful table setting, Pat! Love the birdcage you found as well.