Autumn Tablescape: Rustic And Romantic Dinner For Two

September 29, 2016

Romantic Fall Table For Two

Welcome to fall in my living room. 

When we first toured this house, almost fifteen years ago, the stone fireplace and beamed ceiling captured our hearts the minute we walked through the door. The rustic charm of the room is what sold us on this tiny cottage. The space was so warm and cozy, we felt hugged, we knew it was where we wanted to raise our family.

We wrote a check that day.

Since then, we have added a kitchen and turned the old dining room into a family room. They are great spaces in their own right and, like most families, where we spend most of our time these days. 

We just don't take advantage of this beautiful room as much as we should anymore. So when my friend Chloe asked me if I wanted to share a fall tablescape, I said sure! Why not?

It was the perfect excuse for a romantic dinner for two in front of the fireplace and a chance to enjoy the room. 

Rustic Fall Table For Two

Now, I am a big fan of cottage style and for a long time, I was all about the accessories. However, over the last several years, I have pared down my decor.  A few well place pieces is all I need. 

Clean and simple is the name of my game now. 

Exhibit A.

Pumpkin Dishes and Autumn Table Setting

A cookie jar pumpkin vase is takes center stage filled with roses. 

Red...of course. 

A pair of woven placemats add a bit of texture to the table and play off the wooden mirror on the mantle and dark beams. 

The plates are all from Pottery Barn. The red and yellow ones are my everyday dishes. I picked up the pumpkin patch dessert plates last year on a day trip to the country.

They are so darn cute, I can't take it.

Romantic Table Setting For Two

The Gorham Diamond crystal and Spode silverware add a little bit of sparkle and elegance to my otherwise rustic room and I am ready for my date. 

Pottery Barn Pumpkin Dishes For Fall

The plan is to light the fire, turn on the music, kick back on the couch... 

Rustic Style Table For Two

...and eat.

Cottage Style Stone Fireplace Dinner For Two

Maybe. 

I mean when a room's this pretty, who can think about food? 

Well. 

Me...actually. 

Always me. 



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112 comments:

  1. What a cozy setting for a dinner for two. Your fireplace and wood beam ceiling speaks rustic charm and is the perfect place for a relaxing Fall dinner. I love the pop of color from the centerpiece pumpkin and yellow mum. It is a setting which could create an opportunity for a long chat and a enjoyable meal at one's leisure. And a glass of wine wouldn't hurt too, don't you agree?

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    1. Absolutely!! ;) My plan is always to entertain in this room, because it is so cozy, but invariable, everyone ends up in the kitchen. I have to make a more concerted effort to herd people in this direction. If only so I get to spend more time in here. Thanks for the visit and happy fall!! :)

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  2. Very pretty! That is one beautiful room and I can see why it stole your hearts. You were hugged by this room.

    FlowerLady

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    1. Definitely hugged!! Which is great, because I am a hugger! ;)

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  3. Kim, what a simple, relaxing way to enjoy a fall dinner by the fireplace. You've created a cozy setting that fits perfectly in your room's decor.

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    1. Thank you so much, Carol. It was a fun excuse to set a table and make a date! :)

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  4. This room looks like the perfect place to spend a Fall evening enjoying a delicious meal by the fireplace. What a pretty tablesetting! I love your pumpkin plates, and I love the orange pumpkin filled with red roses. What a beautiful combination! I can see why you fell in love with this cottage. Those beams and stone fireplace are stunning!

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    1. Thanks Shannon! Yes, it was all about this room...and still is even if we don't get to spend a ton of time hanging out in it. I love that pumpkin cookie jar, too...thrift store find. Gotta love that! :)

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  5. I just love this Kim! Your pumpkin stack plates are so adorable and your red pumpkin full of bright roses ties the reds in your room together with your fall decor! It looks like the perfect spot to snuggle after a delicious dinner for 2! Good for you paring down, I really need inspiration in that dept! Your home is lovely and warm
    Jenna

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    1. Jenna, thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate your very kind comments. I do have a thing for red and it works well in this room. The fireplace just calls out for chilly nights and comfy colors. Good luck with your paring down…it’s an ongoing struggle over here. Homegoods is my nemesis! ;)

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  6. Way to go, Kim. Keepin' it real, eating in a living space. I love it! Your fireplace is the best accessory, no need for more. Happy Fall.
    Rita C at Panoply

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    1. Hi Rita, thanks!! We're pretty casual around here, so I figured why not. :) Happy fall!!

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  7. Enjoyed visiting your blog post for autumn. Love those pumpkin plates! Thanks for the inspiration to keep it simple.

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    1. Thanks for popping by to take a peek. Glad you enjoyed it! :)

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  8. proof that cozy minimalism is alive and well.
    beautiful. just beautiful dear bean! xo

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    1. I had a feeling you'd like this one, Tammy! :)

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  9. Kim,

    If my home had that fireplace? I'd have written the check the first day I saw it too! Gorgeous setting for a dinner with your hubby. Loving those dishes you used with the pumpkins on them. You did a beautiful job :-)

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    1. Thank you, Christine! You are too kind...and yes, I really do love the fireplace. It's a classic.

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  10. I can see why you fell in love with that room with that wonderful fireplace. What a lovely setting for a pretty dinner for two! I think I would try and set a lovely dinner for two there once a week! Thank you so much for being a party of the Autumn Tablescape Blog Hop!

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    1. Haha! That's a great idea, Chloe. I may just try to do that. :) Thank you for hosting the hop. I have had a great time!

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  11. Hi Kim, I love your beautiful living room and the fireplace is great! You decorated the table for two so nice! I love your pretty plates and the pumpkin with the flowers. I hope you and your husband enjoyed a nice meal together! Have a great day and enjoy the fall weekend.
    Julie

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    1. Hi Julie! Thank you so much. It was a lovely evening. I had forgotten how nice it is to just hang out in that room. I also had forgotten how quiet it can be when the kids go out! ;) Ha!

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  12. The pumpkin plates are just wonderful! I also love the clean simplicity of your styling and the rustic charm of the space. Lovely!

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    1. Aren't those plates darling, Lory? I can't get enough of them...and thank you for your kind comment. Happy fall! :)

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  13. Ohhhhh Kim that fireplace is to die for. How beautiful. I have never seen that in your home. What a treasure to have. The romantic dinner in front of that beautiful fireplace is fabulous. I am swooning over this room. So cozy and romantic and inviting.
    Kris

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    1. Thank you so much, Kris. You are so sweet! It is a great feature and I still love it as much today as the day we first saw it. I guess I’m a boring girl. I told my husband that bodes well for him!! ;)

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    1. Thanks so much, Karen. Those elements are my favorites, too.

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  15. Your tablescape is so cozy and inviting in front of the beautiful fireplace! Love the plates and the duck filled with mums! :) ~Rhonda

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda! That mum was a roadside find...trash to treasure. I love her now...

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  16. Nice and cozy setting. Love it.

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  17. I really like your fireplace mantle!

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    1. Thank you, Pepper! It was actually made by the original owner back in the 20's.

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  18. Nice table. I really should start collecting colored dishes. The salad plates with the pumpkins are so fun. We are getting cool nights so fall is definitely here. Nice to see your fall decorating.

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    1. The grass is always greener, Lori. There are days when I wish I had a plain white set…classic and versatile for sure. Happy fall on the farm!! :)

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  19. Hello Kim, your clean and simple table for two is charming. Love your fireplace and it makes a dramatic backdrop. The pumpkin patch plates are lovely.

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    1. Hi Linda, thank you for the sweet comment. It was fun to sit in there and take in the view. I usually only catch a glimpse when I am running by the room, putting laundry away! ;)

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  20. Kim, your tablescape is charming! I can't figure out how have I never seen your gorgeous fireplace?! I'm smitten!

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    1. Thank you, Cecilia! Haha…I think I have shown it before, just maybe not from this direct angle. I have to admit, I’m smitten, too. ;)

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  21. Kim, what a cozy and warm space to share dinner, in front of the fireplace! I love the pumpkin plates! What a romantic evening! Pam @ Everyday Living

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    1. Thank you, Pam! I really do love the room. Have to get in there more often! :) Thanks for the visit!

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  22. What an exquisite room and home you have! We mostly have dinner for two these days...empty nest. I love your pumpkin plates and those woven place mats...and all in front of a beautiful fireplace! sheila

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    1. Hi Sheila! We rarely do dinner for two so this was a real treat. Thanks so much for your kind words, Happy October!

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  23. A cozy dinner for two in front of the fire sounds like the perfect recipe to welcome fall no matter what you're eating! I love your pretty pumpkin plates too!

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  24. Those pumpkin plates are very cute and you have definitely set the mood!

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  25. Perfectly lovely and absolutely charming in every way! Well done!

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    1. Thanks Carol. It was nice to spend some time in that room! :)

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  26. I like that it is NORMAL, lol. I generally dismiss just about every tablescape post that I see since I'd rather see real life :)

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    1. Yeah, I'm with you, Deb. If I'm not going to eat off the table, I'm not setting it! ;)

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  27. No wonder you fell in love with your home with that gorgeous fireplace! And you've set the perfect table to enjoy it! I really like the pumpkin plates and the stemware. Hope you enjoy your evening in this fantastic room! Its our anniversary this wknd and I've set a table in front of our fireplace too!

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  28. Dear Kim ... such a cosy setting for two. It is so warm and cosy looking. So charming. Fall Blessings ♥ Teri

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    1. Thank you, Teri. It really is a charming room. We feel lucky to have it. :)

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  29. Kim,
    This is beautiful and I love the pop of red in the table setting. Fall tablescape is lovely because of the warm colors.

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    1. That is the one thing I love about fall, Vanessa....all those glorious colors...and thanks!

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  30. It is so cozy! Love those pumpkin dishes! Wow so cute. I love the fact you are using this beautiful setting for your meal. Lovely and romantic! Take good care.

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    1. Thank you, Lynn. Those plates just make me smile!

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  31. Kim, those beams and fireplace would have had my checkbook out that first day, too! Isn't it sweet how we feel at home so quickly in just the right place? I would feel at home in yours immediately. I love the pumpkin with red flowers! Not something I would have thought of, but they look fabulous together! So pretty!

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    1. Thanks!! I am a red (with anything!) junkie, Kim! I'm glad you like it!

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  32. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh what more is there to say????
    and of course.......red!!!!
    That room is absolutely lovely, you are blessed!
    Have a perfect fall weekend,
    J

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    1. Thank you, J! It really is an Ahhhh kind of room...and that's usually what I say when I get in there. Have to do that more often! ;)

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  33. Hi Kim, what a wonderful spot to dine in front of the fire. So cozy and inviting. Love the plates and the simple accents. I was looking back at photos recently and can see how less in decor I've scaled back from as well. You've created the perfect fall setting. Love your fireplace!! Have a nice weekend.

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    1. Thanks so much! It was a lovely setting and it has prompted me to use the room more! :)

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  34. What a cozy space you have created. I love it.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! I have to say, I do love it, too!

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    1. Thanks! They were a splurge, but so worth it! :)

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  36. I love your fireplace! What a beautiful setting for a dinner for two.

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    1. Thank you, Melanie. It was nice to spend some time in there. We usually only get in there on Christmas! Ha! What a waste...

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  37. What a perfectly cozy spot for a romantic dinner, and those pumpkin plates are too cute! Hope you have a great weekend.

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  38. Kim,
    Of course you had to say yes to this beautiful home and oh the fireplace!
    Beautiful setting for dinner for your hubby:)
    Jemma

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    1. I loved the home in general, Jemma, but that room closed the deal for sure! :) Thank you for your sweet words!

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  39. Those plates are SO cute! Love your pumpkin vase centerpiece, too! What a cozy place to eat!

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    1. Thanks Samantha! When I saw the plates in the store, I couldn't walk away! :)

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  40. I can imagine sitting in that pretty room with the fire lit. How cozy to sit and eat and chat there. LOVE the dishes!!

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    1. We made that fireplace gas years ago and it turns on and off with a flick of the remote. So worth it…and thanks! :)

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  41. This is so cozy and warm... I love the colors!

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    1. Thank you, Anika. I do like color! :)

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  42. Your living room looks like something out of 'Big Sky Magazine'. It belongs in Montana, or Lake Tahoe, or the Adirondacks...or as my neighbor. Won't you be, won't you be, won't you be my neighbor?? ;). I don't blame you for writing a check the same day. Ceilings like that are hard to find in your neck of the woods!

    I love your cute pumpkin plates. As you said, 'too cute'.

    xxx

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    1. We did get lucky, Doreen,thank you. There are tons of charming homes in my neighborhood, all built in the 1920’s before the cookie cutter era. BUT a lot of them have been redone, homogenized. Not this baby (good and bad…cha ching!) and it was right across the street from the old house. We literally walked our belongings over. Silly, but true! ;)

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  43. I love those Pottery Barn pumpkin plates too . . .
    Lovely dinner for two plans and all your oranges and rust
    and a bit of red . . .

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    1. Thanks Lynne. It was a fun shopping trip and I use the plate all over the house to eat on and as decor! Worth the splurge! ;)

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  44. That's the perfect setting for a cozy fall meal! I love those pumpkin plates too! I really need to work on getting out my fall decor. I currently only have one lone pumpkin on display. My bad. :)

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    1. Not bad, timely! I put less and less out each year and just bought a few baby boos yesterday. ;)

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  45. Kim, we never get to see this room. I always thought your family room was the living room. Love that gorgeous fireplace with the commanding stones. I certainly cannot blame you for wanting to have a romantic dinner in front of the fireplace, just turn the lights down and add a few candles. And forget about the food! ;)

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    1. Thanks Mary! I do share this room occasionally, but the kitchen usually takes center stage. We are always in the kitchen. Lots going on in there!

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  46. I love the fireplace, easy to see why it was love at first sight for you!

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    1. The house needed a ton of work, but that fireplace just pulled at my heartstrings.. ;)

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  47. Very pretty and cozy Kim. Actually I thought those pumpkin plates had food on them at first. Never saw the pumpkin design until you pointed it out. I love rustic, so that fireplace is just perfect. I can see why y'all jumped at the house.

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    1. They are so charming and small. I have a thing for small...can't resist. And thanks!! :)

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  48. I don't think that I'd ever want to get up from this spot! So cozy - just perfect!

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    1. Thank you so much, Amy. It really is a great fall/winter room! :)

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  49. Your home is so cozy and rustic. I love that fireplace, OMG!!!! The older I get, the more I appreciate all things rustic, and I've been pinning a lot of pretty rustic homes and rooms lately. I'm pinning this post, too!!!

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    1. Thank you so much! In the summer I tend to crave light and white spaces, but in the fall and winter, the fireplace and rich warm colors rule my world! :) And I’m with you…rustic pins all the way!

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  50. I thought that pumpkin was real! Very nice and I am glad you had a wonderful evening.

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    1. Haha…I know! It’s a very realistic pumpkin, isn’t it? It was thrift store find a few years ago…and one of my favorites!

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  51. Those pumpkin plates are charming and your centrepiece is lovely!

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    1. Thank you! It's amazing what a few flowers can do, isn't it? ;)

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  52. So cozy and warm. What a beautiful space to dine in. LOVE the dishes.

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    1. Thanks Debbie! Those dishes just make me smile. :)

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  53. Thanks again Kim for sharing you beautiful table setting at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Enjoy the week.
    Julie

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  54. Kim, don't know how I missed this post last week. Romance, roses and braided rugs, just shout out cozy and comfort to me and your plates are really cute. I wouldn't need food there either. It would be perfect to just sit in front of the fire and think about it!..Happy Weekend..Judy

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    1. Thank you, Judy. It was a lovely evening and we have to do it more often. Happy Weekend to you! :)

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  55. What a cozy spot to enjoy a meal by the fire! Love it.

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    1. Thanks so much! We really need to do it more often. :)

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  56. Those pumpkin plates are adorable, the fireplace is the centerpiece for sure, but my favorite part was that rocking chair. Cozy and comfy with the burgundy throw. So nice.

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    1. Oh Leanna...I love that chair. I should post about it. We bought it Michael's years ago. It was a kit, we put it together and stained it and have spent many wonderful hours rocking...thanks!! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Courtney! This room is the reason we bought the house. :)

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