Today I’m sharing one of my favourite little traditions around the house: Switching up my plate wall in the dining room for each new season. Here’s my fall plate wall for this year!
I love changing out our plate wall with each new season. It only takes about five minutes and it’s such a non-invasive way to decorate for the time of year because it doesn’t take up any space at all on the various tables and horizontal surfaces around the house. This year’s plate wall is full of things that I’ve used many times before, but never together. And I love how it turned out so I thought I’d share this happy little autumnal moment in our home with you today. Here’s my fall plate wall for this year!
Plate Wall Basics
If you have an empty wall in your kitchen or dining room that you think you might like to put a plate wall on, it doesn’t take much! Our plate wall is made up of four picture ledges that I bought from IKEA quite a few years ago for about $15 each. This style that I used is one that I don’t think they carry anymore, but they do have similar options. I chose this one because of the extra detail on the front lip, making it look a little more traditional. That works in our dining room with all the old family heirloom furniture I have in there. The other things that I consider to be basics for putting this wall together are the few off-white Pottery Barn “Emma” plates that basically stay on the wall all the time and kind of anchor whatever else I put on there. Once you have those things in place, you can start to fill in with all the fun stuff!
This Year’s Fall Plate Wall
This is the first year that I’ve left my blue and white plates up for the fall season. I usually only have them up from mid-winter until the end of summer, but this year I just didn’t want to put them away. Blue and orange are complimentary colours anyway. 🙂
Since Thanksgiving is so early here in Canada, it’s totally appropriate to put a turkey platter out on display in mid-September. A platter like this is such a great, classic piece to have. I found mine at the thrift store quite a long time ago and it makes its way out of storage almost every year.
I found the small pumpkin plates at Pottery Barn a few years ago and I’m glad to see that they’re still carrying them because they’ve really become pieces that I look forward to taking out of their special little round storage box every year. They’re really like little works of art. They have a little bit of orange, soft green, blue, and kind of cranberry color in them, so they lend themselves to pretty much any fall color palette that you feel like using.
One of my favourite things in the world is having classic pieces that I can use and love over and over again, whether it’s for my home or for my wardrobe. Buying quality things that will last, when you can find them, is definitely much less wasteful, better for the environment, and just a much more comfortable way to live, in my opinion.
Sometimes these are investment pieces, but not always! It’s more about pieces that are carefully chosen. Almost all of my blue and white collection were found secondhand and I’ve gotten years and years of enjoyment out of the whole collection already. I don’t see myself getting bored of these pieces anytime soon, either. 🙂
Other Things to Note
I told you about this brass tray a few days ago, but I just need to follow up on it again. If you’re placing an Amazon order, I highly recommend adding this one on to your order. It’s beautiful in person and it’s just one of those things that looks great anywhere I use it. I just find myself wanting to use it everywhere.
Also, if you have a spirea shrub in your yard that you haven’t been paying much attention to, go check it out right now! I’ve never really noticed ours at this time of year before, but its leaves are absolutely beautiful right now and perfect for adding a little early fall colour to a vase in your home.
So that’s all I have to report for now about this tiny corner of the dining room! Have you started on any fall decorating inside your home yet?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.