Transitional Tablescape Tuesday

“For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven…”
Ecclesiastes 3:1

It’s that time of year again. You can’t decide whether to wear summer or fall clothes. You aren’t sure if you should go ahead and put away the strappy sandals and dig out the winter boots. And you can’t make up your mind if you should decorate your dining table with summer’s bright colors or to bring in the pumpkins! So, this is the answer to the dilemma:  our transitional table!

Using books as a theme has been an idea floating in my mind for a couple of years.  Butch and I love to read.  He will usually read a book per week on his iPad, and I will read two or three a month.  I much prefer the smell and feel of an actual book and turning real pages as opposed to an e-book.   We have an extensive collection of books written by Christian authors such as C. S. Lewis, Charles Swindoll, Philip Yancey, and Max Lucado.  We mainly enjoy non-fiction, however, Francine Rivers is a favorite! I have amassed a large collection of coffee table books–mostly consisting of decorating, food, and travel. But our favorite book is God’s Holy Word, the Bible, as we so desperately need his instruction for our everyday living ttt2

Cotton paisley tablecloth purchased at…(can you guess??)…TJ Maxx!

For smell, texture, and an earthy touch, I added coffee beans to the hurricane globes and the amber stemware often graces our tables during the Fall!

This leather box engraved with my initials is a precious momento from Florence, Italy and rests on a pair of antique leather books


You will be seeing the Spode “Woodland” dinner plates in the weeks to come– love their autumnal color!

These individual books of the Bible were found in an antique shop in Highlands, NC– they are leather bound and I regret that I did not buy all of them!

The faux leather placemats were added for texture. The Eiffel Tower place card holders were a gift from a friend–I do love Paris!

I gathered sage, loropetalum, and persimmons from my yard for the julep cups

The olive wood Bible is from Jerusalem and is a treasured find! I have collected magnifying glasses and scattered some on this tablescape. The napkin rings were a gift from a friend– I do love bling!

The architect’s model of an iron spiral staircase, used as the centerpiece, normally sits on a table in our hallway

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Galatians 4:10


  1. Jill Roberts says:

    So lovely, Pam!! I share your love for books! A table fixed with them is just perfect! Love all of your delicate detail in the simplest pleasures!

  2. Lisa says:

    Oh, I just discovered your blog and absolutely love it! You love all the darker warm colors that I do so I feel right at home looking at your pictures. Your home is gorgeous.
    I recently included books on a tablescape I did for my son’s birthday and loved it. I adore the spiral staircase you included on your table. It is breathtaking. I think for the next few minutes I will be scouring the internet for something similar.
    Great inspiration and so happy to have found you.

    • Lisa, thank you so much for your beautiful words! I am thrilled you found me and now that I have found you, I have been reading your blog for the past few minutes. Love what you are sharing and I will definitely order one of those bracelets, probably a blue and white. I will be following you and hope you will keep checking out my “everydayliving”! Blessings, Pam

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