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A Richly Rustic Affair

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Atlanta Designer Danielle Rollins
Sets a Naturally Beautiful Fall Table

“Since Fall is characterized by cozy sweaters, campfires, and the blazing autumn explosion of colors with the changing leaves, I figured: why not celebrate what nature provides as a beautiful backdrop to my ‘bon-fire chic’ party? Using items directly from or directly inspired by nature lent a rustic and casual setting to the table. I placed acorns inside ordinary hurricanes, tied place cards to pine cones, added horn silverware and bark-covered votives, all as a nod to nature and to the season. At the bar, I used rich leather trays to hold the glasses (ready to be filled with a delicious bourbon cocktail) because they remind me of leather boots—one of my favorite fall fashions. Don’t be afraid to mix old and new, high and low. It turns out stadium blankets make the perfect table topper; I have even been known to use shower curtains as outdoor table cloths! For your arrangements, nature provides everything you’ll need—as long as you have the clippers. With all this talk of nature, I offer my final suggestion for a fall fête: always make sure you have a back-up plan; Mother Nature is a notorious party crasher.”

Designer Danielle Rollins, of Danielle Rollins Gracious Living & Stylish Entertaining