Contributing editor Nathan Turner opts out of the expected
floral bouquet with simple, seasonally appropriate arrangements
of feathers, fruits and veggies.
Crab-apple branches and gnarled driftwood entwine for minimalist, sculptural splendor in this organic-looking scene. Though the fruit is too tart to eat, the ripe reds and greens liven up the blond wood; together they exude a folksy warmth that is matched by the dishware. To complete the vignette, a snipped twig at each setting is a homey touch.
Portuguese Handmade Spongeware Dinner PlateCanvas Home LLC
This contemporary take on the classic cornucopia uses just three harvest elements, laid directly on the table, for a casual, bountiful vibe: golden leaves gathered from the backyard or a nearby park, wheat sheaves from a local farm stand, and pumpkins.
BTW: Since white pumpkins aren’t found as easily as the orange variety, we incorporated faux ones in this mix. They look just as good and last forever.
Pewter Stoneware Dinner PlateJuliska
Rich-brown pheasant feathers (naturally
shed, of course!) lend graphic drama to an elegant table’s mostly white palette. The trompe-l’oeil resin vases recall the bird’s forested terrain.
Polka-dotted guinea-hen feathers in low cups soften the starkness and play with scale, as does a lineup of mini white gourds.