Can you feel the changing of the seasons? With the air becoming more crisp. The foliage starting to turn. Autumn in New York is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the cooler weather, the changing fashions and the many traditions that come with it—like apple picking.
In the Hamptons, farms are putting up signs that it’s apple picking season. On their fields are rows and rows of different varieties of apples – from classic McIntosh to Gala, from Golden Delicious to Honey Crisp. In colors that range from bright red to auburn to pale yellow.
I love seeing children pulling red wagons filled with their apple pickings. Among my favorite spots for apple picking on the East End are Milk Pail, Seven Ponds and Hanks Farm. The last one also has a big pumpkin patch.
If you can’t come out to go apple picking, don’t fret as the green market in Union Square brings in various kinds of apples fresh from different farms from all over New York and New Jersey.
Having just come from apple picking, I’ve decided to go with an apple theme for my latest table setting. I’ve cored some apples and used them as bud vases, filling them with small flowers that are in autumnal colors. I’ve given each setting an apple bouquet as a personal touch.
The rest of the table is washed in rich browns and deep reds with metallic accents. The browns and golds of our Bark Placemats find continuity in the spikes of the Flare napkin rings and the shading on the Helix glassware.
The deep red handles of our Zebrawood flatware complement the zigzagging embroidery on the Mesa napkins. As a centerpiece, I pulled off a vintage brass tree sculpture off the wall and laid it on the table. Its leaves reminiscent of the leaves outside that are slowly fading and turning to rich golden hues.