Welcome dear readers to another Floral Friday! By now Fall is in full swing, and our favorite cozy season is here.  For this Floral Friday, I’m going to show you how to make a long lasting French Country Centerpiece with dried flowers and a pumpkin.



Since I’m in Europe on our last antique buying trip of the year right now, I made this ahead of time.  I decided to use dried natural materials, so that I could leave this arrangement out for our house-and-Bentley sitter to enjoy!


If you came here via Shirley, Pam or Mary, I want to welcome you with all my heart!  Please get a warm cup of coffee {pumpkin spice latte?} and join us for our special Floral Friday.  I will share the links to my three friends at the end of this post, be sure not to miss their always inspiring flower creations!




This flower arrangement is made with dried flowers that I used in the last Floral Friday – using flowers that have dried gives you twice as much bang for your buck. Roses are so easy to dry! You just gather them together with a wire or string, and hang them upside down until they’ve dried.

They take on a whole other level of beautiful when they are dried.



Long lasting, this is such an easy and pretty centerpiece for a table, or to place on an entry table or French buffet.


It’s perfect for fall gatherings, and Thanksgiving too.





Luxury Le Meron Taper Candles


I began making this arrangement by placing a large white and green pumpkin in an antique wood trencher, or dough bowl.



Then I used little pieces of an old fall garland that has seen better days and sort of twisted it around the pumpkin, it’s the wheat garland that is hanging out over the edges.


I added the dried roses, dried hydrangea from our garden, little green berries from last week’s flowers, little cuttings of sedum from our front garden.



Two pomegranates came next, and because I didn’t want our house sitter to have to deal with real apples – {or maybe because I wanted to take our apples on the plane?} – I popped in some small green faux apples.



Let’s talk about the table setting. {Since I know you want to!}




Hares in Winter Tablecloth


These beautiful tablecloths just came in, they are designed in Paris, and printed by traditional Provence block printing methods in the company’s factory.


Glorious colors of brown, green, red, and that luscious golden French yellow, all on a cream background.  And…the reason I fell in love with this table covering…there are  r a b b i t s  and holly leaves and berries.


And even though the pattern is called winter, the colors are so right for this table setting and autumn, too.


Rare Antique French Transferware Plates


The French earthenware dinner plates in poivre are just about perfect color wise as the dinner plate, I layered smaller antique French transfer ware plates with that great octagonal shape over them.


PROVENCE Dinner Plates in Poivre


Antique Silver Plate Flatware


Vintage silver plate flatware and our linen napkins with the wheat embroidery complete the setting.


Wheat embroidered Linen Napkins







This shows the arrangement from above. And yes, I did actually stand on the table to take this photo!



I hope that our Bentley sitter enjoys this arrangement while she is living at our house.  Bentley, our Lab, is such a baby….he hates going to the dog hotel, I don’t know why, because they have two swimming pools and all the dogs do all day is play and swim.


But it’s probably our own fault, he’s a little spoiled.


So we always have a Bentley sitter living here at home when we are away. Because…well….we love that big dog to pieces!






Thank you so much for joining me to day.  Be sure to visit my friends Shirley, Pam and Mary, their links are below.

Pam at Everyday Living

Shirley at Housepitality Designs


Mary at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs

à bientôt




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  1. carol o.

    Such a lift on Fridays to see your arrangements. Have a safe journey home.

  2. Swoon Lidy and so ooh la la! I love all the natural elements you’ve gathered to frame your pumpkin in your trencher…from the poms, dried roses, hydrangeas and sedum. And that tablecloth…be still my lapin-loving heart! I’m wild about your wheat embroidered linen napkins and gorgeous silver flatware too. As always it’s a pleasure to join you for Floral Fridays. Safe travels and happy buying to you!

  3. Wow, Lidy, that’s fabulous! I love the faded tones used here, the mix of dried and faux flowers and, of course, all your wares!

  4. Oh my, oh my!….i can always count on your beautiful French flair for Floral Friday and the gorgeous dried flowers are just perfect for the fall table!…I had to smile at the Hares in Winter tablecloth…at the Berry Patch house there are many, many bunnies hopping along the yard…I rarely saw these cute creatures at the previous house…Love!….and speaking of love…oh those napkins!!! Gotta have them!!!…you shall see my name come up on packing day!….It is always a treat seeing your collections of antique dinnerware/transferware….always the jewels of the table….hope you are having lots and lots of fun!!…Cannot wait to see what you find!….Safe travels and have a most fantastic weekend….Regards to Mr. French Garden House!

  5. What a beautiful arrangement and perfect for fall! Hope you are having a wonderful trip and can’t wait to see all of your treasures! Happy weekend!

  6. Oh, WOW, Lidy~ This is gorgeous! You are so talented and smart! Can’t believe all you do. Clever to use dried flowers that are so great for fall. That tablecloth is wonderful as is the transferware and the great dough bowl. I love the type of pumpkin you chose for your centerpiece. It accents all your table so elegantly. And your choices of autumn joy blooms, hydrangeas, fruit, and roses were ingenious.
    I am enjoying following your trip on IG. Traveling and shopping for antiques is HARD WORK. You do it well.

  7. Lidy, this is so beautiful and I love the repurposed roses. The napkins are a wow! Very elegant and beautiful. The apples look real. Hope you are enjoying your trip. My grand dog is named Bentley.

  8. Lidy, I so love this arrangement. This may be one of my favorites every

    Our minnie doxies are our babies and spoiled too. Hey, that’s why we got them and what happens when they are adorable and sooo good

    Enjoy your weekend


  9. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things

    As always Lidy your table and arrangement is stunning! I wish you could get those beautiful tablecloths in longer lengths. xo

  10. Lidy, I don’t know where to begin, there is so much to love!!! The arrangement & colors are gorgeous, along with the tablecloth & vintage dinnerware. This is one of my favorite arrangements you’ve done & setting with all my favorite autumn colors, with a touch of red berry! Perfect, so heart warming.

  11. I just love your flower arrangement ! I think a spoiled pet makes for a better pet . On the lookout for a Maltese puppy .
    Have a great day and happy shopping ??? Chris

  12. Thank you for sharing your tips and photos for a beautiful yet simple fall arrangement!
    (especially in the middle of your European buying trip!)

    And I have to ask you …how do you like having black countertops in your kitchen?

  13. Marlene

    Your centerpiece is charming. I love the dried roses, they are magnificent. I hope you are finding lots of goodies to bring back. You have such a lovely collection of antiques and collectables in your shop. Happy Hunting.

  14. Lidy, your use of the pumpkin with the dried flowers and faux apples is stunning. The tablecloth and wheat napkins are just gorgeous. Your transfer ware and antique silver…be still my heart! I know you are enjoying the buying trip, can’t wait to see it all. Have fun, safe travels, and I love sharing Floral Friday’s with you!???

  15. Me again , is there a better color of roses to dry .
    Thanks Chris

  16. Lidy, this is absolutely gorgeous! What a great tip to use dried flowers! I love the pretty French tablecloth. The colors are perfect for Autumn. Everything looks beautiful!

  17. A house/pet sitter is a good idea. My blind 21 year old yorkie doesn’t like doggie hotels either. Can’t wait to see the treasures you bring back from your trip.

  18. This is so lovely Lidy, I love love the dried roses…I used to dry and save roses to use again and haven’t done it in a long time, they look so stunning in fall arrangements! I love the pumpkin you chose to center this gorgeous arrangement which will still look great when you get back! Safe travels and thank you for the beautiful inspirations~

  19. Denise Carlson

    As always great inspiration from the beautiful blogs of your lady friends and gee even a chance at a second giveaway at Shirley, so fun. Please enter me into the drawing.
    Thanks, Denise

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