Peek at Paula’s: Autumn Inspired Centerpiece

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Peek at Paula’s: Autumn Inspired Centerpiece

By Brandon Branch

Paula loves having fresh cut flowers to bring inside. She says that they add a real sense of warmth to her house, and I have to agree. So when she asked me for an autumn-inspired centerpiece for her kitchen table, I knew just what to do. Fall foliage is so inviting and pretty. The changing leaves, and burnt oranges, reds, and browns that surround us during this season really lend themselves to interior design.

Here are some simple ways to get the same look in your home!

imageContainer: I started with a beautiful piece of Majolica pottery that Paula found in a local antique store, here in Savannah. Majolica pottery is earthenware that was originally popular in the Italian Renaissance. Many of the patterns mimic flower, foliage, and other outdoor scenes. Though this piece was found at an antique store, you can easily find ceramic replicas at any store that sells home interior goods.

imageFoliage: For the focal point of the centerpiece, I wanted to go with gorgeous sunflowers. Sunflowers instantly brighten up any room, and the color match my palette perfectly for fall.

You can the hints of red I added with tiny clusters of wax flowers that peek out from behind the bright yellow of the sunflowers.

imageI also chose to include the muted colors of antique hydrangeas that you can see in this photo. They provided a solid backdrop of neutral color so that the oranges and yellows could really pop.

Finally, sprigs of millet grass spray from the centerpiece, giving it a sense of celebration!

You can find any of these flowers in your local markets, but I encourage you to make fall decorating your own! Experiment with different types and colors, and of course go crazy with containers!

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By Jan Schott on July 27, 2013


Love your shows and I love you Paula. You remine me of my pass life grown up. Your Grilled Chicken Pitas is to die for. Thanks Donna

By Donna Head on October 07, 2012


Brandon,keep having the same dream.I've had it three time.I enter a contest on Paula's web site and I win.The winner get's their home completely redone with Paula's furniture and you are in charge to make sure everything is done right.Thought you might get a kick out of that one.Do you know if she's got to use the table cloth and napkins I made for her last October.Hope you get a laugh out of this.It seems like everyone's day is gonna be busy.Mary

By MARY2711 on November 14, 2011


Paula when people ask for my recipe which are your I tell them can not do they are family recipes. love to cook and have many of your books, thank you keep cooking .Mary.

By Mary Lung on November 09, 2011



By kathy on November 04, 2011


Dear Paula, Just to let you know that I am you're biggest fan here in Puerto Rico. I am of Puerto Rican descent but I was raised in Chicago Ill, in a multi-culture area, my best friend and maid of honor at my wedding being from West Va, I learned to love Southern food and the warm hospitality...beautiful family! Love your show, your receipes but best of all your lovely smile and laughter! Have nice Thanksgiving with Michael and your beloved sons. Myrna Soto

By myrna soto on November 03, 2011


Paula I am asking for your help to see if you could add the sodium count to your recipes. You see I have just found out that I have third stage Kideny Disease. That means that I have to eat a Low Sodium diet only 2000 mg of sodium a day...There are 2300 mg in 1 tsp. of salt.... I love all your recipes & it is very hard to stay on this diet....I thank you for all your help..... Carrie Koltin

By carrie koltin on November 03, 2011


Thank you for sharing that gorgeous arrangement. I am inspired!! Cindy

By Cindy Edwards on November 03, 2011

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