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Since I spent last week's column officially welcoming autumn, what better way to keep the festivities going than by giving a tour of our first couple of fall tablescapes? I know autumn won't officially be here until Sept, 22, but I am nothing if not prepared when it comes to fall decor. To keep my fall fanatic tendencies in check while still scratching the itch to continue in my quest of a seasonal makeover, I have been concentrating on the unique beauty of transitional designs. These are settings for that magical time of year where one season seamlessly blends into another, which is an artform and experience all its own. Transitional times are for adding a light jacket to your summer outfit and not being able to decide if you are hot or cold enough to use it; they are for switching back and forth from iced to hot coffee (but not yet pumpkin spice), depending on what the weather decides to surprise you with.

For home decor enthusiasts who prefer to dip a toe before jumping headfirst, there is a plethora of transitional tabletop approaches perfect for easing out of summer. Fashioning a mix of colors and textures from both summer and fall create a visual feast perfect for this time of year. One of my favorite displays takes the vibrant green we've loved these last few hot months and pairs it with muted, earthy variants of our popular summer hues. In lieu of sunshine yellow and tomato red, shades of mustard and muddy burgundy bring depth and warmth to the forefront to complement the light summer feeling that fresh green brings to the table, without getting too weighed down. The same balance is applied with the addition of a bright and busy floral tablecloth that, paired with simple wicker chargers and a touch of metal, still gives an air of fall flair.

Should you choose to embrace this transitional time by the branches, it is easy to tip the scales toward fall when adding decor to your table. We've taken our charcuterie chic look from this summer and added some spice to the natural wood and clean white ceramics on display. This look is so fun to transition between seasons, it is a gorgeous and strong blank canvas that can stand on its own, but also support the additional panache when desired. No one addition to this table would be considered dramatic, yet all together they work to create a noticeable difference in ambiance. I am mad about plaid, and these rusty orange and red table runners are the perfect gateway textile. We kept the color additions simple with cherry red ornaments and bright orange napkins topping off the neutrality of the white scalloped plates and square wicker placemats. The end result is both airy and neat, while having all the warmth and promise of fall I am currently craving.

Adapted from nellhills.com. Katie Laughridge is the owner of Kansas City interior design destination Nell Hill's. For more information, contact Katie at info@nellhills.com.

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