When I came across this 1876 painting by James Tissot, I knew I had to create an inspiration board with it – I love autumn, and I love picnics, so it was perfect! I imagine an elegant picnic in a park, with piles of cozy blankets, and delicious cakes and champagne. Rich colors and textures, like ochre and gold, tweed and silk, plus polished silver pieces (borrowed from aunts and godmothers, perhaps) and gorgeous fall flowers. This would probably work well for an intimate party, but I’d love to see it as a wedding reception, wouldn’t you? Oh, and I love the delightfully unexpected black and white checks.

Mood: rich, playful, elegant
Palette: ochre, cream, chocolate, tweed

Top row from left: Holyday (The Picnic) by James Tissot at The Tate, hat with veil from Brides, yellow and white bouquet and head wreath from Martha Stewart Weddings (photo by Johnny Miller)
Row 2:
apple and prune brioche tart from Gourmet Traveller via The Bedlam of Beefy, tweed from J.Crew
Row 3:
photo with black gingham shirt by Kate Powers, La Folie menu design by Cynthia Warren, cream roses with fall leaves by Michaele Thunen, roasted winter squash soup sips from Country Living, wedding dress with silk ochre wrap from Vogue Sposa via Little Winter Bride
Row 4:
calligraphy by Plurabelle, miniature bundt cakes from Desserts for Breakfast, Dom Perignon champagne, centerpiece with cream dahlias and fruit by Amy Merrick


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  1. Kristen Nichols

    Don’t know how you keep topping your self, but this is gorgeous. I want to live in this inspiration board until Thanksgiving!

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  2. sarah g

    gaaah, i love this!! def one of my fave boards. i heart fall, and this totally captures it. fabulous!

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  3. jacin {lovely little details}

    absolutely perfect. makes me miss new england!

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  4. Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie

    This is such a lovely and elegant board! Love!



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  6. The Perfect Palette

    perfectly Fall :)

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  7. Wedding Stationery

    Really lovely photos, really brings autumn to life.

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  8. Rosalind Grace

    lovely! The little bundt cakes are gorgeous too.

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  9. reubenvision

    I love love love this

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  10. Kristen

    love. love. love. this.

    xx kristen
    mikie and kristen

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    I love everything fall!

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  12. Baby Shower Invitations

    Great colour schemes to go with a fall wedding.

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    Fall wedding should always be the way to go.

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    This broad is awesome. You keep coming out with amazing posts.

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  15. Erika


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  16. Invitations Melbourne

    This is perfect for an autumn wedding! There are so many details that I want to steel. I’m not even having a fall wedding! That’s how gorgeous this board is.

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