September 28, 2016

Autumn's in the Air - Fall Home Tour

Welcome to my Fall home tour, and if you have come over from Fox Hollow Cottage, hello! I am so excited to be participating in the Autumn's in the Air blog hop with eleven of my very favorite bloggers. Each of us is featuring some of our favorite things for Fall. Some are doing tablescapes, some are doing a room or two, and some a full home tour. I think you will see some very beautiful and inspiring spaces as these girls are good! 

Last year I did very neutral fall decor with white mums, lots of white pumpkins, and almost no color. And although I love a neutral fall look, this year I wanted to do something more traditional.... but not too traditional! I'm not a big fan of bright oranges, but I did find myself gravitating toward the subtle fall colors of muted oranges, faded yellows, browns, and greens so that's what I wanted to showcase this year. I used a lot of natural decor while still hopefully having it feel cozy and warm.

My front porch this year. When I found these mums at Lowe's a couple of weeks ago, it just set the tone for the whole season. The olive Bucket is a vintage find and the lantern is a Home Goods find from a few years ago.

My dining table with an array of pumpkins, fallen leaves from my yard, and some eucalyptus. Wood candle holders are from Pier One Imports and the burlap runner I purchased on Etsy.

In this china hutch, I always have some of my vintage white ironstone and then I like to change out the plates for the season. I just found these pheasant plates at Home Goods recently and I'm in love! I'm planning on doing a tablescape with them soon!

These pillows were a new find. Loving the yellow/citrine color for Fall! The urn is a French antique and the pillows are from Home Goods.

Another of my "foraging" finds! I got these leaves on a hike near my house and just loved the colors.

I added some muted orange flowers in the family room for a pop of color. I love that they bring out the muted orange in the pillows.

My kitchen mantel is another place where I love to change things out with the different seasons. Here I have some more ironstone pitchers and I switched out my blue and white transferware platter that's usually there for this neutral wood platter and added some ceramic pumpkins from Target.

If you've been reading my blog for awhile you know I have a love affair with cloches! Here I used them to hold my mini white pumpkins and added some fall flowers to the counter, too. In the background is a coppery pumpkin I found that I love! The color is so perfect!

The pitcher is vintage, cake stands are old, and the coppery pumpkin is from a local boutique.

I knew I wanted to use my antique dough bowl in here but I wasn't sure at first what I wanted to put in it. Then when I found the shafts of wheat stored away I let those set the tone for the bowl, using white and green gourds and pumpkins, with some eucalyptus tucked in.

Wheat shafts were from the grocery store a few years ago, the runner is from World Market, and the dough bowl is antique. 

Thank you so much for stopping by! Hopefully you've been inspired and had some fun! Please go visit Buckets of Burlap next, and then onto each of the bloggers in the tour. I think you will be amazed at the talent and get some great ideas for fall decorating!

 Autumn's in the Air - Blog Hop Hosts

Laura at Junque Cottage
Kelley Nan at Kelley Nan
Janet at Shabby Fufu
Kim and Lacey at Styled with Lace
Courtney at The Hamby Home
Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage
Sheila at Maison de Cinq

Happy Fall!

September 25, 2016

Thoughtful Sunday #74 - Create a Life

This is something I am always striving for. I like my home to look good, to be aesthetically pleasing because I find it relaxing and I love to be surrounded by things I love and that I find beautiful. But it's much more important to me that my home be a haven for those who live here. I want my family to be comfortable here, to feel safe and protected, and at peace here. I want my home to have a soul, and I hope I've achieved that.

Happy Sunday!


September 24, 2016

Friday Favorites - Olive You

Fall is probably my favorite season. I love the crispness in the air (or, at least in LA, the promise of crispness!), the turning of the leaves, eating apples, making homey dinners, and wearing cozy sweaters. And even though I no longer attend school, September is still, in my mind, the beginning of school and so, I still associate it with "Fall shopping." There's just something about those new sweaters and boots that gets me as excited as a teen! I'm going to do a post on Fall trends soon, so for now I just wanted to focus on an item that I love and that isn't necessarily a new trend, but is nonetheless evocative of Fall. Olive is one of those colors. And though you can wear it year round, and I definitely do, it just says "Fall" to me. Whether you call it olive, moss, army, or khaki green, it works well with the other Fall neutrals of grey and brown, and can work in both casual and dressy situations. And, it looks amazing with both black and white (and we know how I love those colors!)

Beyond gorgeous! Love this whole outfit!

Here Olivia Palermo mixes her olive jacket with browns and tans, along with a scarf in black and white. 

Olive green cargos with gingham - LOVE!

September 20, 2016

Fall Tablescape with Willow Pumpkin and Wild Flowers

The other day I realized I had been so busy all summer that I hadn't done a tablescape since July 4th! I do usually like to toy around with tablescape ideas at least a couple of times a month. Not only for fun, but also so that when we entertain I have something prepared beforehand. I adore doing them; it's kind of a fun, creative outlet for me. Anyway, I decided that I really wanted to get one of those natural willow pumpkins to use in my Fall decorating this year. I saw them a lot last year, both at Pottery Barn and places like Home Goods, so I thought it would be easy to find. I was hoping to get 3 or 4 to use on the mantel, but alas, I have only found one so far. So that is how it ended up in my tablescape! In addition to using the naturalness of the willow pumpkin, I wanted to use some natural flowers or plants. I usually buy flowers at Trader Joe's or another market, but I wanted to challenge myself and see if I could do a creative table using just whatever I could find out in nature. So, when I walked the dog, I brought the clippers! Here is what I came up with....

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