Hello my friends and I'm so glad you're here today because I have something special planned! (Did I just sound a bit like Mr. Rogers there?) But, it's true! I attended Haven, a DIY/Creative Blog Conference last month and not only did I learn a great deal, but I met 7 other incredibly talented ladies with whom I share similar interests. After meeting,we formed a little tribe, so to speak. Through this tribe we will be teaming up throughout the year to provide you 8X the great ideas, great pictures and great stories. Today is the first day of our ‘special programming' with a Fall Home Tour of all of our homes.
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I will be seeing their ‘decorated for fall' homes with you for the first time today and am so excited to see what they have in store. So, after you've taken the ‘tour' here, head over to all of their homes by following the links at the bottom of this post. I think you'll come away with some fantastic ideas.
So…let's get going.
Welcome to our home. One of my most favorite things about our house is the confederate jasmine that covers the pillars on our front porch.
And you really need to come by in May, when the jasmine is in full bloom, and just sit on my porch and breathe in the heaven that is jasmine. BUT…sadly…my jasmine took a hit this summer…literally.
Our son Rob was tasked with tending to the yard and he practiced his samurai skills on my poor jasmine. But…it'll grow back…right?. ?
I had a good time finding some unusual plants to fill my fall planters. I want to do something different than fall mums this year, so went with a purple ginger and some heuchera (coral bells). My creeping jenny is still going strong, so I left that in. I also added some twigs towards the back of the pot and a small little pale orange pumpkin for added interest.
See that pumpkin on the stairs? Well, truth time. He was a little ‘brighter' orange than the little ones in my planters. So, what does a ‘painter of all things that don't move' do? Yup, I gave him a little white wash to tone down his orange. Would that all of the world's problems be fixed so simply with a little paint.
Now, welcome to our den. I chose to stay pretty simple with my fall mantle, using pine cones that I've collected in the square hurricanes, leaves, gourds and my Dad's iron horse.
Funny story, well maybe not funny ‘ha-ha' for my family, but I enjoy it. When we hiked through Austria last summer, I was taken with their pine cones that were more delicate and longer than our hefty Carolina pine cones.
So taken was I, that I collected them on our hikes. And since it was too difficult to reach my own backpack, when I had a handful I'd stuff them in the backpack of whoever I was closest to at the time.
At the end of the day, everyone would empty their backpacks of pine cones but me! I am most appreciative of my family for toting these pine cones through the Austrian Alps. It makes my heart happy to open my box of ‘fall' decorating stuff and find little trinkets, like these pine cones, from our travels. Another one of my ‘favorite things'.
On my hearth is my newly upcycled faux copper tub and my oyster basket filled with my oyster clusters, leaves and more gourds. I love the contrast between the gold of the leaves and gourds against the white/gray of the oysters.
So, you've heard the story of the oyster basket and the story of the ‘copper' tub, which were both acquisitions from my little antiquing/anniversary vacay back in June.
Here's the last of the little finds from that trip…a Herkimer Brand Blended Loaf Cheese wooden box that I found in a little antique store in Cold Spring, NY, on the Hudson River. So, two questions…how do you not come home with something labeled ‘Herkimer Blended Loaf Cheese', seriously? And what the heck is ‘Herkimer Blended Loaf Cheese'?
Well, I did a little sleuthing on the googler and didn't find ‘loaf cheese' but did find that Herkimer is a family-owned cheese company in New York. Doesn't look like they still make blended loaf cheese, but they have lots of other yummy sounding cheese stuff. And those little milk bottles? Terry and I collected those along our journey as well, 1 is from a dairy in Maryland and the other 2 from dairies in NY…more mementos of our little trip.
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This little set up worked perfectly for flowers on my table all summer and now is easing perfectly into its fall role.
This table setting also features some of my other favs… I am always looking for reasons to use those round wicker chargers. And those rectangular place mats…those place mats are the BOMB! (Indulge me on straying from ‘fall' for a minute. But…this is really important)
You can get red spaghetti sauce or red wine on them and they wipe right off. You can put them in the dishwasher and they come out looking perfect. I have had these for 12 years and they still look brand new. They are made by Saleen in Germany, look totally like a natural woven product, but they are some form of polypropylene.
They aren't easy to find here in the US, so when we were in Prague last year, I bought 10 more…just in case. I have seen them sold from time to time at One King's Lane, Sur La Table and sometimes on Amazon.
Williams-Sonoma has several outlet stores, one of which is an hour or so north west of Atlanta. Kate and I had a ball in that store this summer and came home with MANY fun things. Two of my purchases were this set of napkins and linen table runner, which we knew would be perfect for a fall table.
And see those ‘wooden' candle holders? Up until a week ago, they were gold. But before that they looked like this:
In case I've never told you…I ❤ PAINT! I had a ball putting a faux wood finish on them.
My pantry door, another one of the favorites things about my home, received a wreath of fall leaves.
And finally, the window sill over my sink holds my cloche with dried baby pumpkins and grandma's milk glass planters jazzed up with a little wreath around a brick red candle.
I'm ready for fall…bring it! Ready to light the fireplace, watch a little football under a warm blanket, bake pumpkin and apple spiced pastries, eat soup and just settle in to enjoy all the fall has to offer. Are you ready?
And don't forget to swing down the road to visit my friends. You'll find them here:
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