September 8, 2009
After a weekend of relaxation, I was very excited to jump into my long list of new projects for fall. Unfortunately, I was up all night with an ill daughter, and as a result, tethered to my house today tending to a sick child. It forced a change in plans for the day. But no worries. I changed course, and in between serving crackers and juice, I focused on injecting some fall colors into our home.
I am by no means ready for Halloween. Today, I was inspired to put away some of the summer whites, and bring out some of the fall colors that seem appropriate for September. I challenged myself to work with what decor I already had, so I scurried around the house in my pajamas all day hunting for objects I haven’t displayed in awhile.
First, I focused on the kitchen mantle. It spent all summer covered with a collection of white ceramics, which I adore. But today, I ventured into a study in complementary colors.
These cabernet colored candles came out of hiding.
I made my own still life with some squash and figs, nestled in a thrift store compote.
The vibrant yellow wreath is simply a grouping of orchid stems that I tied together.
Come Thanksgiving and Christmas, it will all change, but something about the juxtaposition of the deep purple and yellow speaks to me today.
On the dining room table, I put away the summer whites and brought the greens and wood tones to the table, and the classic Ballard pear.
Some glitz and gourds made an appearance in the family room niche:
I wanted some more subtle warmer tones and richer textures on this side of my living room. So I added some chocolate brown silk to the vanilla lampshade with hot glue and double sided tape. So easy ! Out from the linen closet came a shimmery taupe faux fur throw and some fall inspired pillows.
From the mantle, I removed the turquoise decor from summer. In exchange, I went with a more neutral combination of cream and bronze as a backdrop for the coming seasonal changes.
I also added some more natural elements. The apothecary jar is filled with walnut shells, acorns, and pine cones collected from a winery on my most recent weekend getaway. I had every intention of spray painting them white, but didn’t get around to it. Wouldn’t that be stunning? An entire jar of white walnut shells. Swoon.
In the window, my favorite glass jar of branches made friends with some new amethyst colored blooms I discovered hidden upstairs. They are playing off the colors in the amazing hydrangea bush right outside.
In the foyer, I added some of those hydrangeas to my favorite flea market silver pitcher, and out of the box came my clearance Ballard pumpkins.
For the mirror I formed my own custom wreath with beaded garland attached to a simple unadorned grapevines.
The wreath was a hint Christmasey with just the beaded garland, so I added some additional hydrangea buds. It’s a bit Victorian, with a dash of ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ don’t you think?
The foyer console also got a bouquet of random clippings from my yard. Hello Mr. Ballard pumpkin.
How can you not love these colors ?
Last year’s oak leaf wreath got some sprucing with some leftover pumpkins, gourds, and hot glue. I raided the kid’s craft box for some ribbon embellishments.
Instant front door fall wreath (and free!)
Not bad for a day spent in my pajamas. And in case you’re wondering, my little girl is feeling much better, thank you !
Are you like me, moving everything around your home when the seasons change? What upgrades are you making for fall?