Seasonal Decorating

Autumn Around the House

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

October is here so I felt it was time to switch things up around the house and transition for the season. I follow nature’s lead when decorating around the house, in autumn it’s a show of golden color so I take my cue from those warmer tones. I crave bold bursts of color in spring and summer but fall has me settling into cooler days and darker evenings with textured earthy neutrals.

knit pillow and plaid blanket

I’m predictable in my approach: branches, leaf cuttings, touches of gold, scattered white pumpkins. I reuse favorite accessories or art prints because they make me happy.

manzanita branches leaf prints

 

autumn mantel

 art display

 

 

fall leaves faux bois vases

 

ikat pillow on sofa

     

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Autumn on the Porch

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Last year I took the simple minimalist approach on my front porch, and I think I maybe bought one or two orange carving pumpkins at the grocery store. This year the mood was “Bring it, Yes BRING on the pumpkins” kinda like the porch two years ago and that’s a thing I find that I do a lot. I go through phases when I’m really just in the mood for a few simple seasonal touches and then the next time around it’s “Let’s DO This”.

So my friend Jean tipped me off to this wonderful lady who sells her pumpkins in front of her property off the beaten path right up next to her chain link fence about two thirds of a mile up this road 45 minutes away. No specific address, just look for the house with the lady and her pumpkins all lined up out in front of her humble abode down this one particular country road. And that’s how I met Shirley.

porch pumpkins

Shirley is one of those salt of the earth people who just grows her pumpkins from seed on her property then sells them without advertising by word of mouth. And she practically gives them away in exchange for a nice visit and some conversation. I LOVE those kinds of folks, the ones who would never use Twitter and really don’t care.

After our nice chat and a $35 exchange, my girl and I loaded up the back of our car with a pile of beauties and with our new stash hummed ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ all the way home. (Never you mind that’s technically a Christmas song.)

trio of mini pumpkins

My decorating has become what I refer to as “The Recycling Of The Things” – call it ‘working with what ya got’, call it ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ I just know that there are things that I possess and looks that I love and when I rotate The Things and spruce What I Got in a way That I Like, it brings me joy. New is great, but treasured is better.

pumpkin medley

 

blue door berry wreath

Long time readers, you may notice something a little different. The boy who loves Angry Birds has grown taller! Funny how that happens when you feed them.

fall front door

Oh and I painted my front door. Again.  

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