It’s a Fall Nesting Party over at Melissa’s blog, The Inspired Room, and she wants us to share what inspires us for Fall! I’d like to show you how I decorated for the season in this re-post from last year. Melissa will be celebrating autumn throughout the entire month of October since she is “absolutely nuts about fall.”
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I’m also linking with Vintage Inspiration Friday at Debra’s blog, Common Ground. Please stop over to see what could inspire you!
Some of you may remember this post, but it’s an opportunity for those of you who are new to my blog, or those of you who may have missed it, to see what I like to do. Hope you have fun seeing it!
Autumn is truly my favorite time of the year in Ohio. We have blue skies; the sun shines warm on your face; and there is a definite crispness to the air. In short, it is the time of year that feels most like home, back in New Mexico.
I love to decorate for fall with the warm colors of the earth~ muddy browns, bright reds, rusty oranges, mossy greens, and sunny yellows. My front door basket is filled with these colors, as is the metal cloche on the table.
This cloche is decorated with two different styles of dragonflies and it has a base of oak leaves. I created a ball of leaves by taking a large Styrofoam ball and layering it with fabric leaves. Then I “planted” it in a clay pot in the middle of the cloche base. It kind of looks like a head of lettuce or cabbage! I surrounded it with dried pomegranates, miniature gourds, artichokes, and oranges. The dragonfly on the side of the table is a garden ornament.
I placed an old bench in the small garden area outside the dining room and created a simple vignette with pumpkins and a watering can filled with mums.
Three potted mums accent an old section of iron fencing, while pansies and flowering kale add contrast to these mums.
In the front hallway, a vase of feathery ornamental grasses cut from a neighbor’s yard gives some height to a chest placed up against the stairway banisters.
I’ve filled a silver bowl with buckeyes, which are the state nut of Ohio, and I’ve placed a carved, wooden acorn on top of a corrugated silver box.
I wanted to dress up the leaner mirror in the great room, so I fashioned a bundled twig arrangement and added wheat stalks, grass, and some faux gourds. You can see the burlap skirted table and my Halloween cloche in the mirror’s reflection.
Some of you may have seen the following cloches that I showed for Marty’s party, but since they are part of my fall decorating, here they are again…
This is my whimsical Halloween cloche, complete with four candy corn candles, candy corn, and fruit flavored Dots candy. I kept nibbling on the yummy Dots as I put this cloche together. The candy corn that I used to fill the little clay pots, however, was completely inedible. I found it in the pantry, left over from last year’s Halloween candy stash!
Simple gourds, berries, and leaves.
Sunflowers always say “Fall” to me.
Leaves, acorns, dried oranges, and faux pumpkins surround candles on a tarnished silver tray.
Acorn salt and pepper shakers on a fall-inspired tea towel.
Variegated maple leaf candles in a shallow tray filled with dried leaves.
Coffee scented candle surrounded by mini pinecones and pods picked from my side yard.
I’ve placed these amber colored votives in a wooden bowl filled with putka pods, what most people call mini-pumpkins. Scrabble tiles spell out what I think is the best season of the year.
This basket of ceramic pumpkins. miniature oranges, and fabric leaves graces my cocktail table in the great room.
I have been looking for a cornucopia for the longest time. When I spotted this at an estate sale several weeks ago, I grabbed it! It came home with me after I paid a dollar for it. I filled it with glass grapes, miniature pumpkins, and gourds and placed it on the kitchen table. The three wooden spools are perfect pumpkin holders.
A sparkly black crow is tied onto the mini pumpkin to dress it up.
In this arrangement in the dining room, a green pumpkin soup tureen is the star of the centerpiece. I elevated it on a cake plate and placed it on a charger made out of fabric grape leaves. Then I intertwined the ceramic pumpkins with faux aspen leaves and copper metal leaves.
Lentils, rice, beans, and split peas are layered in the tall apothecary jar, while pinecones, mini gourds and pumpkins fill the others.
I wanted to try another table version, so I used a crystal bowl and two fabric leaf balls to give it a different look. While the crystal brings a touch of elegance, traditional autumn decor gives a homey feel to the table.
Mr. Sullivan gave me this contemporary Waterford bowl about eight years ago. It is chunky and extremely heavy and is so completely different from the traditional patterns that the company is known for.
I created this leaf ball in the same way as the one that is in the metal cloche and I set it on top of an estate sale brass candlestick sprayed with an oil rubbed bronze finish.
I think you can see the bronze finish of the candlesticks in this picture. I started to paint them black, but I really like this so much better.
Prisms dangle off the bobeche on this crystal candlestick.
Same table, but with the corn removed. I think it looks less cluttered.
This display holds three typesetting blocks of fall decor. Before the advent of computers, print shops used these type-face blocks to set copy for books and newspapers.
Can you see the details in the leaves, the acorns, and the bundle of wheat?
I have a contemporary media room where touches of silver accent the beige and espresso brown furnishings, so I thought it would be fitting to paint some gourds silver, black, and cream. I created a mottled finish by spraying while a fan was blowing on the gourds.
Hope you’ve enjoyed taking a glimpse into how I decorate our home for what we think is the most comfortable season of the year.