I’ve been hustling to add more autumn decorating to the house. Seems that I’ve been piecing things together a little at a time- I just haven’t been able to do it all in one shot! But it’s completely done now, except for the Halloween stuff. That won’t go up for a while, because I want to savor the fall décor a little longer.
The glass cocktail table in the great room got its autumn dress last week before we had our party with the husband’s brothers and their wives. Although I knew we were planning on staying outside most of the evening, I knew the girls would come in to check out what I’d done with the seasonal décor. The fireplace mantel and hearth had already been “fall-ified” but the table needed some help to get it out of generic mode.
I knew that I wanted a basket of gourds and corn, but all of my baskets were too formal or too “wickery.” Is that a word? I keep making up my own language…. Anyway, it occurred to me that I had the perfect thing- an old strainer that I’d found at a barn sale a few years back. It was rustic and worn and the perfect size to plop in all of my fall goodies.
The demijohn and the staircase spindle/turned candlestick gave height to the design. I simply raised the candlestick onto a couple of books. Then I filled in with Indian corn, colorful gourds, some hedge apples and a clock face tucked into a flower frog. The spindle candlestick is holding a battery operated candle with a silicone covered light bulb. When it’s dark, the bulb flickers and glows so nicely.
There are even a few red chile pods tucked in for good measure.
I like the old keys used as clock hands. Wish I could have slept in ‘til that time. I was up hours before!
I found the demijohn at the Springfield Extravaganza last spring. They were selling so inexpensively in the booth where I found it; plus, I got a great bundled price because I bought an old soda bottle there, too.
I’ve noticed that people in different regions of the country call these hedge apples by different names. Monkey balls is one moniker that simply cracks me up!
Adding even more height to the table is the ginormous wooden spindle that I found for the unbelievably reasonable price of $10. Some of you may be familiar with the blog, McMaster and Storm- well, the girls hosted their Brick Farmhouse Event a couple of weeks ago and it was just wonderful! I sure hope that they do it again next year. Are you reading this, Kara and Darcy? The spindle is 12 inches tall and was purchased from one of their vendors whose booth was filled with lots of great vintage items.
I placed a ceramic quail onto her own cozy little nest.
This pumpkin, embellished with halved wooden balls, found a home right in front of the spindle. I found it at the Country Living Fair last fall. BTW, are pumpkins supposed to be green?
To finish off the display, I brought out an old livery ledger, circa 1853. It was used by a business here in Dayton and its entries denote the many transactions that the business dealt with during the course of the year.
Here,you can see that customers had rented a box buggy, a cart, and a carriage. (note the misspelling of the word, carriage) I’m unclear as to what kind of wagon is being described in the list, but isn’t it interesting to see the old handwriting?
I used some wheat stalks and a shell-handled magnifying glass for varied interest.
Here are a couple of evening views of the vignette…..
I’ll be sharing more of the autumn décor from this room soon…. Hope you’re enjoying cooler weather and clear, sunny days! It is definitely fall here in Ohio!
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