A Bit of Fall Decorating

I love the longevity of fall decorating~~you can start in September, adjust it a bit for Halloween and keep it until Thanksgiving.

With a few small touches, the house feels like autumn. It helps that we’ve been enjoying such gorgeous cool mornings and evenings. Don’t you just love the light lately? The yard looks so surreal.

We have a few leaves falling, but our true autumn occurs closer to Thanksgiving.  But I will take what I can, as I love this time of year….as does my constant companion, Sox.

I brought a bit of the outdoors into the dining room this year.  The handblown green glass jug was purchased during my summer visit to Camps and Cottages. Mollie English, the owner, gave me the idea to fill it with branches of fall leaves and she was spot on.

I like to change the art with the seasons.  This original oil painting on masonite by Lynn Winans (1897-1982) was  a wonderful find in an antique store in Pinetop, Arizona.  It’s 40″ x 20″ size is perfect on an art stand. Mr. Winans was a California artist and is known for his plein-air landscapes and seascapes. The colors are so appropriate for this time of year.

Another, rather simple, idea (I’m not even sure anyone in my family notices this), is that I change out the shades to the lamps that sit on the petticoat table in the entry. In the spring, I use a light blue color; for the fall, I add these gold silk ones.

I purchased them from Ballard Designs as they have a very large selection and are affordably priced.  A few pumpkins, gourds or apples are added to complete the decorations in the entry.

Behind the entry table, is a raised panel secured by a brass clasp. There is a rope and pulley operated section that slides down beneath the floor.  The door to the right of the table is the powder room. This secret panel provides access to the powder room’s plumbing. Rather clever thinking back in 1912, and it is great access to storage space under the stairs.

My kitchen….it really needs a painting update but the existing colors seems to work during this time of year.  Fall towels hang on the oven handle and candied corn fills my glass jar.

My favorite, newly purchased candle, Rosy Rings Spicy Apple (from Camps and Cottages) resides on the kitchen counter.

Hanging on the red front door is a basket full of mums, leaves and Chinese lanterns.

We recently discovered a GREAT pumpkin farm/patch in Snowflake, Arizona at Willis Family Farms.  It reminded me of pumpkin patches back east~~there was such a variety of pumpkins, gourds and corn.

During my last trip to Whitfill Nursery (you know how much I love Whitfill), I discovered these fabulous zinc pumpkin cut-outs on wooden stands.

So, with the inspiration of Patty Taylor, who selects all the unique items in the Garden Shop at Whitfill Nursery, I decided to do this combination on our front porch.

It doesn’t take a lot of money or creativity to add a touch of fall decorating to your home.  I would love to hear what you have done and how you are welcoming this wonderful season.