If you just came from All Things Heart and Home – Welcome. My blog is the last blog stop on the Finding Fall Tour of Homes.
Throughout the past week, you’ve toured 15 gorgeous homes, all decorated for Fall. It wraps up today with my tour and then even more Fall Decorating Ideas from Better Homes and Gardens Magazine! You will find lots of inspiration for your own Fall Decorating. I hope you are able to pop over and visit all of the participating bloggers!
If this is your first visit to my blog, let me introduce myself. My name is Diane. I love to create, decorate, paint, and give old stuff new life. My background is in retail display where I had to make displays using only what was on hand in a prop room. Working with so little, opened my eyes to see the possibilities of transformation and to use just about anything to decorate my home.
Fall is my absolute favorite time of year and this year it is starting off perfectly – a chill is already in the air, the days perfectly delightful, a cozy sweater needed at night. Football, falling leaves, pumpkins…bliss!
On the first day of Fall, I head to my local pumpkin patch and buy a few pumpkins and colorful mums to put by my front door. My front door is in dire need of a new coat of paint. I hope to get it repainted soon. Last year I made the monogram out of a foam board to accent the wreath.
Inside, my efforts are focused on my dining room. The room never gets used except in the Fall and that is when I like to infuse it with color. I chose the wall color with Fall in mind. It is Benjamin Moore Shelburne Buff. It is a warm and cozy neutral that goes with any color I choose to add to the décor or table setting. It looks dreamy by candle light.
The dining table is a hand-me-down that I recently stripped, painted, and stained a week ago. I will post about how I did it next week. Since it is still early in the season, I like to start out using vibrant Autumn colors – as the season progresses to Thanksgiving, I transition to more muted hues. The brass chandelier that I made over with paint and crystals goes perfectly with my table now that it too has had a makeover. The corner cabinet in the background is in the process of getting a paint makeover.
I enjoy finding ways to repurpose mundane items. Last year I used tin cans to make candle holders for the table. These work well for Thanksgiving table settings since they are small and don’t take up too much room where platters of food need to be placed.
This year, I cut turquoise tinted wine bottles to make a row of vases to run down the center of the table.
I switched out the chair back runners to black & white stripes. I posted how I made the previous white and turquoise runners by sewing. Next week, I will post the no-sew way.
I don’t enjoy cooking, but one of my favorite things to do is set a table. I am always in search of ideas for place cards, cloths, and unique ways to display china.
While I was at Pottery Barn last month, I snapped this photo of this place card and knew I would have to figure out a way to make them myself without having to buy a few games of Scrabble. It is another project I will show you how to make in the next few weeks.
Once the Autumn splendor outside has faded, I change out the décor using muted colors. They warm up the room considerably and set the mood for the beginning of the holiday season.
The branches with dried leaves are from a tree in my yard. The chalkboard is simply a thrift store fake oil painting in a frame. A little chalkboard spray paint over the painting and it becomes a big menu board.
To jazz one up for my family room, I covered it with a paper napkin. This is a great project for a foam pumpkin that will never rot.
In my kitchen – I add a few small fall touches to the center island.
A few weeks ago I added changeable backdrops to open shelves. I am displaying orange now to help celebrate the arrival of fall. I plan to change the colors for the season or just on a whim.
I love to add fresh vibrant color to furniture pieces that I make over with paint, but lately I am loving the look of stripped furniture – I love it for all seasons, but I think it looks best in the Fall. Warm, cozy and a bit country – in my mind that = Fall.
If you would like to see the rest of the décor in my home, you can click here to follow my entire Home Tour post.
For the last stop on the tour.
To start the Finding Fall Home Tours from the very beginning, just click here to visit the first home on the tour. The rest of the homes will link to each other in order making it easy to navigate to the next one on the tour.
To find even more Fall decorating inspiration, Melissa over at the Inspired Room has a Fall Nesting Party celebrating Fall.