It’s officially my favorite time of year- FALL! And I am honored to be taking part in Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co.’s Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour Fall Edition!
If you are stopping by from The Thriftress, welcome! Don’t you just love her arm woven wall hanging! I think I might have her convinced to make me one…. She happens to be my business partner and bestie!
I was lucky enough to be part of this tour last year as well (click here to see my modern and fresh tour from 2013); I try to change my seasonal decor every year, as I love to do different things and keep myself from getting bored.
Today I want to share with you what I’ve done to bring Fall into our kitchen and to our porch. The porch was one of the major draws of this house when we purchased it in 2011. It’s large and has a great view of the valley (we live on a hill). FYI we keep those partly lights up year round because we are always in the mood to party.
One day I would love to completely change the whole exterior color scheme but that’s not going to happen any time soon…. yellow and brown are not quite me.
Anyhow, our front entry is one of my favorite spaces to decorate, even though we don’t really use this door very much (most people enter through the side door). I simply added a corn husk wreath from Homegoods several years back. We added a couple of pale pumpkins, and mums.
Last year I used crates, and this year I used bushel baskets and metal buckets as planters.
Emmy was helping me spruce up the porch, and wanted to find a place for this black owl, so we stuck him in the wreath.
Next to the door is a vintage buffet that I removed the doors from and use as a potting bench. I added some more black owls and a vintage owl painting. I hung a set of antlers above to add a rustic touch. And as you can see, my fiddle leaf fig is still outside where it has been all summer….. probably time to bring that in! The little pink you see is Emmy’s pink pig watering can. 🙂
This birdcage was a gift from my parents and it is usually inside, but I wanted to bring it out for the Fall.
The side door is the one guests most commonly use to enter our house, so I gave that area some Fall love as well! I hung a vintage needlepoint that is sort of quirky and fun next to the door. (And these lanterns…. oh I know they are pitiful! They’re begging to be replaced- the best part is this one is slightly crooked.)
We also have a little seating area near the door- the adirondack chairs were given to me through freecycle and need some major love (next Spring!).
The trunk was a flea market find, and the swan planters were given to me by Sarah (who led you hear through the hop!). Aren’t they lovely! And do you see how the lemon balm plant is so small? It was large, and then I realized I hadn’t watered it
all summer in a couple days. So I revived it…. luckily I do a better job with keeping children alive.
On the other end of the porch is our favorite place to hang out and have dinner when the nights are cool but not too cold! The table is an antique library table, and the chairs are vintage church chairs I painted with milk paint. The bench was custom built from barn wood before I ever blogged, way back when.
I’ve set the table using a vintage plaid blanket, my every day dishes, and some other touches.
Just imagine how pretty this will look when those leaves start turning! I love the warmth of Fall colors paired with the cool blues and grays. I crave Fall days taking walks, stepping on crispy leaves, and gazing at bright oranges against a gray sky…. my favorite!
I made the “eat cake” slice a couple years back for Emmy’s woodland birthday party, and I reuse it all the time! It’s perfect for this Fall table. The owl glasses were a birthday gift from one of my very best friends- Sawyer’s godmother.
The plates are all from Ikea, and the bowls are a mix from West Elm and Relish Decor.
I’ve added some Fall accessories for now- a vintage bushel basket top, a bull skull, an old wooden tool box, a hydrangea (also a gift from Sarah!), a black owl, and a black horse post topper I found recently.
We have one more outdoor area I’d like to show you before we head inside to the kitchen. I’ve been keeping a secret- we built a fire pit this past Spring and I never shared it. It was a simple sacked paver type of build and we used tree stumps as seating. We love to hang out on cool nights, enjoying roasted marshmallows which I think pair perfectly with wine.
This past summer we enjoyed several night in this very spot, watching fireflies and bats, and looking at the stars. As Fall enters, the days get shorter and night time skies appear sooner…. I am looking forward to many early Fall nights spent around the fire.
So there’s my hidden little secret spot….
Now let’s head inside to see one of my favorite spaces, our kitchen.
This year the entire inside of the house was Fall-ified with simple rustic and natural touches. In the image above, you can see a glimpse of the door guests enter through, so the kitchen makes the first impression, and I want it to feel warm and inviting and in season! I always like to set up a little seasonal vignette on our island. We spend a lot of time there eating, doing homework, etc…. so it’s nice to have a happy Fall reminder.
I added a pair of antlers I painted white and gold last year, a brass ram I bartered with Sarah for, a thrifted squirrel and tree vase I painted white years ago, feathers, a brass candlestick, and a little white pumpkin.
Also on the island, we keep a brass and metal tic tac toe set I found at a yard sale. The kids and I love to kill time playing before we head to the bus stop.
As you can see, I love blues! Again, I wanted to keep it light on the seasonal decor, so opted to just add a few more woodland animals as well as little white pumpkins.
My fox crock also is a permanent fixture on the shelves, but he’s got some buddies- vintage squirrel salt and pepper shakers that come out to play in the Fall.
And I also brought out this white owl and silvery deer to join the bunch. It’s a woodland party on my shelves!This is one of my favorite spaces of the house- I love the colors and love the openness.
FYI I stood on a dining room bentwood chair while I took the pictures of the shelving… Catcher was very curious as to what I was doing on the chair and I had to share this photo with you! Oh how I love that sweet face!
To see the living room, dining room, and entry I shared last week, click here.
And to continue on the Blogger Styling Home Tours tomorrow, head on over to see The Handmade Home!
And so you don’t miss out on any of the fun this week, here’s the entire list!