Happy Monday! I am so excited today to be sharing my Eclectically Fall home tour with you. I’ve been on Kelly’s tour for three years now, and am always impressed with the lineup of homes (while also thinking, how did I get here?) Aside from checking out the other homes, it’s a blast to revisit my old posts to see how much has changed over the past couple of years. (You can find 2015 here and 2014 here.) This year my decorating motto was, use what you have and keep it simple, and to be honest, it’s my favorite Fall tour of all– it just feels right to me.
If you are here from Kris’ blog, Driven by Decor, welcome! Her home is gorgeous and those beautiful fall colors always look stunning with her grays.
I am going to take you on a tour of 4 rooms today, our main living areas which consist of our living room, dining room, and kitchen, as well as our master bedroom. The main living areas always get the most seasonal attention because they are the spaces our family spends time in together every day, and it’s important to me to create a comforting and creative home for my children. Our master bedroom is our retreat, but also the room where I snuggle with my kids while we watch a movie, or they haul in their sleeping bags for movie night on our floor. So it always gets a few seasonal tweaks, and with Fall coming it’s a perfect opportunity to bring in a little more warmth and coziness. For your convenience, I’ve added shopping widgets below several photos so that you can find similar items for your own home. You can just scroll through and click on the items you are interested in. (These are affiliate links).
Let’s start this tour in the living room today. This is one of my favorite spaces, and I think it might be because of my vintage velvet sofa. We laugh that we have his and hers sofas as I like to sit on my swanky piece of history, while my husband is still loving his West Elm Henry Sofa, and they’re going on a five year love affair. We started out with two of the Henry sofas actually, but when I found this navy gem, I was smitten. Sorry, Henry.
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This room has a large picture window, so it gets great natural light and at the end of the summer season, most of the houseplants that thrived out there move to this space. As you can see, several have already made it inside. My palm and fiddle leaf fig are adding life to one corner of the space now, which is ironic seeing as it could be where they end up fighting for life.
My art from Minted is still going strong and I am loving it just as much as the first day I hung it.The coffee table always houses some of my favorite design books, and I’ve added a couple of antlers I painted white and gold a few years ago, a vintage wooden antelope, my DIY log candlestick, and a $2 clearance fern in a thrifted terra cotta pot, and of course a little white mini pumpkin.
Shop the LookI brought in more plants from my summer porch to create a cozy fresh feeling in the corner with the leather chair.Even though this is a “fall” tour, I just love the fresh greens paired with the warmer neutrals of Fall, like white pumpkins and antlers, natural wood tones, and the richness of brown leather.
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The mantle is always one of my absolute favorite places to decorate for the season. I always have to decorate around my husband’s TV, but when I painted the brick black a few years ago, it definitely helped mask it.This fringe has been on the mantle for maybe a year, but I just love it and it’s worked for every season for me. So why change it if I still love it? The books are another staple on my mantle and I love to use them to add height and interest as well as a touch of my favorite color. This fall I’ve added pale purple glass vases I got at Ikea last year for my Fall porch, and I filled them with pokeberries. FYI, these are out of the reach of my pets- pokeberries are poisonous, so you don’t want to place them where little ones or pets might try to eat them! In our house, that’s not a danger, and I kind of love the way they look. They’re also known as inkberries, so be careful of those black berries…. true to that name they will stain!
On the hearth, my brass deer remain as always (especially loving their newly shined status!) I’ve also added a couple of houseplants I found on clearance for some fresh green, and a hint of fall color with that purple plant.On the other side, my true fall touch comes in the form of a couple gourds and another plant that has come inside for the season. I decided to use several terra cotta planters because a) I had them already, and b) the lovely earthy color works beautifully for the season.On either side of the mantle, my husband and I created built ins a few years ago and they store several of our books as well as the kids clay projects from school. Underneath the shelves is a perfect space to store our blanket stash for Fall.Over the last few years I have really worked on creating a cohesive palette throughout the main areas of our home, using black, white, green, and every single shade of blue (I might like that color a little).
In the dining room, this color palette continues, and I have a couple of recent additions to this space I am excited to share with you!
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We’ve had a sideboard in place for a while, but to be honest, it didn’t really hold much. It had my grandmother’s china, but I don’t use it often enough to have an entire piece of furniture dedicated to it. I recently came across an antique daybed, and decided to try it in this space. It’s been the perfect addition as it’s the only piece of furniture the dogs are allowed on, and Emmy loves to read here and snuggle with her puppy, Snowball. I also brought home this bar cart I’ve had at my Sweet Clover office, but decided the daybed needed some sort of side table, so home it came.I gathered up a mix of pillows from around the house, a sheepskin, and a blue blanket we used to use on Sawyer’s old bed.
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The bar cart I styled with wine, which of course I had on hand. I love reds, but something about a Cab in the fall sounds perfect to me.I also added another plant that came in from my porch (a spider plant, which I love for their survival rate and fun look!), a fabulous vintage ice bucket which was actually a gift from our tour’s hostess, Kelly, and recycled wine bottle glasses my brother gave me several years ago. (I love these because I am a bull in a china shop with delicate glasses and broke way too many prior to owning these).
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The bottom shelf houses San Pellegrino and an awesome California inspired tic-tac-toe game my bestie sent me. (She lives there so it’s a sweet reminder of her!)On the table I created a simple centerpiece using blue bottles I already owned, antlers I owned, and pears from the farmer’s market… pears are one of my favorite fruits! In the bottles I added weeds from my own yard that had sort of a golden tint to them. Instant Fall, right?
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I am constantly inspired by nature, and love to bring it into my home, especially on the dining table.I love how the antique daybed looks tucked behind the table. Because our kitchen opens to our dining room, it really is a great place for the kids to curl up and read or do homework while I make dinner.I try to make sure whatever I put on the table each season ties into the colors of my nautical gallery wall.
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Our industrial island that my neighbor built for me works as a division of space, and is also a workhorse piece of furniture… serving as breakfast bar, homework station, kitchen storage, and dog napping zone (clearly).Here you can see how the two rooms really connect. and open to one another. The kitchen is really the hub of our home…. it’s where we connect each morning and reconnect each evening. We play music and dance, we bake and cook…. this is a happy space for all of us, except when we are arguing over homework.And clearly the dogs are at peace here, too.
I find peace in this space when it’s just me, a quiet house, and my coffee.(My friend in Colorado created this print, but I found a similar one here, and you can find a vintage bull head like mine here.)
Oh, and just in case you are worried about Jake, he’s still kicking it… he was asleep on his bed tucked away in the corner of the dining room the entire time I was shooting.
I always like to have a simple centerpiece on the island, something that just greets our guests (most people enter through that kitchen door).
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I added a vintage wine cooler that my friend decorated for me, and we also have a little pottery colander filled with tomatoes, and of course our egg basket. The wine cooler is used as a vase, but I had to put a solo cup in the bottom of it so that it doesn’t seep through the porous terra cotta. My vase arrangement is once again weeds from my yard. 🙂 The crate stays put and collects papers and mail, and houses some writing utensils as well.
We love our island as it’s full of form and function, but the statement in this space is truly made with the backsplash. Above that our open shelving allows me opportunity to add seasonal items as well as store daily use items like our dish ware.
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These shelves house more plants, our sugar and flour canisters, vintage artwork, and more. I change out the cookbooks to reflect the season; currently I have Raising Chickens, my Food in Jars book that has been fabulous for canning recipes this season, Nutrition Stripped, and Cravings. I’ve also brought back my ikea mugs to prepare for the cool days where I need afternoon tea.As you can see my window sill garden is still going strong, too! I’ve started training the phothos to climb over the window. We’ll see how that goes! And there’s a pepper from our garden finishing its ripening.
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On the other side of the space we’ve made use of the wall our refrigerator is on by adding industrial shelving and a vintage industrial filing cabinet which houses breads, glasses, and our secret junk drawer.I’ve recently added some Ikea spice shelves and am using the top of the refrigerator to store all of the items I’ve canned this season. That’s my only real “Fall” touch over there…. preserved food in jars! I’ve canned peaches and tomatoes, made salsa, peach salsa, and spaghetti sauce, and I’ve still got applesauce from last year, but I plan to make more this season as Emmy has just discovered how good it truly is and loves to take it to school in her lunch.Now that you’ve seen our main living spaces where we gather as a family, let me share with you my retreat… my serene modern boho bedroom.
I’ve also added a vintage hat rack I’ve been holding on to just waiting for the right moment. That wall has sat empty for so long and I needed somewhere to place the hats I love to wear all fall and winter.On my side of the bed, I truly didn’t just casually kick off my booties, but I had to share because they are such a good deal on Amazon!Seriously, how cute are these booties for fall? They’re real leather, have fun fringe, and complete the perfect fall outfit. And they’re a nice low profile for the heel impaired. (FYI they are currently $10 more than I paid for them, so keep checking back!)
My dresser is the midcentury wooden one on the wall that runs parallel to our bed. I haven’t changed it up, but I truly feel like fall is its season to shine.The painting of me and Chris was actually of a photo taken in the fall, so it works out beautifully.
Chris’ dresser is the Asian inspired turquoise dresser that’s been in our room for 4 years and I might be buried in because I love it so.
The only seasonal touch over here is a great gray, brown, and white Mexican blanket I won at an auction. It’s simple, but it brings in the feel of autumn perfectly to me.There is one more little nook of our bedroom where I’ve added just one simple touch that is sentimental and suits the season. See that little dormer nook?I created a floating desk in it last year and now I store many of my books there.A couple of years ago my mother gave me a framed print from the 1920’s of a poem about leaves. I set it here to read every once in a while because I love the sentiment.
And with that poem, I will leave you. That is all for today, but be sure to head on over to In My Own Style first thing tomorrow morning to see how Diane translated Fall into her beautiful and colorful home! You don’t want to miss it- her projects are always creative and inspiring!
I want to thank Kelly for putting this tour together (getting all of us organized is no easy task 😉 ), and also thank Good Housekeeping who will be featuring our tours all week long. Also, you can share your own home’s Fall style on instagram and use #EclecticallyFall for a chance to be featured on Good Housekeeping’s instagram feed!
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me. I hope you’re inspired and remember that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your home beautiful for the season. If you’d like to start at the very beginning
with doe a deer a female deer head on over to Eclectically Vintage!