Hello and welcome to the last of my fall home tour series. I’ve shown you the living room and the porch so far, and today we are going to check out the hub of the home, the kitchen, as well as the dining room which has recently had a few fun changes. We spend so much time in our kitchen and dining room so I love to have inviting cozy spaces where our family can feel relaxed and comfortable. The kids each eat breakfast at the island before heading off to school, and when they come home from school, they have snacks in that same spot, and then sprawl out their homework at the dining table. It’s a well loved and high functioning space, so I don’t overdo it with the seasonal decor. Just as I did with the living room, I used items I already had to bring in a warmer fall feeling in these spaces. I hope you enjoy my fall home tour: kitchen & dining room.
You might recall from our summer tour that we moved our turquoise dresser into our dining room. I love the playful pop of color it adds. Recently, I found a vintage green hutch on craigslist and purchased it with the intention to use at my space at Sweet Clover. However, I just fell in love with it and thought it would be a fun piece in our own dining room. This summer, my friend Dionne sent me a beautiful painting in blues and greens that sits in the corner between this piece and the turquoise sideboard and seems to just bring it all together and make it work. (You can find more of her amazing work here).
When I bought it it had 1990’s country brass knobs that just didn’t look right, so I changed them out to these chunky milk glass knobs from D. Lawless Hardware and I love the difference they’ve made. They really stand out against the green!
Aside from changing out the hardware, the real fun came in styling this piece using items we had to give it a fall vibe. The glassware are pieces we use regularly… especially this time of year as all of the fabulous fall brews are out in stores. 🙂 I’ve also brought in plants in earth-toned pots for texture, and a paint by number I found this summer in South Dakota. Years ago, I found the numbered jars on clearance at Anthropologie and love to use them to display numbers of significance. Currently they read 14 and 920 to signify 14 years of marriage on 9-20 as we just celebrated our anniversary. I made the peace sign a while back and it had hung on the blue cabinet that was here previously. I brought home the owl basket from my space at Sweet Clover as I felt he added the perfect fall touch. As you can guess, I have a thing with animals. 😉 Chris drew the lion back when he was in middle school and my mother-in-law had it framed and gave it to me for Christmas. It’s a reminder to me that he’s still full of surprises, because I never knew he had any artistic talent! I wasn’t sure it would work on this piece, but I actually love the way it floats in front of the shelves.
All in all, this cabinet provides more storage and fun shelfie opportunities! The blue piece was perfect for storing canned goods, so we just moved it to the basement for that purpose. Aside from those two bright and bold pieces of furniture, I’ve kept most other things in the dining room neutral, and brought back my vintage yard sale macrame runner for the season.
On the center of the table, a wood stand holds our favorite apples, golden delicious, and I’ve added turquoise candles to my brass midcentury candlesticks. The chicken planter is a new addition. Emmy and I were at a thrift shop late this summer when I spotted this clay planter and showed her because I thought it was rather silly. Her face lit up and she said, “Oh mom, we just have to get that and keep it!” A few days later a friend gifted me a beautiful succulent which fit perfectly. I am not typically one for chicken decor, but I loved the earthy clay and handmade look of this guy, so I am allowing it.
Recently, my parents gave me a record player as well as their old record collection for my birthday. The player they gave me has a vintage suitcase look and sits perfectly on my sideboard. You can find it on Amazon here. Mine tends to play a lot of Carly Simon on repeat. 😉
Just around the time I got the player, I scored this little brass record stand for $1 at an auction. It’s the perfect size for my record collection. I also brought inside my money tree for the season… it has been revived after a certain puppy attacked it. She seems to be over that, so hopefully it will continue to do well here.
Who me? Yes, that’s the puppy in question… she’s almost 2 now, so surely she’s outgrown plant attacks!Of course, one other place I always like to change for the season on the dining room is the rustic floating shelves on the wall next to our horse art.
Using items I already had in our home, I’ve added a bit of an earthy vine with terra cotta pots, wooden deer, and woodland art.
A couple of years ago I gold leafed some terra cotta pots (tutorial here), and I still love those bad boys! I just love the mix of metallic and earthtones and carried that theme throughout these shelves. The silver mushroom came from target last year and they don’t have it anymore, but they do have this one which has a similar feel. The woodland art was once in Emmy’s room, and I’m still just in love with it as I was the day we got it. The little white owls were a gift from my west coast bestie.
Underneath the shelf on the white piece, I added a couple of plants to hide the thermostat as well as a sequin acorn my friend Andi made me years ago. You can find the tutorial here.
That’s it for the dining room and it’s fall touches, but as you can see this space opens up to our kitchen, so let’s head there next.
As I mentioned earlier, the kitchen island is a family work horse and generally has all sorts of projects and papers on its surface, but I cleared it just for you. It also serves as a perfect place for snowball to nap. The stools were new last year from Scout and Nimble and I love the modern look they add and they also complement the globe pendants perfectly.
I did add one little tiny seasonal touch to our island…. and I really mean little and tiny. We happened to have one gourd plant grow in from the gourds I tossed last year, and this little guy survived the rabbits. Here you have it… my seasonal island decor. 😉
As for the rest of the kitchen, I’ve made some simple changes to our open shelving to bring in fall vibes.
This is the view most people see when they walk into our house as we always use that kitchen side door.
I’ve also added in some accessories in warmer colors. Artwork was replaced with a vintage copper tray a friend handed down to me, and a couple other small vintage wooden pieces were added. I recently purchased the squash at a farmer’s market. I was told it’s similar to acorn squash but I loved that they had a little white pumpkin look. I can’t wait to cook them soon!
I am not one to buy flowers for tours anymore, but since our anniversary was just last week, Chris had brought home these beautiful bright Sunflowers for me. I love that they bring a balance of yellow to the other side of the stove.
Thank you so much for stopping by today to take the fall tour of my kitchen and dining room! Today we are back to more fall-like weather, and I am ready to get my apple and pumpkin baking back on! Have a great day!
I’ve collected several similar items for you below in case you want to shop the look.