Monday, October 10, 2016

Easing Into Fall at Home

As much as I love fall, I've been slow to welcome it this year, the summer having been so wonderful. But it's time. And before I pull out all the Halloween things, drop in to my house for an visit and check out the early fall decorating.


Come on in! The wreath at the door was my forsythia wreath from Southern Exposure. It has oranged up a bit for the season!

The greeting angel bears fall feathers and cotton, and of course a few fresh flowers from the market.

In the living room you'll find a little bit of early Halloween over the cabinet.

And a wreath on its door!

Over by the china cabinet, my fall wheat stands guard, along with other fall bits, like happy pumpkins. And lots of lights.

My blog friend Diana gave me some of the wheat she used in her daughter's wedding plans when I visited several years ago. It is all the more special since Diana is no longer with us, but always in my heart.

I'm wild about the white Jack Be Little pumpkins and you'll find them all over!

I'm loving little lights this year. I must have the battery people ecstatic with my purchases! Fortunately, the lights are LED!

My living room is impossibly dark, thanks to trees shading the yard. So these little lights come in extra handy.

I particularly like these little round balls. And of course, this jack o'lantern on a bicycle is a favorite!

My friend Barb gave me this sweet Spode pitcher as a hostess gift once and it looks great with dried green hydrangeas!

Several bloggers made good use of lanterns and bird cages with their fall decorating and yes, I have used the ideas of many of you!


Of course, I don't leave the bathroom out either!

In the family room, you'll find the fireplace mantle decorated.

Very simply, so far -- pumpkins and gourds. I'll get more Halloween in here soon.


But the sweet little autumn girl is courtesy of one-time blogger (and wonderful art buddy) Joanne. I just love her!

There is a wreath that hangs on the fireplace cover from bittersweet.

And an arrangement from another Southern Exposure visit using dried hydrangeas on the wall, underneath my collection of British commemorative china.

Lizzie has chosen her spot (definitely not my choice!)

Lately I've started keeping magazines and pencils on a wicker tray -- it keeps me honest and it keeps the table a lot neater!

And I still haven't been able to take these hydrangeas down for another season. There's something about the quiet lavender-like purple that seems to fit.

Even though no one comes to the back door, I have to have a wreath!

Of course you can't stop by without a bite to eat! The recipe for this chicken casserole -- photographed right before it went into the oven -- came from Jean of Delightful Repast and it was the perfect fall evening dinner! By the time I remembered the "after" photo, it was more than half gone!

When you say farewell, don't forget to check out the cotton bole wreath on the inside of the front door. This one was a snap and for once I resisted the urge to do too much to it!

Thanks for coming by -- and celebrate fall!

This post will be shared later this week with Share Your Cup and Thoughts of Home on Thursday. You'll find wonderful decorating ideas, recipes, crafts and more at both these sites.

And special thanks to Jann at Share Your Cup for featuring The Marmelade Gypsy and this post in their weekly features! I'm honored!


Joanne Huffman said...

Beautiful Fall decor! Thanks for the tour. And, I'm delighted to see my doll.

Deb said...

Thank you for the tour, Jeanie. It all looks so fun and wonderful. "Hi Lizzie."

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Your home looks so festive and beautiful! You have such a knack for decorating for every holiday. I don't know if I have ever seen that stained glass photo over the mantel though, is that Saint Chapelle??? So gorgeous!!

Fall is arriving late here this year, I think because we've had so much rain. We would typically be in peak season right about now but our leaves are just starting to change. The photo of your wreaths makes me want to buy one for our door! Maybe after our Bend trip I will shop around for one.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Oh and I bookmarked that recipe - looks delicious and it's something that can easily be made gluten free as swapping out GF flour is an easy substitution. Thanks for sharing the recipe - I'm always looking for ideas and inspiration!

Valerie-Jael said...

Wow, your home looks so beautifully decorated, and I haven't even started yet! It all looks so welcoming and warm,love it all. Hugs, Valerie

Sally Wessely said...

Oh Jeanie, I feel so inspired. I must get to it. Thanks. Loved rhe many wreaths. Can't have too many.

Bella Rum said...

Jeanie, I enjoyed this tour. Like you, your house is warm and welcoming. I like your "oranged up" Southern Exposure wreath, and your greeting angle is so earthy... even though it's an angle. Love it. I bought a new fall garland this year and spruced it up with feathers. They add so much.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

It all looks so cheerful. I love anything with hydrangeas. I'll have to get out and cut some of my own before they look too ratty. Your supper looks superbe. I'll have to over to that blog and check it out. -Jenn

Marilyn Miller said...

You are the champ of decorating! I have a few things out and really must photograph. Maybe tonight with the lights turned on and a candle burning. I love all of your wreaths and even seeing Lizzie (hi Lizzie).

My name is Erika. said...

Love seeing glimpses of your house. Your have so many flowers and plant decorations- it must be like bringing the outside in. It very pretty. I especially love the idea o using cotton. I've never seen that before, but it really pops in the bouquet. I hope you show us your Halloween decorations too. Hugs-Erika

Barb said...

How festive and cozy your home looks lit with those little lights, Jeanie. You put me to shame. I DO have a little rose in a planter on the table. It has orange blooms and a scarecrow looking out from its leaves. I also have an orange mum centerpiece with a turkey in the middle. I might have to get some gourds - I love yours. (Bob brought the antique sled out of storage today and put it beside the front door - more snow due tomorrow.)

Arti said...

I just got back home from London two days ago. From the plane window we could see snow. No kidding. Today's our Canadian Thanksgiving and we're having blowing snow. I didn't go out at all! Well, back to this beautiful post. Looks like you have your hands full for the rest of fall and into the winter. Lots of crafty projects and arts to do. :)

Joyful said...

Lovely Fall decor. Everything is all aglow with the warm colours of the season and the little fairly lights all around. We had our Thanksgiving this weekend. Dinner at my place was yesterday so we could relax today and have a walk in the beautiful sunshine. Alas I didn't get any photos but have put my blog on pause for awhile so I have no where to share them just now ;-)

Lynne said...

Wonderful post . . .
So much to see and enjoy!
Love the cotton ball wreath and seeing the cotton balls in other places too.
Where did you find that gem . . .

Victoria Zigler said...

It must be wonderful, and feel really cosy, snuggled up in your home with all those Fall decorations around you...

Mae Travels said...

Your house definitely looks cozy, as you say you love it. Please explain the stained-glass window behind the pumpkin -- looks like La Sainte Chapelle, but I can't figure out if it's an image laid out on the table or what.

beautiful photos..

best... mae at

bj said...

Every thing looks amazing, your cotton wreath...we have a cotton field across from our house and I am watching to catch the largest boles to make a wreath...:)

Privet and Holly said...

SO cozy!

I feel almost like a monk with my
fall decor, compared to all that you
have done : ) A few gords, some
bittersweet, a pair of antlers (which
I work in for all of the seasons), a
bowl of acorns, a jar of candy corn,
and little Halloween houses on our
dining room buffet.

And spicy candles. And as the days
get shorter, I'll bring in more light.
That's actually my favorite part of
the Christmas decorating, too!

Thank you for the tour! Enjoy the
rest of this gorgeous fall....

xo Suzanne

La Table De Nana said...

How did I liss fall chez vous..didn't receive the post:(
You are a child at heart madame..lots of sentimental things too..I love that..
I see you w/ Oscar?:) How cute is that?

All the best for fall Jeanie.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Well of course I knew how colorful this all would be! It's a wonder you can appreciate my white mode. The door wreath and the cotton ball wreaths are my favorites here. And that wonderful red and white quilt! Thanks for the delightful comment you left me!

Red Rose Alley said...

Jeanie, I loved seeing Fall around your home. I've been moving the last week, and up to my neck in boxes, but now I'm coming around to visit my favorite blogs. That light in your living room is pretty with the Fall leaves. The mantel is charming with the Fall goodies, and the little Autumn girl is so delightful, love her. Lizzie looks so comfortable laying there enjoying her home. The chicken casserole looks sooooo good. And the last leaf picture is beautiful. Thanks for showing us a glimpse of Fall in your home. I am looking forward to decorating for Halloween :).


Friko said...

Very simple so far????
It’s delightful, all of it, but surely you are not going to put up even more?

Where do you keep all you treasures the rest of the time? I seem to remember you have a housefull of decorations for Christmas and Easter and Thanksgiving to.

Thanks for the post on Stratford, I went and took a look. Very similar to “my” Stratford, particularly the willow at the water’s edge.

Sandra Cox said...

What a lovely post. Your home is so inviting.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello Jeanie! I love that cotton ball wreath! And like you, we here in Minnesota have had an extended summer experience. Fall and summer have eclipsed one another and while the trees are fire engine red, bright orange and golden, it's WARMER than normal. I cooked up some soup on the weekend, but it was too warm to eat it!

Have fun as we usher in the next phase!

shoreacres said...

My favorites are the cotton wreath, and the single red leaf. I do enjoy bittersweet, and wish I could find some good, fresh stems. But, it's not one of our plants, so I make do with artificial. Truth to tell, you can't discern a difference at ten paces, so I don't worry about it.

The chicken casserole certainly looks good. I'm going to check this one out. You always have the best recipes!

The French Hutch said...

Hi Jeanie, I'm trying to pull a few fall things around the house, I did bring home pumpkins but late as usual. Still hot and hard to think fall here. Love your flowers and of course the wreath is so pretty on your door. All the more special since you made it. l love all the lights in the china cabinet, love little lights everywhere here. The wheat is always pretty in the fall and this has special memories. I love the bittersweet wreath but I've yet to find any this year. I'm sure the dinner was delicious, love chicken casserole.
Thanks for the fall tour, full of inspiration!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Your cotton-ball wreath is fabulous as is everything else.
I certainly like how you bring Fall to the many rooms in your home.
You always have the best style.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I can't seem tp get in the mood for autumn with daytime temps in the high 80s F. It's supposed to cool down soon, so maybe I'll dig out a few things. I really like the baskets in a basket. That is a great decorating technique. And I think I need some of those lights. Mine are all electric and flicker (like flames).

Your home is always so warm and inviting and I love seeing it again this autumn. I think I first "met" you about this time last year and remember your cotton bole wreath. I STILL like it. It's a beauty in its simplicity.

Wandering Wren said...

Wow - I always have the greatest admiration for those of you that take the time to decorate with the seasons, it really celebrates the different moods of the year. For me autumn was always an exciting time of the year something about the cosiness of cooler weather and the shorter nights... and your sweet post reminds me of these memories. Now of course we are going into Spring here in Melbourne, not so you'd know it, the weather has been all over the shop :) Lovely post Jeanie
Wren x

Stacey said...

Everything looks so nice, Jeanie. I just love what you did to your wreath and the greeting angel is precious. We don't get many leaves the color that you shared. I'm happy to see yours. ;)

Sandra Cox said...

Those mums are absolutely beautiful. Franky could fix that for ya:)

The Artful Diva said...

Your home is so warm and welcoming Jeanie!

Jean | said...

Jeanie, thank you so much for showing the casserole and linking to my blog! That was a sweet surprise this morning! Your autumn decorations are amazing. I'm so incredibly lazy, I haven't made a single change to anything in or around my house since spring!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Jeanie,

Thank you so much for visiting. I am so happy they made you smile.
I have missed your travels.
Oh how I love your fall decorations! And sweet Lizzie looks so content.
Thank you so much for sharing.

Shelia said...

Hi Jeanie! Oh, thank you for the lovely tour of your fallen home! Everything looks wonderful - your wreaths, little pumpkins and I love those lights too! Thanks for feeding me dinner too! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

BeachGypsy said...

So glad to see you stopped by Jeanie! Thanks for checking on us and for caring! It was quite the bad storm for sure. What pretty flowers you have! And wreaths! Love the dainty little colorful lights too! Sure looks like Fall to me! Cant beleive it's here!

Carola Bartz said...

Such beautiful decorations!!! I love it. Lizzie looks like she is not leaving the spot anytime soon.
The chicken casserole looks delicious. I think I will look at the recipe. Thank you for sharing.

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