I don't know how those of you who decorate for fall starting in September do it! Maybe it's being away for a bit, but it's more likely the fact that I hate turning the calendar away from summer and into fall. On the other hand, with my friend Kate's calendar, turning the page is a joy.
This year, I just felt lucky to get autumn decor changed up at all! But there it is, so welcome!
We'll stop in the hall where one of my favorite wreaths is hanging out. I got this basic form at a Southern Exposure workshop a year or two ago.
Since then it has been decked with forsythia in the spring, pine in winter and now, leaves.
I'm very big on wreaths. This bittersweet one "houses" my three mice that I find inspiring when I felt!
I salvaged acorns from the cottage which I'll use inside during the fall and when the snow falls, I'll share them with Bushy Squirrel!
Anyone getting the idea that I love the leaves?
The painting of Lizzie on the left is by author/artist/blogger Vivian Swift. I think she nailed my girl!
Another artist/blogger, Carol Gillott of Paris Breakfasts, is featured with her pear art -- by my favorite pear gourd.
I tend to use more of the brighter colors -- oranges and golds. But I also like the neutrals and was happy to have a spot to use them atop the china cabinet.
This white lantern was a great purchase. The china pumpkins were found shortly before our Tuesday Morning went out of business.
On the other side, a tiered pumpkin stack, found after the holiday last year, a favorite photo with my mom and lovely art by blogger Erika Nelson.
And, in the hutch, one of my few Halloween references, figures from Vintage by Crystal, another of Carol's pieces and a few other favorites.
The mantel gets the full orange treatment with a Japanese Lantern garland. I've had it a few years but this is its first "mantel" appearance.
I love using copper and brass in the fall -- the colors match so beautifully and feel so right with the knotty pine walls.
I suspect I'll end up with a few more baby boos on candlesticks before the season is over!
And, I must admit, I'm fond of these pumpkin head people!
Finally, over at the dry sink, another copper pot with leaves, dried hydrangeas and leaves and sticks. The photo is from the Cotswolds.
I haven't done much in the Halloween line -- you'll have to wait for that one!
After all, it's still early October!