Sunday, July 15, 2012

Daydreaming about Fall

Fall has always been my favorite season.  I actually dream about fall all year long (except at Christmas!).  So, when I saw that the Whisperwood Cottage was hosting a fall scouting party, I knew that I MUST start thinking about fall decorating and digging through my fall decorating photographs from last year.  Like I needed anyone to twist my arm....

I even became so inspired that I have decided to organize an extra room at my house with shelving totally dedicated to housing all of my seasonal decor (i.e. fall decor!) so that I can inventory (enjoy!) it at any time!! 

So, let's get on with this fall daydream!!

I guess the best place to start is at the front porch, and then we'll work our way through the house.  I am so proud of the pumpkin topiaries I made last year for the porch, and I cannot WAIT to put them out again this year!!!  I have them tenderly packed away just waiting for the calendar to turn August.  I'm not going to lie......I have thought about getting them out, but I can't have the neighbors thinking I am anymore nuts than they already do!!  They will need to wait until the end of August.  :(

Here's  a recap of my fall porch decor....I'm not changing a thing this year!! The bows, garlands, flag, and wreath are ready to roll!!!  My mix of traditional fall items with zebra, leopard print, and mesh ribbon are right up my alley.  I mean, really, who can resist zebra print AND a pumpkin???   :)

My favorite things from the porch are the pumpkin topiaries I made last year, my cornstalks, and the leopard print and mesh ribbons I made for the porch.  I love the unexpected touch the leopard print gives to the porch and how it ties the topiaries, wreath, and porch rails together. 

Of course, I couldn't have just plain cornstalks, so I added a couple of leftover acorn picks that match the garland, more mesh ribbon and leopard print bows, of course!!

Besides animal print, I cannot live without my fleur de lis stuff!!  I placed this bench on the front porch, and look how cute this turned out to be with my old leopard print pillows, my pumpkin pillow, and Mr. Pumpkin...
Mums are my favorite fall flowers.  I got these for $5 each at the nursery where I got my cornstalks.  Love the pops of color that only fall mums can give!

I also added a scarecrow, mum, and tiny pumpkin to my adorable zebra print fall flag!!

Here's a closer look at my fall flag.  Of all the flags I own, it is my FAVE!!!
 Now, moving indoors......Fall is always everywhere in my house, and I usually start my fall decorating the first part of August.  The neighbors can't see inside, so I usually start a little earlier in the house.  My family already knows I have serious issues!!!!  ;)

The mantle in the family room is all decked out for fall with my Dollar General pumpkins and my Kirkland's bejeweled pumpkins! I love mixing inexpensive finds with higher quality items.  Everything I do is budget-friendly, so I love a bargain!!!  This mantle will take me all the way from September to Thanksgiving. 

In the kitchen, my favorite kitchen rooster is shaking his tail feathers!!! I made this arrangement two years ago, and I am still loving it.
That is VERY unusual for me!!

I am still in L-O-V-E with my Mercury glass pumpkins from Pottery Barn....LOVING them paired with my silver trays on the wall in the kitchen!!

If you like it then you better put a pumpkin on it!! It seems like that is all I do during the fall...if it doesn't move, I WILL put a pumpkin on it! Even the candlesticks on the sideboard in the kitchen are not safe!!!  Yep, these mini pumpkins are from Dollar General, too.

My kitchen buffet all dressed up for fall!

My fall kitchen tree has become a tradition...LOVE the warm look of it!
Come December, he will be all decked out in gingerbread!!

Here's a closeup.....

And, last but not least, the back porch!!  The porch is right off the kitchen, and I do enjoy setting the stage for fall outdoors as well.  The wrought iron table is from my childhood, and I love to set this table for various holidays and parties throughout the year. 

This is one of my favorite looks set just for our family one fall Sunday afternoon.  My grandmother was a turkey farmer, so the Pottery Barn plates mean a great deal to me as they remind me of my grandmother.




A small outdoor fireplace gets a touch of fall with a wreath and jack-o-lantern!

A final look at the cozy back porch....notice my signature animal print.  Gotta have it!



Hope you enjoyed my mini fall tour,  and I am hoping that maybe it inspired you to start dreaming about fall just like me!!!!  I can't wait!



Linking up to the Whisper Wood Cottage for their Talent Scouting Party!!




10 comments:

  1. Me, too--love autumn time; it's my favorite season! I'm ready for the fall festivals and decorating with some orange and cornstalks. Love your pics--I'm going back to view it again. Have a great week!

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  2. Wow! You know how to go all out for fall! Your fall kitchen tree is so creative. Great touches all around the house! Thanks for linking up to The "Autumn Décor" Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage!

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  3. I learned to love fall almost 4 years ago when I renovated our kitchen and dining room area. Now that I a mantle as a focal point of my dining room it makes it so inviting to decorate. I'm just not quite ready for it yet...I love the summer so much and all the flowers etc! I do get in the swing of things in September!

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  4. You really have some beautiful fall displays! We had a very hot summer but today it is in the 60's so suddenly I am in the mood for fall. I am actually wearing a sweatshirt at the moment! Enjoy your weekend!
    -Shelley

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  5. You are amazing!! Now that I've seen your decorations I'm ashamed to have entered mine in the Scouting Party....

    Liz C.

    http://livingthelifefandango.blogspot.com/

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  6. You have an awesome eye for color as it shows in all of your displays. Stunning! I love the backyard fireplace and wish I had one, lol. FAll is just around the corner and I'm so inspired by your creations, thanks for sharing.

    -Grace W.

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  7. I love, love, love your silver tray and mercury glass vignette. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

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  8. Stunning!!! Pottery Barn has nothing on you...Happy Fall

    Pattie

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  9. Hey; hope all is well; missing your posts! Please let us know if you're ok---Happy New Year and many, many blessings. Patty

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  10. Just found your blog! Looooooove your style! I must know where your oversized coffee table in your great room is from :) Kaytee

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