I am a collector. Wander through my home, and you’ll see evidence of my magpie tendencies.
Vintage pottery. Old silver serving pieces. Equestrian awards. Mercury glass. Plaster mouldings. Velvet pumpkins.
I’m showcasing some of my favorite collections, many which you haven’t seen before, as part of my fall home tour.
I’m thrilled to be part of the annual Welcome Fall Home Tour, coordinated by my friend, Kristi of Chatfield Court. All this week, your favorite home decor bloggers are opening their homes and sharing their best DIY fall decor ideas.
If you’re a first-time visitor who clicked over from Exquisitely Unremarkable or one of the other participating blogs, welcome!
We’ll start here in the foyer, a bright and happy space designed to make a good first impression!
Painted furniture in my favorite shade of aqua, pumpkins and mercury glass greet you as you walk in the door.
I’ve been holding onto these plaster mouldings for about two years, waiting for right way to incorporate them in my decor.
Turns out they look pretty amazing alongside white pumpkins and vintage silver from the thrift store.
In a bit of serendipity, our landscaper was trimming the camellia bushes in our front yard on the same day I was setting out these decorations. I snagged some of the clippings and tucked them into this display of velvet pumpkins. Easiest DIY fall decor ever!
I try to add a new velvet pumpkin to my collection every year. This harlequin patterned one is a favorite.
From the foyer, we’ll make our way into the dining room.
I know the trend is to transform your formal dining room into something more “useful.”
And it’s true that sometimes this table is covered with Legos or Star Wars action figures. but I love dressing it up, too. with fancy china and a silver service. (I don’t even mind that it bears someone else’s monogram; I could be convinced to change my name for a good thrift store bargain!)
As far as tablescapes go, this one counts as “simple,” in my book.
Just a few white pumpkins scattered around a candle centerpiece, with a few touches of plaster, silver, green and aqua.
I really did keep things simple in our living room.
A few cozy blankets and accessories offer a nod to fall.
Nothing says autumn like a tray full of pumpkins!
Or a vase filled with feathers!
For a while now — long before it was trendy — I’ve been loving gold and vintage brass.
I always find the best pieces at our local Salvation Army store.
I found this cachepot there, as well as the tall brass candlestick. (Reminds me of the game Clue: I accuse Miss Peacock in the living room with the candlestick!)
To add a little fall greenery to the living room, I planted some cabbage in the cachepot. I’ll move it to the garden soon.
Since I didn’t play sports, I only ever won one trophy as a kid, for winning a county short story writing contest in middle school. So I’ve started a collection of trophies and ribbons. This unmarked dog show trophy is a new addition. You’ll see more of my collection in our family room.
The last stop on my fall tour is our keeping room, or family room. This space has gotten a brand new look in recent months — new sofa, new rug, new curtains, furniture makeovers and new color scheme — and this is the first time I’m showcasing any of it.
I’m loving the blue and gray and beige vibe in here, as well as the mix of patterns.
Ikat, damask, paisley, animal print, plaid — I love them all!
Last month, I showcased our jewel-toned mantel decor as part of another blogger tour.
To see more details of the fireplace decor, be sure to click over.
Our property adjoins a horse farm. In the fall, one of the old horses will wander up to our fence waiting for us to feed him. I love to watch him out the keeping room window.
So, it seemed a fitting to add some equestrian style elements to the room, like the weathervane, ribbons and trophies.
While many of the furnishings in this room are new, or newly updated, most of the accessories are vintage, collected over time from thrift stores, yard sales or my mom’s house.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of our home decorated for fall. Be sure to head over to My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, the next stop on the Welcome Fall Home Tour. And don’t miss the other tours either for lots of DIY fall decor ideas.