Welcome to the Fall Home Tour at Red Shutter Cottage.
When it comes to Fall, I don’t pussyfoot around. I launch myself into Fall, head first, at warp-turbo speed. Living in Southern California, the fall months are essentially a continuation of the summer months, with slight dips in temperatures. My way of coping is to choose to disregard the reality of the summery weather, and create a kaleidoscope of Fall colors and elements in my home.
I am so happy you are here, and hope you enjoy my attempts to create a salute to the beauty of Fall in my home.
Let’s begin at our entry way. This little shelf display piece and the mirror were handed down to me from my Grandmother, and I value them very highly, both for their beauty and functionality.
Thanksgiving is the theme here, with turkey Salt & Pepper shakers and a small white pumpkin from Sur La Table.
My parents bought this dining room table when they married, so it’s older than I am. I grew up celebrating holidays and family gatherings at this table. It actually left our home in Southern California, and did a ‘tour of duty’ with my aunt and uncle in Northern California. But then it made its way back to our home – here to stay.
I took a very simple approach here; I folded a tablecloth down, making it wide enough to act as a background to frame the runner I placed on top.
The runner and the basket are the same ones I used in my Summer Dining Room Table vignette (here). In fact, the whole approach is essentially the same. I filled my little Home Goods basket with Fall fruits, pinecones, wine corks, strands of bittersweet, and placed a pitcher with some fall foliage on top. I flanked it with two candleholders, and instead of shells attached to the candles, I used autumn leaves.
Next up is a table that sits in the window nook of our dining area. The bowl was originally the home of a silk flower arrangement that had simply gotten old, and had not aged well! I removed the flowers and gave it nice new coat of Antique White spray paint.
I filled it with a combination of fall fruits, pine cones, leaves and bittersweet.
Moving over to the coffee table, I have a very simple vignette of a chicken wire cloche, a pitcher and a small bowl sitting on a tray. I felt that the light turquoise of the tray and the throw on the couch would be a nice counterpoint to all those bright fall colors.
I actually have a cylinder-type vase inside the cloche to act as container for all the contents. I find that it helps keep things a little more drawn together, and it’s easier to just slip the cloche cover right over the vase. The pitcher came from Home Goods, and the 2 throws were on sale at Pottery Barn. All the pillows are either from thrift shops or ones that I sewed.
On to the fireplace….did I mention that subtle Fall decorating is not exactly my style? The window frame really did come from the side of the road. I picked it up on one of my Sunday morning walks. Sailor did the heavy lifting, inserting the panel dividers, and attaching the chicken wire. I stripped the paint, sanded and repainted it.
The suitcases on the hearth are from an estate sale; the upside down basket and vase are garage sale treasures; the ceramic pumpkin is a twin to the one in the entry way.
Everything on the mantle is from my years of collecting Fall-themed decorations. I have not bought anything new for Fall decorating in a few years. (Michael’s is not very happy with me!) Many of the pieces I use in my displays are used for multiple seasons; picture frames, baskets, candle holders, books, pine cones, wine corks — all of them are versatile and flexible, easily displayed in a variety of combinations and groupings!
Thank you so much for your visit to Red Shutter Cottage. If you have any questions or comments, please do leave them below!
My very best wishes to you for a wonderful Fall!
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