Saturday, October 26, 2013

Autumn Decorating

I just love this time of year with it's wonderful russet tones
 and have done a bit of redecorating to bring these warm colors inside. 

It all started with this wonderful painting I recently found at a vintage store. 

Using this as my starting point, I added pillows to bring forward the lovely colors. 

Some of these I already had and others were gathered over time or sewn. 

I used a length of brown pinstripe fabric to cover the daybed. 

I found this for $5 at a garage sale!

The flowered pillow slip is vintage. 

Curtains I had on hand, but not in use, were repurposed for this space. 

They infuse the room with a golden glow when the sun shines through. 

A simple painting propped on an easel, hand blown glass, and basket of autumn lovelies grace my treadle sewing machine by the window. 

Vintage ink and watercolor prints found at a thrift store replace beachy scenes of summer. 

A treasured John Atkinson Grimshaw fairy print depicting Iris, a messenger of the gods, who turned into a rainbow after failing to wither the summer plants at the start of autumn, hangs opposite. 

Have I told you I love fairy art? 

I filled my blue painted tool box that I found at the Funky Junk Flea Market over the summer,
 with colorful mums. 

Hydrangeas from my gardens fill a basket on top of my hutch. 

My Mother's trio of quail that I remember from childhood, make themselves at home here. I made the olive leaf tray from decoupaged napkins years ago. 

Hanging above my hand painted glass lamp (a gift from The Mr. for our anniversary one year), a framed embroidery.....

depicting a lovely harvest scene. I found this at a vintage store years ago. 

I saw this warty, wonderfully colored gourd at the market and had to bring it home. 

The 'Kitchen Queen' also got a little update with autumn inspired dishes. 

My little pumpkin dish holds The Mr.'s favorite treat, Candy Corn. Ssshhhh! He doesn't know I have them hidden here. I have to dole them out a little at a time or he will eat them all in one sitting. 
He is a candy hound. 

The top gets a makeover with things I already had on hand. 

My Mother bought the soup tureen as a housewarming gift when I was a young mother.

I hung an autumn wreath that I created on the kitchen door.  

I simply hot glued silk leaves, dried strawflowers (which I grew) and faux berries to a grapevine wreath. 

It took me only about an hour! 

Thank you for visiting me in my little corner of the world. 

I enjoyed sharing my autumn decorating with you. 

Taking the time to search vintage and discount stores with an autumn palette in mind, repurposing things you already have on hand, and collecting things over time can allow a change without a lot of money. 

This is Vintage Cottage Style. 

Beatrice Euphemie would approve. 



  1. It looks like you had a fun day decorating!

  2. Oh Karen you have such exquisite taste and are very skilled at thrift shopping. It looks wonderful. Love your ink and print assortment. Hug B

  3. I really love that autumn wreath. How beautiful.

  4. Your home looks warm and cozy and ready for snuggling inside!

  5. I too approve! I love that first shot. Your home is beautiful in all seasons with many treasures to surround you and you seem to pull everything together so effortlessly.
    Your vintage cottage style is absolutely lovely!

  6. Everything looks so warm and cozy, perfect fall decorations! I love that framed picture you found and also the wreath you made. I want to do that! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

  7. What a lovely job you have done! Such a pretty room. The pinstripe fabric is great - what a bargain!

  8. I love all of your vintage prints - what a wonderful collection! And trust me, I've checked out the thrift stores around here for those kind of gems and I haven't seen anything close to what you have procured in these photos. I have kind of given up on it because of time and the fact that I actually want to get some decorating done in my house. Your autumn decor is so pretty and I can you had a lot of fun too! I so wish I had my own hydrangea. I hope you have a great weekend!

  9. There's so much thought and care put into all these lovely decorations. I had forgotten that aspect of the myth of Isis. And the wreath - spectacular!

    I'm curious to know how you dry the hydrangea blossoms. Do you hang them upside down or put something on them to keep their colour?

    Lovely - thank you.

    1. Thank you, Christine! To answer your question about the hydrangea - if you wait until after Sept. when the blooms are papery, you can harvest them and place them right in a basket without water. Before that, the blooms should be hung upside down to dry or placed in a small amount of water to dry in a vase or bucket. The colors will remain until you throw them out! xoxo

  10. Everything is wonderful - as always. I adore the quail and the white pumpkin dish with candy corn. I think you ate it all and won't show us the inside of the pumpkin. LOL

  11. Dearest Karen,
    You really went all the way for creating some warm fall colors indoor!
    If I look at the big glass surface of that window, (or is it a sliding door opening to the deck area?) it makes me almost shiver, considering how cold your winters can get. We close all our windows every evening with solid oak indoor shutters and that keeps the inside temperature so cozy by sealing out the heat or the cold from outside, regardless the double glass. Are you using anything for insulation inside or outside?
    You certainly create a warm and cozy look but I hate cold and would never be comfy in any cold room up north. In Pennsylvania I had a terrible bronchitis because of it. The apartment had no double glass and you could feel the draft when sitting on the sofa in front of it. Brrrrrrrr. Hope you stay toasty!

    1. Dear Mariette - you are truly a Southern Belle, wilting in the cold! We actually have mild winters here near Seattle with an average temperature of 50 degrees! But, yes, we have insulated double pane glass and 6 inch insulated walls, 12 inch insulated roof, and that warm and cozy woodstove to keep us nice and almost too toasty! I am a Northern Yankee, growing up in New England and can't tolerate heat - that is when I wilt! I also love wearing sweaters. Yay for sweater weather!
      Always love your chatty comments and I do hope you are keeping well and away from those nasty drafts! Hugs xoxo Karen

  12. You did a good job, you have some lovely things.

  13. I love how you decorate each season bringing out your heirlooms and vintage finds to make your home so cozy and inviting.....

  14. Lovely fall decor, Karen! I definitely see all of your wonderful touches and the collected over time feeling...beautiful!

  15. Nice job! I have a warty pumpkin too. I had it outside but since it's been quite damp out, it's in the garage but I miss seeing it. Maybe it'll come inside. I enjoy the gourds and dried flowers this time of year. I like what you did with your dried hydrangeas. I dry mine as well. Right now they are in a blue jar on a table in the kitchen. Have a good weekend!

  16. Your home is beautiful and you've made it so welcoming .Beautiful fall touches!

  17. It really looks so pretty and autumn like...and welcoming

  18. Hi Karen, I love all the homey touches. I love that each piece of your decor has its own story. My most favourite of all is the set of quails from your mum.

    Thank you for your visit, enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  19. It looks so pretty, cozy, and fall like! Really pretty painting for your inspiration as well! :)

  20. Lovely home, warm home, Karen - as always. Fall colors are my favorite! <3

  21. This all looks so beautifully warm and cosy Karen. I love everything that you have done but especially the wreath. I have all sorts drying in my greenhouse at the moment, all ready to be put together in an autumn decoration. The nights have really drawn in over here now that the clocks have gone back, so autumn has well and truly settled. I love it!! xx

  22. You have a beautiful and cosy home Karen :-)

    Best regards from the Netherlands,

  23. I approve too!!!!! I just love that first painting with all of the gold tones in it! What an awesome find friend! And that tool box with the mums is perfect! Oh but I must say that one of my favorite things is your wreath! It is beautiful! Great job on that!!! Here is to a great week lady!!

  24. Oh my your home is so cozy and warm looking...I would love to curl up on your lovely sofa. Hope your October days have been amazing. xo

  25. Beautiful autumn decorations Karen! You have quite a collection of fantastic paintings. Things have been so busy I didn't get a chance to put out all of my decorations this year.

  26. Karen, you have such a lovely home. I love your fall decor. Everything looks so warm and cozy.

  27. Beautiful fall colors brought in to your home! It looks so cozy. I see that you have a wood ceiling. My husband and I have a wood ceiling like that in our cabin up in the mountains, and i just love laying in bed looking at it! We also have a tin roof, and i love the sound in the rain


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