Friday, September 29, 2017

Fall Decorating - Vintage Cottage Style

Hello, Dear Friends, I've baked some 
Oatmeal-Raisin cookies 
and have put the kettle on, 
so come inside and I will show you around :)

I've been gathering, sewing, and rummaging around 
for just the right things to decorate for fall........

I am a firm believer in the idea that if you love something, 
it will all come together naturally. 

I have a few collections I have added to over the years,
that I thought would be perfect for the new season. 
Pottery, tarnished silver, weathered wood, crochet and needlework,
linens and galvanized tin. 

I can't resist a beautiful, hand crocheted 
piece, especially if it is vintage. I like how 
it looks over burlap. The texture is so wonderful :)

I actually bought the lanterns for Christmas last year, 
but I think they are lovely for fall. 

I recently read a book on Hygge, and I am trying to bring
in as many of those elements as I can. 

You can read more about Hygge Here.

The beautiful, etched cheese board was a gift from 
my daughters for my birthday last year, as was 
the gorgeous chandelier. 
The silver bud vase was a gift from my FIL
when I was a young bride.
It is perfectly tarnished now :) 

My daughter gave me the authentic vintage 
trellis. She was offered 3 of them by a co-worker 
who was moving, and she immediately thought 
of me, bless her heart. 

She kept one, which was used for This party, 
and she gave me two. 

I let them stay out in the dry summer sun all season, 
then dry-brushed them thoroughly
before giving them a good vacuum. 

I brought them both inside, but one of them 
had a strong, mossy scent, so it will stay outside. 

This one was perfect for my daybed wall. 

Ramblin' Man had to do some minor repairs 
before I could hang my favorite gardening hat. 

I just love the authentic patina. 

I made some pillows and curtains, too. 

This pretty one started out as a vintage, 
framed needlework that I found for very little money
in my local antique shop. 

I actually found two.....
I made pillows out of both of them - one for the living room :)

I sewed pillow covers and curtains
out of a large tablecloth and matching tea-towels.

I found these several years ago, deeply discounted, 
at a Williams-Sonoma store in Seattle on 
a Christmas shopping trip with my daughter. 

I've always had it in mind to use them for the fabric. 

I just love the pattern of grapes and birds. 

Tea-towels seem to be the perfect size to 
make pillow covers that fit a standard bed-pillow. 

I've used another vintage crocheted tablecloth as a 'throw'. 

A canvas painter's tarp covers the day-bed. 

I cut the large tablecloth lengthwise
and hemmed the edges to make the panels. 
I converted two crocheted tablecloths into 'lace' curtains. 
I used string, woven through the crochet to make the rod pocket. 
That way, I can snip it when I want to convert them back into tablecloths. 

The lantern was borrowed from the deck. 
All of the lanterns have battery-powered candles inside. 

I added a crochet edging to the tea-towel pillow covers. 

I used 'kitchen' cotton crochet thread
in a variegated gray/black. 
It has a nice, heavy weight to match the thick linen
of the fabric. 

I have several books on crocheted edgings
that have come in handy for projects like this. 

The vintage baby crib corrals my gatherings
and keeps them safe from the dogs. 
The dog's toy and bone bins are underneath. 
Their pet-door is near-by  :)
This little crib was used by my youngest daughter
for her baby-dolls.

My local 'Ben Franklin' craft store always has these 
galvanized containers in all sizes and 
I've collected a few. 

This beautiful box - a gift from my DIL, resides inside. 
It can be hung on the wall or used as is.
I plan on filling it with kitchen sachets. 

Vintage pen and ink watercolors from the 50's
have lovely autumn scenes.  

Two more from 'Ben Franklin'. 

Some faux pumpkins.
I want to grow white pumpkins next year.  
And sunflowers and pretty, colored corn and gourds.
And giant orange pumpkins.

For the grandchildren:)

The heart of my kitchen.

The sign is such a sweet reminder.....

Ramblin' Man hung this wire rack for my cooking herbs.

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.....


My 'Kitchen Queen' Hoosier cabinet
gets a new fall make-over, too.

Pottery, tarnished silver, and purple
Ball canning jars.

I've been collecting pottery here and there,
not really seriously, but now I want to add
Perhaps some mugs, bowls and plates.

I have just enough to fill my cupboard.
I love the organic beauty of hand-thrown pottery.

It pairs so well with tarnished silver.
The baby cup was mine.

I love this brie baker with its patterned lid
and swirled insides.

This berry colander was a lucky find.

The purple canning jars were a limited edition issue
a couple of years ago.

I bought both sizes.

I've had this framed print for years.

These pieces are perfect for stew and biscuits.

A favorite wire basket.

I am partial to wire :)

It softens up my rustic walls.

Thank you for stopping by to see my
 Fall Decorating - Vintage Cottage Style,
Dear Friends.

Now let's sit down and enjoy some tea and cookies!


Next time I will show you the rest of the house.


Thank you for your lovely visits.
Your kind and thoughtful comments
are always so appreciated.

"One's friends are that part of the human race
with which one can be human"
-George Santayana-


Linking with :
Cooking and Crafting with J&J

Won't you join the fun?


  1. Dear Karen,

    I can see that you have Hygge there at your gorgeous home. Everything looks so cozy and welcoming. I love all the sweet vintage touches with the pansy needlework, crocheted touches and everything is beautiful. Would love to sit and have a cup of tea and cookies with you. Thanks for the kind visit and lovely note you left for me.
    Sending hugs and have a wonderful weekend

  2. The fall makeover for your room turned out beautiful. I love the curtains and pillows; especially the lovely crocheted edging you applied. Thank you for the tea and cookies. They were delicious. I'll be back for another visit soon! Pat xx

  3. What a joy to visit and enjoy the great feast for the eyes. I was inspired by so many of your projects and shouted my husband to come and have a look a few times. You certainly have a great eye for detail and I love your style. I would love to visit and enjoy tea with you.

  4. Wonderful autumn atmosphere and decor in your home, Karen. I think you knew everything about "hygge" already before reading the book. :) Wishing you a happy weekend! xx
    PS Love your new profile photo.

  5. If my English would be better,maybe I could tell you how wonderful is your home in every detail...Love your crocheted pieces and embroideries,everything is so charming and cozy!I really feel happy when I visit you: what a delightful blog!

  6. So serenely beautiful with the subtle colors. I love it all.


  7. You are SOOO creative Karen! I love that idea of making pillowcases from teatowels! And the lattice piece...well, that was the perfect idea. I would love having something like this for one of my walls to hang my paintings on or in the kitchen for things like tin water ladle, sifters and other vintage things! Just too cool. Yout decorating is always right on track. Love that you made oatmeal raison cookies...what could be more Autumnish than that! :-)

  8. Took another look....those wire pieces are awesome! Love the way you use that baby crib. And, dear one, what lovely embroidery-work!

  9. Oh so lovely. I really like your living spaces and the creative touches you've added to them. So charming. Those pillows are all fabulous. What a good idea. You have a very creative eye!

  10. Your place is so lovely! Puts mine to shame!

  11. I just love your new cottage style additions to the living room. That wood trellis is perfect, as is the baby crib. You amaze me how you transform tablecloths and tea towels into gorgeous pillow covers and curtains! No matter how you change the décor of the kitchen living area, it is always so cozy and inviting.

  12. Beautiful decorations.. the way you used the fabrics is awesome...

  13. Hi Karen thankyou for sharing your beautiful home with us your fall decorating is fantastic ,i love it all you have a beautiful home my friend,well done xx

  14. I simply love this time of year.
    Your fall (Autumn) makeover for your room turned out so beautiful, it all looks very nice.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend and my good wishes for the coming week and new month.

    All the best Jan

  15. I thoroughly enjoyed the results of your fall decorating. I have many vintage bits and pieces and I love to make curtains, cushions, runners, etc--but I haven't much of a gift for arrangement.

  16. Karen, I just love what you are showing us here. It is just so warm and welcoming, homey and real!!! That light fixture is gorgeous. I have never seen another like it. I can tell you have collected bits and pieces that you love and because you love them they all work together perfectly.

    I really need to get on the fall bandwagon here. I have been dragging my feet with everything that is going on. xo Diana

    ps-if you have time, pop by my blog and say a little prayer for my son-in-law, Jason. He is having cancer surgery on Tuesday---

  17. You are a keen home decorator indeed and it is always lovely to see your lovely Shabby Chic home! Wishing you a beautiful October!

  18. I love your place. So adorable! I love the baby doll crib and all the little touches you have laying around! Shows such a beautiful personality.

  19. Such a lovely and cozy home you have. It was a joy to look around, your photos are great.

  20. Hello Karen, I like the way you have decorated your lovely home for fall. I love the lace, crochet and white pumpkins. Enjoy fall and have a nice week.

  21. I absolutely loved looking round your kitchen, it's so beautiful, I adore the rustic country kitchen look and really can't wait to see the rest of your house (I think I must also be very nosey) xx

  22. Oh my goodness so much loveliness to take in, The trellis is a great idea behind your day bed and I love the pillows you made out of the stitchings and tea towels, that is beautiful print, and your crocheted border just tops them off beautifully. Love the white pumpkins with the thread in the galvanized bucket!! Pretty Pottery assortment you have collected! Beautiful!

  23. Oh everything looks so beautiful and cozy! I love the pillows with the crocheted edging and the curtains. I'm not a huge fan of the yellows and oranges of fall decorating, and so I love the soft pretty colors you have used. I love white pumpkins too. And what a find those embroidered pictures you made into pillows. I think it's so special to rescue beautiful handiwork and use and appreciate it. Happy Fall Karen! xo Deborah

  24. I love what you've done to make your pillows! The crocheted edging is so pretty. Everything is perfect and I'm sure your family loves your efforts. Sometimes I think my family thinks I'm a little nuts about decorating. But that's what happens with having all boys I guess!Have a great week. (I'm going to get out my Halloween stuff and drive them crazy with all my arranging:)

  25. You had me at oatmeal raisin cookies, and it was uphill from there :)

    Love so much that you've shown, but none more than the light fixture. Very unique and pretty, but of course your stove as always has me seeing ♥️♥️♥️


  26. This weekend I have savored your posts I missed while traveling for two months. Thanks for creating your beautiful posts, Karen.
    Your grands are precious...and how lovely to be expecting twins :) :)
    The natural beauty around you is so amazing, [crescent shaped shadows from the eclipse!] and I appreciate the information you share.
    I really appreciate your attitude of gratitude, especially in light of the difficult childhood you experienced. My Uncle Arthur who worked for a bank and Aunt Roberta Bradstreet, a hospital nurse, lived in Brockton, MA, until they retired...I mentioned Uncle Arthur in my last post. Their children are Jan, Paul, Peter, and David.
    Your creative repurposing of things from trellises to tablecloths inspire me!
    Blessings to you and yours xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  27. Just found your blog whilst blog hopping, love your home it is truly gorgeous, I am looking forward to reading your archives.

  28. Your fall makeover is wonderful. Your home always looks so welcoming Karen and I love how it changes with the changing Seasons!
    Have a brilliant week :)

  29. Your home is always so warm and inviting. I love all your Fall touches especially the pillow you added the crochet edging to. It's those small touches that make all the difference.
    xx Beca

  30. Thanks for the tour, Karen! I enjoyed peeking around at all your crafts and collectibles. I love the crocheted edging on the pillows! From you, I got the idea and love the look. Yes please, I'd love to stay for a oatmeal raisin cookie (my fave!) and a cup of tea.

  31. Awesome what you created with the fabric! I love crochet and the curtain idea is fantastic. That crochet table runner is pretty sweet! Your house looks beautiful!

  32. I've enjoyed slowly looking around your beautiful home now that you've decorated for the new season. I love what you have done with the tea towels and the embroidered pieces with the pansies and roses making them into day bed pillows and cushions. The bird and grapes pattern is so pretty. It reminds me of my dear mother who loved the French cottage/vintage style of decorating and I love it too. Your home has such a peaceful and welcoming atmosphere. Wishing you a good day and rest of the week.

  33. Karen, I am behind in reading your posts. Your home is so warm and inviting. Now to read more!! xo

  34. You've created a cozy, welcoming space for Autumn with all your personal touches. I especially like the needlework pansy pillow - what a great find at the thrift store. The use of the tablecloth for fabric is also a wonderful idea.
    Yes, I'll take some tea with one of your cookies!


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