Thursday, September 23, 2010

~ Happy Fall !! ~

Happy Fall everyone! I don't know about you, but Fall is my favorite season! I love the crisp air , the chill in the evening and the cozy feeling inside it evokes! I really don't spend too much time getting the house all ready, just a bit of fall cleaning and fluffing :) But the few things I do, I've taken pictures of and maybe you might get an idea or two for your own home. I know I certainly get a lot of ideas from all of you too! It seems the blogs are full this season with great ideas! Maybe everyone loves fall as much as me :) After a visit here, go to my side bar and check out the list of blogs I have, I know you all will find something you can be inspired by also!

It begins for me with Candles... My sugar candle above has always been a favorite, I love the smell of something baking, real or imagined :) Then , while I love books as elements in decorating, I like dressing them up too. Have you ever had a book you love and want to keep near and yet it has an awful color or binding? All you have to do is wrap the outside with a fabric or a paper of your choice that works with your colors and style of your room. The two books above I wrapped in Pierre Deux fabrics and I just adore the little pops of color it gives the table!


I make my way around the house , rearranging things I already own. Everything can look brand new and festive when you give it a new area to be welcomed to. My mini fireplace comes out of hiding and a few tiny things added to the shelves of this cabinet and it feels all new again...even a mini pumpkin can say fall :) I've got the big ones coming, but they're grown locally here, so I have to wait a few more days. I love the white ones!

More rearranging... I brought out a big basket of babies breath , it normally sits on the floor under a table, but the deep rich basket colors make a better fall statement on the mantel. And again, I must have candles lit on crispy days. I even light them in the morning sometimes too, do you? They complement my tea or coffee really well and start my day off calmer!

If you're not a fan of candles or want another glow... Little lamps work so beautifully to create a mood. I love them in the kitchen, they really add to the cozy feeling!


One of my favorite Fall days consists of football on in the background, a morning filled with cutting up vegetables, potatoes and london broil to create the perfect large pot of stew and a candle lit at my kitchen counter for ambiance while I cook. Now granted this is something I try to do every Sunday now, but when the kids were little, I'd settle for just football on :)


Dried Hydrangeas from the backyard turn the prettiest colors and for me, they are a must have. But when my best friend comes over from next door, she gasps that I have something dried in my house that used to be alive, she said it's not good Feng Shui. Everyone has their own decorating style , and while I admire Feng, lol, I break all the rules I'm sure :)

Another favorite Fall day of mine is... (when I can get some alone time) Reading cookbooks! I love the ones that tell a story along with delicious recipes.. I take a little note pad or posty notes and write down a few new recipes or entertaining ideas. Then make a plan to cook some of them within the season or create a gathering of good friends or family and try them out. Susan Branch is sure my favorite and each and every time I get to read her books, I learn something new!


Love these fall collecting ideas too!

It's also the biggest cooking season for me.....If I can cover the kitchen counters with flour and a glass of chardonnay at 5pm on a Sunday, I'm a happy girl :)

I've been baking up some new Miniatures this fall too, (below)the calorie free kind! They give me a creative outlet that warms my insides just like fall does. And btw, Thank you to every one who stopped into my new blog The Petite Villa , I'm really loving the new venture! I just updated my Etsy with some new creations , so I'd love if you stopped by!

Well it's time to go back to work on my projects and pray the cool air stays for a weekend of festivals and chores! I hope you all are enjoying a beautiful fall too! If it's still hot where you are, hang in there, it'll be here before you know it!

My lab Sierra loves the fall too :) even though I missed her smile by a second here....

Happy Fall and Blessings to you all!

Love,
Cynthia xo

33 comments:

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Oh, I love every single thing! You have such a great eye for detail. Love the chairs in the cabinet! I have a thing for small chairs!

Love it all!!

Lou Cinda :)

All things nice... said...

Cynthia,

Your home looks so beautiful and cosy. Would love to sit there on this cold autumn evening. The weather is getting very chilly here in Ireland, sure sign that the autumn evenings are setting in. Thanks for this lovely post. I have some dried hydrangea in the kitchen and some conifer cones from last year in the living room. Going to snuggle up now at the open fire. Enjoy the weekend

All things nice...

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Happy Fall!! Your home is so warm and cozy for the season. I also am a huge fan of Susan Branch :)

Blessings!
Gail

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Happy Fall to you, too! I love Fall! Your home looks so warm, cozy and inviting!
Michelle

Liz said...

Howdy doo!
Love your fall decor and all of you pictures. I have also been working on on my fall stuff, but it is hard to get motivated when it's 105 out! :)

Have an awesome weekend!
Bake lots!

~Liz

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Everything is so pretty and so warm and inviting. I love all your pretty fall touches. I can almost smell all the wonderful things cooking on the stove. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Evelyn said...

I love your website, love your style and I love Susan Branch too. Her books always get me in the mood for the season. Enjoying all your cute little touches here and there. Happy Fall!

Evelyn said...

I love your website, love your style and I love Susan Branch too. Her books always get me in the mood for the season. Enjoying all your cute little touches here and there. Happy Fall!

Stacy said...

happy autumn Cynthia!! can i come live at your house? :)

NanaDiana said...

I love coming to visit you here and at your LITTLE MANSION! I read someone else's comment and you do have a bit of the Susan Branch feeling to your decorating style for Fall. Love it, love it, love it! Hugs- Diana

Gayla said...

So beautiful! I adore fall, and your home looks so inviting, clean, and gorgeous!

Storybook Woods said...

Oh I just picked up a little Christmas goodies for Chloe and her doll house. She will love it, thank you. I agree it is my favorite time of year. I love candles but sadly any sented ones make me sick. But I have been baking and making a big batch of stew. Enjoying the season xoxo Clarice

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

What pretty little touches you've added.

Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio said...

I love fall too and your little special touches are so perfect for your home. Susan Branch books are my favorite. I need to find the Autumn one you have.
Thanks for reminding me that cool crisp days are not far away. (97 here so a girl can dream)

Marilyn said...

The warmth and glow of candles just adds to the charm of your house.

Fall is my favorite time of the year! It's always a treat when the blistering hot days of summer retreat, and the cool days of autumn approach.

Marilyn (in Dallas)

They call me Estatez... said...

I love fall too but it has turned unseasonably hot here. Hopefully fall will return next week. Can you tell me who makes that sugar candle? I love the little tin it's in.

Laurie

Cathy said...

Happy Fall to you too! Your home is very warm and inviting.

aimee said...

i enjoyed my visit to your warm home :) im so sorry to hear about your dad. ill be praying for you and your mom.
blessings,
aimee

Biljana said...

So lovely, happy Fall to you too!!!
Greetings from Europe, Biljana

Evi said...

Love all your photos...great shots. I enjoy your style.

Gretchen said...

Cynthia,

I must have had ESP. I was reading your blog and thinking, I've never seen that china on Cynthia's blog before. It's beautiful and what a generous gift.

Hugs, Gretchen

Lisa said...

Cynthia, I love all your Fall fluffing!

Kit said...

LOL!! I had to smile with your "football in the background". I love the sound of the game while I putter about decorating, and baking. Fall is such an incredible time for all of us nesters! Happy Fall! Kit

Filiz said...

Hi Cynthia,I'm Filiz from Turkey and I found your blog just a few minutes ago,what a lovely blog that you have:)I read your last pos and in fact I like this season very much too.At nights,I like watch movies or films under a blanket and drink hot chocolate with my husband:)I think this is the most romantic season..
I have a blog about knitting and ribbon embriodery,please visit me
filizinevi.blogspot.com
bye

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

Hello Cindy, I was just some of your post because time does not allow me to blog as much as I would love to. I wanted to tell you how sorry I am for the loss of you dad. Home Goods is my FAVORITE store! I love spending time there.
Have a blessed day,
Ginger

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Everything looks so pretty! Thanks for linking up to my party and inviting us into your home. :-)

Karissa said...

Hello Cynthia..
I was touched by a comment that I read by you on someone else's blog & had to come by. I love your home. It's so pretty & warm. As I read on, I noticed that your on LI. (me too). A blog from right next door.;) Sierra is so expresstional. lol
Have fun decorating.

Busy As Can Be said...

I just love stopping by your blog! So welcoming!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Every thing is pretty at Cynthia's! I love all your sweet little touches here and there. Happy Fall sweetie!

Hugs,
Maryjane

an encourager said...

All of it - darling!

cindy said...

Love your site. I'm dom't have an eye for decoration. Hopefully I'll learn much from you!

Cindy

Deni. said...

Is bealtiful!!!! abraços.

Corners of My Life said...

I'd love to join you in your kitchen at 5pm on Sunday but I'll bring along a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Cherry Print resting on your wooden cutting board is a very charming look.