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!