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Chinese Lantern Pods: An Old Favorite Re-Discovered

I love Chinese lanterns! These colorful beauties are a natural for fall décor. They can be dried and used in wreaths and floral arrangements around the home. One of my clients, Dottie, gave me a beautiful bunch of these plants last week. As soon as I saw them I was transported back to my childhood.

Chinese lantern pods in a floral arrangement


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Orange You Glad It’s Fall? I Am!

Orange is red brought nearer to humanity by yellow.” — Wassily Kandinsky

 If you haven’t noticed, I am a big fan of the color orange. Now that’s its fall I can find all sorts of accessories, florals, leaves…and pumpkins to plop into my home to give it a little fall lift. So, it’s a favorite time for me to decorate, redecorate and move things around a bit.

orange flowers on a kitchen island

Don’t be afraid to use orange in your home. Here are some ideas… (more…)

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A Fall Mantle: Decorated in Silver, Gold, Pale Blue and Off White

antique blue lantern on a fall mantle

The blue lantern I just had to bring home!

I wanted to do something a little different than I normally would do, decorating-wise.  In my great room, I usually use rich, saturated colors but I wanted to try a color scheme I never use – blue, silver and gold.  I came across a beautiful lantern in HomeGoods – and that started the whole thing!

{I apologize in advance for the dark pics.  We have no electricity and my great room doesn’t get an inordinate amount of natural light.  I hope we get our power back soon}

natural wreath for a fall mantleAdding a neutral, textural wreath with painted berries and a brown velvet bow would be the centerpiece. You can see some of the scrapbook paper butterfiles that I made as well.

"Annie Sloan Chalk Paint," "Dick Egg Blue," "Decoupage" antique lantern, "burlap"Here’s a little rundown of what I did…

1. I found an aluminum-type lantern with some burlap covering – but, wrong color

2. I painted it Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Duck Egg Blue + spray painted some weeds white

3. I decoupaged some items to add an antique flavor

4. Made some butterflies from some scrapbook paper

A decorated fall mantle

I added some antique books, some silver pumpkins and gourds, some painted pumpkins, acorns and fall leaves. I also painted a small wicker chair Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue – and added some excelsior for the painted pumpkin to sit in.

a decorated fall mantle with painted pumpkins and "Annie Sloan Chalk Paint" "Duck Egg Blue"Hope you enjoyed the long awaited Fall Mantle.  Prior to my photographing it, we also had some plywood on the windows becuase of Hurricane Sandy – making it impossible to take any shots.  At least with the plywood removed – it improved my pics somewhat…but the room is still fairly dark.

You may also like how I gilded and antiqued the fireplace mantle.  If so, click here.

Sharing this with Between Naps on the Porch, Miss Mustardseed; Redoux, Savvy Southern Style; My Romantic Home; Domestically Speaking; French Country Cottage; Shabby Nest; At the Picket Fence; Uncommon Slice of Suburbia; Southern Lovely


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A Farewell to Summer Post

closeup of roses in burlap on entry tableSummer is over and I am a little sad but I’ll fondly look back at all the wonderful things that this season brought.  My daughter moving back here from California – after “too long” an absence. Getting to know my gorgeous granddaughter…5 month old Peyton.  My heart skips a beat every time I see her and hold her.

entry table with teapot full of flowers and roses in burlap

Summer brought me a new re-designed blog and I am so grateful that I had the money in the bank to afford it! Thank you Blair for doing a wonderful job and putting up with my endless questions.

entry table with teapot full of flowers, roses in burlap on an antiqued chair

I am also so thankful to my wonderful husband, Richard, for buying me two things I really, really needed for my birthday – a new mini van and an iPad.  I only asked for the iPad…was totally blown away by the mini van.  I promise to be very careful with it and not get paint on it (like I did with my old one).  Lesson learned!

entry table with old, aged books and a sconce as decoration

I am also so thankful for the birthday gift certificate from my two daughters – so that I can buy a 50mm f1.4 lens for my camera…so that I can take really cool close up photos. It’s in the mail – I can’t wait!!

Although I had a great summer, it’s still sad to let go of the warm weather, the flowers, the beach, sailing and great scenery.  But I’m looking forward to fall – with my favorite colors of russet, orange, cinnamon, deep chocolate and gold.  I am looking forward to decking out my home in those fantastic hues.

Thanks for coming to my blog.  What great things happened to you over the summer?  And what are you looking forward to this fall? Let me know!

PS – If you would like to know how I did the finish on the table (it used to be an ugly shade of pale olive green, go here for the recipe.  The only difference was that this table was painted off white first. I was lucky to pick it up when Bombay was going out of business. Ditto for the small chair on the table – found it in a back room of a gift shop that was going out of business (but it was an electric green when I found it!)


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