Hello friends! I’m so excited to be headed into my favorite season, although I wish time would slow down just a bit so it doesn’t go by so fast!
Today is day three of Marty’s Fall Home Tour series, and I’m so happy to be following Cristina, at Remodelando la Casa today. She can literally build anything, and she’s super nice so be sure to click on her link and visit. You’ll find tons of great ideas and DIYs.
I’m starting my fall decor in the living room, which is our only living space, so it has to function and be comfortable, and I won’t compromise style – I don’t think one has to. I think the best compliment ever is for my husband to say how much he looks forward to relaxing and enjoying this room after a hard week at work.
I also love color – this time of year, especially! Fall is a riot of color here, and as usual, I want the inside of my home to reflect what is outside my doors, so let’s jump right in!
After using only lace sheers all summer, fall is always the time I bring back the paisley curtains and red velvet lambrequins. It’s the first step for me to cozy up this room. I also brought back great grandmother’s Victorian chaise, and love it so much under the windows.
I always bring in leaves, hydrangeas and goldenrod for arrangements to place around and love the fall look and feel they give my rooms.
Candles, especially in vintage glass containers are my favorite, and I love having them around the room as well. My friend Sherri makes these, so be sure to check out her page as she has some beautiful fall candles.
This is my favorite, cozy spot, and I have combined red chenille and orange velvet to create an inviting place to sit.
This painted photo of my great grandmother from 1921 is dark and moody perfection and something I truly treasure.
Old family books, great grandmother’s 1940’s radio, granddaddy’s school bell and his book of Shakespeare from his college days at Duke (then Trinity College) in the 1920s, are right at home with inherited Chinese ancestor prints hung on windows from the old house and great grandmother’s opera glasses. My daddy remembers playing under great granddaddy’s drop leaf table when he was a child here.
I have continued the red and orange velvet pillows on the Duncan Phyfe sofa and added a Turkish kilim pillow as well for texture and an unexpected pattern.
In this corner, I placed a vase of hydrangeas from my garden on an inherited table with one of great grandmother’s pin cushions. I think these are so wonderful for decor as well.
The rug is an overdyed vintage Persian that I found at ecarpetgallery.com a few years ago. It is a favorite, and the large size is perfect so none of the furniture is “floating” but anchored on the rug.
In the corner, an inherited table holds a Victorian-era lamp on loan from my mother. Old family photos hang on the walls.
I built the mantel from trim restored from the old house several years ago, and made the red velvet mantel scarf last year. The Perfection Kerosene heater has been here since the 1920s, and the clock is from 1921.
I clipped some dogwood branches for the mantel as that’s one of the only trees that have color this early.
I found the mirror, also from the old house, earlier this summer when I cleaned out some of my wood in the shop. I stripped wallpaper and paint off the frame, but the paint had gone too deep into the grain of the wood, so I had to paint it and went with gold for a classic, traditional look.
As you can probably tell at this point, I didn’t bring out bins with decor or hit the big box stores for plastic pumpkins and faux leaves. I walked the property picking things here and there, moved a few things around and interchanged some others. I am thankful to have so much that has been passed down, mostly because it all means something to me, but also because others would have thrown it in the trash or donated most of it. I see value in things that were made when quality mattered, and things that bear the mark of craftsmen and artisans who really cared about their work. I am thankful to be the caretaker of these things for now that will hopefully be passed down to the next generation to love and cherish.
I do love this season and really look forward to resting and enjoying this room after garden and canning season! I already told my husband I was ready for a long winter’s nap right there on great grandmother’s chaise;-)
You can see last year’s fall living room HERE.
Here is a video for you to show some of my “free decorating” process and a cozy nighttime tour! Be sure to subscribe to my channel for all things fall and home!
Now, be sure to go check out Kathy’s beautiful tour at Up To Date Interiors next, then click on the links below for each day. There are 30 beautiful and unique fall tours that you’ll gather lots of inspiration from so don’t miss any!
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