From the front porch entry to autumn scented candles in the kitchen, welcome autumn. Don’t you just love those strings of tiny LED lights on nearly invisible wire strands? They require 3 batteries, but it is well-worth-it to add glimmer to a basket stuffed with pumpkins or a table top display of leaf garland.
Changing out the colors of candles in candle stands is a simple way to echo fall color. From white or cream to bayberry, rust and goldenrod turns my gold and crystal candle holders to glitzy fall on the dining table.
Do guests truly notice those small feathered quail sitting under the autumn tree on the library table? Those who do are charmed. My friends wander the great room marveling at the subtle changes. Autumn touches do not need to overwhelm. It helps to have neutral colors of buff, weathered gray and soft mink in the great room. The overstuffed furniture blends well with all accent colors. A caramel throw here, a tall glass vase filled with cones and mini pumpkins there, sprigs of leaves and acorns replace summer arrangements for a season.
Of course the dining room table deserves a special arrangement. This year the long basket of corn husk pumpkins in white and rust takes center stage. The candles in bayberry green flank either side. A dark green and gold runner anchors it to the lace table-cloth that serves for all seasons. For a natural touch, Virginia creeper vines flow over the basket and onto the table, as well as threading themselves through the chandelier hanging over all.
The barn board stair case also gets a good makeover. The garland of natural grapevine and creeper stays for all seasons, but in autumn we add a festive faux garland studded with autumn fruit. The gold and rust fat bows make me smile every time I see them. A favorite vintage print of a New England village with church steeple among birch trees and brook is moved to hang nestled in the vines. The picture transports to a village autumn.
An old schoolhouse print of The Pilgrims Going to Church usually hangs on the wall leading upstairs; but for autumn, it has an appropriate place in the entryway. The old print with oak frame deserves its own seasonal garland.
The Farm Grove barn is ready for autumn.
Wishing you and yours all the warmth and bounty of the season.