Autumn Arrives

The Front Porch Welcomes with an Autumn Display


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.

IM007434An 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.



About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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