I know I’ve said it before, but Autumn is probably my most favorite time of the year. I love the idea of slowing things down a bit after the mad rush of summer and the cozy comfort of warm socks, bulky sweaters and rich soups with crusty bread. And tea. Pots and pots of wonderful hot tea.
Fall decor and color start showing up in our home toward the end of September. I have a wonderful old trunk that I keep all my Autumn color in. It’s like greeting a much missed friend when I open it up and start pulling out my favorite things.
I love the vibrant colors of Autumn. I have things that I’ve collected over the years in those rich colors that just bring me joy…
One of our major purchases this year was a new IKEA sofa and chair/ottoman set. I really wanted to get white slip covers, but we ended up getting the dark gray covers. And for good reason…
Our home has always been pet friendly and I can’t imagine telling this motley crew to stay off the furniture. Like they would listen anyway. Oso, Miso and Miley, or as my friend Daphne named them “Larry, Mo and Curly” have the run of the house. Spoiled rotten little dogs who are happiest when they are out digging and getting filthy. Another reason I love my IKEA furniture; slip covers that are super easy to take off and wash. A must-have option in this house.
Even the kitchen gets a touch of fall color…
Right now, our large kitchen chalkboard is sporting a big beautiful Chalk Couture wreath. Chalk Couture is something that I discovered in August. Easiest way ever to create home decor on a variety of surfaces with chalk paste. I love that I can keep this wreath all through the harvest season and then, with a wet rag, clean it off and create a beautiful winter/Christmas chalkboard display. I’ll be posting more about that soon.
With so many conflicting schedules and kids scattered from Alaska to California, we ended up having Thanksgiving dinner a day early with just two of our children. It’s not often that I get to set a pretty table so I take advantage when I can to pull out and enjoy my pieces that have special meaning. This year it was Mom’s Fostoria vase and candlesticks that she had inherited from her Mother and the little acorn shakers that were a gift from my son Jake. I found the printable utensil holder on Pinterest and thought it was perfect to tuck my grandma’s silverware and an “S” embossed napkin into. A pretty green transferware plate and bowl for salad and bread, a layered white lattice plate and gold charger round the setting out.
So there you go, a little tour of our Harvest home. I can’t begin to tell you the gratitude I feel as I decorate this home that I love, had longed for and thought I would never have. I know without a doubt that I am truly blessed with a loving circle of family, friends and little dogs. Today and always I give thanks with a very grateful heart.
Thanksgiving blessings to you and yours,