September 15, 2012

Moving On

Here we are in the middle of September, which means we're only a week from the official start of a new season. Hardly anyone in hot, humid Houston is sorry to say goodbye to summer and I'm no exception. Sure, the heat will hang around longer than anyone wants, but there will be hints and peeps of some relief once in a while, thank goodness! Some years fall decor has been set out September 1, but this year I managed to wait till today. Here are a few pictures of autumn at our house:

  

This is my desk in the living room. Seasonal additions include the sphere of seed pods in the middle. It is sitting on a section of candlestick in a bowl of moss. The seed ball came from Goodwill on a senior discount Monday. The pumpkin colored candles in front are in a cute metal holder. It was on deep discount at one of the local thrifts; it might have been a sale where all holiday decor was .25 cents after Christmas one year, although it's not particularly Christmas-y. There are leaves and acorns on it and the acorns jingle.

  
Here is a corner of the bookcase on one side of the  room. The postcard didn't photograph well, but it's a Molly Brett scene of woodland animals, sent to me some time ago by my oldest daughter. The square glass vase holds a bunch of burr oak acorns from a visit to a plant nursery last year to buy bulbs. Some customer had brought them a huge carton full of these nubby, primitive looking seeds and there was a free help yourself sign on it. 
  
On the wall next to that bookcase I hung this little picture. It is actually a beautiful fall greeting card from several years ago, sent by my dear friend Betty, who lives in Austin. I liked it so much it finally got a frame so it can join us again every year.





 
  
This is the end table at the left of the sofa, facing it. It has a little dish with mini decor like pumpkins and gourds in it. The miniature chair has a large acorn with its cap made up of real acorn tops.


  
The table on the opposite  end has a square thing on top of it I can't identify. It has two little pieces of wood on the back side, so probably was originally part of something else. It was cheap in a thrift shop and the rich colors seemed appropriate for this time of year. On it is that chicken wire basket from a yard sale last spring. It holds a thrifted dish in the shape of a leaf with a paper mache pumpkin in it and a big wooden acorn. 
  
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n the dining room the buffet holds the two dark mustard colored matching pedestals found on two subsequent trips to different thrift shops, each with a little berry topiary on top.

  

On the small chest in the  dining room is an old tin picnic basket. It has a cloth covered box on top with a fall fabric on it, a squirrel candle holder, a tiny tin container with more of the mini gourds and a glass jar of potpourri.

  

The birdcage on the dining room table has been raised by putting it on a footed cake plate. It now contains a selection of feathers. acorns and other nuts, one on the little chair found at Goodwill last week. 

So far nothing tried has looked good in the twig bowl bought not long ago, nor has inspiration struck for what to put on the coffee table. There are wreaths on the front and  back doors and a metal pocket thing in the front, but it needs to be moved, lower or higher or something. Mr. B may be pressed into service this weekend to put up a nail or hook where it will look better. 

This is my favorite time of the year, when it starts to feel as if yes, we have managed to survive another Texas summer. 2012 is a huge relief over last year with its intense heat and unprecedented drought that it is a constant reminder to be thankful there was no repeat of 2011. What is your favorite season? Do you like it because of weather, holidays, or for some other reasons? I'm going to link this to Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch  Moving On

Have a  great weekend!
Michele







4 comments:

Tricia said...

Wow, you have been busy creating interesting and pretty vignettes! I think you have a good eye for combining various items to produce a pleasing whole. Love all the acorn-themed pieces -- you have quite a collection!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Looks like you are ready for fall! Love the pods and and acorns!

Sharing Shadymont said...

Thanks for your visit and comment. Great Fall decor at your place.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Isn't the steady move into autumn wonderful? We had an unusually wet summer in England so this lovely crisp, warm autumn is just perfect!!

Your autumn decorating is looking fab! What a lovely blog you have - so warm and welcoming! I've signed up to follow you.

Sarahx