Hello and welcome to our Festive Fall Home Tour 2017. I’m so happy to have you here!
Today, a few of my home decor blogger friends will be joining me for the Festive Fall Home Tour 2017 to bring you some awe-inspiring ways to celebrate and decorate for the Fall Season. My hope is that after visiting each blogger’s post, you will leave feeling excited and inspired to decorate your home for the Fall Season.
Before I jump right in with my home tour, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about me just in case this is your 1st time visiting. I’ve been married to my wonderfully supportive husband for almost 26 years, and I’m a proud mom to two very awesome kids (actually young adults now) who are both away at college, and a 1-1/2 year old Great Dane named Truman. I’m also a professional interior designer and have had the great privilege to do what I love for nearly 30 years. I’m fairly new to blogging, but my goal is to share my years of experience with you so that I may inspire, educate, and encourage you to design and decorate the home of your dreams. I hope you’ll follow me along on this journey.
Welcome to the first ever, Fall Home Tour of Steeplechase Manor.
Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. I love the cool crisp air, the sound of leaves crackling underfoot, and the fallen pecans in my yard. Oh yeah, and sweaters! It may still be in the 90’s here in North Texas, but I’m not letting that dampen my spirit to decorate for Fall.
What started out as a simple desire to add some new fall touches to our home decor has now become a slight addiction. Seriously! We’re talking multiple shopping trips. And multiple pumpkins! In my defense though, I haven’t purchased new Fall decor in quite a while, so I’d say I was long overdue. Plus, some of the items I recently purchased can be used for other holidays and special occasions, as well as, everyday decor, if I choose.
Tip #1: To stretch your home decor budget, think multi-purpose when purchasing items. Some examples of this would be ginger jars, mercury glass candlesticks, hurricane candle holders, and decorative trays.
Family Room Decor
I purchased the white ginger jars a while back because I loved their classic shape and pattern, and knew that I could use them in numerous ways throughout my home. Oddly enough though, this is the first time I’ve used them on the fireplace mantel, and I have to say that I’m loving them there. I found the wood carved deer a number of years ago, and have used them as part of my Christmas decor, accessories in my husband’s home office, and in our everyday decor. The magnolia swags, fall flowers, pumpkin picks, and chicken wire ribbon are all new this year, and the color palette was inspired by my antique rug below. The rug has a faded beauty to it with muted tones of red, turquoise, green, plum, cream, and just a hint of brown.
Tip #2: Use your room decor and color palette as color inspiration for seasonal decor.
Not pictured in the photo above is my
husband’s Truman’s leather chair that sits next to this end table. It was temporarily moved so that I could get a better photo of the room. Our family room is a decent size (21w x 17d), but we lose some of that valuable square footage due to the traffic patterns – one direction is the kitchen and breakfast nook, another direction leads to the master bedroom, and the other direction is the entry. Nevertheless, we love our perfectly imperfect home! We have enough seating to seat seven comfortably, but maximize space, comfort and every square inch of the sitting area, I opted for a round cocktail table and two ottomans on casters. When the ottomans are not in use, they are easily tucked slightly under the cocktail table and out of the way.
Did you notice Truman in the photo above? Somehow, he has this uncanny ability to know right where to stand as I’m taking a photo. A few more obstacles I have when photographing my home (besides being a beginner photographer) is inadequate natural lighting and difficulty finding the perfect spot to get good angles.
God bless the builder who built our home because he thought of energy conservation and made every square foot count, but lordy it’s hard to get a good photograph! We have a fair amount of windows, but we also have deep porches, a front yard full of trees, and our home is situated on our lot a little cockeyed which means we either get super bright early morning light in the kitchen or intense sunset lighting in the entry. Both of which makes photographing the interiors difficult. One of these days I’ll figure out the perfect time to take indoor photographs.
On a side note…I’m crossing my fingers that Mr. M finishes building the cabinet doors for the built-in on right some time this winter. He dabbles in woodworking in his spare time and built these, as well as a few other things in the house.
I’m playing around with Fall/Winter pillows for the sofa, but I think one of them will be a mainstay throughout the year. Can you guess which one? If you guessed the leopard print one, you’d be correct! I know leopard print isn’t for everyone, but in small doses it suits my personality and style just right. It’s also a super soft velvet, which makes it doubly nice! I’m finding that the older I get (heavy sigh), not to mention the fact that I’m surrounded by large doses of color every day, that I am now drawn to more calm and soothing colors with a just enough kick of color mixed with a little glitz and glam for my personal home.
See the tray on the cocktail table? It’s one of those multi-use accessories I mentioned in tip #1. Here, I’m using it to showcase (and corral) a grouping of pumpkins and candles with hydrangeas mixed in to add some softness and texture. Styling the cocktail table this way insures that all items will stay nice and neat, and the tray can be easily picked up for cleaning the table without disrupting the arrangement.
Tip #3: Be true to Your Design Style and Color Preferences- not your mother’s, nor your sister’s or best friend’s, or your next door neighbor’s or even the latest trend.s Your home should look and feel like you live there, not someone else.
Tip #4: To get that Designer Look on a budget, mix quality upholstery pieces with more budget-friendly accessories.
Dining Room Decor
Our dining room is just left of the foyer, so it’s one of the first rooms you see when you enter the house. I try to have at least a pretty centerpiece (by the way, not always a floral arrangement), because I love the warm welcome feeling it provides. But in all honesty, it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes this room becomes my working zone and other times it becomes a dumping ground full of stuff for future projects. (Just keeping it real here!) However, seeing the table set with fall dinnerware and a pretty centerpiece is inspiring me to keep it dolled up.
Speaking of the table setting…Would you believe me if I told you the table runners are actually throws? I knew as soon as I saw them that I would be using them in my fall decorations. Specifically, I knew I wanted to use them as part of tablescape decorations, but I’m sure I’ll find other uses for them too. Notice the large hurricane candleholder and mercury glass candleholders? I love the shape and size of these, but I also love that I can use them in multiple ways throughout the year.
The dining room is slated for a mini makeover in a few months, and I’m so excited! We’ve had this furniture for quite some time and it has served us well over the years, but it’s long overdue for a facelift. I intend to keep everything in here, but the plan for now is to go lighter and brighter. I would love to repaint the Habersham-inspired sideboard and hutch that Mr. M built for us several years ago, but I still need to work on convincing him of that. Last night when I mentioned repainting it you would’ve thought that I said we needed to put out to pasture. I wouldn’t dare get rid of it because it holds so much sentimental value to me, not to mention that I can store a lot of off-season home decor behind those doors!
Breakfast Nook Decor
Our breakfast nook is one of my favorite spots in the house because it’s so light and bright early in the morning. Plus, we have a lovely view of the horse pasture beyond our property. We’ve also built a lot of great memories at this table over the years, with many more to come!
You’ll notice that the color palette is picked up in this room via the chair pads. I’ve intentionally kept the table settings decor a little more subdued in here (for the time being), but knew I needed to introduce texture to keep it interesting. I love how the raw textures of the rattan pumpkins and the braided straw pumpkins combined with the earthy floral centerpiece and burlap placemats all play off of each other. It’s a little nod to the farmhouse style – French Country Farmhouse
To stay true to the more subdued feeling, I used two different colors of solid plates – white and blue-green mist, with neutral colored script napkins. After I had the table set, I felt like something was still missing. It needed another layer. So I diy’ed this tablecloth from a large scrap piece of cream fabric (approx. 54×60) left over from previous project. To enhance the earthy feel, I decided to cut the ends (approx. 1/2″w x 4″l) of it on all four sides to create somewhat of a fringe. I absolutely adore how it turned out!
Tip #5: Have fun with your table settings. Mix and match dishes and glasses for a look that’s uniquely you!
Here’s a close up of the breakfast room French Country Farmhouse table setting. I love how soft and serene this is, but still feels like Fall. I’m not sure if you can make out the words in the script napkin, but they say “blessings”, “gratitude” “thanks”, “share”, “grace”, and “gathering”. The photo on the right is my tabletop decor for the sideboard just off the breakfast room. Again, I wanted to keep the earthy feeling in this spot as well, but also wanted to add a little punch of color for extra visual interest. I also have a magnolia wreath hanging in the octagon shaped window above the sideboard, and I love how it completes the story of the vignette.
Funny, but true story…I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with that octagon window. I love that it provides a lot of natural light during the day, but at nighttime, it’s like looking out into a black hole. I didn’t want to cover it up because I love looking out that window, but what the heck do you do with an octagon shaped window that’s basically 3’x3′? If you’re like me you do something on a whim! Last Christmas I decided to hang my newly made DIY Christmas Ball Wreath inside the window. And voila, the rest is history!
Be sure to check out my blogger friends Fall Home Tour 2017 posts for more Fall Decorating Inspiration.
Jeannee @ Centsably Creative
Lynne @ My Family Thyme
Kristine @ Red Shutter Cottage
Leanna @ Of Faeries and Fauna Craft Co.
Well, that about wraps it up for now for this Festive Fall Home Tour. I hope you’ve enjoyed your stay here, and do hope you’ll return. If you’d like to make sure that you never miss a post, you can sign up (see sidebar box) to have the posts delivered straight to your inbox.
Before You Go…..
If you would like to recreate my Fall Fireplace Mantel Decor in your home, I have hand-selected some items to get you started.
Thanks again for stopping by! I hope you found lots of inspiration!
Until next time…Happy Decorating!