Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fall Home Tour 2014

Welcome to my fall home tour! I have been anxiously awaiting this day for weeks (well months if I were telling the truth). I love fall, and I think this season makes me fall in love with my home all over again. The crisp air, beautiful leaves and feeling that autumn evokes, awakens my soul with inspiration.


Today, I am excited to be part of the 2014 Fall Tour of Homes hosted by Cherished Bliss. If you headed over from my sweet friend Danielle's home of Finding Silver Pennies, I am so happy you came my way! We live in the small town of Mumford, NY where fall is pretty glorious right now.

If you are new here...I am so happy you stopped by today! If you are returning...you know I love having you. If you can believe it, in my seven years of blogging, this is my very first fall home tour post!

Since, I took so many pictures of my house, both inside and out, (surprise, surprise), I have decided to give you snippets of it in this post, and then do individual posts on each space throughout the rest of the month. So make sure you come back :)
So without further ado...come on in...
My porch is fully decked out with orange pumpkins, corn stalks, and gourds. The people at the farmer's market began to know us by name since we visited so much. (Big thanks to my mom for getting so many every time she took Hazel and Owen!)
I moved my rustic rolling cart, that normally resides out back, onto the side of the porch. (I'll let you in on a little secret...it is my favorite thing to photograph on. If you ever see a picture with weathered, gray wood in the background, you now know what I was using.)
I kept the porch pretty "traditional" fall, but did throw a macrame owl on the front door. I think he looks pretty good there. I also put a strand of white lights surrounding the door (it's never too early to start with lights, is it?)
Now, we will head into the living room. We recently, gave this room a bit of a makeover starting with some new paint (Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter). It is slightly darker than the previous gray, although most people probably won't be able to tell the difference. I love it though. The white trim pops out more and it is a cozy, warm shade.
I dolled up our small entryway with some fall touches and another macrame owl (just for fun...normally it's cluttered with coats and shoes).
And I put the little footstool and pillow below for the kiddos. They love stuff like this.
Unfortunately, your first sight when you walk into our home is a massive television. I tried to put a pretty picture on my "smart" TV for you, so it looked better than a blank, dark screen. But that TV is just too smart for me. I couldn't figure it out :)
I had started a gallery wall around the TV about a year ago, but never finished. Then when we went to paint, I decided to take it down. I might start over with a new gallery wall or just keep it simple with something above the television.
Tada! Here is our living room cleaned up! For about an hour anyways, while I took these photos. This room gets the most use in our home and is definitely lived-in and comfortable (and yes, that is an ugly baby gate on the left).

I have toned this room down quite a bit from where it was last spring. I am attempting to declutter every room, one at a time, and this is the first. It is so refreshing!
The other new addition to our living room makeover, is the beautiful shag rug that I got from Rugs USA. I am over the moon in love with this rug. You can read more about it in this post. It is really the one piece that makes this whole room come together.
I displayed seasonal touches here and there, but wanted to keep it simple and natural.
The light fixture in the far corner, is actually an old egg basket that I flipped over and took the handles off of.
On the opposite side of the couch, we have a rustic, old shelf that I enjoyed bringing some fall to.
The sweet papier mache pumpkin was made by one of my favorite online friends, Tammy from Cloth and Patina. I purchased it from her Etsy shop a few years ago. Her work and style are beyond lovely!
Over the weekend, I decided to finally make my own pouf ottoman. I had this mustard yellow sweater that I picked up at the Salvation Army last spring (mustard yellow is one of my favorite colors right after gray). Originally, I planned to make a pillow with it, but then I thought it could work perfect for this project...and it did! Although it turned into more of a "jumping platform" for my kids than an ottoman. Thank goodness we got that new rug.
It isn't completely finished yet...need to figure out a way to finish the top (thus the books there...hehe), but once it is complete, I will share a step-by-step tutorial. (The adorable fox pillow came from Georgie Pearl Designs...I won it on Instagram!)
Now, we will move into the dining room, which has gotten a fresh look since I last shared it a few weeks back. I started to paint it bright white (but haven't finished) and moved a few things around. I like to recycle things in my own home a lot, so if you have been here before, you will probably notice the same things used in different ways around the house.
I went for a very rustic, woodsy feeling in here this year. I even borrowed some antlers from my step-dad! I know some people don't like them, but they have grown on me a lot, and he had plenty for me to use in my decor.
I mixed some vintage dishes and added little white baby boos and brown feathers to each place setting. 
The table runner is actually two of my scarves layered together, and I used my faux fur pumpkins and vintage thread ball pumpkins mixed with real white ones and the large center pumpkin.
All of the chairs and wooden bench were covered in faux fur, except for the big pink bergere chair which got some rustic pillows and a plaid seat cover (it's actually a vintage skirt repurposed!).
I kept my mantel fairly simple with all natural touches and a few vintage finds like old books, brown bottles, an old glass milk jug, and a little owl. Owls seem to be a running thing throughout each room, have you noticed?
I was trying to decided what to put in the empty frame when I saw a little leaf on the floor. It was the perfect finishing touch.
Well, there aren't anymore rooms in the house to show you...cause...they are too messy, ha! (With all the junk I took out of these ones, so I could show them to you. Not even kidding.)

But, I did decorate my back patio, inspired for an outdoor Thanksgiving dinner (which is my dream...but never a reality because it is far too cold here that time of year), so I set it up now and we have been enjoying eating out here like it is a holiday every day. We all think it is pretty dreamy now...
To see all the details of this space, and some easy and fun ideas for your own Thanksgiving tablescape, head on over to my guest post on Yellow Bliss Road after you are done here!

Well, if you were really here taking the tour, we would head back out to the front porch, where it would probably be evening by now, so here is one more glance before you are on your way. I am so glad you came by for the tour!

And now, head over to visit Ashley at Cherished Bliss, the lovely host of this home tour event, and see her home decorated for fall!

For even more inspiration, take a stroll through these fabulous fall home tours: 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday



Linking up with: Fridays Unfolded

55 comments :

  1. I love your home! Beautiful, thanks for the tour!
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you so much and thanks for stopping by Debbie!

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  2. I love the rustic look and it is never to early for lights! Where did you get the hanging owls? They are so cute!

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    1. Good! Glad I am not the only one who likes lights! The owls were vintage finds my mom got at a yard sale. She got a giant owl collection for like $5 and gave a lot of it to me :)

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  3. What a fun fall tour, I've look through it twice, and pinned like crazy. I really enjoy your style, and your home is lovely.

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    1. Thank you Emily! I am so glad you stopped by!

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  4. Your home is so beautiful!! I love how you decorate around brown furniture.. I have brown leather furniture and been thinking of buying slipcovers. I may keep the brown now cause yours looks lovely!

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    1. Thanks Erica! I debated about slipcovers in the past too...but then decided to just embrace the brown! I actually love the look of brown leather with lots of whites and grays :)

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  5. Beautiful tour... love your furry throw on the bench and that back table is stunning!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Brooke! Glad to have you!

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  6. Alice...I really enjoyed the tour! You really worked your magic on your front porch. It says "Fall" just perfectly! Your living room and dining room are great, simple and festive. I love the scarves on the table, I have to remember that! And I LOVE your fireplace. Great job! Enjoy these last warm days on your cute patio!

    Jane xx

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    1. Thank you for visiting Jane and your lovely words! Always love when you visit.

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  7. Alice, I'm drooling over every picture. I want to come and eat pumpkin pie in your dining room! Wow. You've done so much. LOVE how Revere Pewter looks. I'm actually planning to paint our office this color. So beautiful! x

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    1. Thank you Danielle! I totally love yours too! Wish we could all really just pop into each other's homes for a tour...well then I would realllly have to clean I guess lol :)

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  8. How beautiful! Each image just got better and better. So much eye candy!!! You have a gorgeous home. I love all of your autumn touches. Thank you for the lovely tour, I am so inspired.

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    1. I am so glad you were inspired Brandi! Love when you visit! Will pop over and see what you have been up to soon!

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  9. My first time at your blog and I see this wonderful post? lucky me! these pictures are amazing, so peaceful. thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home.

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    1. So glad you came by today Cynthia! So glad to have you!

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  10. You do fall so well. And you'll think I'm completely crazy but that empty frame on your mantel with the single leaf in it... just about made my heart soar. So lovely, so simple. You have such a gift for cozy, electric, wonderfulness!

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  11. Just perfect!! Love every detail the photos of the rooms & porch look better than any magazine I've ever seen!

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  12. I love love love your idea with the pumpkins on top and in the crocks! So simple and so perfect! Love!
    Your home is whimsical - and I adore your creativity. Thanks for sharing your space :)

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    1. Aww thanks so much! Glad you came by for a visit!

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  13. I am in love with your home. Thanks for sharing !

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  14. So so pretty, Alice! I love all your details ... like the little leaf in the frame. Genius! Really, every square inch of your home is beautiful and filled with a wonderful spirit. Thanks for sharing your home!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! So happy you came by today!

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  15. I love your outdoor dining space and your dining room table is lovely! I loved the leaf in your empty frame too......genius:)

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  16. Looking stunning Alice!! I love all the woodsy/nature touches you added (antlers included)!

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  17. Simply lovely, Alice!! Thanks for sharing!! Oh, and I am so there with the other rooms looking a disaster zones so I can snap a few photos.... It's ridiculous, isn't it? ;)

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    1. So glad I am not alone with the disaster zones in other rooms Rachel! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. Holy Hannah! Your home is beautiful. And it is never too soon for lights =) Thanks so much for sharing! Kyla @ http://houseofhipsters.com/

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    1. Aww thanks! And thanks for stopping by Kyla! :)

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  19. Gorgeous as ever! Thanks for all the stunning inspiration!

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  20. Alice, your fall tour is just stunning! Love the simple elegance! Blessings, Cecilia

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  21. Everything is so beautiful Alice! You sure know how to decorate! Guess. What? In seeing your living room furniture, I think it is exactly what I have picked out!! ;) Would love to see your kitchen too...hint, hint. Lol
    Blessings~

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    1. Oh my kitchen would surely disappoint Sandi! It's 3/4 painted with cupboard doors taken down and clutter everywhere...hehe. Someday we will get that room done. Someday!

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  22. Hi Alice,
    Lovely, as usual! I enjoyed your tour. Have a great weekend.
    Wishing you God's best,
    Elaine

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    1. Thank you Elaine! Will try to stop by soon to see what you have been up to!

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  23. Love - Love - Love it! What a great Fall tour. You gave lots of great ideas. Love the sweater pouf you made and your woodsy table setting. Love the way you decorated your front door area with the macrame owl. Country Living Magazine should be contacting you soon!

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  24. Love every touch, and all the natural elements! Can't wait for that sweater pouf tutorial.

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  25. Gorgeous Alice! Love the simplicity of the single leaf in the frame and the new rug and pouf are darling! I need to take a lesson from you and simplify. I have so darn many seasonal decorations!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  26. Alice, you really have a gorgeous home - love your touches and your style.

    You take wonderful pics, too! Thanks for sharing -n- showin'!! : - )

    ~Michele

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  27. Beyond beautiful, Alice! Your decorating and photography never cease to amaze me! <3

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  28. I love all of your harvest decorating ideas - your home is so cozy and inviting!

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  29. Yay to finding your blog! Perusing your home tour has me over the moon and so inspired to get my fall going. And your macrame owl at the front door is still killing me. I mean, such a clever thing! (I'm only sorry I didn't think of it first ;)) Looking forward to spending some time digging through your archives. ~ Your newest admirer!

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  30. So much creativity and gorgeousness. I keep coming back to look again and again.

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  31. LOVE LOVE LOVE the macrame owl! I googled "macrame owl" after reading your post and the first hit was an "organisation is dedicated to saving, rehabilitating and reviving the Macramé Owl." Surely you must join!! http://www.macrameowl.com/

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  32. What a beautiful home tour! I love how the simple touches of fall are all throughout and so beautiful! I think the dining room was my favorite but it was hard to choose! Thank you for sharing at Fridays unfolded, I am featuring your home tour this week on my blog!

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  33. There are just so many inspiring and gorgeous things on this home tour. Just like a few others here, I cannot get that macramé owl out of my head! I want one so bad! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us.

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  34. It's so adorable. I love the antlers during fall and at Christmas. Perfect with the leaves and pumpkins.
    Your house is darling.

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Thank you for your comments! I love to hear from you! ~Alice W.