Monday, November 10, 2014

A Few Autumn Touches in Our Home

Last week was a busy one...  I was trying to get the house tidied up for a home tour on Saturday, we had doctor appointments (some routine, others not - walking pneumonia for C), there were meetings and decorating consults and just a whole lot of running around.  Whew!  It must have worn me out a bit because I picked up Charlie's virus and haven't quite gotten over it yet.  So this week I'm slowing down a bit.  My plans include a matinee movie with a girlfriend (Hi Steph!), tinkering with a yummy new twist on a traditional Thanksgiving recipe and a couple afternoons devoted to working on the beautiful homes of two very lovely gals (Hi Jenn!  Hi Elizabeth!) - much more my speed.

This weekend we opened our home for the Junior League of Cincinnati's annual Tour of Kitchens, which in our case became a tour of the entire downstairs.   I couldn't believe how many people attended (around 250, I believe). And how much food was provided by the caterers.  I wasn't sure how it all would fit into our small(ish) home, but everything did and when they left there wasn't a trace anyone had even been here.    I went on the tour with a few friends so I was only in our house for a small portion of the event.  It was a bit like being a fly on the wall listening to people talk and comment on your home.  "it's so cozy" "how does she keep her shelves that organized?" "maybe she doesn't cook that much." "it smells so good." I had a few chuckles for sure.  Here are a few pictures I snapped.  And yes, I'm well aware the time for fall home tours in blogging has long since passed.  Never really have my act together like those gals...

^^I wanted to recreate this table arrangement, but a lot of my pumpkins had started to get moldy, or were eaten by squirrels, so it ended up a bit more colorful than planned.  This was taken before the home tour hoopla started.  I'd love to do something similar for Thanksgiving dinner this year but I'm afraid all the pumpkins have vanished from the stores in these parts and Christmas is in full swing.^^

^^I love orange and red berries and flowers in pewter.^^

^^Lots of winterberry in my house at the moment.  I suppose red berries might be a bit more December-ish, but I like them in November too and buy them as soon, and for as long, as I can find them. ^^

^^ I love wild and unruly greens on a accent or coffee table, especially when placed in an antique pitcher.  I left a copy of the magazine article out too - might as well milk my 15 minutes of fame for as long as I can. Ha. :) ^^

^^My boys picked pine cones from neighbors yards to fill in the bottom of the hurricanes.  I like how the added texture and brown color mixed with all the pumpkins and they worked beautifully alongside my antique barley twist candle holders (a gift from my parents after a fall trip to Cape Cod many years ago.)  This is how the candles look after burning for about 7 hours.  My absolute favorite sources for candles (and I'm picky) are IKEA (the white, non-scented kind) and Everyday Occasions, they burn nicely and for so long.^^ 

^^ Every fall my nesting instincts go into over drive and all sorts of projects I've put off for ages start getting checked off the list.  An impending home tour also expedites decorating projects!  I recently had seat slips made for our dining chairs and I LOVE them!.  I used an indoor/outdoor fabric from Lewis and Sheron that is no longer on their website. Ugh.  Has the look of an oatmeal linen.  Try Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware for similar options.^^

^^ The little wooden stool is a new addition that keeps moving around.  A fun little find from my favorite antique store, City Mouse Country Mouse.  Another new addition are the large seagrass rugs in the dining room and living room.  They were purchased from Overstock.  Our old wool one was just too small and potential wool replacements (that I like) are just not in the budget right now.  So far, so good with the seagrass.  It has dark gray banding that matches the gray banding along the bottom of our wingback chairs.^^

^^All our woolen throw blankets are back out, just in time for the arrival of the Polar Vortex! :)  Unfortunately, the etsy shop where I bought these last year no longer carries them.^^

^^ Flowers were arranged in a vase and then placed in the silver bowl, I hid the vase with fresh apples. "Oh look, those apples are real!" (another comment I heard a couple times. Haha.)^^

Hope to be back soon with some of my favorite Thanksgiving Day recipes!


19 comments :

  1. Looks absolutely lovely! The winterberry stems are so gorgeous. I don't know if I can get that down here in NC. If it's available, I haven't found it yet!! Your home always looks so inviting and cozy in your pics. I'm taking notes! :)

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  2. I just love your home Tessa! So warm and cozy feeling! I'm curious about something--you said someone commented on how good your home "smells"--I'm SO picky about scents in our home and would love to know if you burn candles or use some other types of home scents? And if so, what they are? Thanks for sharing so much of your home--I always look forward to your posts and recipes!

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  3. Love it all! And I always appreciate your light hearted attitude "the time for fall home tours has long since passed" that made me smile

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  4. Beautiful!! I love going to home tours in our surrounding neighborhoods...so many ideas! I know your home was rated #1!!! Love those chair slips...did you have someone local make them?

    Jane x

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  5. Everything looks gorgeous! I think I'm gonna run out and buy a pumpkin while they're still available.

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  6. Gorgeous, Tessa! Hope you are feeling better soon! I love that seagrass rug! You'll have to give me the details on that :)

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  7. Your fall touches are just gorgeous! I wish that I lived in Cincinnati so that I could have gone on the tour.

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  8. So cozy and warm! All your fall touches are lovely, Tessa. I'll bet it was fun hearing what others were saying about your home (as long as they were nice comments, which of course they were!). Happy autumn to you!
    Claudia

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  9. I say milk that fame for as long as you can! Your home looks lovely. It's nice to see fall when so many are already decorated for Christmas. Hope you feel better quick.

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  10. Beautiful as always! So simply elegant, my favorite kind of pretty. And like Elizabeth, I too love the addition of the seagrass. Something at the top of my wish list for a good while. Enjoy your Thanksgiving! (and hope all are well by then).

    Christy H. Melloan

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  11. Oh it is all so pretty! Just like it always is in your blog! Do you know the manufacturer of the seagrass rug from Overstock (I think it is often listed on a tag on the back of the rug). I would love to get that for our home. Thank you!

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  12. It is beautiful. Great job. I love everything you do. Do you know which Seagrass Rug you purchased from Overstock (the manufacturer if often listed on the back of the rug)? I would love to get that! Thank you so much!

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  13. I just discovered your lovely blog, and it has really struck a chord with me as I am realizing my own style and decorating our own home. I am struggling mightily with choosing curtain fabric for our living room. I love the overall effect of the curtains in your own, how they are patterned yet adapt to your seasonal decor readily, but all the pictures are from a distance, and I cannot get a good sense of the color and pattern. Do you mind sharing what the fabric is? Thank you again for all the inspiration you do share. It has been a delight to peek into the corners of your home!

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    1. Thank you. I'm not sure what drapes you are referring too, the ones in our dining room pictures here are a heavy textured line with a very subtle thin stripe, but they look like a solid color. Fabric is no longer available. I ordered it online through Lewis and Sheron. Drapes in family room are a solid ivory linen. Drapes in living room are a vintage Laura Ashley floral. Discontinued many year ago. :(

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  14. Sorry lots of typos above!! I should not use my phone! Should have said textured linen for dining room!

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  15. Thank you, Tessa. I meant the living room. I could tell they were a chintz, but I couldn't tell what the colors and such were. I appreciate your thorough response to my vague question!

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  16. Hi Tessa! I am in the process of searching for pillows (and have been combing your blog for ideas!). I love the pillow in the chair with the beautiful pleated trim! Would you possibly share your source? Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. I actually made those! :) slubby linen from Lewis and Sheron online and trim from Hobby Lobby, of all places!

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