Saturday, August 11, 2012

Just a little seasonal tweaking...

I guess you all realized that my "shell" decor in the living room had a pretty small "shelf life". I knew once the heat wave broke and that the middle of August started approaching that my ability to stay in summer mode would disintegrate. And then it was just a matter of time that I would start looking for small ways to signal the change in seasons.



My sweet friend Kenda, took pity on my lack of hydrangea blooms and sent me a care package (or sack) of a bunch of her wonderful misty gray-green flowers. Just what I need ed to help ease the disappointment of my sad little bushes this year.




For a change up on the mantel I changed out my two Wolff Pottery vases for some late summer faux sunflower bunches.



I thought I'd take out a few of my vintage silver tea and coffee pots. They are still tarnished, but hey, I think I like the look.







 I also changed out my summertime potpourri
 for the Autumn Pumpkin Spice variety.



If you're offended by early Fall decor, then please disregard the white pumpkin I found this week. Just ignore it, look away, or pretend it's already September.


As you can see I haven't had time to make my floral pillows, but soon I hope.





And in the larger lantern, in the little moss basket, a robin's nest has been replaced with some stone fruit and some potpourri leaves.



 OK, I'm feeling a little better with some Fall color around me. Can you believe we were actually in the upper 50's a night ago, and daytime in the mid 80's?! Yay!! All the kiddos will be back in school come Monday. no kiddos here, but that's a sure sign that Fall's almost here!



My apologies to all my sweet friends out there in the Pacific Northwest. I know you all love the sunshine, and don't get enough of it, but the rest of us are "over" summer in the worst way.



I'll be joining these parties this week:


Hope you're having a great weekend!!
xoxo,

64 comments:

  1. A pumpkin...oh no...just kidding as I have one on the bar that a customer gave Joe. I love the mantle and no one does fall like you. It is flooding here and in the 70's-our driveway is washing down the gravel road....

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  2. Debra,
    Love your Fall arrangements on the mantle, dear friend! Sunflowers just make my heart sing!!! The hydrangea are such a subtle blend, exquisite! I, too, have been doing another Season's decor...tucking it in here and there! I agree with you 100 percent...I am so~o~o over Summer for 2012!!! Have a blessed weekend, dear friend!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  3. Love your changes. I am trying to hold off as long as possible, but my Fall bins in the attic are calling my name. :) Its my fave time of year.

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  4. Oh Debra, I am so with you on wanting Autumn to get here!... it has been almost 100 degrees or over each day and that is just TOO darn hot for me!... throw in my hot flashes and I can't stand it!... LOVE your little squirrel in the lantern, and I love your white pumpkin too, no way would I ignore it! Your temps sound perfect, please send some this way!... sunflowers (real ones) are blooming profusely all over here in our countryside now, and I am going to pick a big bouquet tomorrow and bring some home...your faux ones look so pretty!... your fall decorations are always my favorite, especially when you do your sunporch... I could just sit out there for HOURS... xoxo Julie Marie PS Congrats to your winner!

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  5. gorgeous! and please send that "weather break" in my direction! i'm meeeeeeeeellllllllllttttttttinggggg! ;}


    m ^..^

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  6. I'm going to pretend that your early Fall decorating means that we are going to HAVE an early fall. I am soooo sick of this heat! Everything looks beautiful. Fall decor is my absolute fav.!

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  7. I love your "tweaks," but I am jealous of your temperatures! Still lots of 100-degree days here. Can't even THINK about fall until it's officially September, although I imagine it will still be blasted hot even then!

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  8. I love your fall decorations. I have started gathering my fall decorations. I will not decorate until about the first of October though.
    Fall is my favorite time of the year. But here in South Carolina we hardly have a fall. The leaves certainly do not turn colors like my home state of Kentucky.

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  9. Your entire room is beautiful! I'm envious of your gorgeous ceiling rafters! I love autumn, but I really want summer to last much longer - even with the horrible temperatures we've had this year. My 2 oldest kids are gone all day at college (actually, the oldest will be in the dorm this year), we have to get back to schoolwork and all our activities start up again. I'm enjoying the down time of summer and wish it would last a lot longer! You won't see any fall decorating at my house for awhile yet, but I'll enjoy yours!

    Blessings,
    Angie

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  10. Thank you, Debra! I'm so excited! The tea towels are wonderful! Thank you for hosting this amazing giveaway! Your room looks fabulous! I love the Fall changes! The silver tea and coffee pots look stunning with your mirrors! I also love your idea of adding Autumn Pumpkin Spice to your cloche! Your room looks great!

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  11. Congrats to Betsy!
    Debra, I'm ready for fall to start rolling in too, but most likely it's be a bit longer here in TX. ;-( Love the look of your living room. You are inspiring me to think about some changes in ours.

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  12. Debra: I'm starting "a teeny bit" to agree with you. Here in Northern California we are having a HEAT WAVE!! I can remember wishing for spring and now, here we are, wishing for fall. Oh Well, grin and bear it, that is the way!! But your early autumn is looking very beautiful and I love that chandy reflection. (The description is not elegant enough to fit it, but I can't spell the other word..Happy Weekend..Judy

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  13. Congratulations to Betsy for winning this lovely giveaway Debra!

    I am soooooo not ready for fall in the decorating sense, but so ready for it otherwise. lol Although I will say that after the awful heat wave we had this summer that all but cooked my flowers, they have come back just gorgeous!!! It is amazing what some rain can do for them. lol
    Blessings~

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  14. I absolutely LOVE your coffee table vignette! Gorgeous! And thank you for your very sweet comment on my guest post at Ivy Cottage Blog!!
    xo
    Susan

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  15. Hi Debra,
    You have a beautiful home and the mantel looks gorgeous! I am so with you about being over the heat and summer.....the touches of fall remind me it's not too far off.
    Jane

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  16. Debra, I am so loving your transition into fall! I, too, am so over summer. Your mantel looks so pretty; and I can't wait to dig into my fall decor. You've inspired me to, at least, do a little 'transitional' decorating!

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  17. You broke the no pumpkins before September 1st rule. I'm trying to savor summer and the temps got down to 100 and we all think it's a cold spell. I love how all your displays look though. Love the white pumpkin.

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  18. Debra wow what a fantastic mantel vignette you have created and I love the birdhouse tabletop too!! Your home looks awesome!! I so need to get going on mine!

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  19. I'm definitely in the mood for Fall, and your post only enhances it. Love your changes, Debra.

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  20. It's funny that you would post on your new autumn decor, Debra. The Husband and I were just talking about how it was beginning to feel a little like that here, too - as we watched V-formations of Canadian geese flying over our heads this evening. :) You're right. We are sooo over this hot, humid, dry summer. Bring on the sweatshirt weather! :)

    I love your new decor, too. You are truly talented when it comes to creating beautiful vignettes!

    xoxo laurie

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  21. Love your Autumnal mantle vignette - nothing like a line of tarnished coffee and teapots as I have in my kitchen!
    I am just thinking of a Spring vignette here where I live.
    Happy decorating Debra!
    Cheers from downunder,
    Suzy

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  22. I have started making pumpkins for my shop, and just love looking at fall...anytime of the year! Plus, your fall decor is just beautiful...as is all your decor! You are so gifted with an eye for loveliness, Debra! So glad you share it with us all! So inspiring!
    Blessings and hugs,
    Becky

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  23. Your fall look is beautiful. Yes I am ready for fall even though we have had a beautiful summer. I just can't bring myself to change anything yet, my kids don't go back to school until the first week of September so we have three more weeks of summer. That doesn't me I am not already thinking about Halloween decorations. I am just as excited as the kids trying to figure out what my costume is going to be. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  24. your home looks gorgeous dressed in any season, debra:) LOVE the white pumpkin, and i'm with you--i'm so over this summer! congrats to betsy!

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  25. Congrats to Betsy! I think you've done a nice job of bringing in a little bit of Fall, but not too much, Debra. I'm looking forward to the cooler weather and, finally, the past couple of days here have been beautiful {no humidity}. I actually had the windows open yesterday! I'm planning in my head some ways to decorate, but haven't put anything into action just yet. I'll probably wait until the end of August before I break open my Fall bins.

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  26. This is the time of year when I begin to get cranky. It was 115 yesterday. It will be like this through Sept. Blah.

    Bring on the fall! I am pinning your birdcage shot. I love the inspiration.

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  27. Congrats to Betsy!!!....Love your fall decor...I am so ready for it!...Gorgeous living room I never tire of seeing that room...and love that birdcage!!....So very nice of your friend to send you those beautiful hydrangeas!

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  28. Debra, Fall is my favorite time of year so I love seeing all your pretty fall decor! It's been such a hot and humid summer, looking forward to the cooler weather. I love your urn with the dried hydrageas, so pretty!

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  29. Debra,
    I am not crazy for Fall colors but every time I see your Autumn colors I love it! Soft browns and a touch of orange with white is perfect! Thank you for sharing. Ciao Rita

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  30. Fabulous photos!! Adore the subtle gray green of the hydrangeas...my fav photo...the coffee table couch one...love those colors...gorgeous!

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  31. Just discovered your blog via Curious Boys! Love all your cool pics! Thanks for sharing! What a refreshing blog! dix---

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  32. Your family room is my all time favorite! I love the subtle touches of color. I'm ready for Fall too. White pumpkins are a favorite of mine too. Have a great week!

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  33. Congrats to Betsy! Love those towels! It is still a little hot here for Fall decor but you lead the way:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGs!

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  34. Your mantel looks beautiful styled like that. The autumn flowers on each side really stand out nicely against the white and silver on your mantel. Those colors look great in your family room. Wish it was feeling more like Fall outside too!

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  35. Debra, fall is my favorite time of year too and i am ready. I am tired of hot and dry weather. Our cows are enjoying the cooler weather the last few days in fact I can see them laying out in the field right now with the girls (sheep) of course. It is overcast and a little cool here today and probably where you are too since we are only 100 miles apart. The mantle looks beautiful, my mind is starting to think about my fall decorating too.

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  36. Congrats to Betsy! Fall is my favorite time of the year and it's never too early for a white pumpkin! I would start fall decorating but my family would think I'm crazy! Your house looks beautiful! Xoxo Kathleen.

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  37. Oh girl you're killing me. I am so ready to decorate for Fall. Trying to hold off till Sept. I love the new mantel decor and the bird in the silver is so cute. My favorite though has to be the vignette in the Lantern. Just is so sweet!
    Hugs,
    Jann
    p.s. Congrats to Betsy!

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  38. Summer is just getting perfect on the California coast and I am bemoaning the fact that school begins next week and I have to go in every day this week to prep.

    I do like autumn and beautiful sunny days so I guess I should start thinking about making some fall changes.

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  39. I wish I had your energy and decorating skills, Debra! Your vignettes are always SO gorgeous! It's been a muggy, hot summer here in New England, and although I don't look forward to winter, I am anxiously awaiting fall!!!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Donna

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  40. Debora it all looks wonderful! I spied your primitive birdcage! I just purchased one of those for me too and one for my shop! Love the new look of your blog! I am so ready for fall but with it being 103 I just can't bring myself to start pulling out the decor yet.

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  41. Your mantel and whole room is just so beautiful!

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  42. Oh my goodness Debra, every part of your fall decorating is gorgeous. You've done such a wonderful job with your entire room, eye candy everywhere I look.
    I'm so over summer too, it's going to be another few days of 100+ temps here.

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  43. It's beautiful and all FALLED up at your place! Can I just pretend it's September? On September 4 I go back to the surgeon, and just maybe I'll be walking a little bit not long after. I can't believe you guys are getting temps that cool!!! So jealous...
    Brenda

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  44. everything looks so pretty! I was just arranging my dried hydrangeas in a dough bowl. I adore hydrangeas, and yours look beautiful in that urn.

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  45. Your hints of Fall fit right into your lovely decor. I'm definitely ready for cooler temperatures, but not quite ready to get out my pumpkins. Soon though...
    Mary Alice

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  46. All of your decor is just beautiful, love the dried hydrangeas. I am ready to get out some of my fall decor.

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  47. I'm tightly holding on to summer since fall will see my son go off to college and I'm not ready to see him go!
    But I love looking inside your home Deb!

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  48. Thank you for sending cooling thoughts out to us......... It's still around 102-105 everyday here in Texas! I HATE IT!!!!!!!!! I have to wait until October to think Fall Decor. HUGS!

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  49. Girl, I am like you...so ready for fall. You saw that I am already changing things up a little around here too.

    Your room looks beautiful. I especially love that firescreen. So gorgeous!

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  50. Your friends in the desert southwest are very over summer, too! We are roasting in 115 degree weather, & I'm dying to decorate for Fall. I love that you have a pumpkin in a vignette in August. As soon as I'm finished with some other "projects" around here, I will be pulling out the Fall decor!

    CAS

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  51. Oh, my goodness, Debra! Your fall decorating is just the icing on the cake to your beautiful home!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  52. Your early Fall decor is gorgeous, Debra!

    I was just looking at the temp on my computer and thought that it's unusually low, but my new computer thinks it's in New York.

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful decor at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

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  53. So pretty!!! Love it all. I am ready for fall too!

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  54. "Offended by early fall decor..." ha ha ha. That cracked me up! Gorgeous, love every bit and love the cooler temps we're having already. Bring on the pumpkins!

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  55. Just beautiful Fall decor! Love it. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  56. Debra, it's raining here this afternoon (Hallelujah), temps dropped to the high 70s, and I'm sitting on my glass porch watching the rain come down. Thought it was a good idea to pop on back over there for a little fall inspiration and pretend. LOL Lovin that white pumpkin!

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  57. You are making a beautiful transition into fall Debra! I'm holding onto my seashells just a little bit longer.

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  58. Very pretty!! I am hosting a giveaway to win a 50 dollar giveaway to the store HomeGoods. Would love for you to stop by My Dream Canvas. It will be nice to connect with you. Have a great week!!

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  59. Debra,
    I just love your urn! I wish I could find one of those! Thank you for joining me at HSH!
    Sherry

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  60. Absolutely gorgeous Debra! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your room!! Sharing at the party tonight~thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  61. Hi! Just in case you haven't seen the news, you have been featured at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

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