Saturday, August 3, 2019

August Mantel and Hearth Room

Hello Friends and Welcome to August!
I've mentioned before that August used to be my least favorite month of the year. Oooh, I felt bad that I gave it such a bad rap, especially since ALL my husband's family had birthdays in August. (strange...) It's just that I really get tired of the hot weather by now, which is usually dry and oppressive, and the older I've gotten the less able I am to handle hot weather. But a couple of years ago I had a change of heart in my attitude.

It's the whole glass half full approach. I'm now looking at August as my "pre-Fall" month. That is, the time to change things up from Spring pastels, Summer Patriotic colors and reds and move into the season of deeper hues, golds, deep greens and the "gourd colors". Notice I didn't say the "P" word. 

I love Fall and look forward to it every year! 

Last week I shared my new Kilim pillows that have more deep "earthy" colors. Today, I'm showing my August mantel with Majolica and the rest of the Hearth Room. I've kept my mantel "basics" the same and I just add the seasonal accessories.

I'd love to have more Majolica pieces, but I try to find them at a somewhat reasonable price, which often means a crack or chip. Living in the Midwest, even those pieces are hard to find and not particularly cheap.

My heavy concrete alter candleholders

antique iron stove door.

Gosh, I really love this space.

 My TV is hiding behind the armoire doors.

Sunflowers are making their appearance and are starting to take over the house.

My matelasse quilts always stay on the sofa and chair.
Between me and the kitties, someone is always lounging around with their feet up.

Before long there will be some subtle changing leaves and branches making an appearance here on the mantel. Does your Pinterest feed start to look like mine in August? I'm sucking up some early Fall inspiration over there.

We had the air ducts cleaned this week, so hopefully that's the end of people inside to work. So now it's just a really nice handyman outside working on the windows and painting trim. He'll be here for awhile since there was a lot of work to be done. We haven't gotten started on the landscaping as yet, and it really needs attention. The crawl space work and plumbing blindsided us early in June, so we're behind schedule on everything else. I hadn't done much cleaning since workmen were in and out for over a month. I finally got the wood floors cleaned, and boy did they need it. 

OK, Hope you have a great weekend, 

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  1. Ha! I am right there with you! August is my least favorite month of the year! In Connecticut it is oppressively humid the whole month. I cannot wait for Autumn! Your house looks lovely - but then again, it always does!

    1. Hey, thanks so much, I'd love to spend Fall in Connecticut! that's been a dream of mine forever!

  2. It all looks wonderful, Debra. I love your knack for layering items so well. Have a great weekend.

  3. Beautiful as always Debra. I love that iron stove door. That is pretty awesome. Happy Friday and have a great weekend.

    1. Hi Kris, I know you're busy getting your new cottage decorated. All your ideas look so pretty. I just can't wait to see what you're up to!

  4. Debra,
    LOVE your August mantel!
    Autumn is my favorite Season of the Year, also!
    My Autumnal decor has begun within the Entry Hall. . .
    once the Back~to~School ads begin, so does my Autumnal decor!
    Love your space and that armoire is a show stopping piece, indeed!

  5. Fall approaching always gives me mixed feelings. I do love everything about autumn, but I hate letting go of summer. But you do fall decorating so well! I love majolica but have decided to stop collecting because it really deserves a proper place to display it and I just don't have the space. I have sold off most of what I had. I'll just have to enjoy other people's pieces like yours! (also, I wouldn't want to live without all my matelasse covers! haha)

  6. I love the fact that you're back in a decorating groove and celebrating August. I so am ready for fall by August too. I'm real curious about the duct cleaning and how nasty a job that was inside. I think I'd like to have mine done as well.

    1. It wasn't too bad, they concentrated on the main return vent and cleaned it. The room vents (in the baseboards) weren't bad, but the main duct was pretty dirty. They cleaned up and vacuumed after themselves, so that was good. But they showed me pics of a lady's house that they were currently working in that was over 80 years old, it looked like furry animals had gone there to die. disgusting. Plus there was mold in the walls. You shouldn't have much of a problem since your ductwork was put in not long ago.

  7. ah, a kindred spirit! I too really don't like August, so I'm right behind you with the "choosing to see it as pre-fall!" {I love that statement} Your home is beautiful, it is the love and warmth of it that makes it a haven, isn't it? You have such a knack for decorating, Debra, because your home is welcoming. I can only imagine how everyone who enters it feels enveloped by beauty and love. Happy August, friend. And hooray!! It's almost f a l l. xo Lidy

  8. Your mantel is stunning, Very elegant. Pinned


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