Friday, July 30, 2021

Quilts and Pillows for Late Summer Color

Hi Friends, Hope you're having a great week, this last week of July. Wow, it's been a long summer for me and even though I enjoy these long days of warm weather, it's not like it was when the kids were young and at home. We went to the pool most days, they had friends over, we grilled dinner outside, and thoroughly rang out every drop of fun we could. Even a few years ago my hubby and I were camping in the RV and planning fun with family...

 I've been thinking this week about doing a few things around here that signal early Fall. One way that always brings joy to me is changing up the decor, especially in the Garden Room for the upcoming seasons. While summer is full of color (a lot of red), patriotic designs, and bright florals, late summer ushers in some of the colors of harvest which are golds, darker greens, deep reds, and even a bit of black and brown. 

I love adding the black in as an accent color with the gold and harvest colors. The black embroidered pillow with the floral basket on the left is really very old and fragile. The needlepoint pillow on the right is probably from the 90's and I found it in a flea market years ago. I made the ticking pillows back about 10 years ago when I started going nuts over anything ticking. 

I have a couple of quilts that really say "August" to me and they are the two in the Garden Room sitting area right now that are deep golds. One is a small floral "French matelassé" and the other is a "new" small throw in a windmill design that's gold and white, which is on the wicker chair. Pillows and quilts usually call out and define the color scheme in here along with the fun indigo and black ticking and sunflower designs and floral arrangements.

Not long ago I found a few pillow covers from Amazon that featured sunflowers at great prices. One is on the chair above and another on the wicker settee which is a large sunflower. I have a few others sprinkled around on the church pew, farm table chairs, and in the Hearth Room. I really love this time of year when sunflowers are at their peak. I swear each year that I'll grow my own the next year, but it has seemed that there were a few things keeping me from getting out earlier in the spring season.

I love this old vintage summertime produce crate here on the little bench/coffee table. It's full of bright summer color with apples and a label with a font in blues, greens, reds and golds. I really like having a tray, crate or basket... something that can corral items that are decorative and like-minded. 

A few pieces from my grandmother's apple "stove set" are here in the crate, along with a vintage watering can, and a partial set of pastel fruit motif dessert plates. Gold floral cloth napkins give a backdrop for the separate items.

A heavy glass and metal lantern type rustic cloche covers an olive bucket candle along with a flower frog and old seed packet, then one of my little chalkware sheep.

This week I put together the late summer Holiday Cupboard with my French Faience and summer themed majolica which I'm anxious to share with you next week. It's so much fun seeing what kind of combination of dishware and theme I can cobble together in the cupboard! It's a poor man's collection of newish and old beat up majolica, but it's still colorful and fun for this time of year.

I know many of you with long winters ahead aren't in any rush to see an early Fall. But we generally start getting warm in early May and the heat and humidity is pervasive until mid October. So I guess I'm just a person that is ready for the cooler temps come September.

Thanks so much for coming by to visit. 

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  1. Debra,
    Thanks so much for your visit and kind words!! I LOVE your use of yellow in your Sun Room for late Summer....I have the same Apple stove set...Mine in in my Kitchen hutch...I always enjoy seeing your sun room and this post was absolutely delightful...Hope you are getting stronger each day!!

    1. thanks so much Debbie, you're such a dear sweet gal. Thanks so much for coming by and linking up each week. I sure appreciate you!

  2. I'm so glad you're on the mend and continue getting good results from the doctors. You need a good vacation away from the house! Although, I bet most days the adorable sunroom and backyard feel somewhat like a retreat anyway. Love those August colors. You've made up my mind on what colors to use for fall. I've always enjoyed incorporating black into my spaces but never with pillows. I'm so going to be the black and rust (or maybe gold) pillow girl this year! Stay cool!

    1. oh that sounds fun Cindy!! yes, black is such a great choice to mix with other fall color!

  3. Debra, these throws and pillows are perfect timing and placement! I am right with you in anticipating the late summer colors. I packed up my glass orbs that looked like summer water bubbles, toned down the blues with a few indigo, golden yellows and olive greens. I am ready for cooler temps and hints of fall! Looking forward to hearing about your progress and seeing the cupboard. Just moving china around, I know, can be a lifting chore, so it really sounds like you're making steady progress!♥

    1. It is amazing how we each have certain little chores or routines that bring us peace and calm. Mixing it up with china and goodies in the Holiday Cupboard or on shelves has always brought me that feeling. It's a small creative "challenge" that's a lot of fun. Hope you have a great weekend, friend!

  4. Sorry this hasn't been the best summer for you. I did enjoy your late summer colors in the garden post, beautiful colors! Reminds me that fall is near. ;) Hope you start feeling better soon!

  5. My favorite posts of yours are always when you bring out the yellows and red/orange's. Please take care of yourself...loving your new room! Sandi

  6. I'm so glad to hear you're healing from surgery and getting good news from the doctors! And you don't sound like you're complaining at all. Things can't be 1000% positive all the time and you're just telling it as it is. I love the mix of fall colors and your pillows are the bomb! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Farmhouse Friday - we're featuring you at tomorrow's party!

  7. I love it. I use to have the apple cookie jar. I never knew there was salt and pepper containers to match. It brought back good memories. Thank you for sharing.

  8. I love your coverlet and quilt. So pretty. I need to keep my eye out for a yellow quilt. The apple set is one of my favorites. The pillows are gorgeous. What a darling little corner of your garden room.

  9. How great that you have your grandmother's stove set - I love it! And your use of yellows and blacks works incredibly well together. SO happy to hear that you are getting stronger every day. I, too, have had health issues and surgery and know how much fun that entails lol You're in my prayers for further healing. And thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm Pinned! xo Kathleen


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