Thursday, August 31, 2023

Layering Elements for a Summer to Fall Entry

This time of year; late August to early September, I'm about easing into the Fall season. Since it's still really hot outside I'm not quite ready for a lot of dark colors, leaves and bright orange pumpkins. I still want to keep it light and bright, but have a subtle change in color to the warmer hues of autumn.

Part of that subtle change shows up here in the entry area with a sunflower print on canvas and a refreshed floral arrangement with hydrangeas and sunflowers. Vintage white painted tole candlesticks and a pair of Staffordshire dogs keep it simple on the top of the console.

Sunflowers work as a base for floral arrangements from July till October. All I need to do is add and subtract other flowers like zinnias, hydrangeas and leaves throughout the seasons. The sunflower botanical is from a Cavallini calendar from several years ago. I just cut it out and taped it on an old speckled blank canvas. 

These petite candlesticks used to be electrified, but I just removed the deceased old wiring for a cleaner look. The doggies look a little lonely by themselves...

Looking good for late August...

Okay... are you ready to kick it up a notch for early Fall?
Let's add a few touches to make it more "fall", than summer!

First I added a few sprigs of late summer sunflower/black eyed susans to the mirror and faux window. Then I added a small vintage print with a cottage and autumn color as another layer. I tried a different small vintage landscape print, but the frame was a bit darker and it just didn't work. Keeping the colors consistent with light and neutral is key.

And if we're making a commitment to fall, let's just go ahead and take the leap by adding a few small white faux pumpkins to the mix. I can handle small white pumpkins in August and early September, since they sort of blend in to the background.

I always try to pick up small vintage prints when I get the chance. They're perfect for layering against mirrors and larger prints for a vignette on a mantel or shelf.

The Staffordshire pups wanted a pumpkin, too.

So, there we go. Basics; then layering for a step into Fall.

Did you get to see my new set of Staffordshire dogs last week?

Here are a few other posts with the early Fall Entry...

Did you catch my last post?

joining in at these great parties:

The House on Silverado,  Love Your Creativity at Life and Linda
Inspire Me Monday at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
 Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch 
  Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life  Home Imagined at the Antique Journey
Turnabout Tuesday at My Wee Abode, Wednesday Link Party at Our Tiny Nest
 Wonderful Wednesday at Eclectic Red Barn
 Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage Share Your Style at French Ethereal,  
Thursday Favorite Things at Follow the Yellow Brick Home,  
Home Matters at Southern SunflowersGrace at Home at Imparting Grace
Farmhouse Friday at  County Road 407  


  1. Sunflowers are so cheerful and pretty. Love your entry way. Hard to believe summer is almost over and fall will be here. Have a good rest of the week. Hugs. Kris

    1. Hi Kris, Thankyou, I still need light and bright. We're having some cooler mornings now, even tho the temps rise in the afternoon, it's much better than a couple of weeks ago. It's the humidity that does me in. Hope you're week has been going well.

  2. Oh everything is just beautiful! Fall is my favorite season, wish it was longer. While I love the colors of the changing leaves and all outside...I don't like the colors inside. I don't decorate for fall. But I love to see what everyone does do for fall decorations. Have a wonderful day.

    1. Hi Jan, sometimes the beauty of the outdoors with trees and cooler weather is enough to enjoy the seasons without having to decorate indoors. I know sometimes the dark oranges and browns can be a bummer for some people. just not their favorite colors. I love those colors, but I'm not in to overdoing the dark and heavy!

  3. Your early fall decor is very lovely. I like the light look for late August/September. The darker colors will come soon enough, along with the darker days. I put a few small things up at the cottage but hate to buy a bunch of stuff when there is so much at home I could bring up. It's lovely, Debra.

    1. Thanks Jeanie, I'm trying not to buy more seasonal décor either. I'm trying to pare down not add to my loads and loads of "stuff"! Happy rest of the week!

  4. Beautiful Debra.a perfect late summer early fall setting. The Strafford dogs are grogeous! Sorry I have been missing Peanut is the priority right now. I love whit pumpkins fall but they are perfect to add for early fall. I hope you are well.

  5. Love the layers and the pops of color. :)

  6. I love the sunflowers and little pups, so beautiful! Hugs- Tanya @ twelveOeightblog

  7. Such a happy little display with those sunflowers and cute dogs!! I love the early Fall days, especially in September. Pinned!

  8. Very pretty Debra, soft, but the yellow makes it bright, great way to greet your guests! Sandi

  9. You have a wonderful knack of layering without cluttering. It works perfectly and looks lovely.

  10. Your look for late August looks clean and unfussy, but I do love the added first layer of neutral fall touches! I went to my storage unit yesterday to pull fall decor for my home, and Christmas stash for the antique booths. It's crazy period right now! Summer annuals are still going strong, but their color scheme do not fit my aesthetic for fall, so I need to get busy!

  11. I am loving all of your fall sunflowers! and your Staffordshire pups are too cute. They bring back such great memories of my grandparents. My grandmother was an antique dealer and had so many of these. I have only one that was handed down to me, but I treasure it so much.

  12. This is a fabulous early fall styling. Sunflowers are a wonderful choice and that botanical sunflower print stopped me in my tracks. You'll be featured tomorrow at the Home Imagined link party. Thanks for sharing. XO- MaryJo


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