Touches of Fall

Adding seasonal elements to my decor would probably never happen if I didn't have friends over.  Maybe I would plop a pumpkin here or there, but otherwise, probably nothing.

Luckily, it seems we often have friends over, especially in the early fall.  Everyone is back from summer trips and there is that lull before holiday entertaining kicks in.

That being said, I still prefer to inch my way into full on Fall.

The mantel is a good place to start.  It's one of the first things anyone sees when they come in the house.
After thinking about it for months I finally bought these sconces at a nearby thrift store.  I couldn't believe they were still there.  I needed something in that large space.



Simple and symmetrical is working for me right now.



I put together a somewhat fall-ish centerpiece for the dining table.  I use a piece of burlap as my table runner, then put together a simple arrangement of mums and alstroemeria.
I knew some more texture would be needed so I purchased artichokes at the grocery store.  Next, I went out in my backyard looking for some leaves or seeds or something.

I found this:



I am not sure of the name of this shrub since it was part of the landscaping when we bought the house.  Possibly it is a type of pittosporum.  But it has these glossy green leaves all year round.  I use it to fill out arrangements and to add volume to garlands or background for candles, etc.  I love those buds and it seems as if there are more this year than ever before.

My centerpiece for our recent dinner party.







Later I changed it up, bringing in my wooden candle holders and placing the mums in the moscow mule mugs, adding a few ceramic pumpkins.




And the buffet needed a change from the Fourth of July decor that was sitting there, ha!




This base will stay in place, until Thanksgiving probably.  I will make a few additions like mums and a few more pumpkins, but we don't need much more.

And I have to say that I am glad we have a few weeks, maybe even a month, of summer left.  I don't want to think about cold weather yet.

Have a great weekend!


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