Happy fall everyone. One of the great thing of living in Southwestern Ontario is that we have four distinctive seasons. One favourite season of mine is fall. The leaves turn different colours, crisp cool mornings and sunny afternoons. Curling up with a good book by the fire, cozy blankets and sweaters. This past weekend we celebrated our Canadian Thanksgiving and this weekend our small town has a tradition of celebrating Pumpkinfest every October. We have beautiful fireworks, a parade, the residents decorate their homes with pumpkins and gourds. The local school kids take a couple hours off to carve a pumpkin. The carved pumpkins get displayed all weekened in the middle of town on a huge pumpkin tree. The kids spend hours trying to find their pumpkin they carved. There is alot of pumpkins to go through!
My favourite part of the whole weekend is walking around town seeing all the decorated houses. Some are decorated in fall pumpkin colours and others are trying to scare you with their ghosts and goblins. I decided this year not to decorate with typical fall colours like oranges and browns. There are so many beautiful fall colours that look just as beautiful.
I have never shown a tour of my house before. So lets start out at my front door where a welcome sign with a simple corn stalk and pumpkins welcome you.
Let me tell you a secret? SHH! The wreathe I don’t glue any of the flowers to the twig wreathe so I can re-decorate it at Christmas.
I really like the magnetic wreathe holder I found at Canadian Tire. I found the traditional ones left marks in the door frame and wouldn’t let me close the door properly.
The Welcome sign was something I painted with some left over barn board we had. It didn’t cost me anything to create. Its a really sense of accomplishment when you can create something by using left over things in my home. Even my corn stalk was a gift from my neighbour. (my neighbours are the best!) The font I used was Baskerville Old Face all in capital letters. I used WordArt in Word to create the template.
This past summer we were able to update our living room furniture. It has been a decorating hurdle for us. Our living room is very long and narrow and finding the right furniture to fit this space has been very challenging. David and I finally settled on some furniture we found at Wayfair. www.wayfair.ca Slowly, over time I have been adding accent pieces to the room. This mauve chunky blanket took me a couple of weeks to complete. I love anything chunky and cable knitting is my favourite. I found the pattern from Lucky Hanks Designs. I know cable designs can be intimidating but its nothing like that at all. The pattern was really easy to follow. I used size 25mm knitting needles. (size 50US).
The blanket is so soft and cozy.
Decorating with different textures and colours has been out of the ordinary for me this year. White and green pumpkins, eucalyptus, hydrangeas and earthy tones has been my theme, so simple and easy to put together.
I even incorporated the same theme downstairs on our fireplace.
I kept the thankful banner I created last year. Then added the white pumpkins, some eucalyptus to the candles sticks and pine cones and bark to add to the earthy feel.
I hope you enjoyed my first home tour. HAPPY FALL!