Recently we painted the trim in our great room and sun room. That was quite a project!! Have you ever noticed that when a room undergoes a dramatic transformation, everything in the room also undergoes a bit of a transformation? What is it with us?
For the past year I’ve been living large in a 1,000 square foot home.
My piano…which my parents purchased for me when I was just 4 years old…is a major player in the great room. (Haha…I love it when I’m accidentally funny!) It has a wonderful mantel-like top which allows for some fun displays or vignettes. Although I was a little late in embracing fall this year…once I jumped on the train…I started savoring every single second…from pumpkins to walks to leaf peeping. Of course I had to fluff my nest inside with all the goodness autumn has to offer as well…and that includes the piano.
Over time you’ll notice that just about everything I decorate my home with…if I didn’t make it…has a story.
Who puts oak leaves on their piano runner? Me. Upside down too. I love their veins. Though I have to say, these oak leaves were a major disappointment for me. Last year I picked them from trees in the park, around the corner from my house. They were not brown. They were the most gorgeous shade of deep claret. I wanted to preserve their beauty, so I placed them between the pages of an old issue of Martha Stewart Living, one of the fall issues of course. When I went back to get them they were no longer red!!! Will somebody please tell me why? That was one big disappointment. But…I’m not going to waste their brown beauty…so here they are….along with a pile of buckeyes picked from under a huge old tree at the farm where I purchase fresh brown eggs. I think the farmer was glad that I did a little work for him. He even offered to get me a bag for my buckeye treasures!!
The framed tiny woodland creature was drawn and painted by the sister of a friend of mine. Isn’t it the sweetest thing ever?
The giant leaf I sticky tacked to the front of the picture (actually just some music pages from an old Etude Magazine) is from a sycamore tree located in the same park. I can’t believe I managed to keep it for a whole year! I looked for more this year….but none of the leaves were even close to that size.
The mandolin was my mother’s. She acquired it when she was in college from an elderly gentleman who taught her to play it. Sorry….I won’t be giving any concerts.
The basket hanging opposite the mandolin on the wall is a Longaberger Harvest Bread Basket. It was in my stash to sell when I had an ah ha! moment. Under the basket is a thermostat. When we moved in, I was bothered by this eyesore surrounded by a large plastic cover, which we immediately removed. But, a large back plate still remained. I asked my husband to remove it, only to discover a huge hole under it. Hanging the basket over the thermostat seems like the perfect solution…until I’m willing to deal with another dusty DIY project. Don’t you think it’s perfect with all the other things as well?
Does this pumpkin look familiar? I teased you with it here and here with promises of plenty more members to the Pumpkin family, and even some DIY details. (Are you interested in the DIY tutorial?) I love burlap with metals and this old silverplate sugar bowl of my mom’s is a great companion. Priscilla Pumpkin has quite the perch upon which to rest. This beautiful book, with the leather and gold embellished spine, was from a collection that my dad got as a small boy in the very early 1900′s. (Just in case you’re counting…I was a miracle baby.)
Penelope Pumpkin is perched on a beautiful vintage pedestal I picked up when antiquing with my dearest friend back in Michigan. I pull it out nearly every fall and winter. It’s taken on a bit of a warped appearance since spending time in the garage of our last house, awaiting its turn on the yard sale block. That’s when I discovered it was made of some sort of plaster and a not very protective glazed coating. I’m glad it didn’t sell. I love it even more now.
Since these bits of extraordinariness were all put together the first of November, I think I could call the assembly my Thanksgiving vignette. What do you think of it?
What prompts you to change your decor?
Do you decorate for fall and leave everything until Thanksgiving?
Or do you tweak as the leaves fall?
There’s more transformations in the works at my house….just you watch!!
Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!
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