Friday, September 4, 2015

Fall Home Tour 2015


Welcome to my Fall home tour!


I am so excited to be sharing my home with you during my favorite season.


Thank you so much to Heather from Stringtown Home for putting together this Harvest Tour of Homes.  There are over 40 bloggers sharing Autumn inspiration through this tour.  You can find the full line up at the end of this post.

Fall is the season when I begin nesting, after a busy summer of gathering and preserving from our garden.  I like to layer things into the everyday decor, adding a little warmth.


A foyer is something I never had in my previous homes, so I enjoyed adding a touch of seasonal decor to welcome you.


Nestled on an antique sewing machine is a Coca Cola crate that holds an arrangement of  ceramic gourds and a pumpkin.


Vintage blue mason jars are a decorating staple in my home.  I gathered some sticks from a fallen down tree to add some height to this display.


Our home has an open living concept that combines the living, kitchen, and eating areas.


Blue is my favorite decorating color.  Different shades of blue are scattered throughout our home.

The coffee station (see the Keurig) is the first piece of furniture that I used chalk paint on.
You can see how I transformed it from an antique gentlemen's cabinet here.


On top of the coffee station is a bandanna pumpkin that I made last year.
It is displayed on my Grandma's cake plate.
You can see how to make a bandanna pumpkin here.


As the evenings turn cooler, I like to snuggle in with a blanket and some warm apple cider.

Adding a colorful throw to the couch gives that layering affect.
Changing out a throw or pillows can change the feel of an entire room.
With a one time investment, you can use them year after year.  
(End of season sales are the best time to invest in something you love.)


I love the stitching on this throw.
I actually won this years ago as a door prize.  I bring it out of storage every fall, cat hair included ;-).



More layers of fall decor...



The kitchen island serves as a work horse...
I prepare meals here.
It serves as a breakfast bar.
And of course, it is where mail and school papers are dumped for sorting.


I like adding a touch of fall to the island, but because it is used a lot, I need a display that can be easily moved.

This lantern filled with pine cones and a berry garland works great.
Last year, I used the berry garland to make a quick and easy wreath.  You can see it here.


I like to add mums to the urns on the front porch every year, but it's still too warm to do so.
Because the mums were such a great price, I decided to use them on the mantel until I move them outside.
To cover the bland pot, I wrapped them in a tan bandanna, tying it in the back with a piece of twine. 

Yes, that's the second time in this post that you have seen where I used a bandanna...
They are an inexpensive way to add some character to a project, and they come in a variety of colors.


This mantel is very different from last years that I decorated with blue and cream.
You can see last years mantel here.


Our home is filled with family heirlooms.
My Great Grandma's dishes are displayed in this antique corner hutch.


Adding three ceramic pumpkins adds just a pop of  seasonal color, don't ya think?


I recently made the GATHER farmhouse sign from a piece of my Great Grandparent's house.  You can see how I did it here.
I put a lot of thought into which word I wanted to stencil on that board.


I have had this wrought iron pumpkin candle holder for years.
I usually make it the table centerpiece with a candle and a fall candle ring.

For my home office, I have done some easy DIY projects:


Click here to see how I decorated a plain candle with some twine and a pumpkin embellishment.
The best part is - it's not permanent.  I will reinvent the plain candle again and again.

Next week I will show you how I made this DIY artwork with my scrapbook supplies, and...



with a picture of one of our own baby chickens.  ;-)

Thank you for visiting my Fall Home Tour!

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To see some more beautiful fall home tours, click on the picture above.

Happy Fall Y'all!
      - Lori Leigh

73 comments:

  1. A very pretty fall home.
    With temps still in the 90's here, fall is a long, long way off for us.
    I am hanging onto summer with all I've got. :)

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    1. It's still hot here too BJ, but I am ready for Fall...my favorite season.

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  2. Oh, your decorations make me long for fall! Too bad it's still in the 90's here most days...A girl can dream.

    Your decor is so homey and comforting. Enjoy bringing in the new season!

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    1. Thank you Daisy! I'm dreaming of Fall too ;-)

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  3. Hi Lori,
    Some many cute little touches for fall. I love that pretty bird lamp shade and blue is my favorite too.
    Have a great weekend. Patti

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    1. Thanks Patti! I have always loved decorating with blue and recently heard that 'blue is the new black' for decorating.

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  4. Dear Lori ... Your fall nest looks so warm and cosy. Have a blessed holiday weekend. Hugs ♥ Teri

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    1. Thank you Teri. I do try to make a cozy home for all of us...using what we love.

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  5. Hi Lori - Visiting as a fellow contributor at the Harvest Home Tour. The Coca Cola crate vignette is my favorite! Happy fall to you! Hugs, Holly

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    1. I got that Coca Cola crate this year at a flea market and I am enjoying decorating with it...think I need a blue one now ;-)

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  6. Visiting from the Harvest Home Tour! I loved the lantern on your island filled with bittersweet! I loved it all!

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    1. Thanks Terri. That filled lantern gives a fall touch to the kitchen island but is easily moved when needed.

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  7. you have a beautiful place with some neat antique pieces. like the white furnishings. really brightens up the area.

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    1. Thank you! I love antiques and things that have a 'story'.

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  8. Stopping by from the Harvest Home Tour. That bandana pumpkin and the coca cola crate display are my favorite! Have a great holiday weekend!

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    1. Thank you Maria. The bandanna pumpkins are easy to pull together and add a little unexpected touch.

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  9. Looks great! I love the antique gentlemen's cabinet, it's beautiful! Happy Fall!!!

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    1. Thank you Colleen! Hubby and I got the antique gentlemen's cabinet while on a 'date'.

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  10. Everything is so beautiful! I love all of the pumpkins. I love your kitchen too!

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    1. Thanks Carlee. We put a lot of planning into the kitchen to make it what we wanted.

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  11. Stopping by from the Harvest Home Tour. I love all your blue accents and your bandana pumpkin is toooo cute...love it! Thank you so much for stopping by...hugs...

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    1. Thank you Penny! Bandannas come in some many different colors and designs...who knew ;-)

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  12. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Your home is so nice and pretty. Everytime I see that lamp shade I would like to make one like it. Did you do it yourself?

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    1. Thanks Vickie! I did not make the lamp shade. Actually got a pair for FREE when I got new chairs for the living room a few years ago, one was on back order, and the lamps and shades were given to me for my inconvenience.

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  13. Lovely Lori! Love your Grandma's Fire-king dishes! Blessings, Cecilia

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    1. Thanks Cecilia. We use Great Grandma's dishes at holiday dinners, but I love displaying them all year.

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  14. I know I was suppose to be looking at the fall items but loved all the blue colors! Visiting the Fall Home Tour and loved your nesting pieces also! Thanks for sharing...

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    1. Thank you Jeannie. Blue is my favorite decorating color...I guess it shows, huh? ;-)

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  15. So beautiful, Lori! Thank you for sharing!

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  16. Hello! Stopping by on the home tour! I enjoyed getting a glimpse of your home! Perfect little touches for a new season! I especially loved the bandanna pumpkin. So cute!

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    1. Thanks Amy. I have a tutorial for the bandanna pumpkins if you would like to see how easy they are to make.

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  17. You have a very lovely fall home, LL! The blue bandana pumpkin is my favorite, and your Fall chick print, cute, cute, cute! I'm with bj, it's still in the 90's and I know Fall's coming, I'll still have to wait awhile longer! Wishing you a fun Labor Day Weekend! ~CB

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    1. I am so ready for cooler weather! Being involved in this Fall Home Tour has helped me be ready with my decor...now just need cooler temps ;-)

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  18. Well..I FINALLY got here and it was well worth it- a beautiful home so tastefully appropriately decorated-
    I too am glad to get a bit of a head start -maybe stretching this season -looking forward to visiting here AGAIN, AND AGAIN..[am following]

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words Jonell. Glad to have found you through this home tour also!

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  19. Loved the home tour, Lori leigh. I think I already told you how much I love that gather sign you made and the picture of the chick on the chicken is just too adorable :)

    I hope you're having a wonderful holiday weekend.

    xo,
    rue

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    1. Um that would be chick on the pumpkin LOL I just caught that when I came back for another look ;)

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    2. I knew what you meant Rue ;-) but it was a good chuckle! Thank you so much for your kind words!

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  20. Your home is lovely! Besides lots of white, grey and black, blues in just about any shade are my favourite so no wonder that I just love the coffee station cabinet. Enjoying the pretty Fall touches especially the bandana pumpkin! Thanks for finding your way to my blog and following. I'm following along now too.

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    1. Welcome Elizabeth! I have always been drawn to the color blue for decorating...even when I TRY to go against it, I just can't ;-)

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  21. Very nice. I like how pretty but clean and uncluttered your house is. That's what I strive for too. Your touches of fall are just perfect. I like the way you are mixing blue in.

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    1. Thank you Stacey! When we built this house I decided that I did not want a cluttered look, nor did I want to clean a lot of clutter ;-)

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  22. I am in love with your fall décor. I think the lantern on your island is my favorite, but I must admit - picking a favorite wasn't easy. The bandana pumpkin is so creative. And, the cool colors that you incorporated with the traditional fall colors are wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing with us on the Harvest Tour of Homes. :)

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Heather and thank you for hosting the Harvest Tour of Homes!

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  23. Hi Lori, I wanted to say thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a sweet comment on my TRASHY planter post....LOL...I tried to reply directly to your comment but you came up as a non reply blogger and I don't see the option to leave you a message on Google + either. Super home tour, will follow you along!
    Christine from Little Brags

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    1. Welcome Christine! Someone else told me that I am a non reply blogger...I need to check into that.

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  24. Hi, Lori

    I love your home and the beautiful fall decor. How neat are those snow shoes on the wall. : ) I am stopping by from the Harvest home tour.

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    1. Thank you Vanessa! We leave the snow shoes up all year...they fit that tall wall space well (and I love winter time).

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  25. I love your blue cabinet between your living and dining rooms. So pretty and simple. Perfect. Your lantern is really pretty with the red in it too. Stopping over from Harvest tour.

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    1. Thank you Kathleen! Many times simple is best...

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  26. Everything looks so Fallishly pretty. I haven't even started and won't till the end of the month! Love the snow shoes!

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    1. Thanks Cathy. To get ready for this fall tour, I had to get the house ready... We keep the snow shoes up all year ;-)

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  27. I chose a silver sage/blue in my living room and I'm loving it too. I'll be ready to get out my fall decor pretty soon!

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    1. It's a beautiful color combination...very soothing.

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  28. I LOVED this post! I was drawn to the sign that said Gather right from the get go and then when I heard the story about it, I thought, "Oh! How special!" I also LOVE the picture of the church hanging on the wall.

    Your house is lovely and looks extremely homey for the fall. :-)

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    1. Thank you Karen. The GATHER sign is very sentimental to me...board and word. I have had the church/sheep picture for years. It has Psalm 23 on it.

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  29. Just beautiful! Love the mums on the mantel! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Thursdays Favorite Things Blog Hop.

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    1. Thanks Rina. It was just too hot out to plant them yet...but I just did a couple days ago.

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  30. Your home is so very cozy and warm for the Fall season....beautiful Fall touches from that gorgeous quilt to that cute bandana pumpkin!!!....Have a great weekend Lori!

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  31. Lori, your home is lovely and cozy and inviting! Just beautiful :) Thank you for sharing it with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! What fun :)

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  32. Beautiful home! Love your fall touches, especially your baby chicken...too cute!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  33. You have such a lovely home! I adore the fall blanket and all your fall touches.

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  34. Hi Lori Leigh! The Weekly Feature Series is live! You are one of the 25 Amazing Features from the Week. Here's the link to check it out. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/09/weekly-feature-series_20.html Have a lovely Sunday! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  35. Your Fall home tour is marvelous! I will be featuring your post in this week's A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

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