Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Happy first day of Fall! // decorating the house.




Happy Fall, lovelies! It's finally here, and this week we're getting a break from our 95+ degree days.

Right around this time I get itchy to start my holiday decorating. It's obvious I am an absolute nut when it comes to Christmas decorations, and I'm slowly starting to creep up there on the Fall decorating front.

Growing up, my Mom always had the house perfect for every holiday, including Easter. It's no wonder that with the Persian Martha Stewart as a mother, I ended up hassling my poor husband every September to start bringing down bags and bins full of decorations from the attic.

Here's our little nest, decorated for Fall.














I should probably admit that I'm not done, yet. As you can see, there are no real pumpkins, yet.
I should also admit that I have a slight pumpkin obsession. I am known to bring home one or two (or 50) every year.



This year I'll try to practice some self-restraint, and only bring home one or two.
(or 50)

Here's the spread from last year, when I apparently took pictures at a better time of day for lighting.





Don't the real pumpkins make a world of difference?

Either way, I'm so glad the first day of Fall is here, and our house is filled with warm light, Fall smells, and 50 pumpkins.




Happy Fall, every one!

42 comments:

Monique said...

Adding orange makes everything so warm and cozy. I heart fall in a big way. I can't wait to visit the pumpkin patch. I love mini pumpkins. Your home looks great! Cheers.

With Love, Jamie said...

This is perfect!
Exactly the way I would love to decorate our home!

Annie Kennedy said...

I'm a little bit more jealous of your seasons again :) I think it's because we only get two where I live. Either HOT or cold. No snow, no changing colours. It's a little sad. I miss American fall. Luckily I can look at this post and dream :) Thank you!

Lilium said...

hehe you are so adorable Aura! I agree, your decorations look wonderful - fall (or Autum as I know it) has such warm and comforting colours, I look forward to being able to do something similar in my home next year. Beautiful post as always :)
Monica

Mel said...

Wow, it looks really perfect. I love the white (fake?) pumpkins...the others anyway. I like it when everything looks so cozy. Great job ;)

xo, Mel

My Thoughts...My Views said...

Love the pics!!

My Thoughts...My Views said...

Jus love the Pics!

Sini said...

It's wonderful! I don't know where my message requesting decoration ideas did disappeared but i'm glad of this post!

I love these colors, so warm and cozy. I'm dreaming that I could change all furnitures at home, and then do this kind of decoration. But thank you, this really gives inspiration how to continue creating a new look :)

kelly ann said...

this all looks so cozy, warm, peaceful, comforting, and inviting. exactly how a home should be. <3

Kim said...

your house looks so cozy all gussied up for fall! makes me think maybe I should consider trying it. :)

one question though: how do you manage to decorate with leaves, sticks, and pine cones without your animals stealing them as toys? I've tried the pine cone thing before & they've ended up a shattered chew toy mess on the floor (I have 2 big dogs).

PS--love the old Shakespeare book!

Rachel said...

This is what I miss the most about living in the States -- Fall is just not the same anywhere else in the world! Your little home is beautiful!

Plantgeek said...

I love decorating for fall! I love all your decorations, so pretty!

Kara said...

fall is my absolute favorite season and i'm so happy that it's finally here! i also share an obsession with pumpkins.. and loveee the white ones! i really like the polka dot one and the monogram one... may have to steal this idea! your house is absolutly lovely! xo

Jennifer said...

YES real pumpkins make ALL the difference! I haven't seen any out yet and I've totally been scoping all the street corners for patches. :P Love your decor, as usual.

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Blackbird Fly said...

ahh I can't wait to decorate for fall either. I love that big antique book with the candle on top. SO pretty!

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-Morgan (Blackbird Fly)
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Macy said...

It looks so cozy!! I hear you on the 95 degree weather. That's what its been here in Florida, too! Only 1 week until our big move to Oklahoma--maybe we'll get there just in time for temperature to start dropping!

I adore the fact that you decorate with pine cones and white lights. Perfect!

Shutterbug Mama said...

can you come over and decorate my house

Monica said...

Gorgeous, as always! And definitely an inspiration.

I am so excited that Fall is finally here. I don't have my own place to decorate, but even just knowing that Pumpkin anything is available (mostly Pumpkin Ale, what can I say, I'm a sucker for it) makes me excited. Not to mention all the stunning colours outside.

Kait said...

LOVE your decorations - as usual! Go all out with the pumpkins! I love them as well (I love anything orange). We've been having nice days in DC but all of a sudden today it's going to be 90! Kind of a downer... oh well. Cooler days are on the way! :)

~3iNnA~ said...

Very beautiful Aura.

I love pumpkins also but my husband is banning me to buy anymore decoration. Wow you are fast. I didn't even take out my fall stuff yet...hoping to do it this weekend if possible.

Lesley said...

Gorgeous! I love all your fall decor. Very inspiring!

Amber said...

I have been itching to start decorating too. I bought two tiny little white pumpkins yesterday! I love this time of year.

And I love your table centerpiece. It is so pretty!

Megan said...

your house looks like it smells good.

MelissaOK said...

Very pretty and cozy! I love all the pumpkins you have - especially the white ones. I picked up a few small ones at Hobby Lobby last week and have actually collected some (free!) pinecones around our neighborhood.

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

This post makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. Fall is my favorite time of year and it shows in our livingroom. Our colors, like yours are lots of chocolate browns, burnt orange and sage green.

I am head over heels for the lantern that is housing your aloe plant (or cactus, not sure what it is). And I am dying to find a canoe paddle like the one on your floating shelf.

Excellent work - I'm pumpkin obsessed too and if it wasn't for our lack of storage space I'd probably have 50 of my own.

Thank you for making it OK to get started on my decor - the boyfriend looked at me like I was off my rocker this weekend when I suggested digging out the fall bins.

oxox

P.S. The candle holders in the last image on the end table are so beautiful, what a great find!

Melissa said...

your house is beautiful! It looks straight out of a Pottery Barn magazine! =) Where did you get your black floating shelf in the last picture?

christi @ grey umbrella said...

i love that you call it a nest because it literally looks like a place you could curl up in, have a lovely cup of tea or 6 and relax. xoxo

angie on maui said...

so happy to see another post from you, Aura! Beautiful photos of your home...Fall is definitely here. :)

Melissa Blake said...

EVERYTHING looks soooo perfect!!

Carla said...

I absolutely love your blog. Been reading it for a while...please never stop writing it:)

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Sarah said...

amazing decorative accessories, thanks for pics.

Amy Seever said...

...and a lovely little nest it is!

Selena said...

Aura Greetings!

What pretty pictures!
These pumpkins are all true!?? At least look! hihi
They are beautiful and each has its own peculiarity.

There comes the autumn and we hosted here in the Southern Hemisphere spring!
The breezes of autumn will bring cosiness, warmth and love in the forthcoming winter.

Ps.: I love "cones"! (Pine)

Kiss of light and great weekend.

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

I blame you and this post for my current pumpkin overdrive... but that's a great thing!!! oxox

Hollie said...

I can't remember if OK has Calloway nurseries? If so, you should check it out, or if you're in Texas anytime soon. They have the best selection of pumpkins. There are SO many different varieties!

Julie-Inspired said...

Beautiful house and great decorating!! Have a great weekend!

Julie xo

Anna Walker said...

Oh my gosh I love it!!! :) Will you come decorate my apartment? (I am half serious by the way!)

http://annawalker1992.blogspot.com/

Jaimie said...

So fun! I love pumpkins too, but my obsession is with the minis. You have just inspired me to get rid of my sidebar in favor of big pictures! : )

mice_aliling said...

It's homey. Indeed a home :)

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katskraps4kids said...

just beautiful! So warm & inviting...

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