Home Decor


I love fall. I love that fall appeals to all my senses–beautiful trees, cooler temperatures, rustling leaves, burning fields, apple and pumpkin treats!

Ahhhh!

I enjoy getting out my fall decorations, too.

We usually go to a pumpkin patch for our pumpkins. The summer rains were not friendly to the pumpkin farmers. This year we ended up getting our pumpkins at the Open Arms Pumpkin Fun Run fundraiser.

Typically, I grab some mums at Walmart or Lowe’s to set around with the pumpkins.

After the blooms have died and the cold sets in, I dump the pots in the trash. Yes, I know you can plant them. I never seem to have the time.

Well, last year, the pots never even made it to the curb! Shame!

weeds

They have sprouted lovely weeds courtesy of the wind and the birds.

There is another pot, however, that is different.

mums

It decided to root itself through the bottom of the pot!

I have mums and I didn’t even have to leave home to get them!

They aren’t the perfectly shaped kind from the store–that’s okay.

I have not bought any fancy mums from the store yet.  I may let my “survivor mum” have a chance in the spotlight this year!

I have, however,  added a few decorations to the porch. I’ll get around to the inside of the house eventually.

Don’t you love that you get to use your fall decorations for a long time?!

Happy Fall y'all wreath

pumpkins and hydrangeas

old rocking chair

outdoor fall decor

Now, go make some fall cookies or something. Here is an idea–Applesauce Cookies.

Finally time to tour the home!

The welcoming foyer’s buffet table hosted three silver bowls filled with apples.

I was immediately reminded of this verse-even though the apples are green, not golden.

Proverbs 25 v.11

Our lovely guide, Laura, Allen’s personal assistant, led us into the front living room.

our guide

We were here for about 30 minutes learning all kinds of things about the home. Allen’s green, sustainable living philosophy was carried out in every aspect of the home. Attention to architectural history made the house feel much more than a decade old. Laura gave us some background information on Allen’s family and education as well as his current endeavors.

Front Room

Allen’s love of painting can be seen throughout the home.

After our introduction to Moss Mountain, we were given time to explore indoors.

Duncan sent us on our way.

doggie

Mom and I decided to start at the top and work our way down.

rug-covered stairs

I loved the casual runner stapled to the stairs leading to the upper floor.

The view wasn’t bad either!

double.indd

Four beds plus a reading/working/playing area would surely be a treat for guests.

fun attic space

The master suite was on the level below. Elegant meets quirky in this “hat rack” in the bathroom.

hatrack

The mirrors in their dark frames looked very nice against the pale blue wall. Heaven help me though! I wanted to straighten them so badly!

wall of mirrors

The use of “real” furniture in the bathroom was a nice touch.

My pictures of the bedroom and reading nook didn’t really turn our that great. You will just have to plan a visit of your own to see them!

butterfly collection

Just off the library area was the sleeping porch. Ahhhh!

sleeping porch

Do you see the tub there behind my Mom?!

sleeping porch with tub

Okay, here is a better picture.

copper tub

Wouldn’t you just LOVE to hang out there a while, gazing out at the Arkansas River?

Ahhhh!

On to the guest room.

headboard with fabric and nailhead trim

peonies in the guest room

There is a great view of the 300+ year old tree from the guest bathroom.

300 year old tree

As we headed back to the main floor, I snapped a couple more shots of the entry table. The symmetry is so appealing.

symmetrical entry table

The ottomans under the table look great! They are nice to have for extra seating if necessary. The orange with the green apples and silver bowls makes quite a statement!

ottomans under entry table

The kitchen was outfitted with beautiful Allium from the garden.

fruit and flowers

Unique kitchen lights–

kitchen lighting

Porch dining–

porch dining

Some of our picture taking was cut short when we found our tour group was already headed to the garden!

curved settee

I couldn’t resist one last shot–Mom on the curved settee.

See you in the garden next.

vintage chalkboard

globe

scripture on chalkboard

I have finally gotten around to putting up some Christmas decorations this year. I thought I would share them with you! Merry Christmas!

Antique picnic tin filled with  ornaments, greenery and old Christmas lights someone gave as a gag gift!

Antique picnic tin filled with ornaments, greenery and old Christmas lights someone gave as a gag gift!

I love this chubby little nativity. I bought it at the Cordova Crafts Fair in Cordova, TN in 1992.

I love this chubby little nativity. I bought it at the Cordova Crafts Fair in Cordova, TN in 1992.

A tray full of candles and old jingle bells (hand-me-downs from my mother-in-law)

A tray full of candles and old jingle bells (hand-me-downs from my mother-in-law).

Vintage Christmas bells. There is a place to attach these to a string of lights.

Vintage Christmas bells. There is a place to attach these to a string of lights.

I like them hanging from these red ribbons. Maybe one year I'll try the lights.

I like them hanging from these red ribbons. Maybe one year I’ll try the lights.

Our advent calendar–a gift from my sweet friend Corey a long time ago!

Our advent calendar–a gift from my sweet friend Corey a long time ago!

This little doll was a gift from one of my grandmother's friends, Mrs. Allie Mae Abraham when I was about 6 years old. This is the first time I have put her in a wreath. I kinda like her there.

This little doll was a gift from one of my grandmother’s friends, Mrs. Allie Mae Abraham, when I was about 6 years old. This is the first time I have put her in a wreath. I kinda like her there.

My special nativity, hand-made by special hands.

My special nativity, hand-made by special hands.

Three Christmas trees. You might recognize the sheet music tree from an earlier post.

Three Christmas trees. You might recognize the sheet music tree from an earlier post.

Christmas train painted by Megan around 2000.

Christmas train painted by Megan around 2000.

Antique glass beads mixed with new ornaments. I love the green!

Antique glass beads mixed with new ornaments. I love the green!

More glass garland. The chandelier lights shine on it beautifully, but make it hard to photograph!

More glass garland. The chandelier lights shine on it beautifully!

Here is a picture of the whole chandelier without the blinding lights.

Here is a picture of the whole chandelier without the blinding lights.

Lovely Christmas tree purchased at a school Christmas store for me one year. How sweet.

Lovely Christmas tree purchased at a school Christmas store for me one year. How sweet.

I made this garland about 10 years ago from felted wool sweaters purchased at yard sales and Goodwill. I threaded the squares onto dental floss for extra security. Buttons and bells were added for extra interest.

Snowman and friends on a sled.

Snowman and friends on a sled.

Antique ornaments under glass.

Antique ornaments under glass.

Christmas traditions and decorations are nice. However, please take time to remember why we celebrate Christmas in the first place. Christmas is a celebration of the coming of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Is He your Lord? Please read the account of Jesus’ birth here.

My grandmother was a piano teacher. My mother is a piano teacher. Do I play piano? No. That is a blog post for another time, or not!

It’s funny, since people know my Mom is a piano teacher, when they come upon old music, they think they should give it to her. I guess people feel bad about throwing music away. I get that.

I don’t know if you have noticed or not, but it seems like there are always lots of Christmas decorations made out of old music.

When I spotted the idea for this fun little project on Pinterest the other day, I was able to put 2+2 together! Help Mom use up some of her music stash AND have a cute little Christmas decoration.

You can see the tutorial here.

I made mine a little different. The original tree uses old books. I like the old music. Either will do just fine. She sprinkled glitter all over her tree. I painted the edges of my papers with glue and then just covered the edges. I used Martha Stewart vintage silver glitter. The look of it reminds me of old Christmas cards. It took a little longer this way, but the end result is nice.

I really like my little Glittery Music Tree. I finished it in a day! Those kind of projects make me happy.

I am a member of a group called Arkansas Women Bloggers. This week the group is hosting a challenge called BLOGtober Fest. Each day this week there is a different topic to blog about. I’ve never been part of one of these challenges, so I thought I’d give it a try. Click on the BLOGtober Fest picture to see who else is participating this week.

Today’s challenge is Fall Fashion and Decor. Well, we all know how my fashion posts turn out, so I opted for the Fall Decor.

We haven’t had the chance to go to a pumpkin patch this year. I haven’t bought any mums either. I started to get some at Lowe’s the other day, but they didn’t have the color I wanted in the size I wanted. Guess I’ll get them another day.

One of my favorite fall “pretties” is bittersweet! I don’t think I have ever seen the real deal, but I sure like the artificial.

I picked up these shutters curb-side one day. There are two more just like these on either side of my bathroom mirror. The planter was a freebie, too.

Yes, this is a fake pumpkin. I LOVE pumpkins-fake or real.

I like this little plaque. I think I like it because “y’all” is punctuated correctly!

The metal scarecrow and pumpkin are quite happy on the porch this year.

Wow! That is an ORANGE picture!

The Indian corn is actually my wreath that has gotten quite lopsided. I think it works just fine with a candle in the middle.

I love my leaf placemats–Walmart special!

On top of the entertainment cabinet is a favorite place for decorations. I went a little country this year.

Isn’t the blue tin great! My in-laws brought it back for us from one of their trips to Germany. It was full of yummy cookies!

A quilt top, covering a small accent table in the den,  hides DVDs and Wii games. Now you know.

I actually made the maple leaf quilt top. One of these days maybe I’ll actually QUILT it!  Every leaf is different. I especially like the border made from all the leaf fabrics.

This was an inexpensive decoration. The “runner” is actually two 10¢ placemats from Goodwill. The bowl is from Goodwill too. I think it was $1. Several years ago, we had a blast opening buckeyes from a nearby buckeye tree. I think they look pretty in the bowl. They are fun to play with, too.

Here is a sad little story. I bought four of these acorn plates a couple of years ago in a sale bin. Last year, I was excited to set them out with my china and crystal–kind of a country life meets city life look, I suppose. I was so happy with how they looked in the china hutch. I just wasn’t happy with how they sounded. The sweet little acorn plates toppled over, careening into the china and crystal. There was a large CRASH!  followed by the tinkling of the wedding crystal as it made its way to the floor. I had no one to blame but myself. I’m not sure what I’ll be doing with these little plates this year. Maybe we should just eat off of them!

Wheat in a decorative bucket.

I had an old punch bowl base sitting around. It worked great to give my wheat a boost.

This, however, is my FAVORITE fall decoration…

Okay, it is actually an anytime decoration. Me and my hubby on our wedding day–the weekend after Thanksgiving!

Tune in daily this week to see if I make it through the blogging challenge! Haha!

Be sure you visit the others who have taken on the challenge as well!

We had a storm come through last night. The temperature outside was so pleasant today! Chip and I took a stroll around the neighborhood. The air just smelled better today. Yesterday, the heat index was a stifling 105˚! Today the high was about 80˚ with very little humidity and a light breeze. Ahhhh!

That change in the weather did more than boost my spirits. I was feeling crafty.

Several years ago, like 18 or 19, Chip and I went with his folks to the family farm in Northeastern Arkansas. We picked up some old tin and small branches for Bud to make some cute decorative log houses for Nana and me. We also gathered some cotton. I had picked up a cute little cotton boll angel ornament at a crafts fair. I wanted to make some for friends. You can see the angel that I bought here. (You will have to scroll down a little.)

I made my angels and had tons of cotton left over. Pack rat that I am, I kept the leftovers all these years! Sometimes, being a pack rat pays off! Not only did I have a box of cotton bolls, but I also had some burlap and a straw wreath.

I wrapped the wreath with the burlap, hot gluing the ends. Then I hot glued the cotton onto the wreath.

My original plan was to cover the wreath completely with cotton. I decided I kind of liked having just a touch of cotton on there.

I did go back and add a little jute twine, just for a little dimension.

I was pretty happy with it. I like that it is a fall wreath that isn’t red and orange.

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