Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fall Decorations....the Dining Room

 Fall decor is spilling over into the dining room!

Our dining, living, and kitchen areas are all one open space....which works really well for decorating.

We painted the walls a rich yummy color,
 Hot Cider Toddy, about 5 years ago.
  Still love the color....sometimes we discuss painting an update....look at each other and say....nunhuh!

The table covering is actually a drapery panel from Dollar General [$5]....impervious to spills. When the Grands get hot chocolate or paint on it the washer....then dryer....comes out great!

 My centerpiece vignette is layered on an old silver serving tray [flea market $4].

The chalk ware rooster was another flea buy [$3].

The Spode plate was a gift. [It is a beauty isn't it].

 My maternal Grandmother picked up the sweet hunting dog overseas somewhere. Doesn't he look good in front of the hunting plate!

The ivy is in a wire basket [both from Michael's]

An amber faceted glass decanter is also in the wire basket behind the plate....the view from the back should be pretty, too!

Because it is on a tray the entire vignette can be moved quite easily!

Our buffet gets a lot of use during the holidays, so I leave room for all the different deserts that are going to be placed here. The drawers store loads of things, will maybe show you in a later post how this room doubles as an art studio as well.

Acorns, collected on one of our strolls thru the woods, make a beautiful surround for this birdhouse. Our family is in the habit of collecting things from nature. When you incorporate these treasures into your decor they bring incredible beauty and great memories as well!

This summer has been very eventful....June was great......started a lot of projects. [we are never smart enough to start one at a time...... that would be too easy]

July started out okay....mid way though....not so good.

One of our projects involved a roof, my sweetheart fell off the ladder....fractured his lower spine...herniated a disc....much pain! He is a very determined individual and is doing all his therapy...still lots of pain.

My brother passed away the end of July....very, very sad....

There were a few other challenges....won't bore you w/ details....we make plans....and life changes them...we can stop....throw a pity party....or go on....

I choose to go on....things changes...people change...One thing remains the same.

God is Faithful! Jesus is My Strong Tower....sooo thankful!


Whatever the challenges you face...... don't give up!

 There will come a change!

Just as the new season is upon us, there will be a new season in your life, too!

Embrace it!

I will be linking to these blog parties:

ClubG.W. at
DebbieDoo's Newbie Party
Masterpiece Monday at
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.blogspot
Motivated Monday at BeColorful
Show Off Your Cottage Monday at
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Tuesdays Treasures at
I'm aPinning Blogger at 5 Minutes for Me
The DIY Showoff 
Saturday Nite Special at
Think Pink at


Charm Bracelet Diva said...

What a lovely post, Audrey. Both visually and spiritually! Your home is beautiful and looks so welcoming for fall. I'm sorry to hear about your brother, and I'll keep your husband in my prayers. Thanks for sharing today!


Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I loved your post....I get it! or at least I try day to day.
Your decor is gorgeous. Love the rich colors.
Thanks for stopping by!!

Charlene said...

First time here, your post is beautiful! Love the color on the wall.

Bess said...

Beautiful autumn decor and vignette, Audrey! So sorry to hear about your and your family's trials. You have definitely been going through the fire, but you have a beautiful attitude. Bess

Mimi said...

Audrey, what a touching beautiful post. Your home is so lovely and warm and inviting as is your blog.
I am so sorry for all the trials you have faced this summer - especially the loss of your brother. Sending my thoughts and prayers your way.
You are one strong lady and I love your quote about the new season in our life. Thank you for that very much

Audrey said...

Thank you kind ladies! Your prayers and gentle comments are much appreciated! Audrey

Honey at 2805 said...

Your post is so touching, Audrey. It sound as if you have had a summer full of trials, but I'm sure you stand strong in your faith.

Your beautiful decor is warm and comforting and seem to reflect a warm heart.

Thanks for linking to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate your participation!

Toni said...

This is my first visit to your blog. Sorry to here about your husband. But, you are right pity party or get on with life. Always choose life. : )

Love all your touches of fall. Beautiful. The Spode plate and little dog are perfect together. I am your newest follower. Enjoy your weekend.

Alycia Nichols said...

Hi, Audrey! I think this is my first time visiting your blog. I try so hard to get to every single post on TT each week, but because I get interrupted by life it is very possible that I miss a few! :-) I am sorry to hear of your brother's passing. My brother was killed in a senseless motorcycle wreck about 12 years ago, and I still think about him all the time. I empathize with your husband as I suffer with back problems from a broken cocyx and herniated discs. I've been dealing with it for about 15 years, and I STILL have to go to physical therapy! I hate taking pain pills, so I just suffer through it most of the time. Like you said, life changes your plans and then you just throw yourself a little pity party (with a beautifully designed table and fabulous food, of course!) and then move on. Great idea with the drapery panel!!! Also a wonderfully practical idea to assemble your centerpiece on a moveable tray! Enjoy your weekend!

Ellen said...

My sympathies to you and your family. I feel your pain as I have lost 3 brothers at youn ages. And yes its ok to mourne and it just as OK to continue on enjoying life as best we can. I certainly hope your hubby is on the mend. I love your fall decorating and what a clever ide to put the decorations that go on a able on something that is easily tranfered. Smart woman.
Hoping the new season gives you a new start to more happiness.

Geneva said...

Enjoyed reading this post... you've done such a good job decorating and shown that it doesn't have to be expensive. Sorry to hear about your summer...but you're right " God is Faithful" You are an Encourager!

Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I just love your fall decor! I hope you will add your lovely metamorphosis to my Fall in Love linky party on Wednesday.

Until then, stop by and see the under $20 makeover I gave an ugly brass light fixture.

Happy Monday!

Nancy said...

I love the rich details and colors of your walls! Love that transfer ware looks like a French piece. I have the same rabbit painting and the same dog figurine you have on your table! Love your style!


Sherry said...

I love the war rich color in your home. I often use a tray or something moveable for a centerpiece because our table is so multipurpose. Thanks for the inspiration and reminder to keep going no matter the changes that come in to our lives. God never changes. I enjoyed my visit with you today.

Bobbie said...

Thank you for sharing your talents and your words of wisdom. All so true!! I hope healing is coming fast for your sweetheart and he is feeling better. Love all your fall vignettes they are just beautiful. Take Care, Bobbie

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Your colors are so rich and beautiful. You have a very inviting blog. I just became a follower. Thanks for visiting me, and for the lovely compliment.

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Such a beautiful post. I'm so sorry for all your pain, but you are doing what we all should learn from and do. Everything in your Fall decor is beautiful as are you!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Hello! This is my first visit to your blog. I am visiting from Nifty Thrifty Tuesday. What a great idea to use a drapery panel for a table cover. I will have to look at our local dollar store. I am so sorry to hear about your trials this summer. I hope your husband is on the mend.

Helen's Decor said...

Audrey, I am a new follower and hope you will come follow my blog, too. I'm loving your cottage and your road looks like my mountain road, too. Aren't those "country roads" inviting and don't they just yell out that "you're home?"

Thanks for the post.

Natasha in Oz said...

How lovely to meet you and to find this lovely blog! This post was beautiful on so many levels; I love your positivity in your words!

I look forward to lots more visits over here in the future.

Best wishes,

Life with L said...

I'm so sorry to hear you and your family have been going through so much. Life certainly has it's challenges.
Please except my sympathies on the loss of your brother.
I lost my younger sister about 7 years ago. Keep your memories close.
Your Fall decor is delightful! Love the paint color.
It's always fun when we find bargains.
Take care...I am your newest follower. Linda

Jo's This and That said...

Love your fall decor.Thanks for sharing,JoAnn

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

So sorry to hear about your brother passing and your husbands injury. You have a very good attitude and I can see you are putzing along. Your Fall decor is beautiful. thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Audrey, Thank you for sharing your pretty vignette at the Open House party. I love the spode plate and the dog is adorable. I am so sorry that you and your family have been going through such a tough time. Take care.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there~ Your vignette is just beautiful. I am sorry to hear about your brother and your rough times lately. Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday.

Erin of said...

Hi Audrey, Your fall decor is beautiful. I am sorry to hear about your family trials. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

I would love for you to share your post at my Freshmen Friday linky party for newer bloggers at:

I am a new follower!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...