Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Decorating for Fall

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When you have a home that is so summery like mine it's a challenge to decorate with fall colors! I decided to just decorate my dining room table this year. I started with a birdbath that I filled with spanish moss and then filled with dried hydrangeas.

I added some berries and the long trailing mossy stuff which I bought at Michaels. You can click on the photos to see it close up. The birdbath sitting in the middle of the table looked really bare so I added the other items you see.
The birdbath was given to me by my landlord, the birdcage is from my mom and the hydrangeas from my former mother-in-law. I sure do have a lot of generous women in my life, don't I?
I just happened to find a birdbath online just like this one if anyone is interested just click here.
Also, a couple of you asked how Judy dries her hydrangeas. She hangs them outside, upside down from her covered patio. If you live in a humid climate this might not work so well though.
Tomorrow I'll show you what I have done so far with the cabinet.
You can see more fall decorating ideas on Melissa's blog ~ The Inspired Room.


Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

I have a similar birdbath that I found at Home Goods.

There are to large bushes of Hydrangeas across the street. I think I'll go over and cut some to dry them .

We need a weather change for us fall lovers. The warm weather is for the birds.


Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

It's awful hard to do the fall decorating early in NH because that means winter and snow is not far behind. But we have leaves changing already so I guess it's time for me to break out the great stuff I have for fall.

Pink Slippers said...

Wow, With Mom's and former Mom's I'm not surprised. But a landlord? That is so sweet of her to think of you. I have so many hydrangeas but I live right on the coast in Ventura county. It almost always has a marine layer. Every morning the outside is damp. Can't wait to see the cabinet tomorrow.

Joanne Kennedy said...

I guess it would be hard to combine the fall colors with your summery cheerful apt. Never thought of that. I think the other seasons would be easy as winter colors go great with white and spring is always bright and cheerful.

But you did a great job. I have lots of hydrangea bushes but I never dry them. I'm not much for dried flowers. Everytime I have them they just end up falling apart and getting dusty and look bad.

I don't know why. I just don't have luck with them.


Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I love this arrangement~!

Shelley Jo said...

I live in the south and have dried hydrangeas before --- just stood them up in a vase without water and they dried all by themselves!

Janet said...

I pick the hydrangeas when the flowers feel "leathery", now in Massachusetts, and put them in a vase with about a half inch of water. When they finish drinking the water they dry nice as can be.


Brown-Eyes said...

Thanks for another beautiful idea from your bank of creativity!
;-) Bo

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Very pretty! It's a challenge to incoprate orange into my decor (so I don't do orange pumpkins and all that). But I love the hydrangeas (I cut some from my garden this am.) It's still pretty hot here so I just can't work up the enthusiasm to get any fall stuff out just yet :-)


Bettsi said...

That looks beautiful! A color that I think would be very pretty in your home would be a soft muted ginger color. Soft fluffy throw, needlepoint pillows- could be very cute!

Anonymous said...

Everything looks great!

Now if the weather would just starting moving towards the fall season!

Anonymous said...

So nice! You are quite creative and I really do enjoy your blog. I was hoping you wouldn't dwell in that blog block for long!

Blessings to you,

Brenda Kula said...

For someone who didn't think they had fall in them, you sure did a damned good job of getting that tablescape just right!

Debbie from NJ said...

Beautifully done Cindy. Thanks for sharing where we can find a birdbath like that. yes, it is a challenge to decorate for fall when we love all the pretty pastel stuff.

lisa said...

Cindy ~

Love your table, it's gorgeous.


Suzann said...

Love the new blog look! I have been afraid to "decorate" my home in any specific way because I feared not being able to decorate seasonally. But, seeing how just that small touch of the fall colored flowers added so much "fall" feel to your space, I'm
inspired to be daring as I venture into my decorating projects now.
Thanks for the flower drying tips too.

salmagundi said...

The whole table is just beautiful! Looking forward to seeing what you did with the cabinet. Sally


Hi Cindy,
Love it!!! I can't wait to see that cabinet.(:

Jean said...

I love your table for Fall, Of course whatever you put on the table is always great.
Jean in Virginia

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Love the new "blog look" very Cindy Romantic.... the blues are so pleasing to the eyes.... I have the same problem with fall....but I love your solution....

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Cindy, you did a great job of incorporating fall into your decor! Your table looks really pretty & festive!

Thanks so much for being a part of Fall Nesting Week! I cannot believe all the amazing ideas everyone is sharing!


Suzann said...

Okay, NOW your new layout is there. It is AMAZING!! Absolutely stunning. WOWEE.

Mary said...

So pretty, and so "Cindy!" And you certainly do have some great women in your life!

Love your new header -- it's beautiful!

Northwoods_hippie said...

Here is an easy way to solve a decorating delema that I've not seen used anywhere else...

I have a red couch. I am able to decorate for all seasons or holidays around it. I just throw colored pillows or color cordinated throw blankets on it. For example... Pink and red throw pillows on the red couch for Valentines day. Rose patterned accesories for Summer. Blue and white added for July 4th. Orange and brown for Autumn or Thanksgiving. Green of course to go with the red couch for Christmas.

I enjoyed peeking at your blog and appreciate all of your hard work in putting it out there for us to view. You mentioned the women in your life. As a reader, I'm curious and must ask; What do the men in your life think of your romantic home?


Angela said...

I LOVE your new web design!! How exciting!! It's so neat, very tastefully done.

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

Love your blog makeover. And your fall decor is wonderful with your look!


Anonymous said...

I love the colors of the Hydrangeas.
I can imagine a pale purple and amber, or warm yellow candles in your grouping.


restyled home said...

Since I share a similar colour scheme with you, I was excited to see how you handle the whole fall colour scheme in a predominantly blue home.

Needless to say, you handle it with style!!

Love your blog makeover!!

Idaho Quilter said...

Love your tablescape any time of the year, I can't wait to see what you did with the cabinette. Sorry but I prefered the previous header, this si a beautiful design though. And who am I to talk I could sure use a make over on my blog, I need to visit your friend Amber.

Jacqui G said...

Hi Cindy,
Your home looks so lovely, I'm sorely tempted to scrap every color in my house and make it all white!
Just a quick question - on a piece of furniture like this, do you use a semi- or high gloss paint? And do you always prime it or is it easier to distress if it is unprimed?
Thanks for sharing so much of your expertise with us. I found your site only a few days ago, and now I'm hooked!

Kathysue said...

Hi Cindy, I am with you. I find it hard to decorate with fall colors because my house is in spring colors. I usually use white pumpkins, dried pomagranites, grapes and soft green leaves. It is the hardest season for me. Your blog has inspired me. Thankyou for sharing. Kathysue[rms friend]

Meghan said...

That looks absolutely fabu!
Love it.

Will you come decorate my home?

Rue said...

That is absolutely GORGEOUS Cindy!! I am in love with this :)

You really do have some very generous womern in your life.

Happy Fall my friend!

Michelle, Queen of Everything said...

Those hydrangeas are unbelievable. Thanks for the tip: I've been drying mine just by sticking them in a vase and they are not that beautiful. I'll try the upside down thing while I still have a few blooming outside.


(I love that tablescape)

Patricia said...

Hydrangeas are the best. They also make a gorgeous wreath, just wire them onto a base (wire, straw, grapevine, whatever) Tie with a great big lace bow--ta da!


jeanne winters said...

Simply gorgeous!!! Perfect blend into your decor!