Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fall Arrives at Heart and Home

Hi everyone! I'm so glad you're here for Transformation Thursday sponsored by the Shabby Chic Cottage. I'm also joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch, for Tablescape Thursday, although this isn't a traditional tablescape (you can see some of those  here,    here, and here!) I'm also hooking up to Rhoda's Fall party at Southern Hospitality

I've been busy changing all the summer accessories for Fall.
Here's a view of the family room looking kind of  "beachy" before:



And here it is after,  looking ready for Fall:




The day I did this it was 100 degrees outside. It still felt like summer,


 

but I knew Fall was on it's way, and sure enough three days later the weather turned foggy all day and temperatures were in the 60's. My  favorite kind of weather: sweater and boot-wearing weather, no squinting, and foggy mornings which are great for the complexion and make my hair curl!

These suede cloth pillow covers and the leather and thick cotton feel cozy after spending a day outdoors.  BTW - have you guessed one of my favorite cities?  We haven't been back since our honeymoon 21 years ago, but someday..... (to view my truly favorite city go see this, and you can see it here, too!)



If you remember the coffee table transformation ( go see it here) I had a summer tablescape going, with sea shells and sea glass. It was time to put out a wool runner, and some scented pine cones and candles for warmth, along with a few of my favorite interior design books.




 I added a few soft, warm throws, and now it's even more cozy and comfortable in here!




I like how everything I have in my home works well in any room I choose. I've read this in design books over and over:  if you buy what you love, you'll always find a way to use it, and it will work with everything else you own. I've found that to be true, and every time I move my stuff around I appreciate that I love stuff that's not too heavy!!



I  have a big closet where I keep candles and candle holders, and little accessories and wreaths and things. It's fun to dig through there and see what I haven't used in awhile. It's like going shopping, without leaving home. These bee's wax candles burn slowly, and have a heavenly, natural honey scent. They smell good enough to eat!









The sunlight through this tortoise-shell patterned vase glows amber, and the dried wheat adds a lot of texture to the table top arrangement. I think it looks very "Fallish" in here now. With the temperature dropping I'm ready to build a fire in the fireplace, and cozy up with a good book and a nice hot cup of tea. That's my way of relaxing after spending the afternoon doing some serious antique browsing and junk shopping - one of my favorite Fall activities. I'm sure many of you would agree....





Remember, there are only a few days left to add a comment and be included in my Fabulous Giveaway. ( You can get more details here - and go here for a view of the prizes!)
Thank you for stopping by! I  truly appreciate it, and hope you'll come back often.
Until next time,
XO
Heidi

30 comments:

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

That looks gorgeous!

once in a blue moon... said...

very soothing~

Grits414 said...

Love the new look!! Great job! (and know what you mean about still hot temps...ours just now 'chilled off' at 75 but still....)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Amazing transformation -- love how you've changed the whole look with a little tweeking here and there.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Everything looks so pretty - nice change.

Lorrie said...

Isn't it amazing how accessories can transform a room? It all looks wonderfully autumnal! And I love Paris, too.

Lorrie

Embellished Bayou said...

So cozy! I love the wheat on the coffee table.

Sheri said...

Looks wonderful!!!!!

Diann said...

Very pretty!

Janie's World said...

Decorating for fall has a way of warming up the house and bring the cozy in. Beautiful.

Cynthia said...

Very inviting! Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Debbie @ The Shabby Bungalow said...

Wow that looks fab - such a difference - cosy and warm. Here in the UK we tend to stick with the same decor all year round although Christmas we all love to transform our rooms

Thanks for popping by my blog :)

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I just loooove that lampshade you have there...soooo neat! You can still keep a little bit of summer around with some starfish and shells...I keep them around all year long here on the coast. Come by for a visit sometime and look around. HAPPY FALL!

Blessings,
Linda

Bellamere Cottage said...

Oh, how cozy and welcoming. I could just get myself nice and comfy in that room! Perfect.

Blessings,
Spencer

PS....thanks for coming over and for your sweet compliment on my little chair. I'm having some good fun right now. :-)

Riet said...

So welcoming and friendly your home looks. Lovely pictures.

niartist said...

Oh this is just beautiful! Definitely a fantastic way to ring in fall! Oh, and if you're going to be doing any spooky Halloween decor, stop by my blog for a how-to and a giveaway! I hope you can!

Marie said...

Hello Heidi - wow, your Fall transformation looks fabulous! It's amazing what a few changes can do to the feel of a room. The Fall colored pillows and coffee table decor really warm things up! Thank you for sharing.

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Chari said...

Hello Heidi...

Autumn greetings!!! My friend, you have a beautiful home! I loved your "beachy" summer look but it was such a treat to see this beautiful space transformed before our very eyes...from the light summery feel to the warm, cozy ambiance of autumn!!! Love that big beautiful brown vase full of wheat...gorgeous! And I also like the look and feel of your little tray filled with the beautiful burning candles and tiny pinecones!!! I love your style! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely home with us today...what a treat!!!

I just visited your giveaway post...Congratulations on your second month of blogging! You have a delightful blog, my friend! I have added your blog to my list of blog follows...come by my place when you get a chance!!!

Warmest wishes and Happy Fall!
Chari

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hello, Heidi, thanks for joining the party & congrats on your blog giveaway. I hope you enjoy blogging as much as I have. I love your touches of Fall around the house, very pretty.

Cindy said...

Very nice, Heidi, everything looks so comfy and warm. What a switch in your weather. Enjoy the cooler temps! Hugs, Cindy S.

Brenda said...

I love that couch spot in front of the windows with all that natural light coming through. The candles with the pinecones are really pretty. You have a very cozy spot to curl up with your tea!
Brenda

Deanna said...

Autumn Blessings to you!
It was a pleasure to stop by and see what you were sharing for Tablescape Thursday.

Like getting so many ideas.
God Bless,
d from HomeHaven

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi sweet Heidi, thanks for coming to Bella Vista and your darling comment.

I love your home....so inviting and so very welcoming. Touchable and gorgeous!

Barb ♥

Allison Shops said...

I love your simple fall accents! Thank you for visiting AtticMag today. Hope you'll come see us often.

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Fabulous!!!

nannykim/spindle cottage said...

Nice transformation! Hope you get cooler weather---we finally have and I am enjoying having the widows open!

T's Daily Treasures said...

The seasonal changes you made to your home are simple and wonderful! Happy Fall to you!

pretty*pink*rat said...

I love the dried wheat! So simple but the texture is divine! Very homey :)

Sarah said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely fall touches. All is beautiful! ~ Sarah

REbekah said...

Looks GREAT, Heidi!!! So warm!! I love foggy days, too! They seem to be my most productive. As for it curling my hair...I already have big puffy cury hair. Foggy days are ponytail days for me!!! Thanks for posting the great inspiration!