Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fall Decorating and The Dining Room Revealed

I spent yesterday, the first day of Fall, arranging things around the dining room, getting it ready for the cooler months ahead.

Fall is such a cozy time of year and I feel like my decor reflects that change. In the summer, I find I enjoy things more airy and paired down - clean decluttered shelves, simple bouquets, light linens. Just open and fresh and light. But this changes in the Fall; cozy throws are scattered among the rooms, and candles are set out to invite us to cozy up. Colour and more natural elements are included; colouring leaves from changing trees, whimsical grapevine draped over the mantel, the rich colours of pumpkins, gourds and fresh picked apples. nuts and pine cones tucked here and there.

They all add so much warmth to the room.

As you can see, the room is no longer blue.

Everything has been brightened up with Simple White by Benjamin Moore.


Nests are displayed under glass cloches.

I loved the colour of these Maple leaves. It's such a rich green, with the golden brown keys.

Just easy cuttings tucked into a hanging basket - simple and yet beautiful.

And really, that was what I was going for. While I do enjoy a home that transforms with the seasons, I don't have boxes of stored seasonal decor. I prefer hints here and there.

Like this vine tucked on the mantel.

As you can see, I'm still hunting for a forth chair!

And you know that else, the off-centered mantel and mirror doesn't bother me in the slightest anymore! I just added a little weight on the other side and it visually balances it out.

I can't stand having to remove a million things from the table at meals. so I didn't go too crazy. The glass hurricanes can be seen through, And using the antique linen towel as a short runner means it doesn't get dirty. Ideally, I would love to have a full-length runner, but aside from having one made, I haven't found one long enough for the table. This was $20 at Christie's the other weekend.

I just picked a few gourds in muted tones.

I also kept the buffet simple.

Here I displayed a few of my favourite ironstone pieces.

This is a floor to ceiling built-in at the bottom of the staircase. It has six narrow shelves. I decided to group my brown transferware here.

And while it's not the dining room, here are just a few shots of the kitchen shelves. Again, just a few touches here and there.



  1. Absolutely gorgeous, Maria! I love every little detail, you have such a lovely home full of charm.

  2. So pretty! I love the thick casement window in the dining room. What a gorgeous detail. Going to get my pumpkins and mums here in an hour or two. Hopefully resisting the apple cider doughnuts...

  3. WOW! Beautiful dining room. The color is very fresh in the eye. I just loved it!

  4. Just beautiful Maria. Imagine the many Thanksgivings that have passed through those rooms, the smells waifing in the kitchen and the laughter shared around the table. The love of the home continues under your care.
    And thanks for sharing the table of ironstone I set up at the wonderful auction we did at the historic home in NOTL so many months ago. I'm so glad you found some pieces there to find a new place in your home...
    Susan x

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  6. Love how you decorate for the fall with natural elements...beautiful!

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  8. It's really nice to go home with a house like that. So neat and bright.


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