Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Decorating for autumn

You know by know I am sure that I love to decorate the house for any occasion, and although I haven't done anything for Halloween yet (because the box of stuff is still in the loft!) all of my autumn things are now out and about the house, so I thought you might like a little tour around with me!


The pumpkins are all plastic, terrible I know, but it isn't easy around here to find real ones (at least not in past years), so my collection of plastic ones do a good job, and in any case, real ones don't like living under glass domes!  The little fellow in the apothecary jar is a Christmas tree decoration really, but he looks cute in the jar for now.


These little dishes were bought on holiday this year and are tiny, just about 2 inches across I would guess, they have no purpose other than to look pretty!  Below is one of my pyrex bowls, I don't have any in autumn colours, but I think that the gooseberry pattern on this bowl does well enough for this time of year.



Does anyone know what these dried "fruits" are?  I thought when I bought the packet they were little tiny chillies, but when I took them out they seemed more like dried tomatoes.  It is a mystery, but they do duty for autumn and have a pumpkin feel.

The "red apples" in the dish below are candles that I bought years ago in a sale, they come in and out of their boxes every year at this time, but I never burn them.  The green hurricane lamp has a pear candle, there used to be two of them, but I burned one, it didn't burn well, that is why I decided not to burn any of the other fruit candles.  I also have some orange ones that look like pumpkins as I have never seen orange apples, but I didn't use them this year.



This is my dining table before I added my autumn mandala.  The apples are plastic again I'm afraid, but they come out year after year!  I guess for me autumn decorating is a sort of harvest theme as much as anything, combined with a few leaves here and there - as you have already seen!



This is the table with my mandala added!  The little niche in the picture below is a "serving hatch" that goes through to the kitchen.  We never use it as if it is uncovered there is a howling draught from the kitchen.  When we moved here there was a really big (about 2 feet by 3 feet) hole through the wall to the kitchen which we filled in.  I didn't want to have anything, but I was talked into this, and now I wish it wasn't there.  Perhaps one day it will get filled in!  In the meantime I make use of it as a place to decorate!



Of course you have already seen the fireplace with my bunting and wreath!  I am still enjoying looking at it.



Once I add my Halloween items (I only have a few) things will look different again so no doubt I will bore share them with you, I haven't changed things up around the front door too much yet either, but I will do that in the next week or so.  Just like gardening never being done, decorating is never done for me as I am always tweaking or adding and changing!  Never happy to leave well alone some would say.....

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Today I am contemplating various things and feeling rather sad, not for myself, but for various other people.  I want you all to know that you are good people who deserve only the best things to come to you.  It is my sincere wish that only the best will come to you and that whatever else the change of seasons bring it will bring a new season of joy and love to your life.

Amy

55 comments:

  1. Hi Amy,
    Thanks for your lovely comment at the end of your post and I wish the same to you..
    Your Autumn displays are lovely and very pretty. I don't have much Autumn items just pumpkins and conkers.. However Halloween is my thing and I will start on my display soon.
    Take care
    Mx
    http://michellemakeandbake.blogspot.com

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  2. I'm sorry you're feeling sad today, Amy. I feel sad for other people quite often, it's probably my biggest issue in life as an adult. But I have a happy life and it seems like you do too, so we should both concentrate on that. Your fall decor looks great. I didn't have a chance to comment on your mandala yesterday but it's really pretty and the colors are perfect. I think you did a great job with it. I hope you have a good day.

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  3. Looks great Amy. I'm trying to persuade my husband to build me a porch for autumn displays. It's not going well!

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  4. Thanks you so much for the heart fealt good wishes to us all. It's lovely to see your autumn decorating. I'm afraid I don't change things much in our house for the different seasons - except at Christmas. I have some nice autumn leaves in a vase - does that count?

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  5. It all looks beautiful Amy. I really like those coasters in the picture with the apple candles....x

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  6. I get thinking about things too, and it makes me so thankful for the blessings in my life. I hope you too find joy and happiness in the seasons ahead. Your decorations are all looking great, we are putting up some halloween ones tonight (its never too early) and I have some fall ones out at the minute. Should take some pics to share. I wonder what those little squashed dried things are, look like tomatoes. :)

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  7. Your decorating looks so nice. Love all your ideas.

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  8. I love all your decoration AMy, I love!
    Dont worry about plastics fruits dears look beautiful if you put in real in these beaitiful glass domes sometimes the fruits.. you know .) A big hug dear.
    BTW In christmas a Ihave some apples like these and I love to decor with them:)

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  9. Your Autumn displays are beautiful, it has all come together beautifully. Your comment at the end was lovely, from the heart.

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  10. I like to have some Autumnal things around me at this time of year too. My local grocer sells unusual gourds. I may pop along tomorrow and buy some. Autumn has finally come to St Ives. The weather is changing, and I am now in boots instead of flip flops.And I echo the sentiments above. You are indeed a thoughtful and lovely person. Leanne xx

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  11. It all looks fabulous. I have to confess that I don't do much decorating at all, perhaps I should as I think yours looks wonderful.

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  12. Hello Amy

    I love your Autumn home, real or plastic decorations they are brilliant, and everything blends so well together.
    Thank you also for your lovely end comment.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  13. Looks very fall like - love all the little jars and details, Amy!

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  14. Your decorations are lovely. I'm sorry you are feeling sad, I hope tomorrow is a better day.

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  15. Your house looks pretty! All of the pumpkins are cute as can be!

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  16. It's all looking good, I like those coasters too, the ones Em Parkinson mentioned! I don't do anything for any seasonal events really, as Dave and I don't have our own house (we're living with my parents :( ) but I might do if we ever manage to have our own place, with a loft to store things in! I do fill the fruit bowl with 'treasures' I collect while I'm out though, so that's a sort of seasonal display.

    Your final comment was lovely :)

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  17. Your home is looking lovely - very welcoming and warm. x

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  18. You have some sweet fall decor and a great theme going on with apples. Faux are just as nice as real and don't spoil! lol I don't do Halloween here and once Remembrance Day comes around on Nov. 11 I'll be thinking about Christmas.

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  19. Are the mystery fruits tomatillos?
    The sentiment you sent us all is lovely...thank you.
    Jane x

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  20. Lovely decoration - I especially like the two pumpkin casseroles on your table !
    Ps - don't feel sad - life is too short to be sad...

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  21. Beautiful Amy, you have a stunning collection of decorations and your glassware is sparklelicious,!! xx

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  22. YOur house look so beautiful and festive. I decorated myself this past weekend and love it. I also love your mandala, don't be sad my friend, there is much to be grateful for.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  23. It all looks very autumny, Amy. I'm pretty sure "autumny" isn't a word but it should be!

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  24. How lovely your house is looking, I love your autumn decorations. The pumpkin pots on the table are wonderful. Thank you for your lovely wishes, I wish the same to you. I do hope the feeling of sadness passes very soon Amy. Sending you a cyber hug. CJ xx

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  25. Pretty decorations, sorry you are feeling sad, wishing you happier soon and all the good things of Autumn time
    Clare xx

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  26. I love all your little touches of autumn! Don't beat yourself up on using plastic pumpkins - especially under glass. They look just fine! The mandala on your table is beautiful. And how adorable are those little dishes? I think they'd be perfect for little snacks like nuts or pieces of chocolate. ;-) I think your little orange fruits may be persimmons.

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  27. I love your decorating, all the items are so well placed and beautifully themed. I really wish I was as organised as you. You've left a very cryptic comment and I am happy to be one of the recipients of your kind lovely wishes but I sincerely hope you are ok. I'm so sorry you are feeling sad and hope this resolves or passes. I also reflect your kind and supportive wishes right back at you too pal.

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  28. Oh my gosh ....that ornament is so darn adorable. I see he likes his "starring role" in the jar!

    I'm guessing the dried fruit might be persimmons. Your home looks lovely. I can't wait to see your Halloween decorations. :-)

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  29. Your home looks so pretty and welcoming with all all your lovely decorations. You have decorated it so nicely!

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  30. You have a great collection of Autumn themed pieces Amy, and your displays are lovely. I must have missed the fireplace with the wreath and bunting which look fabulous. The mandalas are the perfect touch to tie it all together.

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  31. It's all so beautiful! I love the wreath, and the mandalas! And the garland on the mantlepiece, in fact I love it all! xx

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  32. Your mandala looks lovely on the table. A gorgeous mix of rich colours xx

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  33. Hi Amy
    Your Autumn decorating looks lovely - pumpkins galore - those little ones are cute!

    Thank you for visiting my blog - I started following you quite a while ago!
    I'll be back soon for your halloween update - your wreath is lovely!
    Take care
    Shane

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  34. Lovely Amy, very seasonal and cheering. I love autumnal colours even though, like you, I always feel sad at this time of year as summer finally disappears:)

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  35. Love your autumn theme Amy, especially those little pumpkin dishes. I think your dried fruit might be Sharon fruit (a variety of persimmon) - they make a lovely display whatever they are! Hugs.
    Jane xx

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  36. It's all so very pretty. Your fireplace looks lovely, and the mandala looks great with all the additions.
    Happy Autumn! X

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  37. I love decorating for the seasons. N x

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  38. It looks very inspirational and homely. And I really like your glass domes. Anna x

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  39. I have had my house decorated for fall since September 1st. I love pushing a favorite season. Love the oranges and reds in your decorating....so homey!!

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  40. You've decorated beautifully, Amy, and I love your plastic pumpkins! xxx

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  41. I love your decorations, you have the cutest ones. I also love Pyrex and wish I had many more pieces, as it is, I have one small one and that's it. lol

    As for your last comment, I am sorry you're feeling sad and I want you to know that I appreciate you so very much, you have always been the sweetest with me and constantly giving me words of encouragement. I thank you for that, and in turn, I am praying for you and wishing you lots of smiles and happiness. :)

    Hugs,
    Sandra

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  42. Very nice job of decorating for the autumn season! It all looks so pretty, but I especially love the bunting. This is a wild guess about the fruits, but could they possibly be dried persimmons?

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  43. Hope all is well with you and those you care for. You've done a beautiful job of decorating for Autumn, love the little ceramic pumpkins.

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  44. Your seasonal decorations are lovely. Sarah x

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  45. how lovely, love the wreath and garland! I'm going to decorate our mantle this week, though I'll have to find somewhere else for the baby cards! x

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  46. Beautiful Amy. This has reminded me to get on with my own Autumn decorating. P x

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  47. Nice to mark the changing seasons in such a way!
    There is a lot of orange going on, and I love it, I find it cheerful - hope it cheers you, too!
    Thanks for your heartfelt comment!
    Enjoy Autumn!!!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  48. It all looks lovely Amy, you are a true homemaker! it can be difficult sometimes but I try to focus on things I can change for the better instead of worrying about people and things that are beyond my control. Sending you a big hug. xx

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  49. Thanks for dropping by my post for breast cancer awareness. Your autumn decor is lovely and I'm wondering if the little red dried fruits could be persimmons?
    You finished this post with heartwarming words and I hope the people for whom you feel sad are brightened by your thoughts of them.

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  50. Your autumn decorating is very pretty Amy.
    Marianne x

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  51. I can't decorate to save my life, so it's nice to see pictures from someone who can. Great job.

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  52. I don't know how you do it! Always changing for the seasons and making everything look so lovely.

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  53. Just found your blog, hello! I love your autumn decorating x

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