Late Autumn at the Cottage
Am I the only one who couldn’t part with their pumpkins just yet? I bet I’m not! I didn’t go overboard with the pumpkin purchasing for Fall, I did have a few pretty white pumpkins & baby boos that I wanted to put off saying goodbye to. I had gathered them all up and they ended up landing on the kitchen island. So I went with it and had some fun.
A reader had shared the cutest buffalo check runner that had a Fox on it, and of course I needed one! In my little town, I lucked out and found it at Ross. One of our only stores! I can’t believe they had it, because all the stores get different stuff. Anyhow, so I used my buffalo check Fox runner, and added a vintage crock in the center to kind of anchor everything. I’m using the same dried Eucalyptus from last year! Those stems just keep on giving.
I piled on the pumpkins, and this whole island top took me about 5 minutes to decorate! Sometimes things just fall into place like that and I didn’t fight it or fuss with it.
Oh, and the antlers are natural sheds – no Bambies were harmed to decorate.
Jim and I are working on project, and I leaned my vintage green screen up against the brick… well, it didn’t go unadorned for long. I added a wreath and kind of loved it.
Austin will be home for Thanksgiving, and though we will celebrate the big day at my sister in laws to accommodate my mother in law, I thought it would be nice to have a holiday table set here at home as well.
I don’t ever set a very formal table. I actually don’t have any formal dinnerware so there is that, but mostly we prefer a less fussy table at home.
I actually hadn’t planned on sharing this because it’s not really anything to terribly special, but I grabbed a few photos and figured maybe you’d like something simple.
I picked up the Turkey salad/bread plates at HomeGoods last year and I’m glad I got them out, even if we aren’t hosting. I love that you can go frugal and buy the smaller less expensive plates, and still get the look and feel of a set, while being able to add them to a simpler set or basics.
Are you hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year? Our first year we ever hosted Thanksgiving, we had 16 people attending! Boy was I nervous. In fact, I recall not even tasting the food at all. I was so busy playing hostess and making sure everyone else had what they needed and were enjoying themselves. It was a wonderful day!
Happy Autumn everyone. It’s the big breath before we dive into the busiest season of the year! And I dive head first into my holiday bins. I’m not sure exactly what the Christmas holiday will look like this year? I find that when I try too hard for a specific look, it does not work out well for me. haha. I do much better when I go with the flow.
So it’ll be a surprise to you & me when it’s all done and I share it.
You can catch a glimpse of the living room, and you might notice I moved a few things in anticipation of putting the big tree up this year! I’m crossing my fingers it all works. My living room is very tiny and there aren’t many furniture configuration options. I am patiently living with furniture that is too large for the room, and was from a different house. It’s finally starting to show some wear and I think it’s days are numbered. Santa will be bringing us a new wall for the house, so it’s not on the list this year. Maybe in the Spring? (wink wink)
PS: I wore my new glasses to take these photos and they seem pretty blurry to me? In fact I only used a few of them. I hope they look okay to you all! xo Shannon
- Dining Room Chandelier [here]
- Dining Table [similar here]
- Buffalo Check Rug [here]
- Buffalo Check Runner, plain [here]
- Sisal Rug [here]