Happy fall!During my drive to the shop this past Monday morning, I actually had the heat on. The season is, once again, changing. The parched landscape will soon be rehydrated and revitalized. Golden hues will be replaced by rich jewel tones. And it will be time to focus on fall decor. What do you do to welcome fall?

The entry is always an easy place to incorporate seasonal accents. You can change out the foyer rug / doormat, add a festive arrangement, hang a wreath, etc. None of those requires major effort or expense. Keep in mind, also, that those are seasonal, so have fun!

At our home, I’m keeping it natural and neutral. Guests are greeted by a wheat wreath in a subtle honey color. I gathered a few branches and twigs from the garden (and the mall 🙂 for a woodsy arrangement in a glass hurricane. For softness, stems of dried hydrangeas, especially Limelights with their autumnal rosy shades, would look pretty mixed with branches.

Our foyer is rather small with a low but charming barrel ceiling. The furnishings are simple and airy. Despite the room’s petite status, it’s appointed graciously with a large mirror to reflect light, a narrow console for guests’ belongings, and stools should someone need to remove muddy boots.

As soon as the weather cools off even more, white Lumina pumpkins will go out on the loggia. Come October, my collection of brown-and-white transferware will be back in action for fall entertaining. See them here. By the way, I am thinning my collection, and will be taking some of the transferware to the shop.

Speaking of the shop, the tone-on-tone fall theme continues there. For this Belgian bleached dining table in front of a wall of ironstone china, I created a centerpiece using Lumina and Baby Boo white pumpkins, naturally-shed antlers, dried hydrangeas, and votive candles – all in shades of pale!

With a monochromatic palette, there has to be texture to keep it from going flat. Notice the contrast of the creamy pumpkins against the driftwood-like patina of the oakwood. And how delicate the crepe-like hydrangeas look next to the antlers.Here are more photos of the 19th-century Belgian table. I’d love to see it in a kitchen for casual dining. Or perhaps as a desk in a study.

Now for something shocking: O R A N G E!

This antique American stables sign was calling for something vibrant. Cheerful pumpkins were perfect. Hand carved and painted on both sides in autumnal hues, this is just top quality signage. Over a mantel, it would add authentic farmhouse charm!

Here I’ve grouped the sign with a mix of antique and vintage items: English Victorian wirework plantstand, French watering can, ironstone china and factory stool. The oak branches with leaves are real! They’ve been preserved / sprayed.

Enjoy the cooler temps!