Hello there ~

Happy October! After enjoying a bit of an Indian summer, it’s now looking and feeling more like fall in DC.

Have you added any seasonal touches to your home? I just brought in a few white pumpkins.Ten years ago, when I wanted these ghostly beauties I had to trek north to my favorite farmsteads in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Now, they and many other specialty pumpkins and gourds can be sourced locally at grocery stores and nurseries. I have a friend who even grew his own white pumpkins from seed. It’s fun to see how popular they have become.

Enjoy this tour of the shop as well as a few new arrivals! If you have questions about any of the following pieces, please email me at topiaryplants@gmail.com.

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I went to the market with my garden trug and . . .
. . . came back with just a few white pumpkins 🙂
Here is a trio on an antique English Wedgwood creamware platter.
The Belgian oak table has a bleached top over turned legs painted gray. The French armchair / fauteuil has been reupholstered in a quilted fabric from Nancy Corzine. Both pieces date from 1870-1900.
Traces of old paint and elegant carvings add texture to the simple frame. I can see this chair accenting a bedroom, library, living room, etc.
ABOVE: A sculptural Thonet bentwood table that would be charming as a small center table.
BELOW: A French cast iron urn as a catch-all for garden accoutrements. Mini white pumpkins would be cute in the urn as well.
This is a striking French round table with zinc base and marble top. The fretwork apron and scrolls on this sturdy table have such movement. Originally, there were castors so I wonder if this was a pastry or even a conservatory worktable?
This French or Swedish painted sofa recently came back from my upholsterer. I had it updated and simplified with a neutral linen fabric, flat tape trim, and single loose seat cushion filled with down and feathers. Note its channeled frame with beading and finials terminating in scrolls. The color is more of a French gray than Gustavian.
The pillow fabric is from Lisa Fine.
Here is a substantial steel and brass 43″ square coffee table with an inset glass top. The grid design resembles a basketweave pattern. It’s a piece that bridges classical and modern designs – even a bit industrial in spirit.
An English white-washed whatnot / etagere of useful size, this piece can hold books, china and even towels for a bathroom. I love the undulating lines!

On this 1900s kidney-shaped freestanding chest by the Danish firm of Lysberg & Hansen, from Copenhagen, is a pale Lumina pumpkin served on a French creamware platter.

The giltwood mirror with mercury glass and plaster decorations is French.

A diminutive Swedish Gustavian painted demi-lune table from the 19th century.

This Gustavian period window seat has been hand scraped to its early painted surface. During the process, iron reinforcements / braces were discovered – I love finding these tidbits which are a part of the piece’s history and character. The stool is newly upholstered in a silk damask by Claremont. Cording is by Samuel & Sons, and gimp trim is by Scalamandre.
Antique French creamware fruit compotes filled with Baby Boo pumpkins. The antique creamware covered soup tureen is also French.
The Swedish Baroque cabinet is an early piece from the 1740-60s. It would be great under a TV or as a buffet server.
So I guess the theme this year at Tone on Tone is pumpkins and creamware :)To see how I decorated in previous fall seasons, click on “autumn” on my sidebar under BLOG TOPICS.