Lately we’ve been celebrating fall in our new Lowcountry home. The completion of our house was extended, then extended some more in the summer of 2021. We finally moved in two days before Thanksgiving, nearly one year ago. The last few weeks of fall were spent unpacking and scrambling to get ready for Christmas. This year, I’ve been able to create and decorate for autumn for the first time in our new home. It has always been my favorite time of the year.
I chose Winecountry as the paint color for our front door. The yellow sunflowers pop against the door and the Rocky River paint color of our home’s exterior.
While in transition last year, we lived in a tiny third floor apartment. During that time I painted the Upcycled Pumpkin Percolator beside the welcome sign. I would love to paint more fall characters on percolators, but vintage models in good condition like the avocado green one above are difficult to find.
The metal rockers are part of a vintage set we found in a thrift store last year. We left the chipped patina on the front porch chairs, but my husband painted the coordinating glider on the back porch a dark brown color, to match the dark wicker loveseat and egg chairs.
Dogs and Football are the Themes for Fall
The fall themes for this year are dogs and football. I’ve been busy making snacks, watching all of the big games, and petting my dog, of course.
The DIY Hello Fall Pillow Covers were made in 2019. The amber glass in the 1960s American eagle lamps are similar in age to the amber and green glass on top of our 100 year-old china cabinet. I collect American made glass from the 1960s and 1970s because it reminds me of my childhood.
In the family room, the football decor is continues down the stair rail and on the mantle. I was going to buy two Heisman Trophy replicas I saw at Hobby Lobby, but thought displaying the statues might be taking the theme a little too far. I’ve been slowly collecting my “Pilgrimware” from Publix. Now we have two Pilgrim shaker sets, a tray, a bowl, and four napkin holders.
Adding Touches of Fall to the Kitchen
It’s fun to add small seasonal touches to my wired spice rack. The framed needlework is the same style as the Primitive Halloween Centerpiece on the round industrial shelf that holds our travel mugs.
The football in the bouquet pairs perfectly with the DIY SEC Football Table Runner. I bought the pumpkins for a Family Fun Fall Tablescape several years ago. Pulling out projects from the past reminds me of where I’ve been, and helps me to consider where I want to go from here.
The plaid tablecloth goes well with the cobalt and persimmon color scheme in the family room. I kept the leopard pumpkins when I dismantled our fall wreath from last year.
Our Master Bedroom is My Sancuary
My husband recovered my formerly-stained vanity seat with a large cactus print upholstry before we moved in. I love the bold colors and big shapes. It adds something unexpected to the furniture grouping in that corner.
Midcentury style reigns in the master bedroom.
The master bedroom is a reflection of my folk art heart. The painted hope chest was a Christmas gift from my husband when we were newly married. It’s been painted several colors over the years. Vintage lamps, original art, a 1930s vanity, a midcentury bed and dresser, crocheted afgans, plenty of books, and framed needlework fill the room.
The Back Porch is a Special Place
Faux greenery, a Christmas cactus, and various succulents rest nicely beside one another. I like to sit in the big egg chair and drink coffee and write in my journal. During the fall and Christmas season we drape lights along the porch roof. At night I gaze at the twinkling lights and dream about the future.
When we first moved in, the back porch was persimmon and cobalt like our family room. As time went on, I didn’t like the persimmon/orange vibe for outside. It seemed to compete, rather than fit in with the outdoor surroundings. So, I donated the orange egg chair cushion and bought a seafoam/spa Sunbrella one instead. Now the porch has a calming blue and green coastal feel that pairs well with seasonal color. I ordered the faux boxwood wreath on the back door from Amazon for $10. All I have to do is change the bow for each season. Right now, the wreath is wearing a sunflower ribbon to go with the outdoor sunflower pillows and welcome sign on the wall.
The cobalt blue flower pot on the top shelf is larger than the flower pots I usually paint, but brings a flash of bright color to the sublime space. The Blue Fall Hand Painted Flower Pot on the second shelf was inspired by a trip to the At Home store when we were buying bedding and rugs for my daughter’s dorm in the fall of 2019. You can see the painted likeness of my dog beside the blue and orange pumpkins. Just a side note-When you think back to the pre-covid days of 2019, doesn’t it seem like everything has changed so much since then? We could have never predicted what was just around the corner.
I love the gorgeous view from the back porch. Many days, the ibis birds start on one side of the field and work their way to the other side, eating worms and bugs along the way.
I hope you enjoyed Celebrating Fall in Our New Lowcountry Home!
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