It’s a fall home tour! Don’t you love home tours? Me too! And since fall is my very favorite season and Lancaster County does fall so beautifully I get a little crazy and excited to see homes decked out in autumnal finery! Come on in I’ve been waiting for you!
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This post is L-O-N-G and has tons of tips and designer secrets and pictures to help you decorate your home for fall too! Enjoy!
Today is part one of my Tanglewood FALL TOUR! And the FALL HOME TOUR continues HERE with part 2!
These ladies have worked so hard to organize us and bring you a gorgeous fall home tour! Make sure you stop by and say “thank you”!
A special fall welcome if you are coming from Shiplap And Shells! And whatever reason you have shown up on my doorstep I am so thrilled you are here!
Let’s start right here in the foyer!
The Tanglewood foyer is very long! 22 feet long! But right near the front door, there is a small area to drop your bags and sit if you want! And read a blessing too! Everybody needs a blessing, right!
I love to decorate for fall! And one of the ways to make decorating easier is to use repeated things or elements throughout my home. You will see lots of fall elements repeated here like the little pumpkin above.
We have fields of white pumpkins here. So I get them by the box full!
You will also see lots of what I call “blond” decor like the bleached-leaf wreath below.
Repeating elements throughout your home is a tip you might want to tuck away and take with you!
Before every season I inventory all my stash and decide what I can use and what I can cull out! This is a hugely important first step in any decorating!
Then I choose a color palette. This is so helpful! A color palette is another way to create a cohesive look in your home!
This year’s fall color palette is white/blond/brown/gold. With a little bit of green too! But just a little!
Here’s my foyer table. Can you see why I added a bit of green to the color mix! Right outside my front door is a huge bush of these gorgeous fall-saturated hydrangeas. I just had to use them for the tour!
I adore hydrangeas and the way they change from summer to late fall! These beauties went from white to white and pink and now they are green tinged with a bit of pink and sepia!
I have an easy way to dry hydrangeas so they look lovely for a long time. You might like to check out HOW TO DRY HYDRANGEAS THE EASY WAY.
Did you notice these darling green striped mini gourds. I found them at the Amish greenhouse down the road. They were 20 cents a piece. I think they are “tour worthy” don’t you?
I’m heading back to the Amish greenhouse later today to see if I can find out the name of the gourds and get more. I’ll post the name if I find out.
Update: I just came back from my favorite Amish greenhouse and brought home more white pumpkins and found out those little green gourds are called “spinning tops”. And they do spin!
Now you can see why I added a bit of green to my fall color palette! The green hydrangeas show up again in my kitchen and in our master bedroom this fall too.
And I almost forgot, I did add a tiny bit of orange too. You will see.
Just a side note, our home decor features both real and faux white pumpkins this fall. I’ve painted many faux pumpkins over the years! All my old orange pumpkins are now white pumpkins with the magic from a paintbrush and a taddy bit of tinted wax. They look pretty real!
You can see HOW TO PAINT PUMPKINS WHITE HERE and get my number one secret for making a faux pumpkin look real! You won’t believe how easy it real-ly is!
After deciding on a color palette I “shop my house” for things that might work for fall like pillows and throws and containers and vases and candles and more!
This pumpkin pillow is a hold over from last year! I’m usually not too fond of motif pillows but this burlap painted and embroidered pillow is just so unique.
You can see it HERE. There are only a few left. My readers like it as much as I do!
Fall is the best time to use gorgeous naturals! Again both real and faux!
The foyer opens up to the great room. So let’s go there next!
The middle of October will be one year that we have been living here at our Tanglewood home.
Honestly, I’m still getting used to how to photograph this open concept home. And because it is such a bright house finding the perfect time of day to photograph is still hit or miss!
One of the biggest and most helpful decorating tips I can give you is to take pictures of what you decorate in your home. It will tell you…
- what you have
- what is working
- what you need
- what you need to change
- and more!
Your phone’s camera is another eye when you decorate!
Here’s an overhead view of the great room from the the stairs.
Every season, no matter what home I have lived in, I always put a wreath on the front door and decorate my mantel first!
Decorating my mantel rings in the new season or holiday and has become a much loved ritual!
The “gather” sign above the mantel fits the season! You can see it HERE.
Here’s a mantel decorating tip for you… decorate not only the mantel but carry your decor down to the hearth.
A mantel is usually the focal point of the room so you want to give your eyes something to look at as they travel over the whole area.
If you want to know more about FOCAL POINT TIPS FOR CREATING BEAUTIFUL ROOMS go HERE. This post will break down the interior design concept into easy to understand doable portions you can do in your home today!
Isn’t this big jar of pumpkins and branches fun? Here’s where I added just a bit of orange to my fall decor. I found these branches locally and knew they would be a pretty addition to my fall decor!
Most people don’t LOVE orange decor. But here’s a trick to make orange look gorgeous.
Use lots of white and add just a little bit of orange. It works perfectly every time! Easy-peasy! See if you can spot where I also used this trick in the great room.
This fall I styled an asymmetrical mantel. The visual weight on one side of the mantel is heavier than the other! I love symmetry but this year I wanted to do something a little more daring! I blame it on the orange berry branches!
One of the best ways to become a better decorator is to know about the decor element of balance. You can see a very helpful post about BALANCE IN DECORATING HERE.
To the left of the mantel is a white buffet. It’s a big piece of furniture! It is perfect for the big tall wall!
The buffet is simply decorated with a lamp, nesting baskets, and a couple of candlesticks circled with some bittersweet brambles. And of course a little two-pound white pumpkin!
Because I’ve lived in Lancaster County for so long I’m pretty good at guessing the weight of a pumpkin just by looking at it! Of all the things to be good at!
The chunky white candlesticks on the buffet have been in my decorating stash for over a decade! They have a presence without being overbearing. It’s really all about visual weight!!!!
These candlesticks are the same height but they would look boring next to each other. So elevating one make for a much more interesting look!
Books make the best risers! You can see them used in a few places around the room.
Burlap covered books are my favorite risers! So textural without adding a lot of visual weight!
You can see how to COVER BURLAP BOOKS HERE. And you can still read them.
And see WHAT IS VISUAL WEIGHT AND HOW TO USE IT WHEN YOU DECORATE HERE. This is one post that will help you understand how to decorate! It’s a must-read!
Here’s looking into the great room at the buffet from the dining area. The fireplace is behind the column.
Our little cat loves the basket under the table!
Because of fall’s amazing glorious bounty I tend to use a heavier hand when decorating for the autumnal season!
One designer secret when using a lot of seasonal decor is to keep a tight color palette. This will keep the decor from looking cluttered!
I’m a huge fan of bringing the outdoors in!
The coffee table holds a big rough hewn round bowl filled with brambles, pumpkins, willow balls, mini Indian corn, dried sunflower heads, braided husk pumpkins, leaves, berries, mini gourds and brambles.
This is what fall means to me!
Beautiful fall! Jumbled up in a bowl! These are the things I see as I travel the country roads of my beloved Lancaster County in the fall!
Look for a post soon about how to fill dough bowls!
The pedestal table holds a clear bottle vase with faux seed pods in it. I love to use lots of texture for fall decorating! And mixing different textures makes for very pretty decor!
Gourds are such interesting vegetables! These dried gourds add to the golden palette of my fall decor! Isn’t that big gourd magnificent? It has been left to dry naturally!
The Curlacue chest is tucked in the corner of the great room. It was once the focal point of my living room at the StoneGable house. But here it feels too petite (although it’s a nice size) to work on one of the tall walls in the Tanglewood home.
But it does not seem to mind not being the center of attention any longer!
This chest seems to exude beauty no matter where I put it! I fell in love with the Curlacue (that’s how it is spelled) the first time I saw it and I think I love it even more today!
There is a bleached leaf wreath hanging on the round mirror above the chest. It’s just like the one that hangs on the vertical coat hook in the foyer. And there is also the same wreath bend upon itself and tucked into a basket on the hearth of the fireplace above.
When I see something I know will work with my home I tend to buy several of them. At Christmas, evergreen sprigs can be added to this blond wreath and I know it will work with my decor and colors.
I can use them at Thanksgiving on a tablescape under dinner plates for a very pretty look!
I’m sure I’ll use these wreaths in many ways for many seasons here at Tanglewood!
Decorating should always be a process no matter the season or holiday! Do a little bit of planning and then decorate one thing at a time. Decorating is not a race.
Start with one small space. Decorate it and then do a little more. Curate your look and use what you love!
And most of all enjoy your home and the amazing gift of fall!
Hobbes (who never misses a photo opportunity) and I thank you for visiting today! Now please head over to Dabbling And Decorating, your next stop of our FALL HOME TOUR.
And please stop by for my FALL TOUR PART 2 HERE! I’m sharing the dining area, KITCHEN (almost done) and the sunroom!
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