Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Changing with the seasons


My summer decorating tends to be of the... taking away... style.  As the days have shortened and the weather grown cooler, I brought out some items from the closet and did some "decorating by switching" from one room to another.


The rather large tapestry style pillow on the blue chair was one of the items which had been stored through the summer.  It adds a touch of light to a dark room, as well as cozy-ness.  :)


The beautiful basket with dried flowers was a surprise gift from my husband.  He saw it at the Feast in one of the tents where people were taught how to make dried flower arrangements, they also had some for sale.

It was very inexpensive (especially compared to what one would pay elsewhere) and we both loved the basket and the arrangement.  I was so surprised when he said he wanted to buy it and we'd "switch around the budget" when we arrived home.


I spend a lot of time in this room in cold weather, as it is my favorite place to read... on the sofa... which means this is my view.  Unless I am looking straight ahead and then I only see the other (full) bookcase.

We have bookshelves in every room but these are the tall shelves which at one time stood on either side of a fireplace in our former house.


I tweaked the top of the buffet cabinet, making it even more autumnal, by bringing in candlesticks from another room and switching the silk flowers from the table to these candlesticks.  I also added another tea cup from my collection.  I like this much better than it was before.

One of the first things my daughter taught me from her interior design classes was the need for a "vertical element".  That is what this display was missing before but with the addition of the candlesticks... it is complete.

Once again, sorry for having to use a flash but when one lives at the edge of a forest and has a large front porch... the light in this room is limited.  :)

All pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them... but then you will see I have not dusted in awhile.

12 comments:

allisamazing said...

I love the top of your buffet cabinet. Beautiful :) ~Alana~

Mrs.Rabe said...

I love all your books!

Also I like what you did with your display by adding the candles...it looks really nice.

As to your dried flowers in a basket? What a wonderful purchase! I really like the handle shape on it, and to look at the beauty of the flowers all winter will be such a joy to you!

Anonymous said...

Your home looks lovely, especially the basket with the dried flower arrangement.

matty said...

Lovely! Never dust! Just date it and move on! LOL

Vee said...

Oh I love that tea pot that looks like a bean pot and now I sound like Dr. Seuss. There must be a name for it, but I don't know it...yet!

Your home always looks so cozy to me and that's because time here often has the feel of visiting with a dear friend. So, what do you have brewing in your tea pot today, Miss Brenda?

Donnie said...

I think your daughter got her love of design from you. Your home is so inviting and welcoming. I enjoyed what you changed around.

Anonymous said...

Don't ya just love shopping in your own home for new furnishings!! Like Manuela does I have one room in my home that does not have the same feel as the rest. It has the same colors though so it is easy to exchange things. Oh who wouldn't love to have book cases in every room! That spells home to me Brenda! :) As always your decorations are beautiful. Sarah

Carol said...

The flowers will bring back pleasant memories all during the year. (in MD)

Anonymous said...

I always try to read titles on bookshelves (love your tall bookcase) but couldn't read very many. Some of them I recognize just by style and color because I know them and love them! Right now I am reading the newest bio of Dietrich Bonhoffer. It is very detailed and probably best read by history lovers (like me) but I am enjoying it.

Friend Debra

Brenda Leyland said...

It's fun to rearrange when a new season arrives. You home looks lovely and inviting (dust bunnies or not)............

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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