That wonderful time of year when school commences, sounds from the football field return, the leaves turn to brilliant hues and the temperatures give us a hint of what is to come. It is autumn and our thoughts turn to soups and stews, jackets and sweaters and the possibility of a warm fire in a stone fireplace. Autumn is a a time to play with rich textures in food, personal style and home decor. And for the budget minded, the autumn decor can actually be used from September thru November!!! That is gives me great delight to invest in quality seasonal decor, knowing full well that it will last through Halloween and Thanksgiving, with only a few tweaks! A jack-o-lantern is effortlessly replaced with a ceramic turkey or a pair of pilgrims. Bargain!!!
This year, so far, I had some renewed inspirations, especially after spending some quality time antiquing at the ROUND TOP ANTIQUE FAIR, a semi-annual flea market/antique show that has become one of the most popular in the country. This year I focused my attention on the exciting approach that many vendors had used in styling their booths and vignettes and came home with a new artistic vision and produced three different styled areas. The kitchen bar reveals a whimsical squirrel, talavera jack-o-lantern and a mix of fresh and faux flowers. I’m not a huge fan of faux foliage, but I feel that a mix of faux with real, can fool the eye and help the pocketbook. I invest in high quality faux items and am able to mix them in different vignettes year round.
Our fireplace mantel is draped in a faux garland, topped with vintage silver sombreros and a few whimsical, wool animals hand-made in Chiapas, Mexico. This same greenery will be mixed with my Christmas garland, in a simple mix of real and faux. Our coffee table is topped with real hydrangeas, a trio of potted bromeliad, along with real and faux pumpkins. I love pulling from shelves in our home (wooden wagon and treasure box), to help my designs flow seamlessly with our home’s decor. Enjoy autumn in our Texas casa! —E