A Break from the Kitchen

I have to admit – when we moved into our new house a few months ago, we made very quick progress on making it feel like our home. Everything was unpacked and put away in a matter of hours, a few rooms painted, and some decor arranged. However, then things just came to a halt and we got comfortable. With the change in season and the holidays right around the corner, I came up with a list of small improvements and decor I want to get updated, and we’re hard at work again. This week I picked up a few items to decorate my formerly-bare fireplace. Autumn is my favorite season for colors, and since our living room already has a red and gold theme, the rich jewel tones of fall work so nicely. (FYI, wall color is Benjamin Moore Maple Sugar and the fireplace accent is Vintage Wine.)

Here’s a shot of the rest of the living room. The seating is microfiber in “cinnabar” and the accent and storage furniture is finished in black. The window treatments are custom-made by my mother-in-law. Striped panels in a coordinating fabric to go underneath that valance are on the way.

Above the mantle is one of our favorite wedding photos. From left to right: Amber Recycled Glass Pillar Holder from Pier 1, a cake stand that was a gift from my friend Vanessa, scroll votive holder with burnished gold holders from Pier 1, vase of pumpkin spice potpourri, stacked red glass balls pillar holder from Pier 1, mosaic hurricane from Home Goods. There is also a multicolored straw pumpkin from Home Goods on the floor in front of the fireplace; this can be seen in the first photo.


A close up of the items on the end. I love the colors. I picked up the pillar candles at Home Goods. I knew I wanted purple pillars since they’d be beautiful with both the orange and the red holders I picked out from Pier 1, and they would stand out against the wall color. Bonus that they are cranberry scented, adding to my autumn theme.
Just above the fireplace I attached a glittery fall garland, and from that I hung some Halloween ornaments from Pier 1.

Here are some close-ups of the ornaments. So cute! I love Halloween, but didn’t want to go overboard with decorations just yet, but I thought these were perfect.


These roman shades on my front windows were also made by my mother-in-law, in the same fabric as the valance on the other end of the room. I found some other cute ornaments from Pier 1 to hang from the fringe.

Happy fall decorating!

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10 Responses to “A Break from the Kitchen”

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    Michelle — October 13, 2008 @ 3:03 am Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous job decorating!

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    fitted sheet — October 13, 2008 @ 3:22 am Reply

    wow. miss cara outdid herself this time! cara’s creations!!! love it. gotta see your new house the next time i am in woostah.

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    Kendra S-L — October 13, 2008 @ 3:59 am Reply

    I like the way that you took a rich array of colors and united them all in an autumn scheme, C. Your wedding photo looks amazing from here, I am sure even more so up close.

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    Sarahjane — October 13, 2008 @ 1:04 pm Reply

    Great colors!

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    Patsyk — October 13, 2008 @ 1:20 pm Reply

    I love the rich colors of fall, too! You’ve decorated beautifully for the season!

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    Kayla — October 14, 2008 @ 12:03 am Reply

    Everything looks so great. I love the ornaments, such a cute idea!

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    Heidi — October 14, 2008 @ 1:56 pm Reply

    I absolutely love it!

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    Kendra S-L — April 5, 2011 @ 1:12 am Reply

    I like the way that you took a rich array of colors and united them all in an autumn scheme, C. Your wedding photo looks amazing from here, I am sure even more so up close.

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    Sarahjane — April 5, 2011 @ 1:12 am Reply

    Great colors!

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    Michelle — April 5, 2011 @ 1:12 am Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous job decorating!

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