Welcome to our (early) fall home tour. While the temperatures here in Atlanta are nowhere near fall-like (why oh why is it so so hot in September?), I am choosing to celebrate the calendar instead of the temperatures for now. I’m thrilled to have teamed up with Marty from A Stroll Thru Life along with 29 other talented bloggers to share our fall homes with you this week. If you are coming from Christy at Our Southern Home– so glad you are here. These home tours are always good for my soul because it forces me to get my house in order. I assure you that most days it looks nothing like this… (and neither do I for that matter)
If you are new here at Southern State of Mind- WELCOME! I’m Heather, the crazy-crafting-iced-coffee-drinking-mom behind the blog. My husband and I live in Atlanta with our two boys – ages 5 and 8. I have been blogging for around five years, ever since I was fortunate to stay home with my youngest.
This blog brings me so much joy and I am so glad you are joining me today to have a look around! One way to get caught up with me lately is to read my Front Porch Coffee Talks where I share what’s on my mind like friends chatting over coffee.
The front porch is one of our favorite spots in the house and it was the first spot I spruced up for fall. This pair of planters had seen better days but now have a fresh coat of spray paint with Rustoleum Rustic Mist. Such a great fun dark copper color for fall, and I love the way it complements our front door. I just bought two inexpensive mums to add the rich tones to the planters and placed fun wire pumpkins along with smaller white ones among the plants.
Come on in and take a look around into our home we have lovingly named “Peach Valley”. We have been in our “new” home for two years already. It has felt like home since the minute we walked in the door and I am so grateful for all of the sweet memories we have made here.
But since everyone seems to always migrate directly to the kitchen when they come in, let’s start here.
As I shared yesterday, we helped my mother-in-law downsize and move last month. As I was cleaning out her kitchen, I came across her recipe books and found a fun treasure. Among some other fun vintage recipe books, there was a small black binder filled with handwritten recipes from my husbands great grandmother.
After pouring through the recipe book and soaking in her beautiful handwriting, I chose my three favorite and framed them for above the stove. These framed handwritten recipes are where I drew my inspiration from for the fall updates in the kitchen. It’s all very subtle and neutral and I cannot express how much joy they are bringing me!
SOURCE for: ANTELOPE RUG RUNNER
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I am offering six of these handwritten recipes on my FREE RESOURCE LIBRARY if you are interested in hanging framed handwritten recipes in your own kitchen this fall. This and many more free printables are available to Southern State of Mind subscribers.
I usually am a color lover and can’t ever stop with blue and white. But I am currently in a purge mode around the house and think that the neutral decor and white space is just really what I need right now!
The orchid was a surprise as it arrived on our doorstep last week as a thank you from our realtor that helped us sell my mother in law’s home. I had intended to do something different for the kitchen counter, but who can resist the beauty of an orchid. And this one is SO beautiful! So simple and exactly what I am feeling right now.
So now let’s move over to the living room. Our home is an open floor plan so this is the view from the kitchen. As I mentioned, Atlanta never really gets the “fall” memo until weeks from now so I kept my fall decor to a minimum. No sense in having rotting pumpkins and dead mums in a few weeks, right? Instead, I just added some neutral accents and swapped out summer coastal decor for more of an autumn feel.
And antlers are ALWAYS a good idea right? Would you believe that I snagged this massive antler from the Goodwill last week? I’m certain it’s real, but what I’m not certain is what animal it came from… any guesses?
And can we just talk about these fun new Greek Key pillows? I MADE THEM! Well… sort of…
I knew I wanted to add a new pair of pillows to each couch and I found these online and fell in love. So I did a DIY version and grabbed four of these velvet pillows (a two pack for only $12.99!) and greek key trim (using my 40% off coupon). Would you believe I just glued it on with Liquid Stitch? They are holding up so great and I absolutely love them!
Both bookshelves got a fresh slate for fall. I took everything off and started over and only put about half of what was on there back. A little white space is always a good idea, right?
The brass ducks that I have been collecting made the cut. And of course, allllllll the blue and white!
OK, now let’s take a look at the fireplace mantel. I kept it super simple and added some pumpkins and pheasant feathers in my trusty ginger jars.
I love how the feathers flank the TV and give me yet another way to enjoy these ginger jars.
Alright, now let’s take a look at our kitchen table. This is the view from the fireplace looking back. I added a pair of cream plaid throw blankets to the recliners and moved a small table between the chairs and added a lamp.
Isn’t it fun to house tweak?!
I also finally gave some much needed attention to this built in kitchen table area. We’ve had brown wooden chairs at this table since moving in and it always just felt…well…really brown over here!
I just love the Serena and Lily bistro side chairs but at $248 a pop, it has never fit in the budget. So I found the next best thing with these blue and white woven chairs. The texture and pop of navy and white these add really make such a difference. What a big upgrade for a much more reasonable price ($200 for the pair).
The cream pillows were (being hoarded) in my pillow stash (please tell me I am not the only one with one of these) and I decided to pull inspiration from the beloved classic Les Touches fabric by hand painting them with this pattern. I must admit, I am one smitten lady with these pillows now. (total cost to me- zero!)
And I am also smitten that this area is no longer brown on brown on brown. Decorating is a process – and sometimes you don’t get it right the first time. Sometimes you just don’t know how things are going to look until you live with it for awhile. Hey, who knows what this nook will look like next year. 🙂 But for now- I am so happy with these updates.
Well, that does it for today. I really enjoyed showing you around and sharing these fall touches with you. I hope you are inspired to do some “house tweaking” of your own! Oh, and I just have to say that I had to crank the AC in order to snap this pic in the PLAID PONCHO , but isn’t it too cute not to share?
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Be sure to head over to 11 Magnolia Lane where Christy is sharing her Magnolia Cottage. As a military mama, she always amazes me with how she can zhush up a house lickety split and put her own touch on everything!
Please be sure to check out all of other bloggers sharing their beautiful fall homes! I can’t wait to grab a cup of (iced if you are in the south!) coffee and take a look!
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