Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the first frost is still looming. We had a few unseasonably warm days this month that had me believing fall would never come. That quite literally changed overnight though and the vibrant leaf colors have peaked.
I’ve cut and enjoyed the last of the bold zinnias as doomsday is near and they’ll all be history once that frost does set in. Any day now…
Our potted plants have all been moved inside and continue to get shuffled around until we settle on just the right place for their winter habitat. The Christmas cacti are showing buds and will be blooming before we know it…Thanksgiving actually.
We’ve started pulling out our favorite wool blankets for cozying up by the fire. We’ve only lit a few so far but soon the wood stove will be blazing.
I’ve embraced my knack for using orange in my decor even outside of October. I’ve never thought of myself as an orange person but as you can see, I apparently am. It definitely adds some punch. That’s for sure.
You might also remember my pledge just a few posts ago that I wouldn’t be changing a thing about my living room. Well, certainly that wouldn’t last. And it didn’t. We found this cool, handmade coffee table on a trip to New York in August. The table top is reclaimed hardwood floor cut on a bias and married to an iron base that was once supported a soapstone utility sink. Needless to say, it is sturdy. It could easily be a bench in another space or lifetime.
I also came across a great wicker trunk recently and decided to keep it for myself. This is a vintage European piece that is ideal for hoarding my throw pillow stash. I was previously at capacity on seasonal pillows but apparently I have room for a few more now so I recently picked up that handmade pumpkin pillow cover. The wicker trunk is sturdy enough to double as an end table topped with a tray and more plants, of course.
In addition, I’ve been stockpiling furniture projects for the the slower winter months. It’s always hard to find fresh finds when it’s freezing out and let’s face it, I can’t merely shuffle pillows, plants and throw blankets around my house all season. There are a number of recent projects completed that I’ve yet to share here. You may have caught them on instagram or facebook. If not, here’s a glimpse…
There are a pair of these boxwood green nightstands with chippy insets…still available. That lamp is made from a recycled corbel salvaged from a Victorian Cape May house that was in a fire years ago. We made a pair which sold very quickly so we made another pair which are currently available. Those are all of the Cape May corbels we have left though.
Another pair of fantastic nightstands are available. These gray “schloss” beauties are not so chippy. I like the soft finish achieved with white wax.
This coffee table is taking it back to summertime. It is extremely chippy, on the other hand. People who get the distressed chippy look, get it. This table sold in a day. Not for the faint of heart.
Just a sweet little stool and a stencil. There will be more news to share on this stencil and others very soon. I can’t wait!
That’s what I’ve managed to document here over the past few months. What’s new as the seasons change in your world?