Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Aaah Autumn!

It was a lovely 52 degrees this morning! I was cold last night and actually had to sleep with the comforter over me and not just a sheet! I can't tell you how thrilled I am that it's finally fall (although the afternoons are still pretty warm -in the 80's).

I always feel more energized in the fall! Do you spring clean or fall clean? I really do more in fall since in the spring I'm busy with the veggie garden and all the other yardwork. I guess I'm getting ready for lovely cozy days inside - nesting.

This week I've been mostly working on my dining room. I removed this corner hutch. Some of you may remember that I added some appliques to the corners and on the bottom last year. Well I pried those off! I'm donating that cabinet to the Goodwill and I know I can re-use those appliques somewhere else. Someone can have the fun of repainting that cabinet!

I moved my little black hutch over to this spot and decorated the top with things that I already had on hand.

The hydrangeas I picked from my garden this week. I hung them upside down for a few days in my garage. But they'll really dry just where they are.

I truly love the burnt oranges and red of fall, but autumn does have to be pumpkin orange! There are plenty of other fall colors out there. As a matter of fact, I was at Target yesterday and noticed that they had green, gold and brown pumpkins! They had some really cute Halloween decorations too!

The leaf plate came from Wal-Mart. I haven't been in Wal-Mart in years! I went to buy some fabric for my dining room (I only need about a yard) and the fabric section was gone!! When did that happen? The whole store looks so different!

I may change the back paper on that hutch. I found a whole bunch of Waverly wallpaper at Big Lots last week for $1.60!

It's a red houndstooth. I think I may use it on my living room bookcases if I don't use it in that hutch. I'm thinking it may be too dark for the black hutch but good for the white bookcases?

I may not be completely done with the dining room by Friday as I need some fabric to finish it. But I'll look through my stash one more time, maybe I missed something (it's possible) or maybe I have something I can repurpose! As always, thanks so much for dropping by!


Kathleen Grace said...

What a beautiful display, I love that tray on the wall! I havent ben to WalMart in ages either. There really isnt a convenient one near-by and Target and JoAnne Fabrics is 2 miles down the road. Great deal on the wallpaper!

Cyndi's Re-Creations said...

Love the fall display especially the way the hydrangeas are arranged around the white pumpkin! Lovely

Melissa Wertz said...

It is beautiful! Just a lovely display. I wish I could keep hydrangeas in my yard. The voles love them too much. They are tiny little mouse like rodent like creatures and they will eat the roots out from under the plants. I have moles and chipmunks as well. And there are several neighbor cats hunting in my yard all the time.

I just love what you did with your hydrangeas. After Thanksgiving, my sister will take her dried hydrangeas and spray paint them a metallic color to go in her Christmas tree.

Another money saving tip. I do not purchase much bottle water. However, we save all of our empty water bottles. Run them thru the dish washer. We have filtered water thru the fridge. So we refill them that way. But tap water is fine as well. Then we store them in the fridge. When we rush out the door and need a bottle of water, we have one ready to go. Recycled bottle. When the bottle is too warped to use anymore, it goes into the bin.

Adrienne said...

Oh Manuela, I found you again! It's so nice to see you. I love your Fall decorating. So nice. I'll be back soon. ~Adrienne~

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

I just love your dried hydrangeas & your entire black case display. Beautiful! I can't believe you are getting rid of the corner cab. though. I remember that one well. I guess you are running out of room like I am.

Annie said...

I wish I live closer...I would so take that cabinet off your hands! I have been looking for a corner cabinet for my dining room.

Your fall displays look great. I love the hydrangeas. I am gonna attempt to plant some in my yard next spring.

Storybook Woods said...

Just beautiful !!!!!! Clarice

Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage said...

always inspriring.....I love your you happen to know the type of hydrangeas that you have...It looked like the blooms were blue and green?

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Love your black hutch and the display on it is just gorgeous! I have to tell you I have that exact same tassle on my black hutch! We have such similar tastes!

Bettsi said...

Manuela, are we neighbors? I live in Sacramento and those are OUR temps! If so, I will come and take the corner cabinet! I love, love, love your black cabinet and I think the apple green backing is perfect. The whole display is perfect!

As far as fabric, I often have good luck at Goodwill. They have fabric over in the home linens department. Many of the home linens are great for re-purposing too.

Have a great day!

AJ said...

Oh Manuela! I wish we lived closer! I've been looking for another corner cabinet so I can have two in my dining room. You are going to make someone soooo happy! Love those hydrangeas! My mil is getting some from her neighbor so I can dry them out. You can never have too many hydrangeas! They're my favorite! Everything looks so nice and cozy in your house:)

Rhonda in OK said...

I also wish I lived closer to you as I am also looking for a corner cabinet for our dining room. They are really hard to find.

And I will be heading to my Big Lots soon, love your wallpaper!

glorv1 said...

Hi Manuela, looks like everyone wants your corner cabinet. If I lived close, I'd want it to. Great displays of art. Thank you so much for sharing.

Deb said...

Hi Manuela, you're certainly getting in the mood for Autumn everything looks lovely! Deb

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I love that black hutch! I'm going straight to Big Lots on my way home from work to see if I can find some wallpaper for my cabinet! Thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh those hydrangeas are of my fave flowers.

Just lovely Manuela,
Kathy :)

my thrifty victorian home said...

That wallpaper would be adorable. Shame on Walmart..I heard they are phasing out their fabric!

Debbie said...

Lovely. I like the new look. What a find on the wallpaper. We need a few cooler nights before cutting the hydrangeas. I like what you have done with yours.

joolzmac said...

Hi Manuela
Just dropped into your blog. I love your Autumn displays. Do most American's make displays in their homes for each season. It astounds me the trouble you go to. I am lucky if I can put a fake Christmas tree in November! It is spring here in Australia but I do not have a single thing in my home to herald that season in.
I love the pic of your white hutch and all your blue and white china -I collect pieces of blue and white.
Anyway, I'll tag your blog and revisit - it looks like a nice place to be.

Cheers - Julie in Millicet, SA

Susie Harris said...

Pretty pretty.... now you have me wanting to make a trip to Target!

Wanita said...

Your autumn display is very pretty. I love the tray on the wall and the pumpkins. And the hydrangeas are beautiful!


Mimi Sue said...

As usual so lovely. I think that wallpaper will look great with that hutch. Kind of wintery and warm and cozy. Mimi

Marilyn said...

I love the Fall decorations. The white cabinet, however, will be a great find for someone. Wish I could come scoop it up, I need a corner cabinet.

I'm so jealous of anyone that has their own hydrangeas. I can't grow them here so when I see them in your decor it makes me so envious.
Everything is just beautiful!!!

salmagundi said...

Great stuff!! I love everything especially the tray. You have so much talent putting things together. Sally

Simply Me Art said...

Oh, How I Love the Drying Hydrengea's!! Gorgeous Manuela. I have one bush that actually gave me blooms this year but they were tiny. Lovely as usual.Love the White Pumpkins too! Jamie

JeanAnnVK said...

Love your post...and glad you found me on Blissfully Domestic! I have a zillion hydrangea flowers and i am letting them dry on the shrub. will be a gorgeous color, but must cut before the fall rains come!

mrsjones6 said...

Your fall decor is just so pretty. You have elegant taste in all that you do and create fabulous inspiration in your readers! I love what you have done with your hydrangeas. Most people think of them as summer flowers, but you have brought right into autumn and they look great!
Wishing you a lovely weekend,

Paula said...

Dear Manuela,

Your vignette is so beautiful! I love your dried hydrangeas, the tray and white pumpkins! I like how you put the small white pumpkin on the black candlestick. Your black cabinet and white ironstone are so pretty!

I have hydrangeas but they did not bloom this year. We planted them in the spring, so I am hoping they will bloom next year. We are having the same temperatures here in Louisiana. It is so nice to have the windows open and enjoy the fresh air.


Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Oh, so pretty, Manuela! I love hydrangeas.

Happy Fall!


Mrs. B said...

I'm going to try hanging my hydrangeas to dry. I've been wondering how to do it. Your displays look wonderful! I bought some Waverly wallpaper at Big Lots a couple of months ago, but didn't find the red check. Maybe I'll go back and see if they've got some because I really like it!

Cottage Contessa said...

Sweetie, I think you are just so awesome and always inspiring! Can't wait to see all your fall decorating. It will help me ease into the summer heat that is already starting to tingle my skin here. Argh! Wishing you a wonderful day Manuela!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

sheila from life @ #17 said...

oh, I was going to fuss a lot about taking out that corner cupboard...but I love your little black cabinet there so much more :)

I saw one of those hydrangeas at lowe's this weekend...but for $15, I'm going to wait & see if it makes it to the clearance cart :)

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Your display is beautiful! Those hydrandeas are so big & pretty.

Yep, my walmart fabric dept is gone didn't make enough money I guess!
Take care, DebraK

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Linda's Blue Gate said...

Oh Manuela..... have I told how GREAT it is to have you back in blogland you just add so much class on a budget.... love the look with the black hutch.... just beautiful
Big hugs

The Decorated House said...

Pretty, pretty! Your hydrangeas are beautiful. They grow so much better "way up there." Your whole arrangement turn out great!

She'sSewPretty said...

Manuela, When you have some spare time can you come decorate for me?! LOL You really have a wonderful eye for what looks good together.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I was looking at the wrapper of that red houndstooth saying "no it isn't Manuela...thats a baby blue check!" I should know to trust you by now LOL!
Those hydrangea colors are unreal beautiful :)

nikkicrumpet said...

More great ideas and beautiful vignettes. I'm getting so much inspiration!