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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Fall Home Tour-Storybook Cottage

Hello! Welcome to Storybook Cottage. I am honored to be participating in Marty’s 2015 Fall Home Tours.

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Last year at this time I was living in a hotel with a husband, two kids and two dogs. I am happy to be decorating for the fall season this year, so won’t you come in?

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If you have arrived for the first time from Hymns & Verses I am so glad you have come to visit. Doreen has truly fantastic style!

Let’s begin the tour of Storybook Cottage in the small entry.

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This year our autumnal theme features shades of cream, aqua and teal.

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Adjacent to the entry is the living room.

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The mantle is decorated very simply. I just placed a few mini pumpkins atop some wood candlesticks.

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I added some cozy felt pillows and filled the sea grass basket with birch logs and cotton stems.

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The glass coffee table features a soft vignette of velvet pumpkins.

(For safety we never leave a lit candle unattended.)

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The banister is bedecked as well.

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I adore that our newel post is an upside down acorn. There are sixteen mature oak trees in our yard.

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A white porcelain pumpkin is the perfect finishing touch on a stack of books.

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The bar cart area has a few fall touches as well.

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I layered a $2 oil painting from an estate sale over the mirror.

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Next to the living room is the formal dining area.

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In the center of the table is a mini wheelbarrow Mr. Décor gave to me while we were still dating 19 years ago.

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It originally contained flowers but now holds pumpkins.

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I recently painted the pumpkins and shared all the DIY details HERE.

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Over on the sideboard sits Mr. Squirrel accompanied by some rather large glass acorns.

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A few stalks of wheat and dried moss provide great texture next to that spectacular tail.

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Through the open archway is the kitchen. It currently has a back to school theme featuring a palette of black, white and red.

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You can view an extended post of the table setting HERE.

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A collection of vintage family aprons repeats the color concept.

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Rudi the doxie wonders “What’s cookin’?”

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Because I spend so much time in the kitchen I love buying a bouquet of flowers at the market and creating little arrangements to place here and there.

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They help to make daily tasks delightful.

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In the family room assorted wool pillows and throws are layered on the sofa. Our favorite is the Gunn plaid of course!

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Since this is more of a manly space I kept the kitchy décor to a minimum.

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But I couldn’t resist adding one teeny red velvet pumpkin.

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This concludes the 2015 Storybook Cottage home tour.

Upcoming posts will showcase a daybed made from antique headboards…

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…and fun pillows created from vintage tea towels.

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The next stop on the tour features the delightfully talented Shannon from Burlap and Lace.

If you’re just getting started here are the links to all the lovely homes being featured on the tour this week.

Monday – Sept 7th
A Stroll Thru Life
Life on Virginia Street
Snazzy Little Things
21 Rosemary Lane
Peaceful Home Decor
Claire Brody Designs

Tue – Sept 8th
Driven By Decor
Our Southern Home
Making Home Base
Hymns & Verses
Decor To Adore
Burlap and Lace

Wed – Sept 9th
Simple Stylings
SG Style
Thrifty and Chic
Monica Wants It
Bliss @ Home
My Sweet Savannah

Thurs – Sept 10th
A Thoughtful Place
Rain On A Tin Roof
Style Your Senses
Hi Sugarplum
Remodelando La Casa
Dimples & Tangles

Fri – Sept 11th
Simple Details
No Minimalist Here
Design Post Interiors
Designing On The Side
Life Love Larson
Tidbits & Twine

Fun outtakes:

Home tour photo bomber, Mr. Décor.

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“Give us your best Publishers Clearing House face.”

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I hope that you FALL in love with all things autumn.



GSGreatEscaper said...

Laura, the mantelscape is to die for! When I think of how it looked before, tears come to my eyes at the thought of the gorgeous transformation you have made! The screen just makes the whole thing pop and really brings out the beauty of that painting!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

You have made such an unreal transformation in this house. Everything is so pretty and so inviting. I love that mantel now and your living room and dining room are stunning. Gorgeous home and tour.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Your Fall touches look so pretty Laura....loved the tour!

the cape on the corner said...

i love your mushroom t shirt, how perfect for this tour! and the photobomb, too funny. i had to scroll back up and look, i was like whaaat?!? creeper?!?! your aqua touches throughout are so beautiful and i love those feather plates. enjoy!

Doreen @ Hymns and Verses said...

Donna, Oh wait - Laura!!! So sorry about that! All fixed now! Just wanted to stop by and let you know that your home is just gorgeous! The shades of cream, aqua and teal are so charming and I'm in Love with those gorgeous chairs in front of the fireplace!!

Silvana Joanne said...

Great home tour...A very fun and unique decorating style! I particularly liked the kitchen.

Carol said...

Everything looks so pretty, Laura, starting with that beautiful display on your front door....and also your cute face! I adore different shades of aqua and turquoise and have been trying to incorporate into our daily decor. I think those colors just enhance all of the traditional Fall colors. Your collection of little velvet pumpkins is wonderful! Thanks so much for the tour!

Mary Clewley said...

I love your house, Laura. You have done such a beautiful job decorating. Thank you for the fall tour. You have inspired me to pay more attention to my home. xoxo

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

What a transformation! You have accomplished so much in a relatively short period of time - a beautiful home that reflects your style and energy. Bises

Pat Cantwell said...

Oh, dear one, I adore the teal and turquoise touches to your Autumnal home decor!!!
The flow from one room into the next is flawless!!!
I admire seeing places for children within one's home!!!
Love the weird science on the black, red and white tablescape!!!
Thank you for inviting me into your lovely 2015 Fall Home Tour!!!
LOVE the photo bombing from Mr. Decor!!!

Rita C. said...

Laura! I am so crushing over your Tiffany blue (aqua) foyer and LR. It is simply outstanding! Love the arrangement I am assuming you made in the foyer with peacock feathers (and is that birdseed or aquarium gravel in the glass vase? Either way, it's brilliantly done). Thank you for the tour - beautiful! Look how MUCH you've accomplished (not to mention school, and all your other family commitments). Way to go!! <3

Rustic Maple Elizabeth said...

Your home is always lovely, Laura and the Fall additions are very pretty as well. Love the painted pumkins and the plaids in the family room. Your back to school tablescape is so fun and such a great idea! My husband tries to photo bomb as well. Thanks for sharing your tour.

martinealison said...

Bonjour chère Laura,

Je suis ravie de visiter votre intérieur... J'aime la manière subtile et raffinée de faire entrer l'automne doucement dans votre maison.
Vos photos sont magnifiques. Un travail étonnant pour créer le montage de votre publication. Bravo !

Gros bisous ♡

Maureen Wyatt said...

Every square inch is perfect and you've even added teal, the colour for ovarian cancer awareness this month!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Everything looks so festive, even your blouse! I didn't expect anything less! You've come a long way in the last year!!

Linda said...

Really pretty, Laura! Can't get over all you've done. We've lived in our house over 15 years and there are still unfinished projects all around that may never get finished. ;) Everything looks lovely.

Rosemary said...

You don't just have decor to adore, you have MILES of style too! I love the autumnal mood of your home and the special touches you add. BEAUTIFUL!

Lorrie said...

I love the autumnal touches in your home - not too over the top with orange! In fact, little orange anywhere! Great style, Laura.

Rue said...

LOL that last picture was great, Laura! I loved your Fall tour. It's festive and appropriate for the season and not screaming AUTUMN lol

I need one of those velvet pumpkins, stat!

By the way, LOVED your post about Her Majesty :)


Kris Jarrett said...

You crack me up with the outtakes - hysterical! Thanks for a lovely tour - your home is full of the pretties fall details (I think my favorite is that pumpkin garland - it is the cutest!).

gustoandgrace said...

Your fireplace screen is just SO lovely!

Angelina B. said...

Stopping by on the home tour... have never been to your blog before but I see you're a fan of British Royalty.. I'm off to check out your Queenly posts but first I really like how you styled your home for Fall! I'm a sucker for those velvet pumpkins. Love your "surprise face" at the front door, too funny!

Richella Parham said...

Beautiful tour! You've inspired me to get going with my Fall decorating. I'm way behind this year!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

It's just amazing how cosy and inviting your home is after only living there a year!

Summer Hogan said...

You did such a beautiful job! I love every bit of this tour!

Denise said...

Hi Laura, Your home is beautifully decorated for fall! Everything looks warm, welcoming, and cozy. My favorite things are the tartan plaids in your family room, the cute wooden squirrel, and your pretty fall door arrangement. Beautiful!

I enjoyed your tour -- hope you have a great weekend. :)

Warm hugs,

Denise at Forest Manor

Alicia@Thrifty And Chic said...

Beautiful! I love the staircase! I need to do something like that. And the touch of aqua works so perfect everywhere!

Monica Benavidez said...

Laura, this looks beautiful! I love your dining room- those feather plates are FAB! Thanks for sharing. :)


Cristina Garay said...

Hehe those two last pictures were funny, that happens! Storybook Cottage is beautiful, Laura! I love the tablescapes, the pumpkins atop the candle sticks, your front door decor, it's all beautiful! Great colors. ;)

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi Laura, WOW your house looks beautiful. I remember last year when you and your husband were working so hard on the house and in he hotel. You have decorated it so nice for fall!
I co-host a new blog party on Monday's called Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
I would love to have you share this.
Julie @ Julie's Lifestyle

Andrea @ Life Love Larson said...

Lovely home! Happy to be on the tour with you!

Cynthia Banessa said...

I love, love, love your decor!!!!

Teresa Hardymon said...

I'm catching up with your posts today - reading backwards. :) Your fall decor is refreshingly beautiful. I love all the shades of blue. I am always inspired by your style and how you create such loveliness on a budget, proving that we don't have to be millionaires to have a beautiful home.