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Saturday, September 19, 2015
September decorating, installment 2
Please understand that I am in no way an expert decorator. I'm just a homemaker with a very humble home (which I am duly thankful for in this world in which many do not have a home) which I enjoy decorating seasonally. I read a few decorating-type blogs and feel somewhat embarrassed to even post pictures of what I do. However, I believe I'm called to encourage other women, and this is one way of doing that. So, a few days ago I posted about my transitional fall wreath and noted that I would be gradually doing a bit of fall decorating throughout this week. I'm almost done with that for September; I have one more element to add.
The picture at top shows my little kitchen island (actually a tall, formica-topped desk made by my dad when I was a teen). I usually display the black and white transferware tureen, a family heirloom, on my hutch, but often in fall it ends up on the island. I had found some nice checked dishtowels in my late mother's linen closet and chose a brown one to place on the island.
I realize that I am very, very late to the party when it comes to decorating with books. I will often display some of my pretty Christmas books and/or Gooseberry Patch books (you will see some on the hutch) but never with stacks of books or even books between bookends as many talented decorators do. But I thought books would be pretty here. My husband had left an apple on the island and I thought it might look nice on top of fall-colored books. So I chose a couple from my shelf. The leaves are not real but almost look it. If the apple starts looking tired, I have a very realistic faux apple I can replace it with.
I went with extremely simple for now on the dining room table. It will get prettier as time goes on.
I made this apple-themed table square out of a repurposed calendar towel, years ago. You can read about it here: Slightly Crafty. At left you can just glimpse one of my simple green plaid place mats, snipped out of a length of dollar-store plastic shelf liner. The little cranberry candle lamp was a gift from a good friend.
This shows the entire hutch. I went with a rather spare (though pretty) arrangement for now. Some of these things will be moved for October's display, but the teapot and the fall mugs on the top shelf will definitely remain.
A bit of a closer look. As always, you can click on a picture to make it larger. The cup and saucer on the top shelf have leaves decorating them. I got it at a yard sale!
The Hometown Harvest book is one I got free for having a recipe published in it. The Fiestaware salt and pepper shakers are family heirlooms. The "Thankful" sign was purchased at The Wilds of New England last year and I have displayed it somewhere ever since. Because I am thankful! The little sunflower is a cute craft made with a spool, ribbon, and a cinnamon stick. I got it as a favor at a ladies' event many years ago.
Hope you have enjoyed this second installment of my September decorating! October will involve much more red and orange, leaves, gourds, and pumpkins.
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.