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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fall Sprucing Up

I've been doing a wee bit of sprucing up and added in some fall touches around here.  I put the blue and white pumpkin on the tray atop the den ottoman this year.
I brought out some pillow covers I crafted last year with a nice linen that featured a cream background and caramel print with a pheasant and leaves.  I also pulled out the leopard print pillow covers.  Then, I created a new pillow cover from a fabric remnant I had picked up for $1.99 and backed it with fabric that was formerly a dish towel.
I love the combination lined up across the sofa.  All the prints are interesting but I think they all look well together and are just the punch that is needed in my neutral palette den.
 The texture of the fabric and the vibrant colors as well as the thistle-like pattern of the flowers really tugged at me when I was in the store and saw several twenty-six-inch squares of various prints offered as remnants for $1.99.
I removed the blue and tan covers from the lumbar pillows in the wing back chairs and left the black silk with floral embroidered ones that I had made a couple of years ago in the chairs.  Then, I created a couple of covers for another pair of lumbar pillows using the same cream and caramel linen fabric as the ones on the sofa.
I like the combo of the two fabrics and how the black ground of the older pillows provides a background or depth for the lighter pillows in the chairs.  The covers are simple envelope-style and I simply stitched about a quarter-inch from the edge to give it a sharp edge that would stand out and hold its shape.
I revamped the mantel a bit and went with simple blue and white candle holders and vases.  I only added a basket of pine cones, a faux boxwood topiary, and a silvery glass pumpkin to the hearth.
In the entryway, I just plopped a cute ceramic pumpkin atop a small pedestal to add a bit of fall color there.
In the kitchen, I added a pretty blue ceramic pumpkin with caramel-tan leaves and a couple of rusty-orange candles in hurricanes to the tray on the dining table and slid a caramel and golden plaid linen table runner beneath.
In the bedroom, I added the Holstein steer and pumpkins tapestry pillow to the front of the standards that decorate the bed most of the time.  Fall sprucing may be done and sparse this year.  I'm just not as excited to do a lot of sprucing and wrestling with heavy pumpkins this year due to my back ailment.  Sometimes simple is best.