We had a wonderful weekend... the weather was beautiful and we visited the pumpkin patch one afternoon. We came home with pumpkins and corn and since I just finished painting the mantel, it seemed the perfect time to decorate.
One of my favorite things about fall is taking a hay ride out to the patch and picking pumpkins to bring home. I may actually share some pictures later this week of our day.
I especially loved these little white pumpkins and knew they would be perfect for the mantel.
On our way to the pumpkin patch, we drove by some cotton fields and my husband kindly stopped after I
begged, pleaded, mentioned I'd like to pick some. I may remove the cotton balls here soon but right now I'm just enjoying the branches.
However, I couldn't resist using some of the cotton balls that came loose on our way home on the mantel. Last year the farmers planted rows of cotton across from our house and I miss it (this year they've planted corn instead). Jillian learned all about cotton as we would pass by the fields... ever since then she often likes to talk about what kinds of things are made out of cotton. (smile)
This past week I found a cute little wooden box and when I brought it home I realized the grain sack sachets that I bought from Ann fit just perfectly in it. I stuck them on the mantel until I figured out where to put them but then ended up loving the way they looked there. Of course, these sachets are my favorite thing right now so I think I would like them anywhere!
We also saw these corn cobs at the pumpkin patch and the colors were so beautiful I bought a few. This year I'm really enjoying trying to incorporate natural elements of the season into my decor.
I wish I could pan and show you a finished ceiling as well, but we're still working on it. However, I have been painting as I have time. The fireplace probably doesn't look much different from before in the photos, but I painted over the creamy off white with a very light gray. My original plan was white to match the trim I'm in the process of painting, but it looked much too stark against the wood walls and completely clashed with the picture above the mantel. Then I decided to try painting it the same gray I'm using on the staircase and it was just right.
I love fall in the air and all the inspiration I've been seeing lately. I struggle with putting together vignettes, but nevertheless I've had so much fun taking a little time to bring in some touches of the season.
How did you spend the first weekend of autumn?