Thursday, 1 October 2009

October 1st, It's Fall Y'all.

I've been seeing so many beautiful photos and ideas for Fall decorating that I was inspired to put a few things together myself.

So, I'm linking this post to Rhoda's It's Fall Y'all party @ Southern Hospitality and also to the Plant Some Roots giveaway @ Life at Lakewood .
I bought this chest of drawers at the Auction House in Bayeux about 12 years ago, refinished it and placed it in the entrance hall with a mirror above, which I also found at the Auction House, a few months later.

I stood a plain glass hurricane lamp shaped vase on a pewter tray and filled it with an ivory coloured candle and horsechestnuts which fell from a tree, onto the grass in the back garden.

Placed a few more horsechestnuts, still with their green prickly cases, in a small English porcelain dish by Wood & Son, added a pair of silver plated pheasants and etched glass votives either side of an Art Deco bronze clock and an antique French pewter coffee pot on a small pewter plate.

I made the table runner from a piece of material left over from the Library curtains.

In the dining room window alcove I placed a shabby chic, red, gold and black papier mache tray which I found at a vide grenier about 7 years ago, and covered it with a deep orangey red and black paisley patterned fringed shawl.

On the tray I placed a vintage red enamel French coffee pot and filled it with some of the last hydrangea blooms from the garden and some bits and pieces from the fields and hederows.

I scattered leaves and conkers from the horsechestnut tree and some acorns too, around three knobbly colourful mini gourds which caught my eye at the produce market in Le Molay Littry recently.
A scented candle in a glass jar, for it's exquisite vanilla scent, an ornate, gilded, rococo wall sconce, placed upside down for interest at the back and an heirloom pocket watch and chain on a wooden stand and my vignette was complete.

A close up of more horsechestnuts in a vintage French pressed glass dish, standing on a Carlisle Ware plate, Burgess Bros, England.
When we return from our US trip, later this month, I should just have enough time for some Halloween displays, I hope.
à bien tôt


  1. Gorgeous! I love your pewter peacocks!....Christine

  2. LOvely decorations and mosaic Maggie. I think I better get to do something about it too. Today I was busy sorting my summerclothes out and getting the winterclothes ready. IT is sort of inbetween weather now.
    Have a nice evening

  3. absolutely beautiful! Thank you for your precious visit and comment today! I look forward to keeping up with you!

  4. Hello Maggie - love your beautiful Fall inspiration! Thank you for sharing!


  5. Beautiful fall decorations. Would love to get some of those horse chestnuts!

  6. I agree, the pewter is lovely. There are some big chestnut trees near one of our elementary schools and you can see the kids scouring the surrounding grass looking for treasures.

  7. Love your fall decor. I just wanted to stop over to say thanks for visiting my blog & becoming a follower. It means a alot to me. I have returned the favor.

  8. Maggie, you did a beautiful job pulling together your fall vignettes. Both are full of interest and lovely items. Isn't it fun to take a few items from around your home and pull them all together. Love the idea of the natural chestnuts. Great job! ~ Sarah

  9. Happy Fall Maggie!!

    I love your fall tablescapes. We have oodles of nut trees and pine trees, so I have a bounty of Fall's blessings to draw from BUT, would you believe I haven't even thought about it yet? I must get started...SOON!

    Have a great eventful weekend.

  10. Lovely Maggie. I remember seeing those chestnut trees, something we don't see here anymore. How lucky you are to have them. A beautiful presentation.

  11. Good job, Maggie. Isn't this all still too much fun?


  12. Maggie, I'm from the south and thanks for making me feel right at home with "y'all." Beautiful fall inspirations.


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