Fall Home Tour 2015

white french shabby chic home

Welcome on in to my home today, as I participate in another gorgeous fall home tour along with 27 other bloggers so there is something for everyone and every taste! Let's get started with what I'm sharing today...

lantern filled with books and pumpkins fall

I was patiently waiting for these Park Hill Lanterns to arrive, as I knew that they would tie in my home that has a French country elegant look with a little bit of farmhouse and a dash of cottage style mixed in. 

I stacked up some tattered books in the bottom of the lantern and filled it to the brim with faux pumpkins. There will not likely be a real pumpkin in sight where I live until mid October!
Book disclaimer~no literary masterpieces were used in the making of this lantern vignette! These were old paperbacks that were trashed, so I removed the covers and soaked them in a weak coffee solution for a couple of hours to ruffle the pages...

how to design a french country home

A straight on shot of the living room so you can see the placement of the lanterns, with the smaller ones up on the top flanking the mantel and filled with candles...

elegant french country home decor

Before I started working on the vignettes I moved the furniture placement around and brought in my old iron gates from the storage shed. I don't have a lot of things actually hanging on the walls in this house other than mirrors, so that I have the freedom to move pieces around more easily...


The sofa was a thrift shop find from several years ago and sometimes it's placed in front of the mantel which you can see in THIS recent post...


vintage trophy cups

If you are new here, most of what I have has been found either free or inexpensively over many years of collecting, thrifting, and salvaging. I've written about that often on the blog and if you'd like to learn about my white kitchen on a budget, you can read that HERE...

A few of my favorite trophy cups that I found at yard sales in the past for just a few dollars each. I have bought and sold lots of vintage pieces through my business Shabbyfufu for about 20 years now. It doesn't matter to me that they are wonky and tarnished beyond what can be cleaned in many cases. I've filled them with simple white carnations and set them on a trio of stacking garden tables for now...

chalk painted pumpkins

On the mantel is this old ironstone platter filled with faux white and grey pumpkins, pinecones and some real pumpkin stems that I saved from last year. The pumpkins came in a bag from the craft store on sale and I painted them with Krylon Chalky Finish Spray Paint, that you can find HERE (affiliate link). I hadn't used that paint prior to this and really LOVE the way it looks, so I'll be using it again!

chalk paint pumpkins tutorial
white pumpkins painted with chalk paint

I'll probably be changing this around when the real pumpkins are available, and perhaps add in a few of my darker pumpkins from Love Feast Shop that I showed you in THIS post...

elegant french fall mantel

The fireplace "screen" is a vintage wooden French headboard that was tattered and tossed and we cut down and painted to cover up the empty wall behind it. One of my favorite repurposing projects that we have done to date!

french country mantel for fall
french zinc pitcher

Tying in the rustic, I used this old French zinc body pitcher and filled it with gypsophila or baby's breath. An inexpensive flower to add casual farmhouse charm to an elegant room...

french fall mantel

Why yes I have a glitzy chandelier hanging in front of a mirror! One of the design tricks that I love as it reflects the crystals and with that reflection has the appearance of double it's size:~))

white tufted french sofa

From pretty much every direction in the room and wherever you stand the chandelier reflected in the mirror draws you in...

french elegant living room

A couple of warm grey throws and a sheepskin rug for accent to warm it all up. This room is flooded with morning light!

Today I've shared the living room only...

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I've been working with Romantic Homes magazine on and off for a number of years now and my home (styled and shot by me:~) just happens to be in the new November 2015 Holiday issue if you'd like to see more...
Please continue along in the party and tour the other fall inspired homes below...


29 comments

Shingle Cottage said...

So beautiful Janet!! you are so talented and make everything you touch look so wonderful x

Susan Duane said...

Just gorgeous! love everything about it!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Janet,
Positively charming and beautiful, I also love your chandelier! Stunning!
Jemma

Victoria said...

Your room looks so gorgeous and I love all your Autumn touches! I don't always get into Fall decorating because it's so darn hot still but you've inspired me to add some little bits...maybe some white pumpkins:) I absolutely love your tile flooring! When we buy something next year I told hubby tile floors are going to be on his to-do list. Thank you for sharing all your tips Janet!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Your home is so lovely, Janet! I love how the faux pumpkins looks chalk painted...I will have to do some of that! Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to seeing the Romantic Homes issue!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Your living room is simply stunning -- as is your photography! Wow! So I'm not surprised that you are in the current issue of Romantic Homes magazine with photos shot by you! Did I say stunning yet? Love, love!

:) Linda

Little Farmstead said...

A very pretty room! Looking forward to seeing more in Romantic Homes! Congrats! ~julie

BECKY said...

So so pretty Janet. Just so soft and lovely! I really need to find some wonderful trophy cups!
Have a wonderful day!
Hugs, Becky

Kim said...

I love those white pumpkins in the lantern! How completely charming. Thanks for the tour! Kim @ Exquisitely Unremarkable

DD's Cottage said...

I love how charming and gorgeous your living room is Janet. Thanks for letting us into your gorgeous, bright and light home!

KATHY said...

I love your home! Everything looks so beautiful.

Kathy

Cozy Little House said...

Your home never disappoints! You have such elegant taste and style. I love everything about this, and every single photo is magazine worthy! I can see why they seek you out.
Brenda

priscilla said...

Gorgeous ! Love the lanterns!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

So pretty! Love the blue pumpkins.
Blessings,
Cindy

Doreen@househoneys said...

I left a comment earlier but don't see it(maybe it's not approved yet) but wanted to come back anyway for another peek ;).

Everything is beyond beautiful!

My thrift store addiction said...

Hi there! Tiny white pumpkins are my favorites. Also, I love the chandelier in front of the mirror and am swooning over your sofa! Blessings, Cecilia

Pam Kessler said...

Congratulations on the feature in Romantic Homes!!! How fun! I've been wanting to try out Krylon's spray chalk paint and now you're given me a reason :) Those pumpkins are adorable!

Benita Roberts said...

Everything looks so beautiful...love the soft colors. The gray pumpkins just pops on your mantle and I love the white pumpkins and pinecones together! Congrats on the feature!

Chatfield Court said...

Such a pretty room and I love the lanterns. Thank you for the tour.

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

So incredibly beautiful, Janet!! Your sofa is stunning!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!! Love your style!!

Debbie said...

Your room is gorgeous, Janet!!!
Just gorgeous.
Debbie
xo

Petite Michelle Louise said...

sigh..sigh...sigh....I ADORE your home and style. Thanks for the gorge Fall inspiration! ;)

Dessi Van Etten said...

So beautiful! Where did you find the nesting end tables? How about the chair?

Shabbyfufu said...

Those are both vintage, but you can find similar items on-line that are reproductions ;-)

Phyllis Thomason said...

Love your fireplace mantel. Where did you find it?

Phyllis Thomason said...

Love your fireplace mantel! Where did you find it?

Mary Farley said...

Gorgeous! I love my park hill lanterns!! I have medium size and they look great everywhere I use them :)

Lynn Merrell said...

Absolutely love the soft neutral colors and grey mixed in!!! Love the iron gates tooo!!! Well done and I love getting the newsletter with the post!

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