The simple pleasures of home shine brighter
when the spirit of God intertwines our hearts
with His gentle Joy.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Welcoming Softer Autumnal Hues. . .

Dear Ones,

On Crooked Creek seems to take on these  H U G E  remodeling projects after our Annual Trout Fishing Trip each year. So~o~o in preparation of newly installed carpeting on the entire upper level. . .
I snapped these photos of the entry hall before we departed.

In keeping with the softer side of Autumn, I chose the vintage print of "Mr. Ed's" as my inspirational piece! This print was given to him by his maternal Grandmother Kerby while still serving in the U.S. Army. To protect it's preservation until his retirement, he placed it in the hands of his Mother. The inscription, on the back, in her handwriting is priceless!

The print depicts a farm couple giving thanks over their harvest. "Mr. Ed's" parents were farmers; therefore this print was given the highest level of honor and resides in the entry On Crooked Creek.
(The discoloration you see on the print is not an imperfection, but rather a shadow caused by the overhead light in the entry.)

Notice the hues in this print. . . soft and subdued! Amber golds, burnished browns, creamy ivories, pine blues, and sage greens, make this a perfect accent to continue On Crooked Creek's softer side of Autumn.

I adore the simplicity of the characters in this print. . .and the reverence they give for their bountiful crop. Potatoes placed alongside of the farm implements reminds us of a simpler way of life. The stacked and mowed hay in the background adds to the realistic scene of farm life in days past. Notice the wooden shoes?

Hands folded in prayer and the aproned dress bring back memories of my paternal grandmother. The steeple makes the church undeniable in the background. Wheelbarrow loaded with potato sacks and a utilitarian basket make this such a serene scene.

These cracked finished, creamy, glass pumpkins with their green leaves and stems are newly purchased this year from Memories of Home! I adore their character and presence in the entry hall On Crooked Creek!

I added the black and white checked bows with trailing ribbons and poked a few softly hued leaves around their bases. They are exactly the same size. . .so I placed the pumpkin on the left atop a wooden base.

This creamy ivory hued vase is one of my favorites! Most of the time it is used simply for it's feminine appearance. . .but in keeping with the Autumnal theme, I added pheasant feathers. Same soft Autumnal hues are found in the print above. Doesn't it remind you of a ruffled skirt or apron?

To the other side, is the necessity of a place to put the outgoing mail On Crooked Creek! Along with the vintage counter checks, I've added a note pad with a utilitarian basket filled with bittersweet on the front.

Pleated, buttoned, and checked this table runner was the perfect accent to ground all the soft Autumnal hues. Merging all the Autumnal hues, magnolia swags were enhanced with berry, and miniature pumpkin picks; then wound throughout the table top vignette. 

Flanking either side of the vintage print are these burnished rust sconces. Switching out the herbal scented, sage green pillar candles for mulled cider, amber orange makes the most welcoming Autumnal aroma as you enter our home.

Placing the candles atop creamy ivory berry picks and finishing the bases off with a double black and white check bow completes the entire look.

On Crooked Creek, "Mr. Ed and I are welcoming softer Autumnal hues
. . . and you!

Until next time. . .


On Crooked Creek is joining our most gracious hostess, Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday! Be sure to visit for some of the most inspirational vignettes and adapt one for your own home decor!


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

This is all so beautiful. But I want to focus on your treasure of a picture. What a wonderful family heirloom! I love the scene it depicts. These hard working farmers stopping right where they are to give thanks for a basket of potatoes. It makes me wonder.... what abundance has done to our grateful hearts? There is such grace in simplicity!
Beautiful, simple and perfect for Autumn! What a beautiful post!

Martha said...

I think you did a good job and I love your softer side of autumn!

bj said...

What a beautiful treasure you have in this lovely picture. You, my friend, have really done it justice with your decorating around it. A very welcoming entry way into your lovely home.

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

How nice your entry looks all decorated for fall. The table display is lovely with the subtle colors of fall. I like the table runner with buttons, pleated ruffles and checks. The picture is a great focal point for the area.-----Shannon

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Pat, I totally love this pretty vignette. Your console is wonderful and I adore that painting. It has always been one of my most favorites. I love how reverent the couple are and they are so Blessed with such a wonderful harvest. Your pumpkins are gorgeous and the bowls are very pretty. Love, love, love that runner. How pretty. Everything is just gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Mary Ann said...

Very calming and beautiful!

Pat said...

The sconces with the ribbon are so pretty, as is the more neutral colors of your table.