Monday, October 21, 2013

Russets of Autumn

We took to the woods again yesterday. This time for nothing more than to gather up the sights and scents of fall. And I mean that literally. Baskets of pine cones, weeds, and branches smell odorous wonderful, and dress up the corners of a room with the matchless opulence of nature. 

A few russet oak branches make me feel as though the fineries of the forest are all the luxury I might need for a season. I am always envious of the large branching bouquets I see in photos of gorgeous rooms, and the offerings of the impossibly large and dramatic displays at Pottery Barn. You have to actually have an oak tree (or whatever) readily available (I don't), or a pretty big budget! And in the end, an imitation doesn't feed my soul in quite the same way.

A copper trophy cup adds to the autumn tones. . . .

For the moment my branches are propped inside a paint splattered vintage crate that I brought home from the flea market that also holds logs for the fire. A rustic window pane from another market mimics the color.

A trio of just painted mirrors cure while making a pretty vignette.

 One of them hangs on a wooden door.

A French style mirror in an ornate gold frame is getting the latest tryout over the mantel. 

It's amazing how a few fall leaves can warm up a room.
I hope things are starting off cozy this week for you too!

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  1. I love how you brought the branches inside and where you placed them...I do that too. Now they should last you 'til Christmastime...when, if you're like me, you'll be outside clipping evergreens and other branches! Aren't the natural elements SO much more satisfying and soul-touching than ANYTHING you can buy from craft stores and the like?

  2. Beautiful post depicting the softer side of autumn. Love the browns and creams and hints of silver. Fabulous photos as usual. Thanks for sharing your creative vignettes and home...very inspiring!
    Take care, Laura

  3. We have hundred year okd oak trees in the park i walk in every day. One year i brouggt the branches and acorn shells in to decorate only to discover weeks kater little larva type worms were everywhere. Yuck! Never again. Now i just admire their beauty in the park and bearby mnts.

  4. Jacqueline, your russets of Autumn make me feel cozy. I bought some fall leaves at Trader Joe's this week, but don't think they are going to last long. ;-(
    I thought it would be a good choice, but the leaves are starting to shrivel up and drop off. Guess I need to go find an oak tree with changing leaves.
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful post!

  5. Hi Jacqueline!

    I love your fall decor! I too love decorating with white pumpkins at home. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos.

    Have a great day!


  6. Jacqueline...
    The color tones are so warm & welcoming.
    My trouble with branches in the house is a little girl kitten named August Rose!

  7. hello

    Voici des fruits, des fleurs, des feuilles et des branches
    Et puis voici mon coeur qui ne bat que pour vous.
    Ne le déchirez pas avec vos deux mains blanches
    Et qu'à vos yeux l'humble présent soit doux.

    J'arrive tout couvert encore de rosée
    Que le vent du matin vient glacer à mon front.
    Souffrez que ma fatigue à vos pieds reposée
    Rêve des chers instants qui la délasseront.

    Sur votre jeune sein laissez rouler ma tête
    Toute sonore encor de vos derniers baisers;
    Laissez-la s'apaiser de la bonne tempête,
    Et que je dorme un peu puisque vous reposez.

    un décor simple , mais qui réchauffe
    un intérieur
    edith (iris) France

  8. Beautiful photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

  9. I love your use of a little bit of wood tones in the old crate and window. Adds much fall warmth to the room. Gorgeous mirror over your mantel!
    Mary Alice

  10. Bringing the elements of nature indoors is so beautiful. I do this too and love what it brings to a room.
    Your pics are gorgeous as always. Love your mantel and mirror.

    Thank you for stopping by and your sweet comment.
    Are you having some cool days now? We finally are here in the evening and mornings, but the days are warming to 75. Love it!

  11. I do the same thing.. bring the fall inside. It's such a short "period" here in Lubbock, that if you don't preserve it, you might miss it if you blink. Which woods? How wonderful you can do that. I agree with you, one large real branch has the same affect as the gorgeous PB displays! Happy Fall. xo marlis

  12. Hi J,
    You have done autumn so right, love the coziness! The new frames are divine, framing the perfect autumn scene.... what a gorgeous pic!! Speaking of gorgeous pics love the header pic!! I love the smell of leaves and wood in the fall too, and really need to get out and do some gathering of my own!

  13. Thanks for your lovely sweet comments on my blog, you make my day so Happy!
    And I love your beautiful blog so many nice photos,, and you give me alot of inspiration!
    Whish you a nice week!

  14. I love your russet and white vignettes. They are so pretty! Have a lovely week.

  15. I love how beautiful your branch looks in that crate and that trophy...Oh My ;-)
    I remember growing up we had big old oak trees, hickory nut trees, pecan and Magnolia. How I miss them. When they develop the new neighborhoods they chop all those magnificent trees down and leave us with pine...ugh!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. Pure autumn bliss here!
    I'm going back to peek at your lovely mirrors again!

  17. I love the softer look of fall at your house!


  18. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the warm fall tones with a soft white!

  19. Russets and whites look amazing. You have an eye for beauty and form! Perfection!

  20. Hi Jacqueline. The branches look so lovely in your home. I love the painting on the mirror frames and am keeping my eyes open for some trophy cups. So far no luck. I've signed up to receive your posts by e-mail, but it doesn't seem to be working for me. I didn't receive this one so will check it out..Happy Tuesday..Judy

  21. I love your pictures, very elegant. That oval mirror is beautiful!

  22. I give you three "brilliants". One for your lovely words that now make me appreciate all the oak trees in my yard, two for the gorgeous images, and three for perfect styling.
    I am now armed with lopers and heading out the back door to greet my trees!

  23. Simply beautiful photos in lovely Fall hues. The mini white pumpkin sitting on top of the trophy stole my heart:-)

    Enjoy nature!


  24. You have captured Autumn in such a lovely way... Love the window and its color with the creams and of course the leaves you brought in. Beautiful!
    Thank you so much for stopping by.
    Blessings today

  25. What a beautiful job you have done with your fall touches. Those mirrors are just stunning and I am loving the trophy pieces.


  26. Love the soft browns and lovely cream colors of your fall decor. The white mirrors are charmingly beautiful.

  27. I am definitely feeling cozy after seeing your lovely photos. xo Laura

  28. lovely fall pics:) i've never seen a copper trophy before--it's awesome, jacqueline! glad you are feeling better:)

  29. Oh, your leaves looks beautiful, Jacqueline. Such a simple thing but it truly brings Autumn into the house. And everything else about that mantle looks so pretty. (I have an old rectangular french-style gilt mirror that was my grandmother's. It weighs a ton so I've always been nervous about hanging it. But you've inspired me to try!) Glad to hear you're better. And I'm sorry for being so tardy in reading and commenting ... things have been a bit hectic at my end.

  30. Oh Jacqueline,
    Your home look stunning!! I just love the colors of fall in your home!! And I adore that trophy cup and the vintage books!!
    Wishing you a lovely afternoon!

  31. your pictures are always so elegant
    and pretty

  32. awesome photos. i love bringing the dried outdoors in.

  33. Oh my, so beautiful. I feel the same way about bringing things of nature indoors-the finest of Autumn decor! Your photos are always so lovely.

  34. Oh Lordy! Im so dizzy from SWOONING! LOVE EVERYTHING!!!!!!

  35. Love post and beautiful pics Thanks...

  36. Love your fall touches that fade perfectly into your white decor. It accepts each season so effortlessly.
    A gorgeous sepia photo filled with charm.

  37. the trophy cup, the white pumpkin, the leaves: perfect combination of beautiful!

  38. Popping in to say that we featured you this week at Ivy and Elephants.
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  39. Just beautiful. Thanks for joining me.

  40. I had to write again to say that I found the loveliest branch in the garden that had fallen from my maple tree. It was covered in brightly hued leaves -- too pretty to toss aside. So I hung it on my back doorway to greet visitors. You inspired me!! :)


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