Feuilles d’Automne (Autumn Leaves Décor)

When decorating my home for fall, I love to use elements straight from nature. What could be better than fall foliage? Autumn leaves, whether real or artificial, add a natural and organic touch. They give a simple, warm and colorful feel to any room.
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I love the effortless and spontaneous look of simple piles of leaves used as a centerpiece in Elle Maison (above) or a bunch of branches in a galvanized metal pail (below).
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A single leaf on each place setting … a very simple and elegant idea. This would be so cute for Thanksgiving Day (if the leaves are still around by then!).
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What could be more simple than wrapping colorful autumn leaves around a wine bottle?
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A simple technique of stringing leaves from a chandelier can add a little touch of autumn in a dining room, kitchen or outdoor space.
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Draping autumn leaves on chairs is an easy and inexpensive décor idea. Mix them with tulle and ribbon or spray paint them with metallic colors for a more elegant look.
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Another beautiful way to use autumn leaves is to simply put some branches in a large vase with pre-lit twigs (below).
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Another simple technique is to wrap leaves around a votive. Tie it with twine and add a small flower.
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Or use autumn leaves as an added accessory. I love the warm look of this sweater-wrapped candle from Family Chic (below).
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I’ve seen fall leaf wreaths all over the place but the one below from HGTV is fresh and unique. See how to make your own handmade wreath from leaves in your own back yard. I am so doing this!
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Here are some of my favorite simple and unique autumn decorating ideas to do with leaves…
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A Rustic Italian Farmhouse

I love the beautiful interior of this luxurious Italian villa in Puglia, Italy. It sits among the olive groves and vineyards of Masseria Petrarolo, a farmhouse dating back to 1689.
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Masseria Petrarolo is now a luxurious retreat designed by renowned interior designers James Waterworth and Alexander Evangelou from Alexander Waterworth Interiors.
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The farmhouse is cozy and relaxing featuring muted earth tones, rustic elements, antiques and original features that have been meticulously maintained.
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“Masseria Petrarolo is a luxury vacation rental with a mix of contemporary furniture and antique pieces that sort of speak to the overall tune of the house.”
Constant Tedder, owner.
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Modern pieces, custom-made furniture, stunning vaulted ceilings and original features are a tribute to the talented designers and the local craftsmen of Puglia.
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My Favorite Things…

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Bright metallic tree trunks and Nordic patterns of does
Tall natural ladders with bulbs on a string
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Cream colored linen and wire pendant lights
Stars made from tree limbs and metal lamps shining bright
Lush boxwood wreaths that form an elegant ring
These are a few of my favorite things

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Scandinavian trophy heads placed high on a wall
Animal skins and cowhides reflecting the colors of fall
French Country fil de fer, such an elegant thing
These are a few of my favorite things
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Books piled high in a vertical way
Lavender bunches in purples and gray
Colorful pom poms and pillows that remind me of spring
These are a few of my favorite things
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When the laundry piles up
When the kids scream
When I’m feeling mad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad.

Tomato Factory Antique & Design Center Visit

I recently visited an antique and design center called The Tomato Factory. It is located in historic Hopewell, NJ. What a find!! It features all kinds of antiques and unique home décor items.

Vintage Fiestaware – Tons of it!

I love this French inspired bureau!

Classic French Linen Sofa

Classic French Linen Sofa with an ornate wood trim

Leopard patterned side chairs

Leopard patterned side chairs

Unique side table made from the face of a clock.

Unique side table made from the face of a clock.

Vintage Metal Lights

Vintage Metal Lights

Very cool!

Railroad lanterns

Railroad lanterns

Vintage glassware

Vintage glassware

Vintage Westinghouse fan

Vintage Westinghouse fan

50's & 60's dish cloths

50’s & 60’s dish cloths

Vintage clocks

Vintage clocks

Vintage Christmas ornaments

Vintage Christmas ornaments

I love the painted copper tiles around the mirrors

I love the painted copper tiles around the mirrors

The upstairs floor is my favorite!

The upstairs floor is my favorite

 

La couleur de l’été … CHARTREUSE!

La couleur de l’été …  CHARTREUSE! The color of summer is bright, modern and vibrant. How could it be anything other than chartreuse? This lemon lime hue emanates sunshine.

Chartreuse can be used for a subtle pop of color on a accent wall or piece of furniture.

Hints of black on the piping of furniture or pillows, or art framed in black offers a balanced contrast to chartreuse adding surprise and sophistication without being over the top.*

This citrus hue works beautifully with so many other tones. Chartreuse is so fresh, so happy so airy and filled with tons of energy.**

Chartreuse pairs naturally with neutrals, such as gray or tan. It is a playful, vibrant color that adds excitement to a tired scheme or one that needs a suggestion of light shining through a window.***

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DIY Lettre en fil métallique

Last year when I was visiting family, I came across this very cool wire letter at a store called Nathan & Company located on Coolidge Avenue in Oakland, California. It inspired me to look into interior decor utilizing fil métallique (metal wire). Below, are some incredibly unique ways of incorporating fil métallique in interior design.

I love these wire chandeliers by Zoe Rumeau.

The wire work of Marie Christophe (below) fuses decorative art with sculpture.

I also love the creations of Marie Bossee. Her lights, mobiles and decorative objects are inspired by nature.

Other exciting and unique fil métallique pieces….

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I was so inspired by all of the above fil métallique art, sculptures and light fixtures that I was motivated to create my own lettre en fil métallique. I began by printing out a large letter “P” (my last name initial) on my computer using Microsoft Publisher. The size was 24″ x 32″.
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Using it as a template, I laid my wire mesh on it and cut it to size. I used wire cutters and wore garden gloves to protect my hands.
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I cut out two “P” shapes and two five inch strips.
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I made sure that the ends that met would consist of one side having teeth and one flat. Using pliers I bent the teeth around the flat side.
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I love my lettre en fil métallique. It is a very unique sculptural piece of art.
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Metalinitial@Globalknockoffs2Metalinitial@Globalknockoffs3I am so happy I came across that very cool wire initial at Nathan & Company. It inspired me to look into interior decor utilizing fil métallique and motivated me to make my own lettre en fil métallique.

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Fil De Fer – Wiring Up Your Decor

Fil de fer, literally meaning Thread of Iron, is a prominent feature in French Country décor. It incorporates containers of all kinds made of iron, metal and wire (i.e., baskets, strainers, racks, trivets, etc.). However you describe it, it is a rustic yet elegant element in interior design.

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I’d love to see how you’ve incorporated Fil de Fer into your home décor! Please don’t hesitate to share.

La beauté de la Lavande

La beauté de la Lavande. The beauty of lavender. It can be enjoyed in fresh bouquets, dried arrangements and even in food. It is fragrant and colorful, delicate and soothing.

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I love how it can be a simple decoration just by hanging it.

I recently ordered dried lavender from Dreamy Whites.
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I was so excited when the box of two bundles came. I had the perfect spot in mind where I wanted to hang my newly acquired dried lavender. But first, I had to put my arrangement together. It consisted of a branch, two linen hearts I had made, twine and the lavender.
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I made three bundles out the two lavender bundles I had received. Maria Carr from Dreamy Whites gives a large amount for only $12.00 each.
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I Believe In Linen!

IBelieveInLinen@astrid.seI love the tag line on the latest catalog cover from Libeco Fabrics, “Believe In Linen.” Libeco is a leading manufacturer and distributor of Belgium linen. Like them, “I believe in Linen!” I not only believe in it, I love linen. It is my favorite fabric. It can add sophistication to a room while at the same time, exude a casual laissez-faire attitude.

 

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Linen can be very affordable. You can find linen textiles at H&M Home and Ikea for very reasonable prices.

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One of my favorite sites to purchase linen products is Dreamy Whites.

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I even have linen in my own bedroom. I found the duvet and shams at Ikea. I inherited a cedar chest from my husband’s grandmother and it was full of linen pillow cases!
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J’ Adore Mes Coeurs

J’ adore mes coeurs! I was inspired by Valentine’s Day to finally take down some leftover holiday greens and pine cones and transition to hearts. I had some extra fabric sitting around and came up with the idea of sewing hearts. I love how they turned out!
Valentine Fabric HeartsI made burlap ones. I filled all the hearts with polyester fiber fill.
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I had bought a linen table runner at a rummage sale this past fall for $1.00 and decided to use that for linen hearts. I also had an old cashmere grey sweater that had moth holes. So I used that fabric as well.
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I found an old Burberry wool scarf that the moths had gotten a hold of. I think these are my favorite! J’ adore mes Coeurs Burberry!
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I displayed some in a wire basket in my living room.
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I put the remainder on some branches I collected and added Valentine lights.
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Here are some other fabric hearts I found while spanning the globe!