Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Autumnal Equinox

Tuesday, September 22, is the first day of fall or the Autumnal Equinox. The day is as long as the night and as September progresses the days will become shorter and the nights longer until December when we have the shortest day and the longest night and the days start getting longer again.

Each year, the first of September finds me thinking about Fall Decorations but what with Labor Day and other late summer activities, the best laid plans . . . .

And then, I realize (egads) that it is truly fall and decorations must be gotten out. One cannot have summer decorations out in fall any more than one can have Christmas decorations for Valentine's!

My decorations are simple -- pumpkins, gourds, branches of bittersweet and fall colored leaves. Perhaps some pheasant feathers.

But these are only half of the fall decorations, for come early October, the plants come in -- that is the final fall (and winter) decoration.

The big blue and white vase and big blue and white ginger jar on the mantle hold leaves and bittersweet in fall. At Christmas they hold branches of greenery and in spring, pussy willow and forsythia. You can tell the season by what are in these vases.

The blackamoors on the mantle were an estate sale find. I paid more for them than I usually do for an estate sale pretty but I had just gotten a new Charles Faudree book and he had blackamoors . . . and there they were. Home to Linderhof they came and they've been on the mantle ever since.

Imagine my surprise this weekend when the newest issue of Traditional Home magazine came and in one of the featured homes were the exact same blackamoors. Found at a Paris flea market the article said. I think I found a treasure and are certainly worth the $30 I paid for them!

The bowls of summer potpourri are replaced with pumpkins. These are faux. Sparkly and green -- they add a nice shimmer. I've had them forever -- bought long long ago at Hobby Lobby and whenever I go through fall decorations, these little guys always make the cut.

At the foot of the stairs is a table and a cloisonne bowl. Filled with leaves and bittersweet and feathers, it makes a statement for fall.

The breakfast room has it's own blue and white bowl. Filled with pumpkins both stripe and orange ones.
A bouquet of garden flowers are sometimes picked and placed in a vase next to the pumpkin bowl.
Another blue and white bowl -- this one bigger and Asian rather than English. Filled with pumpkis and gourds and sprigs of bittersweet.
A gauzy tablecloth with autumn leaves add to the feeling of fall.
On the sideboard, the big blue and white vase holds more bittersweet and leaves. I've been eyeing some purply blue berries to add to this arrangement. I think it will be a great addition!

I don't add fall to the dining room mantle, but the pumpkins and gourds on the dining room table and the leaves and bittersweet on the sideboard says fall.

The front porch welcomes our guests and so it needs to feel like fall as well. Pumpkins and gourds and bittersweet in a basket as well as the hurricane that lives on the porch is just the touch of fall that the porch table needs.

And the glass topped iron table with the iron urns filled with fall leaves and the big pumpkin bought 3 years ago for a pittance because it was almost Thanksgiving.

The little gnome is always on the table -- an early marriage purchase -- it now has great patina. We both like to read and what better souvenier than a bookish gnome!

The colors of fall seem to go well at Linderhof. We enjoy decorating for the season and after Christmas, fall is probably our favorite.

I'm ready now for the Autumnal Equinox tomorrow. Linderhof is finally clad in her fall finery -- both inside and out.

Please join me at Rose Colored Glasses for a Welcome Fall Party. It's always so much fun to see what everyone else is doing to decorate for fall.


The Brick Basement said...

the floral arrangement in front of the window is just stunning!!!

Melinda said...

Really pretty decorations Martha.
I like the outside ones best-I find
decorating outside just as important as inside.
Looking forward to tomorrow!!!


niartist said...

Stunning Martha. Don't you love fall? I mean, not that we can ever get enough summer up in Snow Country, but the colors, and textures, and move into more "warm" interiors has me giddy! Thank you for sharing. :)

Deanna said...

beautiful Autumn decorations!
May you have a blessed Autumn!
I like to see the leaves of trees turn their bright colors.


Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Martha...

Ohhh my...Linderhof is ready for Autumn!!! It's all so beautiful, my friend! But I must admit that my favorite is the fabulous Fall florals done up in the cloisonne bowl! It's stunning!!!

Warmest wishes and Happy Fall!

Pondside said...

You put me to shame! I think that the first thing I'll do in the morning is get that summery wreath off the front door and replace it with a fall decoration - it's still gorgeous and sunny here and hard to imagine that it's really fall.
Lovely post, by the way!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the visit Martha! Your Fall decor is gorgeous, as is your entire home!

Can't wait to come back and see what you have going on :-)

Anonymous said...

Oh, Martha! What beautiful Fallness you have in your home! Everything is so pretty! You home is gorgeous and makes me want to 'beg' you to show more of it! Happy Fallness!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Darlene said...

Stopping by from the Fall Party. I LOVE all your beautiful decorations. I haven't even managed to decorate outside yet. Your gnome is just too cute!! Happy Fall!!

Sherri said...

Your Fall ready home is beautiful. Love the dining room area...noticed the door open to the porch just welcoming in that cool Autumn breeze!

Rhondi said...

Hi Martha
Your home looks so warm and inviting. I love the bowls filled with pumpkins and gourds and the wonderful golden hue everything has. It's all beautiful. Thanks for joining the party.
Hugs, Rhondi

Maggie said...

Your fall decorations are lovely, so stylish and understated.
Thanks for visiting Normandy again.
a bientot

Phyllis @Around the House said...

Love seeing all the fall colors and I love all the warmth of your beautiful settings, I will be back again....Phyllis

Phyllis @Around the House said...

I forgot to let you know I also loved the fritata pictures, I'm a new follower....yea....phyllis

Tammy518 said...

I love all of your beautiful fall decor, and the arrangement with the pheasant feathers is awesome!

Elizabethd said...

What lovely decorations. It's somethiong that we just dont do in UK or here in France.I think we should!

Mary Bergfeld said...

I love what you've done, Martha. It all looks lovely.

Nellie's Cozy Place said...

Hi Martha,
Thanks for coming by today, it is always nice to meet a fellow bloggy friend. Your house looks lovely as well. Thanks for your sweet comments. Hope you have a great fall season and a lovely
Blessings, Nellie

Stella said...

Love how the fall colors compliment all your blue and white pieces. I love the wrought iron arbor in your header. Thanks for coming by to see me.

Mary said...

You have a magnificent home Martha and it welcomes so warmly dressed to Autumn.

I love everything. Thank you for stopping by so I could visit in return.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Sooo lovely! Everything look elegant. :)

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

That cloisenne bowl with the bittersweet and feathers is wonderful. I also like the bowl on the dining room table with the gourds and bittersweet. Do you grow your own bittersweet?

Amber said...

I love all the bowls of pumpkins laying around everywhere!

Joyce said...

Your home looks perfect for Fall. It is still way to hot here to think about Fall no matter what the date.

Martha said...

Karen --

I'm ashamed to admit that the bittersweet is faux -- way too early for prairie bittersweet. I rush the season!

Anonymous said...

Everything has such a warm glow to it - what a nice touch you have. Thank you for sharing.

Kammy said...

Girl, you have some fab ideas. I am loving filling a bowl full of to try that - thanks ! I also love that warm glow from your lamps , nice job !

Barb said...

Goodness, they are all so lovely! Each one is prettier than the next!

Happy Fall.

Barb :-)

Kathleen said...

You've inspired me to get going on fall. It is my favorite season.

Jocelyn said...

What warm inviting fall decorations. Happy Fall!


Anonymous said...

Your home looks really festive and welcoming. Welcoming both for fall and for guests.
Happy fall.

Kathy b

Bernideen said...

Your decorations are lovely and maybe bittersweet grows where you live?

Sue said...

Martha, Your home looks lovely and inviting with all its fall finery! Love the pumpkin and gourd filled bowls, as well as the one filled with feathers, bittersweet and leaves. Is that a naturally dark colored pumpkin or did you paint it? It's quite unique and cool..
:-) Sue

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