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.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Reprise -- An Autumnal Equinox

This year, the autumnal equinox falls on Tuesday, September 21 but alas, Linderhof is not decorated for fall -- either inside or outside this year. And it will be a while before Linderhof is decorated for Fall. It was fun to see what I had done last year and am eager to be able to get out and about to get my fall decoratives but, alas, it will be a while yet. Fall will come late to Linderhof this year.

It's Sunday and so I'm sharing my Sunday Favorite with Chari at Happy to Design. Please join her and see what other favorites have been chosen this Sunday.

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.


GardenOfDaisies said...

I have been waiting to see what you will do for fall... I have a lot of blue in my house too, so making the transition to fall is hard for me to picture in my head. I like that you put little pumpkins in your blue bowls, etc. :-)

From the Kitchen said...

Your fall "reprise" and the nip in the air this morning has really put me in the autumn mood. Love seeing more of beautiful Linderhof.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful, beautiful. Linderhof is just gorgeous. What a wonderful home you have!

Mary Bergfeld said...

I love the seasonal changes you make at Linderhof. There is always something delightful to see. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Dan said...

Just lovely Martha. I have never come across Autumn decorations before. Your home looks so welcoming!

Pondside said...

I remember this post - lovely.
I hope you can enjoy hanging on to your summer decor - and fall decorations will be at treat when you are able to get to them.

Chrissie said...

Your home looks wonderful, I like the idea of decorating for the seasons.

Little Messy Missy said...

Very beautiful!

D.B. said...

Your home is always lovely year round! Thanks for reposting this, I had not seen it.

Sarah said...

Glad you reposted this one. Like you, I like to use the little pumpkins in bowls around the house. Thanks for sharing your fall touches with us today.
I hope you'll hop on over to the QCI blog (#9) and join me for a cup of tea. ~ Sarah

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

Ohhh sooo pretty, my friend! I especially like that large autumn arrangement that you have at the foot of your stairs...very grand! Thank you for sharing all of your autumn pretties with us today for Sunday Favorites!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Anonymous said...

I just love your bittersweet with pumpkins and feathers says it is Autumn. Perfectly done. Thanks for the inspiration.

Tanna said...

Linderhof is beautiful! I have so enjoyed my visit here! Tea at three (with those warm scones and clotted cream) sounds fabulous! Hope you are having a speedy recovery from your knee surgery!

Janet said...


I am new here and am enjoying going thru your posts. I love Linderhof...old homes are a passion of mine...and it seems we share an obsession for Bittersweet! There is so much of it here, but most of it is growing in unaccessible places and it makes me crazy that I can't get to it!! I also love blue and white dishes of any kind! Not a tea drinker though...sorry!