Hey friends! Happy Fall! Last week, instead of posting, I was getting ready for this tour. I haven’t done a fall tour before, but I had so much fun sharing my home with you for Christmas and Spring, I was thrilled when Rachel at Maison de Pax asked me to be a part of her Fall Into Home, blog hop.
The talent among this tour group makes my jaw drop, over and over… but also it has me second guessing my own work a lot.
Which is why I didn’t post last week…. I was spending all my time over-thinking then stepping away, reminding myself do decorate to MY style… things that my family loves. Lots of physical editing happens before I actually take pictures, which only took me a couple hours. Perhaps you are wondering why all this effort is worth it to me…. well I look at it as my resume of sorts. It is a way to show a tiny sliver of the internet, how I stage and decorate, and improvements I’ve made on a budget. I love vintage furniture and every single room in my home has at least one vintage piece, if not all. I repurpose, reuse, refinish… I sew, paint, build, and craft…. I make it work, wear it out, or do without… I’m making my home, my own.
I used a lot more color than I normally do, because for some reason I was really digging a bit of the traditional fall palette. I know it isn’t for everyone… but we love it right now. I hope you enjoy this tour and stick around to see what else I create next. 🙂
Our home is not big. It doesn’t have a big grandiose entry with sweeping stairs and vaulted ceilings. But, as I’ve shared here before, it is the first home that is ours and I love the challenge of creating functional and beautiful spaces for our family of 5 in this mid-century ranch.
This is the spot we kick off our shoes, hang up sweaters, hats, and backpacks, and set down our shopping bags.
I bought a bushel of apples for the first time this year and I’m excited to make applesauce, apple pie filling, and some fresh apple crumble with vanilla ice cream– one of our favorites around here.
This is our entry.
The entry also shares the room with our front room, which is where we sit when visitors come to chat for a minute. However, it is so open to the dining and living areas, it is hardly private or secluded… just how we like it. 🙂
The piano sits on the wall between the kitchen entrance and dining entrance, and faces you when you walk in. I don’t play piano very well, Bruno plays a little, but I’ve kept it in-tune so that when visitors come that know how to play, or when the moment is right for my kids to learn, we have it ready. Music has always been a part of both of our childhoods, so we want to foster it in our children as well. Most recently it is where my oldest, Owen, sits to practice scales on his violin.
Finally added curtains to this window! It really finished off this room for me. There are still a couple things, like crown moulding that we will add this winter, but for now, it feels the closest to being finished from all the rooms in our home. For now is the key word, right? haha 😉
This is our front room.
This painting I shared a couple weeks ago as part of a free printable hop. As popular as the rainbow of books were, I had to move things around to be a little more cohesive with the rest of the room. That, and I needed those books in my master! haha 🙂
I blame my bestie Lucy, for getting me addicted to glass cloches. So many ways to use them, but here I chose to just group them as a collection.
This kitchen has so much potential and it is about to see several new upgrades within the next few months. A new island is one of them…. but I’ll share my plans for this space in another post soon. 🙂 Lots of delicious (and some disgusting) food as been made here. 😉 I don’t LOVE to cook of the sake of cooking. But I LOVE to cook to fill my kid’s bellies. There is something so satisfying about providing nourishment for their little bodies and getting long sighs, sleepy smiles, and sticky kisses as my thank you.
This is our kitchen.
My son, Owen, painted that little stool to sell, and once he was done I loved it so much, I bought it from him! It matches the new secretary I painted last month and is the perfect size for my little assistent, Kaila. She is most insistent on helping me with aaaaaaaall the things in the kitchen.
I have never bought sunflowers before this year. But I’ve also never used orange in my decor until this year, either.
Change feels good.
I loved seeing baked sweets and treats in my friend, Kristen’s, home tour, so I couldn’t resist adding some maple leaf cookies (Trader Joe’s) and fresh apple pie (moi). The kids really enjoyed the payoff from this also 😉
The dining room is on the way to the living room and is surprisingly the heart of our home. Homework, art projects, meals, games of Uno and Jenga, snacks, and long chats with friends and family, all happen around this table. I decided this summer that it was time to get rid of the white chairs I refinished years ago. They had lived a long, good life, and would require more work than I wanted to give them, so I phased out 4 of them and bought these fantastic oak chairs on craigslist.
This is our dining room.
The farmhouse tablescape is simple with my staples: blue and white, with festive pops of reddish rust, and brass. Making a beautiful table will always remind me of my paternal grandma. I remember being so little and being in awe of her collections of china, tablecloths, cloth napkins, placemats, and fine silver. A thoughtfully set table was just as important as the good food served there. The food tasted better, the conversations more interesting, and the memories sweeter.
I’m always told I’m crazy for having white furniture in the room we spend the most amount of time in. The honest truth is, it is easier to clean and it looks classic with whatever decor I decide to switch out. I also wrote a post earlier this year about why I chose it and my review after a year.
This space is the stage for skirt twirls and super hero costumes, the spot of sunday napping, movie-watching, and good book-reading.
This is our living room.
Sitting in this spot, looking at this view, is one of my most favorites in the house right now. I just love the bits of orange and blue with the white and gray backdrop.
Pumpkin pillow on my slipcovered wingback chair can be found HERE.
I think another big advantage of doing a home tour is it forces you to rethink the styling/staging you have been living with for several months. I re-styled my bookcases, and now I love looking at them again! They were getting so tired before.
Here is a view, not often photographed… Can you see why the table is the center or heart of our home? It is so central, viewed from every main living area. We can be sitting in the living room still eyeing that straggler child who is eating the last few bites of their broccoli… 😉
Gallery walls I feel need to be changed up about once a year. I changed mine up earlier this spring, but I was already itching to add something new. Good think Emily has such cute free printables… this Autumn Favorites one has all the colors I am decorating with this year!
In our bedroom, I’ve mostly been focused on making it our cozy retreat. Fall-fying this room consisted of adding a fuzzy throw, and some soft-texture pillows. Each piece in this room holds a story, which have become a part of our story, as a married couple for 11 years.
This is our master bedroom.
If you remember my master bedroom mini makeover a couple months ago, you will notice a few new things added… I’ll share more in another post.
If you are curious how our patio looks for fall, go to this post.
Thank you for visiting! I know I enjoy our home more when I make an effort to beautify it, especially when I have to get creative and make something, so I hope something here has inspired you to beautify your home in a way that represents YOU. If you have any questions about anything that I shared in these pics, feel free to comment or email me!
Make sure to check out the other fall tours from these beautiful gals:
Maison de Pax | Everyday Enchanting | Just a Girl and Her Blog | The Happy House | Finding Silver Pennies
Blesser House | Migonis Home | Cherished Bliss | The Woodgrain Cottage | Design, Dining and Diapers
Rooms for Rent | Shades of Blue Interiors | House by Hoff | The Sunny Side Up Blog | The Blissful Bee
Sonya~At Home with The Barkers says
Your addition of the fall colors is perfect with your decor. LOVE all of your pillows! Beautiful. ~Sonya
Thank you Sonya! Most of the new fall ones are from World Market… I had a gift card! Haha 🙂
cassie @ primitive & proper says
your home is beautiful as always, rachel. and so are you! love all of the touches of orange and LOVE your entry SOOOOO much! thank you for sharing!
Thank you so much Cassie! Xoxo
I’m in LOVE with your home. I have a couple of questions. Did you make or buy the book shelves in the living room. Did you make or buy the mason jar light in your master bedroom? Did I mention I am in love? : )
Thank you so much!! The lights by our bed were made by me, yes! Such a simple light that really only requires some holes in the metal lid and a lamp kit. The bookshelves were a kit that we bought from Home Depot then built a cabinet base for them. I did a tutorial on that here: https://www.shadesofblueinteriors.com/custom-cabinet-base-for-bookcase-with/
Amazing!! I love everything!! Your bed is amazing!!!
Every single room is absolute perfection!!! All of that editing definitely paid off. I do the same thing and just laugh at myself when I realize I’m trying to decorate for others and not for me. Everything is beautiful, Rachel! 🙂
Leia @ Eat It & Say Yum says
The whole house is beautiful, Rachel! Man, I miss hanging out there and making/ eating breakfast with ya! Please come decorate my house!!! 😉
Susan Shipe says
The blue door free printable is lovely. I just printed it and will put it in a frame in our living room. Thank you so much! Beautiful blog, home, and commentary.
April Hoff says
I just love all of your classic and antique pieces, Rachel! And the way you create vignettes all over the house is perfection! You were right to stick to “your style!” I loved your tour!
Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog says
What a beautiful tour, Rachel! I love your style and how the hints of orange really pop off of the lighter backgrounds. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous home with us!
I haven’t gotten anything done for the past week and a half with so much fall lovin’ going on! I love, love, love your use of autumn colors. I could move in! ?
I love the pops of color in your home. I love neutral also, but I think it’s fun to mix it up. That coral in your master is so beautiful. I will be sure to follow you and see what new eye candy you come up with. Very beautiful !
Jennifer@The Chronicles of Home says
You have SUCH a pretty house, Rachel! I am uber impressed with how much of it you were able to stage and photograph. I need a nap after just a couple spots 😉 I am hooked on cloches too – never thought to blame Lucy for it but it might totally be her fault! They make everything look prettier. My absolute favorite here in your entryway – totally functional but still beautifully staged and the photo looks straight out of a magazine. Gorgeous in every way!!!
Katie @ Little House of Four says
You have such a gorgeous home that looks so warm and inviting for fall! I could get lost for hours looking at all your beautiful pictures.
Loved your house tour. Where did you get those cute little bushel baskets?
Rachel Paxton says
It is just beautiful, Rachel! Your dresser with the door painting and the coffee table in the living room both took my breath away. So so very glad you joined us! xx
Rachel, your home is absolutely gorgeous! I absolutely adore your church pew bench, I’ve been trying to get my Dad to give me his for years 🙂 Everything is so beautifully put together and I love the fall elements!
Rachel, I love it all and you have inspired me to use orange this year. I love how you’ve added storage under that bench in your hallway and I love the blue secretary and stool. I think I need some cloches 😉 I’ll blame Lucy too xx
Judy H. says
Your home looks absolutely lovely and inviting! I love the color that popped up in the most perfect places. The persimmon shade you used is gorgeous, not too red, not too orange…simply Autumn. Your entryway is such a clever, multi-purpose area. I have the same kind of entryway you do and I’ve never been able to figure out what to do with it. I’ve got an idea now!
Krista @ the happy housie says
Oh my, Rachel, I am so excited to find your blog! I love your home!! So stunning. Heading over to follow you now so I don’t miss out on anything new!
Elizabeth@ Rustic Maple says
Your home is beautiful and so nicely decorated for this Fall season. The church pew and shelf in the front entry are great pieces and the decor is lovely. Thanks for sharing this tour.
Courtney@ Distressed Nest says
Absolutely beautiful! My favorite parts are the little stool you bought from your son, and your sharing the legacy of your grandmother’s table, and passing that loving gesture down to your own family. My paternal grandmother had that same gift and it made me smile.Thank you for giving us a glimpse inside of your lovely home
For a long time I’ve been trying to figure out exactly what my “taste” is, until I saw these pictures. I went, “that’s it!” Your home is so beautiful! I love all of the details. I will definitely be following your decorating adventures from now on. Do you mind if I ask you where you got the pillow with the blue pumpkin on it? Thank you :))
Awww you are so sweet Georgia! Thank you! The pumpkin pillow is from my friend, Lucy @ CraftberryBush, in her Society6 shop. They are having free worldwide shipping right now, so it is a great deal! I edited my post and included a link to her shop right below the picture where the pumpkin pillow first appears.
Adriana Wilford says
Love how you are not afraid to use some color to highlight your most precious showpiece 🙂
Everything is fabulous. I love each room. You did a marvelous job! Thanks for sharing.
I forgot to ask, where did you get the beautiful chair and sofa covers from. Love them
JK Dean says
Hi I was wondering where you got your dining room chair skirts? I absolutely love them!!