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Autumn Home ~ Simple Touches


There's a touch of that crispness in the air
and lots of leaves starting to drop from the trees lately

Yep, it's that time of year.
Time for hot cocoa, warm fires outdoors, chunky sweaters and boots.
That time when little white pumpkins, baskets, and lots of peachy pale flowers dress 
the rooms and outdoor areas around our home

Truth be told, I am not a huge decorator for Fall~
 that's more what I like to do for Christmas decor

For Fall, I like to add bits of subtle seasonal touches to my rooms 
and enjoy that sweet mingle between late Summer and early Fall.

I love dried flowers,
mixing pale pinks with white pumpkins
and lots of gilded golds and mercury glass silvers 
Mixed with wheat and natural grasses they are pretty much staples in my Autumn decor.

Disclaimer: I am not traditional in Autumn decor by any means.
Now...Halloween decor- especially for parties?
 That's another story- I love to get a little creepiness on for Halloween.
But for today, I'm sticking with subtle.

So, with my pale colors, lots of whites and simple natural touches
 I am joining a great group of bloggers
who are sharing some of the rooms of our homes decorated for Autumn.
Even though it has been in the 80's much of the week up here and it certainly hasn't felt very Fallish
 I did get some Autumn inspired decor done and photographed over the weekend.

Here is a glimpse of the start of the Fall decor that is appearing around French Country Cottage

In the kitchen~ I decorated the breakfast area with vintage baskets and paper plate holders
A few dried roses and a seasonal quote on the chalkboard and it was finished

So simple in the dining area~
for now it's just a bouquet of mixed sunflowers, roses and safflower
on the table with a few little pumpkins

In the living room~ soft faded dried florals are the main attraction

Lots of white dishes and brown transferware 

The buffet deux corps is graced with dried flowers, wheat, waxflower
 and simple greens on it's shelves

 I always love to collect some of those large acorns that start falling this time of year
 and scatter them around as well

The mantel is simple for now 
with one of my favorite streaky, cloudy, mottled old mirrors wearing a new love this year
a natural wheat wreath. I love these and have placed them in several spots.
Dried hydrangeas are marching down the mantel - which they did all  Summer long
so a few pumpkins are tucked in for Fall now but I have a feeling this area will get it's
 full Fall makeover soon

The bedroom mantel gets a new look each year for Fall as well.

This year- I used the cedar box I built in the Spring and filled it with 
pale and dark pink dried roses
Yep another wheat wreath on the mirror- love them.

I love the gilded touches - like the pheasant, mirror and sconces

Another wheat wreath wearing a green grosgrain ribbon hangs on a gilded
 antique mirror

I know it's not the traditional oranges, yellows and reds.
My Autumn decor has a romantic twist with the pinks and whites 
and is big on natural and very simple touches 

Like a single small white pumpkin on the commode 
or a couple of them on the dainty chest of drawers in the bathroom

Simple is pretty much my mantra

Those very simple, natural, romantic touches continue into my office

where more dried florals are mixed with old brassy golds and white pumpkins

My Fall decor is not quite wrapped up yet
so I will be sharing more in the coming weeks including the rest of the office dressed for Autumn

as well as the guest cottage wearing it's seasonal best

Ready for a sneak peek?

More on that soon- but
this week you are in for a real treat.
 A 25 homes all decked out for Fall 

 If you are looking for inspiration for your home
you won't want to miss any of them!

Here's the line up:

Monday, September 23
Tuesday, September 24
Wednesday, September 25
Thursday, September 26
Friday, September 27
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  1. Yours is the first! (At least on my dashboard.) Your house looks great--with all your pale colors a lot of the traditional autumnal colors would be too jarring. Beautiful!

  2. Love your roses and pumpkins. The leaves are already falling here. I think mostly because it was a bit of a draught summer. Hope you are having very nice weather. xoxo,Susie

  3. You've done a soft and lovely Fall in your home, Courtney! While the orange colors always say "Fall" to me, I find I am liking things toned down a bit more in recent years. Your décor appeals to me and it doesn't take over.

  4. Absolutely gorgeous, Courtney - love your dried roses

  5. Gorgeous Autumn at your home, Courtney!

  6. Oh. my. goodness!!! The eye candy here!! are a genius. A photography, pink flower, little pumpkin, and even pheasants kind of genius! Love!

  7. I love your subtle fall vignettes! And that cedar box filled with dried roses is gorgeous. You are totally making me rethink my oranges and browns for fall!!!

  8. Gorgeous Autumn tour, Courtney. Love the flowers and Baby Boos!

  9. I luv your romantic approach to Fall decorating. This year, I too decided to walk away from the traditional and go with a softer side of Fall. Thanks for sharing your luvly home Courtney.

  10. Beautiful, Courtney! I love the combination of white pumpkins and pretty and natural! Thanks so much for sharing your home with us!...hugs...Debbie

  11. These are stunning photos! I love your take on fall!

  12. Oh my!! Absolutely love love love all of the photos and your choice of decor!! Beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing!!

  13. I love your soft fal decor, and the roses are simply stunning. Your little breakfast area is one of my favorites. Hugs, Marty

  14. LOVE!!! I am just in awe of your home and would love to go on an actual, real life, tour of your home! It's just stunning!! Your pictures look like they came right out of a magazine! I love those little white pumpkins that sprinkle your home here and there, and those sunflowers mixed in with the pale pink roses is just brilliant! I would have never thought to put those together, but it works and looks amazing!! Hugs!! Claire

  15. Stunning - I always love your home, but it truly shines in the fall! Thanks for sharing your home. Off to the next stop....

  16. Always a delight visiting your beautiful blog Courtney.

  17. Your mantle is just magnificent Courtney! I never thought of roses and pumpkins together in 1 mix but oh my, you pulled it off so beautifully!!!!

  18. Hi Courtney, Your home looks lovely. I love how you added some fall touches to so many spaces. Great to meet you on the tour!

  19. My friend, there is NOTHING simple about your home. I love that you maintain your soft spirit of pink and white throughout your home, even for Fall. No one says Fall has to be all orange. You do dried roses better than anyone I have ever seen. I love your "simple" touches. Thanks for kicking off the first day of our tour with a bang! xxoo

  20. Oooh - it's truly beautiful, Courtney. You are a master at mixing so many romantic and muted fall'ish elements together. Just love it!

  21. Your house looks so pretty, Courtney! I'm not big into decorating for fall either. I like what you've done...marrying summer to fall with some subtle touches.

  22. It is absolute perfection dressed for fall in a simple and beautiful way! I love it.

  23. Courtney, love this little party. Yvonne is one of my favorite women on the planet. I've contacted Shari and we will send you the correct clickable button. Oct 1st beginning.

  24. What a gorgeous Fall Home tour! Every touch is perfect!
    House on the Way

  25. Oh my! There's nothing simple about what you've done here. My word for it would be stunning! All of your images are beautiful, but I especially love the one of the ballet slippers with the white pumpkin below!

  26. Courtney- just beautiful, I love your romantic twist on the season.

  27. It's not traditional, but so very pretty in all its beautiful softness and femininity. Very lovely, Courtney.

  28. Beautiful, Courtney! I just adore how you mix summer with fall with all the gorgeous textures and colors!

    xoxo laurie

  29. so welcoming and warm- i love the addition of pink into fall decor, too!

  30. LOVE all of the dried flowers! So beautiful! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  31. Simple, elegant, gorgeous! Love it Courtney!

  32. Just lovely! Your floral arrangements are particularly beautiful, and all those dried flowers--so romantic! I'm a redhead, so I've always loved the flaming colors of Fall, but I think your home looks very pretty and autumnal even without those colors. Great job!

  33. Simply classy and gorgeous Courtney - just like you!!! I love all of the fall details you added to your home - the vintage pheasant is perfect on your mantel!! Love the mixture of florals with harvest fruit and pumpkins! Thanks for sharing your fall home tour with us!

  34. I couldn't wait to see your Fall home tour, Courtney and I was not disappointed. I love the way you do're a girl after my own simple loving heart.

  35. I love your subtle style and it is especially lovely for fall. This is a great look for an area where the season's changes are also subtle.
    have a great week, Ginger

  36. As always, Courtney ....your simple fall floral touches inspire me. Thank you for using natures beauty in such a lovely way in your home. Always makes me smile! ~Christy

  37. You have such a way with flowers... and now pumpkins. So ethereal and like a fairytale! Your artistic eye for beauty and mixing natural elements with simple or luxury things is amazing! LOVE the tour!

  38. It all looks beautiful Courtney, I like a nontraditional look too.

  39. Your home is always so soothing to the eye, Courtney. Everything beautiful and elegant but still so warm and inviting.

  40. So dreamy!! I love your home and love the way you decorated especially without the orange ;)
    Jamie @

  41. GORGEOUS Courtney!! I love the acorns in the teacups.

  42. Courtney I love it all! So soft and pretty. Who would think of the bathroom? That is just elegant. I am with you - not a big fall decorator - maybe it is the orange thing! I like some soft white pumpkins and naturals.

  43. Your home is extremely gracious...I have so enjoyed this tour.
    Looking forward to coming back again soon.

  44. As usual, the photography is amazing and your home gorgeous! I always love how you effortlessly fill your home with flowers that welcome us every time. Thank you for joining us on our tour!

  45. Hi Courtney,
    Love how you decorate for fall. I too don't go all out for fall, choosing to focus on Christmas instead. That said, I love what you do with the dried roses, mixing it up with white pumpkins and brown transfer ware. Just beautiful! ~Delores

  46. Hi Courtney,
    I love how you decorate for all! I too don't go all out for fall, choosing instead to go all out at Christmas. Love how you use roses with the white pumpkins and brown transfer ware! Gorgeous! ~Delores

  47. Courtney, I love it all. That last photo is my fave.