Monday, September 26, 2011

Fall-My Love/Hate Relationship

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Fall is here whether I like it or not. 
All of my kicking and screaming isn't going to keep it away,
so I've decided to give in, go ahead and do my best to welcome it.
So, Welcome Fall!

Did that sound at all sincere?
Really gracious of me, right?
It's not that I don't like fall because I really do.
I love the colors of the changing leaves, the smell of burning logs in fireplaces, anything and all things pumpkin, all of that good stuff. What I really don't like about fall is that it's the season before winter. Mmhhmm, that's it. That's the only reason I don't like fall. Because I loathe winter. Hate it. Despise it. Chicago winters. Need I say more?

But, I'm doing my best to get into the spirit. I've seen so many great fall home decorations the last couple of weeks and, of course, if you check out Pinterest, board after board of fall loveliness.

The last time I was in Florida I gave my dining room mantel a little fall flair.
The leaves are faux since Florida doesn't get bright orange and yellow changing leaves.
And the pumpkins? Plastique. Ooh la la.

That's my best attempt to get on the early fall decorating bandwagon.
Hopefully, it'll get better when I get into a better mindset that fall is here to stay.
I really should do some fluffing in the Illinois rental...just not quite feeling it yet.
What about you? How are you feeling about this season?
Pulling out your pumpkins, leaf garlands and gourds?
I'll be looking to see what you've done.
I'm linking up to lots of parties this week. Hope to see you there.
More wedding pics will be coming later this week too!

All the best!

Plus these other parties...


  1. Your mantel is beautiful. The orange really pops against the turquoise blue background.

  2. That looks great. I love how the colors pop.

  3. Oh, it's beautiful. Even with the kicking and screaming!

  4. Hi Barb! I just looooove your mantel. Something about it is so intriguing. I love how the room is mostly monochromatic and then you have those pretty orange pops of color on the mantel. Looks fab and you did a great job!

  5. I love your whole dining room and the fall touches. I just try not to think about winter. I loathe it too. Let's hope for a very long Fall season.

  6. Very lovely mantel...makes me think there is a nip in the air! (burrrr)

    Visiting from my dashboard (I'm a Follower now)
    ~Suzanne in NW IL

  7. Wow! I love how the colors pop in the two-toned room!!! So pretty. And that mantel is to die for. Mine's fake too. :o) Well, not fake, it's there, it just doesn't burn wood. Or gas. Or anything else that makes flames. lol
    Thanks again for coming by and commenting on my mantel. I'll have to poke around a bit more while I'm here......

    Mindy @ Rindy Mae

  8. A girl after my own heart! I'm not in a hurry to bring on the Fall or Winter for that matter either! Your mantle looks absolutely stunning. As a matter of fact, your entire room looks gorgeous!

  9. i feel exactly the same gotta be from IL to really grasp the LOVE/HATE with Fall!! ;)'re mantel looks great...loving the orange and turquoise...who know they looked so great together!

  10. It's very pretty! I love the way the orange pops with your pretty blue walls. I'm not quite on board with Fall yet, but I'm getting there!

  11. I'm in love with your look. I'm now a follower. Found you at The Lettered Cottage.

  12. Your mantel looks fabulous!! I haven't accepted that summer is over...I am in Chicago, too and don't look forward to the winter!! I'll give it another week or two before I start decorating! ;-D


  13. I love it and LOVE your soup tureen!


  14. I love that orange against the blue! And who cares if it's all plastic! Looks great.

  15. This is fab! I love it! This really makes me re-think my utter disdane for orange! Your room is beautiful, too!

    Now Following!

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

  16. Lovely and simple! And I love those wall sconces!


  17. So pretty!!! I love your wall color. I have that same color in my bedroom and it's so pretty to wake up to every morning! Love your mantle so much and the tin ceiling tile is amazing! Very pretty fall decor!

  18. I feel the same way about fall, so I've just been ignoring it so far. But this room is simply beautiful! It makes me want to buy pumpkins!

  19. So simple and beautiful! The orange looks amazing against your walls! Stunning!

  20. I love that ceiling tile on your blue wall! WOW whatta pretty pop of color! Great mantel, too. Visiting from Layla's!

  21. Wow!! Gorgeous!! That entire dining room is lovely. I totally hear ya about the love/hate relationship with Fall. I'm in Canada and know we're in for months and months of cold and snow. : (

    ~ Catie

    Stop by and say hi sometime!! = )

  22. I not only love your mantle, but your whole room. The colors are just gorgeous. Glad I found you on the Lettered Cottage :)

  23. Pretty! The orange and tourquoise look great together!

  24. Love your mantle! The celing tin is wonderful!

  25. it looks wonderful~ i confess i quit decorating for seasons about a decade ago... so lazy!

  26. I've looked at 50 or more mantels tonight! Your's is the second one I've commented on. I LOVE it! I love your design symmetry. I lean that way's always refreshing to see another!! ( " Love your style!

  27. First of all, LOVE the FAV color! Secondly, I love the punch of orange against the walls and mantle. Good job.

  28. It looks gorgeous! I love the last shot with the dining room table and all of the colors together! What a gorgeous space!

  29. Your mantel is gorgeous and it looks terrific against the aqua wall! We will eventually have Fall here, maybe in December!

  30. wow! Your mantel, and the whole room, is gorgeous! I love how it looks with your wall color!
    And if it makes you feel any better, I live in ND. Can't get any worse than our winters!!

  31. Love the color you chose for the wall! Absolutely stunning!

  32. This looks so nice! I love the orange popping on the mantel with all the white and pretty aqua walls. Very pretty.

  33. I'm loving it!! Sharing it on FB~ Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  34. I love the colors! really caught my eye this morning.

    I am your newest follower and would love for you to follow me.
    Have a wonderful day!!

  35. Your dining room is gorgeous! I love it. And I have to say you sound just like me when it comes to fall. I always go into it reluctantly because I know that means another winter is right around the corner...

  36. This looks like a magazine photo. Love the gorgeous colors, you did great! thanks for linking up with VIF! xo

  37. It looks like your home is just way too the blues and white

    Visiting from no minimalist here
    Rasha @ mychampagnetaste

  38. Barb I adore you room decor and the mantle!! Gorgeous!

    I understand, I am not thrilled about winter either, however this is my very favorite time of year!

    I have hooked up with Julia's Party as well!


    Art by Karena

  39. Love the last picture, it pops! very well done!
    Love all the white!

  40. The orange is so striking against the cool colors in the rest of your room. Really beautiful! (You make kicking and screaming look really lovely and graceful, BTW! lol!)

  41. Hi Barb, This is such a pretty room. I know I am suppose to be looking at the mantle but the fabulous chandy got my attention first. The mantle is lovely and I especially like the tin piece. Thanks for joining the open House party.

  42. What is the wall color? I just love it.


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