Since the homeowner, Deborah Herbertson, is a floral designer, it’s easy to change the look of her home with natural elements, but it’s when fall arrives that she really takes all of her time to beautify her charming 1920s Connecticut cottage.
Branches, dry leaves, pumpkins bring harmony and a rustic balance to the quaint vintage decor seen in every room while crisp white walls reflect the deep colors found in each decorative piece.
This home comes to show us that we don’t need to paint our house orange and add a pumpkin to every room in order to make it feel more decorated for the fall… subtle fall decor with soothing colors is often best!
The homeowner loves decorating her cottage for the different seasons, but she especially enjoys celebrating the arrival of autumn. Isn’t this back porch welcoming? Notice the surprising color palette of blue, white with orange accents.
Being originally from the hometown of Westport, a coastal community on Long Island Sound, the homeowner loves coastal interiors and this breezy foyer showcases this style with the pale blue foyer wall color, vintage turquoise bottles, bamboo chairs and the distressed console table. To add a subtle fall look to the space, the homeowner added oakleaf hydrangea leaves and white “Baby Boo” pumpkins.
Deborah had renovated a kitchen before and she wanted to keep this one as simple as possible. The beadboard ceiling, white marble backsplash, and black granite countertops allow various seasonal creations to take center stage on a stainless steel island, which she commissioned from a local restaurant supply company.
“Sometimes we forget the beauty of simple things,” says the homeowner, a lifelong devotee of the popular pottery that began production in 1848 and continued until the 1990s. The vibrant greens really pop in the company of ironstone serving pieces.
Oh, I love this brilliant idea!!! Take note! The homeowner lines round zinc baskets from Terrain (hand-forged orbs start at $38) with sheet moss, fills them with soil and dried angel vine (it looks like “a big tumbleweed,” she says), which, like a flower frog, helps hold things in place. From there, anything goes. Add annuals, pumpkins, succulents, or cut branches for a boost of color.
DIY Terrarium: Place 2 to 3 inches of small gravel (for drainage) in a jar followed by a couple inches of soil. Nestle in hardy plants—Deborah loves mini ferns and succulents—and personalize with trinkets (toy deer, tiny houses) to add whimsy. Water as needed.
White walls create the perfect backdrop for the roadside found iron bed and the flea market finds, which include the vintage wood sign above the bed.
The homeowner added a vintage sign she found at a London flea market on window. Isn’t it charming? The cabinet on the right was from a dentist office.
For this floral designer, adding plants to your home goes beyond decor; “There’s something spiritual about feeling connected to the earth and living with plants. It’s wonderful to have that layer, and it works whether you live in a modern glass house or a traditional space.”
As I often say… a home can’t become beautiful with decorative pieces alone. Our home is an extension of ourselves and our inner beauty.
Deborah Herbertson via Country Living magazine.
Photos by: David A. Land Photography.
Hello, my wonderful friends. How are you today?
Every time I end a post, there’s this feeling of deep gratitude that comes to my heart. I just feel grateful for each and every one of you and I always wish and hope you come here to feel good, to feel at peace and leave this place feeling better.
May you feel happy as you go on with your day…
We will talk again tomorrow! 🙂
Luciane from HomeBunch.com
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