Sunday, August 23, 2015

Transitioning to an Autumn State of Mind





My house is a shambles.  Half painted kitchen cabinets in the front hall and on my dining room table. Paint-spattered drop cloths all over the floor.  Bathroom sink and faucet sitting on the coffee table. Cans of paint everywhere.  

We'll be going back to the cabin soon to try and make some headway with the remaining items on our to-do list and with all the pre-preparation (painting bathroom vanity and kitchen cabinets, ordering fixtures and other materials, ordering a replacement window with tempered glass, and on and on and on), it's been hard to squeeze in any meaningful blogging time over the past few months.



For a while now, posts have been less frequent since I must fill every spare moment with seemingly endless cabin-related activity. And most of my photos tend to be detailed, close-ups....that way you don't see all the chaos just outside the frame ;-)


Chaos that is driving me crazy, since my favorite season is approaching.  Fall.   I had all kinds of ambitious plans that I wanted to complete in time to showcase all the fun fall- and Halloween-themed projects I have in mind (if I love fall, I really, really love Halloween).  But all this has taken a back seat to our all-consuming cabin project and our deadline for getting our certificate of occupancy, which looms ever-closer. 

But, ready or not, September 1 is just a few weeks away...and it's time to start getting my head into an Autumn frame of mind.  I'm being inspired (and urged onward towards warm fall colors, pumpkins, and Halloween creatures) by all the early fall, transitional fall, and just downright, full-on fall-themed posts and images that I'm starting to see everywhere. 

So, even though I've only accomplished or partially accomplished a few California-house projects...



......and my house looks like a tornado just ripped through.....I've taken a first, tiny step towards fall by creating a pre-autumn, transitional vignette in the only part of my house that's untouched by all the craziness and isn't completely cluttered--- the book-nook on our stairs.



No pumpkins, fall leaves, mums, or anything else obviously Fall used here, not yet....



I 'shopped' my house and used what I have at hand.... books in soft neutrals and faded jewel colors...





....a mix of objects in bronze-y gold and silver and pewter, a variety of other textured items.  All this says I'm starting to think about fall.






A note about using reflective glass: poor Madame Pompadour is somewhat obscured by the shiny reflection of the glass in the oval frame below.....



Here she is looking so much better with the glass gone.  This is why I'm liking so much the idea of affixing an image directly to a piece of wood, sticking it in a frame, and foregoing the glass altogether...





Without the glass, colors are deeper and richer, and if the image is decoupaged or transferred to wood or metal, you get a nice texture as well that somehow makes the art piece look more custom and personal.  I created the large, gold-framed eighteenth-century lady picture below by repeating the process I used to create my decoupaged horse wall-art piece above (click here to see how I did that).....  



.....using the empty frame I picked up during recent shopping trip (click here for more on that).....



....and clip art that I found at the The Graphics Fairy (click here for this website). Using my ink jet printer, I printed the image onto a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 ivory colored, linen-style resume paper and decoupaged it to a piece of thin plywood and then inserted it into the empty frame.

I love the contrast of the neutral graphite-and-white of the drawing (it looks like the original might have been in pen and ink or an etching??) with the lavish, deep, rich gold of the frame.  






Happy pre-fall and thanks for visiting!

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Linking to the following this week....
Bouquet of Talent at Life on Lakeshore Drive
Idea Box Thursday at Mila's Little Things
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home




31 comments:

  1. sometimes we need just one place to decorate so we don't lose our sanity. your book nook is beautiful, I love all your lovely ladies!

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    1. Thank you Debra! Yes, it was nice to be able to take some time out and do a little decorating.

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  2. Just discovered your blog from Amaze Me Monday. Beautiful styling! Love the idea of the bookcase nooks along the stairs. You are inspiring me to add some fall touches around here. Stay tuned! '-)

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you were inspired.

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  3. My to-do list keeps growing and growing too. So many projects to complete and not too much time. What a stunning vignette. I love everything about it. Understated elegance.

    Good luck with your projects. Happy fall to you.

    Janet

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    1. Thank you Janet! Not having enough time gets very frustrating, doesn't it?

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  4. Your staircase is absolutely beautiful. Love the little book nooks and how you have arranged your pretty treasures in them. It is so hard to have the house in disarray (believe me, I know that right at this very moment) but what a great treat when it is all put back together. Looks like you are doing a beautiful job. Your elegant ladies are just perfect..Happy Tuesday..Judy

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    1. Me again, Melissa. Just wanted to thank you for your kind comments about Kai. You are a no comment blogger so I wanted to be sure and get this message to you..Happy Wednesday..Judy

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    2. Thanks Judy. I didn't know I was a no comment blogger--- I'll have to figure out how to fix that.

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  5. Thank you for sharing the tip sbout decoupaging a print to plywood to give the textured look to the piece. What a great idea! Your shelving arrangement is lovely ... And your sweet pup is adorable! :)

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  6. Dearest Melissa, as I look at your dreamy photos I can only sigh in contentment :) Such beauty and charm! You do such a lovely job with decorating, my dear. Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you Stephanie! Hope you have a great weekend.

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  7. Melissa, what an eye for detail you have! And shopping your own home for material for gorgeous vignettes? Well what could be more Five Star or Frugal than that? Thank you for sharing with us at Five Star Frugal this week. Love very much. Mimi xxx

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    1. Thanks Mimi! Shopping your home saves time too-- always a plus for me.

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  8. Well, you have me fooled. Everything looks very neat and tidy. I love the built in shelves and you've styled them so beautifully! I pulled my fall out today and have started the transition. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  9. I really like your stair and this vignette! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

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  10. Absolutely beautiful, Melissa! I tried not to go to pin crazy lol

    xo,
    rue

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  11. I saw this lovely vignette at The Graphics Fairy, and had to come check out your blog. Glad I did - your writing is humorous and charming, and your design sense is impeccable! Thanks for sharing the chaos / order with us. It all speaks of a life lived with vibrant and positive energy. All the best to you and yours...

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    1. Thanks so much for your very kind comments Heather! I'm glad that you enjoyed my blog.

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  12. I like your early, understated nod to fall, Melissa! Simply and elegantly done! And mostly, I am in love with the book nook, itself! Hope your surrounding chaos starts to subside, and that good progress is made at the cabin! Thanks for linking up to Best of the Weekend!

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    1. Thanks Amy! Yes, I'll be glad when we get the next phase of cabin work completed.

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  13. I will feature this today at Home Sweet Home Melissa. Thanks!

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  14. I will feature this today at Home Sweet Home Melissa. Thanks!

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