Simple Autumn Decorating

{LEM photo challenge}
When it comes to decorating for the seasons, I like to keep things very simple…favoring a look that’s natural and organic with minimal pattern and lots of texture.  Since it’s starting to look and feel like autumn outside, I figured I’d try to bring a little bit of natural goodness to the indoors.
Since there is more than enough acorns to feed the squirrel population at my parents’ house, I decided it was okay to gather up a bowlful of those little brown beauties to display in an old wooden bowl.  Just as an aside, my dad said I shouldn’t have any problems finding some acorns…there were so many that it’s like you were walking on marbles.  I thought that was funny.  Anyway, back to my project…I didn’t do anything too fancy with them, just paired the whole thing with a few little hydrangea blossoms and sat it atop some French ledger paper on a side chair in my living room.
Then, I cut a bunch of hydrangea blossoms, enough to fill that bucket I had in my living room, and set it up in front of the window.  A vintage book and a silk ribbon in some fall-like colors sit on the stool for a little something extra.
The more I kept looking at that bucket of flowers, I started to think about how good it would look on the dining room table.  So of course, I had to try it out in there too.
I just plopped a few pears next to it and called it done.
I really like the way it looks, especially since that pie safe has the same finish.  I’m thinking that I might have to rustle up another bucket somewhere so that I can have one in the living room and one in the dining room.  You can never have too much of a good thing…right?!

You know what else I’m thinking would look good in that bucket?  Pinecones.  I’ll have to remember that for Christmas.  I really can’t believe that thoughts of Christmas are entering my mind…sad.

Oh, since I’m on the topic of decorating, I recently won a giveaway from Courtney at French Country Cottage…a copy of Romantic Prairie Style, signed by Fifi herself!  That book is just full of decorating inspiration.  I would’ve taken a photo, but really, who hasn’t seen it?!  Thanks, Courtney…I love it 🙂

Anyway, hope you have a good weekend!
xo Tricia
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88 Comments

  • A Vintage Vine

    Your skills behind the camera, WARM my heart! Thanks for sharing!

    September 15, 2011 at 11:27 pm Reply
  • Amy Kinser

    Your simplicity in fall decor is just gorgeous! It's all so beautiful.

    September 15, 2011 at 11:30 pm Reply
  • Sweet Young Journey

    Hi Tricia! I love your style of simple and natural decorating for the fall season!
    The galvanized bucket does look good in both spaces so you must find another one! : )
    Everything looks so beautiful… Love, love your photos!
    hugs, Cheryl

    September 15, 2011 at 11:30 pm Reply
  • Okio B Designs

    I love your little touches! So simple yet stunning!

    Jeanine

    September 15, 2011 at 11:48 pm Reply
  • Tereza

    I love acorns! such beautiful decorating, and those Hydrangeas are gorgeous!

    September 15, 2011 at 11:49 pm Reply
  • Ranger 911

    Oh, I wish I had an oak tree. Those acorns are just so darn cute! I was out in the cold "harvesting" my hydrangeas the other night, but it's worth it to have them brighten up the house all winter long.

    Once again, your photography is AMAZING!

    September 15, 2011 at 11:49 pm Reply
  • Heaven's Walk

    Beyond beautiful, Tricia! That corner of your room is so cozy and any way you style it, it always looks fabulous. The gray of the bucket and pie cabinet are awesome together in your dining room! 🙂 Oh, and you're not alone in thinking about Christmas. I'm on the prowl for grandkids' gifts already….lol!

    xoxo laurie

    September 15, 2011 at 11:51 pm Reply
  • Sylvia

    Simply BEAUTIFUL !!!

    September 15, 2011 at 11:51 pm Reply
  • Sarah. . .myyellowhouse

    I love to log on and see a post from you! Doesn't fall give us the best gifts to decorate with…wish I could find some real acorns. Your simple decorating is beautiful and another bucket is definately in order…I love it behind your chair.
    Happy Fall! 🙂

    September 15, 2011 at 11:51 pm Reply
  • once in a blue moon

    simple perfection~

    September 15, 2011 at 11:54 pm Reply
  • Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage

    It's so lovely for the start of the fall season. I like that it's not overboard with pumpkins and things since it's still September. When I look at your gorgeous dining room I just sigh and say "why can't my room look like that?!".

    September 16, 2011 at 12:03 am Reply
  • Polly

    Always such pretties here! Always enjoy your photography!

    September 16, 2011 at 12:05 am Reply
  • Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic

    So beautiful! I am ready for the fall decorating, too. I love all of your photos, you really capture it so beautifully.
    Happy Fall!

    ~Shanon

    September 16, 2011 at 12:15 am Reply
  • Pam

    I was just looking at a bucket today. You're making me want to go back and pick it up now. I like your idea of fall decor. Natural and simple is the way to go.

    September 16, 2011 at 12:31 am Reply
  • Kristen

    I love the tub of Hydrangeas, like always your pictures are so dreamy and beautiful ♥

    Can I just come live with you???

    September 16, 2011 at 12:35 am Reply
  • elizabeth

    Simply beautiful!

    September 16, 2011 at 12:35 am Reply
  • Gina

    It's amazing sometimes how something so simple can make such an impact & be so beautiful!

    By the way, I used a bucket like this for pinecones last winter & I loved it. You probably will too.

    September 16, 2011 at 12:59 am Reply
  • Evelyn S.

    Tricia, Tricia, Tricia! You are the goddess of creating and photographing interior decor and fabulous flowers (and nuts)! I can't imagine having enough hydrangea blossoms to fill a bucket with them! Just beautiful….all of it.

    September 16, 2011 at 1:00 am Reply
  • Shannon

    Love it! You've added the perfect amount of coziness ~ now if only it wasn't so hot here I could decorate for Autumn as well 😉

    September 16, 2011 at 1:16 am Reply
  • Kim @ Savvy Southern Style

    Love your simple additions for fall. I like the natural things for fall decor, too. That is a great bucket of hydrangeas and the photo with the little acorn is my fave.

    September 16, 2011 at 1:20 am Reply
  • Rachel Pallas

    BEAUTIFUL room Tricia~ So happy Fall is upon us!!And so glad you won the book too! xoxo Rachel

    September 16, 2011 at 1:20 am Reply
  • Ozma of Odds

    …gorgeously ~ fall!!
    you always know just how to charm us with your exceptional photo eye!
    xo, Rosemary

    September 16, 2011 at 2:42 am Reply
  • Ashley

    Absolutely beautiful Tricia!! You are always so inspirational =) Xoxoxo ~Ashley

    September 16, 2011 at 2:46 am Reply
  • Sandra van Doorn

    seriously, these photos are breathtaking. just beautiful.
    your interior is pure heaven.
    xo sandra

    September 16, 2011 at 2:55 am Reply
  • Tiffany

    Gorgeous……and why did you have to say Christmas?..LOL!

    Tiffany

    September 16, 2011 at 3:23 am Reply
  • BearShe Cottage

    Bravo. Beautiful photos.

    September 16, 2011 at 3:25 am Reply
  • Cindy Albert

    I don't know where to start. I'm not sure what is prettier, the acorns or the hydrangea. The combination is breath taking.

    I especially love the last photo.

    September 16, 2011 at 4:33 am Reply
  • Georgianna

    Love, love your photos, Tricia! You had me at that first acorn one. 🙂 Beautiful lighting in your home, isn't there? xo – g

    September 16, 2011 at 5:07 am Reply
  • Lara

    Always a nice & warm feeling viewing your photography! You make everything so beautiful & photograph it so well! I feel the same way about decorating with nature's gifts… I love to pick & pluck on my nature hikes. LOVE the first pic with the acorns – magical! And I love your dining table.. that is my favorite color wood.. like a pecan medium stain… gorgeous hydrangeas also Tricia! Happy Friday!
    Lara

    September 16, 2011 at 5:17 am Reply
  • jessica

    Tricia, this is simply…AMAZING!! I always enjoy looking at your beautiful photos. Your dining room looks so…peaceful! Like, if you sat down to eat…you'd never want to get up! LOL!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    ~*Jessica

    September 16, 2011 at 7:06 am Reply
  • A Cozy Cottage in the City

    Your autumn decorating style is nothing short of being perfect! I love everything about it!!! 😉

    Hugs,
    Jessie

    September 16, 2011 at 8:04 am Reply
  • AJ

    Love your fall decorating…so pretty!

    September 16, 2011 at 8:35 am Reply
  • traci

    absolutely gorgeous. can i just climb through the monitor and relax in your beautiful home?

    September 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm Reply
  • Pünktchen

    how I LOVE your house, your beautiful chair in front of the window! thank you for your inspiration and have a nice and sunny weekend!

    nora

    September 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm Reply
  • IMPRESSION "ein lebensgefühl-emotion of life

    Hi Tricia!
    I love your style…Fantastically such beautiful pictures!!!!
    Love,
    Elvira

    September 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm Reply
  • het tuinengeltje

    Such nice lovely pictures.

    Have a nice weekend, Sylvia

    September 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm Reply
  • Deborah

    Tricia you have such a gift for capturing such beauty on your lens.
    Love, love, love them!
    I have tons of acorns in my yard too and love to use them in decor for autumn too.
    Hydrangeas/ Dont get me started..adore them!
    Love your beautiful style and home.
    Have a happy weekend my dear friend xoxo

    Deborah xoxoxo

    September 16, 2011 at 1:27 pm Reply
  • Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal

    That's so funny, I was just spying my tree the other day full of acorns. They are still green and have not yet dropped. But I was going to collect some myself before the squirrels get them all. And if I had some clippers in my purse I would have take a bunch of hydrangeas that were at an estate sale I was at yesterday!
    Great additions for Fall!

    September 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm Reply
  • K @ Aurora Blythe

    Just perfect. Simply elegant in every way.

    September 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm Reply
  • PriscilaPetersDecor

    Lovely images, again.
    I have a friend who wants to learn a little about photography and I told her about you.
    Enjoy your weekend.

    September 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm Reply
  • Robin

    Oh Tricia how I love, love, love your style! You make it seem so effortless. You are such an inspiration to me – – beautiful photos as always and I love the hydragea's with the pears – beautiful.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:27 pm Reply
  • Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle)

    Your style is so beautiful! However, with 3 dogs, that white in my house wouldn't last 2 seconds!

    September 16, 2011 at 6:23 pm Reply
  • Très Julie

    The first one is my favorite!
    So beautiful!
    Greetings, Julia

    September 16, 2011 at 8:45 pm Reply
  • A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

    Very, very pretty! I love how simple and classy everything looks! Stunning photos!
    Jo-Anna

    September 16, 2011 at 10:43 pm Reply
  • Kelly

    Tricia! I agree with the 1st comment…your skills are amazing. and I just love what you've done here.
    I love fall!!!

    September 16, 2011 at 11:22 pm Reply
  • lisa

    I would love to have you nearby to decorate my home!! Love the look you've put together here, and your photographs of it are beautiful as always!

    September 16, 2011 at 11:29 pm Reply
  • Deanna

    Tricia, again you do simple at it's elegant best. Enjoy the Fall.

    September 17, 2011 at 12:36 am Reply
  • Between You and Me

    just beautiful.

    September 17, 2011 at 1:04 am Reply
  • Vicki

    I love your photos! The flowers and acorn are so beautiful.

    September 17, 2011 at 1:52 am Reply
  • Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures

    Lovely decorating and beautiful photos!!!

    September 17, 2011 at 2:15 am Reply
  • NauticalCottageBlog.com

    Wow, I really like the way it looks too, Tricia. I'm just not into a ton of bright orange etc. for Fall…this is very lovely.

    September 17, 2011 at 3:00 am Reply
  • Doreen Grace

    Your pictures have such a tone of serenity about them. It's just beautiful. I totally want to curl up and read a book in that overstuffed white chair. You are really an amazing photographer. 🙂

    September 17, 2011 at 3:42 am Reply
  • Mira

    seriously, Tricia! You are such a great gesigner AND photographer! I love your photos and decorating ideas.

    September 17, 2011 at 7:07 am Reply
  • Pieces of Sunshine

    Your photos and house are gorgeous! Full of natural beauty and light.

    September 17, 2011 at 9:00 am Reply
  • deb duty

    Gorgeous! I wish I had your talent. I love the light airy feel of your home and you always add just the right touches.

    September 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm Reply
  • Sarah @ Modern Country Style

    Hey lovely Tricia,

    Isn't this time of year lovely when you can start to make everything more cosy and snuggly? I LOVE it!!

    Your close ups are some of my favourites in the world. Just stunning!

    Sarahx

    September 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm Reply
  • Debra @ Common Ground

    Oh Tricia, this is SO beautiful. I love how you can make "simple" so gorgeous! so glad you linked up to VIF, xoxo Debra

    September 17, 2011 at 6:12 pm Reply
  • Faded Charm

    Simple, yet elegant….beautiful. Love the combination of your hydrangeas withthe pears:-)

    xoxo
    Kathleen

    September 17, 2011 at 6:32 pm Reply
  • Bella Bliss

    OMGoodness, Tricia! Those photo's are so gorgeous! Keep on pressing that camera button and soon enough you'll become a star…. Lovely.

    Ciao Bella!!

    Bella Bliss

    September 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky)

    Love your simple and natural Fall decor!

    September 17, 2011 at 11:01 pm Reply
  • Courtney ~ French Country Cottage

    Gorgeous gorgeous post Tricia!! Your flowers in the bucket are wonderful and love acorns for fall decorating too~ your photos- AH-MA-ZING!!! Just beautiful!! So glad you are enjoying the book!
    Thanks for linking up 🙂

    September 18, 2011 at 2:33 am Reply
  • Linda R.

    I just love your dreamy shots.. Your simple decoration looks amazing.. Hope you have a dreamy Sunday my friend..

    Hugs, Linda

    September 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm Reply
  • Lilli's Welt

    Hi Tricia! Wow! I love your photos! All of them look soooo beautiful!
    Greetings from germany. Lilli

    September 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm Reply
  • missing moments

    Simply awesome images and love the acorns.

    September 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm Reply
  • Farmgirl Paints

    Hi Tricia…those pics were amazing! Your home is lovely:) I LOVE all the little acorns. Sweet touch.

    September 18, 2011 at 11:28 pm Reply
  • jacqueline

    Dearest sweet tricia, i am so loving your gorgeous fall decoration. The acorns are soo adorable and i wish i could pick these up too but we dont have any here. Thanks so much for your beautiful fall inspiriation! Have a lovely merry happy monday and a beautiful week! Love to you!

    September 19, 2011 at 2:59 am Reply
  • blessedmom's simple home

    Autumn looks so pretty in your house, and your photos are wonderful. I love that little key too 🙂
    Enjoy your week.
    Blessings,
    Marcia

    September 19, 2011 at 3:20 am Reply
  • Kia

    Awwwww, simply delightful! Thanks for sharing a bit of autumn 🙂

    September 19, 2011 at 12:30 pm Reply
  • Ivy and Elephants

    I love that simple and clean look, it feels like you really could just kick back and unwind. Beautiful! Hugs, Patti

    September 19, 2011 at 12:36 pm Reply
  • michelle

    Hello Tricia! Oh my goodness your photos and decorating are so beautiful. I love the simple touches that you added. I have been catching up with some of your previous posts and that photo of your daughter holding the butterfly is absolutely perfect. How precious is she! 🙂 I am so glad that you got to enjoy the last days of summer and I am looking forward to fall as well.
    xoxo

    September 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm Reply
  • Rosemary Aubut

    Your photos always take my breath away! So very lovely and serene!

    September 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm Reply
  • Jennifer@threedogsinagarden

    Such beautiful and simple touches to bring the fall season inside. I adore acorns. The hydrangeas in the rustic bucket are also wonderful.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm Reply
  • Sara Szatmary

    I love the idea of decorating with acorns and pinecones (mostly because they are free and hard to mess up when they're thrown in a bowl).

    LOVELY photos!!

    September 19, 2011 at 4:52 pm Reply
  • Pat Mark

    What a lovely home you have. I love your decorating style. All those little touches really make a house a home.

    September 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm Reply
  • Gwendolyn

    A gorgeous post! I love the clean , simple lines in your dining room. I have to tell you a little acorn story… Many years ago, I brought in some acorns from outside and put them in a bowl for fall decor. To my horror about a week later, I found they were sprouting little worms. yuck! Just keep an eye out. 🙂
    Blessings~

    September 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm Reply
  • westernfilms

    Tricia! Your style of simple and natural decorating for the fall season is excellent. Also those Hydrangeas are gorgeous.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:35 am Reply
  • Faded Plains

    I love your bucket of hydrangeas…I just clipped some yesterday and love how they look in my home too.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm Reply
  • Sandy

    There's a Live Oak tree here that is supposedly over 1,500 yrs old and is considered the oldest living thing this side of the Mississippi and there are acorns galore underneath it too, and I have to be careful not to slip on the marbles myself lol.
    Anyway just last week I was thinking of gathering up some acorns myself. You are always just a step before me hah

    love your soft and classy photos!

    September 20, 2011 at 5:07 pm Reply
  • The Altered Bee

    As I was on my walk this afternoon, I couldn't help but look at acorns in a whole new way! Thanks for the reminder that there is beauty in everyday things.

    September 20, 2011 at 9:46 pm Reply
  • Privet and Holly

    Girlie, you
    have such an
    eye; you should
    be styling for
    a magazine!
    xx Suzanne

    September 21, 2011 at 1:51 am Reply
  • BECKY

    Gorgeous…love it all…the bowl of acorns and the solitary acorn…adore!!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Becky

    September 21, 2011 at 4:51 am Reply
  • Islandia Lane

    never thought about putting acorns in a bowl but I LOVE how that looks – great pics!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm Reply
  • Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com

    Oh I love your last photo of the simple little acorn. So pretty and simple.

    September 21, 2011 at 8:44 pm Reply
  • Evelyn

    Very beautiful pastel images!

    September 21, 2011 at 9:25 pm Reply
  • Ido

    Love your simple ways of decorating, those pictures look like out of a magazine, gorgeous!
    XXX Ido

    September 22, 2011 at 4:57 pm Reply
  • Susan

    I love your home, and your subtle fall decorating. You pictures are gorgeous!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    September 23, 2011 at 3:22 pm Reply
  • Sherrie St. Hilaire

    Your home is so absolutely beautiful! You have such a peaceful elegance….is that a style??? ( " "Yes, she transitioned from French Country to Peaceful Elegance! " Oh well, you get my meaning right!? Love your photog too!

    October 8, 2011 at 12:48 am Reply
  • Revi

    Love it, love it, love it all. Your photos and your aesthetic are beautiful, so I'm following!
    -Revi

    October 11, 2011 at 11:45 pm Reply
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