9/16/2010

Autumn Has Arrived at Happy To Design...Let's Celebrate with a Cloche Party!

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Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!
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Autumn 2010 Has Arrived at Happy To Design!
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Autumn is my favorite season of the year! I love the cool, brisk air and the changing of the leaves...ohhh...all those warm, rich autumn colors! I have been doing a little decorating at my place the past couple of weeks. I love changing out my home's decor with the seasons. Away with the light whites and the bright spring greens that dressed my home for summer...and ENTER AUTUMN!!! I do love my warm golds, rich reds, moody olive greens, and toasty browns! The living area of my home is normally done in these very colors...they make decorating for autumn a cinch! Hehe!
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Celebrating Autumn and an Autumn Cloche Party
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What better way to celebrate autumn than with an Autumn Cloche Party! Marty over at A Stroll Thru Life is hosting this awesome autumn party. You will find the credits at the end of this post. Thank you, Marty!*
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~Autumn Acorns and Pheasant Feathers~
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Autumn has arrived in my olive green living room.
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This is one of my most favorite areas in our home...this large window at the end of our living room. I have a dark cherry wood sofa table placed in front of the window and I always try to accessorize it beautifully because it faces the front of our home and everyone sees it.
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Autumn Acorns and Pheasant Feathers Cloche
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An embroidered, velvety table runner spun in rich golds and olive green florals makes for a good foundation for my autumn vignette.
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The star of this vignette...my newly decorated autumn acorns with pheasant feathers...cloche!
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This cloche is a bit on the small side...it only stands 8in. tall...but as the old saying goes...great things come in small packages! Hehe!
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Miniature Acorns
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* I just love the miniature acorns that fill the cloche.  My three grandsons collected them for me a few years ago. Now some of you have already seen this little cloche done up with the minature acorns...so I was searching for something new and creative to add to it.
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Pheasant Feathers
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Yes...pheasant feathers! Using the pheasant feathers to embellish my little autumn cloche...came about quite by accident. I was using pheasant feathers in my autumn decor in other areas of my living room when the light bulb came on! Hehe!
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*My honey brought these fabulous pheasant feathers home to me...aren't they gorgeous? All I did was arrange the feathers around the edge of the cloche...slighty sticking them under the glass so that they would stay put. So simple but I just love, love, LOVE how it turned out!!!
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Pheasant feathers just "sing" autumn to me!
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 I added a pretty gold satin ribbon with a decorative copper key to the top of the cloche...and VOILA!!!
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My french girl bust sitting atop an old book is situated just to the right of the cloche. I am using two antique gold colored candleholders that are embellished with a toasty brown and cream colored damask pattern...so pretty!
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Autumn Florals
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A very tall autumn floral arrangement stands front and center in this vignette. I found this beautiful antique gold and olive green urn/vase awhile back at Hobby Lobby...on sale of course! Hehe! You will see in later photos that the urn/vase has a beautiful Fleur De Lis design on it. I love it!!!
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A bird's eye view...*Ohhhh...just look at all the rich autumn colors
sported by the pheasant feathers...sooo pretty!
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An autumn vignette for my living room.*
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Now...let's move into the dining room.
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*Autumn Florals in a Metal Apothecary
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The wood stove in our French Country dining room.
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Oh yes, it won't be long till we build our first fire of the autumn season! But for now...I have placed a tall metal apothecary filled with moss and autumn flowers on the wood stove.
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I found this bronze colored metal apothecary at Penneys a couple of years ago. It stands pretty tall at 21 in. and makes a nice statement! A little moss...autumn flowers...and a pinecone or two...fill the apothecary nicely I think! I really like how the bronze color looks against the olive green wall. As you are about to see...two of the walls in my dining room are done in olive green...the other two walls are red.
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An Autumn Vignette on the Buffet
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The dining room buffet.
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I really enjoy decorating my red and olive green dining room for autumn! I hope to share more of it in a later post...but in the meantime, I wanted to show you my new cloches!
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Two New Cloches...
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I have two new cloches to show for the party this time. Both are wire cloches...very french country looking...don't you think?
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The smaller wire cloche was a recent find from Hobby Lobby (I love that place!). I really like the old distressed gray color...and do you see the sweet little bird sitting atop the cloche? He cinched the deal for me! Hehe!
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I used a silver pedestal bowl for the base of the cloche...added a yellow-gold pillar candle and a bit of autumn berries garland...and VOILA!
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This is a really tall wire cloche...measuring a stately 30 in.! As you can see, it towers well above my buffet lamps...I love it!
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*I found this pretty cloche at our local gift shop two weeks ago. It was marked 50% off and the day I was there...the shop took another 25% off of that price...bringing the total down to just $12! Yeeehawww! The cloche sits upon an urn (which came with it) and also has an old distressed gray finish...and I love the chicken wire! Oooh...sooo very frenchy!!! I added a couple of autumn floral picks and the same berry garland that I used in the smaller cloche.
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I really liked how this photo turned out...with the reflection of the tall cloche in the mirror. You can also see some of my white pitcher collection that is sitting on a shelf about the window in the mirror's reflection.
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Autumn 2010 at Happy To Design...stay tuned...there is more to come!!!*
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I am joining these fabulous parties today...
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Thank you sooo much, Marty...for hosting this fabulous autumn cloche party! I always have the best time at your parties, dear lady!!! I would also like to thank Artie for hosting Vignette Friday! This is my first time to participate! I am really looking forward to seeing all those fabulous vignettes!
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Well my friends, thank you so much for coming by today! I really enjoyed your visit! Please leave me a note and let me know that you were here...I'd love to visit back with you!!!
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Warmest Autumn Wishes!

52 comments:

Karen said...

You have inspired me to get up and finish the fall decorating. I love the feathers in the dish with the cloche.
Enjoyed looking and may have to drop back by for more inspiration!
Karen

shannon i olson said...

every thing is gorgeous, I have to say the more I see metal cloches the more I love them....wonder if I can find one at a good price??

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Chari,

Your fall decorating looks great! Love your new cloches.

~ Tracy

Jane said...

You always do such a wonderful job creating beautiful vignettes for each season. I think the pheasant feathers and acorns are perfect....very original and it looks fantastic.
Jane

Sherry said...

Wow! Those are so pretty. I just love the wire ones.
Sherry

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

So much fall beauty ~! I'll have to come back when I have more time and look at this again..

Sonny

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

You are ready for fall! I'm lovin' your little cloche with the acorns and feathers-just beautiful!

xinex said...

That little cloche with feathers is really so cute, Chari. I love your wire cloches. You have the most beautiful and unusual ones and of course they are so pretty dressed by you...Christine

Fatima -Scrapart said...

Lovely!The acorn is a charm, I can not find here in my area! It's a shame!Fatima-Scrapart.

Pat said...

All your vignettes are gorgeous.

Fall is my favorite time of year too.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Chari, stunning as always. I love the tiny one with the acorns and the pheasant feathers, fabulous. Then your two wire ones are just perfect on the buffet. They are both so exquisite with your displays. You really do know how to arrange a fabulous vignette. Great inspiration. Thanks so much for linking to TTT, fabulous eye candy. Hugs, Marty

Nezzy said...

OMGoodness girl, ya certainly went all out and hog wild for this event. Everything is so very beautiful and downright classic. I love the use of feathers! Just sayin...

May God bless your beautiful day and party on sweetie!!!

luluslovlies said...

Oh Chari, That Fall display is beautiful, thanks for sharing! i just need your french girl and your cloches, I love the wire ones!! have fun and enjoy! XOXO

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

So gorgeous Chari!
Do I ever love that really tall one and the pitcher, oh I want that pitcher! hehe.
And the one on the stove, oh my, you have filled it with all kinds of fallness.
This is just outstanding, I need to go back and look again!
I had to work the past few days and I am behind on things at home. Hopefully, Dan can finish in that bedroom this weekend. Say hi to Russ for me!
Hugs,
Cindy

Leann said...

Oh Chari

I love stopping by, I always leave feeling inspired. You home is soo lovely.

Leann

someplace in thyme said...

We share the same gorgeous birdie cloche. I love it!!!
Genius is the word that comes to mind when I saw the glass cloche with the feathers and acorns. Perfection, Char

Allie and Pattie said...

Chari, It's been a rough month and now I'm scrambling to catch up. This is just lovely! Gorgeous colors and so warm and inviting- couldn't be prettier
xoxo Pattie

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Autumn is certainly lovely at your home! It's my favorite season as well. Enjoy ...because it never seems to last quite long enough!

Cindy said...

Chari, I love, love, love those wire cloches! They are so perfect with the Autumn decor filling them. I, too, love the Autumn colors, they are so earthy and it feels so good to be surrounded by them.
Hugs, Cindy

Dining Delight said...

Your home is beautifully decorated for fall! I really like the pheasant feathers/acorns in the small cloche and the tall wire one is very unique and interesting! The display on your buffet is lovely.

DD

Karen said...

I love the cloche with and without the feathers. Such a neat idea. Your home is beautiful. I love the colors you've chosen.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Chari...

Oh my gosh girlie... You have SUCH a knack for decorating. I ALWAYS love everything you do... I love fall too... It's great when things start to cool down and everything smells yumm-o again.

Bravo tootsie...

Huggies,
Spencer

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Hello Cheri! It has been a while since I have stopped by ... so sorry about that! OMG! I just absolutely love your living room vignette! Your small cloche with the mini acorns and pheasant feathers is adorable! It looks so wonderful next to your beautiful French girl bust. Your dining room cloches are wonderful! So unique! Everything looks rich, warm and elegant! Hugs!

Gail said...

Absolutely beautiful! I'm having a hard time deciding which one I love the best because they are all beautiful.

Have a wonderful day.
Gail

Carolyn said...

I knew I would love your fall decorating! It is all so beautiful-love the little wire cloche and how you decorated it.
you have some beautiful red and white transferware plates on your wall.
Congrats to your lucky winner and you too on 500+ followers on your beautiful blog! The e-mag was a great idea!
Carolyn

Anita said...

Oh my, I just love everything here! LOVE your stove in the dining room. How cozy that must be. Beautiful vignettes!

Liz said...

Lovely! I love the feathers. The whole vignette is lovely! :)

~Liz

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

What a beautiful vignette! All of your cloches are gorgeous...perfect for the fall season! I always love seeing what you've got going for the holidays!

Enjoy!
Cathy

Shelia said...

HI Dear Chari! Oh, honey, completely gorgeous! Always! That tiny little cloche is so cute and I love how you've complimented it with the little nuts and feathers!!
Your wire cloches look wonderful! You make everything look so pretty!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Chari...always gorgeous!! I am loving your acorns and those feathers. So clever :)

Blessings!
Gail

Atelier de Charo said...

So cozy and lovely home my dear Chari, beautiful details for fall decor!

Hugs
Charo

Cabin and Cottage said...

I especially love your feather and acorns arrangement! So original. Everything is beautiful!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

I love the bust of the young girl. They always catch my eye and I would so love to own one. Someday I'll find just the perfect one for me. Thanks for sharing your lovely decorations.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I'm looking at a lot of cloches today and yours are my favorites so far. I love all the wire ones...you make me want to go shopping! You have wonderful taste and everything looks perfect!

Sue

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Chari, Your vignettes are always so gorgeous and these are some of my favorite. Girl, You have outdone yourself! I love all the autumn decor and especially your two new cloches. Everything is beautiful.

Thanks for such a sweet comment on my antique booth. You are such a doll and I really appreciate that you always take the time to let me know you visited. Have a great weekend.
xoxo, Sherry

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Chari, that tall chicken wire metal cloche has stolen my heart! What a find! Your cloches are all decorated so beautifully, and I'm loving those Pheasant feathers! They are beautiful, and you're right - so perfect for autumn decorating. Your home looks beautiful any time of the year. laurie

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Just lovely, Chari! It's amazing how the addition of feathers changes the whole look of the floral design! Love your cloches! Have a great weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Karen said...

Sigh. Your home looks so festive.
I have not even begun to THINK ABOUT fall.
So I will enjoy all of your pictures, until I have time to crawl up and get all my stuff down.
I wish we had Hobby Lobby in CA. You guys get the CUTEST stuff! Not fair!
Loved the photos. Have a wonderful weekend!
:) Karen

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Chari, I loooooove all of these pictures! Your house is beautiful and you have an amazing knack for putting these cloches together. The feathers are the perfect touch with the acorns! Linda

On Crooked Creek said...

Chari,
So elegant! ! !
I love the gold ribbon and the key tied on top of your mini-cloche!A very creative and personal touch.
Keep the inspiring ideas coming my way!
Fondly,
Pat

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Your fall decorating is inspirational...love the feathered cloche!!! Everything looks so perfect...I've loved visiting!!!

Life with L said...

Wow! quite impressive. I adore the french girl bust. With all of the fall colors and flowers, it's lovely. I think I need to be on the look out for wire cloche. Yours are wonderful. The tall one is a focal point. Thanks for sharing.

Rekha said...

Gorgeous decor, fabulous and inspiring!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This all looks so pretty, Chari! I love that you used pheasant feathers instead of leaves ~ I love this look. I just love your whole front table vignette! Your wire cloches are gorgeous, too. I don't think I've ever seen a wire apothecary before {until now} and I love it!

xinex said...

Hi Chari, I would love for you to come by again to see my old photos of Natchez from the 1800's. Thanks....Christine

Gail @ Victorian at Heart said...

I love all your Autumn vignettes. I too love to use feathers, they add another texture. Your decorating style and colors so inspired me I became a follower. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely home.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

My goodness, how beautiful your Fall decor is! Simply lovely! I have never been to a Hobby Lobby but I must see if we have one in town. They must have gorgeous things there for decorating.
I would love to have one of those metal cloches too... :) So...wanna send me yours? :):)
Hmmmmmm??...
Hugs,
Mona

Debbie~ said...

I really love your small cloche with the acorns and pheasant feathers around it! The natural element is just perfect for this time of year! Your dining room is gorgeous too! I'm joining the party late, if you get a minute come visit! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

The Tablescaper said...

Wow!I barely got my cloche done. You've given me great inspiration to move on - decorate the mantel, the enntry way, etc. I love your pheasant feathers and that beautiful arrangement by your door. The addition of grapes gives it such a lush look. All of it is just beautiful.

- The Tablescaper

Betty said...

Happy to Design
What a beautiful home you have. I love your french kitchen. The cloche party is fun. And, thank you for visiting My Cozy Corner.
xoxo
Betty

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Oh, my! This is absolutely gorgeous!!! All those pictures look like they are right out of a magazine! Such inspiration!

I have never seen your little stove! It is darling! Love the vignette you made with the coal scuttle, etc.

Wonderful job! Enjoyed it so much!

So sorry I'm so late, life got in the way......

Katherine

Frieda said...

Bonjour Chari
I love to discover these season decoration in your country.It' so poetic and the way your arrange is "charmant"...
Here we have only dry and rainy season...But the jardin have flowers
eveytime.
Have a sweet week-end
Frieda