9/26/2010

Autumn Pheasants in the Vineyard?...Oh My!!!

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Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!
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It is officially autumn now...my favorite time of the year! I just love changing my home's decor with the different seasons. It's alot of work but I find the change so revitalizing and pleasantly rewarding!
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Today I thought I would share a few of the seasonal changes in my living room. I hope you enjoy! If you would like to take a peek at my french country dining room's new autumn decor...you can click HERE.
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An Autumn Living Room

My olive green living room.
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This room...as well as the entire living area of my home...is done in shades of deep reds, olive greens, and gold. These colors pair easily with the deep, rich hues of autumn so I always enjoy decorating for this season.
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This year...I was trying to come up with something different in the way of my living room's autumn decor. I wanted a warm, cozy, rich and decadent feel! Yes, I said "decadent"! I want autumn ambiance that just sings of violin concertos, vineyards in the rolling hills of Normandy, the lavishness of the french court at the Palace of Versailles, and romance...all mixed into one!!!
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Okay...I'll come down to earth but a girl has to have her dreams! Hehe! I don't have any palace peacocks strutting their stuff

...but how about...

a few pheasants...and pheasant feathers...and grapes???
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Autumn Pheasants in the Vineyard...Ohhhh my!
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A romantic french vignette.
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This vignette is displayed in front of our large living room window.
I always try to do something nice here...this window is situated next to our front door and can be seen easily from the road as well.
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I have a dark cherry sofa table sitting in front of this window...it's a perfect fit! I really love how the window's gold drapes and off-white sheers...seem to "frame" the vignettes on the table.
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French Tapestries, French Courtesans, and French Damask...
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An olive green and gold floral, tapestry-like, table runner is the perfect foundation for this vignette. Ohhh...and the most sought after french courtesan "Antoinette", has graced us with her presence! (and let me tell you...she always steals the show!) Also, a pair of gold candleholders with the prettiest, embossed, brown and cream damask pattern also grace this french vignette!
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Hmmm...it is beginning to feel alot like the french court at Versailles...don't you think?
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A tall floral arrangement sits front and center.
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I found this gorgeous pedestal vase at Hobby Lobby. I love the beautiful mix of gold, silver, and olive green colors. Ohhh...and the small flowers and diamond pattern on the bowl of the vase is simply divine! I used olive green, artichoke looking flowers and trailing grapevines with leaves that have just begun to turn color...for this arrangement. A large bunch of grapes spill over the side of the vase. I love this look!!!
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My tiny glass cloche decorated for autumn.
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A Cloche and Pheasant Feathers
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I adore cloches...any shape and any size! Everything always looks prettier under glass...don't you agree? This cloche is rather small in size and yet it is able to stand its ground in this midst of all this Parisian finery! wink! Miniature acorns are usually showcased under this small cloche for the autumn season, however this vignette was calling for a little added "finery"...pheasant feathers! My honey brought these fabulous pheasant feathers to me a few months ago. I gently stuck each feather under the edge of the cloche so that they would stay in place. They frame out the miniature acorns so beautifully. Ohhh...just look at the warm, rich colors...so autumnal! I topped off the tiny cloche with a gold satin ribbon and copper colored key! VOILA!!!
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A New Look for the Mantel..."Autumn Decadence"
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My autumn fireplace mantel.*
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A Mantel...Autumn Decadence*
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Hmmm...I did say that I was going for decadent! Hehe! I had sooo much fun decorating my fireplace mantel for autumn this year.
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Continuing the theme of French courts, vineyards, and romance...I decided to go all out with my mantel decor! I just adore how it turned out!!!
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Autumn Pheasants in the Vineyard?
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A decorative piece of pottery filled with grapes and two pheasants are showcased...front and center...in this autumn mantlescape.
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I used several different types of foliage...trailing grapevines and autumn leaves make up the majority of the thick foliage. If you look close...you will see sprigs of autumn colored zebra grass, berries of all sorts, acorns, pheasant feathers, and grapes...all interwoven throughout the autumn mantelscape. I also used two ornate gold candleholders with pumpkin colored candles....one on each side of the mantel.
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And VOILA...an "Autumn Pheasants in the Vineyard" mantelscape!!!
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The "stately" pheasants.
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They may not be the proud "palace" peacock...but they are still rather stately pheasants...don't you think?
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He truly is a resplendant pheasant!*
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A closer view of some of the berries, acorns, and autumn foliage.
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An Autumn Hearth
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The fireplace hearth is filled with "autumn plenty" as well.
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 Ohhh...and look...there are a couple of peacocks after all! There is one on each side of the hearth. You can only see there feathers in this photo...shoot! These are vintage metal peacock wall hangings. I loved the pretty copper, gold, and green shades of the metal feathers. So perfect with my autumn mantelscape!
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Ooops...you can see a peek of my secret project that I've been working on...in the corner of this photo. You will be able to see it and read all about it in the next issue (November holiday issue) of the brand new E-Magazine, Belle Inspiration! I'm sooo excited to be a part of this fabulous French magazine! If you would like to read more about Belle Inspiration or sign up for a subscription...you can click HERE.
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Well my friends...I am sooo happy that you stopped by for a visit today! I hope you enjoyed autumn in my olive green living room! I always enjoy your visits!!!
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*I am joining these fabulous parties...
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Thank you, ladies...for hosting these lovely parties for us to enjoy!
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Well my friends...thank you sooo much for coming by today! Please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I'd love to visit back with you!
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*Warmest Autumn Wishes!

54 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Chari, all your vignettes look so good. You really have a gift for creating those. I LOVE the cloche with the pheasant feathers and acorns and let's talk about that lush autumn mantle. Wow. I think I have one of those same pheasants. I have the one standing up. Got it at Hobby Lobby last week. Had to pay full price since it was the last one and I have been wanting some pheasants. Love them for the fall season and Thanksgiving.

Green Willow Pond said...

That mantlescape is gorgeous! Love the pheasants and the stone pottery.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Chari, The vignette on the table is wonderful as well as the changes in your dining room. You always create the most beautiful displays in your home The mantle ...WOW! It is absolutely GORGEOUS!!
Hugs, Sherry

Vanessa said...

Chari, your mantel is GORGEOUS!!! It looks like it belongs in a magazine for sure! Thanks so much for giving us all of these inspiring vignettes!
Vanessa

Shirley said...

I absolutely love your decorating style. It really is beautiful!

Debbie said...

That is classy lassy there my friend. You have such an eye to put all this together Chari...it looks like a show mantel...along with your gorgeous vignette on your table, you have created a warmth for the season like no other:) Debbie

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, so beautiful. Your vignettes are just wonderful. Your mantel is breathtaking. I love everything. Wow. So pretty. Hugs, Marty

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Chari, your vignettes are all stunning.. I love grapes used in fall displays..

Happy fall
Sonny

Patricia Torres said...

Chari, you are truly talented.. those autumn decorations are like from a fairy tale.. simply spell bound!!

Marlis said...

Oh i think I can dig out my grapes now. Can you come and help?? Simply lovely.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Girl it's all just so BEAUTIFUL...your mantle just rocks my dear Sis...
I pray all is well in your world my Dear friend...I emailed you and never heard back guess your busy doing all these beautiful things to your home...Love ya Sis...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Polly @ Make Mine Beautiful said...

Very nice Chari. I love the pheasant with the grapes. That shot looks like it could be a painting itself.

Love all of your vignettes. Always do.

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Just Beautiful! I love how you call the mantle Autum decadence!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Oh, I forgot to tell you how much I love the layering of your window treatments! So pretty!

xinex said...

Oh my goodness, what a beautifully dressed mantel! I love your pheasants and of course, you know I like your peacocks too, and your magnolia. Is it oil? I asked cause I have been painting magnolias with oil lately. I should copy yours cause it's gorgeous, lol. Love your table by the window too and of course, all your vignettes. You are so talented, Chari...Christine

Teri said...

Wow Chari! You're an artist yourself! Your vignettes are stunning! I love, love, love your mantel! It's gorgeous and elegant! I guess if your name is Chari you're bound to be creative. It was such a pleasure visiting your beautiful home. Have a blessed week.
Teri

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OMG Chari!
I am almost speechless! It is so spectacular!!!
I just love the layering of looks with the grapes, the pheasants and the stoneware.
And that hearth!!!!!
Just fabulous~ Wow~ You came up with some fantastic ideas, and you are the most talented decorater I know!
I just love the look of your hearth, so wonderful!
I can't wait to see your magazine spread, how fun!
They are very lucky to have your beautiful home in it!
Big Hugs,
Cindy

Atticmag said...

Hi Chari,

I so appreciate you stopping by to comment about the stone houses and I'm so glad to find your blog. This is my first visit -- BNOP is so useful.

Your mantel is so lush and I think pheasants in the vineyard is such a wonderful theme. Very pstoral. Sounds like you've been reading French lit! Jane F.

Rene said...

Your vignettes look very nice. Thanks so much for stopping by.

On Crooked Creek said...

Chari,
Absolutely elegant!
My husband is truly an outdoorsman and we will be using his pheasant statues in our Christmas decor this year. Thank you for an inspiring post with Autumn hues!
Fondly,
Pat

One Heart said...

Spectacular as usual, Chari. I love how you used the more natural looking colors vs. the typical bright oranges. I was hoping to do something different with the colors this year but haven't gotten around to it. I want less reds and oranges and more sages, golds and browns. You wouldn't know it from the pictures of my mantel which I'll share this Rednesday, but hopefully I'll get around to decorating our Thanksgiving table in those tones.

Thank you for stopping by yesterday.

A Gracious Home said...

I enjoyed your pictures so much. They are just beautiful. My last living room suit was like the one in the picture. I miss it. I still have two of the fireside chairs though. Doylene

The Tablescaper said...

Chari:

Your mantel and hearth are to die for. So opulent! Just gorgeous.

It would be great if you'd link this post to Seasonal Sundays. The link is open until late Monday night.

- The Tablescaper

Merrie said...

Your living room is luxurious! It's so charming and cozy, I would love to curl up with a good book in it!

Cindy said...

Hi Chari,
Everything is so beautiful, your mantel is most certainly "decadent", great eye candy. Loved it all!
Hugs, Cindy

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Chari, thank you so much for linking to TTT and for your gracious as always comments. I love to see your vignettes. I always try hard to pay attention and take a lesson. You asked about my bible. It is leather bound, I love it. It's not real old, but the one I love to read all the time. Hope you have a super day. Hugs, Marty

Marie said...

oh!, all the beauty. your mantle design is killer. lovin' it all.
marie

Nicole ~ said...

LOVE that fireplace mantle, oh my goodness!! You have done a beautiful job my friend.

Have a wonderful week, Nicole

Shelia said...

Hi Chari! Oh, your vignettes are gorgeous! Your mantle is unbelievably gorgeous! What an elegant touch you have. It's so lush and rich looking. Are you sure you aren't a professional? ;)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

paperbutterfly said...

Well my friend...just how did you do this amazing creation?
My head is swimming just looking at all the detail you have added to each vignette. My favorite is the little cloche with the feathers...so sweet!
Thank you for sharing your favorite season with me.
Have a blessed week.
Pam

sheila from life @ #17 said...

your mantel is amazing...but I do love your table top the best :) I can only imagine how it becomes even more lovely when the light comes streaming through :)

The Tablescaper said...

Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays!

- The Tablescaper

Traci said...

I love your mantel!! It's gorgeous!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Everything is just beautiful Chari! I really love your little cloche with the acorns and pheasant feathers-too cute!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Chari, you know how beautiful I think all of your vignettes are. You always do the most beautiful displays. Thanks again for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Faith Hope Cherrytea ~ said...

you'll be a busy girl visiting all your lovely admirers! so fun discovering you and your creativity! thank you for sharing!
tea is on @ FHC ~ WELCOME everyone!

Kim said...

Your home is beautiful and decadent beyond belief. I'd like to just come and browse at all of the lovelies. The photos you took of your console with the bust are just fabulous.

Sandra said...

Hi Chari, oh my goodness! What beautiful vignettes! Everything looks stunning. The pheasant feathers look pretty under the cloche. Everything is breathtaking!
Blessings,
Sandra

Sue said...

Love all the richness and decadence, Chari! The colors, the pheasants, & the grapes all add up to one beautiful room. You transported us to another place.....
hugs~ Sue

Cindy Adkins said...

Totally gorgeous and fabulous!!! WOW! I love everything--your style is amazing.
Hugs,
Cindy
xo

Judy @ In His Grip said...

What an elegant way to decorate for autum. Thanks for stopping by In His Grip.

Jen said...

Wow! Everything is so beautiful!

Sandy said...

Chari, you out did yourself! Every vignette was just beautiful, but your fireplace was outstanding! I only wish mine looked half as beautiful. Thanks for visitng and your kind comments. Those kind of comments coming from someone with your talant really mean allot.
Sandy
PS: I'm planning on bookmarking this post, just for pure inspiration!

Sharing with Sherri said...

Chari, When I first saw these wonderful photos I thought for sure I had just logged on to a photo shoot from a stately mansion from Architectural Digest Magazine, or perhaps photos from a luxurious french chateau!!

Oooh la la!! girl!! It all really DOES look incredibly decadent!

Now see you were just so creative to come up with the addition of the pheasants...You amaze me! They were just perfect to accomplish the look you were going for!

The gorgeous pedestal vase you found from Hobby Lobby is certainly a real stunner as well, love the finish on it! I believe I may have even caught a bit of a jealous look from the corner of Antoinette's eye! You'd better watch her!! hehe!

The cloche is oh so adorable too with skeleton key and ribbon adorning the top! What a nice touch!

As always my friend you give so much inspiration with your love for decorating and I thank you!

Hope you have the happiest Fall season in your lovely surroundings!

XOXO! Sherri:D

P.S. You were such a sweetheart for coming by and catching up! All of that certainly wasn't expected, but of course I love ya for it, and I ALWAYS LOVE hearing from you too!!!
Thanks again!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Chari, what a lush vignette! It says fall and then some! Lovely!
The pheasants are my favorite part of it. Love your pair. They are so neat.

I'm checking in to say thank you for all the prayers for Mr. Magpie. He is finally on the mend, and I can breathe again! I'm backed up to Kingdom Come, but I hope to be blogging again in a week or so. The recuperation took longer than I expected, and then I got sick. Am fine now!

Sending you warm hugs for a fun fall!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Oh, my!! This is absolutely gorgeous! The mantel and fireplace are just fabulous! You must be a professional decorator, at least it looks like it, and if you aren't, you should be!!!

Enjoyed seeing it all!

Katherine

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Chari...no one holds a candle to you and your gorgeous vignettes! Your mantle literally made me gasp, it was so beautiful! It belongs on the cover of a magazine...it's gorgeous! Your color scheme is so similar to mine...I love red and greens. I really need to do something fallish for my mantel...thanks for the lovely inspiration!
Hugs,
Susan

bj said...

Your decorations are just breathtaking. You do have such talent to do these things.

I am so not good at it...I have a sofa table that I can not find what looks good on it.
It is behind a loveseat and very visiable from the minute you walk into my living room. I keep changing it up because I can't find the right "look"...I'll just keep looking, tho..:)

Beautiful job!!
xo bj

Nancy's Notes said...

Chari,your vignettes are gorgeous! You are a wonderful decorator and everything I see has such charm! Love it all.

Ohooo, I should not be reading blogs, but I am and I'm having fun! Should be packing or doing something like that!

Nancy

Bree said...

Just breath takingly beautiful.


Bree

Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) said...

Everything is so wonderful. The cloche is exquisite and I had to pause at the autumn hearth just to look at it. Love how you combined everything.

Decgal's Humble Abode said...

Lovely, just lovely. Thanks for sharing. Decgal

Kathleen Ellis said...

BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL!!!

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