An Autumn Livingroom at Happy To Design


It's Metamorphosis Monday!

Hello my friends...so happy that you came by for a visit today!

It's Monday and we all know what that means...it's time to check out all of the metamorphosis going on in Blogland! Met Monday is hosted by the very gracious Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch! Thank you, Susan!!!

Please go by and see what Susan has for us today and while you're there you can check out all of the other Met Monday participants!!!
"Welcome Fall Party"

I'm also joining in with the "Welcome Fall Party" hosted by Rhondi over at Rose Colored Glasses! You won't want to miss out on this fabulous Fall party...please go pay Rhondi a visit and you can check out all of the other Fall party participants while you're there!
Thank you, Rhondi...for hosting this fabulous Fall Party!!!

Autumn Has Arrived at Happy To Design!
Ohhh...I'm just so excited about finally getting to share some of my autumn decor! I spent all last week cleaning, crafting, decorating, and cleaning some more! Hehe! I love autumn!!! I love the cooler days...the deep, rich colors...and ohhhh, those titillating textures of autumn!!! It all just causes my heart to go "pitter-patter"!
Autumn decorating is my way of welcoming in the autumn season! It's actually a "rite of passage"...it's time to put away the summer and warm up the home with warmer, richer colors! Most of you already know...but for the sake of those who do not...my home is very conducive to the colors of autumn. The living area is done in shades of olive green, deep reds, and golds! So autumn is a "cinch" at my place!
I hope you enjoy autumn's "rite of passage"!!!

Happy To Design
Autumn 2009


~~An Autumn Living Room~~ *


A living room in shades of olive green and deep red, with accent colors of gold...ready to welcome in the autumn season! A few autumn colored sofa pillows...a gold velvet throw to cozy up in...and a few new autumn vignettes!!!
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Metamorphosis: "So Long, Summer...Hello Autumn"!!!



This antique looking sofa table is situated in front of one of the living room windows. It's one of my favorite areas in my living room to decorate...with the large windows and "ceiling to floor" gold drapes and white shears! A beautiful demure olive green and gold topper dresses the table...along with a tall lamp and a summer vignette!
At the start of summer I added an antique silver tray with a creamy white ironstone tureen, a small cloche filled with shiny gold buttons, two silver candleholders, a silver beaded tassel and a frenchy looking silver ornament! A heavy glass vase filled with white hydrangeas also graces the window with summery pleasures!!!
Out with the cool summer whites and in with the warm shades of autumn!



A New Autumn Vignette!






Autumn Florals!
Okay, I must admit...this is not a new floral arrangement. This arrangement previously sat on my dining room buffet...but my dining room buffet received a new autumn makeover as well. Since I put away the summer whites (hydrangeas)...I wanted another floral arrangement with more of an autumny feel! Easy fix!!!
I found the pretty fleur de lis urn at Hobby Lobby...I think I only paid $4 for it. The finish of the urn is gorgeous...done up in shades of antique silver and gold, bronze, and an olive green! I used a vining ivy and mossy green flowers...added a long bunch of purple grapes and...Voila!!! I just love the colors of the ivy...mossy greens and some of the leaves are turning golden yellow...so perfect for autumn!!!


A french girl bust sits to the right of the autumn florals! She looks so beautiful with the light shining down upon her!


The french bust sits atop an old vintage book with the prettiest black embossed cover! I just love old books!!! I placed an ornate french finial just to the left of the bust!


An Autumn Cloche
My little cloche even got an autumn makeover! Hehe! I replaced summer's gold buttons with miniature acorns and changed out the white ribbon for gold satin! Love the ornate, copper colored key!
I sure wished that I had this little cloche "autumn ready" for Marty's cloche party...ooops! If you would like to see this little cloche in its summer finery...you can click HERE.


My "artsy" photos...


I used Flickr's "canvas panels" photo effect for the photo above. The photo below was achieved using Photobucket's photo effect called "fresco".




These little miniature acorns are very special to me! Several years ago, my three grandsons collected them and gave them to me! Isn't that just the sweetest?
A Golden Pumpkin....Autumn Vignette *


This autumn vignette sits atop one of my sofa end tables. I found this pretty decorative metal pumpkin last week at Hobby Lobby for just $6 (50% off sale)! It's about 12 in. in diameter so it's nice sized...and I love the yellow ochre and olive green finish!!! Oooh...just look at the pretty ornate detailing...such a pretty pumpkin! Hehe!
I added a couple of floral picks to the center of the pumpkin...love those autumn berries and acorns! I placed the pumpkin on a silver pedistal dish for added height and added an autumn berry garland around the foot of it. Three chunky antiqued gold candleholders with burgandy pillar candles can be seen in the background. Ohhh...and look at the pretty black bird...also a treasure find from Hobby Lobby!!!


A "bird's eye" view! (hehe...pun intended!)


More photos using photo effects!


Well my friends...hope you enjoyed seeing my living room in all its autumn finery! I'm so happy that you came by today...please leave me a comment and let me know you were here! I'd love to visit with you!!!
Happy Fall Ya'll!
Love ya,





Sarah said...

Chari, the room is lovely in its new fall decor. Of course I loved the summer look too! Are those real acorns in the bowl? I just did a fall tableau for my dining room table (My Met Monday Post) but had to use faux acorns. The only ones around here are tiny and usually full of little worms. Yikes! I'm not bringing them into my house. :-)
Thanks for sharing this lovely post. ~ Sarah

Sunny said...

A truly lovely livingroom, a feast for the eyes and the rich colors are so warm and inviting.
A very enjoyable post.
Sunny :)

niartist said...

Oh Chari, it looks just perfect!!! I'm working on getting my fall look together ... but it's taking longer than I expected. So much for sewing my own pillows! :) LOL! Thanks so much for posting this - you're keeping me on track. :) Stop by when/if you get a chance!

Charity said...

Beautiful decor! I love decorating for fall... so warm and cozy! I love your little blackbird, too! :)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OMG Chari!!!
This is fabulous! I am almost speechless. Well, not quite. lol. The living room looks so pretty! Are those new sofas? I love them! You have really outdone yourself girl. This should be in a decorating book. I love the pic with the light coming in your window, the urn, ( what a deal) with the grapes and flowers, just so romantic. That acorn cloche is so creative and so special coming from your grandsons. Those acorns look just perfect!! I am so in love with the metal pumpkin and the black bird! I love birds, I need to head to Hobby Lobby. I love what you done with that beautiful pumpkin, every detail is superb!!! No wonder you were so busy last week, look at all the beauty you have created!! Hugs to you my friend, Cindy

Theresa said...

Gorgeous, Chari!!!!! Much beauty all over your home. Thanks for sharing:) Have a blessed day.

Martha said...

The the fall decor in your living room. It is always nice to change things a bit for the season. I'm starting with fall soon. OUtside I've done a bit -- inside I need to do more!

Unknown said...

Chari - I love each picture more than the next. Your little cloche looks wonderful with its precious contents. There are enough acorns on our deck this morning to fill a ten gallon cloche if the squirrels haven't gotten to them first.

Have a wonderful Fall week.


Kammy said...

Great job Chari ! You are getting so professional with those photo enhancements....did you purchase photoshop ??? do tell....
I adore that open pumpkin and that fall little birdie ! Very polished fall at your house, girlie !

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Your room looks great. I love your arrangement and the little cloche is to die for....everything looks warm and inviting.

Unknown said...

Lovely autumn decore! Such fun photos - I'm headed off to play with my photo editing programs.

Thank you for sharing!

Stacey said...

Chari, that vignette in front of the window is just beautiful. Each little detail is perfect. The drapes look so soft and pretty with the light coming through. :)

Kelly @ Much To Do With Nothing said...

Chari, This is so unique and creative! Not just your normal fall decor. You've givien me lots of inspiration here. Thanks!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

How lovely, Chari! I love your Fall changes! The cloche is so pretty...and filled with those special acorns...what a treasure! I wish it felt more like Fall here. We've got another month to wait! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

"Blossom" said...

Everything is fall for sure; this is beautiful. I love the pumpkins and the accessories done in fall colors. Your color scheme is awesome.

Sherri said...

Simply stunning! So Frilly Pretty. And I love that 50% off pumpkin!

Anonymous said...

OH, Chari! Your room is so beautiful and I love all of your Fallen touches. Isn't that a little Fostoria stand you have your cloche sitting on? I have pieces of this that my aunt gave me. You have the touch, Dear One!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Chari~Everything is so pretty!!! All of the fall decor is wonderful!!! I love the vignette on your table...the colors are so soft and inviting...you know I am crazy for the bust of the beautiful lady...she looks at home in any setting!!!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh wow Chari, you always amaze me with how beautifully you can put a vignette together. I love the floral arrangement in the tall urn, it is just stunning, and your cloche with the acorns and the key is so pretty. Everything is just so gorgeous. I love it all. Hugs, Marty

susan said...

Chari-You are so good at this! I love using your table to reflect the seasons. That bust is just beautiful! I also love the white detail trim on your walls...everything!

ArtCreations4U.co.uk said...

very nice work.

photo on canvas

Kim said...

Oh Chari - what a lovely room - so very warm and cozy. You are a truly talented decorator! Kim

Natalie Meester said...

So very lovely to look at and such great inspiration to me.

I love the cloche with the acorns and the key. Fabulous!

Rettabug said...

What a cozy, warm feeling your home evokes, Chari! No wonder you couldn't wait to show it to us. You make me want to run right out & search for acorns. :)
I ♥ your pumpkin from HL....I want to run right over there, too.

Thanks for sharing your lovely home.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Chari,
I had to stop back before I run some errands. 53 for a high??? It's only September!! Course it sound like Wisconsin too. Were forecast for highs in the 70's all week and lows in the 50's but I know how quickly things can change. I'll be wishing for good weather your way, Hugs, Cindy

Connie said...

Chari, I am so happy to meet you. Thanks so much for your kind comments you left on my blog.
Now to your fall decorations...Beautiful!
I ablolutely love your home. My favorite has to be the acorns under the cloche, so simple, it makes me smile.
By the way, I am also 51 (soon to be 52 in Nov.)so I feel like we could be good friends if we lived closer. I will settle for being a blogger friend though.

Have a wonderful day,

Let it Shine said...

Wow, it all looks gorgeous!! And you have some amazing photo editing skills!!!!!


Tootsie said...

girl...you have the gift of romantic creativity! your home is just so beautiful and inviting!

9405018--Pat said...

Chari, your living room is just perfect...thanks for sharing....Pat H

Cindy J. said...

Oh my dear Chari, I am so honored to witness such creativity! Oh my goodness honey you are outdoing the best of us..each image so inspiring and truly beautiful... I love the cloche with the acorns..they have everything the rustic with the refined and best of all so filled with love. The way the light is coming through your draperies and your wonderful floral arranging.. truly magical. These are magazine worthy images, so very well done and so inspiring. Love, Cindy

Justine said...

Oooooooohhhhhhhhhh.... absolutely gorgeous, Chari! I think I love everything about it. I also think I'd better get my ass to Hobby Lobby!

Justine :o )

Susan (Between Naps On The Porch.net) said...

Hi Chari...no one does Autumn better than you! I love your beautiful vignettes...the French girl is so sweet in the light of the window! Love the acorns, especially the Fresco treatment! That pic would be beautiful framed! Chari, this post was such a treat...and you are so right about your home being a perfect backdrop for your Fall decorating. Just beautiful! :-)

Melissa Miller said...

How beautiful Chari! I just love your new vignettes and the white finial is gorgeous! ~Stunning! :)

Fifi Flowers said...

You're READY... Happy first day of Autumn!

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

Love everything--you are really getting into the spirit! Hey, I will take that bird--if he happens to fly away, you will know where!
Love the way you decorated that pumpkin too. AND the window area is awesome!!

Eileen said...

Everything is so beautiful! I love your attention to detailed elegance!
Magazine quality photos! Stunning!
All the best,

Rhondi said...

Hi Chari
What a beautiful home you have. Your living room is so cosy and inviting. It was interesting to see the transformation from summer to fall too. Thanks for joining the party.
Hugs, Rhondi

Darlene said...

I'm stopping by from the Fall party. Everything you have shown is absolutely gorgeous!!! Beautiful pictures and how inviting!

Barbara Jean said...

What can i say to all that overwhelming beauty?

Love the cloche, (and how simple is that)! You know I will be doing one for the store don't you?

Matter of fact, could you just come on by and do some decorating for me??? Course i do not have all those beautiful treasures to do it with, so we we will need to shop first!

Love all your deep, rich colors,
the fleur de lis urn, that whole grouping on your table.

And I see I just MUST get going on Photobucket!!
What wonderful things you can do with your photos!!

God's blessings on your day.

barbara jean

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM My dear friend...oh girl you have been busy...I love all you have done here the little bird bird it to cute and your bust is awesome girl with all the flowers you did...OMG I don't know what I love the best...You know what Chari I never do fall in my LR only the kitchen area and only time I do LR is at Christmas time and this year I won't be doing even that...its to hard on me any more to drag it all out and then put it all away ha ha!! and Len don't care one way or the other..Hope you have a great day my friend...Loved seeing all you have done...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Carolyn said...

I can tell you love fall. You have everything looking so beautiful - you are inspiring me.
I love it all - such a beautiful home.


Anonymous said...

Hi Chari! I just had to come back and thank you for your visit and you humble me by your kind words! Especially after see your gorgeous home! You're a precious!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Cass @ That Old House said...

This is really pretty -- and different, too. Love the direction you took the Fall decor -- into the whites and creams and metallic colors -- really lovely.
thanks for sharing... I really enjoyed this!
Love the photo effects, too,.

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Chari, that is just stunning!! Your home is beautiful, and your arrangements are also. I guess I'll be heading to Hobby Lobby now! And thanks for the tips on the photo effects, can't wait to try those.

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Chari,

I'm visiting for the party! Oh, I love your fall decor. I may have to borrow your idea for the acorns under the cloche. I have buttons under mine now too!


Sue said...

I love all that you have done in this vignette, Chari. From the acorns to the bust to the metal pumpkin- it is all so wonderful. You worked wonders with photo images, too. I always enjoy my visits to your blog.
hugs, Sue

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hi Chari,everything looks so pretty and autumny ! I wished I had a little girl bust like yours .She is gorgeous !

Sonia said...

I love your room Chari...love the changes to match the season! You always have such pretty tablescapes and vignettes! Great post! Have a great week. Miss Bloomers/Sonia

xinex said...

Beautiful fall cloche and autumn flower arrangemants, Chair. You are making me excited about decorating for fall too but I sure am not looking forward to all those leaves falling in the pool and scooping them up. For sure the polaris will work overtime. How are you? I have not been visiting cause as soon as I got back from FL, I had to fly to CA for my aunt's funeral but I got home last night....Christine

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I think you win the prize for having the classiest fall designs! I just love it all, just gorgeous! Great job!


Quiltpiecer said...

Oh, I love all the pictures ... new visitor and new follower! Thanks for sharing!

Barb said...

Hi Chari, your pictures are stunning. You certainly have the touch, dear lady. Everything is so welcoming......so lovely in such a gentle manner. I love it!

Happy Fall, sweetheart!

Barb ♥

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM to you too dear Chari...Girl I haven't been up to much this week I think I told you I got a Heat stroke the other day at Folsom...I swear to God girl I thought the street was going to swallow me up...Len poured water on my head and got me to a cool place in the shade and then we left to come home...I really didn't think I was going to make it ha ha!! Never had that before...as soon as I got home I took a very cool shower and drank Gator aide and crashed on the couch...didn't even hear my daughter gina call me...Len said I was out of it...Oh girl I hate getting old ha ha!! however I did find me a goodie before all that happen ha ha!! I hope to post it tonight with TT if I can get my rear in gear...and Yes I was using some French on Len when he chased that lizard under my stove...I still have not seen it since but can't walk into my kitchen without looking at the floor...Len's lucky he even got dinner last night...But I did cook for him as he had to eat take out for 2 days with me not feeling so hot ha ha!!...Hope you are having a great week my friend...Thanks for coming by and seeing all my sewing things...and girl I brought many a thing from from my FIL in my suit case...he would give me anything I wanted so it was very cool to visit him...I use to spend 2 weeks every year at his house without Wally even just loved the man to death...He lived with me for over 2 years before he died in 96...miss him so much...any hoo hope your having a great day my friend...didn't mean to write a book here ha ha!!
Love ya sis...Oh I had a gal ask me the other day if we were sisters ha ha!!Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Melissa Miller said...

Hey Girl,
You always make my day with your sweetness when you visit.
You bring a ray of sunshine to all of us. Thank you! :)

The table with the Autumn blocks vignette is in our entry foyer. I'm so happy you like it! The words are $15 at Lynette's shop. I had such a hard time figuring that table out for some reason. Hmmm...I really like it now too though. Yay! This is actually the first year I have decorated inside for Fall. I have been so inspired by blogger friends like you.

Thanks for your encouragement on my weight loss! I know that was alot of weight in a short time frame but one of my new B/P meds is actually a water reduction pill. I know it will start to slow down from here on out and I'm okay with it! I'm feeling soooo much better it's not even funny! It's amazing what a very heathy lifestyle and eating habits will do for the body. Yay again!

~Blessings my friend, ~Melissa :)

Myrna said...

Oh, what beautiful, ELEGANT Fall decorating! Just lovely!

Jocelyn said...

Very lovely pictures. I love your fall decor. Happy Fall!


Sandra said...

Hi Chari. Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. I enjoyed all of your pictures. Your fall decor is soo pretty. Don't you just love Hobby Lobby? I go there at least once a week. *blush*

santamaker said...

Chari, girl you have turned into a photographic genius. Love all of the special effects and your decor is stunning!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

I ADORE your home....it is soooo cozy and welcoming. What could be better?


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hey Chari girl,
Just coming by to say hello and look at your gorgeous pics again! Hope all is well, Hugs, Cindy

Maggie said...

I've been swamped with "stuff" this week and only now getting around to seeing what my favourite ladies have been up to this week.
I adore your living room and all it's finery, just wonderful. The summer look was fabulous too, what a talented gal you are.
a bientot
Maggie @ Normandy Life

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