Living room fireplace...not woodburning, sadly, but at least I can have a fire when I want one. I love having fires during the cold months. Our old house had a woodburning fireplace. I think I had a fire every day. We homeschool so we are at home every day. There's just something about the feel, sound, and smell of a woodburning fire that says home. Fires go so well with curling up and reading a good book or having a cup of hot tea and flipping through magazines or, since it is fall and that means football season, fires go great with a good football game on the tv, chili, and family. We live in Tennessee so I have to say "Go Vols!" and a big "Go Titans!" Okay, back to the fall decor....sorry. The three candlesticks to the right were purchased separately at thrift stores and sprayed with Rustoleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze (ORB) to tie them all together. The pumpkin was originally a traditional orange color. I spray painted it ivory. I'm really loving the white pumpkins this year. To the left of the fireplace, the red box is something I've had for several years. I purchased it at an antique store. It was originally a film box and had a couple reels of Kodak film still in it. No, nothing good on them, you know, like Ansel Adams original pics worth a couple of mil. The inside has dividers and makes the perfect storage box for dvds. On top of the box is a tiered rattan stand. The bottom tier has a tarnished silver bowl filled with fall potpourri and the top has a red berry wreath with an old book and another smaller white pumpkin. I didn't intend for this to go in the living room but I placed it there and thought it sort of worked. I'm not sure if it'll stay. I think the height is wrong for this area.
Okay, I'm only sharing this photo if you promise to not look at the paper shades that are hanging in the windows. I purchased those 5 years ago as a temporary solution to the morning sun beaming into our kitchen during the hot summer months. So, yes, 5 years later, they are still there. So, don't look at them, okay? Instead, turn your attention to the chandelier. Our home was fairly new when we moved in and it had several contractor grade fixtures. The kitchen light being one of them. I found this one on craigslist earlier this year for $40 and had hubby change it out. I've been so pleased with it. I had off white shades on it until this week. I found these black ones at the thrift store for 49 cents each! L-o-v-e thrift stores! I think I'm addicted to them, if that's possible. So, having swapped out the shades, I wrapped this berry garland through the bottom. I really like the look of it.
I think this is my favorite vignette so far. The tray has been a decorating staple for several years now. I found it at Old Time Pottery (love that store too...another possible addiction). That carried these wrought iron trays back when Southern Living at Home first came out with theirs. OTP's price...about $10...love getting the same look for so much less. Anyway, it has been in constant use in my kitchen decor since I bought it. On the tray, the black stands (painted in ORB) all came from the thrift store then painted to match. Actually, see the one with the single white pumpkin? It was just a wooden candlestick with a CD glued to the top and then painted. I liked the look of the candlestick but needed a wider top to display on it. The CD was the perfect size and was strong enough to not bend under weight. The cloches are all vases or candle holders turned upside down. I described them more here. I purchased the tiny peanut shaped gourds at a farmer's market last year. With time, they just get better. And, finally, just because it contrasts so well with the black, I have an ironstone platter as a background to the vignette. This sits on my kitchen island. As you can see, I'm not one of the lucky women with granite...one day! But for now, this neutral speckled laminate works well.