Open House Sundays #4 - Designthusiasm

Welcome to Open House Sundays where we get to tour through a different blogger's house every week!

This week we're visiting with Lory from Designthusiam and her home is a delight!



Designthusiasm Fall Home Tour

Welcome to Designthusiasm's Fall House Tour! While I've always been a big fan of warm weather, there's nothing quite like the delights that autumn brings to our five senses. The colors, the aromas, the tastes and more, it's a season that provides ample opportunity for celebrating life's small pleasures at home. Pour yourself a cup of hot tea, wrap up in a soft blanket and enjoy the tour.

Create a Welcoming Fall Entry

For my entry, I decided to take a simple approach. A smattering of varied colored pumpkins encircle my vintage milk box. The brick pillars flank the stairs with huge mums found at a roadside farm stand.
Create a Welcoming Fall Entry

My entry is a mix of French Country and a touch of shabby chic. The chairs are Rachel Ashwell's Darcy chairs and the chest is a chippy painted piece, but the marble floor and gilded mirror add a touch of elegance. There's also an antique bench across from this vignette and I use aubusson pillows and rugs to pretty up the space.
Create a Welcoming Fall Entry

For fall I've added the spiced potpourri and tiny white pumpkins. You can see more details on this space in my post HOW TO CREATE A WELCOMING FALL ENTRY. Next we move into the family room, which I've set up for an autumn afternoon tea.

Fall Tea in the Den

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with this room. I really want it to be creams and whites, as with most rooms in my home, but I haven't had the chance to change it over yet. That said, the English library patterns and golden tones work well for fall. The one thing I won't be changing are the hard pieces in the room, which are mostly antiques from England and France.

Fall Tea in the Den

The pillows here are from Ralph Lauren Home. I love the mix of masculine tweeds with feminine florals. The blanket throw and embroidered linen pillow are also RL, as is the fabric used for the window coverings. Tapestry chairs are from Henredon.
Fall Tea in the Den

Here I've placed my autumn tea setting. Teacups and cake plate are part of my vintage collection. The cakes are pecan, pumpkin with caramel and chocolate ganache.

Fall Tea in the Den

The flowers are faux florals, found at Pottery Barn. I'm a huge fan of fresh flowers, but I mix in the faux, as well. Sometimes the colors and varieties you want are just not available at the florist and these add a delightfully autumnal air to the room.

Fall Tea in the Den

This piece is probably my favorite piece in my home. You can get a better glimpse of it here in my LIVING WITH BOOKS post, as well as a library bookcase not visible in these photos. It's a burled wood server from France and usually holds my tea set, but I've added the cinnamon candle and acorn bits for a fall touch, since the teapot is in use on the other table. Old family photos share the space for a note of warmth.

Fall Tea in the Den

I love these gilded pumpkin candles and they add a lovely seasonal glow to the setting. You can see my Lillian August chairs in the background with the tapestry pillows tossed on.

Fall Tea in the Den

In the corner of the room I have a round bistro table that's often used for serving hors d'oeuvres or snacks. Here it's functioning as a wine bar, with a few leftover bits from my HALLOWEEN WINE TASTING post. The silver wine caddy was purchased at a flea market in Villefranche-sur-Mer and has moved around my house holding various items, but rarely the wine it was meant for!

Fall Tea in the Den

I love writing desks and have a few around my home. This one is English and was found in Lambertville, NJ. The blanket is covering an antique chair that is in desperate need of upholstering (like, we're talking springs are practically showing!). One day I'll get to it and it will make a wonderful post. The desk holds more vintage photos, books and teacups along with my latest find. The silver teapot I found last weekend at an antique mall in Bloomington, Indiana. It was completely black with tarnish and I spent a fruitful day shining the thing until it gleamed.

Fall Tea in the Den

From here we can move into the kitchen, where I've added lots of autumn warmth. The island is decorated with a repurposed toolbox from Home Goods, filled with gourds and pine cones, and flanked by my spiced candles and acorn potpourri. I love the way the fall tones warm up the room.

Autumn Warmth In Your Kitchen - Centerpiece

In the breakfast area, my floral chandelier is glammed up a bit with hanging crystal napkin rings. My ever-present teacups make an appearance here too, this time in small paintings on the wall.
Autumn Warmth In Your Kitchen - Soft Lights

On my Pottery Barn table, I have an antique Dresden bowl with autumn potpourri, delightful for both it's color and aroma. You can see all of my fall touches in my post 6 WAYS TO ADD AUTUMN WARMTH TO YOUR KITCHEN.

Autumn Warmth In Your Kitchen - Potpourri

Next we continue into the dining room, the room where most of my tablescapes are done. In this one, I've set it for a day after Thanksgiving lunch. This setting incorporates almost everything one can think of to celebrate the fall season, beginning with the color palette, encapsulated in the plaid tablecloth. Even the sideboard is decorated with pumpkin ceramics, as well as real mini pumpkins.

Day After Thanksgiving Lunch

The concept for this lunch revolves around leftover turkey tucked in delicious sandwiches and served with butternut squash soup and sweet potato chips. You can see the rest of the details here, in my post DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING LUNCH.

Day After Thanksgiving Lunch 00

For napkins I layered colors pulled from the surrounding decor and tucked a wheat stalk in for a playful punch.

Day After Thanksgiving Lunch

The dining room leads into my living room, where you can see my fall mantel. I worked with repetitive images of bronze glasses filled with orange roses, flanking the baroque gilded mantel clock. Rosé wines and Chinese lantern branches finish off the mantelscape. An extra bit of warmth is added by the fireplace candelabra.

Simple but Elegant Fall Mantel

Here's a close up look, but you can also see more photos and details in my post 3 STEPS TO A SIMPLE BUT ELEGANT FALL MANTEL.

Fall Mantel with Tiny White Pumpkins

I also set a Halloween vignette on an antique chest in the room, utilizing the colors of the holiday. You can read about this one in detail in my HALLOWEEN HOUSE TOUR post, which also contains some of my FRENCH COUNTRY HALLOWEEN table setting in it. This post would have been too long to include it all here.

Halloween House Tour -

Finally we come to my library which is where my desk is located. This is actually the first part of my home that I decorated for fall, so you can see I was just transitioning to the season here, with lighter colors and small seasonal touches.
  5 Fall Decor Tips for Your Desk

I often decorate with food, so the pears and plums as well as bowl of walnuts worked perfectly for this vignette.

5 Fall Decor Tips for Your Desk

This is where my mini pumpkins first showed up and you can see more of this room in my post 5 FALL DECOR TIPS FOR YOUR DESK.

5 Fall Decor Tips for Your Desk

Thank you for joining me on this fall tour of my home. I hope you enjoyed, as it's time to move on to the next season! Thanks especially to Anne for hosting this tour and sharing it with her readers!


Don't you feel all warm and fuzzy after seeing all those gorgeous colours and beautifully decorated spaces?  Lory's home is so pretty!  Thanks so much for sharing your home with us Lory.

Have a happy week everyone!


Calypso In The Country said...

What a beautiful and inviting home! I love all the cozy details like the tweed and shimmer of the crystal and silver...and of course those cute white pumpkins. Thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth BlueClearSky said...

Lory has a beautiful home. I love the little details like the wine caddy and mixing florals and tweeds. Thanks for sharing a tour.

Maria C said...

Your home is absolutely lovely! I so admire people like you, who, without seeming effort manage to make a room look elegant, and welcoming, and seasonal, and timeless, and beautiful . . . All at the same time! When it comes to decorating, I'm definitely a work in progress, but you continue to inspire me every day! Please don't stop!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

She has a beautiful home! I loved seeing all the rooms decorated for Fall. Just found this on FB so will now follow this series too! Happy November to you both!

Little Vintage Cottage said...

She has a lovely house, I love snooping around other's house tours! lol! And when I saw the little white pumpkins it reminded me that I had some on my shelf that were looking kind of sad and when I checked on them one was molding so I caught it in time before it ruined anything! :o)


Art and Sand said...

I have never visited Design Enthusiasm. Her home is classically beautiful. I am off now to visit the blog and see more.

ANNE said...

Lory's home is so nicely decorated, isn't it? So inspirational. Thanks for visiting Maria!

A Joyful Cottage said...

I'm very familiar with Lory's home. Very pretty; she has good taste. ~ Nancy

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

A very cosy home: I enjoyed walking through thre rooms with a nice cup of hot tea. The mantel in the dining-room is gorgeous.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

A great tour today Anne! enjoyed the gorgeous home of Lory's dressed for Fall....So very warm and cozy and makes you want to sit with her and enjoy a cup of tea and take in the beauty of her rooms and vignettes!
Have a great week Lory and Anne!!! said...

Thank you for the tour Anne, Lory has a magical touch that makes her rooms so relaxing, and I seem to be craving a cup of tea!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What a fabulous tour Anne!! Lory's home is beautiful...I love her style!!