Brilliant Colors of Fall Home Tour

I usually share my decor room by room but today I’m doing something different, I’m sharing a fall home tour with all of my fall decor in one post.

Decorated for fall mantel

My fall home tour is a part of the Brilliant Colors of Fall Home Tour hosted by Kelly of The Tattered Pew and Mansa of Simplicite.

Each day this week, six bloggers are sharing their homes decorated for fall. Enjoy the six shared today and then come back each day this week to enjoy the other tours.

You’ll find links to all of the participating bloggers at the end of this post.

If you arrived here from Dabbling and Decorating, welcome! Ann is a talented decorator and shares my love of vintage. Ann shares decor from her Vermont home and also her coastal Maine home that she inherited from her parents.

Brilliant Colors of Fall Home Tour

Welcome to our 1957 Cape Cod in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Fall Front Porch with Bittersweet and Pumpkin Wreath, planters with mum, and blooming Lirope

I’m so happy that you are here and I’m excited to share my fall home tour with you.

We’ll tour room by room starting with the formal living room just inside the front door.

Fall Decor in the Formal Living Room

Our formal living room faces south and gets wonderful light. When Mr. SP was house hunting long before he met me, the light in this room drew him in. The elderly lady who was selling our home told the realtor that she wanted “That nice young man” to have her home and the sold sign was in the yard before anyone else had a chance to tour it. He met me two years later and the rest is history.

Sherman, our furbaby, is the primary family member who enjoys this room these days. If you drop by, you’ll find him on the sofa or parked in front of an AC vent taking a nice nap.

Living Room Decorated for Fall with Vintage

For me, fall decorating always starts with the mantel. See all of my fall mantel details in this post.

Fireplace and mantel decorated for fall

My great-great-aunt’s music cabinet is a favorite spot to decorate with a seasonal vignette.

A vintage amber jug looks so pretty as the light shines through it. My mom gave me this jug long ago. See this post for a plethora of ideas for decorating with vintage jugs and bottles.

The pitcher was inherited from my grandmother and the handmade wood box was a gift from Mr. SP very early in our marriage.

Fall Vignette with amber jug, vintage pitcher with leaves on it, wood box topped with a gold dipped leaf and acorns.

On top of the wooden box is a leaf ornament purchased on a Vermont trip surrounded by acorns.

Gold leaf on a hanger with acorns displayed on a wood box with an amber jug

Mr. SP and I have traveled to Vermont for several fall leaf-peeping trips. There’s nothing like being in Vermont in the fall to enjoy the outstanding fall foliage.

I love this leaf ornament because I can enjoy it all fall and then enjoy it through Christmas on our tree.

Leaf preserved with gold displayed with acorns

My grandmother’s marble top table on the right of the fireplace holds another fall vignette.

Mama created an electric lamp using an antique oil lamp and passed it along to me. Mama and I purchased the shade in the 1990s when this type of lamp shade was popular.

Watercolor of a covered bridge in Woodstock, Vermont with a Walnuts in a North Carolina pottery bowl filled with walnuts and an antique lamp with a paper shades with pumpkins, gourds, and leaves on it.

The watercolor was a surprise gift from Mr. SP after last year’s fall Vermont trip. It shows the Middle Covered Bridge located across from the fabulous Woodstock Inn.

Watercolor of a covered bridge in Woodstock, Vermont with a Walnuts in a North Carolina pottery bowl filled with walnuts

My good friend, Suzanne, and her twin sister go to a pottery festival every spring in North Carolina. This pottery bowl was a gift from one of Suzanne’s pottery festival trips.

I filled it with Black Walnuts from my neighbor’s tree.

Walnuts in a North Carolina pottery bowl

The small table in front of our fireplace is another spot that I enjoy decorating seasonally. This year it holds a decorated for fall cloche. Click here to see the cloche details.

The last thing to see in our formal living room is how I decorated my grandmother’s chest.

Antique chest decorated for fall.

I started decorating the chest with a vintage pheasant platter scored at a flea market.

Antique chest decorated for fall

I then made a fall arrangement using leaves, river oats, wheat stems, and lotus pods.

Fall arrangement with orange leaves, lotus pods, and wheat

Between the arrangement and the platter are two pottery leaves made in North Carolina.

Two handmade pottery leaves

To the right of the platter I used a candle holder that my dad purchased for my mom long ago.

Burnt yellow candle on a creamy white ceramic candle holder with a pottery leaf and pottery acorns.

Another pottery leaf along with pottery acorns decorate the right side of the platter.

Handmade pottery leaf and acorns from NC

Fall Decor in the Dining Room

The fall home tour continues into the dining room which is adjacent to our formal living room.

Dining room decorated for fall

My grandmother’s chest is a favorite place to decorate each season. The art hanging over the chest was also my grandmother’s and was displayed in her dining room.

On the chest you can see another oil lamp that my mom gave me. Both of us love lamps like these and prefer them to a modern lamp.

Antique marble topped chest decorated for fall.

This squirrel makes an appearance every fall in my home. He’s been enjoyed for 20+ years.

Behind the squirrel is a vintage planter filled with dried gourds.

Wood carved squirrel beside a white pottery dish filled with dried gourds.

The candle holder is an inexpensive one from Ikea that I painted.

Orange, burgundy, and green fall candle on a white candle holder with bronzed Magnolia leaves

The Magnolia leaves were given to me by my aunt. They most likely came from Lightfoot in Williamsburg, VA.

Orange, burgundy, and green fall candle on a white candle holder with bronzed Magnolia leaves

Our dining room table holds a dough bowl filled with more dried gourds. I save my gourds each season, dry them, then use them year after year for decorating.

Fall Decor in the Sunroom

In 2019, we converted our screened porch to a sunroom, one of the best home improvement projects that we’ve done to our home.

We use this sunroom as our main entrance and it’s also a pleasant spot to sit and relax.

Enclosed porch decorated for fall

The vintage tv stand beside the door is another favorite spot for seasonal decor. I also love hanging a seasonal wreath on this wall.

I made this fall hoop wreath a few weeks ago.

Enclosed porch decorated for fall with a fall hoop wreath, tv cart with a crate of gourds, and a squirrel nutcracker

The squirrel nutcracker was my dad’s and is always a part of my fall decor. It was given to my dad in the 1940s by a neighbor and when given to him was not new. I’ve never seen another like it.

The mini platter was an antique shop find as was the silver bowl. The silver bowl is monogrammed with OCC and was an Oakwood Country Club award for either golf or tennis.

This historic club is exactly a mile from our home and Sherman takes great pleasure in hunting for deer, mice, and more on the grounds of the old golf course which is now sadly being developed.

Antique squirrel nutcracker, vintage silver bowl full of faux nuts, vintage mini fall themed tray

The table between the rockers is another spot that I decorate seasonally. A lantern with nice smelling candle, Indian corn, and dried gourds decorate it.

Indian corn, dried gourds, and a metal lantern holding an orange candle

We’ll now head back into the house to see our family room and breakfast room. A trip through our kitchen is necessary to get to those rooms but there is no fall decor in that room, so we’ll skip a tour of it.

Fall Decor in the Family Room

Our family room is where we spend our evenings, relaxing on our sofas and watching shows on TV. Our latest show that we just finished was Yellowstone, which we both loved.

Family Room Decorated for Fall

The coffee table and end tables are from 1968, purchased when my mom and dad got married. I’ve worked many a puzzle, played a lot of cards, and eaten many a meal at that coffee table over the years.

My mom still has the sofa, recliner, and side chair that match this set.

You can read about the tray on the coffee table and how I decorated it for fall in this post.

The sofa with the plaid blanket scarf is where I spend my evenings.

The framed postcard is another Vermont covered bridge, this one the Pulp Mill Covered Bridge in Middlebury.

Postcard showing Pulp Mill Covered Bridge in Middlebury, Vermont with a gold covered Vermont Maple leaf and a hanger, and a ceramic pumpkin

We’ve ridden our bikes through this bridge on past bike tours.

The Sugar Maple ornament is a souvenir from a Vermont vacation.

Postcard showing Pulp Mill Covered Bridge in Middlebury, Vermont

The matching 1968 end table to the right of the sofa is also decorated for fall.

Family Room Decorated for Fall

You’ve probably figured out that we love to travel to Vermont. Our TV console is a handmade Vermont piece that Mr. SP spotted one year and had to have.

One more thing before I show you the end table fall decor, the cream and brown throw on the gray chair is a prayer shawl made with love by a group of women in my aunt’s Poquoson, VA church. They sent it to me when they learned about my brain gamma knife procedure in July. I had to display it as it meant so much to me to be thought of and prayed for by this special group of ladies.

I love to look around my house to find things that I can use for decorating that weren’t meant to be a decor item like this vintage oil can.

I found it in our furnace room on a shelf and Mr. SP thinks that the former owner left it there.

Fall vignette with a Byer's Choice fall decorated wheelbarrow, vintage copper colored oil can, orange candle in a glass holder, acorns

The tray was my grandmother’s and the wheelbarrow a Byer’s Choice fall piece.

On the vintage radio in the corner, I displayed three vintage bottles.

Fall vignette with a Byer's Choice fall decorated wheelbarrow, vintage copper colored oil can, orange candle in a glass holder, acorns with vintage brown bottles in the background

Two of the bottles held liquor and one root beer.

Vintage brown liquor bottle, Wolf Cree Straight Rye Whiskey bottle, Mason's Root Beer Bottle

This corner of the room has been claimed by Sherman. At night he sits in “his” leather chair and snoozes while we watch TV.

Corner of a family room with a leather chair and ottoman, pie safe, framed early 1900s sheet music.

The framed sheet music is from the early 1900s and belonged to “Cousin Maggie” who grew up in my mom’s 1912 home.

The pie safe is made from cherry harvested on the farm where my granddad grew up. The farm is still in the family and in operation.

Corner of a family room with a leather chair, pie safe decorated with rustic fall items.

The pie safe is decorated rustically for fall.

Fall decor with early 1900s postcards, vintage Avon stag cologne bottle with a beaver painting, raccoon decoupaged to a board, vintage red lantern, vintage glass compote filled with squirels and a red leaf.

When decoupage was hot in the 1970s, my mom made this raccoon art. I remember her burning the edges of prints like this and then decoupaging them to boards that my dad cut and routed the edges of for her.

She also decoupaged purses like this one but I digress. I’m pretty sure that my decoupaged purse is in my attic.

Vintage Avon stag cologne bottle with a beaver painting and a raccoon print decoupaged to a board.

The beaver is an original that Mama bought long ago at a yard sale. The Avon stag cologne bottle was an antique shop find.

My granddad’s lantern and a vintage compote filled with acorns and a fall leaf complete this fall vignette.

Vintage glass footed compote filled with faux acorns and a red leaf and a vintage red lantern

Over the pie safe is a display of early 1900s postcards with scenes that look like fall.

Lynchburg is on the banks of the James River.

Early 1900s postcard showing the James River passing through the Blue Ridge Mountains

This pretty fall scene is definitely not from my area as it is flat. Lynchburg’s nickname is the 7 Hills City, so if it were my area, you’d see hills and mountains.

Early 1900s postcard with a pond and fall foliage

Galt’s Mill is still standing though not in great shape.

Early 1900s postcard near Galt's Mill in Lynchburg, VA

I can’t think about fall without thinking about hunting season. If I had put this picture on my SmartBoard when I was teaching, instinctively, half of the kids in each class would pretend to shoot it. I loved teaching my country kids!

Early 1900s postcard with a deer in a forest

All of my postcards are family items, saved and collected by my grandmother and great-great-aunts.

Departing Day 5603 Postcard from the early 1900s

We have one more spot to see on my fall home tour, our breakfast room which is in between our family room and kitchen.

Fall Decor in the Breakfast Room

Our breakfast room became Mr. SP’s office in March. He is now back at the office with the occasional work at home day on this table.

Breakfast room with a cherry table and chairs, white buffet with a collection of green pottery with a large picnic basket

The only decor that I’ve done so far for fall in this room is a bowl of pomegranates on the table in a vintage milk glass compote.

Faux pomegranates in a vintage milk glass footed compote on a dining room table with a burlap table runner accented with lace.aux pomegranates in a vintage milk glass footed compote

That concludes my fall home tour! Now it’s time to tour the decorated for fall homes of my friends.

If you are hopping in order, next on the tour is my friend Kelly from The Tattered Pew. I love Kelly’s style and visiting her blog is always a pleasure.

Brilliant Colors of Fall Sharing with me today…


Sweet Pea // The Tattered Pew // My Thrift Store Addiction

Shiplap and Shells // Stone Gable // Dabbling and Decorating

And sharing the rest of the week…


The Happy Housie // The Aspiring Home // Mint Candy Designs

This Is Simplicite // She Gave It A Go // Vintage Society Co.


Worthing Court // Kate Pearce Vintage //

A Blue Nest // Caitlin Marie Designs // Inspiration For Moms


Aratari At Home // My Wee Abode // Midwest Life and Style

Simply2Moms // Stacy Ling | Bricks ‘n Blooms // Open Doors Open Hearts


Up To Date Interiors // Simply Styled Inspo. // Love Create Celebrate

Noting Grace // White Arrows Home // Dans Le Lakehouse// Casa Watkins Living

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  1. Paula, you have inherited such charming vintage collections and I always enjoy seeing how you feature them. The fall colors complement your decor beautifully. Somehow, I had never seen the wall color of your dining room and I love it! Pinned, tweeted, and I’ll be sharing on IG through the week. Happy Fall! Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  2. Paula, first, I’m so impressed that you have decorated you entire home for fall already. Every inch, every vignette is so filled with your lovely vintage accessories. You are so blessed to have so many family treasures. It’s always fun to see your home.

  3. Loved every inch! My favorite piece was the raccoon! How fun! One day I need to see the supply room where you keep all of these seasonal goodies!!! Also, you have the memory of an elephant! Its amazing that you remember the story behind every piece!

  4. Such a beautiful tour Paula, I always enjoy your family pieces. The pottery leaves are so pretty, love them.

    The painting Mr. SP bought you is pretty in all its fall glory of a covered bridge. There’s nothing like a northeast fall. I’m partial growing up here and seeing many states in their fall beauty.

    Every room is filled with treasures.


  5. I LOVED reading your WHOLE post and seeing your lovely fall home, Paula… My faves, in no special order: your leaf ornaments, your pie safe (trying to figure out how to slip that into my luggage to take home next week!), your stories about each item, how your living room is so vintage elegant and your family room/den is rustic vintage, and how fresh and simple your breakfast room is! Pinned! You did an amazing job!

  6. Oh, Paula! Your home is just lovely and warm. I’m so impressed with all the treasures you have collected that fill your fall home with such sweet, kind and loving memories! Just know that I’m praying for you too! It’s been such a pleasure to be invited into your home. I would love to see it in person some day! Lots of love!

  7. I love all the Fall colors that fill your home! It’s a beautiful reflection of what’s happening outside!! I especially LOVE your leaf ornaments!!

  8. This is my first time reading your blog. Love the way you incorporate all the vintage treasures, both gifted and collected. They all are lovely and hold great memories. I went back and read about your background and, since you have such a lovely home decorated beautifully for fall, I hope I means that the gamma knife procedure went well. Thanks for your openness about yourself and also about your home and lovely furnishings and decor.

  9. OMG Paula! Your home is just lovely. I love how you use collected and vintage items in your decor. The prayer shawl is beautiful and what a special gift from caring women. I know you mentioned Yellowstone. I too watched the series and can’t wait for Season 4.
    Happy Fall!

  10. Paula your home is beautiful! There are several parts that you shared that I have never seen before. And may I just say…your photography is just beautiful! I am in love with your grandmother’s chest and those blue curtains! Thanks for joining me on this Fall tour!

  11. Paula, your home is filled with so many meaningful and beautiful pieces of decor! It was so fun to read all the stories behind each little detail. I love how you’ve decorated it for fall!

  12. I always love seeing your lovely home and “hearing” about the history of your treasures. Missed seeing Sherman photobombing this post, though! Wish my household had your standard of housekeeping!

  13. Paula, wow! I loved seeing so much of your home decorated for fall! Your formal living room has always been a favorite of mine with the beautiful blue curtains. The orange and rust colored accents really “pop” against that blue.

    That lamp your mama made is so unique and reminds me of a lamp that my husband’s late mother made. It’s such a special thing to have those keepsakes from our parents.

    I think you’ve inspired me this year because I’ve started purchasing amber glass for fall decor. My pieces won’t have the history that many of your treasures do, but I’m loving the look. I’m always praying for your continued health, my friend.

  14. Absolutely loved this tour Paula! It brought back such good memories. I remember seeing decoupaged art from my mom. Hers were owls. Loved the raccoons and all the wild animal goodies you have. And of course the post cards are always a fave. Nice to see the rest of you home too! It’s all beautiful!

  15. We’re finally on a blog hop together again! Love your Fall touches Paula. You have so many beautiful pieces and that dried floral arrangement is beautiful. I don’t think I’ve seen your front porch before. It’s so pretty!!

  16. I enjoyed your fall home tour Paula, you have some beautiful treasures throughout your home. My favorite is how the blue curtains pop with your fall colors, so beautiful.

  17. Thoroughly enjoyed my fist visit to your site. Your sweet home evoked a feeling of warmth and coziness I remember from another time. Love all the natural elements. I have a set of gold leaves I usually use at Christmas and now am inspired to find and add to our fall decor. Especially love the pottery leaves and acorns and the raccoons. Now I must visit some of your past blogs!

    1. I am so happy that you found my blog and enjoyed my fall home tour. I hope you’ll follow along with me. I’m glad that you are here.


  18. So many beautiful fall treasures to look at! I love how you have stories about each of them. I’ve never visited the Northeastern part of the US and would really love to travel there in the fall season.

  19. Paula, your home is so beautiful! You have some very special pieces displayed in your home. So many family memories. I just love that! I am glad to see I am not the only one who has framed a post card from a treasured spot. Thank you for sharing. I loved your home tour.

  20. Wow! You have so many wonderful vintage pieces… I love your grandmother’s pieces and all of the wonderful small finds as well! Thank you for sharing your fall home with us! Love it…

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