Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Seasonal Harvest Tour

I still can't believe I'm here, part of this incredible Bloggers Seasonal Harvest Tour! I'm so honored to be among this amazingly talented group of bloggers, opening their homes for an autumn tour. 

I am eternally grateful to Brenda from Cozy Little House for her friendship, her guidance, and for including me among the 25 talented bloggers for the 2016 Bloggers Seasonal Harvest Tour. 



If you missed any of the wonderful fall home tours from Monday, you can find them here: 

Monday

If you're popping over from Sara's amazing home at Twelve on Main, a very warm welcome to you! 

Hopefully you had time to visit some of the other amazing bloggers who shared their homes on Tuesday - if you haven't been there yet, you can still visit by clicking any of the links below:

& Mountain Mama (that's me!)

It seems such a short time ago I hit 'publish' on my very first post, and it amazes me every day how many folks stop in regularly for a visit to my little mountain top home. 

I'm so very thankful for each and every one of your visits and sweet comments and I am humbled by your continued visits to my blog. 

My home is anything but fancy, it's a simple, cozy, country home...just the thing that makes me happy. Despite being born and raised in New York City, I've always been a country girl at heart, and to own a chalet-style home on a mountain top in upstate NY is truly a dream come true for me. 

When adding in autumn decor throughout my home, I try to honor the simplicity of my home, and let the magnificence of the foliage outside my window remain the star of the show, as it should be. 

The vibrant hues of fall are simple to incorporate into my main living area, as I tend to use bold and vivid colors in those spaces all year long. 

I used mostly what I already had, with the addition of only a couple of small items purchased this season. 

Without further ado, welcome to my home!


My living room is like the rest of my home, small and cozy. The true focal point of my living room is the beautiful field-stone fireplace that stole my heart the very first time I walked through the door. 


The fireplace doesn't need a lot of embellishment - it's glorious all on its own. I added some simple autumn touches with a garland of leaves accented with some pine cones, gourds, and tiny pumpkins. 


Oh...and tiny twinkle lights and candles, of course. Because what would a cozy night in the country be without twinkle lights and candles?

The mirror over the fireplace got a fall upgrade with the addition of a wreath hung right over the mirror. I love the way the two play off each other, it's a little more exciting than just a wreath on its own. 


My throw pillows got a seasonal upgrade by changing out the pillow covers. I'm a huge fan of Pottery Barn pillow inserts and covers - it really makes sense to store multiple pillow covers rather than whole pillows if, like me, you're a fan of swapping out your decor seasonally. And when you get a good sale or coupon, that's time time to buy! An added bonus? They can get thrown in the washing machine after the season is over so they are fresh and ready for next year. 


I love the mix of the traditional autumn leaves and pumpkins on the sofa pillows with the animal prints in the throw and the chair cushions. It's always a good idea to bring in some element of the unexpected when decorating in order to keep things interesting!


The bookcase got a fresh, amber colored velvet runner to warm things up for fall. The orange wicker basket was filled with small pumpkins, acorns, pine cones, leaves, and berries. 

I added two Yankee Candle Harvest scented candles, of course, as I am a huge fan of candles all year round. These have a wonderful, spicy scent that brings to mind cinnamon sticks simmering in apple cider. 

I love the fall foliage in the Thomas Kinkade picture above the bookcase. I never get tired of looking at that scene - it's one of my prized possessions, a precious gift from my parents. "The End Of A Perfect Day III" is the title of the picture....indeed, it is!


As we head into the dining room, you can see the table is set for an intimate dinner for four. 

More candles and twinkle lights make the space extremely cozy for a chilly autumn evening in the mountains. 


I brought some seasonal flair to my everyday dinnerware with the addition of some new autumn bread plates and napkins, to give the table a festive fall feeling. 

I tend to keep the centerpiece fairly simple on my dining table as we eat there regularly, and need to leave room for platters of wonderful home made meals. There's something so cozy about gathering the family around a home cooked meal on a dark, cold mountain night. The candles are lit, the music is playing softly in the background, and the scent of good food fills the air. A little wine, some good conversation, and I'm in heaven. 


What better way to bring some fall colors into the kitchen than with winter and yellow squash harvested straight from my crooked little country garden?  Nature provides the best seasonal decor there is!


My kitchen always has pops of red, so transitioning for fall is quite simple. The addition of a few autumn accents such as candles and pretty dishtowels completes the swap. 


Flickering candles on the windowsill welcome guests as they approach my cozy home.

The hummingbird feeder remains in place for those last few hummers that will stop for a meal as they make the long trip south for the winter months. 


Even the guest bath got a few fall touches, simply by adding a few small pumpkins, an autumn candle, and some seasonal towels and soaps. 


The warm colors and textures in this bathroom make the space cozy all year round, but work especially well at this time of year. 


In the master suite, I brought in a hint of fall simply by swapping out the accent pillow on the bed for this super cute sparkly pumpkin pillow. 


The touch of glam in the pillow is perfect for my master suite, which has been dubbed by a friend 'the princess room.' 


I like to keep things fairly neutral in this space, as I relish the calming effect simply walking into my master suite brings me at the end of a long day. 

A few ceramic pumpkin candles in shades of white and taupe add a seasonal flair to the top of the dresser. And the scent of vanilla and pumpkin greets me as I enter the room, welcoming me to my evening sanctuary. 


But, truly, the star of the show is the vibrant foliage just outside my window. It's just starting to 'pop' and the view never, ever gets old to me


In  couple of weeks it will look like this, and I'll continue to thank God for blessing me with this beautiful little cozy home to call my own. 

Thank you for sharing my autumn home tour - and don't forget to stop by and visit our friends at these wonderful blogs as the Bloggers Seasonal Harvest Tour continues!

Wednesday:

Thursday:

Friday:

74 comments:

  1. I just knew it was going to fabulous and your home and surroundings are as beautiful, loving and genuine as you! LOVE!
    Happy Fall,
    Hugs,
    Jemma

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    1. Genuine is a good word, for sure - water bottles, dog hair, electrical cords - there's no staging here, that's for sure!! Thanks, as always, for your sweet words, my friend!

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  2. You have created a cozy home and I love the serene colors in your bedroom.

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    1. Thanks so much, Kim! That's pretty much the only space in my home that I keep 'calm' colors throughout - I find it so peaceful to quiet my mind at the end of the day, although I do crave color in the rest of my home!

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  3. It's all quite lovely, Debbie and I am amazed at the view from your window because nothing's changed here yet in the way of our foliage! :)

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  4. It's all quite lovely, Debbie and I am amazed at the view from your window because nothing's changed here yet in the way of our foliage! :)

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    1. It's so much more vibrant now, just a few days after that photo was taken, Deb! It's changing so quickly, I think we'll hit peak within a week!

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  5. So pretty Deb! When I saw that last pic I thought 'wow, things are moving along a lot quicker in the Adirondacks than New England', but then I see it is probably from last year. Definitely something to look forward to!

    xxx

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    1. It was from last year, Doreen, but it's nearly that vibrant again this morning - and there's a naked tree on my drive to work, I can't believe it - the leaves are totally gone!

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  6. Your views are positively magnificent! Makes me want to move to the mountains. Still hot here! I loved that you added your garden squash. They look so pretty there in your kitchen. When I think of the ultimate in entertaining, I think of you. If I ever entertain, you will be my go-to person to ask questions of! Your bedroom is also lovely. Well done and I'm so glad you joined the tour!
    Brenda

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  7. Your views are positively magnificent! Makes me want to move to the mountains. Still hot here! I loved that you added your garden squash. They look so pretty there in your kitchen. When I think of the ultimate in entertaining, I think of you. If I ever entertain, you will be my go-to person to ask questions of! Your bedroom is also lovely. Well done and I'm so glad you joined the tour!
    Brenda

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    1. Awww, Brenda, you are too sweet! I am hardly the go to person for entertaining, but I do like to host dinners and when I do, I try to keep it as stress free as possible! Thanks again for including me in this tour, and for hosting, my friend!

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  8. My favorite on the tour so far! Love your home!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sandy! You must be like me - I'm drawn to small, intimate, cozy, colorful spaces! Thanks for visiting!!

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  9. Beautiful! So cozy and charming all the way around. The fireplace is outstanding...lucky you!

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    1. I absolutely adore my fireplace, and it truly 'makes' the home what it is!! Thanks, Kim - can't wait to see your tour later this week!

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  10. Beautiful comfy and cozy. Love that view out your window. Gorgeous.
    Kris

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    1. That it is, Kris - comfy and cozy, no frills, dog hair and dust are part of the package! :)

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  11. oh my goodness your view of those leaves is amazing!!! nothing has happened here yet... still too green for me! ;)

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    1. You have it all ahead of you, Cassie - we'll have snow by the time your leaves are done changing and falling!! :)

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  12. It's all beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

    FlowerLady

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    1. Thanks, Lorraine - I had so much fun being part of my first home tour!

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  13. I always love seeing pictures of your beautiful home. Your fall touches are so perfect, warm and cozy! Thank you for the virtual visit.

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    1. You're too kind, Melanie - thank you so much! Hardly perfect, but I do love my little cozy autumn home!

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  14. So cozy and beautiful, Debbie...I could settle right in!

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    1. Let me know when you'll be here, Linda - I'll open the wine! :)

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  15. Your home looks lovely! What brand and where did you get the candle that is in your bathroom?

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    1. I'll shoot you an email with the link, Gina, but it's a Kringle Candle, and the scent is Touch of Autumn. Thanks for visiting!!

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  16. Your home is so warm and cozy. Love that fireplace too! I am so glad that your dream came true and you are living the life you want. I always love to visit the homes of folks who know and follow their heart. I think they are the best kinds of homes.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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    1. Thanks so much, Susan...and Bentley, of course! :)

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  17. I love coming by to see your beautiful home. My favorite is the dining room and the window in the corner of the bedroom. Just perfect spots to enjoy the changing of colors there on the mountain top. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

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    1. I think my dining room is one of my favorite rooms in the house, also, Susie - maybe it's because of all the wonderful meals we've had there?? :)

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  18. I love how cozy and homey your house is. And your views, of course are quite beautiful too ♥

    summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Summer! Looking forward to seeing your home tour on Friday!!

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  19. what a cozy home you have . I too am a little obsessed with my favorite candles every where in the house. But as soon as I light one , one of my kids blows it out! ugh... Happy fall!

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    1. Ha ha, Kids!! My 'kids' are in their 20's and love candles almost as much as I do so no problem there!!

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  20. Beautiful fireplace! I love your cozy and charming home!

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    1. Thank you so much, Lily! I love it, too!! :)

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  21. Debbie, I don't think I've seen so much of your home all in one post. It's beautiful, and I love both your home and gardens (well, except for that bear). It's especially cozy for fall.
    Rita

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    1. Rita, you are too kind! It's tough to get a full room photo of some of the spaces, since they are so small - I'd need to be hanging from the ceiling to get a good shot! Maybe I need a drone? :)

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  22. I enjoyed the tour of your home! Very cozy and all ready for Fall!

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    1. I am more than ready for fall, Linda! It was a busy, busy summer season and I'll be glad to have some cozy nights by the fire!

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  23. Oh great. Now I need to come and visit so I can see your home up close and personal! ;) I just love, love, love your decorating style - simple, elegant, cozy. It's so hard for me to have to wait to decorate my new home, but hopefully we will break ground in either March or April, depending on the weather. In the meantime, my friendly compost pile decided to grow some miniature pumpkins for me this year. Seriously! And it was just what I needed for harvest decor in my tiny little cottage. Take care!

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    1. Let me know when to get the raspberry gin chilled and ready for your visit, Vickie! You would be most welcome, believe me! I can't wait to see the progress on your new home next spring - how exciting for you to create your dream home from scratch!

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  24. Hi Debbie! Oh, how I have enjoyed your home tour! Everything looks so nice in your home! Thank you for sharing it for us.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. You are most welcome, Shelia! I love sharing my humble little country home with all my friends out in blogland!!

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  25. Your home looks so cozy and inviting and I could settle right in! I'm so impressed with all you've done in your home and gardens in the short time you've lived there. Such a pretty view through your lace framed window!! Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us, Debbie.

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    1. There's much still to be done, Vickie, but it will come in time! I am feeling 'settled' finally in my home - it truly feels like my forever home now!

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  26. Debbie, your home is so warm and inviting, and I could possibly stay all day long in your room enjoying that gorgeous view!

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    1. Cristina, you'd love the view from the deck as well - it's even more beautiful, with the mountains on two sides!

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  27. Everything looks so pretty! I love all of your pillows. I know the view is your favorite part. :)

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    1. I think I might have a pillow obsession, Stacey....along with a candle obsession! Oh well, it could be worse, right? :)

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  28. Beautiful! That Thomas Kinkade picture is one of my favorites of his. :) My parents also have it in their home and I get lost in it every time I look at it. Those pillows just make me swoon!

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    1. Thanks, Debbie! I just love the image in that picture....I could totally see myself living in that little cabin by the lake!

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  29. Your view is amazing!!! Thank you for taking us on a tour of your GORGEOUS home!

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    1. Thanks so much, Pam! I do love my cozy sweet home!!

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  30. Your home is just beautiful Debbie! I wish I had your energy and spirit. I don't even have a pumpkin out yet and my birthday is on Halloween! Hopefully I can rectify that this weekend!

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    1. Wow, a Halloween baby - I can just imagine all the amazing parties you had as a kid!!

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  31. Your fall decor is fabulous and your home is so cozy and inviting. And I completely agree with you about the Pottery Barn pillow covers. Your foliage should be beautiful very soon. The colors are glorious in the Adirondacks right now.

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    1. Our foliage is past peak now, Courtney - no doubt it's the same up at your cabin!

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  32. Debbie, It's so fitting that you wrote, "the star of the show is the vibrant foliage just outside my window" – yes! I love the little pumpkins in your guest bath, your fall hydrangeas, and your pumpkin pillows throughout.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sarah - and yes, there's a reason I keep my windows unadorned - I want to see that gorgeous beauty from every side of my home!

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  33. Your home and environs are just beautiful. We live at the edge of the woods...and with leaves it makes for a beautiful fall. I have never been to your neck of the woods...but maybe one day! :-) Sheila

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    1. I'm sure it's just lovely right where you are, Sheila - we are truly blessed!

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  34. Everything looks so cozy, inviting, and charming....luring me right into your home with the wonderful smells of candles and other Fall goodness! I love everything, except the teenage bear. I read that post with goosebumps on my arms! Thank you for sharing your lovely Fall home.
    Carol

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    1. You are most welcome, Carol - I enjoyed welcoming you all into my little mountain top home!

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  35. Absolutely beautiful, Deb. Oh, that kitchen window. *love*

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    1. It was a must-have for me on my house hunt, a window over the kitchen sink!

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  36. Every single little touch of fall in your home is delightful! Love how you change out the pillow covers instead of pillows, brilliant! And that gorgeous view out your window... that is the highlight of country living! You have done an amazing job decorating your home for fall, just so cozy and inviting. :)

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    1. Awwww, shucks!! Thanks so much - I don't do a ton, just add a few bits and bobs to make it cozier for fall!

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  37. You are here because you DESERVE to be here. You decorate for fall beautifully. I hope your weekend is wonderful, Deb! xo Diana

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    1. You are such a sweetie, Diana - thank you for all your kindness and for visiting me regularly!! :)

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  38. Love, love, love your home! Your fall decor is just perfect and I can imagine walking into your home with the fire going and the lovely fragrance of a hearty soup bubbling on the stove.

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    1. Awwww, thanks so much, Donna!! I've been making a LOT of soup this year so chances are that's exactly what you'd smell!! :)

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