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:
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!