Fall in the Foyer

Every year since I’ve been blogging, it seems that all over blogland, folks are excited about Fall and cozying up their nests with autumn-hued accessories.  I love that too, but I just don’t do a whole bunch of it.  Plus, with 90* weather all the way into September, that tends to dampen my enthusiasm for all things Fall.  Crisp and cool weather helps me want to change things up and we are finally feeling the crisp.  It’s about time!   My foyer table is the one area that I do like to change out, instead of the mantel.  I do need to work on my mantel too and I am vowing to do that.

If you love Halloween, I’ll just tell you up front,  that’s not my fave holiday and I totally ignore it when it comes to decorating my house.  But, I know it’s a hugely popular holiday all over the blogosphere.  This is it for me until Christmas. 🙂

So, this year, it’s all about white and blue/gray pumpkins and using what I have in my stash closet.Come on in!  I showed you the wreath already, which cost me ZERO money.  And I didn’t spend much on the rest either.  It does help to keep some items around that you can change out with the seasons.  That’s where my little under the stairs closet comes in handy.  I layered my vignette with a $1 vintage gold frame I found this year at a yardsale.  These are great to use as a backdrop.  Most all of these pieces have been collected over the years at yardsales or discount prices.  I have seen these blue pumpkins for the last few years and always wanted one, so this was the year for it.  I found some at a farmer’s market and brought one home. The iron urn in the middle is one of my favorite yardsale finds EVER, at $5.  It has held all sorts of things on this table and get’s changed out a lot.   The black candle holders are also yardsale finds and this year, I got real little white pumpkins for them.   They just look cute elevated.   You’ll also notice the Ballards petite carriage lantern too, which looks great mixed in with it all. Who knew they would come up with decor inspired pumpkins?!  These are definitely my kind of pumpkin, since I’ve never cared for the common orange variety.  Of course, white ones work well too, sitting on their little perches. A starfish and pinecones add a bit of fun to the urn and you can see from my banner pic, I’ve done this one before.   Some things are worth repeating. 🙂 Simple and yet elegant.  That’s what makes me happy. A few pretty pieces will make a bountiful vignette, without spending a lot of $$.  All I bought was the white and blue pumpkins this year.  You might remember this pretty black cone I made a couple of years ago.  I had a lot of this faux greenery around with pretty Fall colors and put it together for the front door.  It was always a little too big for my hubby to deal with, so he complained so much, I had to take it down.  I think it attacked him every time he opened the door.   So, I tied it up with burlap to the railing looking up into the dining room, where I can enjoy the Fall colors and be inspired for this time of year. I love the colors of sage green, eggplant, and golden accents.  Perfect for Fall!

That’s my contribution for this season!  I’ve seen some beautiful things shared out there, so if you’d like to join up, just add your link to the linky below and we’ll all come get inspired with you!

For lots more Fall inspiration, especially with an autumn-inspired mantel, visit Beth’s linky mantel party!

- Rhoda


  1. Beautiful! I too have not gotten bit by the “fall” bug yet. One, been super busy…two, like you we finally have cool crisp mornings to put me more in the mood. I did however see those lovely blue green pumpkins the other day at our local Trader Joes and am itching to put something together with them. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Your Foyer looks really warm and welcoming. I also wanted to tell you I listened to your round table segment and enjoyed it very much!!~ You were very positive and uplifting about the experience, as I would be too…regardless of anything else…it was FUN to be there with the other blogging friends.

  3. I had to laugh at the arrangement and your husband…sounds very familiar! 🙂 I love it though – I agree, it just says “fall” in it.

  4. I love your Fall entry! I’m a huge fan of white pumpkins, too … love how you’ve displayed them on top of candlesticks and an urn. Fabulous! The layering you’ve done is perfect. And, yes, too funny about the attack of the florals … that’s happened here, too! Thanks for hosting, and allowing me to share my Fall buffet. Take care, *Becca*

  5. Your entry so ELEGANTLY suggests Autumn in such a lovely way! LOVE it! I’m not so big into the Halloween decor either but yours is just FAB and it takes you through to Thanksgiving…awesome! Hey, don’t forget about my Scentsy giveaway!

  6. Looks beautiful Rhoda!

    I did a little Fall decorating at All About Home yesterday. I took photos of the shop, before I worked on it and posted for today. I’ll post about my decorating there, later this week.

    I enjoyed your SRT interview yesterday evening. Thanks for mentioning my little bloggy dilemma. I am feeling great about my new home.

  7. I have to agree with you on decorating for Halloween. I just don’t care for the scary holiday. I do however love the fall season and gearing up for Thanksgiving. I love that you didn’t go with the traditional decor and kept your colors muted. It is very organic. I am still loving that wreath!

  8. Rhoda – I love your muted colors. Good for you for sticking with what you love. That’s what decorating is all about! I look forward to the yummy pops of orange in my home. Thanks for hosting. I’m off to visit. Happy Fall!

  9. Hi Rhoda!! Beautiful. I love all of your Fallness! I’ve been Fallen all over my house too!
    I know you’re the busiest one, but I’m having a blog party next Wed. called the Heart of the Home Party – we’ll be showing our kitchens. I’d be honored if you’d come.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 🙂

  10. When I saw the picture of the table decor, the first thing I thought was that I LOVED that urn! LOL Wish I’d have been at that sale before you. 😉 But glad one of us has it.

    It’s all beautiful. Funny about the door arrangement. Men. They just don’t like to sacrifice convenience for beauty, do they? I haven’t had time to do any fall arranging at home – or even any cleaning for the past month or more. It’s really pitiful around here. Embarrassingly so. Maybe in the next couple ‘o days…..

  11. Rhoda, I tried to leave a comment earlier and my computer went nuts. Now, I love your foyer decor and that blue pumpkin is great in the urn. I have not found the blue ones here. I love that color. Maybe one will show up somewhere.

  12. I’m with you on the fall decorating. I just over look it until Christmas. That is my favorite time of year. Everything just seems so magical. I guess it stems from my childhood, but I just love it.

    Love your vignette. The pumpkins are great. I didn’t know they came in decorator colors.

  13. Great photos! I love all the details. I definitely prefer the pumpkins in white for decorating. They go with everything. My favorite accent is the $1 gold frame. I can’t believe it was a yard sale find. Way to go!

  14. Gorgeous display! I love the blue pumpkin and your arrangement is beautiful hanging on the railing. I can’t remember if I commented about your wreath, but I LOVE it! Thanks for hosting a link up:)

  15. beautiful! I LOVE tht blue pumpkin!

  16. I’m back again, Rhoda!! I’m joining your Fallen party! This is so much fun.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  17. I guess because we have such fantastic foliage I really get into decorating for Fall. I start the end of Sept….keep everything up until the week-end after Thanksgiving, it’s such a nice looong season and then Christmas decos.

    I am with you on the Halloween decos…but I guess having kids changes that….I have my lights and scary tape and some decos I put up for the trick or treaters….and my house is the one that kids love coming to…not the wee little ones though lol!!! I give out really great treat bags too…. we really get into it …but everything comes down the next day and I’m back to my Harvest theme..November is such a drab month here its so nice to have the punch of color. Plus I happen to love the color orange.

    Happy Fall,
    Kathy 🙂

    ps I found some artifical cornstalk last year to put around my lamppost ….no more itches.

  18. This post was just what I needed to get inspired for some fall decor. I am just not into Halloween either and it has been 90+ here as well until this week so I’m finally feeling in the spirit. I’m going to be on the lookout for those blue pumpkins!

  19. Nicole-Lynn says:

    Looks awesome! 🙂

  20. Your foyer table looks great all decked out for Fall. I love the cone arrangement. What a good idea to hang it there.

  21. I love your pretty fall decor. Your urns are just gorgeous and always catch my eye. Love them. Hugs, Marty

  22. Rhoda-

    Love your fall festive accessories! Just enough to give your foyer a hint of autumn!

    Thanks for the linky party!

    Your Friend,
    Lindsay @ A Design Story

  23. Thanks for hosting Rhoda! I love your arrangement..I can see my husband wanting me to move something like that too. I’m glad you found another place where you can still enjoy it!

  24. Your entry looks beautiful Rhoda! Love the mix of items you used. I have kept some of my starfish mixed in as well. The shape of that urn is just gorgeous.

  25. Great idea to hang the cone arrangement with the burlap! Your foyer looks great, as well. Love the blue/green pumpkin. Would love to get some of these. Happy fall!

  26. Oh Rhoda, your Fall decor is perfect! I am the exact same way when it comes to my Fall decorating…..not a big fan of the “traditional” orange at all! It’s nice to see some other (beautiful) color options out there!

  27. Hi Rhoda! It is always such a treat to see your gorgeous home and I love all of your fall touches…they are warm and welcoming (like you!) and I’m really getting more into the natural tones like you have. I, too, kind of ignore Halloween except for a few non-scary touches for the kiddos!
    Thanks for hosting this great party!

  28. Hi Rhoda, I couldn’t get the comment thingy to work, so I’m back to try again. 🙂
    Love your entry…it’s always fun to see how you change it out. The colors you’ve chosen are just beautiful! Shows you don’t have to do orange to get a great fall feeling in your home. The fall cone looks great where you hung it! Just beautiful! Thanks for hosting this fall party!

  29. LOVE your blue/grey pumpkin….I wish I could find one like that. I love the white ones too…I have some of them, just wish I could find a blue one. How fun!

  30. Hi Rhoda-

    I love to decorate for fall, but like you am not into Halloween at all. I like the classics – plain pumpkins, leaves, the natural stuff. No ghosts or goblins for me either.

  31. Have been following your blog for a long time. I really enjoy your posts. My problem today is I have visited so many blogs in the last several weeks I can’t remember where I saw a post about a pretty new kitchen rug. Was it you by any chance? Thanks.

  32. Rhoda,
    just realizd I had not left a comment after linking up with you. I am so sorry! But, I really enjoy dropping by and looking. I’ve got to go check out the wreath, I missed the post about it. Everything looks fabulous! Thanks for hosting.

  33. So glad that we aren’t the only ones who don’t think so highly of Halloween! We don’t celebrate at all and I don’t like all the witches and ghosts (happy or mean). We LOVE fall decorations and have enjoyed those around the house!

  34. Beautiful, Rhoda! I was already in love with your wreath, but I really like your vignete. Your lamp is absolutely gorgeous!
    I have to say, though, I do love Halloween. It’s not as popular here in Mexico as it is in the US, but with a 9 year old, it’s definitely a very fun holiday for us.

  35. Beautiful Rhoda! Thanks for hosting!

  36. A little goes a long way and this is TOO much for me. When do we look at an arrangement and say stop? Sorry, not trying to be unkind. On a good note, you did provide some great ideas.

  37. I love your foyer table, Rhoda. It is just great and very inspirational. I love your blog. I go here every day to find a bit if inspiration. Love it.

  38. I’m still just as charmed by your magnolia wreath and its multiple colors. Also, love the black cone and your fall arrangement in it. It’s gorgeous!

  39. Becky in Bama says:

    Rhoda: thank you for writing an enjoyable blog – website. Everyday I look forward to opening your ‘page’ to see what’s new. You are such a blessing and a gifted writer/blogger.

  40. Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! I needed some Southern Hospitality up here.

  41. Your foyer table looks lovely! I always like how you mix the starfish in to your displays! I know, the heat really doesn’t make you want to do anything fallish but fortunately it’s much cooler now – down right cold – I’ve already had the heat on 🙂

    I had no idea you were having a party! I’m so out of it lately with trying to get my house ready to sell and Savanna starting college etc etc etc!

    Hope you’re doing well!


  42. I think your foyer looks beautiful, Rhoda. Very elegant. I have not seen those bluish pumpkins this year here. I did get a pretty white one yesterday and a nice Cinderella one, which I adore. I haven’t done much decorating for Fall. I guess I am saving up for Christmas when I love putting out decorations everywhere. By the way, I love your lampshade.

  43. I love your simple autumn touches. Fall definitely took it’s sweet time coming to Alabama! We are just now getting started with our decorating. We four kids, Halloween is a big deal here, especially with a huge party planned for the 30th. Hopefully we’ll get it all pulled together. I do love the simple pleasures of autumn and can’t wait to showcase them when Halloween is over. Love the linky party. I can’t wait to check out everyone’s inspiration!

  44. Rose in Ohio says:

    You’ve absolutely succeeded in creating a stunning autumnal look for a warm climate! Bravo!

  45. There’s just something wonderful about dressing up the entry area around Fall! Maybe it’s the expectation of visiting friends and family…or the warm welcome from the colder weather. Your entry is especially warm and welcoming…and oh so elegantly Southern! Love it!

  46. Hi Rhoda!

    I’ve been away from my computer for most of the week, so I’m just getting around to visiting. May I say that I just LOVE that arrangement you hung on your railing?! I can imagine that it might have been a little big for the door, but you wouldn’t want to change one gorgeous thing about it. . . aren’t you clever for thinking of something else to do with it! It’s really lovely, and the colors are perfect for fall.

    I like your blue-green pumpkin–that’s beautiful. I’ve always loved the plain old orange ones. Of course, we’re a family of redheads, so I guess orange things just feel at home around here. 🙂

    I’m linking up a post about some autumn leaf pillows I made–simple and fun. I’m using them on my front porch, and I’ve loved having that little touch of fall there.

    Have a great weekend, Rhoda!

  47. Thanks for hosting, Rhoda! I finally got in the fall spirit. 🙂

  48. I LOVE those blue like colored pumpkins and the white ones! I’ve done some fall stuff but not as much as normal because I may be moving in a few weeks! (just for a year…I’ll tell you more details soon)
    It’s crazy, but I get the best pumpkins from the commissarry on Redstone arsenal base.
    OH: And congrats on being on Joni’s show!!! That ROCKS!

    One last thing: yes, sometimes it’s hard for me to get into the fall spirit when IT’S STILL 90degrees here in Huntsville! Yes, even today it’s that high and will be for a couple more days! I’m sure you’re experiencing the same thing!


  49. You are so fun!! I’m so glad you said “hi” to me today so I could return the favor! I just have to wholeheartedly agree with your statement about Halloween. I don’t decorate for it either, and can’t get into that holiday on bit. I do love the harvesty warmth of home sweet home though. Loved seeing your fun ideas.

    Have a blessed day,

  50. It’s divine! I missed this post and party somehow :(. Your blue hubbard pumpkin is gorgeous and makes the vignette. Thanks for linking up!

  51. Love that green pumpkin mixed w the little white ones! I am sorry I am so late to this party and missed linking in. Must be better next year.


  52. I am so excited, Rhoda, I found the blue pumpkins yesterday at a church pumpkin patch right across the street from my house! I was so inspired by your vignette, that I decided I HAD to have a blue pumpkin. I also have white ones, and did the same thing with the candle sticks. Hope you don’t mind a copycat! lol I love your posts! Very inspirational. Keep ’em coming! It’s still 90 degrees down here in Texas!

  53. Forgot to mention, Rhoda, I am loving that entry table of yours! I wish I had one like it…….!!!!!


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