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. 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.

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

  3. 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!


  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. Rose in Ohio says:

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

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

  10. 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!


  11. 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,

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

  13. 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.


  14. 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!

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


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