Thursday, August 26, 2010

~FALL DECOR in the SHABBY COTTAGE CHIC HOME~

~GREAT ROSS FIND~

Just like many of you I love the Autumn time of the year.  I'm a native Cali-Girl and I suppose I will NEVAH get use to the humidity and sweltering heat we often experience in middle America!  Because I live in Oklahoma where the Summer Sun can get blistering hot (104 degrees in my town last Sunday) it is always a welcomed relief when the August temps decide to linger for a bit in the low 80's.  By the time the leaves on the trees change from their vivid greens to a soft golden yellow I find I am more than ready for Fall to begin.
(You can visit me...but I'm SOLD)

I love to decorate the outside of my home during Pumpkin Days!  With the addition of our new black shutters (they are all up and look fabulous..more about this soon) I'm finding I'm more anxious than ever to get started!  The sweet metal Pumpkin you see at the top was snagged a couple of days ago at Ross for $9.99!  What a deal!  Once my Fall decor is in place I leave it up until it's time to change things around for Christmas.

Because the inside of my home includes a palate of mostly muted whites, creams and soft florals I do seem to struggle a bit to successfully incorporate touches of fall color into the mix.  I love changing things up and making the different Seasons of the year feel special...but orange, rust, black and deep sage greens just don't seem to work for me.
~GREAT FABRIC FIND~

So...as I worked on pretties for both my home and my A Gathering Place Website I decided to scale back some of the coloring on my more traditional Fall and Harvest Pillows. I've concentrated this week on designing a few I think will blend beautifully into my own personal decor and I'm hoping you will like them, too!  Both pillows you see above will be on my website later today!
~SUPER SALE - $4.50 Per Yard~
(Originally $29.90yd)

When my Mr. AGPMan and I began to change things around on the inside our home about a year ago I moved what was once my formal living room furniture into my den.  Truthfully I hated how it looked because the sofa, though a gorgeous Henrydon auction win, was way too dark (burgundy & soft brown)for the space.
 ~Original Sofa Fabric~

Earlier this month I snagged nearly a full bolt of fabric for my sofa makeover at a drastically reduced price at my friendly neighborhood Hancock's (gotta love their mill-ends!)...  As soon as I get my two accent chairs back from the upholsterer the sofa will be dropped off for her re-do!  I'm so excited!
 ~MESSY!  MESSY!~

Now...just in case you all might mistakenly THINK I am totally disciplined and work in an immaculate studio I've decided to share with you a few TINY snapshots of what can quickly turn into a completely disorganized, junked up, out of control workroom if I'm not careful! :)
~SO MUCH WORSE THAN THIS~
~STUFF IS EVERYWHERE~

After I finish up the Fall pillows I'm currently working on I just MUST take some time out to clean up my space.  Otherwise I fear I will surely lose my sanity.  I don't do well with chaos and absolutely cannot create a thing when I can't see the floor (you think I'm kidding and I'm NOT!).

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Blessings and love to you~ 

43 comments:

Mari said...

HELLO SWEET PEA....

BOTH OF YOUR NEW PILLOWS ARE STUNNING :) LOVE YOUR NEW TIN WELCOME PUMPKIN SIGN :) I TOO HAVE A HARD TIME LOOKING FOR ITEMS THAT BLEND INTO MY HOME AS IM A PINKY TYPE OF GIRL!!! ERRRRR....LOL BUT I DID PURCHASE A FAUX ROSE PAINTED PUMPKIN ON EBAY SOOOO SWEET, IM LOOKING HUNTING FOR MORE :)


HUGLETS~XOX~MARI

Julie Marie said...

Hi Rebecca... as you know, Autumn is my very favorite time of year! I LOVE your Pumpkin Welcome sign from Ross, what a deal! And your Harvest pillows are just gorgeous! I will check for them on your website later, love them! xoxo Julie Marie

KATHY said...

Hi Rebecca, I love your pumpkin. It's so cute.I've already started to get my pumpkins out!! I have the same problem with all the gorgeous orange pumpkins. They just don't seem to look right with all the whites. But i love them! We have to think of something...Kathy

Marilyn said...

With a hubby that is a trucker & living in the northeast I try not to decorate for Fall too soon. He never says but I think it reminds him of the struggle his life becomes with the ice & snow.
......... BUT........
I am beginning to look fondly at my boxes of Fall decor!
......Shhhhh..... Don't tell my Hubby!! LOL!! LOL!!
Love your pillows!!
Have a Great Day!
Love,
Marilyn

someplace in thyme said...

Chaos and I go hand in hand. I think that comes from being a floral designer and constantly working in a mess. I also have to stand up when I work, no sitting for me unless I am at the machine. I love the fall season and all it's colors. This is the palete I am most comfortable in....homey and rich. I can't wait for the fall season and sadly, it begins very late here. We don't normally drop in temps until the first part of Oct. We also find ourselves in shorts around the Thanksgiving table. So sad I know.....By the time the leaves change to a golden hue here, it's already Dec!! No time to "get in the mood."
I know 104 degrees is hot, but we average around 115 or higher during the summer months. My son once said, "once it hits 105, who cares, hot is hot" and he was right. The best of the desert is on it's way tho, we have the rest of the year to play in the garden and be outside.
I am pushing fall in my home this year. I am so ready for a change. Your pillows are a delight and I love the fabric choices Rebecca. As always, you pulled magic out of your lovely hands and created something very beautiful. Be well and be patient, cooler temps are coming for us all, Char

Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

Rebecca you are so funny! You can even make your messes pretty!! Meanwhile I'm over here in Iowa, knee deep in rag quilt clippings frantically searching for my lost slipper!! Ha!
I love your fall decorations friend, Sharon

MosaicMagpie said...

Love those Harvest Pillows. What a wonderful mess, the look of creativity!
Debbie

Becky said...

Hi Rebecca!That is the pillow I adore.The little girl holding the candle so precious.

I love your mess, its pretty lol.

Shelia said...

Hi Rebecca! I always say - you have to make messy to make pretty! And you sure know how to make pretty!
Your little fallness of pillows are just precious!
Can't wait to see your reupholstered chairs and then your sofa! I'm so proud for you!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

I love all of the things you have found and made in your fall color pallette...just beautiful! I am crazy for all of the original colors of fall but you white girls are winning me over to the "light" side;)!

Love your post!

Enjoy!
Cathy

Mari said...

HELLO AGAIN SWEETIE,

YES YOUR GPM MAN DID INCLUDE THE BEAUTIFUL NOTE CARDS....LOL... I LOVE THEM THEY ARE EVER SOOOO SWEET :) I DON'T THINK THAT I WILL EVER PART WITH THEM THOUGH....LOL

HUGLETS~XOX~MARI

Anonymous said...

Awesome web site, I hadn't noticed rebecca-gatheryeroses.blogspot.com earlier during my searches!
Continue the good work!

myletterstoemily said...

dear rebecca,

amen to relief with these 80 degree
days. i though i would melt after
church last sunday!

i can't wait to see how you incorporate
fall into your pastel decor.

i just notice that you love "my antonia,"
one of my favorite books! isn't willa
cather amazing?

blessings,
lea

Connie said...

Nope, sugar, no rust, orange or fall colors in this house. Just do NOT work well for me plus orange is my least favorite color. I have ONE Liz Claiborne blouse with some orange in it and it's beautiful but that's about it.

I love Home Fabrics for this bolts of fantastic fabrics also, chickee. Check them out.

xoxo,
Connie

sissie said...

Hi Rebecca,
Sewing can be messing indeed! I have been trying to be neater in mine,but it doesn't always work! LOL!

I love the little fall pillow that you have created with that sweet little girl. The fabric is wonderful too. I bet your sofa is going to look fab.

hugs
Sissie

Together We Save said...

Wow - you have so many beautiful finds here!!

Anonymous said...

HI, REBECCA...SINCE THE PAINT COLOR OF YOUR HOUSE IS not PINK, BUT A BEIGE!! YOU COULD USE WHITE PUMPKINS OUTSIDE AND THEY WOULD LOOK LOVELY, INSTEAD OF ORANGE (I USE THEM INSIDE, TOO, WITH MY PASTEL COLORS)..WITH THE BLACK SHUTTERS THIS WOULD BE GREAT....
HEY,,,,ME TELLING YOU HOW TO DECORATE??? CRAZY ME...
I LOVE YOUR NEW PILLOWS AND THE METAL PUMPKIN...YOU ALWAYS HAVE THE NEATEST THINGS!!
WE HOPE HERE IN CENTRAL LOUISIANA
THAT IT IS COOL BY THANKSGIVING!! LAST YEAR WE HAD A FREAK SNOW
FALL THEN!!!! THE HOT WEATHER HAS TAKEN A TOLL ON THE PLANTS, GRASS,
AND US!!! COOLER WEATHER CAN'T COME TOO SOON!
BE SURE TO POST PICTURES WHEN YOUR DECORATIONS ARE UP!
XXXXXX HUGS, FRANCY

NanaDiana said...

Hey Rebecca!

I love the Fall weather that is coming too! Unfortunately, we have a short Fall and then Winter is upon us in Wisconsin. Ugh...Old Man Winter is not my favorite at all!

I love the softer colors of Fall too..and last year used some white and green pumpkins...but I also like the traditional ones...and corn shalks turned golden...and the leaves that turn their spectacular colors.

I love the pumpkin but don't know what Ross is-we don't have them here...kind of like a Michaels maybe?

Your little pillow is absolutely darling and I am a lot like you-I create a lot of chaos when I work...but I don't work well IN chaos! lol When the kids are here I am surrounded by chaos but have finally learned to not clean up AS there are here but AFTER they go (to bed or home).

Thanks for sharing your "mess" with us-you are a brave girl;>) Diana

Nancy's Notes said...

Rebecca, you do crack me up! I know I am good for a good chuckle when I drop in to see you! Aww, your pillows are just so adorable! Back to your mess, that is not bad! I can't stand a mess either, but I can sure create one!

Have a great day.

Hugs,
Nancy

Cherished Treasures said...

Dear Sweet Rebecca,
Although Fall is my favorite season of the year I am right with you on the color thing.
Fall colors just do not appeal to me.
Just give me pink pink pink !
Have a wonderful Fall Yall,
Carol

Lady Farmer said...

I'm with you~ I couldn't stand my little sewing/office/library any longer! I cleaned and organized today and now I have so many projects planned! It's easier to think in here without all the clutter! ;~P
What a pretty pumpkin, sweet pillows, can hardly wait to see your shuttersand your sofa and chairs!
The *mess* in your studio doesn't look bad to me ~ seems to be very *organized chaos*! All pretty things, too!
Blessings as you create!

Lore♥ said...

Querida Rebecca
que maravillosas cosas y trabajos que haces!!!
los almohadones son fantasticos , me gusta la delicadeza que le pones a cada elaboración....
felicitaciones
cariños
un beso
Lore

Tammy said...

I love your pumpkin... it certainly is cottage-y! Your pillows as always are gorgeous and now that I see the cream against the black and orange, I'm having a fondness for it! Well done. Are you making a sofa cover or literally upholstering it? Big task either way but I'm sure it will be well worth it. We Just got a couch on the cheap for a good brand. It's rust (ew) and is in need of a cover. For now, we throw the dog quilts on her so they can be easily removed for laundering. Don't you know it's for them after all... sheesh! Hugs. Tammy

Tammy said...

I meant to ask, what type of fabric is that? :)

Karen said...

OH - I think you need to be a little more specific about your mess and SHOW US PICTURES! (hehehe)

I don't think I know anyone who works in a perfectly clean environment. I can't imagine ever doing so - it just never happens to always be clean. Maybe picked up - but when you have projects going on - stuff just lays around and gets worked on as it can. Sheesh - you should see mine right now!! Holy moly!

I think you can get away with lots more neutral colors for fall now than you used to be able to. Lots of whites and off-whites. I am so not an orange person either - but for Fall - it just has always been.
Can't wait to see what you have in store.

Have a wonderful weekend my Friend!

Hugs! Karen

Kit said...

Oooo, loving the pumpkin! I better get my butt in gear and hit Ross and TJMaxx and see what they have for Autumn. Cause I firmly believe you can never have too many pumpkins! Kit

Cori G. said...

Hello Rebecca! Thanks for stopping by the other day and leaving the sweet comment and thankfully I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, LOL! I too love fall but here in sunny California we're just beginning to heat up. It's been up to 99 degrees with high humidity & thunder heads...YUK!!! I don't know how you all survive in the Midwest ;-).
Oh! Your pillows are ever so darling and perfect for Autumn!!!

xoxo Cori

Trisha said...

Your pillows are adorable-I love the colors! Fall is my most favorite season of all and I can't wait to get out all my decorations...your post is making me get very anxious!!

~Trisha

agypsyangel said...

I love those pillows!!!!
I like the little glimpse of the studio. Hope you have a wonderful friday.
Hugs,
Kim

Theresa said...

Love the pillow and the fabric! You are so talented to be able to create such beauty~) Can't wait to see the makeover of the sofa and chairs! Enjoy your evening Rebecca! Hugs!

Dolores said...

The pillows are so pretty...., but everything you make is pretty!

Your mess doesn't look like much of a mess to me, but I know what you mean about needing to get things cleaned up and organized before starting another project.
Hugs,

Maria said...

Hi Rebecca! I love your autumn pillows - So soft and lovely...

Your creativity is so amazing!

I smiled when you wrote of your "sewing mess" My sewing room goes to pieces while I'm working on projects. It's just easier to let it go -but yes, then it's time to clean!
happy weekend to you! ~Maria

Lynn Richards said...

Oh, man-I believe when you say you can't see your floor...maybe it's with my floor in the land of mess.
I have such a hard time changing seasons in the middle of a heat wave...plus, August just does not say "fall" to me. I wish it would. I could be more on top of the holidays!!!!
xox
lynn

sewingseeds4U said...

Your pillows are absolutely gorgeous. They have just the right touch of fall. I love the browns you've incorporated, too. We've had a couple of weeks of triple digits in SoCal...I know you remember what that's like. I'm so wishing fall right about now. What a beautiful "mess" you've got going there. Blessings, Patty

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Rebecca,
Oh I love this pillow!!! How about if that is the one I feature for Guest Artist? I already wrote the piece to go with it when we talked a couple of weeks ago, so just let me know..I'll put it on next week if you want!
Hugs,
Cindy

Patricia Torres said...

The pumpkin sign is gorgeous.. and your pillows awesome.. In Dubai we dont have much of a choice.. its like summer all year long.. So when it gets slightly cooler from about Oct to Feb.. is our BBQ and outdoor time.. Hence we love winters.. But when I say.. winter. I meant it gets as cool as about 24C.. thats all!! :-)

Shabby T said...

Oh Rebecca...
I'm so lookin forward to autumn too.. I love the smell of apples and pumpkin spice candles burning..
The sweet crisp and lil bit chilly air wisping thru the trees.. of course all those colorful leaves on the trees.. I'm too am looking forward to cooler days its been quite hot here at the jersey shore.. One of the hottest and humid summers ever (at least that I can remember)... Your find at Ross is "cute as a button" .. I find it also hard to incorporate the fall colors in my decor so I just put out some touches here and there not really over doing it.. Its quite alot of work but I do box up alot of things to put out my fall stuff.. I just wanted to comment on your darlin pillows I'm sooo in love with them.
So happy fall decorating and please share pictures..
Tootles for now:)
Shabby T
come and visit me sometime
shabbytammie.blogspot.com

Wilhelmiina said...

Hi! Both of your new pillows are stunning.

Victoria Lynn said...

After a long, hot and humid summer here in Tennesse, I, too, am welcoming the cooler temperatures! Time for Autumn decorating and some redecorating too! Blessings, Victoria
PS: Those pillows are darling!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Those pillows are precious! Sigh..everything you do is precious!! Just ask anyone! Go ahead! Ask! Yeah, well, it's true!

And as far as your floor is concerned..I BELIEVE you because I lost mine last month! Daughter #3 came over..and said.."Um..Mom..have you considered getting a housekeeper! What a snob! She is so picky, picky! :)

I did mop the kitchen floor today..after I found it! :)
Hugs and love..
Mona

LOVE those pillows..are you getting Fall things out yet? I'm itching to get started...so..do you think it's too early? Hmmmm? :)

Rose said...

i love fall as yourself i enjoy decorating outside of our home. you have so much talent with whatyou make. have a good weekend.

Diane said...

Hi Rebecca
Made it home finally. This is a wonderful post.....anyways I dug out the Laura Ashley fabric and I have 9 1/2 yards of it! A part of me can't stand the idea of parting with it but the (this stuff has got to go) side of me is saying SALE IT! So I searched on ebay for the same fabric and found 30 yards for $810! Believe me I will not charge that much. If you want it all for $12 a yard it is yours. We will include shipping later. Anyways hope you are having a peaceful Sunday.
blessings
Diane

Barbara Jean said...

love the little girl fall pillow. love creams but how fun to have the splash of black and orange this time of year.

And mess you say?? You ain't seen nothin' girl. and you ain't gonna'. =)

hugs

barabara jean

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