My House: Early Fall 2017

It is 90-something degrees, yet summer is collapsing into fall* as the ground becomes decorated with fallen leaves. The transformed leaves now provide a different beauty: a sensually delightful crunch beneath my feet on daily power walks. *there’s that irresistible Oscar Wilde reference again.

Calm serene kitchen by Hello Lovely Studio

Thank you so much for your prayers, encouraging comments, and emails as a result of my sharing vulnerable territory in the post about apples. Heartache has me seeking grace…for courage, for extra reserves of strength and consolation, for guidance during a distressing season.

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Peaceful white kitchen by Hello Lovely Studio
Our kitchen in early fall – Hello Lovely Studio

I am long overdue in sharing photos around the house, and these were snapped when the sunlight streamed in gently, as it often does in the heartland in late summer/early fall.

Our home’s decor hardly transforms from season to season since I favor white and neutrals, but I enjoy accenting with warmer hues in fall and adding pillows, throws, and candles.

Here’s the front door with its rugged, handsome, good looks…

Entry way with alder front door by Hello Lovely Studio
Our entry door with speak easy in early fall – Hello Lovely Studio

and maybe this elegant velvet pumpkin moment will inspire us to create something similar for our own homes:

Elegant velvet pumpkin in silver urn on Hello Lovely Studio
Velvet pumpkin in a silver urn via Pinterest.

We have a great window seat in the kitchen where I have placed hushed-hued cushions…I see a long Belgian linen upholstered seat happening here in the future.

Serene white kitchen with window seat by Hello Lovely Studio
Our kitchen in early fall – Hello Lovely Studio

You may have noticed, our 7′ farmhouse harvest table left this part of the kitchen to hang out in my under-construction studio (a spare bedroom where my piano resides and where I create art). The table’s scale overwhelmed the little breakfast area, and since we have a dining room a few steps away, it made sense to make the change.

Belgian linen dining chair in serene white kitchen by Hello Lovely Studio
Our kitchen in early fall – Hello Lovely Studio

In came a petite round table found at RH after no luck hunting for months for a small vintage one. This table is actually one of their kids’ playroom tables! It is not standard table height, yet still works for casual dining for two. Now the dining room (which is beyond a pair of vintage French doors) gets use when we entertain. Here is a similar dining table and linen armchairs:

Linen Dining Chair
Linen Dining Chair: FIND HERE
Dining room - Hello Lovely Studio
Our dining room – Hello Lovely Studio
Serene white kitchen by Hello Lovely Studio
Our kitchen in early fall – Hello Lovely Studio
Kitchen by Hello Lovely Studio
Our kitchen in early fall – Hello Lovely Studio

This still life of simple golden apples by an artist friend hangs on a wall in the laundry room (no way, mama, it is still not ready for its close-up).

Golden apples photography print by Joan Marie and Co.
Photo by Joan Marie and Co.

As the leaves fall outside, piles of books begin to collect inside. On tables in the living room, on nightstands, in the dining room, in the kitchen sink…fine, everywhere. They make this mystical design freaky blogger happy.

Belgian style living room by Hello Lovely Studio
Our living room in early fall – Hello Lovely Studio
Modern farmhouse style with European inspired decor by Hello Lovely Studio
Living room in early fall – Hello Lovely

It’s easy peasy to bring the outdoors in since I have access to a zillion trillion branches which I display lazily and naturally.

Belgian style in living room by Hello Lovely Studio
Our living room in early fall – Hello Lovely Studio

White roses may not strike you as autumnal, but since they deliver timeless beauty all year round, they’re not going away, not even for pumpkin spice toned roses (not that there’s anything wrong with pumpkin spice blooms).

White modern house kitchen by Hello Lovely Studio
Our kitchen in early fall – Hello Lovely Studio
White modern farmhouse kitchen by Hello Lovely Studio
Our kitchen in early fall – Hello Lovely Studio

Do bottles of delicious Rosé on the kitchen counter count as early fall decor? Because I think the warmth and romance they add to my white kitchen is lovely. These came from Martha Stewart’s Wine Co.

Milieu magazine and rose on my counter - Hello Lovely Studio
Our kitchen in early fall – Hello Lovely Studio

Here’s a peek of the exterior. It’s a modern style one and a half story home that is tricky to peg as strictly “cottage” or “modern farmhouse” or “contemporary” since it is accented with rustic river rock and features more traditional style windows. Its identity is evolving, just like mine.

Exterior of our home - Hello Lovely Studio
Exterior of our home – Hello Lovely Studio

I’ll share a few more peeks of our simple, Shaker-style kitchen soon, paired with before/during shots since you can only appreciate it when you see what we did entirely ourselves without changing the footprint (a footprint that feels like a wee footprint after enjoying a huge kitchen in our prior home).

Thank you for reading with such open hearts and minds. If ever you feel like sharing your own stories or are led to share feedback, it’s safe to push reply (if you receive posts in your email) and to get in touch with the very real, flawed, and changing-like-the-seasons human at the helm of Hello Lovely.

Peace to you right where you are.


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  1. Marie
    September 25, 2017 / 10:44 am

    Hello Love your home simple white pallet with a to touch of fall simply stunning thank you for the Beautiful pics .

    • michele
      September 25, 2017 / 10:45 am

      thank you, lovely Marie. peace to you, friend.

  2. Donna C.
    September 25, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    So love your cozy dining area for two! A stunning example that big isn’t necessarily better! Prayed for you today dear friend. Hope you find comfort from around the globe.??

    • michele
      September 25, 2017 / 10:10 pm

      Thank you so much, Donna! I’m grateful for all the prayers on my behalf. xox

  3. lynne richmond
    September 25, 2017 / 11:38 pm

    I am keeping you in prayer…. asking God to hold you even more tightly than usual….and that He grant you the courage and strength that you need…. whenever you need it…..
    May the Lord establish in you a healthy, divine rhythm of life.
    May He strengthen you in mind, body and spirit.
    Where you’re broken, may He restore, where you’re weary, may He refresh,
    where you’re fearful, may He revive faith.
    May your coming days be far more blessed than your former days. Sleep well tonight.
    There’ll be new mercies waiting for you in the morning. Susie Larson

    • michele
      September 28, 2017 / 7:55 pm

      Amen. Peace to you. xox

  4. lynda santillan
    September 25, 2017 / 11:59 pm

    hi I love your blog…I wanted to ask where u find your slipcovered furniture/? chairs/sofa?? thank you

    • michele
      September 26, 2017 / 12:34 am

      Hi Lynda. Thanks for reading. RH (Belgian linen in SAND color). In our Arizona house, BEMZ made the custom Belgian linen slipcovers for the Ikea Ektorp sofas (which came with white slipcovers that are nice too!).

  5. Christie
    July 11, 2018 / 9:52 am

    Hello can you tell me where you got the pillow with the letters on please! Thank you

    • michele
      July 11, 2018 / 4:05 pm

      Sure! It’s Restoration Hardware from maybe 10 years ago. You can always check eBay. 🙂

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