I loved all the colorful purple velvet and elegant Christmas decor in my last post, but I have not re-decorated in purple yet! Truth be told, my admiring eye has landed on late fall and holiday inspiration from friends in blogland who share my passion for quiet colors, timeworn finishes, and a love for vintage. While fall and the festive season conjure up images of bright red apples, golden leaves, and tartan blankets, most of these familiar and popular-in-America touchstones feel out of place in my own home.
White remains my favorite color to use at home for its tranquil and timeless essence and since I find it not at all impractical or difficult to live with. Naturally, you’ll see white as a mainstay in my fall decor and even for the holidays. (Our halls at home have not yet been decked BTW as I am still in the desert finishing a few projects, but soon I hope to be adding subtle touches for Christmas.)
I snapped these next few photos in my studio to demonstrate what inspires me more than anything: AUTUMN SUNLIGHT.
The light in fall just has a softer, gentler glow.
Nothing is safe from my paintbrush dripping with white…not even an old armchair! I collected these French-inspired, vintage-look bags years ago and still love using them.
The vintage Christening gown above is not just any silky white dress…it’s the one my mama dressed me in for my dedication as an infant.
The white armoire is a freshly painted family piece.
I haven’t yet decided whether it will stay white (it may wish to become a quiet grey-blue) so it hasn’t yet received its finishing wax…and I’m much too lazy for much hand-distressing. In time, it will become naturally distressed from use.
Even in autumn, I am drawn to muted, faded, hushed and whispery colors and finishes which invite me to slow down and breathe. I very much appreciate fall color away from my own home, but I never tire of returning to a soothing, neutral palette at home in fall or any season.
Here are more quiet moments of tone on tone inspiring me this fall and holiday around the web…beginning with my fabulous friend Loi’s home and shop, which for me feels like heaven on earth.
My talented artist friend Dore (Burlap Luxe) is always creating something brand new which refuses to feel new! Her art imparts a vintage, imperfect, timeworn, gentle nostalgia that is soothing to the senses. How magical are her hand-sculpted sheep?
I hope this quiet collection brings you peace during this holy season.
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Peace to you right where you are.
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