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In this post: Welcome to our cozy fall home tour, filled with fall decorating inspiration and warm colors of rust, mustard, and olive green.
Hello, lovely. Welcome to our cozy fall home tour, filled with fall decorating inspiration! We’re sharing our entry and the main floor with you, with fall touches of burnt orange, deep mustard yellow, and sage greens. Come on in!
I’m so glad you’re here for our most recent fall tour.
I always like to introduce myself to anyone who may be new to Home Made Lovely. So, hi there, I’m Shannon. Wife to my handy hubby Dean for 25 years, homeschooling momma to three now grown or almost grown kiddos, designer, and author.
I have loved design and decor for as long as I can remember and I’ve been writing this blog for the last eleven years. I believe that home is the most important place on earth and my goal is to help you create the home you’ve always wanted by sharing tutorials and resources here on the blog, through my virtual courses and guides, and via my books.
Welcome to our cozy fall home tour
I’m a sucker for a house with a big front porch. Even though I adore this house, the porch is a wee bit smaller than I’d like. But we try to make the most of it anyway by putting out slim chairs – where Dean and I actually sit and have coffee on weekend mornings (and wine on weekend evenings) – plus a few other seasonal decorations. My goal is to make the porch look inviting, but not too crowded.
Our porch is difficult to photograph as it’s always partly in the sun and partly in the shade. And one of these days, I’ll buy real pots to put my porch plants in. I just haven’t found any I like enough to spend the money on yet.
- Chairs – old, from a friend
- Striped throw pillows – Lowe’s, summer 2019
- White Round Metal Table – Michaels’, summer 2019
- Wreaths – Real Canadian Superstore, fall 2021
- Mums – garden center, Port Perry, fall 2021
- Home Sweet Home rug – Amazon here
- Black and white striped rug – Amazon here
- Mailbox – Home Depot
- Light Fixture – Lowe’s
- Door decals – Etsy
Obviously, our entryway is the first space you visit when you enter our home. I like to keep it very simple in here – in our whole house actually – because we really use our home for living.
Our kids are now in their late teens and early twenties, and only one is still in high school. So normally this space is full of shoes and bags and jackets.
We’ve tried both a long table this church pew style bench in here, but I like the bench best. It was originally a gray wash sort of color, but earlier this year I sanded it down and restained it a warmer shade (Minwax Early American), which I think goes better with the design direction we’re going inside.
- Doors – Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black
- Walls – Sherwin Williams Eider White
- Trim – Sherwin Williams Pure White
- Tile – here when we moved in, I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either and it’s in really good shape so I can’t justify replacing it
- Bench – originally from The Brick, now stained Minwax Early American
- Art – originally from The Brick, artist Ana Chemikos
- Round jute rug – Amazon here
- Wire baskets – Michaels, years ago
- Black throw blanket – zulily, but available on Amazon here
- Olive green throw pillow cover (love the muted green so much on these that I have four total!) – Amazon here
- Yellow velvet throw pillow – Real Canadian Superstore
- Faux white pumpkin – Michaels
- Crock – antique
Our Dining Room
Our main floor is quite open and from the entryway, you step up into the dining room. We’ve made some changes in here this year and it’s finally looking like I’ve always imagined it would – as we come upon five years of living here! I always tell my students and readers that it takes time to create beautiful spaces that feel right, and it’s just as true for me and my house.
If you’ve been here for other tours but missed the Spring tour this year, we took out the big hutches that flanked the window and replaced them with one vintage buffet, painted black, at the far end of the room. We also built ourselves our dream farmhouse table and stained it mainly Minwax Early American, with a lot of distressing.
Eventually, I would really like to replace the laminate floors. But it’s not been a priority with college-aged kids still in the house!
I love to set a layered table – with placemats, chargers, and a mix of dishes paired with pretty napkins. After replacing the old darker table last winter, my girls actually noticed that our old dishes now looked very blue (rather than white) on our new warmer toned table. So over the last few months, I saved up and bought a selection of new dishes and really paired down my table linens and charger collection to fit this cozier style. This may be one of my favorite looks ever!
I’ve also collected several brass candlesticks, some new, some vintage, and thrifted. I adore them paired with black taper candles, especially for fall, don’t you?
Dining Room Sources:
- Farmhouse table – DIY loosely using this plan, these legs, and Minwax Early American stain
- Tufted dining chairs – The Brick, years ago
- Black buffet – Facebook Marketplace find, painted Sherwin Williams Black Magic and waxed with beeswax (that I’ve had for YEARS!)
- Windowpane placemats – Winners, fall 2021
- Scroll wood chargers – Pier 1, years ago
- Dinner plate and bowl – Canadian Tire 2021
- Salad plate – Zara Home, 2021
- Linen napkin with frayed edge (that frays a LOT) – Chapters/Indigo, fall 2021
- Rose gold flatware – Homesense, early 2020
- Brass candlesticks – some thrifted, some new here and here (these look vintage)
- Black taper candles – Amazon
- Table lamp – originally Birch Lane
- Wood turned candlesticks – originally Birch Lane
- Battery-powered pillar candles – Amazon
- Black and gold round tray – Structube
- Yellow pitcher – originally zulily, available on Amazon
- Wood beads – Winners
- Glass jar candle – Natura Soy, my favorite place to buy scented candles ever because they don’t give me a headache!
From our dining room, if you walk towards the back of our house, you will enter the open living room kitchen area. It is the biggest reason we bought this house almost five years ago and it’s the best place to entertain and to hang out with family.
We gave the kitchen a “cheap and cheerful” makeover – which means it looks pretty and functions well, but it will only last a few more years before it needs a major makeover. We used inexpensive finishes and a lot of paint for the facelift. We did add a lot of extra storage though, which I love.
The island makes the perfect place to hang out for both the cook – usually me – and for family or guests. I never feel cut off from everything or everyone when I’m in here and that has been THE BEST.
- Shiplap backsplash – DIY here
- Magnolia wreath – DIY here
- Range Hood – DIY here
- Yellow faux florals – Homesense
- Copper kettle – vintage
- Gather metal sign – Dean made it at work, similar here
- Sage green Dutch oven – Caraway
- Sunday Suppers book – Amazon
- Bookstand – Peavey (formerly TSC)
- Spice Rack – DIY here
- Oversize wall clock – Michaels, years ago
- Appliances – Samsung (btw, we like them fine, but I highly recommend the extended warranty on most appliances these days)
- Counters – Walnut Butcher Block, Lumber Liquidators (sealed with Waterlox)
- Cabinets – Mix of original with new doors and Ikea
- Floor Tile – Original to the house
- Open Shelves – DIY, 2x12s stained with Minwax Dark Walnut stain (similar brackets here)
- Track Lighting – Build.com, discontinued
Our Living Room
Our living room is where we all hang out all the time. Like all the time. That’s why there’s a tv over the fireplace. It’s family movie night and date night central all rolled into one. Plus we’ve hosted family gatherings, small groups, and holiday parties here.
We have an Ikea sectional that we love, plus a couple of tufted chairs for extra seating. We built the coffee table ourselves and installed open shelving around the glass-doored bookcase for displaying things. I love open concept living – but it sure does limit the places I can put pretty things!
Living Room Sources:
- Rug – Ivory Trellis Rug by Foundry Select, Wayfair
- Tufted Chairs – Loredana Barrel Chair, Wayfair
- Floor Lamp – Logan 60″ Floor Lamp by Charlton Home (when I bought it) a.k.a. Keasler 60″ Task Floor Lamp by Three Posts Baby & Kids (at time of writing this post), Wayfair
(Wayfair has a habit of changing names and suppliers frequently, making it hard to share accurate info with you. I apologize.)
- Coffee Table – DIY, found here
- Nesting Side Tables – Bouclair
- Oversized Art – Lakeside 40×55, Juniper framed in Ikea Bjorksta 55″x 40″ black frame (spray-painted gold)
- Throw Pillows –
- Pine Bookcase with Glass Doors – Mallory Vitrine Solid Wood Standard Bookcase, Wayfair (the natural pine one is almost always sold out though, sorry)
- Floating Shelves – DIY, coming soon (brackets can be found here)
- Olive Trees in Planters – Wayfair
- Pottery & Vases – mostly either thrifted and painted or antiques/vintage from local antique malls
- Bamboo Blinds – Amazon here
Video Fall Home Tour
If you would like to see the walk-thru of our fall tour, check it out below. I find that the video helps people to see the layout and how things flow in our house. 🙂