Welcome, beautiful friends! Today I have the pleasure of kicking off the Canadian Bloggers Fall Home Tour with my friend, Christina of The DIY Mommy. (I’m also super excited that she and I get to hang out in person next weekend for the first time in a couple of years!)
Now if you know me at all, you know that fall is the start of my favorite few months of the year. I love it when the air gets cooler, pumpkins are about and I can cozy up on my couch with a blanket in front of the fire. Of course, I also love the decorating.
Today’s post is all about our fall dining room. Just last week I shared another version of our fall dining room. In that version of fall decorating, I did what I typically do and used all faux stems, greenery and pumpkins. I normally do this for fall because when I decorate, I like for it to last for awhile. That and I don’t have a car during the day to run out and get flowers and such.
But this time. Oh this time.
So I stepped outside my comfort zone and I used all real stuff. Real fruit, real greenery, real flowers. I even baked a cake. Not from scratch, mind you. But I baked a cake!
And, you guys, I LOVE how the space turned out!
Fall Farmhouse Dining Room
Maybe I should explain why I call our house a ‘farmhouse’. Honestly, we live in a subdivision in the suburbs of Toronto. There are farms nearby…I am reminded of this every time manure gets spread on the fields. But house prices here are astronomical. A piece of land with a farmhouse sells for a million dollars (or much more) out here. So we make do. Our grey brick, suburban house is as full of white and black and wood as I can get it inside! Thus, farmhouse.
The dining room’s bones are pretty much the same as they’ve been for months. Two shelves, a table, an oversized clock and some chairs.
But a couple of weeks ago, I asked Dean to build me a mantel out of scrap wood we had kicking around in the garage. Bonus, he gets a cleaner garage! I was originally going to paint the mantel dark and then white over top, like I did for our mantel shelf years ago. But once I got the black paint on there (Fusion Mineral Paint, Coal Black), I sorta liked it that way. So I put another coat of black on and called it a day. I can always paint over it if I change my mind, right?
Eventually I’ll figure out something to put inside the mantel, like faux brick or wood or something. Eventually.
As for the table top, I started with a linen bed scarf I had. Then I placed the giant cake stand, with my naked cake on it in the center. I believe Magnolia Market sells similar cakes stands, although I originally got mine from Farmhouse Wares last year.
From there it was just a matter of arranging seeded eucalyptus (which was hard to find and like $20 a bunch!), hydrangeas (from my garden) and fresh fruit.
While I don’t think I’ll be able to swing fresh plants, flowers and produce for every single tour, I sure enjoyed using fresh for this one!
Later this week I’ll be sharing more details of the tablescape and also how to make a naked cake the easy way – from a box! Ha!
For more fall home inspiration be sure to visit my blogging friends below each day this week!
Do you decorate with real or faux for holidays?