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!
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I've tried to round up all the things I've actually put in this room. But if I couldn't find the exact item, or something was discontinued, I linked to something similar. Links affiliate links, see our disclosures here.
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?
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