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.

I was incredibly inspired by Jamie from So Much Better with Age and Jenni from Dear Lillie Studio and their au natural, French-inspired decor.

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!

Home Made Lovely Fall Farmhouse Tour Dining Room

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.

natural fall table

fall farmhouse dining room

rustic industrial fall shelves

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?

black mantel

aka design fall 2017 dining room

Eventually I’ll figure out something to put inside the mantel, like faux brick or wood or something. Eventually.

aka design black faux mantel

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.

linen table runner with fruit and eucalyptus

naked cake on wood cake stand

naked cake wood cake stand

naked cake centerpiece

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!

aka design dining room

You can shop our house here. 

Home Made Lovely Fall Farmhouse Tour Dining Room

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?


Home Made Lovely
Amidst the Chaos
Lemon Thistle
Love Create Celebrate
So Much Better With Age


The Learner Observer
Woman in Real Life
Life is a Party
Clean and Scentsible


Satori Design for Living
The Happy Housie
Rambling Renovators
Craftberry Bush
The Sweetest Digs


The DIY Mommy
Home To Heather
White Wood
A Pretty Life
Vin’yet Etc


Kim Power Style
PMQ for two
The Creek Line House
Sustain My Craft Habit
northern style exposure

shannon sign off

home made lovely book on table with get it now text button

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  1. Just beautiful Shannon! Your home instantly makes me take pause and relaxes me! It’s all so lovely! I LOVE your black mantel, it fits perfectly there and really anchors that beautiful clock. I usually use a combo of real and fake… I’ve been searching high and low for that seeded eucalyptus. This hands down is my favourite tour all year (this and Christmas – but all Canadian) – thank you so much for organizing! <3

    1. That is so perfect, Laurie. Relaxing is EXACTLY what we’re going for! The seeded eucalyptus is so hard to find. I had to go to a florist and I paid about $20 for one bundle!

    1. Right?! Faux mantels are the BEST! After I saw Jamie (So Much Better With Age) use a linen runner from her trip to France, I was looking online for one. Then I realized I HAD one1 Lol. It was just meant for my bed, not my table. Oh well. It’s clean and on the table now!

  2. I still can’t believe you’ve lived there for less than a year and have it looking so beautiful already. The black and white are such a striking combination, and I love the soft colours you’ve used to bring life to the space. The mantel with that oversized clock- wow! Happy Fall 🙂

    1. Lol. I feel like all I did was paint last winter. Seriously I wore holes in my paint clothes! Thank you so much, Shauna. 🙂

  3. What a beautiful room! I can’t get over how spacious it looks (and I know how much of a challenge space is in Toronto)! Love all the fresh fruit and greenery, perfect for Fall!

    1. Thank you, Sonja. 🙂 To be fair we’re way out in the suburbs, so we have plenty of space in this house.

    1. Thank you, Cindy! Yes, the cake stand is to die for! When I first saw it, I really wanted it too!

  4. Shannon! Absolutely stunning!! I love your dining room and the fall touches you’ve added are perfect! Such a gorgeous and inspiring space. Thank you so much for organizing this amazing tour!

  5. I usually use a mix of real and faux, but I definitely lean towards using more faux most of the time just out of convenience, I think. I’m so inspired by your little mantel! We’re still fireplace-less here and I love the idea of having a mantel like that to decorate and play with. Thanks so much for the lovely tour!

    1. Yes, it’s definitely convenience. Maybe one day I’ll be able to plant enough real stuff outside to keep my decor going inside all year round! Ha!

  6. This is so gorgeous, Shannon! I really love the natural accents. I’m so sad that I didn’t get to see you this weekend, but I hope I’ll see you some other time soon!

    1. Hi there,
      That dining room table – which we no longer have – was from Restoration Hardware. It was indeed beautiful and I loved how it looked. But it wasn’t practical for us – not durable enough for hard daily use by three homeschooled kids. And whoever sat at the ends of the table often banged their shins on the posts. I do so wish it worked for us, since it’s so pretty. But alas, for this season, it just wasn’t the best option.