Monday, September 26, 2011

Gearing up for Fall

Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year.  The smell of the leaves falling, the cool air, warm sweaters, apple cider, dishes that feature pumpkins and winter squash- I love it!

The past couple of weekends have put me in the mood for fall, and I love to bring natural elements of the season inside my home too. Here's how I've been embracing fall in my home decor:

My fireplace mantel nearly always gets a makeover each season, and autumn is no exception. For the Living Room mantel shown here, I used a collection of items that often sits on the mantel combined with a few pieces of my brown transferware, wildflowers with mums, colorful squash and gourds, and a ghoulish-looking black crow.

A fall-inspired mini-wreath hangs on my china cabinet.

My fall decor could not be complete without fresh pumpkins and beautiful mums embellishing the entrance to my home.  I love non-traditional, "heirloom" pumpkins and pie pumpkins for decorating. They are not only unusually pretty, but after they've served their purpose as decor when it is time to switch to Holiday greenery you can use them for baking, soups, and general cooking. They last forever!

My half-eaten pumpkin scone and tea; I forgot to take the photo until I had already indulged a bit.

And lastly, the beginning of autumn always brings out the baker in me, cooking with seasonal fruits like apples, pears, pumpkin and squash with warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove. Over the weekend we made some pumpkin scones for a brunch we hosted- the perfect way to start the season officially!  Below is the recipe:

2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup cold butter
1 egg
1/2 cup pumpkin (can used canned or fresh pureed pumpkin)
1/3 cup milk

In large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, pie spice, salt and baking soda. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, whisk the egg, pumpkin and milk; add to crumb mixture just until moistened. You can add pecans if you like. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead 10 times. Pat into a circle, cut into wedges and place wedges (separated) on greased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with jam, apple butter, or honey.

 Be sure to stop by soon for my autumn-inspired table setting. Happy Fall, everyone!

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  1. Megan,
    All your fall decor looks the old books on your mantel and all your mums are beautiful!!!


  2. Hi Megan,

    You are putting me to shame, Lady. My absolute favorite is the blackbird perched on the clock perched on the books. Such whimsy with a touch of Edgar Allen. It's perfect.


  3. Oh, I like your style. When I was in school for Interior Design I always thought I would love to restore old homes, never happened. but, I would have loved it! LOVE your transferware! Thank you for linking it up to Home Sweet Home!

  4. Hi Megan, first of all your porch is fabulous, and I love your gorgeous Fall mantle. I'll be featuring it on VIF tomorrow, thanks so much for joining in! xo

  5. Thank you, ladies for your sweet comments. I just love the fall season and bringing it into my home :) Debra- I'm so excited about the feature on VIF!

  6. Your fall decor is fabulous. I LOVE the entrance to your home.

  7. Anything that includes brown transferware has to say Fall! Yours are lovely. Sally

  8. Oh my...we love transferware - so you've got our attention!! Lucky us...we love scones too!! We serve teas occasionally, so this recipe will come in handy - thanks for sharing get back to that scone :)

  9. Your fall mantle is lovely, so simple yet classic!
    Brown transfer ware goes perfect with all the gorgeous fall colors. The entrance to your home is wonderful and looks fabulous with your fall touches. Visiting from Common Ground, and am your newest follower. Would love for you to visit me. I will be back often!

  10. I love the understated and natural look to your fall decorating, Megan. Collecting acorns this time of year to put in dishes is one of the ways I like to decorate with found items from nature--and the orange berries you find on some bushes this time of year are another favorite. Everything inside looks so pretty set against your brown transferware, too!

    Take care,

    P.S.--Thanks for sharing the pumpkin scone recipe--will be making some this weekend. :)