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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

A Last Minute Fall Home Tour

Hello, dear friends.  I just found out that there is no Hodgepodge this week, so I kind of threw this post together.  As you will see, we put a little more effort into the outside of the house than the inside.  




We have two of these bowls on the stone wall.  There is a family of chipmunks that have taken up residence in one of the walls and feast on one of the bowls.  I guess they don't like to leave their comfort zone to venture to the other bowl.  Needless to say, they know me by name at the nursery.







Speaking of comfort zones, this year I decided to use Asters in the urns instead of Mums.
What can I say?
I live life on the edge.











My Fall mantra is... when in doubt, use mini pumpkins.































These flowers have lived for two weeks, and they're still going strong.





When I lived in McKinney, there were two lovely ladies that had a home accessory business.  They would travel down to Mexico and come home with trucks of must-haves for the home.  One of their clients would open their home for them to decorate and people were invited to see the accessories in a home setting.  I bought this turkey about ten years ago from them, and every time I pull it out I think of the fun my tennis buds and I had that day. 






In the sunroom, I like to decorate with two mischevious pups and a bowl of apples and scented pinecones.



Until next time...






Katie Clooney
Katie Clooney

I'm Katie. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am an empty nester meandering through my middle-aged years while entangled in the never-ending process of renovating an antique home on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I love to write about books, movies, TV, celebrities, decorating, and weekend adventures. My favorite writing material is derived from my family: the Mister, my girls, #1 and #2, and my two untrainable, rambunctious pups, Chowdah and Chili.

47 comments:

  1. Katie, THOSE DOGS !!! Love them.
    Looks like Fall is busting out all over at your home. Just lovely.
    xx's

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  2. Everything looks so festive. Love pics of Chili and Chowdah however!!

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  3. First of all, I wish I'd thought of asters. They're fabulous -- especially with those pumpkins and the orange. And your dogs -- love to the max! I love the sunroom. The pinecones and apples are very fall but it will carry through transitionally through the winter holidays too -- unless they are faux apples, in which case...

    Truly, it all looks so very lovely. Hats off to you!

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  4. Awe, this is so gorgeous!! I love your style. I know you must just pinch yourself to be living in an historic home back east instead of smackdab in Dallas.

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  5. Looks just beautiful!! And nobody's foolin' me, that little primadonna on the sofa has center stage. Lol. They're both so cute! PS. Could you send the elves over to clean and decorate my house please???

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  6. Looks just beautiful!! And nobody's foolin' me, that little primadonna on the sofa has center stage. Lol. They're both so cute! PS. Could you send the elves over to clean and decorate my house please???

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  7. It looks fabulous! I love all of your arrangements outside!

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  8. Katie -- you have just the right touch, plenty of pumpkins and flowers to signal the season without going over the scarecrow cliff. Love the asters!

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  9. Just beautiful Katie!! Oh and I saw a mercury glass pumpkin at my local TJ Maxx and thought of you!!

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  10. Your fall looks just wonderful. Mimi pumpkins add an understated touch of fall that work very well. I love your pretty mantel with blue pieces. And your dining room table decor looks lovely. 😊🍁🍂🎃

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  11. What can I say? Your home is exquisite! You have beautiful style and beautiful stuff! I especially like your window boxes. -Jenn

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  12. WOW!! You have done an amazing job...I am seriously inspired. i have yet to add anything inside except for Karolyn's beautiful pumpkins:)
    You have been one busy little fall elf..belongs in a magazine! Great job, and you should enter my contest! Have a great night:)

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  13. LOVE the purple asters with the pumpkins..would have never thought of that combo. I will have to copy! The pinecones with apples are stunning...for Christmas just add pine trimmings! Your home is just stunning and love how you write, great sense of humor. I also decorate fall with Blue and White...You have impeccable taste.

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  14. Love it all, so warm and welcoming! I did get my mercury glass pumpkins and gourds yesterday and the are now proudly displayed on my dining table thanks to you. :o))

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  15. Katie you always make me chuckle. Yes. What an edgy woman you are choosing those purple astors instead of the typical Mums haha and they look beautiful by the way. Love the lavender and orange combo. Your entire house is so warm and cozy!
    xo

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  16. So much loveliness!! I stopped putting pumpkins outside; little forest creatures would destroy them in a few days. I seemed to be the only one on the block this would happen to..go figure. I think your adorable pups accent your sunroom perfectly! oxo, Dawn

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  17. Katie- You've got the touch.What makes it even better is it is all wrapped up with humor and friends and family in mind.

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  18. Beautiful as always! I love the cute turkey, and the apples and pine cones. Your home is classy and cozy looking!

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  19. I made the decision today not to buy pumpkins to put on the porch this year. The squirrels like to feast on them and last year I was constantly having to replace them. So the squirrels win this one. Well, actually they don't win because I'm taking away the goodies. Ha! I'll show them!
    I did buy the minis for the house and my hostess gift of choice this season has been a large blue or fairytale pumpkin with a bow.
    Love seeing all your blue and white. It's great with orange. '-)

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  20. Looks great! I appreciate your taste!

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  21. I feel the same way as you about those mini pumpkins! Your home looks beautiful and I don't think I have ever mentioned how much I love your dining table! The window boxes look amazing too! And your darling doggies are the perfect accessories!
    Shelley

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  22. You know, Katie, you are a Texas girl at heart. So, perhaps we should add this post to our Fall In Love With Texas blog tour schedule. :) Seeing all your pumpkins and asters outside in New England really makes me feel Fall. Love all your blue inside. My sister lived in New Hampshire and Maine for about 10 years and it was wonderful visiting her during October.

    Judith

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  23. You've done a great job making fall come alive, Katie, both inside and outside your beautiful home. I simply love everything.

    We have chipmunks who have burrowed under the pavers of our patio. It is a disaster and actually dangerous. We have to redo it in the spring and it will be interesting to find how we prevent this issue.

    Anyway...as far as your outdoor pumpkins...spray them with Pledge furniture polish. Works like a charm. Believe me!

    Jane

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  24. Your home looks terrific! Love your window boxes decorated for Fall; what a festive idea! Sadly, over the years my enthusiasm for seasonal and holiday decorating has waned.

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  25. Katie - my goodness do you have such a flair for decorating! You home is simply stunning inside and out! I love all the fall decor . . . lovely! And my favorite - the white rooster you have in front of the mirror - I have what appears to be the exact same one in my house! My mom got it for me - we call him Joe after the white rooster I had when I was a kid! Ha!

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  26. You have quite the knack for decorating sweet lady! I love what you did with the windowboxes and the apples in the sunroom go absolutely perfectly! It's those little touches that make a house a home and yours is so lovely and inviting!

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  27. I am completely enchanted by every image. There is nothing I love quite as much as a gorgeous white clapboard house...stunning!! Happy Wednesday!

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  28. How delightful! Katie...you have a stunning home! I so enjoyed the tour....classic New England!

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  29. Pledge for the pumpkins? Who knew? Not me. Wonder if I could spray my tulip bulbs to keep the squirrels away. Canadian squirrels are quite fond of tulip bulbs in planters, I've found. My other sister once had something far nastier nibbling on her pumpkin that was sitting on the kitchen counter. It was quite horrid. Not even Beatrix Potter could have made that rodent adorable, Sis. On to happier thoughts - your asters are splendid.

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  30. YOU MY DEAR are READY...................

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  31. Wow -- everything looks so pretty and fallish!! Do you spray those pumpkins with something to keep the squirrels from making a huge mess? I tried spraying last year and it worked for a week and then the squirrels had a feast!

    Have a great week!

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  32. Purple Asters are perfect with the orange pumpkin! Next year, everyone will be doing it. Did you know we don't have chipmunks on the Gulf Coast? Just big, giant squirrels. The first time I saw a chipmunk I thought it was so adorable! Sorry to know they're thieves like their ratty squirrel cousins.

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  33. Katie, I absolutely love your decorating style! Your house is so beautifully decorated. Your Fall touches look lovely! Happy Fall!!!

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  34. Yay for pumpkins! I have squirrels that disrupt everything outside, agh! Love the apples and pinecones in your red & white sun room- Everything looks lovely Katie,
    Jenna

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  35. Hi Katie, Everything looks so nice! I especially liked the flower boxes - so colorful! Thanks for sharing these lovely photos! Blessings, Janet

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  36. Your home looks wonderful! I love what you've done inside and out!

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  37. Beautiful! I love the Asters as an alternative to mums.Your photos are fabulous! I'm sure that your coach is very proud!

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  38. Beautiful Katie, and the dogs look thrilled. xo Laura

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  39. Your classic and timeless decorating always shine through.
    Your home is stunning and magnificent!
    P.S.
    How do I reach you to send you your art giveaway?

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  40. Your home is a show stopper. Such a timeless mixture of various styles. Its beautiful.

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  41. Your home is gorgeous! Love the Asters for a change. I have a couple planted as well. I love the purple/orange color combo. I also love the addition of the bowls on your stone wall. I am a big lover of red and checks so your sunroom made my heart skip a beat! So happy to have you share at Share Your Cup.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  42. Hi Katie, just hopping by to let you know that you will be featured at SYC this week.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  43. STUNNING! I so enjoy touring your beautiful home; adorable pups!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  44. STUNNING! I so enjoy touring your beautiful home; adorable pups!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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