Sunday, October 17, 2021

AUTUNMAL ABODE

 

The Empress had emailed a while back and told me I hadn't featured a little tour of the pied de terre recently, as I suspect with Halloween being one of my favorite times of the year, I thought I'd share some of the little touches and favorites things in the abode. With being in Harrisburg during most of the week, it has made me realize just how much I miss my abode when I'm not home. I miss the place and neighbors and friends. Like most holidays many items have a special meaning to them.

A collection of various pumpkins I enjoy. The light up blow mold and the lantern were my grandmothers from my youth.

A ceramic pumpkin my mother made when she used to do ceramics classes.

Would you believe this candle holder is actually a light covering I bought for 50 cents? Makes a great candleholder, and the vase next to it is a vase I got for $5 at a market place recently.

This little wood box and bowl was made by a friend in New Hope who does wood work. I keep my smudge sticks in the little box. I love the smell of burning cedar.
In the kitchen.....
I enjoy my kitchen since it's updates. I miss my little corner nook in the mornings taking my cofffee and it's most time where I read your blogs. Today was spent mostly making some mulled cider and a few apple dumplings
Some of the apothecary jars for autumn, and a few little white pumpkins on the bar top.
The red earthenware vases was from a very dear, departed friend, and actually belonged to the Eisenhower's, who his father he was related too. I believe he said it was in Eisenhowers study at the family farm outside of Gettysburg. 
The fun black cats were from the Mother one year.
One of my few remaining Halloween cards from my grandmother in the apothecary.
Just a few spirits!!!!
The little owl I love!!!! But it's a mystery to where it is from. I got back home this weekend and my neighbor brought over a package from outside my door. Upon opening it was this little owl with no card or such. I thank who ever sent it...was it one of you?
Where some of the magic happens!

Just found this cut glass vase for a whopping $3 at a antique market.

Odds and ends! The chair was once in my paternal grandmothers house.

In other news... I saw this Yellow Rumped Warbler in the pine trees out the bedroom windows. First time ever seeing one.

A jay out the kitchen window this morning. As one can see, our leaves have hardly started changing colors yet.

Buster is over it. On a walk, he went right through a huge cob web. He is so over Halloween me thinks.
And what's not to like about pulling in Friday afternoon and seeing Lumbersexual getting ready for a bike ride on the trails?  I had him over for dinner last night, a nice quiche and homemade chili. With dessert. I don't think he needed any bike ride today.

58 comments:

  1. I was wondering if that bed smelled of 'wood'.

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  2. I always enjoy a glimpse into people homes, and I have always thought yours looks so warm welcoming and downright comfortable. I 'd never leave the bed, It's subdue and I love everything is their for a reason and meaning. But poor Buster!!! I can see the webs!

    I wish I could take credit for sending that owl, it's adorable...but twas not I.

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    1. most of the men find it hard to leave the bed. im guessing.

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    2. Miss Moorecock! First hand knowledge????

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    3. I thought maybe it was you Agnes!

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  3. I love it all, a stock bar is always nice, but I'm obsessed with the dark blue bedroom. I might have to give that a whirl.

    And I wonder just WHY the lumbersexual was to tired for a bike ride today???? He looks so cute too

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    1. I guess is, one that was too tired to walk.

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  4. This might be the first post since reading your blog I have see your place and I LOVE IT!!! From the colors to your mix of items and fun pieces...I feel it has your personality in it. I also thing I need to shop with you, you find so great steals. LOVE the deer head. But you poor Buster walking into a web is not so fun. Your seasonal touches are very fun.

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    1. I find some items, great items at thrifs and market antique places. It's not often I infuse new items, I have to really feel the item to bring it home.

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  5. a lovely tour but you forgot to offer all a drink.

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  6. Enjoyed all the decor.
    Also Buster!!
    xoxo :-)

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    1. You have been quiet on your blog lately... I hope you, the family, and the pups and gnomes are doing ok! Buster says he misses seeing Tar and Abby.

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  7. Gorgeous post, darling! Love the Halloween vinatge items, but I'm in love with the use of your home bar and that wall of mirrors behind the sofa. You've created quite a nice little nest.

    And the last pic? Now I understand the cat and mouse game.

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    1. I figured that would add a lot to explain things!!!! And yes, I love mirrors. I have upwards of 17.They really help in giving the space a more roomy feel.

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  8. Beautifully decorated as always, Mistress! I like cedar as a smudge too.

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  9. Yep, we could use some of your interior sense here I believe and any other services you offer!!!

    Your place always looks so relaxing, although we know it a stud ranch.

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    1. You had enough of my services for a week...at least.

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  10. Love your kitchen! You inspire me to make more of an effort with my decor.
    Sx

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    1. We seem to inspire each other Scarlet. I still wish I had have your calligraphy talent and art work creations. I spend a lot of time in my kitchen.

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  11. Lot of good stuff there, but I think if I were at your house, those books under the candle holder is what would grab my attention. All three look interesting.

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    1. I saw them too. I remember when Maddie gave away two of those drag books in a give a away.

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    2. Kirk- I love books...most of them are under the nightstands in the bedroom and on the coffee table. The drag book was from the creator of the book...and the Empress is right. He gave me two extra to give away in a blog give a away I did years ago. The Vanity Fair Hollywood Book is incredible. Candid and common pictures of yester year Hollywood. It was another gift from the same dear friend who gifted me that red earthenware vase in my kitchen, and the Greek Mythology book was a gift from a past roommate. I love Greek Mythology.

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  12. Ah, your home. Beautiful and inviting. And I love the stories (and mysteries) surrounding the things you have. I’ve been wondering how Lumbersexual was doing.

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  13. Lovely. Just lovely.
    Love the 'finds'. They truly add character. And the whole autumn vibe is fantastic. I'd sit with you in that breakfast nook to kiki and drink cider and talk about that lumbersexual, honey!

    XOXO

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    1. I often find "the finds" are often my favorite things. Come over, we can dish!

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  14. It really is an absolute pleasure to stroll through your delightful home. It's a credit to you. So eclectic. A mix of treasured family pieces and the contemporary. Simply wonderful!

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    1. Thank you Christina!!!! I do like a nice mix...it does seem to portray me well, part old soul and part new contemporary.

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  15. You're so neighborly! Thanks for the tour. Your abode looks lovely, as usual. Such fine taste. The leaves here are at peak, so it's all over except raking. Have a lovely day. Kizzes.

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    1. Our leaves here have barely started to change. Last week we were mid 70 and low 80's still.

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  16. I really don't decorate for any holiday, too much work, I have an all seasons tree that feels abandoned.

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    1. I was wondering how that tree was doing toots?

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  17. Lovely! You have a very cozy and tasteful home. It's a delight to have this virtual tour. All the accessories have meaning, wonderful. Love the photos of the birds, too, and Buster is adorable. I'm gonna back-read to find out who Lumbersexual is. :)

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    1. Thank you Linda! I have to have thing be meaningful. I learned a lot about just filling a house with things I wasn't happy about in my first place. My home is now my sanctuary. And yes, the Lumbersexual...a neighbor and friend... who we had a cat and mouse attraction for some time, and turned to an evening of enchantment one night long long ago.......

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  18. Always so neat and organized,

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  19. Lumbersexual. Uh huh.
    II always like a tour of the Casa. i love your special little finds. It's amazing the things you can find for next to nothing that turn out to be so cool.
    And, naturally, I love the Gin Hutch.,

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    1. Gin Hutch! You have a keen eye to see more gin than anything else!!!!

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  20. I love your apartment views and the gorgeous photos out the windows. You prove that apartment living does not have to be humdrum and boring. I could still your your help in making mine more warm. And I always enjoy your views out the windows.

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    1. Id be happy to help. Yes, apartment living is for some us, and it does not have to be boring just because it is not a house. There are so many temporary things that can be done these days so as to not ruin walls and such.

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  21. One can never overdose on autumn. So many changes in a couple of weeks it is wonderful and you place reflects that. I have no decorations left from my childhood, sort of sad now. I think I had saved at least one thing from Halloween and the holidays...but the move here limited me at the time. I always enjoy your simplistic and warm home. Stylish but not stuffy. I too always love what you did with that china cabinet as a bar. I works great and looks excellent in your kitchen.

    But who did send the owl???

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    1. I am glad I did rescue some of my grandmothers decorations when the house was getting ready for sale. They bring such find memories every year. I am dying to know who sent the owl!!!

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  22. Oh so pretty! Looks absolutely gorgeous! Im coming over so we can sit and gossip and enjoy coffee. See, I like that you call your place home. I hate my apartment, and have not tried to do more. I can tell you truly like where you live it shines though. I too will need your help.

    That picture of BUSTER IS A CRACK UP! Thanks for the tour sweetie!!! I might want those black cats too.

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  23. Your bedroom and the Yellow Rumpled Warbler are both works of art in their own way

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    1. Helen some days I get so comfortable in my bedroom I hate leaving it. I was very excited about see the Yellow Rumped Warbler.

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  24. I love your autumn abode! My favorite thing is actually the little pumpkin your mother painted. I remember those from my youth. Tell Buster to come up with another costume for Halloween...those webs! And from what I see, I approve of the lumbersexual! My my!!!!

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  25. I can't wait to come to you to visit again. I always enjoy spending time at your place and hate leaving. Your a good host and your place is so comfy.

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  26. Loving the whole vibe of your place. Loving the arrow next to the bar!

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  27. Beautiful, Maddie! And that photo of the yellow-rumped warbler is just stunning - what a great shot, and what a delightful little bird!

    Did you find out who sent the cute little owl?

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    1. I was finally able to get a shot of that little bird with my digital camera instead of my cell, which is usually more at the ready. No luck on the owl yet...

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  28. Poor Buster! I did the same thing myself the other day. Not fun at all.

    I love what you did with the home for Halloween.

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    1. This time of year, the spider are terrible with webs. They seem to be between everything.

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  29. Your home is beautiful, so artfully decorated and arranged -- it should be in a magazine! I especially love the blue wall in your bedroom and the eclectic style of your kitchen. Now I can hardly wait to see how you decorate it for Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanza and Chinese New Year!

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    1. I see you don't like to put much pressure on huh? LOL!!!! Thank you Tundra! Most of my belongings I'm proud to say were bought on a budget and love them all. I do spurge on items if they are well made and worth it. Others are family items from past family members. I am comfortable here.

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