Autumn is a very special time for me and my family.
It was my dad’s favorite time of the year, a time of harvest (he was an Iowa farm boy) and
Thanksgiving, when all of the family and extended family gathered together.
My Dad once said, that if he won the Lotto, the very first thing he would do,
was to buy a house that had a very, very large dining room, so that the entire family
could sit at one long table. At a table where we would laugh till we cried,
telling our stories that sometimes our parents never heard!
Our family has many traditions and one of them was, no matter where we were,
we always traveled to my mom and dad’s and then years later to my sister’s house,
to celebrate and be grateful for the love of family and our many blessings at Thanksgiving.
Balsam Hill’s Fall Harvest Garland that I placed in the vintage tool box
along with two Balsam Hill Miracle Flame Pillar Candles,
brought back the flood of my Autumn memories,
as I join the “Fall in Love” Autumn Blog Hop with Balsam Hill.
This is Day Two of a Two Day Blog Hop. Day One and Day Two participants are listed at the end of the post,
to include Courtney of French Country Cottage as a Balsam Hill Ambassador.
As you can see, I did not use the garland in the traditional way,
as I folded the garland in half and gently tucked it into the vintage tool box.
The vintage tool box always reminds me of my dad . . . he was Mr. Fix It.
He could fix almost everything.
When my dad passed away, my mom said, she not only lost the love of her life,
but she also lost her “handyman”
My dad was a patriot, a man of high integrity and values. A World War II, and Korean War Vet.
A humble man who grew up on an Iowa farm. A part of the Greatest Generation.
He instilled in us kids the love of country, family, and tradition.
Did you spy something in the bay window?
I love placing seasonal wreaths in this sitting area.
and the Balsam Hill Charleston Wreath was a great fit for the room.
I love to use items in different ways, such as using the Fall Harvest Garland
as a centerpiece rather than draping it on a surface such as a door or mantel. Dual purpose!
I chose the Charleston Wreath as I knew I could also use it for the upcoming Holiday.
This is how the Charleston Wreath looks in it’s original form.
As you can see, all that I did to enhance a Fall look to the wreath
was adding a ribbon of pretty Fall colors.
I must say that this wreath is so elegant and filled with so many beautiful seasonal items.
As you may notice, the wreath twinkles with the battery powered LED lights.
The wreath is such a generous size that it is such a beautiful focal point in the room.
Below the wreath is an antique pie crust table in which the brass lantern
contains the 9″ Miracle Flame Pillar Candle. The flickering light is mesmerizing!
You will also see a blue and white bowl filled with pinecones with an amazing pine scent
A faux pumpkin in a vintage blue and white cup and saucer.
I removed the plastic stem on the pumpkin and replaced it with a real stem
that I had dried from last year’s pumpkins. Love the added texture and form it brings.
My dining room hutch is filled with ironstone and vintage blue and white china.
Filled an ironstone bowl with Autumn pretties.
Do the holidays and seasons evoke wonderful memories for you?
When I decorate my tree for Christmas, many ornaments have a story to tell.
When I decided to decorate my dining room from the beautiful Autumn Foliage Line of Balsam Hill
along with their Fall Decor line
so many memories of my dad’s love for this season came to mind and I know he is
happy knowing that his traditions continue with our family.
Five friends of the Fall in Love ~ An Autumn Blog Hop with Balsam Hill are joining me
with their beautiful homes dressed for Fall.
Today, on Day 2 of the Blog Hop is me and,
Pamela from From My Front Porch to Yours where you will see her beautiful porch.
Stacy from Not Just a Housewife, with beautiful Fall decor in her Family Room.
If you missed Day One of the Blog Hop you will be in awe of the gorgeous porches
that each of these talented ladies have created.
Courtney (Our Balsam Hill Ambassador) from The French Country Cottage
Danielle from Finding Silver Pennies
Kim from Sand and Sisal
As you can see there is lots of Fall inspiration here today!
Have a most beautiful day and Happy Fall!!!
Please note: The fine folks at Balsam Hill provided me with beautiful Fall decor and
accessories. All glorious reviews are happily and joyfully my own!
On another note:
Yesterday was Day One of the FRENCH COUNTRY FALL HOME TOUR
with Soft Surroundings and Romantic Homes.
If you did not get a chance to visit, please do as you are in for a real treat
of fabulous Fall Home Tours of 13 French Country bloggers.