I Went Plum Crazy for Early Fall in the Sunroom

When I was traveling with my hubby in California,

I had the opportunity to visit a couple of Pottery Barn stores

while he was attending a conference. It was then when I came across their great sale

and as a result of this, I went plum crazy for early Fall in the Sunroom.

Literally crazy for the pillow covers in the shades of plum.

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Seeing these shades of plum reminds of colors that I used to wear in high school.

Yes, back in the days of strict dress codes . . . We girls had to wear skirts and dresses.

No slacks allowed, let alone jeans or shorts!

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I remember having a dress that was plum and apple green.

So when I saw these beautiful pillows in shades of plum, I said,

“why not have pretty plum pillows in the sunroom?”

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Flowers of pinks and purples coordinating well with the plum pillows.

A beautiful weaved bouquet of lavender from Lidy’s French Garden House shop,

sits on the brass tray beneath the flowers.

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I also remember having a dress way back when in the colors of plum and blue.

Yes, waay back when . . . when the only device we had in our purse

was a transistor radio!

So adding the plum with my blue and white was a great choice.

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When I placed the new pillows in the sunroom, there seemed to be something missing.

So off to Pottery Barn I go while the sale was still going on

and I purchased a throw. Wishing that the days will turn a little cooler soon!

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My signed book, “Vintage by Nina” that I won years ago from French Country Cottage

had wonderful colors of lavender on the cover. So off into the reading basket it went.

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I gained more appreciation for succulents while I was in California.

I saw so many of these low maintenance  plants in beautiful containers, 

that I had to add  more succulents to my home when I returned.

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A trip to Trader Joe’s yielded a pretty grouping of succulents

and I placed them in a blue and white bowl that I had on hand.

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I had a few dollars left on my Pottery Barn gift card,

so this lovely faux succulent in the terra cotta pot came home with me.

You cannot tell the real from the faux!

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Isn’t this ceramic urn beautiful? It was a gift from my lifelong friends.

We do not call ourselves “old friends”, as we no longer use “old” to describe ourselves.

JoAnn purchased this from my fav shop on St. Simons Island.

We dubbed the color of the urn “chameleon” as it seemed to take on the color

in whatever room we placed it in!

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I took a leap of faith in trying out the plum colors in this room.

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I am glad that I did, as I love the look.

It reminds of of the colors of an olive branch.

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I have seen great faux olive branches and just being patient

to see if they go on sale. They would look great in my new urn …

which reminds me of my olive jars.

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Our “lifelong” friends were here for a short visit.

They had to get home so that he could do more painting.

Not the house, but wonderful works of art for an upcoming show.

After retirement Jerry pursued his passion of painting with watercolors.

Here they are at his exclusive show on Jeckyll Island a couple of years ago.

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We were talking about how you never know how life will take you.

Who knew back then as we sat on the bleachers cheering on the kids as they played

baseball and soccer together,

that JoAnn and I would have our homes featured in the same magazine,

French Country Style . . . and she lands the cover!!

What a blessing it is that we can laugh at the things

that made us happy in the past, like buying our first pair of designer jeans,

(Gloria Vanderbilt to be exact), seeing our kids grow up to be fine young men,

the joy of being grandparents,

and now giving each other great advice on how to cure our aches and pains!

What a blessing to have lifelong friends and also to have made new friends

who you know will also be your lifelong friends!

Have a most beautiful day and hope you were in a part of the country in which

you were able to experience the Great Solar Eclipse. We were and did!

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  1. I love the new berry colors this fall and they look lovely in your sun room. We watched the eclipse from our front porch with a pair of the glasses and a welder’s helmet since we have one lying around. What’s not in hubby’s garage? It wasn’t total here, but definitely got darker and so much cooler.

  2. Oh, Shirley, your sunroom is gorgeous. I’ve always loved it so much.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  3. That color looks really good in your room. I wish I had a Pottery Barn close by- I have to order everything. Gotta love those gift cards! All your special touches make your home so inviting. Your friend’s husband is very talented! I love your description of how your conversations have changed through the years.
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  4. The plum is so pretty with the green in your sunroom. I have always liked that combination.

  5. Beautiful room Shirley! I don’t think you could go wrong with plum accents.
    Yes succulents are so easy to keep and look lovely in that blue bowl.
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  6. The plum looks beautiful in your sunroom. I love that throw with the two patterns. How wonderful you have remained friends.
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  7. Dress codes! Gosh…what a memory! Catholic schools here enforced those strict codes like the 10 Commandments!!! Plum is so much cooler!!!
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  8. Shirley: I do love the plum and it is lovely in your sun room. The plum does have a fall look, but to me, it is softer than the usual fall colors. So pretty.

    Lifelong friends are a treasure – they are like no other. Wonderful that you have them and can be in touch.

    Enjoy these last days of summer.
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  9. I love the new color, looks fabulous, new and fresh looking. fondly ~ Lynne ~

  10. I really do love the plum color in your sunroom…it looks fresh…yet, like it’s always been there. Long-time friends are the best aren’t they? 😉

  11. It’s funny how those conversations with friends now centers around remedying those new aches and pains! Ha! I would not have imagined how well the plum colors would look in your sunroom but they work so well! If only you can find one of those velvet pumpkins in the same color!!!

  12. The berry plum colors look beautiful in your sunroom Shirley! {I’m sorry I didn’t get to visit Potterybarn with you!} you have such style, anything you do looks gorgeous. What a fun visit you must have had with your lifelong friend. I’m so happy that I met you this year, now you’re my “rest-of-life” friend. Xo Lidy
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  13. Shirley, The new look is beautiful! I love the plum additions to the sunroom.

  14. The plums and gray are my kind of colors and work wonderfully with your yellows and blues. You nailed the accessories.
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  15. Love the plum added to your pretty sun room Shirley. Looks so bright and cheerful in this room. I love your story about your bff. It is amazing how some peeps come in our lives for a short time while others stay with us in journey of life. Such a sweet story and friendship shared.
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  16. Love the new look…so very warm and inviting and classy. Very nice. And how wonderful to share the new space with “old” friends. That’s just the best. 🙂
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  17. Susan Smith says

    Shirley, I just love how you are still buying pretty things to update your sunroom even though you have been paring down to get ready for your move! I remember having a plum colored dress that was one of my favorites! Thanks for bringing up that memory.

  18. Your sunroom looks beautiful in any season, but I really like the touches of plum that you added! Very pretty. And how wonderful that you have “lifelong” friends. Even though it uses the dreaded “O” word, this song came to my mind reading your post:

    Make new friends
    But keep the old
    One is silver
    And the other, gold.

    Remember that?
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  19. Your pretty plums look just beautiful!!! I love your sunroom at any time, you always make it look gorgeous! Check tomorrows post, I had a dream come true over the weekend!!!!
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  20. Shirley, the addition of plum to your sunroom is absolutely stunning. I remember that I could not wear pants until my junior year in high school and I did have a transistor radio in my purse. My how things change! I haven’t begun any fall decorating , yet! I have got to get busy!
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  21. Bobbi Duncan says

    Shirley, I really love this pop of color with your sage green furniture–lovely!

  22. Thanks for reviewing about plum pillows. My wife like plump pillows, I wanna surprised my wife by gifting plum pillows. Thanks

  23. Hi Shirley,
    I have to go on line to find your posts, they do not come to my email.
    Love the beautiful plum colors in the sun room – they really add to it.

    Looking forward to your post on Friday.

    Hope all is fine. Where are you going to be moving to?

    Have a great rest of the week.


  24. What an amazing plump pillows. Just great idea, I wanna make it ASAP.

  25. I am totally speechless. That is incredible decoration. It was a very nice idea! Just wanna say thank you for the information you have shared. Just continue writing this kind of post. I will be your loyal reader.

  26. Hey, Shirley. What a great post you are submitted. You have added very good pices of furniture in your sunroom. This is a very helpful post for my living room. It looks awesome and gorgeous. It’s made easy and shares you best tutorial for decore your sunroom. I am full of inspired now. Have a nice day…!

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