French Antique Basket of Great Textures

I cannot leave enough alone. I was rearranging my pretties on my coffee table

and I decided to grab my antique bread basket that I found in France

and fill it with pretties.

A floral arrangement of sorts of many pretties with a wide variety of colors,

faux and natural elements, all to make a French antique basket of great textures.


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My beautiful silk velvet Plush Pumpkins have made the rounds this year.

From the foyer, to the Great Room coffee table, and now some of them landed

in my antique French bread basket.

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Now what could be better than beautiful pumpkins in a blueberry patch.

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And what also could be better than beautiful roses in the prettiest shade of pink

to join the pumpkins of silk velvet and branches of blueberries.

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When I saw these pretty roses at Trader Joe’s I knew they would complement

the purples and plums that I have in the house for Fall.

I used the floral aqua picks to house each rose stem.

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The old tattered cloth basket liner just makes my heart sing!

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I purchased these wonderful blueberry stems years ago when my favorite gift shop

was closing. They were 75% off …. so I bought all they had.

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To enhance the arrangement of pretties even more, the tops of the acorns

(acorns also by Plush Pumpkin) and the real pumpkin stems

add yet more elements of texture.

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It is going to be a very sad day when I have to pack up these gorgeous pumpkins

only to be replaced by the pretties of Christmas.

Hmmmm, I wonder if someone can invent Christmas pumpkins?!

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 Who can resist pretty velvet with the beauty of a rose.

It is like a rose boutonniere or corsage on a great velvet jacket.

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So, have you wondered what I did with the coffee table?

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A little restyling with the remaining pumpkins

and the ironstone tureen of the fabulous Autumn Joy found its way to the table.

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This is proof that things never stay the same around here for long . . .

just the people are the same!  A good thing!

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An unexpected day trip over the weekend and a super busy day on Monday,

prevented me from working on my little project. But I will resume today and

hopefully make some “headway and footway too”.

Have a most beautiful day everyone! The temps dropped 20 degrees yesterday

when the rains came. (We really needed rain)

Maybe we shall see some sudden changing of leaves! One can dream!

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  1. Good googly goo in the morning, Shirley!!!!!!!! Magnificent!!! Just…gorgeous!
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  2. What a beautiful arrangement, Shirley! I love all the shades of purple and the blueberries look edible! The temperature dropped here, also. Maybe fall is really here.

  3. Pretty arrangement in that old bread basket. It was cool and windy yesterday and very fall like finally. It’s even the same where we are today. 🙂
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  4. That arrangement is THE PRETTIEST one I have seen yet on all the blogs I read! Just beautiful!

  5. Absolutely gorgeous! OMGoodness, I am blown away! It is COLD here this morning just 43 and it was 40 when I woke up! BRRR. I am glad you got to take an unexpected day trip, that’s always fun! Have a beautiful day today!

  6. HMMM, wondering why my “latest post” isn’t showing up anymore?
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  7. Never mind, there it is:)
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  8. So very pretty! I love the plums and purple you are using.
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  9. OMG…just Gorgeous!! I love these colors and the blueberry vine is awesome!

  10. All is so very beautiful! Glad to hear your area received rain. Hope you see the beauty of fall leaves, soon! We are now past our peak leaf color here in Wisconsin.

  11. Your bread basket is just gorgeous! Hope you are having a wonderful week!
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  12. Bobbi Duncan says

    Very pretty, Shirley, and I just love the addition of the blueberries…very creative! Woke up this morning to our first chilly day…fall is finally here. Hugs!

  13. Just beautiful Shirley. Love the antique bread basket and those colors!!!!…Looks good enough to eat!! We in North Texas are also enjoying drops in temperatures. Fall has finally arrived!!

  14. Everything is simply gorgeous, Shirley. Just as it always is. Love your bread basket and your plum velvet pumpkins. Glad you are seeing some cooler temperatures, I believe fall has finally arrived here in the Mountain State as well. Have a great week!
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  15. Beautiful styling and layering, my friend! I love those velvet pumpkins – such rich colors.

    It’s finally cool here in DC…..and finally feels like fall. I might have to turn the heat on tonight.


  16. Your lavender and orange pumpkin is to die for…such a pretty unusual combo!

  17. Very pretty basket arrangement. I love the purples and plums for Fall.

  18. Soo pretty, Shirley! It looks like we are drawn to the same colors! I can’t get purples, lavenders and blues off my mind lately. You french basket is overflowing with beauty!

  19. Gorgeous colors Shirley! Beautiful arrangement!

  20. such gorgeous colors, that lavender rose is amazing. LOVE those pumpkins!
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  21. Rebecca Turner says

    Gorgeous colors and arrangement! I guess you learned a thing or two from your mom. (Didn’t you say that she taught you flower arranging?) I am enjoying my Fall decor too, and I’m not ready for Christmas stuff. (Jesus, yes, but not all the hoopla. But the stores are full of it. Why can’t they let us get through Thanksgiving? I’ve decided to rebel. I’m not going to put my tree up until AFTER Thanksgiving.

  22. Just gorgeous Shirley and proof that touches of fall don’t have to be in traditional autumn colors! I love the unexpected pairings and additions of the roses and blueberry stems. Those little plush acorns are the cutest!
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  23. The plush pumpkins and acorns are real beauties! I love that you mixed them with the blueberry stems and roses…all in your French bread basket for a gorgeous arrangement!
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  24. Wow – what rich, gorgeous colors!

  25. Absolutely gorgeous….love those roses!!!
    Have a great weekend….
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  26. OK, Shirley, this is just super. I love purple and the way you have used it is over the top. This is you at your very best.
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  27. Your pumpkins are absolutely beautiful! Can you tell me where I can find the stems that you used. I have been unable to find any.

    • It would be harder to find the stems this time of year. Check your local pumpkin patch when Autumn comes around to see if they’ll let you have the stems that have fallen off. Also, you can find them on eBay.

  28. I’m just seeing this post in April 2019. Your arrangement in the antique french basket is gorgeous. I love every element that you used. I’ll have to make this next Fall. I make my own velvet pumpkins and look forward to creating more in the gorgeous shades of purple. Thank you for sharing.

  29. I just stumbled across this on Pinterest and oh la la LOVE your purple velvet pumpkins! I think purple is such an elegant color for fall! Just gorgeous, I can’t believe I missed the original post! I am thinking and praying for you Shirley…
    ❤️ Jenna

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