Friday, September 23, 2016

French Country: Natural Fall Foyer

I like to keep my seasonal decor simple and natural 
so adding a few fall touches to the foyer is uncomplicated and easy.

Next to the foyer stairs, I fashion an autumnal gathering of small white pumpkins, an antler,
walnuts, acorns and a candle on an old ironstone plate.


An element I love to incorporate in a fall display is antlers -- nature's own sculpture. 
Bleached white and worn smooth, sheds add a striking touch to the fall foyer.


They remind me of the elk rutting season in the fall when these magnificent animals bugle in mountain meadows, strutting and flirting shamelessly with their harem of twenty or so
love-struck females. It's a thrill I never tire of.
And the girls probably don't either!


We recently flushed a huge bull elk from the bushes while we were hiking. 
It trotted down a steep hill and up the other side, leaping effortlessly over a fence like Baryshnikov. Believe me, a mature bull elk is a LOT bigger than a deer!


Finding a natural shed lying on the ground in the mountains is so exciting. 
Antlers grow back each year and the animals aren't hurt in the process.

Inside, they can be used on a mantle or in a basket or simply resting on a coffee table.


I like to tuck them into a French market basket with a thick orange scarf


or a flower bucket filled with lavender.
It's an unexpected fall touch without the usual orange pumpkins and fall-colored leaves.


A single candle on a tall wrought iron stand completes this simple vignette.


Replacing my summery straw hats with a tweed cap 
and some old binoculars on an antique hall tree rounds out this fall design -- 
a sure sign that summer is over.


I love the outdoorsy feeling that boots lend to a space, especially by the front door. 
Makes me want to grab a jacket and go for a walk in the crisp air, crunching through the fallen leaves and . . .


. . . keeping an eye out for amorous elk looking for romance!


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36 comments:

  1. I would love to find antlers shed by an elk whilst out walking, I cannot imagine anything more exciting. There is little sign of Autumn here apart from chilly mornings and evenings, the leaves have not started to turn yet and the weather is still pleasantly warm, the summer wardrobe is still out in force! have a wonderful weekend x

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    1. Thank you for visiting Susan! Your weather sounds divine. We are beginning to pile on the extra blankets at night and it snowed in the mountains last night! Fall has arrived!

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  2. There are antlers out in my dear husband's workshop, along with some skulls, and other bony things. It is part of the decor and part of his having been an artist.

    Your home is lovely as is the countryside where you live. It would be nice to be able to put on a jacket and boots to go for a walk in crisp, chilly air. Still hot and humid here in s.e. FL.

    Have a lovely weekend ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Thank you Lorraine! Your husband's workshop sounds like a garden fairy's jewelbox. Such treasures. I'm glad you appreciate my part of the country. Hope you're staying cool. The weekend here is fall at its peak. The leaves are flying and the air is chilly.

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  3. I think I like the antlers in the lavender best of all - but every idea is a keeper!

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    1. Thank you so much! The antlers and lavender wasn't really planned; it just happened and I liked the way it looked. Have a beautiful weekend.

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  4. I love the way you style your vignettes with bits of nature. Simple and beautiful!

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    1. You're too kind. Thank you Valerie! I'm so lucky to live in such a beautiful state.

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  6. I also like the antlers in the lavender best of all. Pinned it to my Pinterest board, Fall.

    Judith

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    1. Thank you Judith! I'm a fan of your blog and so appreciate your comments.

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  7. Lovely decor, Pat! The French market basket is so nice :)

    Blessings,
    Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you Edye! I love French market baskets. They're fun to use in decorating or even shopping! Thanks for visiting.

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  8. Beautiful fall post. I'd love for you to share it at our Monday Social party.

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    1. Thank you Ellis! Fall is my favorite time of year and it lends itself beautifully to changing decor.

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  10. Hi Pat,
    Your vignettes are wonderful! I love the white pumpkins and the antlers. The lavender with the antlers is so pretty. I adore hats and your tweed hat is perfect hanging on the mirror. I also had a peek at your ottoman. It looks fabulous! Thank for sharing and leaving your lovely comment on my blog. I intend to keep stopping by because I love how you decorate. Enjoy your day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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    1. Hi Sandi! So nice to hear from you. I hope you're doing well. Your comments were all so sweet and are much appreciated. Stop by anytime and let me know how it's going. Take good care.

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  11. Lovely vignettes with natural elements make it all so interesting and fun. The lavender looks awesome with the antlers. Thanks for sharing your French Country style at DI&DI.

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    1. Thank you Linda! So glad you enjoyed this post. Who knew lavender and antlers went together? I hope you're having a lovely fall.

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  12. Hello, I also love to decorate with natural elements, and your Elk antlers are wonderful and the tweed cap is perfect! I have enjoy your style and taste!
    Blessings, Roxy

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    1. Thank you so much Roxy! Your comments were so thoughtful and much appreciated. Like you, I try to incorporate natural elements into every season. Thank you for stopping by.

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  13. I love the natural look, especially the lavender.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you Amalia! I think lavender looks perfect any time of year and it blends so well with natural things. I hope you're enjoying fall.

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  14. I love antlers and how awesome it would be to find some in the woods! And even just to see the Elk around! We currently have a mama deer and her triplet babies that frequently eat in our yard and I love watching them. I really love the antler in the bowl!

    -Jaclyn

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    1. Thank you Jaclyn! Your mama deer and babies sounds so magical. Glad you liked my antlers!

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  15. Pat, I have not been won over to displaying the sheds until now. You've done an amazing job and they look gorgeous tucked in here and there. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you Jann! Yes, sheds look natural and beautiful with any style from very modern to very rustic. Enjoy yours!

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  16. What abeautiful halltree you have! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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  17. So fascinating to hear about the elk--the sights and sounds, and finding their antlers(!). Now that would be exciting to me, too :) You have such a lovely home, Pat; thanks for sharing it (and your elk tales) with us at Vintage Charm--

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    1. Thank you Diana! I think I should have titled this post "Elk Tales!" It was truly exciting and makes this time of year even more special. Hope you're enjoying fall in NY.

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  18. I love your front entry here! The French market bag is so perfect with the antlers!! I've featured your post on my blog today as part of Thursday Favorite Things!!!

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