Fall Kitchen Tour-2017

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In a recent post, I quoted Albert Camus who once said “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”  I adore the colors of FALL, especially those that occur naturally…browns, golds, moss greens, burnt oranges.  Hence, the inspiration behind this post and my fall centerpiece for my kitchen island!

When we gutted the kitchen in the home we bought three years ago, it was one of my goals to create a very neutral space.  This way, I could easily transform the space for each and every holiday, season or event.  Our kitchen features a 16 foot island, which I keep clear most of the time.  However, as the “holiday season” comes upon us, I really try to take advantage of the space to decorate for the season at hand.

Considering that my island is very large and has all white countertops, I enjoy using warm, neutral colors and materials to “soften” the starkness of it in these fall/winter months.  Accordingly, I started with this enormous wood serving platter!  Finding it last season at West Elm for $89, I use it constantly. Next, I wanted to incorporate some height for the vignette and use something “natural”, so I grabbed these two wooden urns from my coffee tables.  Click here to see them on my coffee table.

Continuing to build the centerpiece, I added in the chocolate brown velvet pumpkins.  Velvet pumpkins are the rage these days and I love the softness and the texture that they add!  To wrap up the project, I added in the smaller details.  There are several features that any vignette should include…

  • Natural or organic elements…that could be flowers, leaves, branches, wood, etc.  In this case, I cut off branches/leaves from a bush in my front yard that was changing colors.  It made a huge impact in this design for sure!
  • Glass…glass provides such a great contrast to natural elements.
  • Candles…candlelight helps create such a wonderful glow that cannot be reproduced!
  • A variety of textures…between the velvet, the glass, the candlelight, the leaves and the natural pumpkins, texture is running a muck in this vignette!
  • A similar palate of colors.
  • A bit of sparkle! Every vignette should include some sparkle!!

I am crazy about these tiny white pumpkins, which I bought at at Trader Joe’s for $.79 each!  I bought the larger gold glass leaf votive candle holders on clearance at Kirklands about year ago knowing I could use them in variety of applications!  ALWAYS head to the clearance section in any store.  There are so many treasures to find!  You can shop this whole look in the links I provided below.

Next, I decided to incorporate the brown velvet pumpkins in other parts of my kitchen to tie it all together.  I believe that blending the old and the new is part of what creates balance and character in a home.  We are all a part of our past, our present and our future.  Over 20 years ago, I found this incredible antique corbel in a tiny antique store in McKinney, Texas when I still lived in Dallas.  It has moved with me from home to home and it will always be a treasured part of any home we live in.

Finally, you will see often that I love Apothecary Jars and I use them throughout my home regularly (more posts on that coming!!).  When I am cooking, it is important to me to have the ingredients I use the most close to me for easy access.  Sugar, salt and flour make it to the top of the list as I use them on a constant basis.  It makes me so happy to get my sugar and salt from such a pretty containers!  Additionally, there are so many creative uses of Apothecary Jars.  Check out my Pinterest page that contains many more ideas for the use of Apothecary Jars!

Enjoy shopping this look! 

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I would love your comments on this post!


  1. Heidi Mellin | 30th Oct 17

    Love the mixture of wood and rich fall colors. So pretty for the season and lovely for Thanksgiving

  2. Elisa | 3rd Nov 17

    Very beautiful I especially like the large wooden jars.

    • Holliday Johnson | 3rd Nov 17

      Thank you Elisa! I do too! I move them around all the time for different applications.

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