Monday, October 8, 2018

My Little Texas Home ~ Fall In Love With Texas blog tour




Happy Fall  to y'all and welcome to Texas!  Such a beautiful state all year round but in the fall it is especially lovely with all the farmers harvesting golden fields into giant rolls of hay bundled for winter livestock feeding.   Leaves on the crepe myrtles, red oaks and sugar maples are beginning to show their fall colors, and the days and nights beginning to cool off after the heavy heat of summer.  
Welcome!  I am happy to share my little slice of Texas with you as part of the Fall in Love with Texas Blog Tour...





We are so happy you are here!  These next five wonderful days will be filled with true Texas grit featuring much lovely fall decor and gardens decorated for the autumn season featuring bloggers from all across the state.  

We are sure y'all will fall in love... 
:)

Grab a cup of tea  and let's get this party started!  If you are new to my blog and are stopping by from Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles ~ welcome!  :)  As always, I am happy you are here! 

An evening tea party with scones and English Breakfast.


Above is a favorite look I shared last fall that I loved creating~ hospitality is my thing and I love having friends in for tea luncheons and for dessert.   Our home is in Sanger, a small town in North Central Texas.  We have some rolling hills here in Denton County and we are currently situated up on a plateau looking down towards Dallas and Fort Worth, about an hour to the south and west of us.  We are also just about 40 minutes from the border of Oklahoma so we get a lot of wind and cold weather here in the late fall and winter, then a whole lot of heat in the summer off the Gulf of Mexico ~ such a dramatic change from the weather we had in sunny and warm Southern California ~ but we are loving the changes!


Make a fall centerpiece with a faux pumpkin vase.

Setting a beautiful table is something I really like to do to show  my guests that they are truly appreciated.  For fall I like decorating with real and faux pumpkins then using some of my real china even though our Prairie Home is a giant fifth-wheel.  It is truly more of a glamper than a camper! Most folks when they are camping full-time tend to use plastic plates and cups ~ and we do use those too ~ but I love having real china and have several sets with us.  

These two plates I picked up at HomeGoods and similar ones can readily be found there and other stores this time of year.  Dressed with sweet paper napkins {a snowy owl in a purple crown!} and silver tableware this table is all fall elegance.


I went for a less cluttered look this year still using flowers but the faux variety instead of dried.

This year I changed up our fall decor a little by adding in this sweet whitewashed tobacco basket with wine, rust and navy velvet pumpkins.  I've actually redecorated this window a couple of times and am having fun tweaking this vignette a little more each time!  Do you like to do that, too?  Someone recently said she thought she had "decorating ADHD."  I'm borrowing that thought, lol!




Here's the latest window styling I finished sharing a tutorial on creating a small chalkboard ~ love its addition to the holiday decor with its frame's lovely antique gold patina!




Shall we go outside  and check out what's blooming for fall?  I am still getting used to gardening with Texas' wide swing from cold + dry winters to hot + humid summers, so... I lost three roses this year but two have survived and are ready to share their blooms here now for you.  These are English roses Sceptre d'Isle and The Generous Gardener by David Austin Roses.  I am not sponsored but I love these roses and thought I'd share a little more about them today.  

Ever since we moved two years ago to Texas, everyone has told me that only Knockout roses grow well here and they are right.  You'll find these lovely single petaled dark pink and red blooms all over the Dallas area, but I am on a quest to get English roses growing in my garden.  Many species of roses do grow beautifully in East Texas where the weather is less humid.






Replanting those pots I brought in some more of that lovely deep fall color I have indoors with these sweet mums ~ really loving them every time I wander in or outside!  Try popping a few mums in with your usual garden plants for a burst of color.

My usual color of choice is a much lighter pink in flowers but this year I've been drawn to these deeper colors.  Guess I'm wishing I could see some of New England's fall colored leaves like I used to when visiting my now-deceased mother and father at their last home in Connecticut ~ Oh, Happy Columbus Day to you, btw!!!

Our leaves are beginning to change here on the crepe myrtles, oaks and maples up here in Sanger but really they won't get going until November.


Last of the evening light falling gently on this colorful trio of gourds.

It was fun finding all these different colored pumpkins and just playing outside figuring out where each would look best.  Really love this deep orange speckled pumpkin this year ~ it's a new type for me.  For some fun information on pumpkin types, check out Growing Produce.com.


One last look in the waning light ~ can you find the forgotten sticker??  ;)


Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you've enjoyed my little home and garden tour.  I hope too that you'll wander over and visit all of the ladies on this week's tour. Feel free to stop back by to follow their links throughout the week.  

Laura of Decor to Adore is next up in the Fall In Love With Texas blog tour and I know you'll enjoy her home and features.  

Here is the list of who is hosting each day ~ just click on each link.

A great photo for you to pin!  Thank you, Katie of Let's Add Sprinkles!


Monday 


Tuesday


Wednesday 


Thursday 

White Spray Paint 




Sharing with ~
Sundays at Home ~ Maison de Cinq
Waste Not Wednesday ~ Faeries and Fauna
Style Showcase ~ Shabbyfufu
Friendship Friday ~ Create With Joy
Hearth and Soul ~ April J. Harris



Happy fall and enjoy the tour!

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