10.04.2011

Fall Decorating and Scented Give-Away

Take a skip through "blog land" and decorating for Autumn has been up
since the beginning of September.  I just hopped on the bandwagon...
The bat sign I actually bought at a toy store in Paris years ago.  
The French were unfamiliar with our Halloween and 
there was a demonstration against it by high school students in Place St. Augustin 
near where we lived.  Something about devil worshipping...
I wanted to march holding a sign "No, it's just about the candy."  
I think it is gaining a bit of popularity now (and selling candy for the grocery stores).
The terra cotta pumpkins were from Target a few years ago...
don't you miss their garden section?
Our "water" view below from these steps (nothing to do with Fall decorating), 
I just appreciate it...the Pacific Ocean is just beyond the peninsula where
you see the houses.  We can hear the waves at night.
Please come inside...
Pumpkins from the market and
branches from the flower stand.  If you are lucky enough to have Fall
colors outside...clip some branches and bring them inside.  Like Upstairs Downstairs did here.

There is a favorite little store called "Urban Gardener" that I like to pop into...
Yesterday, I treated myself to a delightful smelling candle 
from there called "Pumpkin Glass."
I'd like to give YOU one too, so that your home will smell wonderfully 
for Autumn and silently you will think...
"ahhh..classic casual home or is it 
casual classic home or whatever...smells niiiiice!"

Please leave a comment here or on the facebook page with your email address to enter,
Drawing on Saturday for US and Canadian residents.

Thanks for being here.

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80 comments:

  1. I love your fireplace!!! The fall decor is fun and festive, thanks for sharing!

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  2. I want some branches like those, so beautiful! I wonder if I could find them at a local floral shop.

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  3. i ove the fireplace and the branches! they are awesome!!!

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  4. Great pictures! Your home is beautiful. I would love to live that close to the water.

    Have a great day!
    Pam

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  5. Love your fall decorations and the name of that candle sounds yummy so I am sure it smells yummy, too. Thanks so much for offering one.

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  6. Mmmmm. Would love to win the candle. Your decorations are fun...love the pumpkins on your front porch. And your view...simply AMAZING.

    I am also having a giveaway..Ramsign. Hope you will pop over and enter!

    Kristine

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  7. I want to come vacation at your house! It always looks flawless and serene. Thank you for the opportunity to win the candle..."autumn" scented candles & oils are my weakness. Have a lovely week!

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  8. You are too funny Mary Ann! We all know it's Home Casual Classic, silly!
    Love your entry all cheered up with those terra cotta pumpkins, and the pretty natural touches inside your beautiful home! I would LOVE for my home to smell like autumn (vs. Saint Bernard-ish! :)

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  9. Love your porch, it must be great to hear the waves at night, very soothing!
    Wishing you a great dayt!
    XXX Ido

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  10. Such pretty autumn decorating!
    Kelly

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  11. I am in LOVE with your front door! Love the grey and the split!
    Jane

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  12. I love your outdoor decorations. It's beautiful and understated. Lovely giveaway, I would love to win!

    By the way, I am also hosting a fabulous giveaway. So, come by and enter for a chance to win a designer beach umbrella from Cocopani Australia (valued at $110)!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  13. Hi Mary Ann,

    Your autumn decor is stylish & perfect! I love it. And the view from outside your door is just lovely!!! :) Happy Fall!!!


    XOXO's
    Jessie

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  14. Courtney VG RinaldiOctober 4, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    I would love to make my home smell autumnal and then dream of it looking like yours :-) Thanks for your blog - I enjoy it very much!
    corrierinaldi@verizon.net

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  15. I am just catching up with my fall decor too. Love the bat! And what a view you have! Everything looks beautiful!
    -Shelley

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  16. Mary Ann, look what a great stylist you are! If you lived closer I would have invited you over to spruce up my home for the colder season. Love the branches in your white urn.

    And yes, please put my name in the hat for your lovely giveaway! If you say it smells nice, I am sure it smells fantastic!

    Hugs

    Mon

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  17. I love your soft and organic approach to fall decorating. Your dining table centerpiece is sensational!
    Have a lovely day, Mary Ann!
    ~ Wendi ~

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  18. Mary Ann, what a lovely fall decoration. I just love the glass jar filled with small pumpkins and the candle right next to it.
    And the location of your home is just incredible.

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  19. So pretty, Mary Ann! The only thing I have out is my fall wreath on my front door. At least it's a start!

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  20. How lovely, Mary Ann. Thank you for sharing!

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  21. Oh my Mary Ann, you have such a gorgeous home! It must be a dream living that close to the water. Growing up, my grandparents lived a few blocks away from the Delaware River and I loved being able to walk to the river at my leisure. Thank you for stirring up such fond memories with you post! Happy Fall!

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  22. Hello,

    Thank you for sharing you'd beautiful Fall decor. Your ihouse is so beautiful.... Every morning I can drive to the water and enjoy my workout by the water. It looks beautiful where you live. Love the jars with the Halloween decoor...gives me an idea!
    Take care. Have a good week.
    Claudia

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  23. So pretty and fall-ish! I love how you pulled it all together, and I am eager to find that candle!

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  24. oh! your front porch makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! it's just beautiful...and it exudes warmth and charm. i adore autumn/fall, and think one of my favorite things is the yummy candles that can make a home feel and smell amazing!

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  25. Love love your decor' very pretty! Hugs!

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  26. You have a lovely home! Really enjoyed the pictures. I would love one of those candles.

    sdtoto@verizon.net

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  27. Your porch looks so pretty. :) I really like those pumpkins. That view is amazing too.

    There's something just wonderful about a new fall candle. Just makes everything feel homey.

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  28. Does Roger's Gardens still do their marvelous Halloween decorations? What a fun spot! And does the house on big island's south bayfront still have witches flying? Nothing like a Balboa Halloween!

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  29. Mary Ann,

    I love your decorations inside and out...and your view is spectacular. I love that little flower shop next to Haute cakes...I'll bet that candle smells divine!

    xo annie

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  30. A pumpkin candle for fall would be so nice! Love your fall decorating!

    flowerhilldesign {at} gmail {dot} com

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  31. your decor looks great, Fall is my favorite time of year...and to decorate!
    amynaum@gmail.com

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  32. One of my favorite fall things are the scents and the spicy candle smells. Can I come visit? I'd love to be that close to the water. I love that your fall/Halloween decorations aren't too overbearing - they are the perfect touch that the season is here.

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  33. Mary Ann,

    I was not happy when they closed the garden section at Target, it was so convenient and they had some cute things. Sad, sad, sad... I did see some Smith and Hawken terracotta pumpkins in the store last week. Now you got me thinking about them again! :)

    Linda

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  34. Mary Ann-What a beautiful post- I love everything here. You don't have to sign me up for the drawing- I have been blessed to win several of them this year- xo Diana

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  35. This makes me happy that my little give-away (it does smell great) has some interest.

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  36. Cute Target pumpkins and yes I miss that garden shop:( This candle sounds like it would smell soooo good here at my nest:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  37. Beautiful....everything looks beautiful and I love the scented candle!

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  38. I think I love all of the natural touches in fall decorating the best. The beautiful gourds and pumpkins and those gorgeous branches of rose hips! Beautiful color and form:>)

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  39. Beautiful fall decor...of course :) Love the branches...my fav.

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  40. Your fall decor is so pretty. What a view from your steps! I would love to win a great smelling candle!

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  41. Love your grey door ! Thank you for the chance drab24@aol.com.

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  42. Your front entry looks soooo good with the urns and kumquat ? trees. I missed the terracotta pumpkins from Target. :(
    They work perfectly with your urns. Love them! I'm also loving your other Autumn touches like the great branches from the flower stand. You are so sweet to mention my post. Thank you. The way you displayed your 'Pumpkin Glass' candle from Urban Gardner, is so smart, and I'd love to enter for a chance to win one.
    Thanks again,
    Babs
    nicbreze@aol.com

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  43. Would love a little pumpkin for my home! The decorations are beautiful, Rene! Can't believe we are in October already.
    hav e agreat day.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  44. Mary Ann,
    My brain is dead this morning. I have had a crazy week! Sorry for the mistake. Great giveaway!
    Tereas
    xoxo

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  45. I too miss the Target garden section. The pumpkins on your front steps are just right.

    Diana
    djn747@yahoo.com

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  46. Beautiful autumn touches! Love your entryway! Thanks for sharing.

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  47. Love the target pumpkins. I need to put out some fall decor. All the blogs are getting me in the mood.

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  48. Hello Mary Ann,
    I just found your lovely blog and I adore it! Your fall home decor' is simply divine. I'm looking forward to many more visits. You inspire me.

    Warmly, ~Melissa :)

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  49. I'm totally missing the warmth of fall decor this year! It will be a miracle if it makes it's way out of the basement! Love all that you've done! Can you come do my house now?? :)
    Kelle
    xoxo

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  50. A lovely post Al the decor is just perfect, But when you mentioned you could hear the waves at night I let out a sigh...you are living my dream.Big Hugs, please stop by tomorrow and linkup for the Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop. :-)

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  51. I am really enjoying your blog and all of the beautiful pictures. Would love to enter your drawing for the pumpkin candle and also say thank you for sharing all the wonderful ideas -
    Becky Gielow
    becky.gielow@yahoo.com

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  52. Mary Ann, I love Urban Gardener! When we lived in Corona Del Mar, I used to go to their shop at Crystal Cove. They have done lots of centerpieces for me over the years. I love your cat on the tricycle ! I just bought the same one for my daughter when we were in Sonoma. My friends and I are going to Rogers Gardens in a couple of weeks. I'll have to stop by Urban Gardener. We usually go to Feathers and Where's The Party. Gayle

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  53. Gorgeous Mary Ann - you've totally inspired me to decorate the house for fall with some terrific ideas! I love Urban Gardener and I bet the candle smells heavenly! So happy that the cooler weather is on it's way - ready for fires and candles!

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  54. Your home looks so lovely with its fall touches. Please count me in your giveaway. I love candles, and I just bought 2 new ones today. How wonderful that you can hear the sound of the surf. We used to live on the Isle of Palms in SC. I miss that soothing sound.

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  55. Beautiful branches! Love the fall colors. I'm so ready! It's still a little warm here in Texas.

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  56. love your topiaries out front-they look beautiful with your newly added fall florals. Come visit soon-I'm hosting a give away too!

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  57. Thanks for showing your fall decor! Now I want to put mine up :)


    taffy(dot)lovell@gmail.com

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  58. I would love to win!
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

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  59. Mary Ann, Oh, what a spot you're in...so close to the water. How perfect!!

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  60. OH I LOVE Urban Gardener! Used to get my prom date's corsages there! :) That candle looks super yummy...I bet it smells amazing!

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  61. Love the sophisticated decorations!

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  62. Your home is beautiful - inside and out!

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  63. I love your front door...I love the view from there....love the inside of your home! I adore fall smelling candles!

    xx

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  64. You have such an elegant style... Thx for sharing your fall design

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  65. I really enjoy your blog! I used to find lots of great little things at Target (and the garden center) but the home section seems to have a lot fewer options lately.

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  66. What a nice introduction to the fall. I am behind in decorating but yours provides such inspiration, as always. I'll have to look up the store. I love little shops like this. Thanks for such a fragrant treat! :)

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  67. What a nice introduction to the fall. I am behind in decorating but yours provides such inspiration, as always. I'll have to look up the store. I love little shops like this. Thanks for such a fragrant treat! :)

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  68. What a beautiful home! I love the table centerpiece you have created. Have a wonderful weekend, Kellie xx

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  69. It looks great. Love the twigs on the table. I really got to put out some fall decor out. I am a little slow this year.

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  70. It looks great. Love the twigs on the table. I really got to put out some fall decor out. I am a little slow this year.

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  71. I don't really do any specific fall decorating except with floral arrangements. I especially love the branches!!

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  72. Hi, Mary Ann! I think a lot of countries think we engage in devil worship because of our Halloween. It really IS all about the candy, but I can see where they might think that with all the skulls and skeletons and witches and gore. Oh, well....!!! I didn't even know Target had a garden section! Hmmmm....I guess I just always headed for the home decor section and never gave the rest of the store much thought! ;-) Those are actual kumquat trees on your front porch, aren't they??!?! They're beautiful!!! I don't think I've ever seen them potted like that. I apparently live a VERY sheltered life...or maybe I'm just not paying close attention to the life going on around me! :-) Have a great weekend!

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  73. Fall candles are my favorite, gets me ready for the fall season, even here in HOT AZ. Do you happen to know where your friend Claire got her slipcovers for her dining room chairs? I've been searching for covers for my chairs and that would be perfect. Love your festive decor.

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  74. Mary Ann, I simply can't get enough of your beautiful home. Your Fall simple touches are so fresh and elegant. And that kitchen, I keep returning for another peak at your kitchen. Carrie

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  75. The entrance to your home is gorgeous! I've been decorating inside for fall... but haven't started on the outside yet... time to kick it into high gear! ;)

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  76. Love, love, love your blog. You have given me great ideas for my own home. Please enter me in the drawing. Classic Casual Home is my treat for the week.

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  77. Hi Mary Ann, Thank you for sharing your pretty Fall decor at the open House party. Love the terracota pumpkins and what a pretty view you have.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  78. I suppose I'm too late for the candle, but I wanted to say thank you for an idea. I bought some glittery faux squash and although I like them in a bowl, I'm thinking I might really love them in a glass jar. I hadn't seen your blog before but I've joined and will return for more views of your very lovely living room and good ideas. Thank you.

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