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Sunday, October 05, 2008

A Touch Here, A Tweak There...

...and Autumn arrives at Rabbit Run Cottage. I will have pictures of the porch up later this week but, for now, I wanted to share a few of the little touches Grace and I added to the house this week. Gee but I LOVE Fall! Have I said that enough of late? Most of my decorations have been collected over many years, but some are new treasures from very talented blogging friends!
Let's begin in the kitchen...
This is my pumpkin tureen with the sweetest ladle. I got this at a Lillian Vernon outlet in Virginia years ago.

My bucket bench filled with seasonal plates, a charming pig and the dearest Autumn nesting bird under glass! The little crow came from the amazing hands of Kathy, whose hearts and birds have become something of an obsession for me! They are just exquisitely made. She is a special lady with a huge heart and upbeat outlook at life.

One of my favorite objects in my entire house...Penny's beautiful mirror. Isn't it amazing?
Isn't SHE amazing? Not only artistically gifted but she has a heart of gold too. A zest for life, home, friends and family, plus
devotion to her craft are just some of her many charms. She is a blessing.
The little cottage was an end of Summer clearance find from Target.
Our talented, charming and lovely friend Pat,
has a collection of the prettiest tableware. Last year, after seeing her post on Fall tables, I fell in love with her Spode plates that featured dogs. I saved my pennies and, this year, I got 8 of the salad plates to add to our Friendly Village.
I hope Pat won't mind me using her as my inspiration! She IS such a joy to know!

Place mats are from April Cornell. The pumpkin soup tureens came from a Linens and Things close out sale last year.

I have had these White Rock Studio pumpkins for years. They are still big favorites in our home.

Becky, whose creativity knows no bounds, made this Happy Halloween banner.

Isn't it sweet and fun? Such a dear lady and a most talented seamstress. Her work is perfection.

I am a big fan! Her eye for spotting treasures and creating a beautiful home, as well as her gift for creating beauty are 3 of her many attributes. She is always a delight!

This is Mlle. Madeline. She gets all spiffy for each holiday...
The mantle features some of our brown transferware and Autumn treasures old and new. So many of the cutest ones came from our Cassie. I was lucky enough to win her Halloween giveaway last year! Unpacking the box was a delight. Why, even the box was a work of art! Her joy for life is infectious! She is a wonder! I also want you to see the precious crown on the Staffordshire doggie's head. It is a treasure from our creative Rosemary. She makes the most magical things and her home is a Halloween haven if their ever was one. A beautiful woman, a pleasure to know. This sweet crown is usually on the head of one "Hermione Rabbit" but Grace decided this little doggie needed to borrow it for Halloween. Just a quick tour of our cottage as it welcomes this special season. October is my favorite month of the year! I hope you all can find sweet things to smile about this time of year. I wish each one of you a week filled with happiness.
Love and Hugs,
Susie Q


Terri said...

I think your house is wonderful! I believe I could move right in and not change a thing! (We have similar tastes!)

LOVE the dishes, too. Those I don't have anymore...too many broken during the moves, so I just stick to Blue Willow. But, you never know....Once a dish addict always a dish addict! LOL

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

You have really been busy, Sue! I love all the vignettes. The photography is amazing!

Thank you for the mention. I love those spode plates and I'm tickled you consider my efforts inspirational!
Have a wonderful week.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

You have really been busy, Sue! I love all the vignettes. The photography is amazing!

Thank you for the mention. I love those spode plates and I'm tickled you consider my efforts inspirational!
Have a wonderful week.

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Everything looks just great! I don't do much Halloween decorating but if I did, I'd want it to look just like YOURS! I love all your rooster lamps, too!

:-) Rosie

Brenda@Spareminute cottage said...

Your house is so pretty you have done a wonderful job on your Hallowen decorations.I am sure Grace and yourself had a lot of fun putting it all together.

Smilingsal said...

You really go "all our" for the fall season. Thanks for sharing. Happy Monday.

Sugar Bear said...

Your home is so lovely and cozy and never fails to inspire me!

Bonnie said...

I am in awe. Your house is absolutely gorgeous. And the fall decorations are the icing on the cake. My house is a small 1960's ranch and we don't have much room for decorations. So I thoroughly enjoy everyone elses. And I decorate the yard.

salmagundi said...

Everything looks amazing. Your photos always have an amazing light source to them - a glow!!! I'm on the search for turkey plates this year to go with my transferware. Bloggers are a great source of inspiration. Sally

Janet said...

What a beautiful inspiration; I just want to jump into the pictures and snuggle up for a warm and cozy(Mary E-type) fall.

Thank you for being you.


Andi said...

I absolutely love everything I see and will have to check back tonight and look it all over again! I know I missed some wonderful things.

Your dishes are amazing...Pat will be proud!

Autumn Hugs, Andi

nikkicrumpet said...

EVERYTHING is so looks like one of those fancy boutiques that you go into and then ooh and ahh and want one of everything. Amazing it is actually your house! You should be so proud. I love those dog plates...which is saying alot for me because I'm not a plate lover...but those just draw me in.

Rosemary said...

Hi Susie,
Thanks so much for the mention on your blog today. So glad you like your crown. Now your decorations are wonderful, magical, and everything this time of year should be. I have the same Witch is In pumpkin. Great minds think alike.
Thanks for the tour of your beautiful home.
Your friend,

Kathleen Grace said...

Your home is sooo beautiful! I was rolling along just enjoying every little bit and recognizing lots of blog friends and then I saw my liitle bird:>) It is so much fun to see how it fits in with all your pretty decor. Thanks Sue!

Shelia said...

Hi sweet Susie Q! Thank you so much for your concerns for my family and our home during the storm. My heart is so full with love for my Blogland friends! I'll be posting soon.

Oh, your home is so beautiful and I just love all your fall decorations. I see a few things I could take off your hands!! lol

I see your Staffordshire doggie collection - I collect them too! Aren't they just the cutest things?

Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

the pleasures of homemaking said...

I never can get enough pictures of your home! I just love it and how you put everything together. I love how you have things made my blogggers! I love those dog dishes- I have four that I hang in my foyer. It all looks welcoming and cozy!


Lisa said...

I agree with Terri. I too think I could move right in and not change a thing. Everything looks perfect. Thanks for sharing.

PEA said...

Oh Sue, everything looks absolutely beautiful and so very welcoming! I wish I could be there to ooh and aah over every detail...I just love all your decorations. It's no wonder Autumn is my very favourite time of the year as well:-) xoxo

Devin J. Garman said...

I love the photos. Everything looks so nice. I wish I had more time to decorate my home, but I am on the road all the time. At least I can enjoy looking at yours. Thank you for posting these nice pictures.

Cherdecor said...

One thing about your house, it is such a warm and inviting place! I loved looking at all your fall decorations that are arranged all around in such a creative manner. I love your dishes and placemats, the lighted tree, and everything.
Thanks for sharing them with us.

Mary said...

Oh Sue, how wonderful! I love all your fall decorations, especially those terrific plates. ;) Your photos are so warm and inviting, and I'm sure your house is, too! How I would love to come visit for a cup of tea.

Sheila said...

I love all of your autumn decorations! I just put all of my stuff out today, but they're nearly as lovely and elegant as all of your things! Your home is so beautiful.

Sheila said...

Ooops my comment had a typo .. I meant to say, "they're NOT nearly as lovely as your things!" You have such beautiful decorations. :)

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Sue, you home looks so warm and inviting. I want to come visit! I love all of your fall decorating. It was so wonderful to see where the mosaic mirror is in your home :-). It makes me happy to have a little of me living at your home.
Love ya,

Sandi McBride said...

They're all so beautiful I can't decide which I love best...the mirror, the witch...I love the red dress witch...were that she were mine! What a beautiful wonderful post!

Meggie said...

Wow! Your home looks gorgeous with all your festive autumn decorations. I better get busy.....

Gillian said...

Looks like you are bedecked, bedazzled and bejewelled for Autumn!!!
And the Spode, I love LOVE!!!!
So amazing.
I can smell the apples and cinnamon just jumping off the page.
What a cozy, amazing house you have.

Donna said...

Oh, you have such lovely things, Suzie Q! Your home looks so warm and inviting. I love the soup turreens. Love everything! You've inspired me to do some decorating.

Have a great day!

Sheila said...

Sue you sure have the knack when it somes to decor. This is worthy of a magazine spread.
Everything looks so warm and cosy, you've done a great job.

Cecile said...

Your home is sooo beautiful!
I could look at the picture for ever:))

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Perfect autumn photographs!! Edward and I enjoyed the tour!!

Cheryl Wray said...

WOW!!!!!! These decorations are incredibly beautiful!! Your house is so cozy and inviting!!! I love this time of year too!!

Jeanne said...

Beautiful decor! That mirror is amazing. I have a friend who's quite an artist with stained glass as well. Such a wonderful inviting time of year isn't it. Thanks for coming by to visit.

Gretchen said...

Okay, I'm officially out of my league--can I say I knew you when?! Seriously, Sue, your house is so breathtaking, yet homey at the same time. I feel like I could come and ENJOY a visit to the nth degree. What warmth and personality you exude through your home. I truly wish I could see it someday.

And selfishly, I wish you'd just fly out to Seattle quarterly and do up my house. :)

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Everything looks just fabulous! Autumn is my favorite season; I just love it!!
I like how you mentioned all the sweet creative bloggers from whom your decor came; that is such a nice touch!!

Tammy said...

Your home looks so nice and fallish, Susie! Makes me wish I could stop by for apples cider! :)

And I'm just catching up a bit...I just now read the anniversary post for your beautiful!
I did something similar last year for what would have been my parents' 50th...
Your parents were truly a handsome couple, that's for sure! I loved reading your tribute!

(Now, come over and enter my little giveaway...nothing big, but yet hopefully fun anyway!)

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Your house is so lovely! :-)

You really look ready for fall, good thing too because I think it is really here! :-)


Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Sue, your photographs are wonderful! Love those sepia kind of tones to them. Makes them all warm and fuzzy feeling. I wanna come live at your house because you have a decorating flair like a professional. Thanks for sharing these. xxoo

bj said...

OOO, your house is just fabulous for fall, Susie...just wonderful. I love every thing you showed us...and your photos are wonderful, too. NOW...I WANT SOME SPODE PLATES !!!! :o)
Such a happy fall to you,
love, bj

Jeanie said...

Unbelievable! I feel completely fallish just looking at your gorgeous home! We have many of the same style connections, so it's like stepping into a dream spot for me. (And, I might add, we have the same books on our book cases! Have you read Tina Brown's Diana Chronicles -- I think it was the best of the lot! I'm a serious Anglophile!)

Oh, Sue, this is autumn at its best. Thank you!

Mandie said...

I LOVE your decorations!!! Very pretty and Halloweeny.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Susie! Your home looks gorgeous and so beautiful with all of the careful attention detail to each room. Just amazing and sooooooo inspiring! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'll be over with the pumpkin pie!!

love to you,

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Susie! Your home looks gorgeous and so beautiful with all of the careful attention detail to each room. Just amazing and sooooooo inspiring! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'll be over with the pumpkin pie!!

love to you,