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October 8, 2017

Autumn in the Dining and Living Rooms

When we visited Pennsylvania we went to a place called Wendell August.  They make heirloom quality hand crafted metal gift ware which includes platters, bowls, ornaments and more.  Anyway…
I spotted this vase on a display and decided I wanted it.

They only made two and the other one has the aluminum base so I favored this one.  The young man told me that they aren't going to make anymore of them and I have the only one of it's kind!

You can see the hand hammered finish on the bronze metal cuff that they applied to the glass vase. 

I wove a couple of garlands laced with pine cones, leaves and twigs on the mantel and then started to nestle various pumpkins along it.  I will probably add some items for halloween on here before long.

Nearby on the chest I put my glass cloche with a mercury glass finished pumpkin inside,

I put raffia around the bottom and elevated the pumpkin on a candle holder.  The white pumpkin  in the background is on a timer so it lights up each evening.  I'll stick a black bird in there for Halloween!

A new arrangement on the wood top that divides the two rooms.

I picked up an antler bowl a while back and stuffed some raffia in it then layered the pumpkin and pine cones around it.  

The candle holders were on the mantel so they found a new home for now.  I've had the metal planter a while and keep it filled with the faux philodendron.

My little conservatory/lantern got a little update with the same orange pitcher as last year and some dried plant stems.

I changed out one item here on the tray with the glass pumpkin.

It has an open bottom so a flameless tea light candle can light it up.

The dining table was moderately changed.  I added the rust and gold runner for some depth in color.  I found the runner at Michael's (very inexpensive) but it looked too skimpy so I layered it on the other one that was already there.

These small magnolia leaf wreaths were added to the bases of the big candle holders.

I used these pumpkins on last years mantel.  

Those that follow me will remember my center arrangement I created "here".  I wanted to keep everything in place but just swap some of the candles for pumpkins!

The cocktail table got a minor change.

I set out the amber glass pumpkin and made a quick arrangement in the big bowl with a large rustic pumpkin surrounded by my collection of small velvet pumpkins.

This lantern has been used many times.  I stuffed faux dried plants and pumpkins around the sides.

So that's the living and dining room for autumn!


  1. That all looks just lovely, Liz. What a find that piece is with the hammered bottom. I have never seen one like it...nor will I, I guess! I really like the ambience the amber glass adds to everything-it looks especially good mixed with the lit lantern. Everything is looking like Fall at your home! xo Diana

  2. Your house and decorating are beautiful. Lots of fun and interesting pieces and they all work well together. Very nice. I like how with just a few planned additions for Halloween your decor will move into the holiday phase. I also like how you mentioned that some of your pieces were used the previous year. I love seeing familiar and well loved pieces brought out each year.

  3. Oh, good golly, Miss Molly!!! That antler bowl! That's so cool the way you stuffed the raffia in there to lend a rustic look to it! That's slick!!! I also really like how you went about your fall decorating with Halloween not too far out of mind. You can just so easily add to the existing decor! I can't tell you how much I adore the magnolia leaf wreath!!! The color is so pretty! This is a beautiful look that transitions so nicely from fall to upcoming Halloween!

  4. Looking so pretty Liz. Love your new vase and the hammered look is gorgeous. Perfect color too.
    Have a great Sunday and wonderful beginning to the new week.

  5. It's all beautiful, Liz! Your pumpkins of different materials are so interesting! If I were to visit you (for real), I would take my time to slowly peruse your different vignettes, soaking up all the details. I love how you included a widespread array of different textures! It's all scrumptious and inspiring. :-)

  6. Hi Liz, Love the beautiful vase you found in PA. The hammered design is stunning and goes so well with all your pretty fall decor. All your different pumpkin accents are great touches in your lovely home. I also love your white chair with ottoman. The size is perfect. Have a great week!

  7. Oh, Liz, you have such a yummy collection of pumpkins in so many colors and varieties! Wow, you put us all to shame.

  8. Love it all!...I so love the hammered metal vase...so unique and nice to know that it is handmade limited edition of sorts...love all of the gorgeous pumpkins and I especially love the one with the open bottom...as I have one of those! :)

  9. Liz, your fall touches are just beatiful! That mantel is just gorgeous,and what a wonderful find on the vase.


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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