Monday, October 16, 2017

Autumn in Maine

Fall is such a brilliant time of the year! It's as if Mother Nature took a brush and painted everything in the most fiery shades of the spectrum. Though I'm a devotee of all things pale, I simply cannot resist fall's vibrancy.

Recently Tom and I traveled to Maine to check on the progress of our landscaping work. (I've designed a new garden for us in Castine, and can't wait to share the results next summer.) We timed our trip up north hoping for seasonal color. Well, we were treated to a stunning foliage show - W🍁W!

Have a look . . .
We started in southern Maine where most of the trees were still green. The homes however looked so festive. Love this circa 1810 Colonial in Kennebunk - talk about fall curb appeal!    
Above is another historic home in Kennebunk. This Greek Revival, with a row of pumpkins and squash over the entry plus frightful spiders, is all ready for Halloween.

Further north and higher up, Baxter State Park in Millinocket was ablaze in a sea of gold, orange and red. I took the following two photos near the park's entrance.  
In Bucksport (below three photos) located thirty minutes from our town of Castine, the yellow elms looked dazzling against the crisp clapboard homes. Many stately elms still grace the streets of Maine.  
The next home is in the artsy town of Belfast, where we like to go for lunch at Young's Lobster Pound, Chase's Daily, and Darbys. Also, the local shops and galleries are charming - don't miss Brambles, Sail Locker, and others if you visit.  
On the road home, we passed this red barn sitting behind a row of red oaks in Penobscot. Perhaps our next place will be a converted barn?

Here's another red barn. This one in Castine was tucked behind a grove of golden maples.   
Back at our cottage, I brought autumn inside with a few branches of maples. In the bottom of the vase, I placed granite rocks to help secure the top heavy branches in place.
We closed out the season with a dinner at our place - a fun night with friends! I almost went colorful with the tablescape, but decided on a blue-and-white coastal setting with just a hint of fall courtesy of the Lumina pumpkins.
And here is our circa 1863 cottage before renovation. I remember walking the dogs around the yard covered in crunchy leaves.

Cheers,
Loi
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Welcoming Fall

Dear friends,

Happy FALL!  Finally, it's cooler - yay!

I want to let you know that I'm still here, and have not abandoned my blog. Lots of new posts in the works, including a preview of our new shipment that's en route, so please stay tuned.

After returning from Maine, Tom and I went on a buying trip to Scandinavia. We have a fabulous collection of painted sideboards, pairs of chests, vitrine / glass fronted cabinets, tables, etc. The shipment should arrive in mid-October. If you are looking for something special, do let me know.

This past weekend the weather was absolutely delightful. I was inspired to start decorating our home for the season. And, inspired to entertain. We invited a group of neighbors over for drinks. Also, we had friends over for lunch in the courtyard.

Enjoy these photos.
Still waiting for the trees to turn color here in DC. I decided our courtyard needed a splash of autumnal color. Don't the mums look especially vibrant in the antique French green ceramic pots from Provence? For the centerpiece, I mixed dried Annabelle Hydrangeas with (very realistic looking) faux branches of Pin Oaks. Yes, I went faux! The galvanized bucket is vintage from Europe - I have a few more available at the shop.
Since the weather was a little brisk, I provided cozy yet lightweight wool throws, in different plaid patterns, for everyone. Learned this from our travels throughout Scandinavia where many cafes and restaurants will often drape, during the cooler months, their outdoor seating with inviting blankets for patrons. 
Of course I had to pick up a few Baby Boo pumpkins. They brighten a lantern on the foyer windowsill. For more of my fall decor ideas, click here. Also, check out my INSTAGRAM.

Cheers,
Loi