Thursday, November 5, 2020

Fall In The Family Room

Happy November to you!  Like so many of you seem to do, I love this time of the 
year.  This is the season when I am really drawn to hearth and home.  The last time I posted, I said I would share some of my fall decor this week, so I'm starting with our family room.

   I haven't really shown any full shots of this room since we got the wood floors installed a few years ago.  I purchased the big rug from Wayfair after the new floors were put in.  This was the first rug I had ever bought from Wayfair, and we've been very happy with it.  The rug in front of the fireplace I found many years ago at HomeGoods.  

   I'm very excited about our new-to-us sofa in this room.  I wrote a few weeks ago that my in-laws were downsizing to a smaller home and yard.  They generously offered us some pieces of furniture, and we were thrilled to get them!  This sofa is one of those pieces.

We've known for a few years that we were going to have to get a new sofa.  We had the other one for about 26 years, and we'd had it re-covered once.  It was a very good sofa, well made, but it had started to sag when we sat on it and just wasn't as comfortable as before.  I had been mulling for a long time over what kind of sofa to get.  Is there any harder piece of furniture to pick out than a sofa you sit on every day?  Not for me there isn't.  We were trying to decide whether to get upholstered fabric or leather.  We also had to consider size; most of the new sofas are so large that my feet don't touch the floor (I'm only five feet tall).  Other considerations were the cost and what kind of material would hold up well to pets, since our dog, Duncan, sits or lays on the sofa 90 percent of the time.  Decisions, decisions.    
We are so grateful to Hal's parents for offering this sofa to us -- we're already enjoying it.  It's comfortable and it just fits this space. 
I bought these throw pillows from Etsy to go with our previous sofa and they're just right for this one.  It's a hideaway bed, which we probably won't ever need, but it's here if we do. 
Since we already had a leather recliner and a leather-look (pleather ๐Ÿ˜€) ottoman, I was afraid we were getting too much leather in here.  I covered the old ottoman, which has a hole on the corner anyway, with a Scottish blanket, and it softens the look a lot.  

A few weeks ago, Hal's mom invited us to come over and pick out some things we'd like to have from their home, things they won't have room for in the new house.  
Hal asked for his childhood rocker.  His mom said he sat in it until he was almost too big to fit. ๐Ÿ˜Š I've always loved this little chair, and I'm glad Hal wanted to keep it.

I asked for this antique corner chair.  I don't really have a good corner for it, but I think it looks nice in this spot.  

Isn't it pretty?  I found one exactly like it with different color seat online --
It's described on the Antiques Atlas website as an Edwardian, mahogany corner chair, c1900.  I plan to take good care of it.  ๐Ÿ’— 
Here's the fall mantel.  It's very similar to last year's with just a few little changes here and there.  There are so many beautiful colors and textures to be found in nature during the fall season, my favorite time of year.  All of these elements are faux, but I think they look pretty realistic and they do last much longer.

Before I know it, it will be time to take all this down and get out the Christmas things.  Yikes.

The other end of the room.  

I love this Montrose Potteries whiskey decanter from Scotland.  I got it a couple of years ago from Nancy at Nancy's Daily DishShe has an online shop with an amazing collection of English transferware dishes, as well as other collectibles like Staffordshire dogs, etc.  It's a treat just to look at her website.  She was having a big pre-Christmas sale when I purchased this jug, and it was a good bargain.

Hal and I found several of these small pine cones when we were walking in our neighborhood this week -- such a great size.  

I love, love these faux flowers in the copper pitcher.  I bought them last fall at a store my mom and I love to shop at.  It's way out in the country, so it's obviously not a chain store.  The owner always has the most beautiful faux flowers and greenery.

Little green bowl was a gift from my mom.  
This fall scene stays up year round; the colors are just right for this room.  This little red factory was in the town that I grew up in.  It belonged to a man named Richard Joshua Reynolds, part of his company, R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.  Yes, I lived most of my life in the town that tobacco built.  My parents both retired from Reynolds, as did Hal's paternal grandparents and his great-aunt and uncle. 


That's it for our fall family room.  We spend most of our waking hours in this room, and over the years it's evolved into a room that suits us well.  It's representative of our personalities and interests, so we feel right at home in here.  
Sorry for all the pictures today; I gave this room a good deep clean, and I knew it would be the best time to take some pictures.  The things I didn't get to are polishing the furniture and mopping the floor.  I'll have to do those when I start on the Christmas decs.  I also need to plant some pansies on the front porch and wash windows.  Do you like to do a good house cleaning in spring and fall?  Have you started on Christmas yet?   
Thank you so much for spending some time here today.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!  


  1. That sofa is perfect for your space and for the fact that you have a dog. Everything is looking fallish and cozy at your place. You gave me an idea on what to do with some of Dear's instruments. I never considered hanging them on the wall. I hope you have a peaceful weekend.

  2. Your fall living room is cozy and I love all the stories behind so many of the articles you included in the room. Stay cozy.

  3. The room looks beautiful. All shiny and bright! I love the mantel, it is awesome! You did another great job. Love you, Mom

  4. I do like that sofa and I like how you put a Scottish plaid blanket on your ottoman. Very nice room. Cozy and inviting. I need to get rid of my damask burgundy sofa in living room. I want a different color. Only thing is, it is still in great shape. I tire of things pretty fast. I like how you made your mantle for fall.
    Have a good week



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