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Hello and welcome friends!! I’m so thrilled that you are joining me on a little tour of my home today all dressed up for my most favorite season. Here in Oregon (did you know that I live in Oregon?) there are signs of Autumn popping up all around me even though as I type this the temperature today will be in the 80’s. Yes, Oregon gets sunshine. It’s our best kept secret!
Did you stop by Inspired By Charm before you came here? Michael is so talented and you will love all of the amazing ideas and inspiration there!
You know, I was thinking recently about a word that is sadly neglected this time of the year. It seems like all we hear about is ‘Fall’ and ‘Autumn’. But I’m finding myself drawn more and more to the word ‘Harvest’. I think it’s feeling a bit left out, don’t you?
Here in the beautiful Willamette Valley, harvest is in full swing. Tractors create tornadoes of dust as they plow through the fields. Wineries (I live in the heart of wine country!) celebrate the season with grape stomping competitions and special tastings.
So, I think I’m going to change the title of this blog post. I think that in honor of all of those for whom this season represents so much more than pumpkin spice lattés and apple cider doughnuts (two of my favorite things by the way!) I’m going to call this my ‘Harvest’ Home Tour.
A celebration of simple joys. Like how beautiful wheat looks in an ironstone pitcher.
And dried hydrangeas in my faux olive jar.
A replica of a vintage gear that I picked up from HomeGoods is a nod to those who toil the land.
Is it weird that I love mums the most when they are all closed up? Maybe it’s just the anticipation of knowing they will soon be bursting forth in all of their glory!
…faux wheat stuck in a bucket with another HomeGoods find nestled next to it…
…and hydrangeas from the yard starting their beautiful transformation from green to the softest shade of pink.
Even my new living room pillows capture the essence of harvest.
On the buffet table in the breakfast nook, simple elements come together to create the feeling of warmth and of gathering together which is what I love most about this time of the year.
That and pumpkin spice lattés…and apple cider doughnuts! 😉
Cinnamon sticks in a mint julep cup are not only beautiful but give off an amazing harvest-y (that’s totally a word, right?) aroma.
On my living room mantel (which I’ll share with you in it’s entirety another time!) the harvest theme continues.
You know, I think what I love the most about the word ‘Harvest’ is that it can mean so many different things.
Just as the farmer works the land in order to reap the harvest of crops, we can also reap the blessings of harvest in our lives.
“We must give in order to get more. It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest.”
~ Orsin Swett Marden
I’m enjoying a great season of harvest in my life. Through times of tilling the soil and planting the seeds, weeding, watering and yes, even fertilizing ;-), I’m experiencing the blessing that is harvest.
A harvest of friends.
A harvest of dreams fulfilled.
A harvest of deepening in my walk with God.
A harvest of a stronger than ever relationship with my husband.
A harvest of seeing years of tilling, planting, weeding, watering and fertilizing revealing growth in my children.
And sweet friends, I hope you know that I count YOU among my most cherished harvest blessings!
I pray your Fall/Autumn/Harvest season is filled with joy and blessings galore!…… be sure to head on over to My Fabuless Life to see some more gorgeous fall inspiration!
And to see all the homes in this tour (and you WANT to see these!) from the beginning click here.
If you are anything like me Better Homes and Gardens is one of your favorite go-to places for loads of fabulous ideas and inspiration as the holidays approach. And BHG.com is bringing you even more ways to be inspired this year with their 100 Days of Holiday Inspiration! Click here to sign up.