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Seaside Inspired Autumn Foyer

 


Happy first of September! I wanted to share with you how I chose to decorate my foyer for autumn this year.





As you know, we recently visited the beach, and lets just say it totally stole my heart. Once I was home, I couldn't get the ocean and it's colors out of my mind.






So I decided to bring out all of my shells, and figure out how to merge autumn with them. This particular conch shell below, is actually over 100 years old, and has the most amazing patina!





I was so inspired by the beautiful tones of the shells and also the colors of the ocean, that I decided to take the plunge and paint my pumpkins to match.





I used pumpkins from last year and gave each one a makeover with soft colors of the ocean... lavender, gray, and a soft teal. 


I added muted colored leaves in throughout my display, as well as a few hydrangeas.





I think the pumpkins turned out beautifully! I couldn't forget to add my signature "gold" somewhere, so I gilded the stems, and also a few small pumpkins.


I understand that this is not a traditional autumn look, but...its  just what my heart was looking for.





I enjoy walking into my foyer and seeing all of my precious shells and star fish mixed in with soft, ocean colored pumpkins.





The best part of this display, is that it cost me nothing! I used everything that I already owned, just tweaked them for a different look.


I encourage you to follow your heart with your decor. You don't have to follow trends or buy new every year, to have an unique and pretty vignette!






I hope you enjoyed my "Seaside inspired foyer"! Thank you for visiting!


-Larissa 

A few weeks ago my little family and I took a vacation to Florida. I love to shop while I am visiting the sunshine state, and always on the lookout for some new treasures to bring home.





This year we rented a small car, so I knew there would not be much room to cart my treasures home. I needed to be selective in choosing what I bought.


 


My heart literally skipped a beat when I spotted two gorgeous vintage Italian tole side tables!





They both were the rose tole as well! I usually only see the gold wheat design which is pretty, but definitely not my favorite.





I was so excited! I didn't give my husband an option to say that there wouldn't be room in the car, and luckily there was!




I think these amazing tables are so elegant and classy. The sister table to this one is currently residing in the library, you will see photos of it when I post my fall home tour. I love how my gold antique mirrors compliment the table.





Also on my trip I picked up a trio of glass trinket boxes.





I found them at Cracker Barrel and I think they are so sweet. I don't know what I'll be using them for yet.





I am so pleased with my sweet treasures that I found this year! I will share more with you in upcoming posts!





We had a beautiful time in Florida. Below are a few photos from our trip. 



They are a bit blurry due to the fact that they were taken on my phone, but I hope you enjoy them anyways.






Thank you so much for visiting and I'll talk to you soon!


-Larissa



I am beyond excited to share with you today an amazing halloween decor piece from Victorian Trading Company!







When Victorian Trading Company reached out to me and offered to send me their heirloom quality 
Arachne's Aura Stained Glass Lamp  I was over the moon excited! 

If you have been following me for any length of time you know how much I love decorating my home for Halloween, and how much I enjoy finding unique and elegant halloween decorations!

Victorian Trading Company is one of my "go to" companies for Halloween decor, in fact I have purchased many items from them in years past and look forward to bringing my treasures out each year.








I have long loved Tiffany style lamps. When I was a young girl my parents gifted me a beautiful Tiffany style lamp for my birthday. I loved that lamp but sadly the lamp shade accidentally broke and shattered years ago.  


When I saw this Tiffany style lamp from Victorian Trading Company, it brought back memories of the lamp from my childhood, and what made it even better was that it was Halloween themed!


I have never seen a Halloween lamp like this one. I love the fact that it features jeweled spiders on delicate  webs all the way around the lamp.








The body of the lamp is very detailed and there is a not so scary spider at the base. 








The actual glass on the lampshade is so unique! The colors are mostly green with blues and just a tad hint of orange, but they are arranged in a marble effect!








I can see myself passing this lamp down to my children years from now. Its definitely an heirloom and a keepsake.








I love the soft glow the lamp gives off when lit. The ambiance is spooky but comforting at the same time. I have it sitting on my gold piano for now, but I look forward to finding even more places to display it as the Halloween season draws closer.







If you love this lamp as much as I do, you are in luck! Victorian Trading Company is having their Halloween Early Bird Special Pricing Event right now. The Arachne's Aura Stained Glass Lamp
is on sale as well as other Halloween goodies, so make sure you check it out! 







I have my eye on several different items on their early bird special as well! Happy shopping!
!







I would like to thank Victorian Trading Company for this awesome opportunity!



Thank you for stopping by!


-Larissa






*item was gifted, but all views and opinions are my own.🎃

Marble Patio Restoration

Our home hasn't seen a lot of exterior updates since we purchased it, but I'm happy to say that we finally were able to get one accomplished earlier this spring!






Welch House has an unique back patio and what makes it unique, is that it is tiled with marble tiles.







Through research I have learned that the marble patio was added on to the home by the Welch Family in the 1930's. 






The patio was in sad shape when we bought the home, some areas were caving in, causing the beautiful marble to crack and break.






Our contractor got in touch with the previous owners to inquire about the marble tiles, so he could replace the broken ones. 

Apparently the tiles are original from the 1930's, and were imported from Italy!






I was over the moon excited when I found that out! The story and history of the marble makes my home even more special to me.







Earlier this year I was able to purchase two lady statues made of marble for our patio. I actually found them on Craigslist and they had been laying in a field!! I brought them home, cleaned them up and they seem to love their new surroundings.

 





I have been collecting antique Peacock outdoor furniture for awhile now too. I have two regular chairs, and this spring I found two rocking chairs on Facebook marketplace. I love how unique and intricate they are. They are the perfect fit for this space.








I am still on the search for a matching table, but my husband surprised me with a metal table earlier this year. It works perfectly for now. He even bought me the black and white striped umbrella. I love it all so much!






Since our house is white, I painted two of the peacock chairs black, so they don't blend in with the house.







I might try painting them pink next year and see if I like that look. I also really want to get a black and white striped rug for under the table.








The back patio is my favorite place to sit, I love it more than our front porch! I have the perfect view of the moon sitting here at night. It is very peaceful and I enjoy watching the fireflies in my gardens.









Below is a photo of what the patio looked like before we had it restored. Ad you can see, it was in need of a makeover!







The next photo is an "in progress" photo. I wanted the patio to have brick pillars, (five in total) so I could have urns sitting up top of them.







This next photo is right after the patio was completed, but before I decorated and gave the house a good power wash. Next year I will need to landscape the flower beds in front of the patio. I did plant some lavender on one side a few weeks ago, and over the winter I will brainstorm about which plants I want to add to that.







In a few years I may lime wash all of the brick on Welch House.  I love that look and I think it will dress up the house so beautifully and will look lovely with the marble tiles.







My contractor tried to discourage me from using the marble again for the floor of the patio. He said that marble wasn't practical for Iowa winters, lol, well I am not practical either! I love the history of the marble and its truly special to me. He was able to salvage a lot extra marble from this project and I am saving it to use on another back patio here at Welch house. We have another patio area on the other side of our house. It was torn up when we replaced the foundation a few years ago, it looks terrible now and I am eager to get it looking beautiful. Hopefully next summer we can start on that project!










I hope you enjoyed seeing our patio restoration/makeover. Having this done was a huge unexpected blessing for me! I literally feel like I won the lottery having our patio completed and I am so very thankful.







Thank you so very much for visiting!

-Larissa


Changes in the Foyer



Seven years ago when I first saw the foyer at Welch House, it had painted blue walls. Immediately I knew that I wanted a gorgeous wallpaper for this space and I papered it with a beautiful green damask, which I loved. Over the years the seams began to appear on the walls, it had gotten torn here and there, and I knew I was ready for an update!





Christmas 2019




I love a wallpapered foyer in a historical home, and someday I plan on having the foyer wallpapered again, but for now, I decided to update it with white paint. The paint color that I chose is called "Simply White" by Benjamin Moore. Most of the house is already painted this color, and I love the way the rooms seem to flow nicer now.







When we moved here, I completely changed my decor from farmhouse/primitive style, to Old World Style. One of the very first items that I brought home was this statue of two ladies. I saw them at an antique store and they haven been with me ever since.








I have had them displayed in almost every room in our home, and now they are back in the foyer on the french dresser.









I moved my new leopard print rugs into the foyer from the library, and I am loving the look! I actually have two of the antique French leopard print chairs. I found the chairs on Craigslist, and learned that they were reupholstered by the seller's Grandmother many years ago. They are very special to me.










Okay, I have a confession to make. I love painted white woodwork, and I realize that is an unpopular opinion with old house lovers. Our home's woodwork was painted white in the 1930's remodel, but the previous owners brought the wood back to its original state. I can appreciate their hard work and love that they put into that task, so I will not be painting any woodwork. I did want to tone the wood down a bit though, so I decided to move the drapes that were in my dining room into the foyer.









Oh my goodness these drapes are honestly the nicest, most luxurious curtains that I have ever owned! They are perfect for the foyer. I actually have them in a different color in my living room as well. I'm serious when I tell you that they are wonderful! You can find them on my Amazon link here


I have had a large mirror covering the foyer window over the dresser for several years, and I loved the look so much, but I decided to remove it and enjoy the gorgeous original leaded glass windows. My little boy said that he liked the window uncovered much better:)




Christmas 2018




 


I did splurge and ordered two antique sconces to flank each side of my window. They are amazing. Each features a golden woman with long flowing hair. My husband said that he would wire the sconces so I could actually plug them. That makes me happy.







I removed the wallpaper on the lower part of the stairwell too. I plan to add similar wall moulding here that I created on the dining room walls last year.







My little french nesting tables have taken up residence here on the staircase landing.







I am actually very happy with the outcome! Change is hard for me at first, but I am pleased with this look.








I think the white walls are going to show off my Halloween and Christmas decor very nicely. I'm so excited to decorate for the holidays!









I hope you enjoyed the foyer tour and seeing the updates! You all are always so sweet to me and you truly bless me with your kindness! I appreciate you so much!





 


 
Thank you for visiting! 

-Larissa