October 19, 2016

Whimsy in the Great Room

Welcome to the blog today. I added a touch of whimsy to a normally sedate, dark room. I cranked up the settings on my camera to try to counteract the darkness. 

I created a fun trayscape on the wicker trunk. Using a plain rustic tray I added a couple of pumpkin filled rustic lanterns, the "nevermore" birds, and a strip of ribbon. 

I added some plastic skeletons for an additional Halloween touch.

Halloween gives us license to play a bit with our décor. When else can we add orange, black brids, and creepy plastic stuff to our lovely décors?  :-)

For a bit more seasonal color I added some velvet pumpkins. Little by little I am enlarging my collection...I pick up just one more each time I am in a store that has a matching size and close color. 

For the sofa I added a soft throw and some orange velvet pillows, that are actually darker than they look in this picture.

This is the basic Halloween vignette in the great room...which is a more serious place with historic prints, books, and dark wool rug. I have my parlor and hubby has the great room. ha!

I have had no problem decorating any other room in the house except for this one. Something about it is nagging at me. 

I have not hit on the fix just yet...but maybe in time. There are door and window openings that interfere with furniture placement...and that may be my biggest issue.  

I continue to putter about in this room tweaking accessories here and there waiting to discover the magic formula that makes me finally sit back and go..."Ahhhh. Now that's what I like." 

Three fall flowers complete the "falling" of the great room for now. :-) Can you all believe that Christmas decorations are out there all ready. 

I just cannot decorate my home for Christmas until nearer the Thanksgiving weekend. I use my kids to help lift and tug tubs of stuff up from the basement when they come home. :-) 

I will probably have crafts, decorating ideas, or holiday recipes to share with you prior to the Christmas season...but as for full out decorating...that will be some time away. I am still enjoying the fall of the year.

Wishing you a wonderful day!

My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. I love those little pumpkins too. Maybe it's the stems that make them perfect. Not a big fan of Halloween in general.
    Happy fall

  2. Isn't it nice to know how to use these features on the camera? I've learned this trick too and it's made a big difference. I like your lanterns with the pumpkins and skeletons. It's hard when a room has poor lighting. My formal dining area is that way. For a brief time in the afternoon the sun brightens it but generally it's a fairly low light area. We have thought about adding a skylight to enhance the area but that's about all we've come up with. There are no outside walls in that area to add a window. Ponder, ponder, ponder!

  3. Sheila, I think you have done a great job in your space. I love velvet pumpkins and keep adding to my collection! Your vignette is perfect with the lanterns and skellies! Pam @ Everyday Living

  4. Very cute whimsical vignette and look. Adding the skeletons makes it fun. So colorful as well.

  5. Shelia,
    Whimsy... such a fun word and a fun idea. Love your whimsy in your great room.


  6. Fall is my favorite time of year...indoors AND outside! I often rush it in, but I never rush it out. I enjoy Christmas and love the decorating and cooking and baking, but it starts AFTER the 1st of December and lasts until Epiphany.
    Your lanterns are beautiful with the pumpkins, and I had to smile at the little skeletons!
    I have a room in my home with which I am NEVER satisfied. When you figure yours out, maybe it will help me too :^)
    Blessings and have a good weekend,

  7. Love your velvet pumpkins. I think you have done a great job with your decor.
    I feel the same way about decorating for Christmas early. I enjoy fall and Thanksgiving too much to rush Christmas.
    Our weather has gotten nice. Hope yours has too. Oh, I'm back from my trip and catching up!


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