October 19, 2016

Whimsy in the Great Room

Featured on Julie's Creative Lifestyle. Thank you Julie. 

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!

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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. Sheila this is absolutely delightful! I am so glad you linked up to the Hauntingly Beautiful Decor link party! I am just loving your little collection of velvet pumpkins and the skeletons are always fun. I am looking forward to following your blog and getting more ideas from a fellow Kentucky gal!

  2. Hi Sheila! Back again to let you know you are a Friday Feature for the Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Halloween Link party this week. Congratulations!

  3. I absolutely love the ribbon through your trayscape (love that term by the way!) I'm keeping my eye out for nevermore birds and gorgeous ribbon like that now! Thanks for the inspiration and the feature on Follow The Yellow Brick Home!

  4. Oh my those velvet pumpkins are just gorgeous!


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