Friday, October 19, 2012

French Farmhouse Fall Decorating......

Hello Everyone....
I wanted to share a few images (actually a lot of images) I shot yesterday.....
I thought it would be okay to show again....
Filling a bucket with branches is one of my favorite things to do for fall....
Sometimes that is the only thing I will do for fall decorating along with scattering a few pumpkins around the house.
I also love to set pears around the house, sometimes scattered or displayed in an ironstone dish.....
They add so much color to your home, and you get to eat your decorations.....
You can see a couple of my Fall decorating posts using pears  here and here......

The kids and I found these branches at a flower market in San Francisco....
I was so excited to find branches....
I usually just cut my own branches however the leaves haven't changed color here yet....
We are still waiting for cold weather : )
(At the bottom of the post you will see what other fall foliage we found at the market as well)

The porcelain topped canning jars are a favorite of mine....
I hope I never get sick of these....
I try to buy these whenever I find one, and I don't find them very often....

This vintage french zinc bucket will make it's way in the shop soon.....

I hung these branches with berries from the door....
We also found these at the flower market.
I haven't ever seen these before, I was told they come from the East Coast, and are Bittersweet branches, thank you Lara : )

On another note.....

I wanted to show you an easy way to disguise an apple cider label....
I had also shown this two years ago on my blog, I thought it would be fun to photograph it again...

I just wrap a vintage french linen towel around the jug and tie some jute twine around the towel to hold it in place....
My favorite apple cider is 365 Organic Apple Juice...
I use it to make hot apple cider.....
You can find the recipe here.......

Then just tuck in some of your favorite fall foliage......


I  also wanted to share an image from my phone of the variety of fall foliage the kids and I found at the flower market in San Francisco....
They had so much beautiful fall foliage we definitely didn't leave empty handed....

How do you like to decorate for fall?

On a final note....
If you are in Santa Barbara County area this weekend,
you should be sure and check out the Remnants of the Past Show.....
So many wonderful vendors are there.....
and everyone decorates so beautifully for fall and you will not leave the show empty handed : ) ....
Judy Watkins has made it so you can now shop Friday night at the show....
You can visit Judy's website for more information.....

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Take Care,

dreamywhites (instagram)


  1. Beautiful post! Love those fall colors with those gorgeous jars and bottles! :)

  2. My mom was going out and cutting oak branches and arranging them in an old milk can back in early seventies. It was the only way she could afford to decorate for Autumn, but she would be right in style these days! Love the simple touches of beautiful!

  3. As always, your photos are just lovely. I like to decorate for fall with as many natural elements as I can find. All the branches and berries around your home are just gorgeous, especially surrounded by vintage treasures. Have a great weekend!

  4. Beautiful! LOVE your photo of the bittersweet!!

  5. So pretty Maria! Wish we had a flower market like Frisco/LA around my parts :) Cant complain though....we have beautiful fall foliage to LOOK at. I keep eyeballing my neighbors pretty maple tree that is all kinds of fall colors right now - so amazing.

    I am gonna go to the evening show tonight....I will post something on Instagram so you dont feel like you missed out ;) Have a wonderful weekend XOX

  6. so very beautiful!
    bittersweet is my favorite.
    God makes the prettiest things, doesn't He?

  7. Maria, Stunning! I love bringing nature indoors. Those berries are called bittersweet. My sister is so lucky to have them growing on her fence row! and when she has enough she shares ! yay :) blessings, Barb

  8. Oh so gorgeous as always Maria!!! You always inspire me when I visit your blog, thank you!!!
    If your ever in So Cal, I would love to hire you to come and decorate my house! :)
    Hope you have a beautiful weekend.

  9. Just beautiful. It is Springtime here, which I love, but your photos almost make me wish for autumn and the gorgeous colours! I wonder if you have blogged about tips on taking photos before? If not I'd love to read any hints on great photos you may have. Your blog is always a pleasure to visit! Alison

  10. Absolutely gorgeous photos!

  11. Gorgeous photos! Bittersweet grows here in Ohio and it's my favorite fall berry.

  12. Your photos are always so beautiful, Maria. :) I had to smile at your excitement at finding all of those autumn forest treasures....when all I have to do is walk behind my barn to pick them up from the ground. :) But the thrill you shared truly made me appreciate the beauty that my little corner of the world offers.

    xoox laurie

  13. Love the branches and their vibrant colors beautifully arranged in the old bucket.

  14. Beautiful! Too often, branches are overlooked. They're especially nice in the early Spring - to 'force' into bloom indoors!

    Yes, the berries are Chineese bittersweet, rather invasive and easily sown via bird droppings. Native American bittersweet berries are much larger and grow in clusters at the end of its branches.

    Happy Fall!!!

  15. Long time follower but fell off the blogging wagon but just HAD to stop by and gush over your pics! They always inspire and uplift me :) I just get a happy/good feeling when I read your blog! I swear when we move I will be doing my new house dreamy whites style! I've only been a shabby chic lover for over 14 years, it's time to take action!

  16. What a beautiful and dreamy post! I wish you a wonderful sunday! Geli

  17. Beautiful decorations.
    I love this season.
    And I enjoy your beautiful photo's and Blog.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Warm wishes, Mea

  18. Beautiful pictures!! Love all the colors, have a great weekend! Hugs, Holly

  19. Superb fall decorating, Maria. I love the colors of the leaves against the white....

    Be weel,

  20. What a wonderful idea! A great way to add color in the house
    A very fast. Co

  21. Your photos are just beautiful. I couldn't resist pinning a few of them.

  22. I had never really noticed bittersweet before either, but we are on vacation in North Carolina right now and it is everywhere! So pretty!
    Love the idea of decorating with branches. I'm definitely going to try it when I get home!

  23. Dido on all the great fall comments, I too love to decorate with fall branches, also year around here is Southern Calif.
    Your place is so inspiring, a soulful beauty of a home to love.

  24. it is just beautiful. I love the branches...and of course, being on the East coast, I love, love, love Bittersweet.

  25. Hi, it is such a good ide how you disguise the apple cider label ..I must remember to do that .. :-)

    XX Miss Sofie

  26. My fall is pink and white ! But I love also your and moreover the French lessiveuse !
    Your sweet home was featured in September in Maison romantique in France. Wonderful article !
    Xoxo from PARIS

  27. OH, I just love those aqua blue canning jars. Those are so cute :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  28. Stunning! :)

  29. ahhh those canning jars!! Love. Happy Autumn!

  30. Simply beautiful!!! It's like living in a dream!

  31. Stunning Fall decorating. Love the simplicity and natural leaves and bittersweet. I planted my bittersweet 4 years ago--and alas no berries yet.
    When will you have your notecards in the shop?

  32. So beautiful jug. And a great idee to put towel around the jug.

    Many great pictures too.

    I wish you a great day.

    Love from Anne Line in Norway

  33. I'd like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope to see you there!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  34. This is so lovely. Thank you for sharing here! xx C