It’s Almost Fall, Y’all!

by hookedonhouses on September 1, 2009


Here’s how I’m dipping my toe into fall–with these glass pumpkins in my dining room. I’m not quite ready to ditch all of my happy summer yellow and turquoise in the rest of the house yet, but I’m working my way into it. Today at The Inspired Room, Melissa is hosting a Fall Nesting party and urging everyone to show how we’re decorating for it. I found these mercury glass pumpkins at HomeGoods for my dining room table, along with a new runner to warm things up a bit.


I liked the idea of the silver and gold pumpkins instead of the typical–and more expected–orange.  I’ll be adding more fall decorations in weeks to come, but this is a start!


We’re still in the process of finishing this room. It used to be a living room. I desperately need a hutch or something for storage and some artwork on the walls, etc., so I’m hoping to win the HomeGoods gift card Melissa is giving away! If and when I finally pull this room together, I’ll give you the full before and after tour.


Are you ready for fall? Have you started nesting yet, or are you still in denial that summer’s coming to an end? My family room and kitchen still look like this, but I’ll be changing out the blues and yellows for orange and gold soon.

Head over to The Inspired Room to see how everyone else is nesting for fall, y’all! I’m also linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch and Blissfully Domestic, which is revealing its new look soon.

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Debbie September 1, 2009 at 11:43 pm

Julia! Hi! I love these pumpkins and want me some!! They are gorgeous and your dining room looks so…well….gorgeous. My mouth dropped open when I saw your first picture. I just love that look! Hope you have a fun fall week. It is 106 here today….oh my…where’s the ice tea?
.-= Debbie´s last blog ..Welcoming fall with Autumn Decor! =-.

Nancy September 2, 2009 at 12:00 am

My dining table or kitchen table should have something for Fall, non? Oui! ;) I like how your pumpkins looks like on your white table. Crisp. Nice.

Good luck winning the gift card although will also enter the giveaway. ;)
.-= Nancy´s last blog ..Fall Nesting Party 2009! =-.

Tamara September 2, 2009 at 12:11 am

I’ve been into fall since the beginning of August! We’re getting to the end of our fall garden mum crop, though! What a relief with another harvest finished :)
.-= Tamara´s last blog ..Gramma Got a New Camera =-.

Cindy September 2, 2009 at 1:28 am

I love the look of Fall. But around here (L.A.) it just has to be a state of mind and I have to pretend and “stage” fall. After a mild summer things are just starting to heat up for us. Temps can soar in September and October and I remember a few really warm Novembers, oh just go ahead and throw December in there too! Now I’m all crabby and jealous and those pumkins are awesome. I think I better go buy some to make me feel better.

Dagny @ Beautiful Living September 2, 2009 at 3:05 am

Those pumpkins are fabulous! Great find! :)
.-= Dagny @ Beautiful Living´s last blog ..Scandinavian interiors: Is this all you’ve got, Norway?? (Designers Saturday ’09) / Er dette det beste vi har?? =-.

Amanda @ Serenity Now September 2, 2009 at 6:29 am

Julia, I love your fabulous Fall pumpkins. :) How breakable are those? I love the look, but don’t know how long they’d last in my house this year. ;) I am VERY ready for Fall. Still have like 13 days until the 3 1/2 year old goes to preschool, and I can’t wait!! I am ready for cooler days, jeans, sweaters, and cute cute shoes. :)
.-= Amanda @ Serenity Now´s last blog ..Fluffy Book Review =-.

duchess September 2, 2009 at 6:48 am

It’s still a little early for me but my ideas are churning away just waiting for a later calendar date.
Love those pumpkins – beautiful.
.-= duchess´s last blog ..Result: Delicious! =-.

Janet September 2, 2009 at 7:31 am

LOVE ths silver and gold pumpkins Julia, but what I am really interested in is your curtains in the dining room. Where did you get them?
.-= Janet´s last blog ..La Ronda’s Tragic Story =-.

living with lindsay September 2, 2009 at 7:33 am

I love those! Are they a recent purchase? Do I need to drive the hour to my Homegoods store to pick them up? I love them, and I think they’d look really great paired with the grapevine pumpkins I found at Target.

It’s a little early for me, too. Temps are now in the 90s instead of the 100s, so it’s a good start towards fall. LOL I usually have to wait until October for it really to feel like fall. I’m jealous of you ladies who are getting cooler temps already!
.-= living with lindsay´s last blog ..Teach Me Tuesday: Low Cost Window Treatments =-.

hookedonhouses September 2, 2009 at 7:35 am

Janet–the curtains are from West Elm. I love them!

Lindsay–Just got them last week, so they should still have some on the shelves. -Julia :-)

Emily@remodelingthislife September 2, 2009 at 7:54 am

love your dining room. swoon!

MissCaron September 2, 2009 at 8:03 am

Oooooo. Me likey! :)
.-= MissCaron´s last blog ..Dogs, Dogma, Jesus and Ben Folds =-.

Sarah September 2, 2009 at 8:10 am

Oooh I love the pumpkins! I haven’t started decorating yet because I’m in the process of moving back to college. Once I’m there, I will probably put up some fall photos or something, but unless my roommates and I think of some crafty project of making fall decorations, we probably will have nothing autumn-like in our apartment except for the view out the windows. Once I have a real place of my own, however, I think I will go all out!
.-= Sarah´s last blog ..A Trip Around The Block =-.

LeAnn September 2, 2009 at 8:13 am

Hi Julia,
I am a fan of those pumpkins also. I bought one last year in a deep brown color. I already have it out and my home has little fall touches scattered about. You mentioned West Elm. We were in Chicago this past weekend and I made my first visit to a West Elm store. I have gotten their catalogs before but never actually visited a store. They had beautiful things. Those curtains are stunning in your dining room.

.-= LeAnn´s last blog ..Living in the fast lane…..and thinking about a new color. =-.

Candace @ our little life September 2, 2009 at 8:29 am

Those pumpkins are! Just simply beautiful – I love pieces like that!
.-= Candace @ our little life´s last blog ..wonder-fall =-.

Suzy September 2, 2009 at 8:32 am

I Love, love, love Homegoods….We have so many around here, each one is different, with different inventory. The best one is the one, up by the corporate office, where the place their sample stock from the buyers. (Framingham, MA)

I love just to go look around, they bring in the best fall stuff. Always check the clearance section for super bargains!

I’m off to get some pumpkins now!!!
.-= Suzy´s last blog ..Espresso Cheesecake Brownies =-.

Monica (peapodsquadmom) September 2, 2009 at 8:34 am

i absolutely adore those pumpkins! love your style…can’t wait to see before and afters if you win. good luck!

rue September 2, 2009 at 8:50 am

Love those pumpkins Julia! Your dining room is already beautiful :)

.-= rue´s last blog ..Football games and Kitchen remodeling =-.

Sarah September 2, 2009 at 9:00 am

Love your living and dining rooms! And those pumkins are great. I am in the camp of denial that summer is over….
.-= Sarah´s last blog make-over =-.

Courtney @ nesting instincts September 2, 2009 at 9:22 am

love those pumpkins. I can hardly believe it’s time for fall again. oh my word…I have lost my summer! anyway your dining room looks GORGEOUS and I can’t wait to see the before-and-afters!! xoxo
.-= Courtney @ nesting instincts´s last blog ..only missing one internal organ =-.

Ramona September 2, 2009 at 9:36 am

Oh My Good Golly Julia ~ Those pumpkins are wonderful! They are the perfect decoration to gently take your home into autumn and still “respect” sweet, sweet summer. Great post!

Smiles ~ Ramona
.-= Ramona´s last blog ..A Rooster Party! Now That’s Something To Chirp About =-.

Julie@Organizement September 2, 2009 at 9:55 am

I super love mercury glass, AND Home Goods! Your table looks great!
.-= Julie@Organizement´s last blog ..$imple $olutions =-.

jennifer lorton September 2, 2009 at 10:02 am

The pumpkins are unique and lovely, an elegant touch for sure.
.-= jennifer lorton´s last blog ..Priscilla Paintings =-.

Stephanie@Geezees September 2, 2009 at 10:09 am

loving the first signs of fall…my fav season!
those pumpkins are great
.-= Stephanie@Geezees´s last blog ..Kids Photos on Canvas, with Word Art, how would you describe your child?? =-.

Pam @ This Humble House September 2, 2009 at 10:11 am

Love those sparkly pumpkins!

I wish I lived near a Homegoods store! :-(

~ Pam
.-= Pam @ This Humble House´s last blog ..Thrifty Monday =-.

Brenda Kula September 2, 2009 at 10:41 am

I do love the trio of pumpkins and the runner across the table! I’m looking for a white glass/ceramic pumpkin. I know it’s out there somewhere…
.-= Brenda Kula´s last blog ..Fall Nesting And Pergola Progress =-.

mary September 2, 2009 at 10:51 am

those pumpkins are gorgeous but I cannot go there! The weather here in NCal is still too nice in September. My pumpkins, fall leaves, etc. must wait for Oct. and Nov.
Meanwhile, I’ll just enjoy everyone else’s fall nesting and hope I remember the great ideas I see!

Liz@VioletPosy September 2, 2009 at 11:09 am

Julia, they are so pretty! I must see if they have some in our sister store Homesense in the UK. Love them!
.-= Liz@VioletPosy´s last blog ..Fall Nesting – Garden Furniture Makeover =-.

Alyshia September 2, 2009 at 11:22 am

Love the silver pumpkins. Martha has a vignette with silver pumpkins that I adore.
.-= Alyshia´s last blog ..Easy Stencil Tutorial =-.

Barb September 2, 2009 at 11:32 am

Completely and utterly lovely!!!!

Barb :-)
.-= Barb ´s last blog ..Autumn Glory =-.

Struggler September 2, 2009 at 11:56 am

Denial, denial, denial. But, it is still pretty warm here in northern CA.
Love your pumpkins; I might start thinking about some fall accessories, maybe the week before Halloween!
.-= Struggler´s last blog ..Real women’s closets =-.

Nikki September 2, 2009 at 12:42 pm

These are gorgeous and I love the lighting in this room!
.-= Nikki´s last blog ..Down by the "crick" =-.

Tracy September 2, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Pretty pumpkins!
I’m having a hard time getting into a fall mood… 100+ degrees out and fires making the air ugly… give me another week or two, please!
.-= Tracy´s last blog ..Fall Into Pier 1 =-.

Pat September 2, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Gorgeous nesting, Julia! I love those punkins!!
.-= Pat´s last blog ..~Changes~ =-.

Mersini September 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Never posted a comment on your blog page before. Just wanted to say Thanks for inviting us all into these beautiful homes.

~ ~Ahrisha~ ~ September 2, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Hello and thanks for the fall idea without the orange. I’ve been thinking about how I can do it different this year. Your idea is great..~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

The Blushing Hostess September 2, 2009 at 4:08 pm

I love metallics in this season over the traditionals, well done.
.-= The Blushing Hostess´s last blog ..Hunt Breakfast on a Kentucky Plantation =-.

beth September 2, 2009 at 4:26 pm

I’m not decorating for fall quite yet. I usually wait until the official start of fall at the end of the month. I am getting SO ready! I LOVE those pumpkins of yours. I wish we had a Home Goods close to us, but alas, the nearest one is 3 hours away! So sad. Enjoy your fall decorating. :)
.-= beth´s last blog ..My baby’s first day of Middle School =-.

karen September 2, 2009 at 5:10 pm

If you ever want to part with those, I’d be happy to take them off your hands.

FROM THE RIGHT BANK September 2, 2009 at 6:29 pm

I live for fall so I’m dying for it to get here. It feels very close in my neck of the woods. Yipee!

Terry September 2, 2009 at 6:29 pm

I’m heading to TJ Maxx tomorrow on my lunch and grabbing some of those marvelous pumpkins. What room are you going to work on next?
.-= Terry´s last blog ..Ducks All In A Row =-.

Sarah September 2, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Wow! Those pumpkins are amazing! I love them. I do love a good twist on seasonal decor.

Fall is one of my favourite seasons – bar the sneezing from ragweed. I look forward to the coziness, spiciness, and warmth it brings to our lives.
.-= Sarah´s last blog ..Gratitude =-.

Barbara September 2, 2009 at 8:24 pm

I’m in denial, but I do LOVE those pumpkins.

Elaine's Semi-Homemade Life September 2, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Love it – looks so elegant. I LOVE FALL!
And where did you get those curtains? They’re great!!! Beautiful room!

Alli Worthington September 2, 2009 at 10:24 pm

So gorgeous!
.-= Alli Worthington´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.

Susan September 2, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Hi Julia! I love this wonderful Fall vignette on your dining table! Both elegant and whimsical…it’s perfect! Ooooh, I think I need some mercury glass pumpkins, now!
Blogging is dangerous for the pocketbook. :-) Susan
.-= Susan´s last blog ..Welcome to the 54th Tablescape Thursday! =-.

Artie September 2, 2009 at 11:48 pm

Beautiful! Where did you get these!??!!? I hope you can stop by and enter your name in the giveaway at Color Outside the Lines. I know you could do some fantastic things with the loot! :) Cheers!
.-= Artie´s last blog ..Tablescape Thursday: Forest Glam giveaway =-.

DesignTies September 3, 2009 at 7:43 am

I love the pumpkins!! I also love the picture of your table with the sunlight streaming through the window :-)

I’m not ready to let go of summer yet — I’m crossing my fingers to get one more weekend of swimming in at the cottage….

.-= DesignTies´s last blog ..Rewind Wednesday: Designer-wear, Shopping, and a Colourful Discovery =-.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality September 3, 2009 at 7:52 am

Hey, Julia, I love those pumpkins! I’m not much for decorating for Fall, but last year did those white pumpkins, so I’ll be dragging those out soon. But, I really love the mercury glass ones you picked up. Your DR has a great start, very classic and I love those drapes too. I can’t quite get into Fall completely yet, but I am loving the cooler weather.
.-= Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality´s last blog ..My Old Porch in GA =-.

Slowish Food September 3, 2009 at 9:44 am

The dining room looks fantastic! Far cry from the “before” pictures you posted a while ago! :)

Jen @ After The Alter September 3, 2009 at 9:47 am

I love the silver and gold pumpins! I wish I had “the eye” for decorating! Looks great! I can’t wait to se up my fally decorations!

Jaime @ A Place Out West September 3, 2009 at 1:26 pm

I am definitely ready for fall! I haven’t started decorating, but I will within a couple of weeks. The Arizona summer lasts forever, but I have given up on waiting for cooler temps and will start anyway. :)

I LOVE the pumpkins.
.-= Jaime @ A Place Out West´s last blog girl room to big girl room in a few simple steps =-.

maya | springtree road September 3, 2009 at 4:04 pm

i LOVE those pumpkins!!!!!!!
.-= maya | springtree road´s last blog ..It’s a long wool breed =-.

Christine September 3, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Your mercury pumpkin glasses are beautiful, so unusual…Christine
.-= Christine´s last blog ..French Dining with a Little Russian Touch! =-.

Martha September 3, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Oh I know you’ll enjoy these lovely pumpkins all fall! Lovely!!!!

Julie September 3, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Wow! I *love* those pumpkins! They’d be so pretty with little clear votive candles reflecting off them. Maybe I need to win the homegoods thing and get me some pumpkins too!
.-= Julie´s last blog ..Well, I’m still here! =-.

Linda September 3, 2009 at 11:37 pm

LOVE THE PUMPKINS….these are awesome….gotta get me some.
.-= Linda´s last blog ..Southern Belles =-.

Beth September 4, 2009 at 10:41 am

Amazing! I LOVE mercury glass and would kill to have some pumpkins! Fall is my favorite time of year, but it always seems I find mercury glass for the holiday season. They look great on your table. I am off to find me some…

.-= Beth´s last blog ..Back in the Saddle! =-.

Melody September 4, 2009 at 11:38 am

I just love those pumpkins! They look like vintage mercury glass! So striking against the white.

Kelli September 4, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Could the pumpkins be any cuter? They are perfect to welcome fall!
.-= Kelli´s last blog ..Hooked on Miracles =-.

nannykim September 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm

That is gorgeous—hey I like the simplicity of the room. Since I have such a cottage-y house and I have inherited furniture (to save for my youngest son) my house is not one of simplicity……ie 3 hutches, 2 full sized dining tables, 3 smaller tables…..YIKES. So I like your simplicity–a breath of fresh air!
.-= nannykim´s last blog ..Cat proofing my flowers =-.

Marsha September 5, 2009 at 12:28 am

Love the pumpkins and the table runner. As I was decorating my table for fall, I was thinking I needed a new table runner too.
.-= Marsha´s last blog ..Pumpkin People =-.

Kim September 5, 2009 at 1:26 pm

I love those pumpkins. I saw them at Home Goods & didn’t get them. Now I am kicking myself. I know if I go back they won’t have them now. Oh well! Love how your table looks. Can’t wait to see the finished dining room.
.-= Kim´s last blog ..Tablescape Thursday-Roosters =-.

Cheri Peoples September 6, 2009 at 9:02 am

Those are gorgeous. I hope you will showcase these at my Wed blog party Celebrating the Holidays.
Its So Very Cheri

Anna September 6, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Well, it’s sort of difficult to think of fall when it’s still in the 90s here in San Antonio, Texas. Maybe in a few more weeks we’ll get into some “cooler” weather (under 100 would be nice). I LOVE those mercury glass pumpkins! I also love the curtains in your dining room and the chandelier. Hmm, seems like I love most of the decor so can you come by and help me decorate? If I could just find the time! Thanks for sharing!

.-= Anna´s last blog ..Two Great Projects Need Your Help =-.

Jane September 6, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Hi Julia!
Those are the most beautiful pumpkins! I’m with you…I’d prefer these to the typical, classic orange. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of this room…when you complete it.
Happy weekend,
Jane (Artfully Graced)
.-= Jane´s last blog ..Gearing Up for the Game =-.

Roeshel September 27, 2009 at 11:10 am

I still not quite ready to give up warm weather but your pumpkins are beautiful and I do love fall decorating, hot cider and snuggling. :)

Have a great week!
.-= Roeshel´s last blog ..Haunted Birdhouses & An Introduction =-.

jodi from new jersey October 7, 2009 at 10:46 am

Hi Julia. I,too, love the fall season and the colors, smells,etc. I’m so ready after the hot summer. The trees in my backyard turn such gorgeous colors ……. golds and reds. I’m also excited about an indian corn garland I made to hang across my front door. I found it on Martha Stewart’s website. It’s fun and different, I love indian corn. I agree about the wreaths. When in doubt, go bigger!! Thanks for the fun………………….. Homegoods is the best……. Jodi

Sue November 6, 2009 at 4:50 pm

I’m so totally jealous of your mercury glass pumpkins. I love them. I’m at Home Goods about every two weeks or so, but never saw any like that. I collect mercury glass Christmas trees, ornaments (to put in a glass compote) and candlesticks. I would have snapped these up in a minute. Which is what I suppose someone else did before me. :-) I love to go to Pottery Barn for ideas and then go to Home Goods to buy something so similar at half the price. Love both your blogs.


Monica December 14, 2009 at 3:23 pm

I love your gold wall color! What is it if you don’t mind sharing?

hookedonhouses December 14, 2009 at 5:01 pm

It’s Eddie Bauer “Pecan.” -Julia

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