Welcome Fall!: Our Home Tour


Fall is in the air, as well as in our living room.

When I was given the opportunity to join a gaggle of talented women to show off how we celebrate fall in our homes, I leapt at the chance. Not only did it mean that I got a chance to showcase the tiny pumpkins that I grew (!), but it was also a reason to scour the grocery stores in late September for those very first pumpkins sitting proudly in the sidewalk bins. 


Insert Mr. Suburble’s eyeroll right about…. here.

Last year, we had a very hot summer, which meant that a great deal of the pumpkin crop was lost due to early ripening and rot. But this year, we had a lovely summer smattered with both hot and cool days, resulting in a fruitful growing season. And the pumpkins have survived ’til Autumn! 

What does this mean for an overzealous gal like myself? It means $3 grocery-store pumpkins that are bigger than my head.


I flanked the entry with two Fall-inspired planters. Rather than continue to nurse along the pathetic marigolds that previously filled these containers, I succumbed to the lure of the nursery. 


Passing the table of decorative kale and cabbage at the nursery, I couldn’t help myself. They had to come home with me.


I don’t particularly love cabbage to eat, but I find the ornamental version irresistible. I paired it with some deep purple kale and a few tall grasses. 

Compared to the sad-sack marigolds that previously lived here a week ago, this is a vast improvement.


Indoors, I’m showing off my green thumb just a wee little bit. The impulse purchase of a miniature-pumpkin vine this summer has paid off in spades. 


Some of my pumpkins are a bit scarred, and others are picture-perfect. That aside, these teensy pumpkins more than make up for the insanely-invasive vine that crept into nearly every bed of my garden.


Our mantel was gussied with our pumpkin harvest and clusters of dried hydrangeas from the garden.


I have no shame. I pillaged the bush. I figure that we spend less time outdoors now that the weather has changed… might as well bring these colours inside!


This twig pumpkin gets far more compliments than I anticipated. Its had pride of place on my mantel for two years now, and I can’t imagine what will oust it. 


When I brought home (or bribed Mr. Suburble to bring home) this old dresser, I plunked it into the living room for storage.

And then it grew roots and had to live there forevermore.


At least, that’s what I tell Mr. Suburble. Currently, it shows off a vignette of my “Halloween trees” – painted black, of course – and a sign made from a fabulous free printable from The Graphics Fairy

I’ve grown accustomed to dressing up the dresser. Even though Mr. Suburble occasionally huffs and puffs about a “crowded room”, I am decidedly in favour of the coziness…. and the decorating potential.


In these vintage jars – purchased at a garage sale by my generous, and not-loving-of-vintage-things, mother – I house faux acorns.

Once upon a last Autumn, I diligently picked up little acorns from beneath a large Garry Oak tree. I had nearly two yogurt containers worth and a sore lower back.

And while I left them out in the backyard before I could properly cook them in the oven to rid them of whatever weird bugs they might be harbouring, some jerk squirrel came and tossed them all over the backyard. 

Now I’m decidedly in favour of fake acorns. They have less bugs and squirrel germs than the real deal.


And before you leave… I want to share a story about this wreath and its incredible hardiness.

The wreath is made of wood, and it immediately caught my eye as I was wandering the loud and colourful aisles of Home Sense. In between brightly coloured orange wreaths full of glittered berries and pumpkins was this neutral wonder.


When the cashier wrapped it up for me, he paused and took in the small layered flowers. “Well this is a nice change. I’m glad they’re choosing classy over tacky when it comes to wreaths.”

I laughed out loud and clutched my wreath even closer as I walked out the door. 

Thinking myself oh-so-clever, I attached the wreath to my front door using some Command hooks.

Oh, look at me, I can suspend wreaths in mid-air.


… until I opened the door to find it face-down on the mat.

Ah well, maybe those hooks weren’t strong enough. I had another set in my junk drawer and pressed down extra-firmly on the door glass. 

Then the wreath fell again. This time, it smashed a wooden flower and threw my hands up in exasperation. Dangling wreaths are for fancy people.  

Cracked and broken wreaths just aren’t classy. Ask the Home Sense guy. 


Thank you for taking a little visit in our home today. I hope that if anything, I’ve encouraged you to run out to the grocery store and get those early pumpkins. Draw out the season and sprinkle a few leaves on your mantel. 

It’s time to get cozy.

Don’t forget to visit the other talented Canadian bloggers participating in the Fall Home Tour!



Northern Style Exposure
Clean and Scentsible
Amidst the Chaos
Heather In Heels


The Happy Housie
Satori Design for Living
Love Create Celebrate
A Pop of Pretty


PMQ for Two
Brooklyn Berry Designs
Rambling Renovators
Kim Power Style


The DIY Mommy
Vin’yet Etc.
Home To Heather
Fresh Crush


Life is a Party
A Pretty Life
This Little Estate





  1. September 30, 2016
    Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.

    OMG, I miss visiting you! I not only loved your tour, but your writing style makes me smile and giggle and makes me feel normal! haha The fact that you grew those mini pumpkins, sooooo impressive! Looks like your black thumb is turning green! thank you so much for the invite into your beautiful home those perfectly aged books on your mantel have me swooning big time, it’s perfectly vignette-ed! xo
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    • September 30, 2016

      Oh Laurie, that’s one of the nicest comments I’ve gotten in a while. The Holidays are a good excuse to make the round again… 🙂

  2. September 30, 2016
    Jen @ Fresh Crush

    Those dang squirrels! I have the same problem over at the Fresh Crush house. They take EVERYTHING! Well, the faux acorns suit you cuz your house is gorgeous! Perfectly styled and layered even if it makes the mister a little anxious. Your mantel is amazing! Loving all the baby pumpkins. Thanks for the tour!
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    • September 30, 2016

      Squirrels are such little jerks, aren’t they? Don’t they understand that we’re trying to decorate!?!?

  3. September 30, 2016

    I love your fall home Tara, it’s so light and airy, just the way I like it! And I love that wreath…I totally agree with the Home Sense guy haha! I wish I could pop over for tea and a chat!
    Jo-Anna recently posted…Fall Home TourMy Profile

    • September 30, 2016

      Me too! And then you could bring a bundt cake, and I’d make a fancy coffee…. if only you lived on my street!

  4. September 30, 2016
    Kim Power

    Beautiful fall home Tara, your mantel is gorgeous and I love those pumpkins and hydrangeas! I want to try and grow some pumpkins for next year. I had the same problem with my wreath this year and what formerly was on my door for 4 years and housed a family of robins for a season, won’t stay up anymore with the command hooks too!

    • September 30, 2016

      A nest of robins? Wow. That’s an amazing story! Did they put up with you opening the door every day?

  5. September 30, 2016

    I’m so happy to see you back in action and your story about the wreath made me giggle. I don’t think command hooks know about chilly weather 😉 It IS the classiest wreath I’ve laid eyes on though, I have to say. Love it.

    • September 30, 2016

      Hahahaha! The classiest, no? I naively thought the Command hook was going to make me a decorating genius. Le sigh.

  6. September 30, 2016

    Tara, I was totally oblivious to last year’s pumpkin situation as we were so fixated on our renovation, I barely lifted my head. Thanks for the backstory. The things our husbands will do for us and put up with. I guess they already knew they were marrying creative people, so they just have to go with it now. Bless their hearts! Anyway, your home looks cozy and welcoming (not cluttered). After all, it gets so darn chilly we need our spaces to feel layered (and some excuses for our continual curbside/thriftshop collecting).
    Shauna recently posted…Canadian Fall Home TourMy Profile

    • September 30, 2016

      Thank you so much, Shauna! Cozy is the goal of nearly all of my rooms! Mr. Suburble puts up with a lot of my hair-brained schemes – poor fella.

  7. September 30, 2016
    Heather Travis

    I love this! I am so jelly of your awesome home grown pumpkin patch! well done:) a huffing and puffing hubby made me giggle:) I feel like if they aren’t huffing about some new decor/diy we’re not doing it right:) LOL

    • September 30, 2016

      That’s a good way to look at it, Heather. I figure that Mr. Suburble’s huff and puff is his way of saying, “I love it”, but in his own version of manspeak. 😉

  8. October 1, 2016

    Oh, that wreath! I saw it too – I LOVE it. Darn thing. Could you string some twine around it to hang it with… feed the twine between the wooden flowers and then tie it off? I have sometimes used metal magnetic wreath hangers placed on the inside of our door and then the twine goes up and over the door to the outside and down around the whole arm of the wreath. Just a thought. Anyhow, gorgeous tour, Tara!! I am loving all the fall accents in your beautiful home!!
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  9. October 1, 2016

    Your home looks beautiful Tara! Love the addition of the purples! So unique!

  10. October 2, 2016

    That vignette with the brass horse! To die for!
    Great use of colour and natural touches, it all comes together beautifully!

  11. October 2, 2016
    Christina Dennis

    Beautiful, Tara! Wow, I’m super impressed by the pumpkins and hydrangeas from your garden. Gorgeous! I love those black Halloween trees too. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely home with us!

  12. October 3, 2016

    That rug! gorgeous!


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