Country House Style blurs the lines between indoors and out. The outdoors is just as important to Country House living as the indoors are. My approach to decorating is all about reflecting the beauty of the season and keeping it natural…I like my home to feel fresh inside and out.
I collected pumpkins, cornstalks (from Ferris Farm down the road), gourds and squashes, and of course a pair of multi-colored mums. I start with the main structure of each doorway by securing a pair of lush cornstalks flanking the doors. Then come what’s on the door. A big cornacopia basket filled with small pumpkins sits on the door knocker of the old house, and Indian corn that’s been tied with twine hangs off a nail on the door of The Coop (our Master Bedroom suite).
After addressing what’s vertically on the house, I make sure to add dimension by building out. The old house’s main entrance is adorned with two clay pots that were planted with a pair of large ferns in the summer, now have a pair of iron tuteurs secured within them. I carefully stackedup a variety of shaped, colored, and sized gourds and pumpkins. I finished them off with a twist of grapevine and a handful of raffia that I tied into a wild looking bow. For The Coop, I popped a pair of multi-colored mums into apple baskets lined with sheet moss. Each entrance is distinct, but work beautifully together as one sightline.
To see all the details about these decorated doors, see today’s Lifestyle segment on WFSB’s ‘Better Connecticut’ on Channel 3. If you’re not able to see this, no worries…I’ll be posting it on this blog later this week!