Friday, October 15, 2010

Autumn on the Porch



I've been so late this year getting my chrysanthemums. Some years I buy them as soon as they come out, and other years I don't get any at all. This year I seem to have gotten in just under the wire. Hopefully, we will not get a severe frost for a few more weeks yet, so I can enjoy their color.




I've gathered my mums on our small front porch, which is an area we pass by every day coming into and out of the house. You would think with all that traffic I would pay more attention to making this area look nice, but somehow it always gets overlooked. The bench is always on the porch but I've added most of the other things just for fall.

(Actually, the rather ragged rug came out of our mud room. And I think it ought to go on it's way to the dump!)




I set up a little basket here, with a homemade zucchini muffin from my favorite prepared foods and butcher shop, Perotti's. The basket is from Target, the cup was a thrift store find, and the pitcher belonged to my mother.




The brown transferware plate is by Churchill, from HomeGoods. I used a linen tea towel as a napkin.




I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, dear bloggers!

37 comments:

  1. Beautiful setting. Looks very inviting. The colors of the mums are very pretty.
    Karen

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  2. Hi Mary -- what a charming little scene. Love the leaf in the last shot; it looks as if it is DONE with the season, just no energy left to have color!

    What a beautiful pitcher; a treasure.
    Happy October -- I haven't bought my mums yet! Just some pumpkins. I used to buy them from one of the 4 wholesale growers in our old town, but I haven't had a chance to get there yet.

    Oh well. I just hate paying more than I have to!
    Cass

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  3. Your mums are gorgeous. I love them and all the pretty color. Beautiful bench and the snack tray looks fabulous. Very warm and inviting. Hugs, Marty

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  4. What a pretty place to sit having a good conversation, and something good to drink with a friend or family member.
    have a great weekend.

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  5. Hi Mary! Just like everything you do - your porch is lovely! I really like all your special touches and you even brought food! What a nice place to sit, relax and have a little munchie!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  6. Your porch looks like it is welcoming fall. The mums are pretty and the try looks inviting! Very cozy!

    XO,
    Janie

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  7. * huge sigh *

    you could be a stylist.

    so beautiful.

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  8. Mary,
    What a lovely fall welcome!
    Have a wonderful weekend, yourself!
    (looking forward to a Saturday morning like you had last week...)

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  9. I want to come and sit on your front porch! So inviting!

    I am having a "double-the-fun" giveaway...something for a little one and something for you! Stop on by to join the fun if you get a chance! I enjoyed my visit today! :)

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  10. I think your porch looks very inviting and cozy

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  11. Hi Mary!
    Your porch may be small but it makes up for it with character and charm. Looks like a wonderful place to sit and watch the world go by with that delicious looking muffin and a cup of tea. Enjoy your cozy porch and have a wonderful weekend....:)

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  12. Mary, Your porch is just beautiful and warm and so inviting! I love all the textures; soft throws, the smooth wood, the rough basket and the gorgeous mums!!!
    I think your "rather ragged rug" is so perfect for your fall porch! Leave it... at least until the really cold weather comes.
    I am very late getting my porch fall ready. Tomorrow I'll finish it up. Hope it looks half as lovely as yours!!!!
    Yvonne

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  13. I do wish I had a front porch. Lovely.
    I didn't even get any mums this year and I have access to the best grower out here. Her company supplies all the giant tubs of mums for Costco even. She has a great blog too which is how I found her and she is close to where I live.

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  14. What a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the fall weather! I still haven't gotten my mums yet...I hope to go tomorrow! Your photos are beautiful!!

    Have a great weekend!

    Kat :)

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  15. btw, Mary, it spit snow at us today! I appreciate your cozy vision!

    Love, Me

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  16. Looks so cosy, perfect place for a cup of coffee in the fall sunshine!
    Tracey

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  17. Mary, What a lovely porch and I love your bench. Your photographs are wonderful.
    xoxo, Sherry

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  18. Your porch is perfect! I'd love to sit and share a cuppa something and a muffin while we chat!
    ~Adrienne~

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  19. Mary your porch looks so inviting, it is something we don't usually have on British houses, well not ones you can sit in and watch the world go by!!The last photograph of the leaf is so exquisitely simple but wonderful. I love all the other items you have there!! Have a great weekend, see you for Mosaic Monday. Jackie in Surrey, UK.

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  20. I believe you have definitively an eye for composition and a flair for making is all extraordinary with your photography. But it all comes down to this: an eye-and a soul open to Beauty. May you be blessed with them always.

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  21. Mary! You have a such lovely, inviting porch. And you have styled it so beautifully in autumn colours. Very nice chrysanthemums. Jack Frost has been here and he took mine with him....
    Have a great week.

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  22. love the photographs as always and the flowers are so pretty - such wonderful autumn colours. LAst October I was in Savannah and the tubs of flowers were amazing.
    Happy weekend

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  23. Hi Mary, Your porch looks so inviting--the perfect spot for a cup of warm cider and that muffin, curled up with the wool throw! I just looked back at your Seth Thomas post. I grew up in Thomaston, CT (originally Thomas' Town) where the ST factory still is located. It has a huge clock tower which can be seen from Rt. 8 when you are driving North to Massachusetts. Terryville is the next town up Rt. 6. Both towns, of course, are named for those clock makers! Have a great day. Linda

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  24. I got a late start myself Mary and although that meant getting some mums for cut rate prices, they are looking a little worse for wear with the Nor'easter that blew through New York yesterday! But mums are a bright happy little spot in an otherwise desolate landscape aren't they?
    Love your setting, the mums look perfect there!
    Tina xo

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  25. Wonderful Autumn pictures, welcome to se my blogg.

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  26. Your entrance is especially inviting with the mums around. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos with us. Have a great weekend!

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  27. Oh my how lovely!!! What a comfortable to sit and relax! Cathy

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  28. Beautiful pictures..I wish I could expereince autumn here in our country..

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  29. Looks like a lovely porch area. Your mums give it a nice touch of fall. Have to say the last photo of the leaves is full of perfect fall imagery. ~ Sarah

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  30. The porch looks so inviting, I could wrap myself in the cover and have tea and the muffin with all the lovely mums. Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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  31. You've created such a cozy space and this reminds me that my entryway could certainly use some sprucing. I'll never get it to look the way yours does and don't toss that rug. It's got some good days left yet!

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  32. Your photos are just perfect, and your porch is completely charming and inviting! ::Jill

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  33. WOW! Those colors just pull me right into a world of Fall-ness I know nothing about! Thank you!

    m ^..^

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  34. Oh, my, the light on your porch is gorgeous! And the last shot of the leaves? Perfect touch. Really beautifully done, Mary. Have a lovely, cozy new week! xo – g

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  35. Lovely. Lovely. Love your photography. I envy your porch!!! Must be cozy to sit there with all those beautiful flowers around. Hmmm...makes my heart glad. Thanks!

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