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fall house tour

Fall is my favorite. Truly it is. So naturally, I like a cozy decorated-for-fall home. This year, I am just coming off of quieting the house and it felt really good. When putting accessories back in to each room, I was really selective and picky – nothing made it back that is not practical, pretty or meaningful.

It was a mad dash to get the house photo-ready, but I made it (just barely!).

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I’m so pleased to be joining an insanely-talented group of bloggers on the Finding Fall Home Tour. You can start at the beginning here and I’ll link below to the next stop. If you are coming from Rhoda’s lovely tour, welcome!

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Today I’d love to show you the front of our house (the entry, half bath, my office and the dining room). Next week, we’ll continue the tour with the living room and kitchen (I’ll give you a few sneak peeks of those rooms today because I’m terrible at waiting). As you will see from the photos, I’m slightly addicted to neutrals and try to keep things interesting by adding a ton of texture. Pattern, sheen, metal, varying wood tones – all of these elements are the base of how I love to decorate.

Shall we begin?! Welcome to our home …

// E N T R Y //

When you step into our house, we have a nice open entry. A full mirror, graphic rug and sturdy bench work well in our busy household.

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// S M A L L   B A T H //

Right off the entry is the small bathroom our guests use.

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Lots of mixed metals in there! (and a big pumpkin painting that I still can’t believe I painted).

// O F F I C E //

Of all the rooms in the house, my office is my favorite. It feels cozy and fresh and is where I go to work, create and just be emily.

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I recently pulled out the carpet (!) and have yet to replace the floor. I honestly like it one hundred times better even with just the painted sub-floor. The rest of the carpet in our house better start counting it’s days because soon it is all coming out.

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(see more of my office and the painted wallpaper here and here).

// P I A N O   N O O K //

Off the entry and across from the dining room is this bump out where the stairs are that fits our piano perfectly. Last week, I painted it white. It was a pain, but it looks great and it was well worth it (tutorial coming with tips for how to paint yours if you are so inclined).

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// D I N I N G   R O O M //

Our dining room doesn’t get a ton of use but it’s one of the first rooms you see when you walk in the house, so it’s important that it sets the tone for the rest of the house. It’s currently decorated with neutrals (of course) and a pretty mix of textures.

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In the corner, the bar cart is host to our annual thankful tree (see the first year here, and last year’s updated look here).

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The tags are ready for the kids to write on earlier than we usually start, but I think it will be nice to spend the whole fall season being intentional about giving thanks.

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As promised … here’s a little peek at what’s happening in the rest of the house:

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Stop back next week for the full details.

Thanks for coming by today! Up next on the tour is my cutie friend Ashley from The Handmade Home. If my house feels a little too neutral to you, you’ll love Ashley’s because she is not afraid of color and uses it so beautifully. Can’t wait to see what personal touches she’s added to their home.

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You can see the whole line-up of fall house tour bloggers here, get fall decorating ideas galore on the BHG + Finding Fall pinterest board, and be sure to sign up for Better Homes & Gardens 100 days of holidays list.

p.s. a new WEEKLY GIVEAWAY is open today … click here to check it out and enter to win!

66 Responses to fall house tour

  1. Debbie October 28, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

    I am just going on the house tour now and wanted to tell you how warm your home looks. The attention to detail is incredible. I love that window door separating your dining room – Stunning!!

  2. jessica @fourgenerationsoneroof September 23, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

    So pretty and love the colors :) Nicely done!

  3. Bonnie @ Uncommon Designs September 18, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    Emily, your home is amazing! I have always loved your Thankful Tree!

    • emily September 19, 2014 at 9:59 am #

      Thanks Bonnie!

  4. ashley @ the handmade home September 18, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    GORGEOUS! as always! Just love your style, Emily!

  5. Karen Watson September 17, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    Your home is so beautiful! I love the muted color palette and all the Vintage touches. Thanks so much for the tour!

  6. Melanie September 17, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

    Beautiful home tour! I have read your blog since discovering it over on Holly Mathis Interiors. Just wanted to let you know that I appreciate that you take the time to write and I enjoy your blog!

  7. Melanie September 17, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    Emily, this is beautiful. Not only do I love your style and simplistic design of your home but also your website. I have been following the fall tour and what a mess a website can look like with all the ads and there affiliates, it discourages me from ever wanting to subscribe to any of them. Kudos for sticking to this blog for the right reasons, keeping it clean, simple, beautiful and wanting me coming back for more enjoyable reading! Melanie

    • emily September 17, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

      Thank you Melanie, for such a sweet comment! I am truly encouraged by your words. I work hard to make this space clean and reader-friendly and I appreciate you taking the time to tell me you notice! It’s not the easiest decision to remain ad/affiliate-free as it is one great way to monetize a blog, but we have decided against it for several reasons – the main one being I just don’t want to litter my blog with ads. Instead, we have opted to create our own products and while I try to never be pushy or salesy, purchases from the shop/classes/membership are what keep this blog going! So thank you to all who support and read and encourage me daily. xoxoxo

  8. Cayce September 17, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    Love your style and that pumpkin painting is AMAZING!

  9. Caryn September 17, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    What style and size bag did you pick out? I’m seeing the laptop style but wondering if the base is wide enough to use as a purse?

  10. Jillian September 17, 2014 at 8:15 am #

    I love all your décor! You have a great eye for keeping things simple but interesting and so pretty! Can I ask where you got your entry rug and bench? I’ve been looking for something similar on both accounts.
    Love reading your blog. You are a great inspiration in having a kind heart and beautiful home. :)

  11. Kari September 17, 2014 at 7:02 am #

    Looking forward to the piano painting tutorial. A wonderful woman at church is giving me one that needs some love. Thank you!

  12. Amber September 17, 2014 at 5:48 am #

    I love your fall décor. I usually shy away from fall… I am not a huge fan of oranges/reds but almost always lean towards neutrals. You made neutrals look beautiful, fallish & warm!
    Great Job & thank YOU for the inspiration!

  13. Kate September 17, 2014 at 5:38 am #

    Such a beautiful home! I’ve been thinking about painting our old, battered piano for a while and am also looking forward to your tutorial.

  14. Jill September 17, 2014 at 5:17 am #

    I love your taste Emily! I think I could move right into your home and not change a thing. :) And yes, I’ve been wanting to paint our piano too so I’ll be looking forward to seeing your tutorial.

  15. Karin Hensley September 16, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    Love your fall touches. I really love the light fixture about the dining room table. Do you resource information on it? By the way, I feel I must tell you I’m visiting Seattle this week for a conference! First time to visit your lovely city!! Funny how this blog thing connects folks.

  16. alicia September 16, 2014 at 8:07 pm #

    is the welcome sign on the mirror a decal?

  17. Heidi September 16, 2014 at 7:45 pm #

    Emily- beautiful as always and very inspiring. My house flows very similar to your layout. I love the runner in the dining room and the light. Where from? Both pieces are exactly what I am looking for.
    Thank You- Heidi

  18. Vanessa September 16, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

    Your home is GORGEOUS!!! Honored to be part of this fabulous home tour series with you! :-)

  19. Michael Wurm, Jr September 16, 2014 at 5:43 pm #

    Emily! What a beautiful home. It’s perfectly decorated for fall. I think your office is my favorite. Just fabulous. :)

    xo Michael

    • emily September 17, 2014 at 11:27 am #

      Thanks Michael! It’s my fave too :)

  20. Linda September 16, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    I know you said you were going to do a tutorial of the piano painting, but I am dying to know what type of white paint you used? I have been wanting to paint my desk white but want a paint that will stand up to use.
    Your home is lovely. I so admire your energy to keep your decor fresh and seasonal, great job.

    • emily September 17, 2014 at 11:27 am #

      Yes, piano painting post coming! I’ll tell you all the details there.

  21. Meghan September 16, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    So beautiful!! Would you mind sharing the main neutral color on the walls?? Thank you!

  22. Tina September 16, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    I LOVE your style! Thank you for letting us in your home! I love your home post-quieting but I also LOVE your home pre-quieting! Your new entry way is beautiful and simple. But… I was obsessed with the dresser that used to be in your entry way. I even bought a dresser to redo that looked like yours! Ummm… if your looking to get rid of it then I know a sweet woman that would take very good care of it! ;) Seriously though, you are an inspiration to many of us! May you have a blessed day, Thanksgiving, and the whole year through!

    • emily September 17, 2014 at 11:29 am #

      The dresser is great and works well in the entry, but I’ve been craving more simple pieces and was ready for a change. It stores all of the kids’ art supplies and is currently parked haphazardly in my office – not sure where it will end up!

  23. Rebecca September 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    Your home is gorgeous! So much to love. The hanging window that divides the entry from the dining room is genius! And the piano… I’m constantly going back and forth about whether to paint mine or not. It’s hard to commit, but I love how yours turned out & will definitely read your piano post. Inspiring home… thanks for sharing.

  24. kimberly oyler September 16, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    love the new dining room table chairs and that beautiful pew!

  25. Andrea September 16, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    Beautiful house tour! I’m a color-lover myself, but you’ve done an amazing job of adding so much detail and texture to keep it so interesting!! I’m particularly in love with the ‘sneak peak’ of the antique stadium/theatre seating – so beautiful.

  26. Emily September 16, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    Absolutely gorgeous! I have been feeling very uninspired to decorate for fall, but you have solved that. I just gussied up my dining room table with a riff on the layered runners! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home.

  27. Nadine Johnson September 16, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    Good job. Every thing is so lovely. I love Fall.

  28. Maribeth September 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    Thanks for the tour. Love all the texture going on. Could you tell me where the dining room ceiling fixture is from?

  29. Jen September 16, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

    I love the beauty & simplicity of your home! I love the airy-ness, like I could just breathe peace there. I wish my hubby shared my love of neutrals – he’s a “hey lets paint this room red!” kinda guy. ;)

  30. Renee September 16, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    So pretty…as always. Loving all of your warm & cozy touches throughout your house. I love your front entry bench…did you have that made? I’m off to hang put out some of the fall prints that I purchased from you last year. Thanks for sharing your lovely home!!

  31. christina September 16, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    I have been struggling with my office walls – your office has given me some inspiration – thank you! Your home is gorgeous – warm and inviting. I have pinned most every plate here! Such wonderful ideas and idea generators!

  32. rachel koustik September 16, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    AHHHH!!!I LOVE Emily! Such good work! Ok, so over the years I know you are always so good about telling us where you find all these treasures. You are such a trend setter:-) I know you said the front rug was UOutfitters, but maybe where the bench and mirror are from? Super great set up, but I loved the dresser when it was up in front too. You are so good at moving things around!
    Blessings, Rachel

  33. Adria September 16, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    Absolutely gorgeous! I want to move in, ha!

  34. Amy W September 16, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    You are such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us. Loving that gratitude pin board idea.

  35. Lindsay Eidahl September 16, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    So pretty and simple. Perfect!

  36. Katie September 16, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    Looks fabulous! I love how you moved your church bench into the dining room as seating, that is how I use my bench as well and I love it! Your piano looks fabulous, but I bet it was a ton of work. I love your entry rug also, looking for something similar–I’m sure your going to get a ton of source questions, but if you get a chance I would love to know where it is from! We just purchased a new house that I am in the process of decorating and I get so much inspiration from you as a neutral lover as well :)
    Happy Fall!

  37. karen September 16, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    Beautiful Emily, I never tire of black and white!!!
    Yes, where did that striped bag come from?

    • emily September 16, 2014 at 10:06 am #

      The striped bag is from Better Life Bags.

  38. Kelly September 16, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    I’m having a tough time adjusting to the Fall. Your home feels so comfy & cozy, it’s inspirational!

    Where is your dining room light fixture from? LOVE it! Thanks!

  39. Marie-Maguelone September 16, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    good evening,
    In France, the fall is not here yet, if we take the date is Tuesday, September 23! But September is really very beautiful and hot! As the summer has not been super nice, we took the opportunity! So this morning I did my Summer House Tour on my blog! I know I will soon change the decor, so I make my pictures that I had not taken the time to do before! If you want to come and see …! Good evening and a good week to you Emily and your family!

  40. Lisa September 16, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    Love, love, love this Emily!! I see you added a gorgeous church pew to your dining room and I love that you added a full length mirror and bench to the entry!! So cozy and fun!! Happy Fall!!

  41. Natalie September 16, 2014 at 9:13 am #

    I just adore your home Emily! It is so welcoming and cozy! Love all the texture and neutrals for fall…simply beautiful.

    Was the winner announced for last weeks giveaway? I couldn’t find it? Thanks! ;)

  42. Meredith September 16, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    Your home is beautiful! What is the source for the x bench in your entry? It looks perfect in that space!

  43. Carol Griffin September 16, 2014 at 7:39 am #

    Thank you so much for allowing me in your home! Absolutely beautiful!

  44. Tammy September 16, 2014 at 7:20 am #

    Hi Emily!

    You have a beautiful home…I love all the neutrals and textures! I was just going through your fall home tour and have a completely off-topic question :) I noticed your seagrass dining chairs…we just bought seagrass barstools (technically hyacinth, but they look/feel the same as the seagrass ones, except with perhaps slightly less protective finish (polyurethane?) on them). Ours are light in color like your chairs and we have two young boys; any tips on how you protect and/or clean your chairs? I’ve searched Pinterest and the web in general and haven’t come up with anything! Thanks!

    • emily September 16, 2014 at 8:13 am #

      Those dining chairs are not great for kids! I’m not sure if there is anything you can do short of covering the seats with a cushion to keep crumbs and spills out of the weave. We don’t regularly eat in the dining room so it hasn’t been an issue (and truth be told, these chairs have been used all over the house and I just recently moved all four in here).

      Anyone else have any cleaning tips?

  45. Christine September 16, 2014 at 6:38 am #

    Lovely tour. Would you mind sharing the source for the cross rug in the entry?

  46. Kate September 16, 2014 at 6:21 am #

    Emily – – Love this!! Where is the adorable metal tower in the hall bath from???

  47. Thistle September 16, 2014 at 6:16 am #

    Love your home! It’s truly beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring!

    Have an amazing day.

    karianne

    • emily September 16, 2014 at 8:16 am #

      Thanks Karianne! I’m off to check out all of the tours from yesterday!

  48. Jenni September 16, 2014 at 6:15 am #

    Okay – spill!! Where is the striped tote with leather from?? I love the tour. It makes me want to rearrange things:)

    • emily September 16, 2014 at 8:17 am #

      Rearranging is the best :)

      The stripe/leather computer bag is from Better Life Bags: http://www.shopbetterlifebags.com/mybags/13-finley

      It is a great company with purpose and you can feel good supporting!

      • Jennifer September 16, 2014 at 9:43 am #

        I was just going to comment that I have that exact same bag! Don’t you love it & the company?

        I was also inspired to dress my (rarely used-although we are trying to have Sunday breakfasts there) dining room table–your simple table runner + apothecary jars made it look less intimidating & time consuming.

        Lovely fall home!

  49. Laura September 16, 2014 at 5:30 am #

    Every detail is so beautiful, elegant and welcoming! Thank you so much for joining our tour!

    • emily September 16, 2014 at 8:17 am #

      Thanks for hosting!

      • Sasha January 13, 2016 at 10:12 am #

        Where did you get the office desk?? Love!

        • emily January 13, 2016 at 11:19 am #

          We made the desk using an old door and table legs from ikea. I painted the door and added a grosgrain ribbon using upholstery tacks.

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