Pieces of Autumn 2012 ~ Part I

George Eliot quote free printableclick to download George Eliot free printable

Like many of you, Autumn is my favorite season of the year. Cooler temperatures give relief after the heat of summer. Autumn signals the fresh start of a school year, shorter days, a new football season, stunning colors before the leaves fall. The first glimpse of fall On Sutton Place always appears on my front porch. My front door to be exact.

I really changed things this year. Don’t faint from shock but I’m using another basket in place of a wreath. (That’s two in a row if you are paying attention!)

So just out of curiosity I emailed Mary Alice to see where she purchased it. She responded with a link to a shop where she lives…which is Virginia. Not exactly right around the corner.

After that I dismissed it and moved on. A few days later I received an email from Mary Alice with an offer I couldn’t refuse. She said she wasn’t attached to it yet and if I really wanted the basket I could buy it. She even said she would ship it to me.

I was thrilled. The basket arrived and it now lives on my front door. It was meant to be. I needed a new door mat to go with my new basket so I picked this one up at TJMaxx.

It has a tiny bit of light blue which ties in my door.

I hit my urns with a fresh coat of black spray paint.

Two rusty-red mums finish it all off.

Of all the things I do around here to usher in the different seasons, fluffing my front door is my favorite. What is your favorite way to welcome a new season?

Just click the images below to visit my favorite Fall categories and get inspired!

Growing collection of recipes perfect for Fall from On Sutton Place

Growing collection of free Fall original printables from On Sutton Place

Ideas and inspiration for adding a touch of Fall to your decor!

Easy, DIY Fall Craft Ideas from On Sutton Place

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  2. I love your printable, but it’s mis-attributed to George Eliot. It should be to George Cooper. And the original poem says “red” not scarlet. :)


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  4. Laura Ingalls Gunn says:

    Oh Ann this is fall perfection at its finest! A truly cozy vignette.

    Have a blessed day!

  5. Kim @ Sand & Sisal says:

    Thank you so much for joining the Countdown to Fall party and for pinning my porch! I really appreciate it! Yours is simply lovely!

  6. How charming!! I love your basket and would love to find one too!! So pretty!! Sharing at the party tonight~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!! :)

  7. I have the exact same basket! I bought it 8 years ago at the coolest shop outside Columbus, Ohio. There’s paint in its future (sadly) because it clashes with the paint of our new house. Wait. Maybe I should paint the house instead!

  8. Hey cute girl! I just pinned your fall Door and porch! LOVE your ideas and inspiration.
    Thanks for sharing. ALWAYS love your blog.

  9. What a beautiful porch! The colors are so pretty. Megan

  10. love. love. love. your fall porch!! and, the poem is perfect for this time of year!! blessings to you and yours, Ann! t.

  11. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    Ann, your fall basket is such a great alternative to a wreath, and you are way ahead of me with your fall decorating. I’m so glad you found Andrea’s blog, and I have been voting for her, too. I picked some cotton bolls for you today! Will try to have a post with some pics up tomorrow.

  12. I love the color of your door it’s perfect for every season. The basket is perfection and the flowers are so colorful and beautiful. It is absolutely awesome and I wish you lived on my street so I could see it everyday. Linda Owens

  13. Your entry is so beautiful. Great Fall inspiration.

  14. Loving your Fall decor. The sunflowers in the basket sure pop against the blue door. Great color combo. It is so hot here, I’m not even in the mood to decorate yet:(

  15. Rhonda ~ Ramblings of a Southern Girl says:

    Well, if that isn’t the most inviting and charming Autumn Entrance! Love the basket, how sweet of your friend to send it to you! Looks lovely against your blue door! And the mums are beautiful!

  16. Leigh Powell Hines @Hinessightblog says:

    Happy fall! Looks beautiful.

  17. Absolutely gorgeous, Ann! Your front porch has always been one of my favorites! And, it truly looks stunning decked out for Fall! Love the wall basket … the sunflowers are gorgeous. I need to get some mums, too … just afraid that the harsh heat and direct sunlight we have in the front of our home will knock them out pretty quickly. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Oh Ann, I love your front porch all ready for fall! The basket on the door is perfect! You did a great job of inspiring us all to get on the ball and start getting ready.

  19. Your entrance looks wonderful, Ann. My fluffing for Autumn begins at the front of our house, too, but it hasn’t happened yet.

  20. Suzy @ Worthing Court says:

    Your front porch is looking beautiful, Ann. I adore that basket. How sweet of Mary Alice to sell it to you. I need to get busy working on my porch!

  21. MariaElena says:

    Ann, your front porch is gorgeous! The baskets looks so pretty against the color of the door, which, by the way, I have always loved! Just beautiful!

  22. Your front door is Perfect!! I love the sunflower basket it is so beautiful. Great job again.


  23. shirley@housepitality designs says:

    Ann…just love the front porch with your Fall decor….I am so in the mood now for Fall…need to take advantage of that soon as I start decorating for Christmas in mid October…takes me that long to decorate the entire house to be ready by December 1st…thanks for all the inspiration…the door basket is beautiful….so nice of Mary Alice to offer her basket to you!
    And….just love, love Andrea’s blog and her home…she is doing such an amazing job on her farmhouse…it’s no wonder that Country Living chose her as one of their finalists!!

  24. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    Very pretty, Ann! I’ve been wanting to decorate for Fall but this humidity has kept me from starting. I’ll probably do my outside {front and garage door area} last, hoping cooler temps will come before I get any mums.

  25. Anne Boykin says:

    Hi Ann, Your front porch is so welcoming! Beautiful arrangement in the basket. I usher in the new season by decorating my front porch too. I also have a cupboard in the dining room that I decorate the top of – then it’s really the new season. Love you blog! Anne

  26. Ricki Jill Treleaven says:

    Your door basket is so, so pretty, Ann! I love it. Your entry is so welcoming! Simply lovely.

  27. Glenda Childers says:

    I love fall, as well. And your beautiful new basket is just stunning against the deep blue door. I haven’t felt fallish yet … but can’t wait.


  28. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage says:

    What fun to spy something online and then have it delivered right to your front door – for your front door!

    Beautiful porch – love that doormat!

    I’m ready for fall – I think I’ll unpack my decorations tomorrow – thanks for the inspiration.

  29. Beautiful fall doorscape, Ann. I love your new basket, a real eye-catcher against your blue door.
    I am enjoying these last few weeks of summer with my morning ritual of flying our flag, watering my large pot of beautiful pink geraniums, and waving to the neighbor’s children as they walk to their bus stop. I share a happy smile of retirement with you, my friend.
    I voted for Andrea and became a new follower to her blog. I also saw Karianne is a finalist for her amazing Thistlewood blog.

  30. Love the new basket; the shape is perfect. So nice of Mary Alice to offer it to you. :) I along with everyone else, am excited to get ready for fall decorating. Just not ready for what comes after….cold winter!

    Take care!

  31. Mary Alice Patterson says:

    Ann, Your front door arrangement in the basket is gorgeous!! And thank you so much for your very kind and generous shout out. Your home always looks so lovely inside and out.
    Mary Alice

  32. Nana Diana says:

    I love your new door basket- It is just so pretty and really says FALL! Blessings to you-xo Diana

  33. Ann…your front door looks so pretty for Fall. How sweet of Mary Alice to offer the wreath for sale to you. I just picked up some Fall flowers to put in my door pocket on our front door. I’m a follower of Andrea’s blog and I love her style.

  34. Keeping it Cozy says:

    Oh Ann, I hardly know what to say. You are so extremely thoughtful to mention me and my blog that I could hardly take it in when I first saw your post. You have a gorgeous home, a beautiful family and an inspiring blog and I think they are all a reflection of what a lovely person you are. I wish I had the perfect words to thank you and tell you how much your support means to me… thank you, sweet friend!

    Also, your front porch is just beautiful. I adore the basket that came from Mary Alice and what you’ve filled it with. I can’t get enough of sunflowers this year and they are just perfect for the first days of autumn!

  35. Linderhof says:

    A nice look of autumn at your door! Looks very good and so fallish and I think everyone is so tired of summer and fall seems much more welcome this year!

  36. Your front door looks so pretty decked out for Fall! How sweet of Mary Alice to send you her basket. It looks great.

  37. That looks good, Ann. That was so nice of her to sell that basket to you. I still have to work on mine and get it hung. I am so ready for fall and cooler weather. I love Andrea’s blog and style. Her home is what I would love to have. So full of charm. Did you get to see her home in person?

  38. That was so kind of Alice to sell that to you! It looks great on your door. It is a beautiful basket. I know you will enjoy changing it out through the seasons. I agree it feels good to spruce up the front door to welcome the new season. Yours looks very welcoming!

  39. Lov er ly, Ann! Oh, how nice of her to allow you to buy the pretty basket and you’ve poked in some very pretty fallen flowers. Those urns are wonderful on each side of your beauty blue door! Now I wanna come inside and see what you’re up to.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  40. Very nice Ann. Yes I must say I’m liking that basket. We have a storm door over our front door so I have always
    gone with a wreathe. My grandson is over your way with his high school football team. Not sure of the exact school.
    Oh well that’s a Nana for you. Never getting all the facts.
    I’m on my way over to Andreas blog. Linda

  41. That basket is pretty cute. I voted for Andrea on the first day it was open for voting and then forgot that i could vote each day. I’ll go back over and vote some more. I love her blog.

  42. Love your peek into Fall, and I’m so glad you’re giving Andrea a shout out. I hope she wins.

  43. Sunflowers on your blue door…perfection, Ann!

  44. Your new door basket is perfect. Love the added detail of the puffy stars and the “autumn” pillow. .I need to paint my pots and urns too…thanks for reminding me. :)

  45. Very pretty Ann! Love the basket filled with all those pretty fall flowers, your mums look beautiful too!