Country Sampler - - Creative Conversions -

When tem­per­a­tures drop and days grow shorter, it’s nat­u­ral to seek out rich col­ors and cozy tex­tures to en­velop our homes in warmth, as Linda Ley­hane does in her Rin­goes, New Jersey, home. Here are some sim­ple ways to im­bue your rooms with fab­ric flour­ishes for fall:

♦ Plush pumpkins. Pumpkins, squash and gourds come in all shapes and col­ors, and this wide va­ri­ety is now be­ing ren­dered in fab­ric. You might find the fruits in cheer­ful cal­ico, rugged burlap or lush vel­vet, with hues rang­ing from rus­set to bur­gundy and be­yond. Prop the ev­er­last­ing orbs any­where in­doors, from a man­tel to an up­hol­stered chair.

♦ Ta­ble turn­ers. Table­cloths, run­ners and dish tow­els are a quick way to in­tro­duce vi­brant sea­sonal col­ors to any room, not just the kitchen or din­ing room. In­cor­po­rate them in un­ex­pected ways, such as adding a spot of color over a cabi­net door or the back of a chair. You might even frame a few dec­o­ra­tive tea tow­els to use as wall art.

♦ Comfy cush­ions. Swap out a few ac­cent pil­lows or fit ev­ery­day pil­lows with cov­ers that re­flect fo­liage col­ors and fall mo­tifs. Even ty­ing a sea­sonal rib­bon around a neu­tral pil­low can give it an in­stant update and change the look of a sofa or bed­ding. Add a tex­tured knit blan­ket or throw to fur­ther up the com­fort quo­tient.

♦ Folksy fig­ures. Fab­ric folk-art fig­ures pro­vide an­other tac­tile yet dec­o­ra­tive touch, like the leggy scare­crow that greets guests at Linda’s front door or the pump­kin­headed char­ac­ters that pop­u­late the space on and around the man­tel in her kitchen. These unique and whim­si­cal cre­ations are sure to add in­stant per­son­al­ity to any space.

“I use an­tiques and col­lectibles to make a state­ment.”

Be­low: Sun­light streams through the din­ing room win­dows and high­lights the wide-plank pump­kin-pine floors. Shut­ters si­t­u­ated on ei­ther side of an an­tique cup­board and man­tel shelf cre­ate a strik­ing fo­cal point at one end of the room and com­bine to balance the scale of the ex­pan­sive din­ing ta­ble. 47

Op­po­site: The front-hall fire­place serves as a back­drop for an­tique chairs, an ex­pan­sive rus­tic side­board, folk-art fig­ures and col­lectibles gath­ered at flea mar­kets. Fab­ric sun­flow­ers pop­ping out from a vase and a wreath stud­ded with dried flow­ers echo the mus­tard yel­low of the man­tel. A col­lec­tion of hur­ri­cane lamps shed light on a his­toric sea­far­ing-themed print. Plush fall fare car­ries a whim­si­cal sea­sonal feel from the man­tel to the side­board.Right: A prim­i­tive pie safe with punched-tin pan­els pairs beau­ti­fully with the punched-tin lamp and quilt-block art in the front hall. A white pump­kin com­ple­ments the light fab­rics on the folk-art doll and linen dis­played on the chair.

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