This boun­ti­ful farm­house cel­e­brates the sea­son in style.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY CHAR­LOTTE SAFAVI

Learn from this beau­ti­ful, boun­ti­ful farm­house how to cel­e­brate au­tumn in style.

“For our fam­ily, the fall sea­son in­cludes

as much rit­ual and to­geth­er­ness as the Christ­mas hol­i­day,” says home­owner and de­signer Anne Marie Hauer, who shares her War­ren­ton, Vir­ginia, farm­house with hus­band Steve and their chil­dren, Gar­ren and Cal­lie. “When we first moved here, our city friends won­dered if we’d get bored liv­ing a qui­eter life. But what we’ve found is with ev­ery change of sea­son comes a new round of tra­di­tions to be ex­plored.”


In the au­tumn months, the Hauers spend lots of time out­doors: pick­ing ap­ples, at­tend­ing twi­light polo matches, hav­ing bon­fires, vis­it­ing pump­kin patches, hik­ing state parks and fre­quent­ing lo­cal winer­ies. This time in the out­doors is re­flected in Anne Marie’s sea­sonal style.

Their farm­house it­self is set on 4 acres of lush wood­land in the heart of Vir­ginia’s horse coun­try. A tree-lined al­lée leads up to the 1901 home, while old stone walls sur­round the prop­erty. It’s not sur­pris­ing that this bu­colic set­ting helps form the in­spi­ra­tion for Anne Marie’s unique brand of fall dé­cor.

“I like to use heir­loom pump­kins, cut grasses, patches of moss, bit­ter­sweet vines and hol­lowed branches,” says Anne Marie of some of the el­e­ments she likes to in­cor­po­rate into her home for the sea­son. Some is for­aged on the prop­erty; some, gifted by friends and fam­ily from their lands.

The stoop al­ways gets spe­cial at­ten­tion. “The porch is the main en­try to our home, so I al­ways like to dec­o­rate it. But, like

col­lect­ing for your home, it’s a con­stantly evolv­ing process,” she says. Even­tu­ally the stoop fills with an ar­ray of dif­fer­ent-shaped heir­loom pump­kins in a range of hues. Pot­ted cab­bages and perky pan­sies are in­ter­spersed, adding color and life. The door wreath is made of dried grapevines and adorned with both fresh and dried plants.


“The pal­ette trav­els inside from the porch to the Thanks­giv­ing ta­ble, all those pump­kins and plants be­com­ing a rich scheme of pur­ples, browns and greens,” says Anne Marie.

The ta­ble is set with place­mats made from pheas­ant feath­ers, and col­lected ac­cent plates de­pict­ing game birds. The washed-egg­plant-hued nap­kins are linen. For a cen­ter­piece, small hol­lowed logs found on the prop­erty are filled with moss and planted with cacti. The amethyst-tinged glass­ware is vin­tage, in keep­ing with Anne Marie’s over­all dé­cor.

“Our home is a col­lec­tion of old and new el­e­ments; the dé­cor is sim­ple but eclec­tic, nat­u­ral yet re­fined,” she says. “I al­ways work in tex­tured, worn and un­usual pieces to add in­ter­est and warmth.”

heir­loom pump­kins, cut grasses, patches of moss, bit­ter­sweet vines and hol­lowed branches” ... Some is for­aged on the prop­erty; some, gifted by friends and fam­ily from their lands.

Her fall dec­o­rat­ing has a sim­i­lar vibe. She places con­tem­po­rary glazed vases next to her an­tique pot­bel­lied stove, and fills them with branches of fall leaves. Or she pops found birds’ nests un­der bell jars on the cock­tail ot­toman’s tray. Here and there, dried grasses and fresh eu­ca­lyp­tus fill col­lected pitch­ers with tex­ture and in­ter­est.

“At the farm­house, of course, we love to en­ter­tain out­doors by our fire pit when­ever we can, with a S’more in one hand and a cock­tail in the other,” she says.

While out­side, it’s not un­com­mon for Anne Marie to for­age around for ad­di­tional fall dec­o­rat­ing finds. She may snag some bright green moss af­ter a rain­fall or pick up a newly downed branch af­ter a storm. “There’s al­ways some­thing out there,” says Anne Marie.

COT­TAGE WHITE. In the liv­ing room, a pale egg­plant-hued pil­low and a cozy throw add warmth to the tai­lored sofa for the sea­son.

|ABOVE| AU­TUMN BECK­ONS. A beau­ti­ful al­lée of fall trees leads up to the farm­house.|OP­PO­SITE| A HAR­VEST HELLO. Pump­kins line the stoop, each with a unique form, scale, tex­ture and color. (Here they veer more gray and green rather than the typ­i­cal or­ange.)

|ABOVE| FALL WEL­COME. A friend made and do­nated the grapevine door wreath. Anne Marie em­bel­lishes itwith fresh purple mini calla lilies for a party.|OP­PO­SITE| MUD­ROOM MADE UP. Dirty old boots and a bas­ket filled with new fall trea­sures share space inthe mud­room, with its handy built-in bench.

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