Lighter & Brighter

Country Sampler Autumn Decorating SIP - - Inside - Pho­tographed by Black­ Writ­ten and Styled by Donna Pizzi.

Most teens think of Fri­day night as “date night.” Not Anne Nash of Pedal Home In­te­ri­ors in Day­ton, Ore­gon, who pre­ferred to stay home and dec­o­rate when she was young, us­ing garage-sale finds her savvy single mother taught her to repurpose and re­use.

“I’d start by clean­ing my bed­room, then I’d talk my brother into switch­ing rooms, and be­fore you knew it,” Anne says, “I’d be shov­ing beds down the hall­way so I could cre­ate some­thing fresh and new.”

In 2008, Anne and her hus­band, Jobe, bought a five-bed­room cus­tom home for their grow­ing fam­ily of three girls and two dogs. The Tus­can-style home fea­tured dark cherry wood, in­clud­ing Brazil­ian cherry floor­ing and cherry wood­work, built-ins and kitchen cab­i­nets. The lat­ter were set against “very busy gran­ite coun­ter­tops that re­sem­bled an­i­mal prints,” Anne notes.

A life­long Ore­go­nian turned in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tor trans­forms a dark Tus­can-style home into a cozy oa­sis sparkling with light, up­lift­ing decor.

“At first, I had to match my style to the dark woods and even darker ‘latte’ walls,” she re­calls. “As I found pieces, things would change. I am con­stantly flop­ping ar­eas—the for­mal din­ing room is now our front room, and the wall color has changed three times.”

Af­ter hav­ing the cherry wood kitchen cab­i­nets painted with Sher­win-williams’ Al­abaster and all the wood­work and built-ins painted with the same white color, Anne’s decor tran­si­tioned into the more ca­sual, lighter look that she loves to­day.

Next, she re­placed the Brazil­ian cherry floor­ing in the liv­ing room and kitchen with Nat­u­rally Aged Aspen Hills 7"-wide en­gi­neered hard­wood, which con­tin­ues into the for­merly car­peted fam­ily room.

To tie the whole lighter, brighter look to­gether, Anne changed out the busy gran­ite is­land in the kitchen with Mis­te­rio Pen­talquartz and had the perime­ter coun­ter­tops fin­ished with honed black gran­ite for con­trast.

An in­vet­er­ate painter, she tack­led the is­land paint­ing her­self, us­ing An­nie

Sloan’s Graphite Chalk Paint for the base and fin­ish­ing it with Dark Chalk Paint Wax to give it that rich, old-wood look.

Dec­o­rat­ing for fall is a cinch now thanks to the lighter back­drop. Trips to the farm­ers mar­kets reap bushels of pump­kins in all dif­fer­ent colors, sizes and shapes—great for adding tex­ture and di­men­sion to her sea­sonal look.

“When we moved in,” Anne re­calls, “the fam­ily room fire­place and builtins were just one big wall of heavy, dark wood. Af­ter paint­ing the shelv­ing white, we added Cul­tured Stone to the cherry wood fire­place to break it up and add some tex­ture. When I’m ready to dec­o­rate, I strip the shelves, de­cide which an­chor pieces to use, then tuck in some pump­kins, sea­sonal sig­nage, and gal­va­nized pieces.”

Above the man­tel, sal­vaged wood items—a painted bracket and fu­ture wood sign adorned with a green­ery-filled bas­ket—shout fall, es­pe­cially when grounded by a berib­boned Blue Lakota pump­kin propped on a pair of old books.

Out­doors, corn­stalks add tex­ture and height to the porch, while an old bench pops with a few coats of black spray paint. “Thanks to hav­ing a cov­ered porch,” Anne says, “I was able to cozy up the bench with a pil­low and col­or­ful plaid blan­ket I found at Good­will—the blan­ket sec­tion is al­ways my go-to sec­tion when I ar­rive.”

Dur­ing her stay-at-home-mom years, Anne taught her girls how to stretch a dec­o­rat­ing dol­lar the same way her mother had taught her. These days, the fam­ily cel­e­brates au­tumn with an ap­ple cider–themed party held on the home’s cov­ered back porch. Buck­ets of plants, fresh-picked apples and a glass bev­er­age dis­penser tout­ing a chalk­board la­bel are all ready for loads of fall fun!

Dec­o­rat­ing for fall is a cinch now thanks to the LIGHTER BACK­DROP.

Trips to the farm­ers mar­kets reap bushels of PUMP­KINS in all dif­fer­ent COLORS, SIZES and SHAPES.

LEFT: Wel­come guests with a col­or­ful dis­play of stacked pump­kins in an ar­ray of colors, col­umn-hug­ging corn­stalks, and gal­va­nized buck­ets filled with fresh mums. Dur­ing other sea­sons, you can repurpose the buck­ets as soft-drink cool­ers or totes for light gar­den­ing work.

LEFT: Add a lit­tle farm­house charm to your fall vi­gnettes with a plank-style print fea­tur­ing an iconic barn­yard char­ac­ter.

LEFT: Bring color and con­trast to a white end ta­ble by fill­ing a rus­tic tote with pump­kins in dif­fer­ent sizes and shades and em­bel­lish­ing with green­ery.

ABOVE: Cub­bies pro­vide great dis­play op­por­tu­ni­ties, but find­ing a unique post-of­fice piece like this one on Craigslist is cause for cel­e­bra­tion! To give the boxes some height, Anne in­stalled four slim wooden feet from Lowe’s that she aged with stain. The old barn door hang­ing in the room be­yond was treated to a pres­sure wash­ing, new brack­ets and some ag­ing tech­niques us­ing paint, wax and “other stuff.”

LEFT:Adorn your en­try with eye-catch­ing bud­get items like this mar­ket bas­ket found at Good­will filled with faux sun­flower stems for a dash of color.



ABOVE: The fam­ily room fire­place and built-in shelves were orig­i­nally one big wall of heavy dark wood. The Nashes painted the shelv­ing and added stone to the fire­place to lighten it up.

RIGHT: Lift up your fall dis­plays with a handy wooden riser. Here, a pale pump­kin min­gles with a rugged can­dle­stick, antlers, an open book and eu­ca­lyp­tus leaves.

RIGHT:Have a stash of ar­ti­fi­cial pump­kins and fruit to re­use each year to help fill out your fresh au­tumn dec­o­ra­tions.

ABOVE: “When I spot­ted this bench, it was brown and gross, nails stick­ing out, left in some­one’s yard,” Anne says, “so I threw it in the car and then cov­ered it with white wall paint and sanded it back to look old.” A plaid throw and pil­low give it a splash of fall style, and a garage-sale bas­ket of­fers stor­age below.

ABOVE: Add a touch of warmth to your kitchen with geo­met­ric wood pen­dants hous­ing an­tique bulb hard­ware. Make a fixed Ro­man shade–type valance us­ing two drap­ery pan­els and a glue gun to keep the pan­els in place. Hang with a ten­sion rod. Anne turned a rarely used kitchen desk into a cof­fee bar with bev­er­age cooler.

ABOVE: Anne cre­ated her own farm ta­ble by mar­ry­ing legs she bought on­line with a cus­tom top built by a friend to her spec­i­fi­ca­tions. She dis­tressed and aged the new wood top with three dif­fer­ent An­nie Sloan paint colors: French Linen, Old White and Coco, fol­lowed by clear and dark wax. Metal­lic chairs from Over­ add con­trast. To cre­ate a floor-to-ceil­ing black­board like Anne’s, paint a sec­tion of wall with chalk­board paint and trim the area with new mold­ing painted white.


ABOVE: Break up a neu­tral pal­ette with pops of color. In this bed­room, two blue night­stands, an ar­ray of blue pil­lows and a bold blue plaid throw lend a more vi­brant look. A touch of paint magic toned down a barn door’s orig­i­nal shiny fin­ish. “I started slap­ping white paint on it to bring out the wood grain and added a bit of dark wax af­ter the paint dried,” Anne ex­plains. Brack­ets pro­vided the fin­ish­ing touch.

ABOVE: Love to en­ter­tain? Hold an out­door party cen­tered around apples, cider and—of course—a few pump­kins. Black-and-white plaid cush­ions, a cozy throw and farm­yard­style pil­lows will keep guests com­fort­able. Fall plant­ings in gal­va­nized tubs of­fer ex­tra life to the set­ting. Prop up your ap­ple cider dis­penser on an­other gal­va­nized item, such as a scal­loped cake stand. Give a pot­ted fall flower a style boost by wrap­ping the base in burlap and slid­ing it into a wire bas­ket. When all your dec­o­ra­tions and re­fresh­ments are ready, sim­ply add friends and en­joy!

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