Recently, I was challenged to create a fall inspiration board based upon "pumpkin and spice." Admittedly, this combination is a little outside my comfort zone. Perhaps it's a fear of the all too common model-home-tuscan-faux-finish-splendor, or maybe I am just too accustomed to immediately pairing orange with navy and white. But once I began working on the inspiration board, I overcame my fear of orange and brown and ultimately came up with a scheme that I would love to use in my own home.
Herend Chinese Bouquet in Rust was my starting point for the board. It's a timeless pattern that so many of us enjoy year-round, and its warm orange flowers make it especially perfect for fall.
It may seem crazy to build an entire room around one little bowl, but that is just what I did. From the cachepot, I then selected a simple brown linen sofa with elegant lines. I used some of my favorite Quadrille fabrics to add more color and pattern. Then I used a seagrass rug for texture and a casual feel. Brass tables and lamps add warmth, and a chocolate brown throw is so cozy for fall. The resin antlers add a modern element, and the cheetah pillow introduces a touch of playfulness.
And the finished board:
Here is how I imagine using the fabrics:
- Orange toile for a pair of armchairs
- Orange and white trellis fabric for curtains (pleated panels)
- Brown and white zig zag for a large tufted ottoman
And the elements:
So what do you think? Will you give pumpkin and spice another chance?