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Friday, September 17, 2010

Pumpkin and Spice Inspiration Board

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?

10 comments:

Julie said...

What a challenge! I personally lean more towards blues and grays, but I think this would make a beautiful room.

Chic Geek said...

You nailed it! So fab.
Happy Friday

Katharine Fuchs said...

Nice work!!! I love it! I will be decorating for fall this weekend! Yes, I have some slightly cheesy Fall decor but I can't help myself. Expect to see a post on it soon!

CLTGal said...

I didn't know what to expect with pumpkin and spice, but I actually really like it.

Betsy said...

What a great room! I love how you took one fabulous element and built around that. Might have to check out that cheetah pillow now--love that you mixed that in.

Betsy said...

What a great room! I love how you took one fabulous element and built around that. Might have to check out that cheetah pillow now--love that you mixed that in.

Averill said...

Love the fabric choices -- orange and white are just so chic together! I'm actually leaning towards the same palette for my nursery.

eddieross said...

Oooh, love the inspiration board. Hope to see you!!

E+J

Jennifer said...

Wow MOS, this inspiration board is amazing! I never would have been able to pull together such a fresh and contemporary look with orange and brown. And it is so unique from other fall inspired rooms I have seen in the past. Thank you for showing me how to work with these colors in such a fresh and modern way. I absolutely adore the contrasting orange fabrics you chose. Love it!

Anonymous said...

All, please do not buy the end table from Wisteria. It's so shoddily crafted and putting it together makes you realize that you've completely wasted your money.

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