Friday, September 6, 2013

Mary Carol Garrity 2013 Fall Open House Tour

I can't believe it's September already. What happened to the summer? Actually, it still feels like summer in our part of Kansas. Today and tomorrow is Mary Carol Garrity's fall open house, and it was 93 degrees today. It's hard to get in the mood for autumn and the upcoming holidays in a puddle of sweat, but I made the drive to Atchison, Kansas, anyway.

By way of comparison to what I've seen her do in the past, Mary Carol really cut back this year. Every room wasn't dripping in fall decor. There were just little bits of autumn tucked around the home.

Inside the foyer, a table was made ready for fall with a simple bowl of pumpkins and seasonal foliage.

Who wouldn't love to have a foyer large enough for a sitting area?

Inside the den, only sign of fall was a wooden dough bowl filled with the colors of autumn.

And then I looked up.

In the living room, a large vase filled with faux branches made a bold statement in the center of the room.

All the upholstery in the living room is white.  I can't imagine how she keeps it all clean, especially with evidence of at least one dog in the home.

I always stop to admire the window seat.  It's always inviting, no matter what time of year it is.

The dining room was loaded with the colors and textures of the season.  I saw a lot of people buying these orbs today, but I already had one.  They are much more versatile than the ones she offered last year since they are collapsible and can be stored flat.  I found mine last spring at a local home decor store.

Notice the little knife-rest?  I'd love to find some of those!

Of course, the chandelier was dripping with pine cones and fall branches.

Through the door is the breakfast nook, which connects the dining room to the kitchen.  I love the light blue ceilings in this space.

Notice the cheese domes being used at the place settings.  This is going to date me, but we still have the marble plate and cheese dome we received as a wedding gift.  How often do you see these in thrift stores and garage sales now for next to nothing?

I love the little island in the kitchen.  Mary Carol's home is grand, but the kitchen is tiny!  It always gives me hope for our own little kitchen.

Let's go outside!  The screened porch was still looking like summer with only a few pumpkins tucked here and there.

My one purchase today was one of the lanterns seen on the left side of the hutch.  Thankfully, there was a tent set up next to the house that had them available for purchase because her store downtown, Nell Hills, was filled with people and the room with the line to check out there was horribly, horribly hot.

More pumpkins and orbs on the patio.  I'm so glad I have an orb of my own now!

The patio table was loaded with autumn's bounty carried in a small wheelbarrow.

I love these iron candlesticks.  They seem so versatile every season.

On the patio table there was a dough bowl and an orb.  Swoon!

Doesn't this look easy to put together?

I adore the little statue with the ribbon sash.  Usually, he's holding a bottle of wine.

But today, I'd be more interested in a big bottle of cold water than a glass of wine.  Eventually, summer will turn into autumn here in Kansas, and I'll be ready with new ideas to decorate for the season.  

By the way, if you pin any of these images, please give decorating credit to the talented Mary Carol Garrity.

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  1. Oh my, I am so glad that you did a post on this since I could not attend. I appreciate the tour! Love, Love, Love

  2. Heather this is perfection. Your post was perfect. I felt like I was revisiting her home. My favorite home in the world. Honestly. I know there are grander homes and fancier and enormous places but this house to me has the perfect balance of style and comfort and elegance. Thank you so much for sharing this with me, with all of us.
    So glad you got to go. Wow 93 huh? Today it was 79 here but this morning it was 54. I want that lantern. How lucky you got one. So lovely.
    Thanks again.
    Perhaps I can go in November? But I can't fly anymore so we would have to drive.
    God bless

  3. Thank you for posting the photos so promptly. Having toured Mary Carol's home a couple of times, it is very easy to envision the place with your photos. I agree with Lisa; "this house has the perfect balance of style comfort and elegance". It's fun to see how she changes all the major areas inside and outside.

    It's hot in Iowa too. It makes it difficult to think of autumn and autumn decor.

  4. Wow. What a beautiful home! The tour sounds like my cup of tea. Wish I lived closer.

  5. Thanks so much for posting. I don't like the themey decorating to be too over the top in the fall so I think this is just my taste! The chandelier that is shown first is my favorite.
    Michelle /

  6. Thank you so much for this post full of inspiration! Lots of lovely details (to be expected, of course!). ~Zuni

  7. Thank you so much for this post full of inspiration! Lots of lovely details (to be expected, of course!). ~Zuni

  8. I loved this years open house and can't wait till the holiday one in November.
    I posted a blog about it, feel free to check it out.

  9. Thanks for's one for the "Bucket List"..still!

  10. Heather, I borrowed some of your images and linked back to your blog. I hope that's okay with you. If not, let me know, and I will take them off.



  11. I would have loved to have been there myself. So happy to be there by your photos.

    - The Tablescaper


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