Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fall Inspiration in the Asheville Air

It is morning and there is a nip in the air- 55 degrees and I see a slight tinge of yellow starting on the tree leaves.  Time to start thinking about fall- my favorite time of year.  Time to go to town and see what's happening that will inspire my fall décor.

I recently heard about a local pottery that has a store in downtown Asheville. They featured beautiful orange pottery on their website and I wanted to go check it out.

And yes- it was the perfect shade of orange for fall and will coordinate with many of my fall dishes.
It also was made in many other shades that are worthy of consideration- chartreuse, pink, gray and others.

A selection of great colors in their store.

 The pottery is made by East Fork Potters in Madison County, which is where I live.  I like to support local artists, so I purchased the 3 in the store and ordered 3 more. This color is called Ember and will be retired at the end of this month for a while.

 As I was leaving the East Fork Pottery store, I noticed a cute clothing store next door.  Vintage Moon is wonderful boutique that carries Asheville designer, Gigi Renee'.

 Look at the incredible colors in the romantic clothing line.

.  She uses plant based dyes to create designs of organic leaves and flowers on her luxury fabrics.  The sweater is cashmere and dyed with turmeric leaves on the front. What a wonderful fall color combination!
 This silk camisole is embellished with hand dyed lace and leaf designs. 
 And she packages each one in these sweet green voile gift bags.   These are perfect gifts and the start of Christmas shopping.

 A trip to Asheville for fall inspiration  is definitely worth a visit to BB Barnes on Sweeten Creek road.  They have just started carrying fresh cut dahlias and zinnias from a flower farm in Fairview.

 Since moving here, dahlias and zinnias  have become a favorite of mine. 
I couldn't resist buying two bunches to go home.

 They told me to place them in warm to hot water once I got them home to extend their life.

 Two bunches were the perfect amount to fill my antique French champagne bucket. 

 I paired the orange plates with my Blackberry Farm dinner plates and anther gold and gilded plate- fun combination!
The East Fork orange salad plates look great with brown transferware and pewter chargers.

 At home, I placed a stack of the orange plates on my dining table and
added copper, horn and linen elements. The bucket of fresh flowers added the punch.

It's always fun to unpack my velvet pumpkin collection from Hot Skwash and bring it out for fall.

 I also found these wonderful "cut-glass" bottles to hold  fall vinegars and fruit enhanced spirits.

A final stop in Hobby Lobby lead me to these dried elements.

They were the perfect element for the faux bois urn that I had purchased in Highlands, NC a couple of weeks ago.

Silk artichokes, natural reindeer moss and feathers from BB Barns and Amazon
 fill the urns on the gathering room fireplace.

 And I could not resist these red-orange zinnias from BB Barnes for the outside deck. 

It was a great shopping day in town- full of inspiration.  Temperatures are in the sixties next week!  

It has now been a week since buying these flowers.  And I even like the way they are fading away.  The trick of the warm water really extended their life, as I have normally had to throw them away in 3 to 4 days.  Time to head to town to buy some more!


Sarah said...

Your life in the mountains of NC is enchanted. I swoon over the thought of those views and the cooler temps. Asheville is a fun place to shop. Note to self to plan a return trip to that area. '-)
Thanks for sharing all the beauty. I'm inspired to add some fall touches here. As you say, it's time to pull out the velvet pumpkins.

Christy said...

I love those cut glass bottles. Love all of your color inspirations for fall. And I am heading to Hobby Lobby tomorrow to buy exactly what you bought. Seeing the outside patio table made me nostalgic for the wonderful dinner we had there not too long ago.

Laurell Banner said...

A return visit is needed. Such great new inspiration. Love the pottery with your existing elements.
Does that clothing shop have a website? Love all the colors muted together.
Dahlia's are my favorite flower also. I will have to remember that warm water trick. They do go down fast.
Love this post. Makes me want to come and play.

Christy said...

thank you for the warm water tip....good to know.

Katha said...

The touch of orange is perfect! It's such a happy color. Love all your inspiration! Time to start rearranging things and pulling out the velvet pumpkins. Your additions look beautiful in your gorgeous home!