Blue Cottage Fall Home Tour 2015 – Come on In!

by Dagmar Bleasdale on October 21, 2015

Blue Cottage Fall Home Tour 2015,

Welcome to the Blue Cottage Fall Home Tour 2015!

I took the porch pictures a few days ago — while we had the first snow flurries here in Westchester, NY.

I wanted to post my fall home tour much earlier, but I needed to finish a certain project first: can you tell what I’ve done?

I finally painted our porch railing white!

It took me about four hours so far, and I still have another hour or so to go, but I’m so thrilled with the change. I never liked the look of that weathered pressure-treated wood.

Also new to you: meet our finished driveway. We had Belgian blocks added to the edge of it, and the walkway, and around the flower beds.

Blue Cottage, cobble stone driveway and path,

The first contractor had just added concrete to  the sides to keep the stones in place — to keep the costs down — but that was breaking and shifting after just a few months. It was expensive to add the Belgian blocks but had to be done, and now we don’t have to worry about Don’s large truck and the winter weather destroying the driveway.

Blue Cottage Fall Home Tour 2015, DagmarBleasdale.comThis is how I decorated the right side of our porch.

Blue Cottage Fall Home Tour 2015,

I added two strands of fake leaves I found at HomeGoods to our door, and added a few pumpkin decorating items from HomeGoods, Target, and Michael’s.

We picked up the real pumpkins from Harvest Moon Farm.


Blue Cottage Fall Home Tour 2015,

That black tiered stand with the small pumpkins was another thrifty find, as well as the “Give Thanks” sign.

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I simply added a $1 burlap letter I found at Target to update the wreath for this fall.


Don installed a screen door in the summer, and we need to change the screen for the glass door soon.

Here he is leaving for a meeting during my photo shoot.


Blue Cottage Fall Home Tour 2015,

That gray little table cost me only a dollar at a recent tag sale, and the green bench was $10 at Goodwill.

Blue Cottage Fall Home Tour 2015,

Yesterday, I noticed a tree full of these little cherry-looking things in our backyard. They are hard like hazelnuts, and about the same size, and I thought they would add a cute pop of color to my fall decor!

I picked half a bucket full, washed them, and fill three large mason jars with them — one is sitting in our living room.

cast iron farmhousecast iron farmhouseOn the left side of the porch sits a large coffee table we are either going to give away soon, or I’ll paint it white eventually.

Blue Cottage Fall Home Tour 2015,

It does provide extra seating and storage underneath, and since I added the porch (shower) curtains that I can pull close when it rains and snows, I don’t have to worry so much anymore about furniture on the porch getting wet and ruined.

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112aI would’ve liked to decorate our porch with even more things, but I had to get it all done on Sunday, before the first frost here killed all of our flowers. The ferns and hydrangeas look very sad now.

I hope our hydrangeas will grow much taller next year. I just love having fresh flowers to cut, and drying hydrangeas is so much fun.

Blue Cottage, DagmarBleasdale.comNow, come on in for my fall home tour of the inside of the Blue Cottage.

I already showed you how I decorated our mantel in another post, with the dried hydrangeas. That door is from our white hutch I recently repainted with chalk paint.

fall decor on mantel with dried hydrangeasdrying hydrangeas

And after I decorated our table with a chic coastal fall tablescape for HomeGoods…

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…it’s now decorated like this centerpiece:

DIY toilet paper roll pumpkinDIY toilet paper roll pumpkin

Can you guess what I used to make these upcycled pumpkins? I’ll tell you soon in a separate post, with a tutorial. They only took five minutes to make.

DIY toilet paper roll pumpkinIt too even less time to make these paper bag pumpkins! I used them to decorate the little table in our kitchen.

paper bag pumpkins098aAnd this is how I decorated our table on the stairs for fall, again with more DIY pumpkins. Don’s aunt painted that pretty oil painting and gave it to us years ago, and it fits perfectly with the fall colors.

fall decor with DIY fabric pumpkinsfall decor with DIY fabric pumpkinsI covered white ceramic apples with left-over fabric, and used a vintage tablecloth to make the white pumpkins.

Can you tell that there is a vintage Jello mold hiding under the fabric? Once I started, I couldn’t stop making a bunch more of these no-sew fabric pumpkins.

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I hope you enjoyed my fall home tour 2015! What is your favorite fall decorating idea in our house, or your favorite spot?

If you posted a fall home tour, let me know in a comment so I can check it out! I have already seen so many pretty posts — there are a lot of talented ladies out there.

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Sherry Legan September 2, 2016 at 4:16 PM

I so enjoyed your tour ‘again’! Thank you for linking at the Fabulous Fall Party.
Please feel free to come over and link all your Fall posts! The party goes all the way until Oct. 30 for Fall. The link changes every Thursday.
Come over and let’s party!


Dagmar Bleasdale October 9, 2016 at 11:03 AM

Hi Sherry, thanks for inviting me!


Sherry Legan August 31, 2016 at 7:18 PM

Oh your home is gorgeous. I love the porch. What a Fabulous tour!
You’ve done a great job.
I’d love for you to come over and link at The Fabulous Fall Party. You can link all your posts all the way until the end of Oct.
Come on over and join the party.


Dagmar Bleasdale October 9, 2016 at 11:05 AM

Hi Sherry, thank you for inviting me!


Crystal Green August 27, 2016 at 2:09 PM

You have truly created a beautiful well-decorated home. I love how it’s a nice balance between feminine and masculine. Your front porch is beautiful!


Marie August 24, 2016 at 9:40 AM

Your porch looks beautiful! So festive and perfect for autumn! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday this week!


Amy August 23, 2016 at 8:11 AM

I love your cute little blue house!


Sahana November 1, 2015 at 6:01 PM

Lovely front porch.It is so inviting and I like your design style. Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty.We would love to have you again next week.


Dagmar Bleasdale November 2, 2015 at 12:58 AM

Thank you so much, Sahana!


Erlene October 30, 2015 at 5:23 PM

Your home is beautiful and so many great little vignettes to visit. I can’t believe all the wonderful finds you have…so wish our stores had cute inexpensive finds like yours. Thanks for sharing your home with us on Merry Monday.


Brooke Berry Kroeger October 29, 2015 at 3:53 PM

Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful post with Flea Market Friday! I will be featuring it in a little bit when this weeks party starts! xxx….Brooke


Amanda October 28, 2015 at 5:52 PM

Beautiful home tour! I would love to have a large front porch like you do. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!


Brother Oliver October 28, 2015 at 10:53 AM

Dear Dagmar,

Amazing photos! You would get a big compliment from my Lette Photo teachers! The arrangements are very professional, you can think of a second income :-)

Your Brother Oliver


Dagmar Bleasdale October 31, 2015 at 9:56 PM

Danke, Oliver! Und dass von einem professionellen Fotografer!


Ilona October 27, 2015 at 12:12 PM

Hallo, liebe Dagmar, ich habe Deinen Blog gelesen und bin ganz begeistert wie schön Du wieder alles gemacht hast. Die gestrichene porch und die Beeteinfassung sieht toll aus. Ich wünsche Euch einen schönen Herbst. Viele liebe Grüsse und Küsse Deine Mama


Dagmar Bleasdale October 27, 2015 at 4:12 PM

Schoen, dass es Dit gefallt! Nachsten Herbst muss Du uns besuchen kommen — trage das schon mal in Deinen Kalendar :) And Deinem Geburtstag!


Rhonda October 26, 2015 at 7:41 PM

Your front porch looks so pretty and inviting, dressed for fall! And the driveway and walkway looks fantastic! Love all of your pumpkin projects! You have been a busy lady! :) ~Rhonda


Cyndee October 24, 2015 at 11:48 AM

I love, love, love your front porch. Painting your railing white made a big difference! Your house is similar to mine (blue house/white railing) love that look!


Sydney @ Tastefully Frugal October 23, 2015 at 11:58 AM

Love all the fall aspects of your home Dagmar! Your porch is especially gorgeous I love the blue and white. I can’t believe you’ve already had snow! We barely had it drop into the 60’s here in Utah this week. Brrr


Cathy October 21, 2015 at 5:40 PM

Your house is so pretty – love your drive and porch – so many great fall vignettes to see. Those little paper bag pumpkins are adorable and the no sew ones are perfect for me. Love your fall home tour – so many wonderful things to see. You did an amazing job. Cathy


Dagmar Bleasdale October 22, 2015 at 1:43 AM

Hi Cathy, thanks for your sweet comment! Look out for my tutorial post about those no-sew pumpkins :)


Emily, Our house now a home October 21, 2015 at 4:35 PM

I love all of this! That front porch is adorable, I love the colors you chose. Beautiful and perfectly fall!


Dagmar Bleasdale October 22, 2015 at 1:43 AM

Hi Emily, thanks for your sweet comment!


Amy | Canary Street Crafts October 21, 2015 at 2:38 PM

Your home is so pretty and inviting. I love all the different pieces you paired together.


Dagmar Bleasdale October 22, 2015 at 1:44 AM

Thanks for your sweet comment, Amy!


Christine October 21, 2015 at 1:58 PM

oh what an awesome cottage!!!! YOur house has so much personality!!!! Soooo may I ask, are you German, Dagmar???? If so, Liebe Gruesse aus WA!!!!


Dagmar Bleasdale October 22, 2015 at 1:46 AM

Hi Christine, yes, I’m a German expat. I moved to Los Angeles from Bremen 22 years ago, and moved to New York 8+ years ago. Are you German as well?


Christine October 22, 2015 at 12:15 PM

Hi Dagmar, yes I am German as well. Moved to WA State 22 years ago (married a Sodier stationed in Germany) I am from a litte town in between Frankfrt and Wiesbaden.


Beth F October 21, 2015 at 12:09 PM

wow! I love your fall look. And the driveway is super! Great job.


Dagmar Bleasdale October 22, 2015 at 1:47 AM

Thank you, Beth!


Rita C at Panoply October 21, 2015 at 8:44 AM

Dagmar, your home is so perfectly dubbed blue cottage! You have done some terrific things this year with your driveway and porch, to name just a couple. Love those paper bag pumpkins! Really, it all looks great. And no doubt, your hydrangeas will grow very large, probably to a point where you’ll be faced with pruning (and perhaps not having blooms in a subsequent year, depending on the variety and whether they bloom from old or new wood).
Here was my home tour, early September, and I’ve been enjoying it all, still.


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