Fall is a Southerner’s Reward for Surviving Summer


 “Fall is a Southerner’s reward for surviving summer.”

~James Farmer


We’ve had a long, hot and humid summer and I’m ready for all things fall and a Southerner’s reward!


Fall is my favorite season with its quintessential mums. . .

Pumpkins. . .


Fall foliage and leaf peeping. . .

Sweater weather and warm plaid layers . . .


And when cozy meals and fall flavors are on the menu.

Dog Gone Good Pumpkin Treats


I harvested some photos and links from the archives for some fall inspiration.


Click on the links in red if you’d like to revisit the post.

Harvesting, Reaping, & Sowing

Enhancing Fall Garland

Enhancing Fall Garland


A Bicycle Built For Pumpkins


Serving Up Flowers In A Pumpkin Tureen


Fall Around The Potting Shed


Pumpkins, Leaves and Mikasa Autumn Nights


A Happy Harvest


Thanksgiving Lakeside 

The Forest Feast

Are you ready for fall or sorry to say farewell to summer?


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  43 comments for “Fall is a Southerner’s Reward for Surviving Summer

  1. Susie
    August 24, 2015 at 5:11 am

    You have the most marvelous collection of plaid throws & tablecloths! I am so envious of that brilliant orange throw and have been searching for those colors in vain.
    Another wonderful and inventive post..we Southerners do have the most spectacular seasons, don’t we?

  2. Jan
    August 24, 2015 at 5:26 am

    So very BEAUTIFUL!
    And yes, I believe I’m ready to say farewell to Summer~
    A delightfully long 3.5 months of Fall would be perfect!🍂

  3. Michelle
    August 24, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Good morning! Yes, we are ready for fall!🍂 this is the hottest summer ever!! A lot of rain and heat , makes for a wish for a cool Fall. Pumpkin recipes, soups and comfort food! Oh, yes, I’m ready! Enjoy your week. Looking forward to your next post.

  4. Diane
    August 24, 2015 at 7:14 am

    I am with you sister! So tired of the heat and humidity. I want to go outside with a sweater and enjoy a nice walk.
    I want to be able to enter a room before my hair…it is huge and frizzy because of the humidity. Looking forward to your new fall posts, and of course, the antics of Chole and Grace.

  5. Ellen Stillabower
    August 24, 2015 at 7:17 am

    We in the Midwest are ready for cooler weather and we got it!! Last week and this week lows in the 50s & highs in the 70s. It’s refreshing!! For us, it was a rainy summer that washed out a lot of flowers & crops..therefore, I will be pulling out flower stalk, corn stalks and putting in some mums..thanks for the beautiful fall pictures..it is the most photogenic time!! 😍😍😍🍁🍁🍁

  6. August 24, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Yes, yes, yes, I’m so ready to say a farewell to summer and enjoy the reward of fall. That was such a great quote that you shared at the beginning of your post, Mary!! I guess Spring would be a Northeners reward for surviving Winter. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful Fall photos of what we have to look forward to. I’m impatiently waiting………🍁🍂🍁

  7. August 24, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Yes, I too am ready for Fall, Mary! I am so tired of the high heat and humidity here in Fl.! We still have a few months to go until it cools down a bit though. In the meantime, I will take your Fall inspiration and get decorating! Your post today is absolutely gorgeous, and I’m sure I will keep going back to it. Happy Harvest!

  8. Peggy Thal
    August 24, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Not quite ready for Fall yet. Do love Summer and my pool. Fall here ( Virginia) is beautiful but Summer is such fun. Love your gorgeous Fall decor. Decorating for Fall is one of my favorite things to do. 2 1/2 months of Fall decor. Christmas always seem so hectic in getting every thing done. Fall is just enjoyable. Thank you for sharing your beautiful decor.

  9. Gee
    August 24, 2015 at 7:54 am

    I am so ready for cooler weather and a respite from the heat. Here in N.C. Florida, it has been a HOT last few weeks with humidity you can spoon up. Cooler weather and cozy times are most welcome.
    Ooohhh your photos are so beautiful!!

  10. August 24, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Mary, All of your Fall décor is GORGEOUS and you always have the most beautiful photos! Have a great week.

  11. Robyn
    August 24, 2015 at 8:09 am

    I cannot wait for FALL! My favorite time of year! Your pictures are gorgeous! Happy Monday!

  12. August 24, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Yes, “Hurry up, Fall!”…I’m sick of hot weather & ours is nowhere near as miserable as the south’s.
    Your lovely scenes evoke shades of autumn in Ohio…loved each & every one of them. Pretty~Pretty!

  13. August 24, 2015 at 8:25 am

    I LOVE your blog!!!!!!! It is something I look forward to every day, and you never disappoint…….:)
    Thank you for all your efforts, your love for what you do shows through in each story and photo!!

  14. August 24, 2015 at 8:53 am

    That James Farmer was a smart guy! Fall is my favorite time of year and always look forward to your beautiful Fall tables, the potting shed and the glorious lake!

  15. August 24, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Oh Mary, I feel cooler already! Bring on the reward!! I have dash out now and do my errands before the heat index is over 100 today, but I shall return to drool over all your gorgeous photos and cool off again :)

  16. Melisa Leach
    August 24, 2015 at 9:27 am


  17. August 24, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Love the crisp cool fall mornings, dew on the grass and jewel tone colors! Your photos say “bring it on” and boy are we ready for it in wildfire smokey Boise Idaho!

  18. Ingrid
    August 24, 2015 at 10:47 am

    love them, i love the pumpkins, they look so beautiful in the way you arranged them, thank you very much for a gift like this on monday!

  19. Cindy
    August 24, 2015 at 10:56 am

    You have soooo much eye candy! Oh my girl you can decorate! Beautiful job! Wish I was your neighbor to enjoy it all in person! Ha! Well! I’m busy decorating my farm! Yeeehaaaw! Love the sweaters on the dogs! So cute!

  20. August 24, 2015 at 11:24 am

    LOVE that quote! perfect! thankyou for all the wonderful Autumn Inspiration!!

  21. Kathy Rademacher
    August 24, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    This post is bitter sweet for me here in Phoenix. It has been a hot summer but we all know here that we are several months from any real relief. It can be 100 degrees for Halloween so my daughter and I have our Annual Halloween Party for 60 some children in the evening. We are in the planning stages so pumpkins, leaves and other fall items are in our forefront. Your pictures are so glorious and the harvest garland is something I hope to accomplish for our Thanksgiving Feast this year. Thank you for all of your inspiration!

  22. August 24, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Fall is my favorite time of year as well, and I wish it lasted longer!!!! Like right through winter:):) This is so inspiring, so many gorgeous posts. I can’t wait to start using MY Mikasa Autumn Nights dishes!!! I will revisit several of these posts later. I sure wish I knew how to do this: that is put the link under a picture to take you to that post. I don’t know how. Have a BEAUTIFUL week!!!

  23. franki
    August 24, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Better n a book!! Gorgeous photos!! franki

  24. August 24, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    This Texas girl is ready for Fall! Love all your beautiful photos of pretty Fall foliage on the lake. Hm, I can hear the crackling of a campfire now. Excuse me while I go stick my head in the frig and pretend it’s Fall…

  25. August 24, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    I love that quote. It is so true! Everything is beautiful in your photos. I just love them. Have a wonderful week!

  26. Paula
    August 24, 2015 at 9:01 pm


    Your photos are beautiful ! I do love FALL and I am looking forward to our October stay at the Biltmore, but I am not ready to say good~bye to summer yet. :( Time goes so very fast !!


  27. August 24, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    This southerner is so ready for fall! And I think that your harvest garland is the prettiest I’ve ever seen! I remember when you first posted it and it’s still impressive!

  28. mollycat
    August 25, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Love your photos, just gorgeous!

    I also have a Bichon. Where did you get their gorgeous sweaters?

    • August 25, 2015 at 11:18 am

      Thank you! Amazon but I’ve found others at HomeGoods from time to time :)

  29. Bev
    August 27, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Wonderful photos and love all of the fall elements.

  30. August 27, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Oh, how wonderful to think about fall! I am waiting and waiting. I looked back at pictures yesterday to try to figure out when pumpkins may show up in the markets. In about 3 weeks? I know I have a long wait for the temps to match the pumpkins but these beautiful photos sure help!

  31. August 27, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    What a wonderful collage of all your collections for making Fall fabulous. Thank you for sharing them all together!

  32. August 27, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Mary, your harvest of archive images is filled with inspiration, but with our hot days lingering it is difficult to even think about fall. Seeing the girls in their cute sweaters makes me long for cooler days. I’m going to pin some of your photos for future reference. Fingers crossed we have an early fall this year. I’m ready!

  33. mary scott
    August 27, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Thanks for all the gorgeous photos!!

  34. August 28, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Oh, my! Such beautiful and bountiful inspiration! You have truly created the essence of fall in your beautiful home ~~ may I come by for a cup of pumpkin spice coffee????? ;)

  35. hollybertone
    August 28, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    HI Mary – Your pictures are GORGEOUS! I could look at these all day. I’m soooooooo ready for fall. It’s 90 degrees every day here outside of DC. Blech. Can’t wait for the colors and the crisp air!!! Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Holly

  36. August 29, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Summer is such a short season in Maine that we want fall to hold off as long as possible even though it brings colors and textures that are favorites.

  37. August 30, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Aaahhhh……looking forward to cooler weather fur sure. Your vignettes are just magnificent! Such beautiful settings – you must just LOVE being there!!

  38. August 31, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Beautiful Mary!

  39. August 24, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    This is the most stunning collection of fall photos and decor I have ever seen! I especially love the height of the arrangement is the pumpkin tureen. It is so impressive. I’ve pinned practically everything. Thanks for sharing!

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