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Monday, October 1, 2012

A Splash of Fall Inside and Cottage of the Month!

Today, I want to share a few splashes of fall I added indoors this week!  I love seasonal decorating and fall is no exception!  Pumpkins, gourds and bittersweet vine galore ..does it get any better?  

An old wooden apple basket corrals vintage ironstone creamers that have been stuffed with bittersweet vine.  It sits as a centerpiece on our kitchen table.

 I love using bittersweet vine here and there throughout our home in the fall.  It adds a natural touch to the decor!

This old apple picking and hayrides sign was found online.  It hangs in our entry room. 

Karl fashioned together this bench out of old barn beams from a knocked down barn on the farm I grew up on.  He presented it to me as a birthday present the first year of our marriage.  It is very special to me.

Even one of my dress forms gets a bittersweet necklace!

On another note, I am oh so VERY excited to be featured as the October Cottage of the Month on Jennifer's blog, The Old Painted Cottage!  You can see these fall photos and take the complete tour of our home if you head over to her Cottage of the Month page.  While you are over there, feel free to check out her blog or some of the other COTM features!  But be warned, once you enter the archives, you won't be leaving anytime soon!  They are filled with so many gorgeous homes with heaps of inspiration, so settle in and enjoy!   

Thanks so much, Jennifer!  You made my day!  Thank-you to all of my new facebook and blog followers as well.  All of you are so appreciated and I just love hearing from you!   

I hope you all have a wonderful fall!

Maria ~Rusty Hinge

I'm joining these parties:

Finding Fall with Folk

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Countdown to Fall linky party

Fall Party

The Chicken Chick


  1. holy cow! just found you through "cottage of the month" and LOVE everything i see here! can not wait to peruse your blog further! love your style, girlie!

  2. Oh my Maria!!! My jaw dropped when I saw that fabulous hutch in your kitchen. And all the fabulous things in it. You have the best style...I could visit for hours. If you lived closer I'd never leave. :)
    Looks like fall is treating you well. Enjoy all the beauty...inside and out.

    XO Sarah

  3. All of your Autumn Inspiration is fabulous... charming and cozy.
    Ciao for now...

  4. Oh Maria,

    Your home is gorgeous!!! I always LOVE to visit here! Congrats on the Cottage of the Month and thank you for all your inspiring Autumn images!! I sure do need some ~ it's up in the 90's over here still!!! Fall weather can't seem to get here fast enough!


  5. Hi Sweetie,
    I stopped by the Painted Cottage and saw your lovely home. Congrats! Your white armoire is perfect. I have been looking for one like it for many years now. It surely is a Dream COme True piece for me. It is so nice to meet you.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  6. Hi Maria,
    Your home is beautiful. I love every room. Congrates on being the cottage of the month. Because of that I have now found you. I added you to my blog favs. Love your blog.

  7. Congrats! Your home is such a visual treat! I love all of your pics-so much inspiration!

  8. I love the cottage of the month!! I love the first of the month just for that. Love your home I just want to come and live there. You have such beautiful ideas for decorating!! So when is the new magazine from FIFI comming out? Do you know??? Oh and big congratulations on the cottage of the month you so deserve it!!!

  9. Congrats on Cottage of the month, Maria! Your fall decor is absolutely gorgeous and I just love your kitchen and that fabulous hutch! So much eye candy in every photo :)

  10. Adore everything you've done Maria!!!!!!!!!! And congratulations on being the October COTM, very exciting!!!


    :) T

  11. Congratulations you home is beautiful!

  12. Each photo is lovelier than the next. You inspired me to get my fall decorating on.

  13. Beautiful! congrats on Cottage Of The Month.

  14. I just found your blog and I'm in deep trouble because I should be going to bed early tonight, but I have feeling I'll be here for a while....I'm smitten with every photo you take...thank you for inspiring.....sigh...xo

  15. Amazing!!! Simply beautiful. You are very talented Maria. Sheree

  16. Maria, The bittersweet looks SO beautiful around your lovely home! I love all the farmhouse goodness in your home. Your touch and style are perfectly displayed in every corner of your house. So LOVELY. Now I need to go check out the cottage of the month.
    Mary Alice

  17. Good morning Maria! Oh I love you beautiful blog and it' s really a pleasure to see your home and the wonderful decoration! It makes me happy for today! Best wishes Maria!

  18. Congrats Maria on your Cottage of the Month...
    I almost flipped when I realized your a stones through away.
    You probably went to school with my children!
    We lived in McBain for years...on 100th Ave.
    In Cadillac now and love all things as you do...
    wonderful to finally find you and certainly will follow...
    Goodness, such a treat!
    Bon Week,
    Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings..

    Stop over for more Fall Whites!

  19. Congrats Maria on being Cottage of the Month! I always look forward to the 1st of the month at the Old Painted Cottage and when I saw this month's cottage featured - I just knew it was you! Deservingly so! Love your blog!

  20. G O R G E o U S! Thank you for sharing so many gorgeous shots of your home! :) angie diehl

  21. Your home is beautiful and I love all that bittersweet. It is pretty hard to come by down here in Texas. Congratulations on being Cottage of the Month. You totally deserve it. Thanks for sharing all your inspirational decorating.

  22. Love your kitchen! Your fall decorations are very pretty too, and I like how you bring in some natural elements.

  23. Maria,
    What a beautiful post. Truly inspired me. We don't have natural Bittersweet vine here so I am on my way to find some faux.

  24. Congrats on being Cottage of the Month!! Love your touches of Fall...sure wish I could find some Bittersweet around here. Your home is beautiful!!

  25. saw your house on cottage of the month and I love it. you've done a great job, congratulations on being picked.

  26. Found you at the Old Painted Cottage. What a gorgeous home!

  27. Thanks for linking up. Congrats on the Cottage of the Month feature. Your house is beautiful!!

  28. Congrats on your feature! Love how you are welcoming fall in your home!!!!

  29. Oh, Maria! How exciting! Congrats on the feature....which is very well deserved, I might add. :) Your home is truly a thing of beauty and creativity. Your vignettes are stunning and I never tire of looking at them. Are you enjoying the beautiful autumn weather? Wasn't September just wonderful? Have a great weekend, sweetie!

    xoxo laurie

  30. LOVE all of your beautiful decor! You have a great eye for creating beautiful spaces. Loved all the inspiration from this blog post. Can't wait to see more of your blog!! I am your newest fan and follower.

    Blessings - Sara

    PS found you via www.savvysouthernstyle.net linky party

  31. Beautiful settings and decorations, darling Maria!
    I love the palette you choose!

  32. Maria, what a gracious host you are. Thank you for letting me feature your beautiful home. I'm in love with your photography. Every photo is a treat. And all the lovely comments you are receiving are so well deserved.


  33. LOVE LOVE love it all, Maria!
    So nice to meet you and see your lovely home.
    Congrats being featured at COTM with Jennifer ---
    she is such a DOLL! Heading over there now to see
    your home. So excited!!!

    Thanks for sharing at The Polohouse and Favorites
    on the First.

    Your newest follower,
    Alison :)

  34. Hey Maria...me again...I don't have to tell you how much I adore your place...but i do have to tell you how happy i am that you came to visit and linked up to our party...it means so much....I feel like a found a new friend...xo

  35. Your home and blog are so very beautiful. There are so many lovely things you have incorporated in your home. Pure, lovely eye candy.

  36. wow your fall decor is beautiful, i would love it if you came and linked up at http://www.twiggstudios.com/2012/10/sunday-show-off-linky-party.html

    enjoy the rest of your weekend xxx

  37. I am a new follower......by way of The Painted COttage. Must admit there wasn't anything I didn't like in your featured home. Wow, beautiful. I just saw a long farm table at a sale this week-end. It was probablay 10 feet long. I told the person I was with that I could see it used outside for a party......just like how yours was pictured. We decided that it would be hard to get that table in my VW bug. It will be fun to follow along your blog.

  38. Maria your home just shouts out "WELCOME"..every detail is just perfect!!!!

  39. How on earth did I JUST find you! Visiting from Craftberry Bush. Your style is amazing and I am in love with the gorgeous pictures that featured all the amazing painted furniture and fall decor. I am so jealous of your 100 year old home! Cant wait to follow along and to get inspired all of the time!

  40. WOW this is just amazing and gorgeous! I will be featuring it tonight!

  41. Wow! Everything is just gorgeous!! Found you through My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia and so glad that I did! Pinned and now following along!
    Jenn :)

  42. Just beautiful and thanks for sharing this at Wow. Congrats on being the cottage of the month.

  43. Stopping by from your feature at Tuesday's Treasures. Your photos and house are stunning. I look forward to poking around a bit more.

  44. Over from Tues. Treasures and so glad I came. Your photos are amazing.
    I love your olden house and I am a new follower.

  45. Great splashes of color!

    I host a weekly link party - Seasonal Sundays - and would love to have join next Sunday!

    - The Tablescaper

  46. I am in LOVe with all your wood signs. My favorite is "Hayrides". Super cute!!!

  47. WOW I found you at Tuesdays Treasures... LOVE your blog. New follower :)

  48. Your home is just beautiful. I love your blog too. I will be a new follower for sure. I love that your hubby made that beautiful bench for you on your first year anniversary. That is so sweet. I am a big fan of putting old chippy things full of history and memories in our homes so I just love the bench made out of old barn wood from your family farm. That is a true treasure to have. I love all your beautiful vignettes.

  49. I'm a new follower of your blog - I just LOVE your home! Your fall decor is beautiful.

    I featured you this week in my Friday I'm in Love favorites!


    Have a great weekend!

    Jenn @ Social Salutations

  50. Your house is gorgeous. So happy to be a new follower.


  51. I was so thrilled to see your home featured at the Old Painted Cottage as October's Cottage of the Month. I've poured over each photo so many times. Your home is so beautiful. Congratulations! xox

  52. Everything. Gorgeous. Love it all. Glad to come by your blog! Alison

  53. Found your blog via The Common Ground. Everything in this post looks as if its right out of a magazine. Absolutely lovely .

  54. This cottage looks vintage and I do like it. I enjoyed the photo and it was my pleasure to came across here. Thank you.


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