Even though fall officially arrived last week, here in the Mitten the trees have surprisingly been changing for a few weeks now. Now that fall is in full swing, each day this week my good friend Kelly from The Tattered Pew will be hosting myself and 29 other bloggers as we share our fall home tours. I’ll be sharing how I created my coziest and simple fall home tour.

I’m so excited for you to see all that my friends have to share! There’s so much inspiration!

If you are coming over from my friend Brendt from She Gave It A Go, wasn’t her Fall Farmhouse Tour so good?! Brendt always shares a beautiful home!

If you are new to my blog, let me just say welcome! My name is Kim and as some of you may have guessed, my Cottage in the Mitten is in Michigan. I recently found out, while at a blogging conference, that there are many who don’t realize that the state of Michigan is shaped like a Mitten.

If you didn’t know, now you do!

Everyone can identify with a fragrant garden, with beauty of sunset, with the quiet of nature, with a warm and cozy cottage. – Thomas Kinkade

My Cottage in the Mitten is the place where I share my love for a pretty table setting, home decor, family life, my Mitten Moments, and it’s also where I make my blankets for a cause.

Warm autumn colors, pumpkins, candles, cozy blankets and sweaters, (can’t forget sweater weather) are all the things that remind me of fall.

Cozy and simple!

My Coziest and Simple Fall Table Setting

Table settings are my most favorite decor to create. Playing around, mixing and matching different dishes, linens, and extra decor items is so relaxing to me.

I always start with a general idea of what I want to do and then see what I have on hand to use. Sometimes I may buy flowers or other centerpiece items but for the most part, I always use what I have.

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Table Decor

Earlier this year, I added blue and white to my interior decor. You can see it all in my New Blue Spring Home Tour. I decided to chose blue and orange for my color combo, this fall. I just love the way orange pops when paired with my blue and white decor.

Do you buy things and they forget you have them? I can say I am for sure guilty.

In my mind I wanted to use some kind of large pumpkin for the centerpiece. I suddenly remembered that years ago I had purchased a giant iron framed pumpkin with different shades of orange bulbs in it. So off to the storage room I went looking for my poor forgotten pumpkin.

Once I put the pumpkin on the table, I realized I needed it to have more height. I chose a cake plate and displayed the pumpkin on it, making the height just right. Adding some battery operated flameless candles was the perfect addition.

The only other decor I added were some pine cones I gathered last year while up north. If you’re on a budget, forging your own decor from outside costs you nothing and looks so pretty inside.

Remember, cozy and simple.


I have a set of Currier & Ives, blue and white transferware.

Do you know why it is called transferware? Transferware has a pattern that is applied by transferring the print from a copper plate to paper and then on to pottery.

Cool, huh?

Anyway, you may have seen me use these dishes in table settings before. Even though they are blue, they can be used for so many different events throughout the year. I did add a few cream colored dishes to give the table some interest.

If you decide to do this, I like putting my solid dishes in between my patterns or use them on the ends of the table. This is just my suggestion.

Back in April, Big Al and I went to a large vintage market about an hour from our home. I found the most amazing amber depression glass dessert dishes along with a creamer and sugar bowl. If I told you how much I paid you would never believe. It was definitely a great deal!

Keeping with my blue and orange theme, I thought I would pull out the amber dishes. I am so glad I did!

What do you think?

Rounding out the place setting were some super cute bread plates and clear water goblets. My girlfriend gifted me the cute bread plates when I made the sunflower lanterns for her! Each plate has a different pumpkin pattern on them.

I think the water goblets and bread plates were the perfect finishing touches!


When I went to grab my blue and white napkins, I decided that I would mix up the patterns on those as well. As long as they are the same color scheme, I think it’s fine to mix and match.

The blue wicker chargers have been used before and served the purpose for this table setting.

The table runner is the only thing I did purchased for this setting. I will be able to use this for so many other holidays, birthday celebrations, etc. It was absolutely worth the purchase!

That’s all there is to my cozy and simplet table setting.

Mixing, matching and using what I had!

I hope you enjoyed my coziest and simple fall home tour.

My Coziest And Simple Fall Living Room

My living room and kitchen are in one big square room. Therefore, my decor needs to flow.

I always have plenty of pillows and cozy blankets.

Can you ever have enough?

I did buy the cutest new pillow for my living area! It’s cream, blues, orange and rust. I just love it!

Check it out for yourself!

There are two tables that I always love to decorate. The end table between my living room chairs and the long console table in my hallway.

I used the same fall eucalyptus branches for both vases on the tables. They are by far the best faux branches I have ever bought. They are inexpensive and so colorful. Perfect for fall!

I added some neutral wicker pumpkins to the blue vase on the console table. You may remember that I used them last fall.

The burnt orange pumpkin is one that I have literally had for years! I actually forgot I had it and it still looks like new.

Did you get to see my post on How To Make A Decoupage Pumpkin With Napkins? I now want to decoupage everything!!

I used the pumpkin with a white pitcher and fall leaf stems, on the table just inside my front door.

Here’s another view of my living room. I just love the way the blue and orange compliment each other!

My Side Porch

I have one more small space I want to share with you!

This year, in keeping with my cozy and simple montra, I scaled down my decor outside. I usually have every color known to man, but not this year.

Since the side porch is the door that almost everyone uses, when coming in our door, it was important for me to keep it festive, yet simple.

My fern still looked so healthy, so I decided to incorporate it. I think it looks pretty with the bright orange mum!

Next up on our tour, are my friends AnnMarie and Anne from Simply2Moms. They are neighbors and besties and are sharing a beautiful post on how to decorate your family room with warm vintage finds!

Decorating with vintage finds? Yes, please!

I’m so glad you stopped by today! I would love to have you join me each and every week, here at my Cottage in the Mitten.

I’ll even make sure to have the tea ready!

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Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tours

This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tours. Thirty talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long. You can visit each Fall home tour by clicking the links below.

Monday’s Tours

Monday Bloggers' Best Fall Collage

The Tattered Pew // StoneGable // My Wee Abode

She Gave It a Go // Cottage In the Mitten // Simply2Moms

Tuesday’s Tours

Monday Bloggers' Best Fall Collage

Midwest Life and Style // Willow Bloom Home Blog // Bricks n’ Blooms

Cottage On Bunker Hill // Peacock Ridge Farm // Open Doors Open Hearts

Wednesday’s Tours

Wednesday Bloggers' Best Fall Collage

White Lilac Farmhouse // The Ponds Farmhouse // Eleanor Rose Home

Amy Sadler Designs // Shiplap and Shells // White Arrows Home

Thursday’s Tours

Thursday  Bloggers' Best Fall Collage

My Thrift Store Addiction // County Road 407 // Thistle Key Lane

Cloches and Lavender // My Family Thyme // tatertots & jello

Friday’s Tours

Friday Bloggers' Best Fall Collage

Le Cultivateur // Southern Home and Hospitality // Follow The Yellow Brick Home

WM Design House // A Life Unfolding // Dabbling and Decorating

My Favorite Blue & Orange Finds

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  1. Kim,
    What a cozy and beautiful home tour, friend. I love all the blues and oranges in your home this fall. And your tablescape especially gives me all the inspiration for Thanksgiving.
    It is a joy to be on this tour with you!

  2. Kim, I LOVE those amber dishes paired with your blues! Your home looks warm and inviting all decked out for fall–pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  3. Your home looks absolutely gorgeous, Kim. I love the blue and amber/rust combination. My favorite is your tablescape and those pretty dishes. Happy to be hopping with you this week. Pinned!

  4. Oh Kim, everything looks so beautiful. I love the gold depression glass that you found. I remember you telling me about it. It looks beautiful on your tablescape. Those Currier & Ives, blue and white transferware, remind me of my childhood. It’s the pattern my mother had for our dinnerware. Wow! It made me smile seeing it. Your home looks so beautiful and cozy.

  5. I just discovered your blog on the fall home tour and noticed your kitchen countertop looks like it might be the same as mine, Uba Tuba Gold. That and the fact that you have stained cabinets as well as I do made me take notice. I like the backsplash you have also. As a side note, I grew up with those same Currier and Ives dishes. Memories!

  6. Kim I always love what you share and this Fall tour is no different! I love those amber glasses mixed with your blue transferware. The way you put it all together is just so lovely. I am so glad you joined the tour and wish I could come sit and enjoy some coffee with you! Happy Fall friend!

  7. Your home looks so cozy, Kim. Love the blue and orange you’ve used for fall, and I especially love that iron pumpkin with the ornaments! So unique! Pinned, and so happy to be hopping with you!

  8. Kim!! I love your home tour!! Gorgeous! And 100% I buy things, and then pack them up for next year and totally forget that I have them. But I also remember I have something really awesome and then can’t find it anywhere haha!!! Love doing this blog hop with you friend!!

  9. Your home looks so welcoming and cozy Kim! I’m loving the amber glassware. Great find! The blues and oranges are gorgeous together – well done my friend! Pinned!

  10. Beautiful home tour Kim! I love your use of blue in your fall decor. It’s a color I never thought to use for fall but definitely want to try now. Thank you for the inspiration! Pinned!!!

  11. Hi Kim!

    I loved your tour! Your tablescape is beautiful. I love the way you incorporated orange and blue together. It’s such a lovely combination. And your pillows are so pretty! I pinned your home to my fall board to share 🙂


  12. I love the blue and orange together! And yes, I’m totally guilty of buying things and forgetting I have them. I seriously need to organize the attic. Your side porch looks so fun and happy. I would love being greeted with those bright colors. No one ever uses our front porch to enter the house so you’ve inspired me to do something to the back porch. I better get on it! Lovely touring with you this week. Happy Fall!
    p.s. I absolutely adore the photo of you on your home page. Your smile is contagious! I smiled as soon as I saw it! 🙂

  13. Kim I love the blue dishes with the amber glassware, beautiful for fall. I have my mother’s amber glasses. Can’t wait to dig those out! Happy to tour with you again!

  14. Kim, I love that you use what you have, buying a few new pieces here and there like that cute pillow. Also, how clever to make use of the Christmas ornaments for a Fall centerpiece! Lots of great ideas here!

  15. You are so good at arranging this color palette, Kim! This post will be featured in Tuesday Turn About Link Party this week! Hope to see you at the party again this week 🙂 Pinned!

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