The colors of autumn’s foliage are so gorgeous that we can’t wait to bring its outside palette indoors.  I’m making a Floral Arrangement in Autumn’s Stunning Color Palette today.




I’m also sharing something about my young friend Emily….this post could also be called Flowers for Emily. {I’ll share about this beautiful young woman and her family at the end of the post.}




Floral Arrangement in Autumn's Stunning Color Palette



Welcome to Monday Morning Blooms. I’m as excited as you are to see what my talented friends Mary, Pam and Shirley have created this week for all of us!  Flower therapy is good for the soul.




Monday Morning Blooms




It’s the perfect time to celebrate the season with a fall-inspired floral arrangement at home.  It’s easy to create your own fall-inspired floral arrangement using rich jeweled colors combined with their more delicate hued companions.





Flowers for Emily




Whether you’re looking to create a stunning centerpiece for your dining table or a show stopping floral arrangement for your French dresser, these blooms will give you inspiration to design your own masterpiece for the celebrations autumn has to offer.







In our FrenchGardenHouse living room, I found just the right spot to display this lush arrangement.  The antique French dresser is my favorite place to create a seasonal display using a few favorite antiques and candles.





French Madonna in French Country Home


antique French Madonna




Fall is the season for dahlias, mums and ripened fruits.  I combined them in this abundant flower harvest – together with beautiful soft pink garden roses, long lasting alstroemeria, berried eucalyptus sprays, lemon leaf and dark blue grape clusters.





Floral Arrangement in Autumn’s Stunning Color Palette




Using an antique French ironstone tureen as the base, taped off with florist tape from our flower arranging kit, I began by inserting greens, then adding the bigger dahlia flowers first.  One super large one {the last of the huge garden dahlias} didn’t really look right front and center, but found a place at the top of the arrangement.




Antique french madonna


Floral Arrangement in Autumn’s Stunning Color Palette




An arrangement like this looks better when it is full. You can add lots of greens and fall branches, too.




I decided to let one wayward eucalyptus branch have it’s way and stand tall above the rest. It won me over by refusing to behave, and I felt bad cutting it short. It adds a little joie de vivre,  I think!








My number one tip for creating your own floral arrangement in autumn’s stunning color palette is to use seasonal flowers and fruits.  Flowers in various autumnal hues blend together beautifully.




Balance these jewel tones with softer variations like I did here, and add some fruit for even more hints of the season.





Floral Arrangement in Autumn’s Stunning Color Palette




I love how this arrangement looks with the antique gilded French paper mache Madonna. She has just arrived here at FrenchGardenHouse.








I also want to introduce you to our family friend Emily today.  Emily’s family consists of her Mom, Molly, and her sisters Megan, Carly and Rebeccah.  We have been family friends since mom Molly was just out of college, she shares a birthday with our eldest daughter, although she is older. Molly is a single Mom doing a fabulous job raising her girls.



emily mannerelli




Just a few years ago, Emily was a joy-filled teen filled with dreams and plans for her future. She loved her school, her church, and being part of the Academy for the Performing Arts. Emily is a brilliant makeup artist and had a promising career ahead of her.  Suddenly Emily was brought to the ER in excruciating pain, and since then has been diagnosed with EDS {you can read more about that on her page.} After leaving the hospital, Em is still, a year and a half later, bed bound, and cared for at home by her mom Molly.






Molly works full-time when she is not caring for Emily throughout the night and morning, but the medical costs have become too much for her to bear alone.  I love this family so much, and am asking all of you to please pray for Emily, and her family.  Molly and Emily are believers and truly appreciate your prayers.  Friends have set up a Go Fund Me page for Emily to help defray the out of pocket costs {which are substantial as you can imagine.}


Molly’s words: “We know so many people are in need and deserving of assistance these days. We humbly ask that you consider helping Emily if you are able. We would also appreciate it every bit as much if you would pray for Emily.” If you feel led, please consider making a donation…together we can make a difference for Em and her family as they battle this and fight for Emily’s life.

Emily’s GoFundMe Page >


Thank you so much for joining me to day for Monday Morning Blooms, and for allowing me the opportunity to introduce you to this family.



I hope you will visit each one of my friends, too.  Their links are below.



fall floral arrangment

PAM at Everydayliving


peach roses in mackenzie childs courtly check

SHIRLEY at Housepitality Designs


pumpkins for fall

MARY at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs


Floral Arrangement in Autumn's Stunning Color Palette

and me, LIDY at FrenchGardenHouse






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