Falling Leaves


Cool, crisp mornings have us grabbing for a sweater as we head out the door. It’s the season of layering, nubby textures, and brilliant burnished colors.Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too are setting the stage for Autumn with great decor for the home.

Sleeping in a bit longer is expected while the coffee brews; but don’t sleep the day away. There are too many activities and adventures to be had.


Fall starts with changing out the house.


Rugs are being thrown across the wood and tile floors.


Blankets and finely woven throws are coming out of storage and thrown across the bed, couch, and porch swing.




Leaded glass door cupboards, well worn trunks, and rattan baskets in all shapes and sizes are found throughout our stores.




Start up a batch of soup that will fill the house with a comforting aroma. Centerpieces of gourds and fruit are quick, colorful, and affordable.


Copper pots are ready to go to work for the cook.


Games and candles add an element of intimacy and quality time with friends and family.


Fill the mantel shelf or the top of a cabinet or bookshelf with a collection of vintage lanterns.


Bowls of unexpected items make for a burst of color in any room and help brighten up a gray day.


Fill the coat rack with thick woven cotton sweatshirts from Mexico for guests that stay into the night.


Narrow drawers provide for display and add character when hung on the wall with everyday items.


Wool plaids in every color possible fill the hall closet.


With the mountains close by; snowshoes are a great accessory for the entry or front porch.


In the blink of an eye we’ll be fixing turkey dinner and untangling strings of lights for the Holidays!


You’ll find great savings on vintage, repurposed, and recycled goods at all three stores to change your look, your home, and your life as we fall in love with Autumn color! Open daily from 11-6. SHOP SMART. SHOP STARS.

Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

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Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

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Gayle’s View: The Pumpkins

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.–Henry David Thoreau

I leave all my pumpkins out and about even though Halloween has come and gone. I just like even saying the word… ‘pumpkin–pumpkin–pumpkin’.

They share the stage with my outdoor statuary and front porch, and indoors nestled around my collectibles. I am lucky to be the recipient of many pumpkins because my son grows them commercially (for Winco and others) and provides me with as many as I want.

My late friend, Marion Hilton, also loved pumpkins and used them in her wonderful photographs of early homes and settings. I once went to an autumn gathering at her antique-filled home and she had emptied out an old painted primitive open cupboard of everything on display and filled the shelves with all sizes of pumpkins. She was thrilled when she discovered the variety of pumpkin called “Cinderella” years ago.

I made a little vignette above my kitchen sink nestling pumpkins, a great gourd (from Bauman’s in Woodburn), and some autumn leaves next to my shell pot (purchased at Stars Antiques, of course). I really like the pale pumpkins mixed in with the others.

I had fun using a pumpkin as a model and painting it a couple of weeks ago and using a quote from a book called The Merchant of Marvels by Frederic Clement. I took a photo of the painting for you.

It says: “I possess pumpkin seeds and carriage seeds. If you plan to go to the ball, you had better now plant the carriage seeds… unless, of course, you have a Fairy Godmother. Then the pumpkin seeds will suffice.”

After the Thanksgiving weekend, it is time to turn my thoughts to December and a different sort of decoration. The pumpkins are given to the neighbor’s cows across the way.

I sign off with a photo of my side yard and an excerpt from a Thomas Hood poem:

…No fruits, no flowers
no leaves, no birds,

–Thomas Hood

(There will be no leaves that is until after I rake them!!!!)

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