Kitchen Remodeling Renovation Features to Splurge or Save On

Kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on is the focus of today’s conversation.

Okay.  You’ve made the decision to remodel or renovate your kitchen.  Let’s work with this area first.  Remodeling includes demo, construction and changing the existing design of a space or structure.  Renovating details an update or restore consisting of mainly cosmetic changes.  Let’s throw another R into the mix.  Resale value is a choice point to consider when remodeling or renovating.  I find the cost vs. value comparison from Remodeling Magazine both interesting and informative.  It compares the average cost for 29 popular remodeling projects with the value the project retains at resale in 99 U.S. markets.

Undertaking a kitchen remodel or renovation comes with a myriad of decisions.  The answer to the kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on question is subjective to personal taste and lifestyle, while strongly influenced by and tailored to the existing structure, layout and budget.

Now that that’s established, let’s delve into the topic of kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on.

Kitchen Island

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Tiffany Farha Design

The well appointed standalone kitchen island is a multi-functional focal point center of kitchen activity that packs a powerful one-two punch.  The aesthetic lands the visual appeal while the design delivers navigational proficiency.  Kitchen spaces and sizes vary from house to home, style to space.  A large space with an open floor plan is a reality for some, a dream for others.  This is where thoughtful kitchen design becomes crucial to the prep, cook, store and clean environment.  Efficiency, distance and flow is key in regard to the design concept known as the kitchen work triangle.  The work triangle connects the main task areas of the sink, range or cooktop and refrigerator.  As a general rule, the sum of all three sides of the kitchen work triangle should be between 13 feet and 26 feet.  Factor in the proximity to the sink, range and refrigerator kitchen work triangle and design with convenience in mind.

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Specialty Stations and Appliances

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We are a thirsty nation with a design need to accommodate said thirst.  The increase in demand for kitchen specialty stations and specialty appliances is responsible for moving the gourmet coffee machine, commercial ice maker and wine chiller out of the luxury extra column and into the kitchen features splurge column.

coffee-wine-beverage-stationBetter Homes & Gardens

Optimum kitchen design successfully integrates lifestyle and necessity.

High-End Range, Rangetop or Cooktop 

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Gourmet cooks, home chefs, and entertainers extraordinaire know a high-end range, rangetop or cooktop is a must-have splurge of innovation, efficiency, functionality and performance.  In the words of interior design Miles Redd, “buy the best, and you only cry once.”

Many brands of mid-range appliances offer a quality smart performance with a modern aesthetic for an affordable price.  Quality is not necessarily accompanied by a budget busting price tag.

traditional-kitchen-rangetopDouglas VanderHorn Architects

High-end appliances are price justified if the homeowner has no intention of selling the home.  In terms of resale situation and return on your investment, high-end appliances may only appeal to niche buyers.

Pot filler

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Convenience makes a fabulous sous chef.  My preference for cooking on a gas cooktop or range is of no secret to Dave the Builder.

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A pot filler makes the kitchen features wishlist however, moving electrical, gas and plumbing is expensive.  Try, try as I may to justify the splurge on expense, a save on compromise is on the table.  Hello, new electric cooktop and kitchen sink faucet.

Cabinets

When Dave the Builder & Company renovated our kitchen, we kept the existing cabinet and drawer boxes and went with custom fronts.  This best of both worlds decision rendered significant savings.

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Storage

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Customized countertop storage compartments, cabinets and drawers qualify as smart storage options to splurge on.

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James Michael Howard

Dollars saved by going with a less expensive backsplash option such as  subway tile equals dollars well spent on details such as a custom range hood.  Subway tile is classic, on-trend, and budget friendly.  You gotta pick and choose your kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on battles.

Flooring

I’ve got enough to say grace over in the kitchen.  I don’t want the extra headache of fretting over the flooring choice.  As beautiful as the hardwood floor is, it does present a water stain, spot and scratch issue.

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I prefer ceramic tile flooring in the kitchen over hardwood flooring.  Tile is durable, stylish, design friendly, and affordable.  I vote save on for this one.

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Porcelain tile in the style of hardwood flooring is gaining in flooring popularity.

porcelain-wood-tileMediterranea Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach Whitewash

If you ask me kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on suggestions:

A kitchen can never have enough electrical outlets.  The utility of a kitchen is found in the utilities.  An overhaul of an existing electrical panel by a licensed professional electrician updates the outdated and safely allows for additional lighting and outlets.  Save on the lighting fixtures, splurge on the electrical.

If your heart is set on granite, but your budget does not allow for tricking out the entire kitchen countertop in granite, consider going with granite strictly for the kitchen island countertop.

granite-white-kitchen-island Venegas and Company

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  The answer to the kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on question is subjective to personal taste and lifestyle.  Areas of splurge should give maximum return on investment, performance and expectation.  Areas of save should give a maximum return on quality and functionality while being both stylish and cost-effective.

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Treasure Found Running Fall Roads

Running fall roads in the literal sense is not a part of my workout routine.  I prefer to burn calories and run up the pedometer by running fall roads in search of seasonal and holiday decor pieces to pull the fall~Thanksgiving decorating theme beautifully together.

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You’d be surprised how many steps you take walking around antiques malls, curiosity shops, and the local pumpkin patch.

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Getting into the spirit of Halloween and Thanksgiving decorating when the crisp fall temps and colors continue to elude Central Louisiana is challenging.  Are you seeing and feeling the fall of it all in your corner of the world?




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I spent the better part of last weekend scrolling through ebay and Etsy listings in search of a vintage James Keiller & Son’s Dundee Marmalade crock and other vintage items currently on my wishlist.  I absolutely hate when a seller lists an item with a decent price only to make up an insane profit difference by charging a ridiculous amount for shipping.  Dismayed, I gave up the online search and set my sights on visiting two new shops on the local scene.

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I set the alarm for a crack of dawn a.m. ready to roll wake-up call.  The weather was set to nasty; the effects of Hurricane Nate in the air.  I was armed with short sleeves and an umbrella.  Where is this fall season you speak of?

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The first shop was booming, loaded with merchandise, and one I will return to.  I did not know I was in the market for a vintage Jergens lotion bottle, but when I saw it I just had to have it.  That happens a lot in my antiques and vintage shopping.

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Our nephew and his wife became first time parents in August. With that in mind, I snapped this pic, added a couple of special effects in PicMonkey, and sent it to the parents of Wyatt James.

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Not long into my shopping excursion at the second shop, I scored big time.  Listening to good music and chatting with fellow treasure hunters,  I was in the zone.  I noticed a small booth full of glassware and whatnots. I think my heart skipped a beat when I spotted the vintage James Keiller & Son’s Dundee Marmalade crock.  The thrill was in the find, but the deal was in the price.

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It’s hard for me to resist adding to my pitcher collection.  Fifteen minutes in and I had already found two fabulous pieces.  That’s a good sign when you are treasure hunting.

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I’m always on the lookout for small decorative bowls to use as jewelry and lipstick holders.   I liked the pattern and colors of this porcelain shaker enough to add it to the shelf for use as a loose face powder shaker.

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A gallery wall can never have enough small framed prints upon it.

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Holiday menu planning and recipe developing means staging appetizing and appealing settings for show and tell photos.

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Assorted ironstone plates, a brown and white Staffordshire vegetable bowl, and an ooh la la set of salt and pepper shakers are categorized as a must.

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In anticipation of the upcoming holiday shopping season, our regional chamber of commerce is running a new promotional campaign inviting residents to shop local.   After this successful treasures found running fall roads shopping excursion, that won’t be a problem.

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A Most Fetching Friday Wedding Show and Tell

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday is a wedding show and tell; a post near and dear to my heart.  With permission from our son and his lovely wife, I want to share with you, my reader friends who are like family, select photos from the wedding of Jade and Jackson.

Wedding Show and Tell

The venue, the ceremony, and the eats, drinks and be married festivities made a wedding celebration on a September evening an event to remember.

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The Groom

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Toasting a perfect union.

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Best wishes to the bride and the groom!

Wishing you all a most fetching Friday.

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Fall Traditions of Kitchen Style, Spice and Seasoning

Spending time in the Places In The Home kitchen on a fall afternoon coincides with traditions of kitchen style, spice and seasoning rooted in memories dating back to the little kitchen in our first home where my love of developing recipes inspired by the tastes of the fall ~autumn season all began.

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Designing, decorating and stocking the kitchen, pantry and cupboard with personal style, staples and spices became an adventure in discovery of taste and tastes.  When fall comes around each year, the memories flood my mind reminding me these are special times for making fall traditions of kitchen style, spice and seasoning.

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The crimson and gold Anjou and Bosc pears from the produce section of our local Kroger colorfully complemented my fall dining room decorating scheme, but as it goes with fresh fruit and shelf life, nothing lasts forever.

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Once photographed and admired, it’s time to give thought to delicious ways of putting a seasonal spin on it.

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Tradition is the key ingredient of my recipes.  The recipes and kitchen philosophies of my great grandmother, my darling Mama Two, inspire and influence the salads, entrees and desserts developed and prepared in the Places In The Home test kitchen.

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I leave myself a mixing bowl full of wiggle room by referring to the Places In The Home kitchen as a test kitchen.  If a recipe exceeds taste expectations, my kitchen is the culinary kingdom in which I rule over complete with crown roast and wooden spoon scepter.  If a recipe fails, then my kitchen is simply a test kitchen where taste perfection is not an absolute and I remind the family that Domino’s delivers.

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A jar of Mrs. Bridges fig preserves is my autumn jam.  Fig and pear preserves were a Mama Two staple, especially in her baked goods that I associate with fall traditions of kitchen style, spice and seasoning.  Isn’t it funny the things that play traditional fall favorites with our memory?   It’s a question asked and deliciously answered by the fresh pear salad with sour cream, fig preserves and honey I came up with.

Fresh.

Delicious.

The taste of fall on an vintage porcelain dessert plate.

Slice a fresh pair of your flavor choice in two.  Using a spoon, gently spoon out the center of each pear half.  Place each pear halves core side up on a plate.  Spoon ½-1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice over pear halves.  Spoon a generous dollop of sour cream into center of each pear half.  Top sour cream with 1 heaping teaspoon of fig preserves.  Lightly drizzle honey over pear halves.

A perfect union of flavors for a fresh fall salad option, and a gathering of ideas for fall kitchen style, spice and seasoning.

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pears || cake~bundt pan ||  cookbook ||  fig preserves ||  cake plate || dessert plates  || marmalade crock ||  autumn wreath || sugar bowl  ||  lazy susan   ||  hand soap  ||  pumpkin spice candle

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A Most Fetching Friday First Day of Fall Autumn Home Tour

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday greets the first day of fall by welcoming you all into my home for a fall autumn home tour.
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I try not to complicate the art of seasonal decorating.  Decorating is meant to be an enjoyable experience, after all.  Natural elements, seasonal fruits, vintage china, antique porcelain figurines and regional items familiar to the landscape of our small Southern town never disappoint the eye or occasion.

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Simple, neutral, and inspired by nature hit the high notes of this less is more fall autumn home tour.

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Working with what you have extends to lawn, garden and pantry.  Fall is nowhere in sight in Louisiana, presenting a canvas devoid of traditional fall colors and foliage.

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Dried hydrangeas (dead hydrangeas as my Mother so eloquently puts it) and ginkgo leaf holdovers from fall autumn home tours of past accentuate the crimson and gold Anjou and Bosc pears found in the produce section of the local Kroger, lending a simple yet elegant touch of fall to the dining room buffet.

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This so simple it’s delicious spice cake with maple syrup flavored frosting follows through with the less is more for fall theme.  I’ll share the recipe with you next week.  I’ve also got a fantastic serving suggestion for the pears to share with you.

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If you would have told me a week ago a wasp nest would factor into my fall autumn home tour decor I would not have believed it, but…

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My brother sent this wasp nest to me with the express intention of it being incorporated into my fall decorating plans.  It is oddly beautiful and quite unique- a step away from the expected.

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A pair of vintage porcelain figurines seem to fall frolic among Loropetalum branches and magnolia leaves.

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Fall Autumn Home Tour

Welcome home, fall!  Hope you all have a most fetching Friday and a lovely first weekend of fall.

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One Day Give or Take To Go: Let the Official Fall Colors Flaunt Begin!

I admit to checking the fall countdown clock several times this afternoon. An obvious love of the fall/autumn season drives my thoughts, naturally inspiring me to get with the decorating in full fall colors flaunt program.

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I’ve linked to the countdown clock for those of you who want to see the updated T- time to autumn(or fall).  Click on the above image to be redirected.

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The above collage features scenes of seasonal interest, inspiration for future fall themed blog posts, color, pattern and texture of the season, and a late fall/early winter photo of the newlywed couple.  I can’t wait to share the photos from their wedding.

Gorgeous.

Gorgeous.

Gorgeous!

Spoken or as in this case typed like a proud mother of the groom.

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New England Home

Fall’s traditional color palette is unequivocally breathtaking, but when married with shades of blues and jaw-dropping antiques the result is exceptional.

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El Capitan at Fall

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Obsessed best describes my fall fascination with the portrait of William I, Prince of Orange.  Fall colors flaunt divine.

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Friday, September 22, 2017 at 3:02 pm marks the fall starts spot.  The clock is ticking and the fall colors flaunt excitement is building.

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Pin to Table Favorites: Main Dish Recipes from Pinterest

Sharing is a big part of Places In The Home.  The concept of sharing useful tidbits of interior decorating information and striking images of all things house that make a home interest to social media platforms is genius.  The knowledge gained, friends made, inspiration gleaned makes the experience so worthwhile.  During a recent ringing the dinner bell pinning session, it occurred to me a blog post of select recipes from Pinterest as featured on my A Taste Odyssey Pinterest board may pique your Pinterest interest, and make for an inspiring and appetizing show and tell.


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Rather you call the evening meal dinner or supper, you’ll call these pin to table main dish recipes from Pinterest favorites.   I’m including the original link to each recipe so you can check it out.

Melt in Your Mouth Caesar Chicken

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Melt in Your Mouth Caesar Chicken from The Cookie Rookie is made with only 3 ingredients. Recipe link:  Melt In Your Mouth Caesar Chicken

Fried Pork Chops with Peas and Potatoes 

Fried Pork Chops with Peas and Potatoes Recipe

Southern Living recipes hold a delicious spot near and dear to my heart. This Fried Pork Chops with Peas and Potatoes Recipe ranks high on the mighty tasty, y’all list.  Fried Pork Chops with Peas and Potatoes Recipe

Creamy Four Cheese Garlic Spaghetti Sauce

Creamy Four Cheese Garlic Spaghetti Sauce

This recipe for Creamy Four Cheese Garlic Spaghetti Sauce from Julia’s Album is a favorite.  Creamy Four Cheese Garlic Spaghetti Sauce

Salisbury Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes

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The newlywed couple called home last night from IKEA to share their latest wedding gift purchase.  The subject of IKEA, meatballs and the concept of a furniture store-restaurant pairing got me to thinking and craving meatballs.  This recipe for Salisbury Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes from Maya Kitchenette is comfort food fantastic.  Salisbury Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes

Easy Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches

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The first three words in this recipe for Easy Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches from Fox Valley Foodie qualify it as a must try.  Factor in the ooh la la licious tastes brought forth by combining French onion soup, beef consomme and Guinness beer together with beef roast rump roast and you’ve got a crowd pleasing easy dinner option.  Easy Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches 

julia-child-cooking-well-doesnt-mean-cooking-fancyTown & Country

What Julia said.

Bon Appetit.

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Fall Decorating Inspiration: Decorating House and Home for Fall

It is said the early bird gets the worm.  Far be it for me to question the validity of this wise and proven proverb, but (there is always a but don’t you know) I apply the advice on a case by case basis. Earlier is better when it comes to client appointments, home decor sales and auction previews. Decorating house and home for fall anytime before mid September is traditionally a tad too early for this bird.  Although, tomorrow’s forecast high/low for our little corner of the world is 79/50.  I do believe that qualifies as all the fall decorating inspiration needed to begin a new tradition.

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You can’t talk fall without the subject of pumpkin coming up.  I myself seize every opportunity to dish the pumpkin through color and good tastes.

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Williams Sonoma

Lest we forget the seasonal deliciousness of the apple- the official unofficial fruit of fall.

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Baked apples. Candied apples from fairs and festivals.  My famous Fresh Apple Nut Cake which is the most requested recipe from readers and followers.

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Looking forward to what’s cooking in the fall kitchen comes with the fall baking and cooking territory.  Comfort plates a sweet and savory delight for the taste buds.  Seasonal soups, spicy chili, hearty stews and gumbos of chicken and sausage will be cooking in the French blue pot.

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Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup 

Crisp deep colors complement core foundation pieces.  Rather it’s a been in the family for generations accent chair or the I’ve had my eye on it and there’s no better time than fall to buy it area rug, the addition of seasonal color, texture and pattern enhances the decorating pomp and palette.

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M and M Interior Design

Personal decorating style and taste preferences determine what design element or decor piece immediately draws the eye.  The rug and the table lamps in the above image speak gorgeous to me.  Area rugs and table lamps lend an instant chic factor to the ambiance of a space.

fall-area-rugRizzy Home Bellevue Collection Rug

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Bless the powers that be at Dillard’s and the take an additional 40% off sale that brings forth the Southern Living Ash Feather Statue for a song- a sweet sale serenade.  I have big fall decorating inspiration plans for the newest addition to the decorative accents and accessories inventory.




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Winter white, a lovely color reminiscent of New Orleans style Cafe Au Lait, is a smashing color to complement a fall color palette.

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The Christopher Knight Home Toddman Fabric High Back Club Chair is currently catching my fall decorating eye.  The wingback side detail evokes thoughts of fireside evenings in New England.  Neutral foundation pieces in colors such as winter white or light beige command decorative accents and accessories rich in seasonal colors to stand at vibrant attention.

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Inside Fabric

You never know what the catalyst for your fall decorating inspiration will be.  A throw pillow here, an accent piece there- updating your home decor to reflect the fall season warms up home and hearth and invites the current season’s best in color, texture and pattern show into your places in the home.

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