DIY Fall Decor Project Ideas

Crisp air, nature’s bounty, and a hot glue gun is all the inspiration needed to get the DIY fall decor project ideas flowing.

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The little apple candle wreath that could is falls into my PhD (Project half Done) studies.

Believe me, the faux apples are not as red as they appear in the images.

They’re red alright,  but not quite as bright red as seen in some of the images.

If I could get the lighting right on both space and camera, I’d be dangerous.

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DIY wreath projects need not be a complicated endeavor.

Where’s the fun in that?

For this particular project I chose a Styrofoam wreath form.

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Remnants leftover from the umpteen burlap bags used for everything from placemats to gift bags came together to base wrap the wreath in order to cover the Styrofoam.

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Hot glue gun used for this step.

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Striving for a more polished look than that of the rustic burlap bags, I wrapped the entire form with burlap ribbon purchased from Dollar Tree, pinning the ribbon with a few straight pins to secure into place.

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Grab a paper or download a Michaels coupon and let the DIY fall decor project ideas savings begin.

Let me let you all in on a little secret…

DIY projects can get expensive, so clip those coupons.

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Place faux apples and pears around the form to get an idea of how you want the finished look to turn out.

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Heat up the glue gun (use caution with these things), and once it gets hot glue the faux fruit in place.

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Spanish moss is not only decorative, it covers a multitude of gaps and DIY mistakes.

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There you have it.

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I absolutely love this sweet sweet DIY potpourri wreath from Sweet Something Designs.

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Simple elegance comes to a door or chair frame near you by way of a bag or two of potpourri, a grapevine wreath, your favorite color, texture, and pattern ribbon, and the usual wreath making tools and glue gun to hold fall fabulous all together.

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Simple instructions of hot gluing potpourri pieces to wreath and topping off the look with a bow in your choice of ribbon.

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Laura of Garden Answer posted another wonderful fall wreath how-to video giving us five different options to choose from.

How fall flipping cute is the owl wreath?

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Grapevine wreath.

Hydrangea.

Pine cones.

An assortment of fall leaves.

Feathers.

Small craft gourds.

Dried and/or fresh floral stems.

Seasonal blooms.

Decorative owl figure.

Laura uses echinacea, rose hips, hydrangea, clematis, sedum, vines, pine cones, autumn leaves, and a most darling owl.

wreath owl supplies

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Jo-ann Fabric

Owl cute is this!

Pinecone Owl

Pinecone Owl

Magnolia tree flower and leaves

Flickr

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Items sourced and found at Jo-Ann Fabrics on a free shipping Saturday afternoon signals the cart is full of DIY fall decor project ideas.

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Purchased for this project list:

18″ Grapevine Wreath

Zucker Feather Products 12 pk Duck Gilded Feathers

Bloom Room Autumn 19” Millet Leaf Bush Yellow

Place & Time Fall Harvest Textured Ribbon 2.5″

Bloom Room Autumn Hanging Pinecone Acorn Natural

From nature:

Pinecones

Nandina

Hydrangea

Juniper

Fresh pine

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Nandina berries  fresh pine and juniper

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Placement is ruled by where the bulk of the clippings and stems fit best without much effort in securing to wreath.

Why make things difficult?

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Undone paper clips help to secure stems to the wreath.

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I hot glued the pinecones and hanging pinecone acorn to the wreath with ease and great success.

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Professional bow maker will never find its way onto my resume, but I can fake it till I make it with the best of them.

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A trusty loop and twist method works, and pipe cleaners-stems looped around the center and twisted several times holds everything in place.

Once you decide where on the wreath the bow will go, feed the “ends” of the pipe cleaners-stems in an over and under method through a couple of the wreath twigs in that section.

Gentle pull up on the pipe cleaner-stem ends to pull the bow close to the wreath.

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Secure the bow in place, twist the ends together, tuck the stems into the wreath twigs to hide, and fluff the bow.

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Gold feathers tucked in visually strategic spots

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wreath DIY fall decor project ideas

As time marches on the nandina is turning a stunning golden crimson.

So fall fabulous!

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DIY wreaths naturally mirror the beauty of the season.

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Softening the Style: Rustic Industrial Style

A distinct modification to the hard edge of industrial style is afoot- a reinterpretation best described as rustic industrial style.

Change is constant, and the world of design and decor is not exempt from changes or adaptions.

Rustic is often assigned to several different design styles, casting a broad net over the design application.

Industrial style is not a personal favorite, however, the present softening of hard edges in favor of tipping the scales ever so slightly towards a new traditional modern farmhouse look has the decorative oomph to win me over.

Back in the early 1980s, Dave the Builder became enamored with the modern meets contemporary design style that was all the rage.

Glass.

Chrome.

Metal color palette.

Dave the Builder was intrigued, and I was perplexed.

We met in the middle of are you kidding me and we’ll give it whirl.

We remodeled the living room/dining room combination to suit the style, and when completed we ended up with a space that was stark, cold, and characterless.

I absolutely hated the look.

Thank the design and decor gods Dave hated it to.

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Balance plays a pivotal role in the completed look of any space.

The impact of a primary design style is often enhanced by a supporting decorating style.

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Michael Dawkins Home

Now, I know I haven’t discovered something new, nor am I introducing an on trend design and decor phenomenon.

What I am drawing attention to is how design styles and decor tastes can, and do, evolve.

We embrace the base style elements, adding to and subtracting from in order to perfect and keep visual relevancy.

Rustic industrial style blurs the hard lines by emphasizing soft edges.

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Like a uncorked bottle of wine, I liken the evolution of rustic industrial style to allowing a bottle of wine time to breathe.

More expressive and fully matured.

Terri Ricci Interiors

Terri Ricci Interiors

A little background for clarity:

The concept of industrial style decor gleans influence from the modern warehouse-loft-factory elements of design.

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Southern Living Magazine

With rustic origins relating to vintage wares, industrial style typifies a commercial appeal through the incorporation of wood and metal into the interior design and decor.

Rustic Industrial Style

 Lori Smyth Design

The phrase pop of color is rooted in the lexicon of interior design and interior decorating, however, not all color palettes necessarily reflect the broad brush stroke of what we commonly consider color.

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Natural in color, texture, pattern and appeal, neutral colors dominate the rustic industrial style palette.

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Urban Archaeology

Where the classic color combination of black and white qualifies as the height of color perfection in some instances, a neutral color palette is a bold color choice in others.

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Mark Cunningham Inc.

Add in a mix of metals and the industrial style decor color palette is born.

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Industrial to Farm Dining Table

This zinc plated metal and cedar base farm dining table by SDS Designs captures two hot on trend looks- modern farmhouse and industrial style decor.

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Farm Dining Table by SDS Designs

You’ll notice more and more how the lines between these particular design and decor styles give life to rustic industrial style.

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Lilian Dining Chair

Lilian Dining Chair- Set of 4

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WB Builders

Carbon Loft Tilton 24-in Rustic Gunmetal Bar Stool

Carbon Loft Tilton 24-in Rustic Gunmetal Bar Stool

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Napa Valley Farmhouse-den-Carreiro Builders

Carreiro Builders

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 Anthony Wilder

Sleek pendants and statement chandeliers visually qualify as a design tour de force.

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Sadie Pendant  ||  1-light Oxidized Nickel Pendant  ||  Bartlett Small Pendant in French White  ||  Isabel 1-Light Pendant in Colonial Blue Finish 
Modern Haning Lighting Fixture Golden Ceilling Light  ||  1-light Oxidized Brass Pendant  ||  Uttermost Pontoise 1-light Distressed Ivory Metal Mini Pendant  ||  Quoizel Amherst Mottled Cocoa 3-light Pendant

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Wesley-Wayne Interiors

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 Von Fitz Design

vidaXL Coffee Table Black 25.6"x25.6"x11.8" Solid Mango Wood

vidaXL Coffee Table Black Solid Mango Wood

Pulling home decor accents and accessories from other design styles avoids, or at least greatly diminishes, the risk of the space becoming locked into the hard line look of a particular decorating style.

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Uttermost Yerevan Wood Leg Lamp

Uttermost Yerevan Wood Leg Lamp

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Uttermost Lev Gold Metal Wall Decor

Uttermost Lev Gold Metal Wall Decor

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TOLA Architecture

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Bremerton 4L Bronze Wood Cage Linear Chandelier Island Pendant Light

Mercana Leighton I 15 x 20 Gold Toned Metal Spherical Pendant Light

Industrial Hanging Wired Pendant Light 

Carbon Loft Enstad 12-inch Fired Bronze Bowl 1-light Pendant

Carbon Loft Hoesl 14.5-inch Metal Sphere 1-light Pendant

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Architectural Digest

My personal choice for an in the style for replicating the very stylish storage solution option in the above image.

Ventana Glass Display Cabinet

Ventana Glass Display Cabinet

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The Working Kitchen

Cypress Industrial Adjustable Metal Barstool in Silver Brushed Gray with Brown Wood Seat

Cypress Industrial Adjustable Metal Barstool 

It’s quite surprising how the mixing of antiques or in the style of antiques pieces with today’s modern styles works a room to its visual advantage.

La Grange Hostyn Kitchen Island

La Grange Hostyn Kitchen Island

Art Leon Counter Height Metal Barstools with Eiffel Legs(Set of 2)

Art Leon Counter Height Metal Barstools with Eiffel Legs(Set of 2)

Staying true to one particular decor style proves a comfort zone of sorts, while the constant discovery of what accents and accessories best fit your decorative style portfolio results in a satisfying experience.

When the winds of design and decor change and blow inspiration your way, step out of the box and try a new decor style.

The result may beautifully surprise you.

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Simple Autumn Accents For The Season

Simple autumn accents kick off a slew of traditional and soon to be a tradition autumn DIY projects, dishes, and decorating ideas for the season.

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Now that’s one bright orange pumpkin- one I’m not so in love with in its present state.

Reinterpreting a dollar store pumpkin using leftover remnants from a burlap sandbag, black tulle, ribbon, wired rope, pecans, and pine cones straight out of the craft drawer and front yard fall into the category of simple autumn accents primed for projects in new to you fashion.

I like a use what you have project.

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Inexpensive and oh so easy to work with, using tulle for everything gift wrapping from the actual gift wrap to the bow on top of the package is the preferred gift wrap accessory found in my craft closet bag of tricks.

Covid-19 stay at home practices have put a cramp in my fabric store runs, so my stock is running low; ergo, the remnants.

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What started out as the primary layer of pumpkin covering turned into just the right amount of color and texture contrast.

The entire point of this DIY project is to cover and construct a fall accessory  with a little bit of seasonal oomph.

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Going to a gumbo (think Going to a Go-Go by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles) keeps with Places In The Home tradition.

Believe me, cooking a gumbo on the first day it feels like fall in Louisiana is just what you do.

A fellow Louisiana fan of our culture and cuisine posted this to her Facebook page, There Once Was A Kitchen Table, and it says a mouthful.

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Cooking a gumbo is a day long process- the low and slow principle of Louisiana cooking.

Phone calls from the Canadian snowbird for updates to the gumbo report began bright and early.

He makes a good gumbo, but mom’s chicken and sausage gumbo has the c’est si bon of home.

The taste of home plates a lasting impression.

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Sweet complements savory, or at least that’s the dessert justification I go with.

Simple is the main ingredient in this homemadeish cake.

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Prepare a yellow cake mix as directed with one exception.

Use 1 cup apricot nectar instead of the 1 cup water called for and prepare to have your taste buds taken to a whole new level.

Simply delicious and simply homemadeish.

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Remember the hand carved wood pig centerpiece platter/serving tray I referenced in the Digging The Pig Kitchen Decor post from last month?

It arrived ready to impress, and now finds itself filled with fruits, nuts, and veggies deliciously associated with the taste of fall.

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Until I can prevail upon Dave the Builder to mask up and head over to a local greenhouse, faux pumpkins it is.

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The first Sunday afternoon of fall was all the simple autumn accents inspiration needed to log on, shop and source, fill the cart, and place an order for the finishing items soon to be seen in a new fall clear through to Thanksgiving wreath.

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Guess what’s on the agenda for the weekend and what next week’s blog post will be all about?

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Decorative Ideas For Firewood Storage

Decorative ideas for firewood storage roll into my thoughts on this first official day of fall.

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Better Homes & Gardens

During our hurricane damage property overview, I happen to notice the chimney clean out is in need of just that.

Dave the Builder will put on his chimney sweep hat and get the job done.

I, on the other hand, will adorn myself in a chic fall of it all party hat while introducing home and hearth to decorative ideas for firewood storage.

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 Leo Designs Chicago

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Southern Living – Photo by Helen Norman- Styling by Jeff Minnich

In fall we spruce up and prepare our homes for the season, placing the emphasis on cozy and comfortable.

Gray Egret Embroidered Cozy Accent Pillow

Gray Egret Embroidered Cozy Accent Pillow

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Country Living – Photo by Helen Norman

There’s nothing like a toasty warm fire in a safe and ready for the season fireplace to conquer and complement a crisp fall chill.

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Country Living – Photo by Tara Donne

With that also comes the seasonal decorating project of making life easier.

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12.3oz Seasonal Copper Candle Fireside – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Implementing decorative ways to house firewood, fire starters, fatwood, pine cones, newspapers, and safety matches at the ready is a sure fire way of marrying seasonal style with seasonal convenience.

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Crisp fall days into chilly fall evenings into winter holidays frame a cozy and warm fireside narrative.

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Country Living – Photo by Virginia MacDonald

Fall air is crisp air, and goodness knows winter air chills to the bone.

The Snuggle is Real Plaid Pillow

The Snuggle is Real Plaid Pillow

September through March is prime snuggle weather.

Settling in and warming up in front of a crackling fire sparks a fireside chat of comfort and joy.

Hit the play button to hear the sounds of crackling things to come.

The Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young classic “Our House” frames a lovely fall scene and heard.

I’ll light the fire🔥
You put the flowers in the vase that you bought today
Staring at the fire for hours and hours while I listen to you
Play your love songs all night long for me, only for me
Come to me now and rest your head for just five minutes,
everything is good
Such a cozy room, the windows are illuminated by the
Sunshine through them, fiery gems for you, only for you
Our house is a very, very, very fine house with two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy ’cause of you
And our la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la

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Southern Living- Photo by Robbie Caponetto – Styling by Kendra Surface

Firewood stacked with purpose and style is part of the warm and cozy equation.

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Holmes Hole Builders LLC

This is where making home and hearth life easy with decorative ideas for firewood storage by the fireplace or fireplace adjacent enters the picture.

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Decorative Leather Basket- Threshold™ designed with Studio McGee
Available 10/18/2020

 

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Dahlia Metal Firewood Holder Log Carrier

English Cottage Renovation

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Graphic Fireplace Firewood Holder

Coming up with unique and decorative options to house and hold firewood is not a huge challenge.

Bria Hammel Interiors

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Chuck log holder

Chuck Log Holder

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Country Living – Photo by Quentin Bacon 

Nautical Brass Fireplace Log Holder

Nautical Brass Fireplace Log Holder

Ayaan Magazine Rack

Ayaan Magazine Rack

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Veranda – Photo by Annie Schlechter

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Copper pots, cauldrons, boilers, coal scuttles, and buckets in warm tones prove to be excellent fireplace focal points of visual interest.

Victorian Copper/Brass Coal Scuttle

Victorian Copper/Brass Coal Scuttle

 

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Deluxe Copper Boiler and Wash Tub

Copper Finished Firewood Bucket With 5 lbs. Fatwood Resin Rich Pre-Split Kindling for Easily Starting Fires

Copper Finished Firewood Bucket With Fatwood Pre-Split Kindling

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Veranda – Photo by Francesco Lagnese

Crisp and cold weather around the fireplace essentials can exist “out of the box” and in decorative harmony with the rest of your decor.

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House & Garden – Photo by Paul Massey

Round Two-Tone Wicker Storage Basket and Planter on Wheels By KOUBOO

Round Two-Tone Wicker Storage Basket and Planter on Wheels By KOUBOO

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Tapered Log Basket

Skiatook Log Carrier

Skiatook Log Carrier

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Country Living – Photo by Kim Cornelison

Sweet Plum 2 Piece Rattan Basket Set

Sweet Plum 2 Piece Rattan Basket Set

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Remodelista – Photo by Pia Ulin 

Woven Crescent Basket

Woven Crescent Basket

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Wayfair

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Vin Wicker Trunk 

Pretty is as pretty stores.

VOH Architects

VOH Architects

Ira Studded Barrel with Iron Handles Bucket

Ira Studded Barrel with Iron Handles Bucket

Martha Stewart Magazine features “Everything You Need to Know About Starting a Fire and Maintaining Your Fireplace” just in time for the fall fireplace season.

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Martha Stewart

6″ Beehive Crock with Fatwood Bag

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Martha Stewart

Two leather belts later and you’ve got yourself a custom log carrier-holder-tote.

Chinese Country Antique Painted Cedar Trunk

Chinese Country Antique Painted Cedar Trunk

Blanket chests and painted trunks rank high on my suggestion list of decorative ideas for firewood storage.

This is the form and function part of the show and tell show.

Rich in provenance, distinctive detail, unique form and functionality,  antique and vintage chests are a great option for firewood storage.

Northern European paint decorated storage trunk/ blanket chest, c.1817

Northern European Painted Storage Trunk/ Blanket Chest, c.1817

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Southern home Magazine- Photography by Emily Jenkins Followill
Design by Nina Nash Long and Don Easterling

19th Century Swedish Country Hand Painted Pine Wooden Wedding Trunk - c.1848

19th Century Swedish Country Hand Painted Pine Wedding Trunk – c.1848

Vintage and in the style of vintage wooden crates also do a fall fabulous job of storing firewood, fire starters, pine cones and the like.

Maiden Creek Apples Wooden Crate

Maiden Creek Apples Wooden Crate

Cott to be Good Soda Crate

Cott To Be Good Soda Crate

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Luxe Interiors + Design – Photo by Emily Followill

A pine crate is lovely enough in its natural state, but if it’s not your first choice of finish let the fall decor project good times begin.

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Stain or spray paint in your preferred designer color and/or add a transfer or stencil to customize.

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Uniflame Aged Bronze 3 Panel Screen With Doors

Uniflame Aged Bronze 3 Panel Screen With Doors

Fresnel Single Panel Iron Fireplace Screen

Fresnel Single Panel Iron Fireplace Screen

Louis XVI Style Carved and Gilt Fire Screen

Louis XVI Style Carved and Gilt Fire Screen

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Antique Copper Coal Bucket

Turkey Wing Broom

Turkey Wing Broom

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House & Garden – Photo by Michael Sinclair 

 

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Culbreath Cement Barrel Planter

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Cast Iron Fireback with Pine Cone Design

So pretty in the firelight.

Cast Iron Fireback with Pine Cone Design

Striking pieces will complete the fireplace decorating scheme.

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Rentas Fiberstone Pot Planter
American Carved Wood Hand Form Match Safe
The Wandering Rabbit Cast Iron Matchstick Sculpture
Ohio Stoneware Crock
Italian Hand- Carved 19th Century Fire Bellows
Sharkey Boot Jack Cricket
Classic Shanghai Style Water Bucket
Plow & Hearth Deluxe Double-Bottom Metal Fireplace Ash Bucket with Lid

C.E. Hilts Shoe Co. Tin Litho Match Holder

C.E. Hilts Shoe Co. Tin Litho Match Holder

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Pineville Treasure Chest Too

Cast Iron Queen Bust Andirons, Antique French Figural Firedogs

Cast Iron Queen Bust Andirons, Antique French Figural Firedogs

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House Beautiful

Fall festive with year round presence.

Minuteman International Maple Leaf Andirons Set of 2

Minuteman International Maple Leaf Andirons Set of 2

Nicky Propane Gel Ethanol or Gas Fireplace Decorative Logs

Nicky Propane Gel Ethanol or Gas Fireplace Decorative Logs

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Reclaimed Pine Wood Mantel

Dews Fireplace Shelf Mantel

Dews Fireplace Shelf Mantel

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House Beautiful- Photo by Trevor Tondro

In a myriad of styles to choose from, outdoor planters become eye-catching indoor essentials for housing fireplace accessories.

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Gray Ballance Terracotta Statue Planter

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Crawfordsville Steel Pot Planter

Crawfordsville Steel Pot Planter

Color-Changing Fireplace Color Cones, 2 lb. Bag

Color-Changing Fireplace Color Cones, 2 lb. Bag

Orson Composite Urn Planter

Orson Composite Urn Planter

It’s official folks, fall has arrived!

No matter how you stack it, the chilly days and nights of fall call for cozy times and decorative ideas for firewood storage.

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Fall Home Decor and Recipes Gotta Have It List

Blog posts, like the spaces and places in the home, benefit from seasonal updating.  If you’re like me, all things fall home decor and recipes is a conversation worth having and a blog post worth reading.

We’ve had a subtle preview of fall between hurricanes thanks to cooler mornings and noticeably shorter days here in the deep South.

I makes no excuses or apologies for my gush for what I’m convinced is the absolute best time of the year on all points weather, decorating, entertaining, baking, cooking and tailgating.

That’s the great thing about favorite things- they compel us to share the excitement.

Many of the new seasonal activities we normally take part in will be a celebration of fall fun and feast at home.

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‘Feels Good To Be Home’ Wood Sign – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Fall home decor and recipes suited for cozy days into evenings and scrumptious snacks and meals scripts a feels good to be home narrative.

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Oh, what fall fun we decoristas have when we are:

Setting seasonal tablescapes.

Developing, delighting in, and discovering recipes big on the flavors of the season.

Decorating the interiors and exteriors of house, heart, home, and hearth.

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Better Homes & Gardens

A great serving piece, serving tray, compote, set of table linens, throw pillows, lamp, wall accent, rug-  it doesn’t take a complete space overhaul or remodel to introduce texture, color, or pattern of the season to your interior or exterior home decor.

Oh, and don’t forget the menu.

Talk about one of the most delicious ways to welcome fall home decor and recipes to a new season!

Let’s take a look at this season’s Gotta Have It list.

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Elios Pumpkin Tureen, Large

Birch 6-Inch Real-Flame Effect Pillar Candle in Brown

Vintage English Victorian Gravy Boat

Brown Evenson Pear Decorative Bowl

Stoneware Reactive Glaze Cereal Bowl – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Feast Platter

Home Decorators Collection Antiqued Wood Candle Hanging or Tabletop Lantern with Beaded Trim (Set of 2)

Home Decorators Collection Antiqued Wood Candle Lanterns with Beaded Trim

Designing a cozy setting is not an exercise in difficulty.

Warm colors mingled among textured accents, collected finds, and antique pieces, set against the backdrop of soft and comfy candlelight or a crackling fire in the fireplace, invite cozy to settle in and stay awhile.

Cozy is a delightful guest- one who never wears out its welcome.

Luminara® Birch 6-Inch Real-Flame Effect Pillar Candle in Brown

Luminara® Birch 6-Inch Real-Flame Effect Pillar Candle in Brown

There’s something about a pillar candle wrapped in the style of birch that says the texture of fall.

Don’t stop there.

Bring a little pumpkin shortbread or your favorite spice scent to the fall  soiree.

M. Baker pumpkin shortbread candle

Colonial Candle® of Cape Cod  M. Baker Candle in Pumpkin Shortbread

Getting into the fall of it all is fun, keeps things decoratively interesting, and doesn’t have to break the bank.

Affordable fall pretties style spotted at Walmart await door, chair, wall, bench or sofa.

Call this a good prices and great looks combo of farmhouse fabulous with a hint of French country ooh la la.

Pumpkin and Blossom Harvest Wreath

Pumpkin and Blossom Harvest Wreath, 24″

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Mainstays Plaid Pillow

I’m considering ordering two of these pillows to pair with the faux fur throw pillows currently adorning the accents chairs I use as captain’s chairs in the dining room.

Notice the shadow on the lower part of the pillow.

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A late summer into early fall sun casts shadows full of nuance ready to shadow dance with rich colors, patterns and textures that highlight the very best of the season.

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If I didn’t know better, I would think wooden dough bowls strictly exist for housing a natural bounty of fall’s most gorgeous finds.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Edmund Barr

Rich warm colors perfectly accentuate indoor and outdoor spaces prime for feathering in seasonal splendor.

Glenfield Deep Wooden Dough with Handles Decorative Bowl

Glenfield Deep Wooden Dough with Handles Decorative Bowl

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Fads & Frames

Rework a display you’ve enjoyed during the previous season with a simple addition to and subtraction of.

When creating a fall –autumn inspired arrangement, I like to let the flora fall where they may.

Frankly, it plays up the natural aspect of the season which advances the uncomplicated yet beautiful effect you’re going for.

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The thrill is in the hunt, and hunt I’ve done over the last two weeks for new and vintage items for fall decorating.

I can’t wait to share with you the fantastic piece I bought off eBay over the weekend.

Staying close to home and heart with home decor accessories selections in a vintage and antique theme comes naturally to my tastes.

I like to add a splash of brandy to a hearty fall into winter soup.

When we set a fall themed tablescape, I turn a vintage gravy boat into a brandy boat, and the dining crowd goes wild over the presentation.

English Victorian gravy boat

English Victorian Gravy Boat

Fall feasts reminds me of a neighbor friend who is known for a strict and steadfast entertaining rule she swears by.

Round Glass & Wood Dessert Stand - Threshold™

Round Glass & Wood Dessert Stand – Threshold™

She is of the belief it is in poor taste and the epitome of bad entertaining manners to have an empty cake stand or cake plate set out on the buffet or sideboard when having guests over.

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Far be it from me to argue with that particular entertaining principle, so allow me to play the fall baking fairy furnishing y’all with my apple nut cake recipe complete with sprinkles of cinnadust.

This classic recipe is a c’est si bon fall favorite, and is cake stand or plate worthy.

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Apple Nut Cake

Ingredients

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups granulated sugar

½  cup brown sugar

2 eggs

½  teaspoon nutmeg

½  teaspoon cinnamon

½  teaspoon ground cloves

½  teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 ½  cups all-purpose flour

1 cup chopped pecans

½  cup applesauce

3 cups fresh apples, peeled and sliced

Icing

½  cup firmly packed light brown sugar

¼  cup butter or margarine

3 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup powdered sugar

½  cup chopped pecans

Directions

Peel and slice apples.  Add brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, ground cloves and lemon juice to apples coating well; set aside.  Mix together sugar and oil.  Add the eggs and beat until creamy.  Add vanilla.  Combine salt, baking powder, baking soda and flour together.

Introduce dry ingredients in small amounts to sugar and oil mixture.  Next, add apples, applesauce and chopped pecans and mix by hand.

Bake in greased and floured Bundt pan in 350 degree oven for approximately 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

For the icing:

In a medium saucepan bring brown sugar, butter, and milk to a boil over medium heat, stirring or whisking constantly.  Boil for one minute continuing to stir or whisk constantly.

Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Add powdered sugar and stir or whisk until smooth and continue until it begins to thicken slightly.  Immediately drizzle over cooled cake.  Top with walnuts or pecans.

As a tasty bonus, I’m adding my recipe for Great Northern Bean and Chicken Soup as a culinary accompaniment to the antique white pumpkin soup tureen on my Gotta Have It list.

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Great Northern Bean and Chicken Soup

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter

1 medium onion, chopped

1 cup carrots, peeled and sliced

3 stalks celery, diced

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon minced garlic

2 cans Great Northern beans

1½ cups cooked chicken, shredded

1 32 ounce box chicken broth

1 chicken bouillon cube

2 cups water

Directions

Melt the butter in dutch oven (or just toss the butter in with the veggies like I do).  Add the sliced carrots, chopped celery and chopped onion.  Sauté until onions become translucent.

Add shredded chicken, beans, bay leaf, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir to incorporate all the flavor goodness together.  Add water, bouillon cube and chicken broth bringing to a boil.

Once a good bubbling boil is reached, reduce heat to low and allow soup to simmer for 45-60 minutes.

Remove the bay leaf and serve with crackers or cheesy cornbread.

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Spicy sea salt and black pepper crackers add a touch of the all important c’est si bon.

While we’re on the subject of crackers, fall, cozy, snacks, and seasonal goodness, let’s pumpkin cheese ball this fall recipes thing up.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Jacob Fox

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Ingredients

2  8 ounces pkg. cream cheese, softened

2 cups extra-sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded

¾ cup canned pumpkin

¼ cup butter, softened

2 tablespoons minced fresh sage

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Assorted crackers

Directions

Combine cream cheese, 1¼ cups cheddar cheese, the pumpkin, butter, sage, paprika, garlic powder, and ¼ tsp. each salt and black pepper.  Beat with a mixer on medium until fluffy.

Chill, covered, 4 to 24 hours.

Wrap in plastic wrap and shape into a ball.  Unwrap; roll ball in remaining  ¾ cup cheddar.  Serve with crackers.

Serves 24.

To shape into a pumpkin:

After rolling the cheese ball in the remaining cheddar cheese, rewrap the ball in plastic wrap.  Place a few rubber bands vertically around the cheese ball to form ridges.  Chill 30 minutes.

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Is there a hint of fall in your part of the world?

Embrace the beauty and the taste of fall and give it a welcome home, old friend shout out from me.

 

 

 

 

 

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Touches and Hints of Fall At Home Preview

The intention of this touches and hints of fall at home preview is to bring about that cozy-colorful-bountiful-nature inspired-pumpkin spiced-apple appealing feeling of fall at home.

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Those of us who absolutely love the fall-autumn season revel in the fall at home preview planning and prepping.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Werner Straube

Seasonal decor pretties.

Rich warm colors and hues on parade.

Crisp days into evening.

Pumpkin everything.

Cozy times.

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Fall Sweet Fall Accent Pillow

Actual signs of fall may not be obvious in your neck of the woods (or skipped you all together i.e. 101°F in Denver one day, 33°F the next), but the excitement of a fall-autumn arrival is building.

Fall at home preview posts on the pages of food and shelter magazines, recipe and home decor blogs, and the social media platforms of choice confirm the anticipation.

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“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”

—Lauren DeStefano

They say good things come to those who wait.

On that logic I liken fall’s tease and eventual arrival to the pot of harvest gold at the end of summer’s scorching rainbow.

A sure sign the beauty of fall is upon us.

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Ella Claire & Co. gifts this lovely free printable vintage landscape for fall framing and decorating.

Sending a big thank you to creative friends and blogs bearing gifts.

I have a bronze gold frame picked out to frame the print in, and am leaning toward placing it on a small decorative easel.

Click on the link to visit this wonderful blog and print your copy- Ella Clair & Co. 

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Wrensted Interiors LLC

Natural touches such as seasonal foliage picked from your yard or garden and housed in rustic crocks, vintage silver pieces, or basic glass jars bring the beauty of fall to a tabletop or vignette near you.

Antique Brown Round Ceramic Stoneware Crock

Antique Brown Round Ceramic Stoneware Crock

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Inspiration, imagination, creativity, and a keen eye are responsible for many a stunning decorative display.

Antique Large German Brown Glazed Stoneware Pottery Double Handle Crock Vase

Antique Large German Brown Glazed Stoneware Pottery Double Handle Crock

As one who always includes setting and staying within budget when selecting, suggesting, and sourcing home decor accents and accessories for clients as well as myself, I love the endless possibilities afforded by decorating with items found at home, in nature (the best arts & crafts store going!), farmers markets, and the flower and produce departments of local grocery stores.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by John Granen

“Autumn is the season to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have.”

—Unknown

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There’s no need to spend an exorbitant amount of money in order to achieve a striking result.

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An arrangement of fresh seasonal fruits placed in a wooden bowl or on a plate or platter sets a simple yet elegant display.

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I’m convinced the five senses dance a delightful waltz to an autumnal melody.

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Bella Notte Linens

Layers of warm and cozy linens wrapped in your favorite fall color, texture, pattern, and scent invite a fall into comfort feeling.

Functionality has never looked, felt or smelled so inviting.

Fall Scented Linen Spray

Ingredients

½ cup water

½ cup vodka

8-10 drops fall scented essential oil(s)

Directions

Mix water and vodka together in a clean spray bottle.

Add essential oil or combination of oils to mixture, swirling to blend.

Essential oil scents and combinations to consider:

Sweet orange, clove bud and cinnamon bark.

Pumpkin pie.

Brown sugar, apple pie and nutmeg.

Wood spice.

Sweet tangerine.

Cedarwood.

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Foodiesfeed

When apples and cinnamon enter the mix or the mixing bowl, the scent and the taste of fall follows.

Brown Wood Look Plate Brown Wood Look Plate

This brown wood plate offers the look of wood with the ease of melamine.

Design details include a realistic faux wood grain pattern paired with the extra bonus of being safe for food use.

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Sköna hem -Pinterest

Southerners take fall any way we can get it since we really don’t get much of it in the first place.

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D Magazine – Photography by Nathan Schroder

It’s a fact of life in Louisiana when the temps fall below 70°F you can hear the collective clang of gumbo pots making their way from cupboard to stove top in true c’est si bon fashion.

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When fall rolls around you can find me spending most late afternoons into evening sitting on the porch taking it all in.

I love spending time in the kitchen developing fall recipes, but you can’t be in two places at once.

Playing to that logic, simple seasonal dishes such as mustard greens and buttermilk cornbread top the dinner menu on crisp fall nights.

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Dave the Builder’s mother held firm the taste of a Louisiana sweet potato is not at its flavor zenith until after the first frost.

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The first frost of fall is a ways off yet, however, we cook, bake, and candied sweet potatoes on.

Leaf Wooden Spoon

Leaf Wooden Spoon

Isn’t it funny how you assign a season to particular foods and flavors?

Gumbo.

Cinnamon roll candied yams.

Pecan pie made with Louisiana pecans and pure cane syrup.

Apple nut cake.

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We’ll cook it, bake it, and eat it any time of year, but it taste so much better in the fall.

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Fall ushers in thoughts of DIY projects for door, porch, mantel, and seal.

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Shine a light on fall with these DIY Pumpkin Lanterns from designlovefest.

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When the Canadian snowbird was in school, yours truly pulled room mother duty every year kindergarten-8th grade.

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Bloom Room Autumn Fall Harvest Teasel Bouquet

I was in my element decorating for the teachers appreciation gala, fall festival and Halloween carnival extravaganza.

Included in my bag of decorating tricks was the idea of using faux fall flower bouquets for everything from tabletop decorations to gift favors.

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Wrapping each bouquet in inexpensive craft or tissue paper tied with ribbon and raffia in assorted seasonal colors and textures took the presentation from faux to fabulous.

For extra fall scented goodness tuck a couple of cinnamon sticks in with the bouquet.

It’s all in the details.

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Embellishing an inexpensive throw pillow(s) rich in fall color with decorative trim(s) creates a custom decor piece.

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Elle Decor 

I saw this idea of draping faux fur throws over the back of dining chairs in a fall decorating feature in Elle Decor, and quickly filed it under F for faux fur for fall at home preview.

Fall At Home Preview

A seasonal accent here and a seasonal accessory there layers house and home with touches and hints of the season.

Add a decorative throw or pillow to an existing piece and you instantly create a seasonal update though color, texture, and/or pattern.

Huntingdon Chesterfield Chair

Huntingdon Chesterfield Chair

‘Tis the season for feathering one’s nest with touches and hints of the season through decor additions and updates inspired by the best features of the season.

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The Not So Pretty Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura lived up to her pre-storm warnings and then some.

No matter the type of storm or danger forecast for your part of the world, it is crucial to heed the warnings.

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You can’t believe how loud and how terrifying the winds and squalls of a hurricane are when they get to going.

My teeth chattered in fear, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

Questions asked and answered swirled in the wind and in my mind.

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Would the tree in the front yard fall on the roof and seriously injure or kill one of us?

Thank God it stood.

What would our area and Louisiana look like in the light of day after this furious and ferocious witch cast her destructive spell?

Devastated.

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Where would we shelter Covid-19 safe if we lost the roof?

If we were hit bad I knew family, friends, and neighbors would be as well.

My sweet hour of prayer stretched into hours of prayers for the safety of all involved and affected both during and after the storm.

We lost power Thursday at 4:07 am CST.

Central Louisiana has never experienced a city wide-parish wide total power outage.

Dave the Builder took post storm shelter in the car with the A/C on arctic blast.

Cold washcloths placed on my face dried out in less than an hour. I went through three spray bottles of rose water trying to keep cool.

Six days later when power was restored I cried tears of joy.  I cried even harder when it went back down again for several hours.

Dave the Builder cried when telling me about the linemen and utility workers sitting under trees in our neighborhood eating their lunch and sweating bullets.

There’s hundreds of workers and crews here from all over the United States working tirelessly to restore power.

Dave just told me there’s five bucket trucks from Florida Power & Light working one street over from us.

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The combination of still air, boiling heat, and oppressive humidity deals a hellish hand to all.

May God bless and keep them all safe.

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Phone (landline and cellular), cable, and internet is spotty if working at all.

Many residents, residences, and businesses depend on these services in their daily business operations and especially in emergency situations.

In fact, many service organizations, financial institutions, restaurants, etc… strictly handle operations, payment, and orders online.

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First day of no power what was cold in the refrigerator was cold, and what was in the freezer was nice and frozen.

Fourth day in the defrosting began.

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On the sixth day of no power my true love gave to me,
A helping hand and a Hefty.

Bagged up and to the street it went.

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The restocking of fridge and freezer to full capacity is a work in progress.

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City wide boil advisories until further notice means when ice drops it goes.

Locating food is not as difficult as locating ice.

I called the local Super 1 Foods to inquire if the commercial ice machines were producing ice.

Unbeknownst to me, Super 1 Foods (Brookshire’s) was giving out boxes of free ice on a first come, first served basis.

It is a wonderful thing to see firsthand the coming together of corporations, local businesses, churches, agencies, politicians, schools, athletic teams, and simply good citizens to help, aid, and assist the many in need.

Don’t buy into the nonsense and the narrative some broadcast as truth.

Great people with good hearts are the majority.

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My brother lives roughly ten miles west of us.

His property got the flip knocked out of it.

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He and several neighbors immediately jumped into action rounding up his horses and dealing with downed power lines, poles, and timber.

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On the left in the image below is my brother’s Black Lab Sadie taking her daily dip in the pool the day before Hurricane Laura hit.

On the right is Sadie doing laps in the pool on the afternoon after Hurricane Laura left her mark that morning.

What a difference a day, a hurricane, and a generous amount of chlorine makes.

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Our nephew and his wife sent an Amazon care package filled with battery operated fans, batteries, car phone chargers, granola bars, sports drinks and assorted snacks.

Clothes and towels continue to pile up due to the extremely low water pressure and please don’t do laundry if at all possible pleas from City officials.

Tide’s Loads of Hope will be in our area tomorrow morning.  We’re going to have some good clean fun!

Dave the Builder and I both look a sight.

My brother came by today, and when I opened the front door to let him in I warned him at present ugly lives here.

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Debris removal at Places In The Home is complete, and the new fence to replace the one blown down by the winds of Hurricane Laura will be installed next week.

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Community Coffee

I’m slowly coming back online, and will be back fully operational with a fall is in the air (better than a hurricane!) post to get us all in the mood for better days.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

Love y’all!

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A Fetching Friday: Sunny and Bright

Today’s Fetching Friday is sun kissed and brightly inspired by sunny and bright summer days and positive dispositions.

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Sunny and bright interiors, exteriors, flavors, settings, and destinations radiate a luminous sense and feel of happiness and cheer.

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Bruern Abbey Gardens – House & Garden – Photo by Eva Nemeth

“The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but the wide world’s joy.”

-Henry Ward Beecher

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House & Garden

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Spartina 449

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Solitude art print by Diane Leonard

Solitude Art Print by Diane Leonard

“Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink.”

-Lilly Pulitzer

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Southern Living- Photo by Alison Gootee – Styling by Suzonne Stirling 

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Condé Nast Traveler

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Better Homes & Gardens

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“Friends are the sunshine of life.”

-John Hay

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Style Me Pretty – Allyson Magda Photography

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Domino – Photo by Rebecca Reid

Wishing each of you a sunny and bright fetching Friday custom-made for soaking up the sun (don’t forget the screen) and positive summer vibes.

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