Currently Falling For: Fall Home Decor Finds

Gorgeous is coming into full fall view. Nature inspires the eye through an outstanding color palette as only nature can do, and fall home decor finds carry the theme through to spaces and places we love to update and decorate.  Small and affordable touches of color, texture and pattern refresh the foundation style. Small “spot” changes often pack the biggest decorative punch, add decorative interest and keep updating costs in affordable territory. I like to set the table for seasonal dishes with seasonal dishes, deck the entry halls in warmth and welcome, adorn the walls, layer with texture and pattern, and light up a crisp evening with a new lamp or light fixture.  Warming up home and hearth invites the beauty of the current season to lend a stylish look in the pursuit of feathering the nest.  My gotta have it list is ready, and I thought I would share with you a two part post featuring some of the items I am currently falling for.  Let’s fall beginning with a seasonal mix of kitchen and breakfast nook fall home decor finds.

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 Fall Home Decor Finds

Ceramic Balsa Bowl - Crate &Barrel

Artichoke Finials – Pier 1 Imports

Cake Plate – H&M

Glossy Orange Lidded Pumpkin Bowl - Pier 1 Imports

Gazed White Lidded Pumpkin Bowl - Pier 1 Imports

Glass Jar with Lid – H&M

Mudhut Gourd Table Lamp with Seagrass Shade – Target

Black Wrought Iron Orb Chandelier – Overstock

Kohler’s Pig Framed Art Print – Kirkland’s

Manor Buffet – Home Decorators Collection

Threshold Ceramic Cookie Jar with Lid - Target

Seafoam Green Hobnail Jar – Zulily

Cobalt Vintage Style Utensil Holder – Kirkland’s

Artgoodies Organic Squirrel Block Print Tea Towel – AllModern

H is for Home Decorative Pillow – Stein Mart

Pumpkin Spice Potpourri –  Dillard’s

Covered Pumpkin Pie Dish – Crate & Barrel

Antique Revival Vintage Barrel Bucket – Wayfair

More fall home decor finds to come!

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image via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

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A Most Fetching Friday




adjective: fetching


synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

This week’s Fetching Friday features setting colors, fashionable words, traditional English style fit for fall, ooh la la in the kitchen, and a visual testament to a love of antiques.


Being optimistic is always in fashion.

ff-be-optmistic-badgeBe Optimistic Felt Badge - Best Made Company

Open the window and let the air of fall weather in is coming to a cool morning and crisp afternoon near you soon.

fall-breakfast-areaArchitectural Digest

Leila Lindholm’s fabulous French inspired kitchen complete with eclectic extravagance with the accent mark on love the look!


A fascinating combination.


Never underestimate the decorative presence, power and inspired influence brought forth by the use of antiques and eccentricities in design and decor.  A point well made in the home of Houston antiques dealer Kay O’Toole as featured in Lonny Magazine.


I hope you have a most fetching Friday.

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Never Forget: September 11, 2001

Never Forget: September 11, 2001 


Today marks an anniversary in American history that forever changed our nation.  We’ve come to mark today as a day of remembrance and reflection, a day we come together in thought, moments of silence, ringing of bells and prayer.  Never forget the fallen heroes, families, friends and fellow Americans whose lives were forever changed that day.  Our memories will forever be filled with the events of that horrific day in our history, and even though painful to remember we should never choose to forget.

God bless America,

Land that I love,

Stand beside her, and guide her

Through the night with a light from above.

From the mountains, to the prairies,

To the oceans, white with foam

God bless America, My home sweet home

God bless America, My home sweet home.


Never forget,

Dave and Darleen



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Seasonal Updating and Holiday Decorating: When Is Early Too Early?

Seasonal updating and holiday decorating season came on like gang busters this year.  From weather to color, fall is hands down my favorite time of year.  Fall is the one holiday you can get a lot of traction out of, decoratively speaking. Seasonal statement pieces as well as fun pops of color, pattern and texture become investment pieces, and nature is the ultimate and most affordable arts and crafts store there is.   A high-end luxury throw can be as important to seasonal updating as a bowl of acorns, nuts,  leaves or pinecones is to holiday decorating.


Planning and playing with design boards is part of my daily routine. Getting ideas down on a board puts collected inspiration in front of you and answers the “now, where did I see that _______?” question in the click of the mouse. Spending the weekend planning and playing with design boards gave way to observations colliding with inspiration, or the lack thereof.  I was satisfied with the interior decorating seasonal updates I came up with, but felt rushed to push the pieces of the fall decorating puzzle together like I was on a hurry up-everyone else is already through-and you haven’t even begun hard and fast deadline.


The blogsophere is in full-on fall decorating mode.  For those of us who love to seasonally update and decorate our humble abodes inside and out, searching and sourcing ideas for inspiration begins many weeks out from the official start of the season.  Getting the jump on seasonal updating and decorating in order to get the most out of the beauty of a season is hard to resist,  but when is early too early? calendar-HC Holiday season at Hopefully Classic came earrrrrrrrly on the calendar.  Retail is a whole other beast when it comes to holiday decorating, merchandising and sales.  I was Easter hopping in February and decking the halls decked out in shorts and flip flops in August.  By the time the actual holiday rolled around if I wasn’t careful I would be completely over it.  Staying one step out in front made me feel I was chasing my tail, and frankly, it took a huge hunk out of the holiday fun and celebration.

David Nettovia

I totally agree with David Netto’s observation.  Hate the chop, but that’s not the point.  In both my professional and personal experience I’ve learned to proceed with caution on the road of everybody else is doing it.  Don’t let that be the driving force of your updating and decorating decisions.

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A Most Fetching Friday




adjective: fetching


synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

This week’s Fetching Friday features decorative and delicious details, perfect pairings, decorating advice from one of the best, Paris, Canada and a classic fixture of kitchen and craft.

ff-hardwareNever underestimate the power of decorative details, for they complete the look!  Traditional Home

ff-foyer Perfect pairings from foyer to ceiling. Cote de Texas via Pinterest

ff-Albert HadleyA wise man and stylish designer once said… Albert Hadley 

ff-Seeded-Whole-Grain-Breakfast-Bread-110September Mornings – Seeded Whole Grain Breakfast Bread from the culinary talent that is  Half Baked Harvest

travel+leisureTravel Often!  Travel + Leisure

Last month when our son traveled to Canada he and his girlfriend spent an afternoon at the Journey to Churchill exhibit at Assiniboine Park Zoo.  May I introduce you to Hudson the Polar Bear.

fetching FridayJourney to Churchill – Assiniboine Park Zoo Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

494701_MASON JAR MEASURING SPOONSAdd these to my Kitchen Gotta Have It List!   Mason Jar Ceramic Measuring Spoons

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Something On A Plate: Problem Solved Pasta Salad

Where has this year gone?  Welcome, September.  SEPTEMBER!  Time is moving right along, and it was evident over this past weekend. Labor Day 2014 was one of those three day weekends with not enough hours in the days to get it all in.  Busy is good, but busy hinders this cook.  It’s hard to get in full on project mode with the daily question we all love to hate. You know the one, the sixty-four-thousand-dollar-asked-a-gazillion-times what’s for dinner question.



When Dave the Builder was a little boy his mother was always busy sewing dresses for his identical twin sisters.  It never failed when his mom was at her busiest little Dave the Builder would decide he was hungry…now.   Long on hunger and short on patience, a pitch perfect chorus of whining began.  I bet my mother-in-law was about ready for the wining of another kind to begin, but I digress.


My mother-in-law patiently addressed Dave’s request, telling him if he would wait just one minute she would get up and fix him a sandwich.  Deciding a sandwich wasn’t going to cut it he whined back “no Mama, I want something on a plate.”  Poor baby wanted a full meal- meat, potatoes, vegetables and bread. When my mother-in-law and her ladies that lunch group would be deciding the menu for their events, it never failed that one of the ladies would quote Dave the Builder. Something on a plate is part of the Places In The Home lexicon.



When projects prevail and time gets away from me Problem Solved Pasta Salad is what’s for dinner.


This pasta salad is a super easy dish doctored up and prettied up with tri-color spiral pasta, chopped peppers, red onion, tomato, celery seed, fine black pepper, buttermilk ranch dressing mixed with a generous helping of dry ranch dip seasoning for added thickness and twang, and crumbled bacon.  I don’t measure- I just throw it in and keep adding until the taste is ranch twangalicious.


Bacon and ranch- need I say more?


It is said the first bite is with the eye.  This recipe is a feast your eyes on this something on a plate pleaser.

problem solved pasta salad

Never mistake easy for unappetizing.  A well delivered plating presentation draws the eye and pleases the taste.

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A Most Fetching Friday




adjective: fetching


synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

This week’s Fetching Friday features seasonal color and comfort, a preview of things to come.

ff-mustardFall colors on home decor parade from H & M

ff-fall mumsMum is the word and the look for fall planting – Midwest Living

ff-entryMaking a grand entrance and grand statement – Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


Brooke-Shields-dining-room Elegance in dining – At Home with Brooke Shields via Architectural Digest

wynn-buffetThe Buffet - Wynn Las Vegas

I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend and a most fetching Friday!

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Spot On Spot Print

It is said that a gambler usually doesn’t realize he or she is in a run of good luck until it is over.  Dave the Builder and I have been known to play a game or two of blackjack, and we can attest to that theory.  My skills of recognition are far better honed in the game of decor and design.  I’ve addressed trends before, and although I don’t go all in on trends,  I do pay attention to the run and the factors of popularity, the traction of the trend and the staying power of the look.  My spot on spot print observations of late have zoomed in on a look that is not new however, dare I say improved?

Pitstop,_my_brother-in-law's_DalmationPitstop the Dalmatian

The pairing of black and white and variations of white (winter white, beige, cream, dover and the entire off white family) is nothing new in the color combination world, and the spot print thing definitely is nothing new, but the decorative interpretation and implementation of these trend favorites into home sweet home design and decor freshens the spin.

Spot On Spot Print

Like inspiration, this spot on spot print look is everywhere I source, pin, tweet and like.

Everygirl-Home-TourThe Everygirl Home Tour – POPSUGAR

The design and decor rumblings could strictly be a coincidence, but I sense a trend resurgence with traction.

black-and-white-spotted-home-decorDomaine Home – Photography by Michael Graydon (a true class act and an extremely generous talent!)

The first hint of a possible trend to come is evident in the renewed interest via postings and pinnings of a classic wallpaper pattern.

tanzania-wallpaper-Tiffany-Richey-DesignTiffany Richey Designs via DecorPad

Thibaut Anniversary Tanzania wallpaper in black on cream spins a fresh look on a traditional style.


A trend by definition indicates current popularity of a style or preference.  A good trend evolves into great classic, and a classic never goes out of style.




My gush and gawk over this spot on spot print trend is the stuff decorating and redecorating projects are made of.  What trends have you spotted lately?


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A Most Fetching Friday




adjective: fetching


synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

This week’s Fetching Friday features bold and stunning scenes of nature, seasons, sequins, speak and Saints.


Fresh Flower Arrangement Tricks –  Good Housekeeping


Continental Tole Shield With Lion – 1stdibs

glitterguide_white_tshirt_3d_140609_4I highly recommend taking the Sparkle and Shine Your Way Through Life approach!  Life is Short Wear Sequins T –  Glitter Guide for eLUXE

lavender hill farmsLavender Hill Farms in Boyne City, Michigan – Midwest Living Magazine

ff-cognacColor Extraordinaire: Cognac – HGTV

van-goghVincent van Gogh

pumpkin-platterSeasonal Simplicity!  Pumpkin Platter Centerpiece – Better Homes and Gardens

Saints-helmtWho Dat Proud – New Orleans Saints

I hope yours is a most fetching Friday.

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Are You Ready For Some Tailgating?

Football season is here and tailgating ideas and recipes are on my mind.  I’ve got a simple question for the football loyal,  Are You Ready For Some Tailgating?  Our teams are chosen, tickets purchased and printed, tailgating menus planned, grills cleaned and ready to be fired up like a capacity crowd in Death Valley on a Saturday night,

CHANCE-OF-RAIN-716x1024ludlow & company

and the Geaux Tigers music tuned to roar!

Geaux Tigers: Official LSU Music

philly-cheesesteak-dipPhilly Cheesesteak Dip

Tailgating tablescapes decked out in team colors always proves to be a winner. I bring a few investment pieces for season to season use, dollar store gotta haves and diy dining projects to the team table.  Floral rings wrapped in burlap ribbon, mesh, floral moss (bayou theme) or team inspired duck tape make great custom candle rings.


Keep your eyes out for end of season clearance sales.  Decorative planters make fantastic tabletop arrangement anchors.  Load them up with seasonal flowers, natural or spray painted branches, magnolia leaves or artificial bunches- you get the point.  Inexpensive baskets and bandannas equal inexpensive one stop shopping dinner baskets and basket liners.  Hobby Lobby has a great selection of metal plaques and resin letters to add a little lagniappe to your tailgating tablespace decor.   In tailgating terms think easy transport, easy clean up.  I found a 3-pack of 5 gallon LSU buckets at Home Depot for $14.11.  Score!  Talk about the perfect tailgate tote, or centerpiece container, or trash receptacle… again, you get the idea.

cheeseburger-bloody-maryCheeseburger Bloody Mary 

This is how we tiger fan and fare at our Bayou Broil!

tailgating ideas and recipes

Balsamic-honey-pulled-pork-slidersBalsamic Honey Pulled Pork Sliders

bloomin'-onionAlmost-Famous Bloomin’ Onion

Tailgating times are once again upon us.  Regardless if your tailgate celebration is at the stadium or on your home field, good food and great style make an undeniable celebration combination. I  hope these ideas come in handy for all your tailgating times.  Happy tailgating, may your team be the pride of their division and Geaux Tigers!

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