Three for All: Planning A Fall, Harvest and Thanksgiving Tablescape

Planning a fall tablescape is both a labor of love and one of the best parts of the fall home decorating season.  Blending the best of the season can carry the theme through to a harvest and a Thanksgiving tablescape.


Natural elements provide a canvas easy to work with, color that only nature can produce, and the opportunity to treasure hunt close to home outdoors as well as indoors.

tablescape2012That which nature doesn’t provide, Hobby Lobby, Tractor Supply, eBay, and my brother the avid goose hunter does!

A savvy tablescaper keeps an eye out for future holiday table setting ideas and clearance sales from holidays past. Patience and an additional 40% off clearance sale at Dillard’s secured the six new dinner plates, dinner napkins, and hammered copper napkin rings for my fall tablescape.


Burlap sandbags from Tractor Supply make casually chic, virtually indestructible and very affordable placemats.


To know me is to know I love the opportunity to show and display items from my antique plate and creamer collection.  The Prussia Royal Rudolstadt bread and butter plate is a find from our last antiques inventory shopping trip.


It’s a tad too early for the fall Ginkgo leaves so I improvised by using my Robert Lee Morris Ginkgo leaf pendant.


It’s odd how decorative accessories that normally would not be paired together do, in fact, create the perfect look.


When Dave the Builder brought the Wedgwood candlesticks home from the antique shop I was not feeling it.   But wait.  After careful reconsideration it dawned on me that the steel gray goose feathers in the centerpiece cast an elegant shade of Wedgwood blue all their own.

“A September to remember.  An October full of splendor.  

A November to treasure.”   

~La Prevenchere

My thoughts exactly!

Cheesy Corn Cornbread

Soup, chili or gumbo weather is year round for the Places In The Home gang.  I have friends and family who refuse to eat gumbo unless there’s been a frost on the ground, won’t go near chili unless it is well, chilly and insist soup should only be consumed in the dead of winter.


Country Living

That logic reminds me of the it is just too hot to go to Vegas in the late summer argument.  My dad, a seasoned Vegas traveler, is quick to reply with his stock answer. “Friend, where I’m at in Vegas (inside the casinos) it’s a 365 day year round cool.”  Works for me!

On that note, I say turn the A/C thermostat to 65 and put the soup, chili or gumbo on to cook.


And while you’re at it, whip up this super easy, satisfying and delicious recipe for cheesy corn cornbread as a culinary complement.

Cheesy Corn Cornbread


2 packs corn muffin mix

2 eggs

¼ cup milk

1 can cream style corn

2 cups shredded cheese


Preheat oven to 425°F.  Lightly grease baking pan.

Stir muffin mix and eggs together in medium bowl to blend. Add milk and stir to combine.

Fold in cream style corn.  Add shredded cheese and stir until blended. Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.


Mums, School Spirit, And Fall Color: Beauty In The Fall With Miracle-Gro!


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine.

The first and very slight hint of fall has arrived in the deep South.  Mums, school spirit and fall color beauty in the fall with Miracle-Gro decorative times are upon us.  Front porch preparations have begun.  The front entry is primed for pumpkins, the rockers have received a fresh coat of paint, and fall Chrysanthemums have been potted.


Chrysanthemums immediately signal three fall essentials to me- Fall gardening, decorating and school spirit.  Mum is always the spirited word in our fall football planning and decorative planting conversations.  These perennial favorites of fall give good color, long life, and create garden or container wow factor.  Fall and tailgating tablescapes as well as front porches love a potted mum.

A swoon worth fall porch decked out in fall colors captures the essence and simplicity of fall beauty.  Pumpkins, mums, color, nature, and burlap come together as fall decorating essentials. Burlap bags make an inexpensive and natural alternative for the container cover.  Place potted mums in the bag, pulling up to top of container.  Gather the top, loop the ties, and finish with a loose knot.


Happy Wedd

Pumpkin groupings in odd numbers add depth and height.  Natural elements such as Magnolia leaves and branches bunched together offer texture and round out the fall color palette.  The theme of go big and go home fall gardening follows through with the helpful find beauty in the fall information from Scotts Miracle Gro.


Miracle Gro Potting Mix is ideal for all kinds of container or potted plants. I like that it feeds the plants for up to six months with Miracle Gro Continuous Release Pant Food and improves healthy drainage and air flow.


 House Beautiful

Mums and ornamental vegetable containers enhance the landscape of fall. Miracle Gro Potting Mix boosts the look and life of fall bedding, container, and garden plants for optimum visual and edible results.  If you like gardening you will be in good company when you “like” the Miracle-Gro Facebook page.  Fellow fall gardeners discuss and share gardening tips, herb suggestions, and pictures of their harvest and plant success stories. It’s a growing trend!

Historic Homes And The Beauty Of Their Architectural Elements

Architectural integrity through architectural elements is the indelible mark of historic homes and landmarks.


It is usually the only tangible proof of bygone golden eras ruled by classic styles.

Cornstock Hotel

Restoration efforts and day to day upkeep of historic homes can be financially mind boggling.  The sheer expense of replicating these styles in today’s market can create financial hurdles difficult to clear.  Aging and changing neighborhoods coupled with a natural progression away from this style of living  places most of  these homes in the private sector on an endangered species list.

historic homes of New Orleans

The craftsmanship, detail to details, and artisan skills used to envision, shape, form, and build these homes fascinate me. Over the years we have had the opportunity to tour, consult on, and donate antique pieces to several state and privately owned historic homes.

Bishops Palace

As much as I love antiques I will walk right by a period piece without so much as a glance to get to the heart of the historic matter.  Architectural elements  grab and hold my attention.

architectural elements

In our city we have a block that is known as Mansion Row.  Anchoring the far left corner of the block stands the Thompson-Hargis Mansion.  Built in 1907, this Greek Revival home with characteristic Ionic columns, porte-cochère, triangle pediment, and transom entry was once a jewel in the crown of our city history.  The exterior and grounds showed the weathered look of sun and time- nothing paint and repair could not fix.  The property was structurally sound and the architectural integrity intact.

Thompson-Hargis Mansion

The furnishings were removed years ago, the windows and doors boarded, and the grand dame beautifully sat idling until this past Sunday evening when she fell victim to a senseless demise.

historical home

Neighbors who recall the elegance of what was and admirers of what could have been mourn the total loss of of property, history, and hope.


It is a sad turn of events and an even sadder realization that original, historic, and one of a kind architectural elements were destroyed. Dollars do not factor into the equation, there is no replacement value for the architectural integrity of this 105 year old home. RIP Thompson-Hargis Mansion.

historical mansion

Preserving history and restoring things runs in my family. Dave the Builder and I preserve antique and architectural pieces.  My brother purchased, moved, and restored his circa 1903 Victorian home – his second property to restore.  I am currently in the process of photographing his home to feature in a future post.  Stay tuned.




images:  Preservation in Mississippi, New Orleans Homes and Neighborhoods, Galveston History, History of a House Museum,  NOLA, Old Houses, Frenchtowner,  Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, Perpetual Renovator, We Saw That

Ravioli With Apples, Bacon And Spinach

As I was thumbing the latest issue of Woman’s Day magazine, I was first intrigued by the above image and then by the recipe for Ravioli with Apples, Bacon and Spinach. Thoughts of  “if this dish tastes half as good as it looks” piqued my culinary interest.  It was worth the effort to find out. The dish deliciously lives up to the image.


Womans Day

Ravioli with Apples, Bacon, and Spinach


16 ounces fresh or frozen cheese ravioli

6 slices bacon

2 Tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced    **** I used 2 teaspoons minced garlic****

1  crisp red apple, quartered and sliced

1 bunch fresh spinach, washed and thick stems discarded

Kosher salt to taste

pepper to taste

1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice


Cook the ravioli according to package directions.

Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes.

Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate; break into pieces when cool. Drain off the bacon grease. Add olive oil to skillet, and  heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic;  stirring occasionally until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the apple; cook, tossing, for 1 minute.

Add fresh spinach, Kosher salt, and  pepper; cook, tossing, until beginning to wilt, 1 to 2 minutes. Add fresh lemon juice and cooked bacon. Stir to blend all ingredients together. Serve over the ravioli.


Footstool Redo Status: Completed!

The soon to be footstool redo referenced in the post Decor Mistake Or Furniture Placement Brilliance? In An Unexpected Place is painted, upholstered, hot glued, messed up, re- hot glued, embellished, and sitting pretty in an unexpected place.

Quick backstory~ this footstool belonged to my maternal grandmother and I always had an affinity for it. Sentimental value put the brakes on it becoming antique shop inventory, so keeping it in the family it is. The pseudo early American look simply does not do justice to the little footstool that can and its decorative potential. In a crystal clear moment of creative clarity I remembered the boatload of Sherwin-Williams Illusions Translucent Metallic Finish left over from a remodel. The Illusion line is no longer in production. The new line is Faux Impressions Metallic and comes in gold or pearl.

Sherwin-Williams Illusions Translucent Metallic Finish has a manufacturing formula that allows it to coat easier and capture the pigment of metal. I used two coats on each leg to achieve the depth of coverage I wanted. I tested a glaze application on one of the legs.  The glaze  muted the sheen too much for the intended effect.  After the legs dried overnight I removed them with a screwdriver, set them to the side, and prepared to get my upholstering on.

On our most recent antiques buying trip I made a quick dash into Hobby Lobby with 40% off coupon in hand.  The fabric below caught my eye only out of the “I’m here and I’m getting something” principal.  Standing and studying the fabric, two words rose to the top of my thoughts.

Bargain bin.

There in the back of the bargain bin was a bolt of fabric with the texture, color, and price point perfect for this project.  My upholstering formula is not rocket science.  Square up the fabric cut and center the footstool top.

Gently pull the fabric up over sides to desired tightness.  Staple fabric in place.  I staple all the way around continuing to pull up sections of fabric as I go. Working in small sections makes the fabric easier to work with.  I do a neat fold every few staple applications to make a neater tuck.

Trim off  the excess fabric with scissors.

Screw the footstool legs back into place while the glue gun is heating up. Sharp scissors are a must when working with trim.  Raveling is expected, but sharp scissors will guarantee a sharper, cleaner cut.  Use caution with all these tools of the upholstering and DIY trade.

Time for a change~



leopard footstool

This home decor DIY project saved an outdated keepsake from becoming just another tucked away item. It perfectly suits the intended purpose, price point, and finished look.

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Havertys Inspiration Sessions

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Havertys Furniture. All opinions are 100% mine.

“A house that does not have one worn, comfy chair in it is soulless.”

~May Sarto

Ah yes, a worn, comfy chair- an excellent metaphor. In this case, worn stands for warmth, inviting, and comfortable- the qualities that make a house a home.  Home furnishings, accessories, and accents play a role in laying the foundation of a warm and inviting home. One of the nicest compliments I ever received was from an overnight guest visiting our home.  What made the biggest impression on him was not how clean the house was or how well the meals tasted, but how comfortable the overall vibe of our home made him feel.  Score one for the “home” team!

Dave the Builder and I go back a long way with Havertys. I distinctly remember selecting Highland House sofas, Lane occasional tables, and a Hooker Pine armoire for our first house. I knew exactly the look I was going for and Havertys had the quality pieces, the customer service, and the styles I wanted. Many pieces down the home furnishings road later, Havertys continues to be an excellent source for  home furnishings. Havertys has a 97% satisfaction rating for the entire experience (from buying to delivery) and 100 locations across 17 states.

leather chair

Personal style tends to evolve over the years as tastes and trends change. Traditional foundation pieces remain a go-to choice for me because the lines and finishes remain timeless.

Football, pizza and poker, and after holiday dinner family game night has got stylish fun written on it in the party-ready room. 

bull dog

Bertha Canvas

Leather with nailhead trim highlights the Brunswick Cocktail Ottoman. Twisted legs evoke classic English style.  How very pub perfect!

brunswick ottoman

Havertys offers a vast array of styles and excellent value so that your goal can easily become a reality.  Find a Havertys location near you using the store locator: