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.



Williams Sonoma

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


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


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.


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.

fall-colors-farrow-ballFarrow & Ball


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


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.


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


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.


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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Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

Dorm room decorating ideas days are coming around again.  Retailers have started promoting dorm room decorating ideas (the earliest on retail record) and the very chic and very stylish decorative accents and accessories ready to ace the personal style test.  Have you seen some of the dorm room decorating ideas galleries making the rounds on social media? Gorgeous!  Campus chic is in, and I’ve sourced a sampling of colors, textures and patterns to suit.

dorm room decorating ideas

My dorm room decorating ideas philosophy mirrors my all things house that make a home decorating philosophy.  Design and decorate with an emphasis on the decor items you love in the style of what makes you you.


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Form and function deliver a stylish presentation- the Del Ray Light Filtering Grommet Top Window Curtain Panel is super stylish and announces to Miss Sun please do not disturb.

Light Filtering Grommet Top Window Curtain Panel

Del Ray Light Filtering Grommet Top Window Curtain Panel


Better Homes and Gardens Grayson Linen Upholstered Twin Headboard

vintage-gate-gray-duvet-coverVintage Gate Gray Duvet Cover

When the ten toe express is winding down, rest those puppies on something plush and stylish.


Stylish 5′ X 8′ Area Rug Blowout at Wayfair ~ $39.99

Pops of color and pattern make the grade A+ storage fabulous for dorm room decorating ideas.

gold-rattan-basketChambley Basket

Audane+Square+Cube+OttomanAudane Square Cube Storage Ottoman


Faux Leather Crocodile Trunk

Rolling+Seagrass+Wicker+Storage+Seat+OttomanRolling Seagrass Wicker Storage Seat Ottoman

Great lighting is essential in the dorm room environment.  Floor, table, desk, string, lantern and just funky fun- shine a little light on the higher education study and down time situation.

dorm-room-decorating-ideas-lightingkate spade new york Pillow ||  Paris Crystal Pendant  ||  The Emily & Meritt Fringe Table Lamp  ||  Deco 79 Ceramic Table Lamp  ||  kate spade new york Pillow  ||  Hathi Sculpture Lamp Set  ||  Puppy Dog Porcelain Table Lamp

floral-paper-lanternsFloral Print Paper Lanterns

puck-lightsBattery Operated Puck Lights


Clothespins 16-LED String Lights

Consider customizing inexpensive bookcases to suit your choice of dorm room style.  At under $20, the AVDALA bookcase from IKEA is a great choice.

custom-bookcase-ideasAVDALA Bookcase

A desk is a study, work and personal space essential.  One drenched in a hot designer color and going for the gold details makes the back to campus dorm room decorating ideas list. 



dorm-room-lamp-ideasHobby Lobby.  Yes.  Hobby Lobby.

Seating Options


|| Nate Berkus Skirted Slipper Chair  ||  Flash Furniture Ghost Chair || ||  Furlicious Faux-Fur Beanbags  ||  Ming Garden Stool  ||

Super Chic Desk Accessories


Who Run the Office? Desk Plaque

gold-Lacquered-TrayLacquered Tray

Lilly Pulitzer® Large Agenda Sparkle SandsLilly Pulitzer® Large Agenda Sparkle Sands


Monet Weekly Planner


Linen Message Pin Board


Pineapple & Flamingo Push Pins

decorative-push-pinsBallard Design Signature Style Tacks


Metal Wire Basket

Paris-trinket-dishkate spade new york paris & the single girl porcelain tray

kate spade new york Daisy pencil holder kate spade new york Daisy Place Pencil Cup

Pencils. Pens. Make-up Brushes. Paper/Binder Clips. Straws. Change. Jewelry- this vintage lady head vase makes a unique and super cute catchall.

head vaseVintage Lady Head Vase

Wall Decor

Creating a dorm room or apartment statement or gallery wall that stylishly reflects personal style is all the rage.  Photo collages, decorative groupings, tapestries, mirrors, scatter frames, poster and canvas art- you get the idea.

tapestryPlum and Bow Estelle Medallion Tapestry

The curated look is easily accomplished with these scatter frames from Hobby Lobby.  The designs, sizes and affordable price points come under the category of back to college fabulous.

decorative-scatter-framesDecorative Scatter Frames from Hobby Lobby


Anna Sims “Waiting Dancer” Canvas

white dog canvas wall artWhite Dog Canvas Wall Decor

Pastel+by+Cora+Niele+Photographic+Print+on+Wrapped+CanvasPastel by Cora Niele Canvas

Poster art- a dorm room decorating ideas tradition.


Poster Art

Command Brand strips and hooks follow the no holes in the walls rule on the way to making your style statement.


Bed and Bath 


Cinderella Monogram pillowcaseCinderella Monogram Pillowcase


Suggestive Stilettos Fleece Throw Blanket


shower curtain

Georgiana Paraschiv Metallic Triangles Shower Curtain




Shhh I’m Sleeping Pillowcase Set  ||  Shower Curtain  || Spa Towel Wrap
You Look Good Bath Mat  ||  Acrylic Rolling Cart  ||  Towels~Washcloths    Aqua Flips  ||  Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Spray  ||  Acrylic Rolling Cart

Gadgets and Goodies

Barsone Over Ear Bluetooth Headphone Foldable Stereo Wireless Headset

Barsone Over Ear Bluetooth Headphone Foldable Stereo Wireless Headset


Roku Streaming Stick


HP Deskjet 3722 All-in-One Printer 


Recipes Every College Student Should Know by Christine Nelson


Printed Plastic Pink And Green Travel Mugs


Be Yourself Floral Mug

Keurig-coffee-maker-dorm-room-brewing-systemKeurig 2.0 K200 Coffee Maker in Turquoise 

Apothecary jars for your coffee, tea and beverage station stylish storage needs.

apothecary-jarsHome Essentials Terra Collection Assorted Footed Glass Canisters With Lids 

retro-igloo-fridgeIgloo Retro Bar Fridge

I hope one or more of these dorm room decorating ideas offers decorative inspiration for your back-to-college dorm room design and decor.

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Auctions, Estate Sales and Antiques Treasure Hunting

Auctions, estate sales and antiques treasure hunting expeditions write the latest chapter of my how I spent my summer vacation story.

Auctions, estate sales and antiques

Antiques auctions are my thing.  From start to sold, I love the workings of the antiques auction machine.  Dave the Builder and I have clocked many an hour in old barns, metal buildings, old storefronts and convention halls in hope of acquiring antiques and vintage furniture and accessories up for auction.  When live and in person isn’t in the bid cards, absentee bids are in order.  One of my very favorite auction houses, Gallery Auctions, Inc.  invites absentee bidding, offers quality merchandise and is known for superb customer service.


In the market for an antique bread or cutting board, I searched the listings with gotta have it success. I placed absentee bids on several boards to cover the spread, and was thrilled to receive the phone call that I won the bid I really, really wanted.  The board is big, aged, perfectly worn and rich in patina and provenance.  Score!

bread-boardAttending the highly anticipated local estate sale recently held less than one block from the Places In The Home abode turned out to be a good decision.  This particular estate sale was a treasure hunting must- one where quality meets quantity.  The bamboo light fixture immediately caught my eye, piqued my interest and held my attention.


First day sale prices can send a wave of sticker shock throughout the antiques dealers, estate sale aficionados and interior design and decorating community.  The word on the tree-lined street signaled high prices ahead.  The price I was comfortable paying did not square with the sellers initial asking price.  I told myself if it is meant to be it will be, and waited for the next day price negotiations.  Holding firm with an offer does not always work out for the best, but in this case it did.


Dave the Builder rewired the fixture, applied two coats of gloss white lacquer spray paint and here we are.  You’ll see this image again in a post I’m working on detailing more decor updates.


Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel and Casino

He said, “I need a vacation.”  She said, “Can we go auctions, estate sales and antiques treasure hunting?”

dare-day-clubDo we dare take a gamble on basing our vacation destination on past antiques inventory buying successes?  I’m willing to roll the dice if you are, Dave. He said, “make the reservation.”  She said, “win, lose or draw, I’m ready to go.”


The who, when, where and what anticipation of discovery is the common thread between vacation getaways and treasure hunting .


First stop on the treasure hunting train: Kings Antique Mall.  The gotta have it list for our auctions, estate sales and antiques treasure hunting trips includes requests from clients as well as items for my personal collections.  A hold tag on the two drawer chest dashed my hopes for ownership, but it gave me an idea for a piece already in inventory. Inspiration is everywhere.




I am always fascinated by the nouns of life and how we draw home decor inspiration from them.  Violets remind me of my maternal grandmother, and memories drive the antiques business.

violet-plate1I almost overlooked this small violet adorned dish while shopping at Antique Shoppes at 1100 Barksdale, but luckily spied it sitting pretty atop a dusty shelf.  It currently resides on my bedside table as a holder for my reading glasses.



Hitting the copper jackpot at Antiques on Gladstone.


I love when an entire city block is home to antiques shops.  Kid meet candy store.  Finding the hotel silver dome put the cherry on the treasure hunting cake.


face-vasesWe are home sweet home again.


Now comes the fun part.

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A Most Fetching Friday: Kentucky Derby Finery




adjective: fetching


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

Today’s Fetching Friday features Kentucky Derby finery and time honored fashion traditions associated with The Run for The Roses.

Kentucky Derby finery








Seersucker: The fabric of our Southern life



I hope you have a winning Kentucky Derby finery weekend!

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Finds and Treasures Currently Catching My Eye

Finds and treasures currently catching my eye for the August gotta have it list include all things house that make a home goodies in appetizing, modern, polished and pumpkin time is right around the corner style.  First up in this month’s round up is a set of appetizer plates with a sense of style and a sense of humor.


ED by Ellen

Memories lay the ground work for a collectible fascination to take root.  My frog fascination began in the summer of 1974 when I landed the coveted lead role in the local community theater production of Fairy Frog Superstar.  The play was pure G-rated fun, a take off on Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother.  The frog thing stuck, and I’ve been an avid collector of frog themed objects ever since. Metals are trending with a vengeance for fall 2015, and this brass finished frog object from West Elm is one handsome hopper.


The mixing of traditional, vintage and/or antiques with modern pieces remains on trend and in style.  Contrast is good, visual impact the desired decorating effect, and creating a unique and impressive focal point is the point.  I am inspired by the INSPIRE Q Canali Sleek Modern Accent Chair.


Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Hand Therapy smells as good as it feels and heals. Perfect treatment for project weary hands.


Thank You in any language translates well.   Modeled after antique enameled European signage, this Merci Word Play porcelain wall art says thank you in ooh la la fashion.


Howard Feed-N-Wax is the Tina Turner of wood polishes.  Simply the best.


Who’s looking forward to getting their fall baking, cooking and seasoning on? The Staub Ceramic Pumpkin Cocotte from Williams-Sonoma is making it very hard for me not to be in a fall-pumpkin-cinnamon state of mind.


Speaking of seasonal recipes, may I suggest Louisiana De Mer: Seasonal Seafood Recipes for your cookbook collection.  This definitive collections of recipes for seafood lovers features 160 pages of beautiful photography, recipes from celebrated Louisiana chefs and restaurants, New Orleans classics- including po-boys and dozens of Cajun and Creole cooking tips.


Now we’re cooking!

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Rental Refresh Upgrades: The Comforts of Home

Continuing the rental refresh upgrades conversation:

Pulling back the reins on major decorative and design improvements to a rental is a financially sound practice if you are not renting to own, making improvements to the property in return for rent credit or taking up residency for the long haul.  Dave the Builder and I completely overhauled, remodeled, refreshed and spiffed up our first home, a darling mid-century cottage lease purchase property.  I loved the bones of the house, but the decor stood still somewhere in the 1950s.  In the beginning we remodeled and refreshed for the comforts of home sake with caution, choosing to update through lighting and color.  I cannot beat the color drum enough- it really is the most bang for your buck way to infuse style into a home.

kitchen_melissa-leeLove, love, love!  Design Sponge


In the case of our son’s rental home, the kitchen is small but workable in regards to design, function and affordable possibilities.  Presently, the walls are painted red and the cabinets are white laminate with oak trim 1980s #throwbacks.  You know the ones!  Dave the Builder and I scrimped, saved and sacrificed to remodel the kitchen in our first house.  We thought this style of kitchen cabinet was the bee’s knees, and according to the kitchen design magazines and showrooms a whole lot of other people did too!


Millennials love retro, and although everything old eventually becomes a new trend again, the dated oak trim will be modified with paint and new cabinet pulls added.   Since replacing the cabinets is cost prohibitive laminate it is!  As I explained to our son the pros of laminate cabinet fronts and countertops, he came around to the practicality of keeping the original cabinets in play. Laminate is a very forgiving surface to work with. The upkeep is minimal, and that works in any kitchen.  No need to throw the baby out with the bath water.

The Comforts of Home

Strategic pops of color and an accessories mix of warm metals with a modern spin will complement the neutral paint palette and introduce that new kitchen look.


Please excuse the poor quality of these images. The combination of bad lighting and a cell phone camera gets you a color distorted photo.  The master bedroom walls are painted with Benjamin Moore’s Museum Piece.  The color in the above image is no where near the true color that is Museum Piece, so to my sources I go for an image that does capture the true color.

BM-museum-piece-framedBenjamin Moore

Great color choice!

BM-muesum-piece-wallsBenjamin Moore PSP-Museum Piece ~ Renae Keller Interior Design, Inc.

Master bedroom furnishings and accessories with a hint of Louisiana coastal chic will literally offer the comforts of home.


Final suggestions for decor accessories and furnishings lean toward DIY chic projects, hacks and thrifted treasures.  His girlfriend scored a great coffee table and reinterpreted the style with paint and embellishments.  Our style council agreed a chic credenza with a Mad Men mid-century interpretation will mix things up like a dry martini.

“By acquiring all of your furniture from different eras and places and things that are expensive and inexpensive, it will make your end product have a great spirit.”

Kelly Wearstler

The treasure hunt is on for one in all Don Draper glory.  A fantastic period piece in great condition that comes with the extra added bonus of a quality finish, impressive lines, scale and focal point presence to die for is out there, and a can of Johnson paste wax and a soft cloth will put the period at the end of the very stylish and on-trend sentence.


I will end this post with an observation from my earlier Rental Refresh Upgrades post.  Does it makes sense and cent$ to make updates and improvements to a rental property?  Absolutely!  Focus less on the fact your new residence is a rental and more on the fact that your new residence is where you call home.  All things house that make a home come together to make the out of your own pocket rental refresh upgrades worth it in the name of the comforts of home, convenience and personal style.

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Lilly In April For May

Everything is right on Target for graduation and Mother’s Day gifts fresh in Lilly Pulitzer colors bright and pattern right.  The limited edition Lilly Pulitzer collection for Target will be available April 19th.  Can you tell I’m excited about this collection?   I read this fabulous remark the other day and found it to hit the bullseye.  The cure for spring fever is spring shopping.


I have several selections from the Lilly look book in mind for our son’s girlfriend who is graduating from university next month and a special Mother’s Day gift recipient on my the gift is in the giving list.  Allow me to share with you my favorites from the collection.





For chic summer evenings ~


Lilly-Pulitzer-target-women_embroidered-clutch---goldEmbroidered Clutch ~ Gold




For a touch of Pulitzer Pattern on the Patio ~

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_drinking-glasses---set-of-4Drinking Glasses ~ set of 4

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-glass-hurricane-candle-holder---nosie-posey-10Nosie Posey Glass Hurricane Candle Holder  




For the after graduation getaway or summer beach vacation~


Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_beach-towel---giraffing-me-crazyGiraffing Me Crazy Beach Towel




For the home~

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_napkins-with-pom-pom-trim---set-of-4Set of 4 Napkins with Pom Pom Trim


Ceramic Mugs with Gold Caddy


Nosie Posey Floor Cushion




Mark you calendars for the arrival of the Lilly Pulitzer Collection for Target gift ideas.

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Fall at Home Decorating Favorites: Places In The Home at Fall

Today all is right with the calendar! September 23, 2014 marks the official start of fall, and in the infamous words of Marky Mark and his Funky Bunch, can you feel it?  Wow, did I just date myself or what?  Summer heat and humidity has finally relented and it’s time to break out the fall at home decorating favorites. Dave the Builder’s mancave looks like the distribution center for Hobby Lobby. Don’t you love that look?


Several “hello, do you have any gourds (cause I’ve got friends in low country places), ornamental cabbage (it’s the deep South lady, wait a few more weeks), cotton stalks (score!) and the ever great, ever regionally challenged do you have white pumpkins phone calls have been made over the last few days.


Decorating for this year’s Places In The Home at fall home tour focuses on a natural theme with a family overtone to it.


My brother has the cotton connection, 46+ acres of it to be exact.  His home is located out in the country surrounded by cotton fields ready for fall harvest.


My parent’s recent trip to East Tennessee resulted in my Ball Mason jar collection growing by one.  My paternal grandmother was known for her famous pinto beans, and this somehow seemed naturally appropriate.


Can’t forget the traditional pop of pumpkin color.


Additions, changes, adjustments…


Dark tones, warm colors and the lack of natural lighting worked to my fall photo shoot advantage.


Nature continues to amaze and reward me with an abundance of accents.

Heirloom pieces, vintage favorites and simple accents and accessories place the emphasis on less is more.


Fall home tours are so much fun to share with others.


Welcome home fall.  You’ve been greatly missed.


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