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.

fall decorating inspirationHGTV

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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The Gotta Have It List Summer 2015 Edition

Making things pretty on a penny is always a subject of interest to me, clients, friends, family and judging from the emails I receive, most of my readers.


The summer retail season is heating up, and the stores, outlets and online sights we love to call favorites are rolling out seasonal finds much to the delight of decorators, designers and gotta have it guys and gals.  Seasonal decorating is nothing new, but the items in which to accomplish this mission of home decor beautification are.  Summer style spotting with pen, paper and bookmark icon ready to jot and save is proving to be successful on the summer finds front.   Here is the first round of the Gotta Have It List summer 2015 edition.


This is not the first time the Quorum  6 Light Salento Chandelier in Persian White has made an appearance on the Gotta Have It list.  Why the encore feature?   It begins and ends with my all time  favorite four-letter word, SALE!


H & M continues to impress with decorative accents big on visual quality and style at an affordable price.  You just can’t go wrong with an accent piece in the decorating darling duo of black and white.  A classic color combination paired with a trending pattern in pop of zebra detail places this ceramic jar accent at the top of the Gotta Have It list summer 2015 edition.

eastlake-chiarStyle Me Pretty

  Named after English architect Charles L. Eastlake, the design of this late 19th century style of furniture is one of my least favorites.  This mass produced style is actually more of a “in the style of” interpretation of what American professional cabinet makers serving as master furniture designers deemed an authentic replica of Eastlake’s design.  Charles Eastlake was not impressed with the results.  Mr. Eastlake and I are of the same school of thought.  His words say it far better than mine.

 “I find American tradesmen continually advertising what they are pleased to call Eastlake furniture, the production of which I have had nothing whatever to do, and for the taste of which I should be very sorry to be considered responsible.”  

~ Charles L. Eastlake

That being said, the Eastlake style chair in the above image from Style Me Pretty demonstrates how a chic update can transform an otherwise dated piece into a hip and happening accent chair focal point.  Not all antique furniture pieces are prime candidates for paint, but in the case of Eastlake furniture I say pick it out, shake it up and paint it pretty.


Light Pink Shag Faux Fur Fabric ~   Cherry Blossom Velvet  ~  Crystal Upholstery Nails  ~  Faux Fur in Mongolian Pink

Late summer means treasure hunting days at one of my favorite haunts, Korner Shoppe Antiques.  This gem of a joint is full to the gills with my kind of treasures, trinkets and trash.  Inspiration struck as I perused the shoppe’s Facebook page so I did what all deal dreaming decoristas do- I sketched out plans for an upcoming project around copper pots and pans.

Korner-ShoppeKorner Shoppe Antiques

One very brilliant episode of Mad Men placed Howard Johnson’s back into the thoughts of a generation of hungry Americans who ordered up cups, plates and scoops of American fare under the iconic bright orange roof.


This Howard Johnson’s sugar bowl from Fishs Eddy is on its way to the Places In The Home test kitchen counter sprinkled with memories of summer vacations, motor lodges, fried clams and 28 flavors.


What home decor items will you be adding to your Gotta Have It List summer 2015 edition?

Paging Friday, March 20th: First Day of Spring 2015

Paging Friday, March 20th.  I don’t believe I’m going out on a limb here when I say most of us are more than ready for the first day of spring 2015 to make an appearance in weather reports, gardens, flower beds and home decor accessories. Gloomy days and frozen nights of late make a very good argument for the hurried anticipation of spring’s arrival.  North, south, east and west- it’s time for spring to get to springing. I’m for less of this…


and much, much more of this.  Blooming trees, color on parade flowers and budding plants, warm temps, sunny afternoons and swing time works for me!

First Day of Spring

Have you ever seen the movie Waking Up in Reno?


This silly rednecks on a road trip resonates with our crowd in a we know people exactly like that kind of way.  One particular dialogue exchange between Billy Bob Thornton (as Lonnie Earl Dodd) and Patrick Swayze (as Roy Kirkendall) in regards to the customized Chevrolet Suburban they would be traveling in hilariously hit home.

Lonnie Earl: Nothing’s too good for my friends.  We’re gonna be ridin’ and stylin’ and profilin’.

Roy: It smells loud.

Lonnie Earl: That’s probably that Corinthian  leather, is what that is.”

My uncle, a Southern gentleman of few words and good taste, was in the carpet and flooring business for years before embarking on his career as the cinnamon bun king of central Florida.  Loud was his word of choice when describing busy colors, bold fabrics and pungent foods.



The MacKenzie-Childs Flower Market Outdoor Butterfly Chair is exactly that, loud. Subdued in its statement it’s not, but then again, neither is the beauty of spring. This chair captures the iconic look of the brand with the perfect amount of funky fun, live out loud color flair, and unique interpretation.


Speaking of loud, the buzz of the bee is the sound of nature at work. The bee makes spring things happen in the great outdoors as well as indoors with a gorgeous result.

bee-finialQueen Bee Finials

wallace-Napoleon-Bee-FlatwareWallace Napoleon Bee Flatware

Thibaut and Sunbrella bring classic style and outdoor durability to spring 2015 with the Portico collection.

Thibaut-Sunbrella-fabricsPortico ~ Thibaut

The Portico collection offers fabric selections in a gallery of vibrant colors and patterns synonymous with patio, deck, porch, courtyard and sunroom fun in the sun and shade style.

spring-flowers-purple1            Midwest Living ~ Architectural Digest

LilacLilacs ~ courtesy of Better Homes and Garden

We’ve got less than a month to go.  Hold on, the loud and lovely spring band will soon be Marching in.

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Fabric Color, Pattern and Trim: By The Numbers

Old Man Winter has dropped his bags at the front door of 2015 for an extended stay, but a fabric color, pattern and trim pick-me-up provides all the decorative lagniappe necessary to lift a decorative spirit out of the winter doldrums. Mardi Gras and the calls of Throw Me Something, Mister ring thick in the mild Louisiana winter air, taking the sting out of the fact we’ve got a ways to go before spring, sprang and sprung of spring. With the word throw being the star of the Mardi Gras Carnival parades, and bright, bold and anything but boring color draping the entire state in pops of party shades, color me inspired.


Decorative throw pillows remain a great choice of decorative accent for instant and affordable pop of color, pattern and trim. The colors, pattern and fabric durability of outdoor fabrics are making the transition to indoor home decor accents. Recently I came across a very informative feature by Stephanie Nickell in the Fashionable Fabrics for ’15 edition of Casual Living Magazine. Exclusive to Casual Living Magazine, the 2015 Fabrics Survey shows fabric color, pattern and trim choices projected to be the best sellers for 2015 by outdoor retailers and designers who responded to the survey.  Categories include cushions, slings, decorative pillows and trim predictions with percentage comparisons between the 2014 and 2015 results listed.  Let’s take a look at the numbers in the 2015 preferred pillow colors category.


fabric color, Pattern and Trim



Interesting predictions. To take a look at the complete 2015 Fabric Survey click here. In what category do you find your preferred fabric color, pattern and trim choice in?

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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.

spots-headboardBallard Designs

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.  Mr. Graydon is true class act and an extremely generous talent!

dalmatian_bathroomApartment Therapy

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?

Bala Cynwyd Design-Build Firms

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DIY Project Inspiration

About the time I think it’s time for a blog vacation, I see something so gorgeous, so share worthy, my blog writing, sourcing and general gabfest battery is recharged and DIY project inspiration is born.  Thank you, Better Homes and Gardens.  The summer months can be as hectic as they are relaxing, and with that in mind I am tailoring my blog posts to suit the on-the-go set.  Pretty is as pretty inspires.

 office-colorsBetter Homes and Gardens

Leopard prints are spot on style. This timeless look falls into the category of classic in the interior design and decor fabric hall of fame.  Don’t share the leopard love?  Here’s a suggestion.  Introduce leopard print in a small but statement making way like the upholstered chair bottom in the above image.  It will either make a bigger impression on you than you think, or it will only be a small bump in the decorative road to change. Vintage chairs can be found for cheap or free at second-hand shops, thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets and curbside boutiques (one man’s trash is another man’s DIY project).


Pick a fabulous designer color in your favorite brand of paint or spray paint and chalk it up, distress it down or go glam.  Fabric remnants are a do it yourself upholsterers best friend and find.  Upholstering a chair bottom is about as easy as a DIY project comes.   Link love: how to reupholster a chair seat.

DIY project inspiration

Low cost DIY projects keep beginners anxiety and buyers remorse at bay and spells  D-I- Why not?

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Leopard Print Love It!

Leopard print.  I’m wild about its power presence in all its spot on spotted glory.  A classic pattern in both fashion and interior design, leopard print love is based on the look, texture and ability to add a punch of decorative prowess to the piece it adorns.

leopardLeopard print is the shake it up-style it up friend of fashion, fabric and space.

leopard chairTraditional Home

I’m still standing by my unwavering opinion in regards to interior design and decorating.  I’m not wired for complication or confrontation, nor am I a fan of rocket science philosophy when it comes to our homes and what we associate beauty and style with.  It’s your home, your money, your tastes and your traditional, shabby, simple, extravagant, over-the-top, funky or fabulous decor choice.   My opinions and suggestions provide an idea to guide the course.  Let’s look at leopard print as an example.

leopard print barstool


For me, the use of a leopard print accessory or accent has got to be tempered and tasteful.

leopard runnerElle Decor

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Alida Leopard-Print Hairhide Rug

Fashion guides us to certain principles of style.  Coco Chanel said it best when she advised the following:

“Once you’ve dressed, and before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off.

Coco Chanel

I don’t profess to remotely be on the same level of fashion or style expertise as Coco Chanel, but I will build upon her words.  Once the space is “dressed”,  and before the it’s perfect stamp of approval is awarded, take one accessory out of the total equation.  

Ruth Kintzer Interior Design

Once removed, look  at the space with a discerning eye and decide if the absence of the removed accessory makes or breaks the look.


Too much of a good thing can be a great thing or a tacky thing.   I’ve got loads of experience with this life application.  My darling mother is wholeheartedly convinced if one of something is good two must be absolutely fabulous.


Leopard Hide Table Lamp

This logic works at certain times in limited situations. Off the top of my head I can think of one situation where two is better than one.  In most instances, two days of vacation is certainly better than one.

Okay.  I’ll give her that.

Cayce side chairChaddock Home

Exceptions to rules and all that aside, two of too much often leads to a fashion or interior design misstep.  There is so much to the less is more school of thought.   A classic color, texture or pattern is visually capable of carrying the space as the focal point.


Inside Fabric

I like to think that is the reason accessories and accents exist.

My design and decor rule for leopard print love and the use of it is straight forward.   A well appointed space will only further impress the eye when there is a spot of leopard print present.   I get a kick out of referring to leopard print pieces as the ultimate spot accent.

leopard pillows


Inquiring and designing minds want to know.


Leopard print.

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Right At Home: Flour, Grain, And Vintage Potato Sacks

Over the last few years flour, grain, and vintage potato sacks have made their way into the home decor, decorative accessories and home furnishings mainstream.  It’s a trend that continues to make itself right at home.

flour sack pillowsIron Accents

Steeped in less than perfect perfection with vintage and vintage looking charm and appeal, this home decor furnishings and accessories trend shows no signs of waning popularity.  Things have moved far past Etsy and the DIY community as the lone embracers, starting and ending point, and sole source of antique and vintage textiles.  Commanding style and good taste is always on trend and recognized by industry leaders. Case in point…

grain-sack-restoration-hardwareRestoration Hardware

flour, grain, and vintage potato sacksPottery Barn

The lovely flour sack kitchen towel is as versatile as it is affordable. Simple, chic, and uncomplicated- the hallmark of  a great decorative accent.

flour sack towels

1.  Black Tat Soi with Red Accent Flour Sack Kitchen Towel from Rigel Stuhmiller on Etsy

2. Kay Dee Designs Cook Flour Sacks Towels Set/3 (black) from Amazon

3. Threshold Flour Sack Plate Towel Set of 6 from Target

Acorn Pillow

Better Home and Gardens

vintage potato sackSecond Shout Out

Our tuxedo clad friend is high stepping in high class vintage charm on this antique potato sack from Second Shout Out. The front logo reads “High Class,  U.S. No. 1 Potatoes”  and is stamped packed by Helms Potato Co., Alamosa, CO.

grain sack upholstered chairA Beautiful Mess Antiques

Hello, Gorgeous!   Some things are so much better the second time around.

 grain sack bagsOnline Fabric Store

Decorative possibilities range from the rustic to the elegantly embellished with grain sacks. These reproduction French grain sacks are right on trend with their design, size, and affordability.

flour sack dining chairs

I love when the design and the execution beautifully line up with the decorative juxtaposition of pattern, texture, style, and periods. This Charleston, South Carolina  dining room by interior designer Ginger Brewton as  featured in Tradhome showcases authentic flour sack covered slipper chairs existing in elegant harmony with traditional decor touches. A strong testament to the stunning statement made when antiques and vintage accessories are paired in a union of comfortable formality.

grain sack throw pillow Grain Sack Jute Pillow

Does it take you awhile to come to love certain trends or the decorative accents du jour?  It does for me.  I’m totally convinced this is the reason accent throw pillows and small accessories exist. It’s always advisable to introduce those not so sure items on a small scale with as few dollars invested at the beginning. Raise your hand if you’ve been known to jump into a project with  decorative ideas and $$$ flowing to realize at projects end this isn’t working. Yep, it’s been known to happen here at Places In The Home.

grain sack poufHome Decorators

Okay, let’s hear it. Grain, flour, and vintage potato sack home decor and home furnishings- add it to the gotta have it list or is this particular trend one you’ll take a pass on?