One Day Give or Take To Go: Let the Official Fall Colors Flaunt Begin!

I admit to checking the fall countdown clock several times this afternoon. An obvious love of the fall/autumn season drives my thoughts, naturally inspiring me to get with the decorating in full fall colors flaunt program.

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I’ve linked to the countdown clock for those of you who want to see the updated T- time to autumn(or fall).  Click on the above image to be redirected.

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The above collage features scenes of seasonal interest, inspiration for future fall themed blog posts, color, pattern and texture of the season, and a late fall/early winter photo of the newlywed couple.  I can’t wait to share the photos from their wedding.

Gorgeous.

Gorgeous.

Gorgeous!

Spoken or as in this case typed like a proud mother of the groom.

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New England Home

Fall’s traditional color palette is unequivocally breathtaking, but when married with shades of blues and jaw-dropping antiques the result is exceptional.

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El Capitan at Fall

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Obsessed best describes my fall fascination with the portrait of William I, Prince of Orange.  Fall colors flaunt divine.

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Friday, September 22, 2017 at 3:02 pm marks the fall starts spot.  The clock is ticking and the fall colors flaunt excitement is building.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.




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

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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.

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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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Fall Afternoon Color Crush

You may be asking yourself one or more of the following questions in regards to a fall afternoon color crush:

What is this fall afternoon color crush you speak about?

Another fall related post?

How much can one person possibly gush about fall?

When will the subject of fall 2016 fade from the pages of Places In The Home?

What is so special about and why all the fuss over and fascination with a fall afternoon color crush?

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An unabashed expression of admiration for an awe inspiring color palette seen only for a very short season, but thoroughly appreciated on this fall afternoon.

Yes.

The beauty of fall knows no bounds.

Until the Places In The Home There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays series begins sometime around the first of November or my fall afternoon color crush cup runneth over, whichever comes first.

Inspiration is everywhere.

Fall Afternoon Color Crush

When the splendor of the season inspires, a fall afternoon color crush ensues.

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“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!”

Mae West

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“I see
the turning of a leaf
dancing in an autumn sun,
and brilliant shades of crimson
glowing when a day is done.”

Hazelmarie Mattie Elliott

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“…I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Traditional Home, Southern Living, One Kings Lane, Online Fabric Store, The Huffington Post, What2Cook, Country Living

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Fair Inspired, Fall Delicious Baked Caramel Apples

When the fair comes to town so does the craving for a classic carnival sweet treat, caramel apples.  The annual parish (you all say county, we Louisianians say parish) fair is in town this week which means time to develop a recipe for fair inspired, fall delicious Baked Caramel Apples.

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I don’t think you ever outgrow the love of fairs and carnivals or the classic food offerings associated with these only come to town once a year midways of amusement.  Dave the Builder gets a kick out of my proclamation “fair music!” when I hear “Up Around the Bend” by Creedence Clearwater Revival.  Back in my midway days, I definitely pondered perpetual motion twirling around the Tilt-a-Whirl, Scrambler, and Flying Bobs.  My tastes in carnival rides runs along the same lines as my interior design and decorating tastes.  Keep the line moving to the center of traditional and classic and go easy on the thrills and frills, folks.

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No creepy clown sightings or clowning around with the prize winning flavor of a caramel apple.

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Baked Caramel Apples

red delicious apples, cored and hallowed ½ way down center of the apple

Per apple:

½ teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 heaping teaspoon Duncan Hines salted caramel frosting

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°.  Wash, core and hallow out apples about ½ way down the center.  Place apples upright in baking dish.

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Sprinkle the inside of each apple with lemon juice.  Dust the center of each apple with cinnamon.  Add a generous teaspoon of the salted caramel frosting to the center of each apple.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until apples are soft.  Serve warm as side dish or as a fabulous fall dessert topped with your favorite flavor of ice cream or whipped topping.

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No need for butter or margarine with this recipe.  The salted caramel frosting pulls double delicious duty as both butter substitute and caramel flavor.  Easy. Delicious. Classic fall flavor.

enjoy

Nature by Design: What Fall Means To Me

Nature by design is the consummate example of simple yet elegant beauty. Seasonal decorating need not be an exercise in expense or exhaustion.

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Rather your seasonal and soon to be holiday decorating involves pulling out all the stops or spot accents here and there, the idea is to invite the season into your home through a visual essay that expresses what fall means to me.

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Still moving at a slowed post surgical procedure pace means I’m mostly guiding the what fall means to me decorating tour of late.  Dave the Builder and my mother are happy to handle the fetch and feather duties.

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Thank goodness I like to sit and study a space beyond tape measures and fan decks.  Looking at the world through design and decorating colored glasses promotes a gorgeous result.

“An empty room is a story waiting to happen, and you are the author.” Unknown

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Readers of Places In The Home know music beats in the heart and soul of this house.  Music keeps me company in the creative process, and a verse or chorus strikes a note of I’ll groove to that inspiration.  The chorus of singer, pianist, composer, producer and engineer  Carol Duboc’s latest tune, Open the Curtains, mirrors my personal decorating style philosophy.

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A punch of personality is as influential to the collective look as the pop of color and the decorative oomph.

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What fall means to me is obvious in the gorgeous bouquet of white hydrangeas from my mother and the fall is in the house display Dave the Builder picked up at Kroger.

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“Nature is not a place to visit.  It is home.”

– Gary Snyder

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Cabbage resting in a mixing bowl staged along side a pie pumpkin gives a simple and fresh nod to fall.

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Nature-inspired simple elegance.   I know exactly what fall means to me.

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Pumpkin Pie Spice Sugar Scrub

Good morning, afternoon or evening, friends!  Friday is in sight or here which is always a plus. Fall is getting its look and feel on, the small surgical procedure I had Tuesday went well, and I love the way the homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Sugar Scrub turned out.  Anesthesia is drying, and knowing this I wanted to have a hand scrub on hand.  Looking ahead to more fall decorating with the branches and cuttings soon to fill ironstone pitchers and the demijohn Dave the Builder recently found in his rounds, I quickly recalled that getting to and cutting down the aforementioned branches and cuttings do a number on your hands.  Put the pumpkin pie seasoning in the coconut (oil, that is) and treat your hands to a fabulous Pumpkin Pie Spice Sugar Scrub in the morning.

Or noon.

Or night.

You get the point.

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After a day filled with political mudslinging from every channel, network and streaming site, am I the only one who feels like a day at the spa treatment is in order?  Pumpkin Pie Spice Sugar Scrub has got you and your hands covered.

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This scrub is super emollient, softens immediately, and can I just tell you- the scent is fall in a bottle.

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Mexican vanilla and pumpkin pie spice marry together in notes of fall fragrant harmony.

For the hands:

Dampen hands with tepid water.  Apply a small amount of pumpkin pie spice sugar hand scrub and gently massage in a circular movement to exfoliate and renew skin.  Rinse well with warm water and gently pat dry. To further promote  at home spa experience,  apply a small amount of your favorite hand cream to seal in the moisture and protect.

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Taking the new mixing bowl out for a recipe mixing test drive.

Now for the recipe.

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Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub

Ingredients

½ cup coconut oil; softened

1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1½ Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

In a mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together until blended.  Store the Pumpkin Pie Spice Sugar Scrub in jar(s) with air tight lid(s).  The scrub will keep at room temperature for up to one month.

enjoy

 

 

Simple. Elegant. Fall. Seasonal Updating With Fall Decorating Favorites

I am ready to get the seasonal updating with fall decorating favorites ball rolling.  Postings of home decor and fall decorating ideas from several hundred of my blogging and social media friends confirm fall fever is going around.

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Let the brisk mornings-cinnamon flavored-pumpkin decorating-colors on parade-sitting on the front porch-spice tea sipping-football tailgating afternoons-sweater wearing-sock feet snuggling with the one you love-crisp evenings spent in front of a fire pit season commence.  While we’re on the subject, let me ask you this.  Fall or Autumn.  What say you?

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Now to the seasonal updating with fall decorating favorites portion of our show…

I’ve been looking “foyer” to this seasonal update for quite some time. The wallpaper I selected for my Mother’s Day gift (Mother’s Day 2015) is finally up where it belongs.  Getting this wallpaper project to completion and fall coming to Louisiana have something in common. It seems to take forever.  I learned a long time ago that patience is a virtue in the pretty on a penny process.  Count the looking “foyer” to fall wallpaper project and estate sale chandelier makeover as the first seasonal updates of the fall 2016 season.

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We are ginkgo a gogo for fall decorating.  Inexpensive is good, but free is better.  Using natural elements in your seasonal decorating plan gifts the eye with the beauty of the season.  Simple. Elegant. Fall.

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Seasonal updating with fall decorating favorites is _________.

A.  Fun.

B.  Easy.

C.  Affordable when you use natural elements found in nature’s arts and crafts store and decorate with items that you already have, collect, love, and reflect your personal style.

D.  All of the above.

Multiple choices factor into the decorating scheme of things.

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Cotton bolls placed in and around collected sea shells is a match made in memories from my childhood heaven.  Cotton fields remain an integral part of the fall harvest scenery in our area.  A farmer friend with acres and acres of cotton fields generously supplies me with several bundles of cotton stalks for my fall decorating needs.  Another good friend supplies me with the dried hydrangeas and eucalyptus bunches perfect for fall arrangements in another fall decor essential, the dough bowl.  Good friends bearing gifts are rewarded with the house special, a fresh apple nut cake.

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An accidental placement of this antique chair in the foyer and the light of a late afternoon produce an effect worth keeping.

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Maybe it’s the lighting, the off-center placement, the new wallpaper or the combination of all three, but I love how it all works together. Ambience plays a significant role in interior design and decorating, and light is at the control.

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I’ve noticed the change in the color of the afternoon sun.  It is white bright, full of nuance as it streams through the window panes and French doors to shadow dance with colors, patterns and textures.

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Simple. Elegant. Fall.

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Making Things Pretty

Over this past weekend, Dave the Builder and I were arguing chatting about all things house that make a home. Over the past 30+ years of togetherness in everything from friendship, marriage, child rearing and business, we have been known to have our cuss it and discuss it moments. Making things pretty can get ugly sometimes- it’s part of the process.  The quickest way to diffuse a contentious all things house that make a home moment is to start a new conversation about starting a new project!  The allure of design and decorating possibilities has a very strong appeal.  It works for us, and it worked again this past weekend.

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Constructing a fall entryway display wasn’t exactly on my fall decorating weekend to-do list, but neither was a building brouhaha.  I adopted the I’m a decorator not a fighter attitude, and from there decorating inspiration and let’s project something harmony began to“fall” into place.

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Our don’t overthink it display evolved from items amassed for decorating times like this- an antique spindle bed post, a wooden garden basket, clippings from our cotton stalk stash, mums, a collection of faux gourds, a piece of wood from the bayou, a planted boxwood, concrete pineapple statue and one lone white pumpkin.

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I phoned the Canadian snowbird aka our son several weeks ago with my request for pics of true fall foliage.  Louisiana will eventually see fall colors, but I was looking forward to seeing images of true fall crimson reds, deep purples and tawny maple golds.

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It seems a Canadian cold front/rain event did away with the crimson red and deep purples leaving behind only the tawny maple golds and sweater weather. Although not my first choice, faux flowers and seasonal decorating accouterments fill in the blanks nature can’t.

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Sharing in the hand me that and it needs something responsibilities, we spent the afternoon making things pretty for the fall of it all.  As I put the finishing touches on the fall entryway display, a gust of crisp fall air blew across the porch to the delight of Dave the Builder, the kitty cat and this decorista.  Perfect timing!

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A pot of strong Louisiana coffee brewed for two made the afternoon near perfect.

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Photo editing is a wonderful concept.  I am becoming more and more enamored with this part of the making pretty process.  When you can take something slightly imperfect and invest time, effort and vision to produce a work rich in substance and beauty, the result is visually amazing.  Photo editing, decorating, marriage- you get the picture.

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