Fall Home Decor and Recipes Gotta Have It List

Blog posts, like the spaces and places in the home, benefit from seasonal updating.  If you’re like me, all things fall home decor and recipes is a conversation worth having and a blog post worth reading.

We’ve had a subtle preview of fall between hurricanes thanks to cooler mornings and noticeably shorter days here in the deep South.

I makes no excuses or apologies for my gush for what I’m convinced is the absolute best time of the year on all points weather, decorating, entertaining, baking, cooking and tailgating.

That’s the great thing about favorite things- they compel us to share the excitement.

Many of the new seasonal activities we normally take part in will be a celebration of fall fun and feast at home.

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‘Feels Good To Be Home’ Wood Sign – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Fall home decor and recipes suited for cozy days into evenings and scrumptious snacks and meals scripts a feels good to be home narrative.

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Oh, what fall fun we decoristas have when we are:

Setting seasonal tablescapes.

Developing, delighting in, and discovering recipes big on the flavors of the season.

Decorating the interiors and exteriors of house, heart, home, and hearth.

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Better Homes & Gardens

A great serving piece, serving tray, compote, set of table linens, throw pillows, lamp, wall accent, rug-  it doesn’t take a complete space overhaul or remodel to introduce texture, color, or pattern of the season to your interior or exterior home decor.

Oh, and don’t forget the menu.

Talk about one of the most delicious ways to welcome fall home decor and recipes to a new season!

Let’s take a look at this season’s Gotta Have It list.

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Elios Pumpkin Tureen, Large

Birch 6-Inch Real-Flame Effect Pillar Candle in Brown

Vintage English Victorian Gravy Boat

Brown Evenson Pear Decorative Bowl

Stoneware Reactive Glaze Cereal Bowl – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Feast Platter

Home Decorators Collection Antiqued Wood Candle Hanging or Tabletop Lantern with Beaded Trim (Set of 2)

Home Decorators Collection Antiqued Wood Candle Lanterns with Beaded Trim

Designing a cozy setting is not an exercise in difficulty.

Warm colors mingled among textured accents, collected finds, and antique pieces, set against the backdrop of soft and comfy candlelight or a crackling fire in the fireplace, invite cozy to settle in and stay awhile.

Cozy is a delightful guest- one who never wears out its welcome.

Luminara® Birch 6-Inch Real-Flame Effect Pillar Candle in Brown

Luminara® Birch 6-Inch Real-Flame Effect Pillar Candle in Brown

There’s something about a pillar candle wrapped in the style of birch that says the texture of fall.

Don’t stop there.

Bring a little pumpkin shortbread or your favorite spice scent to the fall  soiree.

M. Baker pumpkin shortbread candle

Colonial Candle® of Cape Cod  M. Baker Candle in Pumpkin Shortbread

Getting into the fall of it all is fun, keeps things decoratively interesting, and doesn’t have to break the bank.

Affordable fall pretties style spotted at Walmart await door, chair, wall, bench or sofa.

Call this a good prices and great looks combo of farmhouse fabulous with a hint of French country ooh la la.

Pumpkin and Blossom Harvest Wreath

Pumpkin and Blossom Harvest Wreath, 24″

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Mainstays Plaid Pillow

I’m considering ordering two of these pillows to pair with the faux fur throw pillows currently adorning the accents chairs I use as captain’s chairs in the dining room.

Notice the shadow on the lower part of the pillow.

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A late summer into early fall sun casts shadows full of nuance ready to shadow dance with rich colors, patterns and textures that highlight the very best of the season.

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If I didn’t know better, I would think wooden dough bowls strictly exist for housing a natural bounty of fall’s most gorgeous finds.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Edmund Barr

Rich warm colors perfectly accentuate indoor and outdoor spaces prime for feathering in seasonal splendor.

Glenfield Deep Wooden Dough with Handles Decorative Bowl

Glenfield Deep Wooden Dough with Handles Decorative Bowl

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Fads & Frames

Rework a display you’ve enjoyed during the previous season with a simple addition to and subtraction of.

When creating a fall –autumn inspired arrangement, I like to let the flora fall where they may.

Frankly, it plays up the natural aspect of the season which advances the uncomplicated yet beautiful effect you’re going for.

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The thrill is in the hunt, and hunt I’ve done over the last two weeks for new and vintage items for fall decorating.

I can’t wait to share with you the fantastic piece I bought off eBay over the weekend.

Staying close to home and heart with home decor accessories selections in a vintage and antique theme comes naturally to my tastes.

I like to add a splash of brandy to a hearty fall into winter soup.

When we set a fall themed tablescape, I turn a vintage gravy boat into a brandy boat, and the dining crowd goes wild over the presentation.

English Victorian gravy boat

English Victorian Gravy Boat

Fall feasts reminds me of a neighbor friend who is known for a strict and steadfast entertaining rule she swears by.

Round Glass & Wood Dessert Stand - Threshold™

Round Glass & Wood Dessert Stand – Threshold™

She is of the belief it is in poor taste and the epitome of bad entertaining manners to have an empty cake stand or cake plate set out on the buffet or sideboard when having guests over.

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Far be it from me to argue with that particular entertaining principle, so allow me to play the fall baking fairy furnishing y’all with my apple nut cake recipe complete with sprinkles of cinnadust.

This classic recipe is a c’est si bon fall favorite, and is cake stand or plate worthy.

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Apple Nut Cake

Ingredients

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups granulated sugar

½  cup brown sugar

2 eggs

½  teaspoon nutmeg

½  teaspoon cinnamon

½  teaspoon ground cloves

½  teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 ½  cups all-purpose flour

1 cup chopped pecans

½  cup applesauce

3 cups fresh apples, peeled and sliced

Icing

½  cup firmly packed light brown sugar

¼  cup butter or margarine

3 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup powdered sugar

½  cup chopped pecans

Directions

Peel and slice apples.  Add brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, ground cloves and lemon juice to apples coating well; set aside.  Mix together sugar and oil.  Add the eggs and beat until creamy.  Add vanilla.  Combine salt, baking powder, baking soda and flour together.

Introduce dry ingredients in small amounts to sugar and oil mixture.  Next, add apples, applesauce and chopped pecans and mix by hand.

Bake in greased and floured Bundt pan in 350 degree oven for approximately 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

For the icing:

In a medium saucepan bring brown sugar, butter, and milk to a boil over medium heat, stirring or whisking constantly.  Boil for one minute continuing to stir or whisk constantly.

Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Add powdered sugar and stir or whisk until smooth and continue until it begins to thicken slightly.  Immediately drizzle over cooled cake.  Top with walnuts or pecans.

As a tasty bonus, I’m adding my recipe for Great Northern Bean and Chicken Soup as a culinary accompaniment to the antique white pumpkin soup tureen on my Gotta Have It list.

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Great Northern Bean and Chicken Soup

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter

1 medium onion, chopped

1 cup carrots, peeled and sliced

3 stalks celery, diced

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon minced garlic

2 cans Great Northern beans

1½ cups cooked chicken, shredded

1 32 ounce box chicken broth

1 chicken bouillon cube

2 cups water

Directions

Melt the butter in dutch oven (or just toss the butter in with the veggies like I do).  Add the sliced carrots, chopped celery and chopped onion.  Sauté until onions become translucent.

Add shredded chicken, beans, bay leaf, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir to incorporate all the flavor goodness together.  Add water, bouillon cube and chicken broth bringing to a boil.

Once a good bubbling boil is reached, reduce heat to low and allow soup to simmer for 45-60 minutes.

Remove the bay leaf and serve with crackers or cheesy cornbread.

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Spicy sea salt and black pepper crackers add a touch of the all important c’est si bon.

While we’re on the subject of crackers, fall, cozy, snacks, and seasonal goodness, let’s pumpkin cheese ball this fall recipes thing up.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Jacob Fox

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Ingredients

2  8 ounces pkg. cream cheese, softened

2 cups extra-sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded

¾ cup canned pumpkin

¼ cup butter, softened

2 tablespoons minced fresh sage

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Assorted crackers

Directions

Combine cream cheese, 1¼ cups cheddar cheese, the pumpkin, butter, sage, paprika, garlic powder, and ¼ tsp. each salt and black pepper.  Beat with a mixer on medium until fluffy.

Chill, covered, 4 to 24 hours.

Wrap in plastic wrap and shape into a ball.  Unwrap; roll ball in remaining  ¾ cup cheddar.  Serve with crackers.

Serves 24.

To shape into a pumpkin:

After rolling the cheese ball in the remaining cheddar cheese, rewrap the ball in plastic wrap.  Place a few rubber bands vertically around the cheese ball to form ridges.  Chill 30 minutes.

-Better Homes & Gardens

Is there a hint of fall in your part of the world?

Embrace the beauty and the taste of fall and give it a welcome home, old friend shout out from me.

 

 

 

 

 

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Touches and Hints of Fall At Home Preview

The intention of this touches and hints of fall at home preview is to bring about that cozy-colorful-bountiful-nature inspired-pumpkin spiced-apple appealing feeling of fall at home.

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Those of us who absolutely love the fall-autumn season revel in the fall at home preview planning and prepping.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Werner Straube

Seasonal decor pretties.

Rich warm colors and hues on parade.

Crisp days into evening.

Pumpkin everything.

Cozy times.

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Fall Sweet Fall Accent Pillow

Actual signs of fall may not be obvious in your neck of the woods (or skipped you all together i.e. 101°F in Denver one day, 33°F the next), but the excitement of a fall-autumn arrival is building.

Fall at home preview posts on the pages of food and shelter magazines, recipe and home decor blogs, and the social media platforms of choice confirm the anticipation.

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“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”

—Lauren DeStefano

They say good things come to those who wait.

On that logic I liken fall’s tease and eventual arrival to the pot of harvest gold at the end of summer’s scorching rainbow.

A sure sign the beauty of fall is upon us.

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Ella Claire & Co. gifts this lovely free printable vintage landscape for fall framing and decorating.

Sending a big thank you to creative friends and blogs bearing gifts.

I have a bronze gold frame picked out to frame the print in, and am leaning toward placing it on a small decorative easel.

Click on the link to visit this wonderful blog and print your copy- Ella Clair & Co. 

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Wrensted Interiors LLC

Natural touches such as seasonal foliage picked from your yard or garden and housed in rustic crocks, vintage silver pieces, or basic glass jars bring the beauty of fall to a tabletop or vignette near you.

Antique Brown Round Ceramic Stoneware Crock

Antique Brown Round Ceramic Stoneware Crock

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Inspiration, imagination, creativity, and a keen eye are responsible for many a stunning decorative display.

Antique Large German Brown Glazed Stoneware Pottery Double Handle Crock Vase

Antique Large German Brown Glazed Stoneware Pottery Double Handle Crock

As one who always includes setting and staying within budget when selecting, suggesting, and sourcing home decor accents and accessories for clients as well as myself, I love the endless possibilities afforded by decorating with items found at home, in nature (the best arts & crafts store going!), farmers markets, and the flower and produce departments of local grocery stores.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by John Granen

“Autumn is the season to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have.”

—Unknown

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There’s no need to spend an exorbitant amount of money in order to achieve a striking result.

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An arrangement of fresh seasonal fruits placed in a wooden bowl or on a plate or platter sets a simple yet elegant display.

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I’m convinced the five senses dance a delightful waltz to an autumnal melody.

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Bella Notte Linens

Layers of warm and cozy linens wrapped in your favorite fall color, texture, pattern, and scent invite a fall into comfort feeling.

Functionality has never looked, felt or smelled so inviting.

Fall Scented Linen Spray

Ingredients

½ cup water

½ cup vodka

8-10 drops fall scented essential oil(s)

Directions

Mix water and vodka together in a clean spray bottle.

Add essential oil or combination of oils to mixture, swirling to blend.

Essential oil scents and combinations to consider:

Sweet orange, clove bud and cinnamon bark.

Pumpkin pie.

Brown sugar, apple pie and nutmeg.

Wood spice.

Sweet tangerine.

Cedarwood.

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Foodiesfeed

When apples and cinnamon enter the mix or the mixing bowl, the scent and the taste of fall follows.

Brown Wood Look Plate Brown Wood Look Plate

This brown wood plate offers the look of wood with the ease of melamine.

Design details include a realistic faux wood grain pattern paired with the extra bonus of being safe for food use.

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Sköna hem -Pinterest

Southerners take fall any way we can get it since we really don’t get much of it in the first place.

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D Magazine – Photography by Nathan Schroder

It’s a fact of life in Louisiana when the temps fall below 70°F you can hear the collective clang of gumbo pots making their way from cupboard to stove top in true c’est si bon fashion.

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When fall rolls around you can find me spending most late afternoons into evening sitting on the porch taking it all in.

I love spending time in the kitchen developing fall recipes, but you can’t be in two places at once.

Playing to that logic, simple seasonal dishes such as mustard greens and buttermilk cornbread top the dinner menu on crisp fall nights.

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Dave the Builder’s mother held firm the taste of a Louisiana sweet potato is not at its flavor zenith until after the first frost.

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The first frost of fall is a ways off yet, however, we cook, bake, and candied sweet potatoes on.

Leaf Wooden Spoon

Leaf Wooden Spoon

Isn’t it funny how you assign a season to particular foods and flavors?

Gumbo.

Cinnamon roll candied yams.

Pecan pie made with Louisiana pecans and pure cane syrup.

Apple nut cake.

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We’ll cook it, bake it, and eat it any time of year, but it taste so much better in the fall.

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Fall ushers in thoughts of DIY projects for door, porch, mantel, and seal.

DIY pumpkin lanterns

Shine a light on fall with these DIY Pumpkin Lanterns from designlovefest.

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When the Canadian snowbird was in school, yours truly pulled room mother duty every year kindergarten-8th grade.

Loved it!fall-bouquet-ribbon

Bloom Room Autumn Fall Harvest Teasel Bouquet

I was in my element decorating for the teachers appreciation gala, fall festival and Halloween carnival extravaganza.

Included in my bag of decorating tricks was the idea of using faux fall flower bouquets for everything from tabletop decorations to gift favors.

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Wrapping each bouquet in inexpensive craft or tissue paper tied with ribbon and raffia in assorted seasonal colors and textures took the presentation from faux to fabulous.

For extra fall scented goodness tuck a couple of cinnamon sticks in with the bouquet.

It’s all in the details.

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Embellishing an inexpensive throw pillow(s) rich in fall color with decorative trim(s) creates a custom decor piece.

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Elle Decor 

I saw this idea of draping faux fur throws over the back of dining chairs in a fall decorating feature in Elle Decor, and quickly filed it under F for faux fur for fall at home preview.

Fall At Home Preview

A seasonal accent here and a seasonal accessory there layers house and home with touches and hints of the season.

Add a decorative throw or pillow to an existing piece and you instantly create a seasonal update though color, texture, and/or pattern.

Huntingdon Chesterfield Chair

Huntingdon Chesterfield Chair

‘Tis the season for feathering one’s nest with touches and hints of the season through decor additions and updates inspired by the best features of the season.

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The Not So Pretty Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura lived up to her pre-storm warnings and then some.

No matter the type of storm or danger forecast for your part of the world, it is crucial to heed the warnings.

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You can’t believe how loud and how terrifying the winds and squalls of a hurricane are when they get to going.

My teeth chattered in fear, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

Questions asked and answered swirled in the wind and in my mind.

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Would the tree in the front yard fall on the roof and seriously injure or kill one of us?

Thank God it stood.

What would our area and Louisiana look like in the light of day after this furious and ferocious witch cast her destructive spell?

Devastated.

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Where would we shelter Covid-19 safe if we lost the roof?

If we were hit bad I knew family, friends, and neighbors would be as well.

My sweet hour of prayer stretched into hours of prayers for the safety of all involved and affected both during and after the storm.

We lost power Thursday at 4:07 am CST.

Central Louisiana has never experienced a city wide-parish wide total power outage.

Dave the Builder took post storm shelter in the car with the A/C on arctic blast.

Cold washcloths placed on my face dried out in less than an hour. I went through three spray bottles of rose water trying to keep cool.

Six days later when power was restored I cried tears of joy.  I cried even harder when it went back down again for several hours.

Dave the Builder cried when telling me about the linemen and utility workers sitting under trees in our neighborhood eating their lunch and sweating bullets.

There’s hundreds of workers and crews here from all over the United States working tirelessly to restore power.

Dave just told me there’s five bucket trucks from Florida Power & Light working one street over from us.

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The combination of still air, boiling heat, and oppressive humidity deals a hellish hand to all.

May God bless and keep them all safe.

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Phone (landline and cellular), cable, and internet is spotty if working at all.

Many residents, residences, and businesses depend on these services in their daily business operations and especially in emergency situations.

In fact, many service organizations, financial institutions, restaurants, etc… strictly handle operations, payment, and orders online.

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First day of no power what was cold in the refrigerator was cold, and what was in the freezer was nice and frozen.

Fourth day in the defrosting began.

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On the sixth day of no power my true love gave to me,
A helping hand and a Hefty.

Bagged up and to the street it went.

food-disposal

The restocking of fridge and freezer to full capacity is a work in progress.

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City wide boil advisories until further notice means when ice drops it goes.

Locating food is not as difficult as locating ice.

I called the local Super 1 Foods to inquire if the commercial ice machines were producing ice.

Unbeknownst to me, Super 1 Foods (Brookshire’s) was giving out boxes of free ice on a first come, first served basis.

It is a wonderful thing to see firsthand the coming together of corporations, local businesses, churches, agencies, politicians, schools, athletic teams, and simply good citizens to help, aid, and assist the many in need.

Don’t buy into the nonsense and the narrative some broadcast as truth.

Great people with good hearts are the majority.

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My brother lives roughly ten miles west of us.

His property got the flip knocked out of it.

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He and several neighbors immediately jumped into action rounding up his horses and dealing with downed power lines, poles, and timber.

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On the left in the image below is my brother’s Black Lab Sadie taking her daily dip in the pool the day before Hurricane Laura hit.

On the right is Sadie doing laps in the pool on the afternoon after Hurricane Laura left her mark that morning.

What a difference a day, a hurricane, and a generous amount of chlorine makes.

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Our nephew and his wife sent an Amazon care package filled with battery operated fans, batteries, car phone chargers, granola bars, sports drinks and assorted snacks.

Clothes and towels continue to pile up due to the extremely low water pressure and please don’t do laundry if at all possible pleas from City officials.

Tide’s Loads of Hope will be in our area tomorrow morning.  We’re going to have some good clean fun!

Dave the Builder and I both look a sight.

My brother came by today, and when I opened the front door to let him in I warned him at present ugly lives here.

Hurricane Laura

Debris removal at Places In The Home is complete, and the new fence to replace the one blown down by the winds of Hurricane Laura will be installed next week.

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Community Coffee

I’m slowly coming back online, and will be back fully operational with a fall is in the air (better than a hurricane!) post to get us all in the mood for better days.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

Love y’all!

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A Fetching Friday: Sunny and Bright

Today’s Fetching Friday is sun kissed and brightly inspired by sunny and bright summer days and positive dispositions.

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Sunny and bright interiors, exteriors, flavors, settings, and destinations radiate a luminous sense and feel of happiness and cheer.

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Bruern Abbey Gardens – House & Garden – Photo by Eva Nemeth

“The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but the wide world’s joy.”

-Henry Ward Beecher

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House & Garden

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Spartina 449

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Solitude art print by Diane Leonard

Solitude Art Print by Diane Leonard

“Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink.”

-Lilly Pulitzer

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Southern Living- Photo by Alison Gootee – Styling by Suzonne Stirling 

aesthetics for the zodiac signs

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Condé Nast Traveler

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Better Homes & Gardens

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“Friends are the sunshine of life.”

-John Hay

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Style Me Pretty – Allyson Magda Photography

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Domino – Photo by Rebecca Reid

Wishing each of you a sunny and bright fetching Friday custom-made for soaking up the sun (don’t forget the screen) and positive summer vibes.

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Dorm Room Decor Ideas Show and Tell

Waiting for the green light for live and in-person back to campus activities to flash go caused this dorm room decor ideas show and tell to come in a tad late, but good and stylish things come to those who dorm room decorate.

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The time is always right for enhancing your dorm room digs with back to campus chic-on trend-color splashed-affordable-making college life easy decor.

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The objective is to select dorm room decor items in chateau chic and casa high style to reflect a sense of you while making a dorm room, townhouse, condo, or apartment look and feel like your home away from home.

Let’s begin this dorm room decor ideas show and tell with accents and accessories tailored for accomplishing just that.

Dorm Room Decor Ideas Show and Tell

Light Up Your Life Canvas Art Print 1

Light Up Your Life Canvas Art Print

Photo of Chanel Store - Wall Art Poster Print

Photo of Chanel Store – Wall Art Poster Print

Sketched Floral Medallion Tapestry

Sketched Floral Medallion Tapestry

Demeo Stacking Side Chair

 

Demeo Stacking Side Chair

Let’s be clear- this Demeo Stacking Side Chair is dorm room decorating ideas chic.

 Reema Back Cushion Reema Back Cushion

Furniture of America Kene Modern White Faux Fur Padded Accent Chair

Furniture of America Kene Modern White Faux Fur Padded Accent Chair

Silver Orchid Sterling Shaggy Faux Fur Ottoman Bench

Silver Orchid Sterling Shaggy Faux Fur Ottoman Bench

The Curated Nomad Wit Moroccan-inspired Pouf Ottoman

The Curated Nomad Wit Moroccan-inspired Pouf Ottoman

Birdy Side Table

Birdy Side Table

Better Homes & Gardens 2-Cube Storage Organizer, WhiteBetter Homes & Gardens 2-Cube Storage Organizer, White

 

Marshfield Tray Top Cross Legs End Table

Marshfield Tray Top Cross Legs End Table

 

Happimess Michael 35 Wicker Storage Trunk, Gray

Happimess Michael 35″ Wicker Storage Trunk, Gray

Plush, glam and leopard love dorm accessories in shades of pink, gold and winter white trend to be favorites among the back to campus crowd.

Flamingo Gold & White Table Lamp

Flamingo Gold & White Table Lamp

 

Stephen 23.5 MetalMarble LED Table Lamp, Brass GoldWhite by JONATHAN Y

Stephen 23.5 Metal Marble LED Table Lamp by JONATHAN Y

A one for you, and one for your dorm mate pairing.

Cici Crystal Table Lamp - Set of 2Cici Crystal Table Lamp – Set of 2

Twinkle Star 300 LED Window Curtain String Light

Twinkle Star 300 LED Window Curtain String Light

A soft and stylish rug such as this Khalhari Hand-Tufted Faux Fur Pink Area Rug is a great choice for creating a chic and comfy setting.

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Khalhari Hand-Tufted Faux Fur Pink Area Rug

Evet Rug

Evet Rug

Wolken Southwestern Handmade Hooked Wool Pink/Beige Area Rug

Wolken Southwestern Handmade Hooked Wool Pink/Beige Area Rug

Campus comfy and cozy is an essential design and decorating element in this dorm room decorating ideas show and tell.

Bedding.

Bath.

Beauty.

Brew.

The four B’s of dorm room life.

Brooklyn 7-Pc. Cotton Bedding Sets

Brooklyn 7-Pc. Cotton Bedding Sets

The Big One® Floral Medallion Reversible Comforter Set with Sheets

The Big One® Floral Medallion Reversible Comforter Set with Sheets

Silver Orchid O'Fredericks Blush 3-piece Comforter Set

Silver Orchid O’Fredericks Blush 3-piece Comforter Set

Dorm Room Decor Ideas Show and TellLauren Ralph Lauren Logo Pillows, Down Alternative

Monogram PillowcaseMonogram Pillowcase

Grand Collection Whimsical Printed Sheet Set

Grand Collection Whimsical Printed Sheet Set

Grand Collection Microfiber Inspirational Print Sheet Set

Grand Collection Microfiber Inspirational Print Sheet Set

Mainstays Extra Plush Lightweight Sherpa Throw Blanket

Mainstays Extra Plush Lightweight Sherpa Throw Blanket

Buffalo Plaid Waffle Woven Reverse to Sherpa Throw Blanket with Tassels

Buffalo Plaid Waffle Woven Reverse to Sherpa Throw Blanket with Tassels

Sleep Soft Premium High Pile Oversize Super Plush Throw

Sleep Soft Premium High Pile Oversize Super Plush Throw

Koolaburra by UGG Rosie Throw

Koolaburra by UGG Rosie Throw

Get comfy with Friends.

Friends 'Central Perk' 2 Piece Decorative Pillow and Blanket Set

Friends ‘Central Perk’ 2 Piece Decorative Pillow and Blanket Set

glam it up pillows

Badger Basket Wicker Two Hamper Set with Liners - WhiteBadger Basket Wicker Two Hamper Set with Liners – White

The Big One® 4 Drawer Storage Tower

The Big One® 4 Drawer Storage Tower

Watercolor Floral Laundry Hamper

Watercolor Floral Laundry Hamper

sets

Morgan Home Fashions 6pc Washcloth Set

Mainstays Catching Rays Tufted Cotton Washable Bath Rug

Mainstays Catching Rays Tufted Cotton Washable Bath Rug

Turbie Twist Microfiber Hair Towel Twin Pack

Turbie Twist Microfiber Hair Towel Twin Pack

Cosmic Shower Caddy

Cosmic Shower Caddy

Mainstays Chloe Cosmetic Drawer Organizer, Plastic, Clear

Mainstays Chloe Cosmetic Drawer Organizer, Plastic, Clear

Ruby+Cash Zip Cosmetic Bag - Make Up Make Art

Ruby+Cash Zip Cosmetic Bag – Make Up Make Art

Lay-n-Go COSMO Cosmetic Bag

Lay-n-Go COSMO Cosmetic Bag

Shampoo conditioner bottle reusable bottlesShampoo-Conditioner-Body Wash Reusable Bottles

Love Beauty & Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Bountiful Bouquet Hand Wash Soap

Love Beauty & Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Bountiful Bouquet Hand Soap

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Poo-Pourri-set

Poo-Pourri® Back to College Travel Bag Set

Llama love this vase for holding makeup brushes, lipsticks, and color pencils.

Leisure Arts Inc Llama Vase

Leisure Arts Inc Llama Vase

coffee-steaming

Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker

Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker in Oasis

Oster Blend-N-Go MyBlend BlenderOster Blend-N-Go MyBlend Blender

 

Dash Mini Maker Electric GriddleDash Mini Maker Electric Griddle

Davenport Insulated Lunch Bag Kit

Tervis® Bright Mandala 20 oz Stainless Tumbler with Lid
Davenport Insulated Lunch Bag Kit

from-the-desk-of

from the desk of office supplies

Pull up that Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon and color your world and your desk supplies cute!

Rose Gold Wire Binder Clips Pkg/6

Rose Gold Wire Binder Clips Pkg/6

Sony SRS-XB01 EXTRA BASS Portable Bluetooth SpeakerSony SRS-XB01 EXTRA BASS Portable Bluetooth Speaker

2020-2021 Jumbo Agenda - 17 Month

2020-2021 Jumbo Agenda – 17 Month

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker with Alexa

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker with Alexa

Mead 1 Subject College Ruled Spiral Notebook

Mead 1 Subject College Ruled Spiral Notebook 6″x 4.5″ Green Notebook

Modern Innovations 15 Inch Bedside Caddy Tray with Cup Holder & Cable Cord Insert

Modern Innovations Bedside Caddy Tray with Cup Holder & Cable Cord Insert

Quirky Pivot Power 6 Outlet Surge Protector Gold

Quirky Pivot Power 6 Outlet Surge Protector Gold

Variety 5-Pack of Triple-Layer Cloth Face Masks for Adults (with Ear Adjusters)

For him

The University of the SouthFollow All Saints' Chapel & Carnegie Hall

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Montreux Iron Butterfly Chair with Real Leather SeatMontreux Iron Butterfly Chair with Real Leather Seat

Roma Small Bean Bag Lounger

Roma Small Bean Bag Lounger

Loring End Table - Project 62

Loring End Table – Project 62

Better Homes & Gardens 6-Cube Storage Organizer, Rustic Gray

Better Homes & Gardens 6-Cube Storage Organizer, Rustic Gray

Carbon LoftQuiet Reed Industrial Metal/Wood Task Chair

Momeni Maya Plaid Area Rug

Momeni Maya Plaid Area Rug

Home Dynamix Tribeca Mason Area Rug

Home Dynamix Tribeca Mason Area Rug

Vintage Record Collection Canvas Art Print Vintage Record Collection Canvas Art Print

 

Ematic Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker and Speakerphone - Black

Ematic Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker and Speakerphone

 

NCAA LSU Tigers Bitty Boomer Bluetooth Speaker

NCAA LSU Tigers Bitty Boomer Bluetooth Speaker

PhoneSpa Phone & Accessory UV-C Sanitizer and Aroma Diffuser

PhoneSpa Phone & Accessory UV-C Sanitizer and Aroma Diffuser

Variety 5-Pack of Triple-Layer Cloth Face Masks for Adults (with Ear Adjusters)

Variety 5-Pack of Triple-Layer Cloth Face Masks for Adults (with Ear Adjusters)

Colombian Leather Flapover Briefcase

Colombian Leather Flapover Briefcase

Printed Microfiber Sheet Set - Room Essentials

Printed Microfiber Sheet Set – Room Essentials

Keurig K-Compact Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Imperial RedKeurig K-Compact Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Imperial Red

LSU bag community coffee

tiger coffee mug

Community Coffee dark roast kicks the day into gear and puts a tiger in your tank.

Dorm room inside Smiley Hall, Pomona College

Flickr

rube-boxRube Cube Box

 Jssmst Diversion Book Safe with Combination Lock, Secrect Hidden Safe Lock Box

 Jssmst Diversion Book Safe with Combination Lock

College Definition Print Dictionary Art

College Definition Print Dictionary Art

Big Lebowski Dude Decorative Poster

Big Lebowski Dude Decorative Poster

New York 8-Piece Comforter SetNew York 8-Piece Comforter Set

LSU-pillow-case

NCAA Louisiana State Tigers Football Pillowcase

Better Homes & Gardens Sherpa Throw Blanket

Better Homes & Gardens Sherpa Throw Blanket

HAITRAL Contemporary Desk Lamp with Wooden Base, Black Fabric Shade

HAITRAL Contemporary Desk Lamp with Wooden Base, Black Fabric Shade

V-LIGHT Classic Style CFL Banker's Desk Lamp with Green Glass Shade, Antique Bronze Finish

V-LIGHT Classic Style CFL Banker’s Desk Lamp with Green Glass Shade

 

Basketball Decorative Pillow

Basketball Throw Pillow

Navy Bed Rest Pillow with Arms

Just Home Navy Bed Rest Pillow with Arms

 

Dylan Bullet Shaped Dual Head LED Table Lamp BlackDylan Bullet Shaped Dual Head LED Table Lamp Black

 

Vintage Metal Sphere Lamp

Vintage Metal Sphere Lamp

Keys, and change, and stuff.  Oh, my.

 

Hello There Handsome Faux Leather Jewelry Dish

 

Take note of your things to do day-to-day activities, and may I add sage advice from Dr. Freud.

41iRkKZHBhLSigmund Freud Notepad

Hamilton Beach Hot Air Popcorn Popper Hamilton Beach Hot Air Popcorn Popper

Share the corn, not the germs.

Essentials Single Serving Paper Popcorn Bags, 8-ct. Packs

Dollar store runs result in disposable single serving popcorn bags, inexpensive treats, goodies and dorm room necessities.

The College Cookbook - by Weldon Owen (Paperback)

The College Cookbook – by Weldon Owen (Paperback)

Oster Single Burner Hot Plate

Oster Single Burner Hot Plate

Oster 2-Slice Toaster

Oster 2-Slice Toaster

Nostalgia Electrics Diner Style Hot Dog Steamer

Nostalgia Electrics Diner Style Hot Dog Steamer

I hope one or more off the items in this dorm room decor ideas show and tell offers inspiration for your dorm room or apartment design and decor.

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Digging The Pig Kitchen Decor

I’m really digging the pig kitchen decor of late.  As time is on my side in today’s world of thinking twice about venturing out if it’s not necessarily a necessity, it leaves me unhurried time to explore new things out there in internet land.

Last week I shared with the Places In The Home Facebook page followers a new page I’ve started to follow, Cooking with Brenda Gantt.

Miss Brenda cooks up Southern favorites with her own unique flavor of the South.

Homemade buttermilk biscuits.

Chicken and dumplings.

Boston butts.

Marinated vegetable salad.

Hot water cornbread.

Orange pineapple ice cream.

Candied sweet potatoes.

sliced-sweet-potatoes-in-sugar-and-butter

candied-sweet-potatoes

To quote Brenda, “Its gonna be good y’all!”

And it was!

Brenda shops the local farmers market, Wingard’s Produce, and a Southern staple of grocery store traditions, Piggly Wiggly aka The Pig for fresh fruits, vegetables and meats.

I get the biggest kick out watching Brenda’s farm to table videos complete with antique and vintage wares, no nonsense tips and tidbits, and a cooking show and tell of people seen and items purchased on her trips to The Pig.

Cooking and decorating inspiration is everywhere, and this particular Cooking with Brenda Gantt video inspired me to prepare a recipe favorite of pork tenderloin with roasted new potatoes and herbs de provence carrots and to revisit this six year old pig kitchen decor blog post.

Transpac Resin 9 in. Bronze Spring Flying Pig Figurine

Transpac Resin 9 in. Bronze Spring Flying Pig Figurine

This particular pig post has taken on a life of its own.

Dave the Builder asked me what I sourced today.

Suffice it to say I’ve pigged out, decoratively speaking, on pig kitchen home decor for the better part of two weeks now.

Polished Copper Hanging 3D Flying Pig SculpturePolished Copper Hanging 3D Flying Pig Sculpture

Time flies like a pig with wings when you’re having all things house that make a home fun.

pig-sheep-framed-print

Sharing home decor accents and accessories with you all is a labor of love, and my personal taste guides the selections.

Anne at Home Curiosities KnobAnne at Home Curiosities Knob

My pig kitchen decor choices lean toward the classic, the vintage, the whimsical, the unusual, and the traditional with a touch of farmhouse flair thrown in for good and stylish measure.

Pig+Novelty+KnobPig Novelty Knob

pig outlet cover

Outlet Plate Covers

Maison Maison, Suzanne Duin OwnerMaison Maison, Suzanne Duin Owner

Perky Pig StatuePerky Pig Statue

Design DCA

Design DCA

French carved wood pig sculpture 19 centuryFrench Carved Wood Pig Sculpture, 19th Century

Butcher-Rack_Pigs-(front)Urban Archaeology

Sheila Bridges Landmark Harlem Residence

Sheila Bridges Design

Faux Resin Pig Head Wall Mount, PowderFaux Resin Pig Head Wall Mount, Powder

Hogbadi IIi, Set Of 2Hogbadi IIi, Set Of 2

pig head wall mountGershwin & Gertie

Pig Hog Plaster Wall Hanging

Pig Hog Plaster Wall Hanging

Wilber the Pig Handmade Planter, TurquoiseWilber the Pig Handmade Planter, Turquoise

Otagiri Anthropomorphic Pig Jam Jar with SpoonOtagiri Anthropomorphic Pig Jam Jar with Spoon

 

Kiril Heavily Distressed Magnesia Pig FigurineKiril Heavily Distressed Magnesia Pig Figurine

If you follow me, you’re already aware of my affinity for using decorative items for something different other than the intended use of said object.

pig-winged-bird-feederWinged Pig Bird Feeder

This Winged Pig Bird Feeder is my idea of a breakfast table or kitchen island centerpiece focal point fruit bowl.

pig kitchen decor

This Cape Craftsmen Pig Planter will easily fill the bill as a planter, but it’s also decoratively capable of becoming a stylish desk accessory for the kitchen home.

Cape Craftsmen Pig PlanterCape Craftsmen Pig Planter

Large Sitting Sow Pig Metal Garden Statue Bronze Color Recycled Aluminum ArtLarge Sitting Sow Pig Metal Garden Statue 

 

nichols-bros-stoneworks-cast-iron-brother-pig-garden-statue Nichols Bros. Stoneworks Cast Stone Pig Garden Statue in Dark Walnut

Staying on the subject of breaking with convention and the art of focal point pieces for kitchen island placement, this Nichols Bros. Stoneworks Cast Stone Brother Pig Garden Statue in Dark Walnut makes a grand showing and perfect best in show pig presentation.

Meet Sooie the sous chef

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Elle Decor – Photo by Björn Wallander

Outdoor kitchens and fireplaces need pig kitchen decor love, too!

antique-brass-pig-andirons

1stdibs

pig shaped iron andirons

Charish

Primitive Antique Stone Pig Shaped Cooker Wrought Iron Base Smoke Grill RoastPig Shaped Cooker with Wrought Iron Base

Pierre the Pig chef statue

Pierre the Pig

Maxwell the Geico pig goes weee weee weee all the way home.

Pierre the Pig goes oui oui oui as a très magnifique addition to your pig kitchen decor collection.

Vintage Fleur De Lis French Chef Pig

It seems that every other commercial on iHeartRadio is for Mercari, an e-commerce marketplace loaded with treasures.

I spied this Vintage Fleur de Lis French Chef Pig under the home decor accents category.

I’ve not listed on nor purchased from the site, but I do have my eye on several items of home decor interest.

Decmode 38288 Black Resin Pig Chalkboard Sign Sculpture, 17" X 6.5"Decmode 38288 Black Resin Pig Chalkboard Sign Sculpture, 17″ X 6.5″

Chalk this little black resin chalkboard piggy up to pig kitchen decor delightful.

pig kitchen decor

 

1980s Vintage Aluminum Pig Tray1980s Vintage Aluminum Pig Tray

 

Ambrine Pig Serving Platter

Ambrine Pig Serving Platter

Vintage French Farm Sign Pig Serving TrayVintage French Farm Sign Pig Serving Tray

Hand Carved Pig Shaped Decorative Wooden Serving Tray 15 Inch

With thoughts of the fall into autumn season beginning to pique my interest, I’m thinking how great these pig shaped serving pieces will look filled with seasonal fruits, cheeses, and delicious dishes.

3R Studios 12.5in Ceramic Bowl - White3R Studios Ceramic Bowl – White

Cookbooks stack up well when placed between a set of stylish bookends.

Sterling Pair Chef Pig Bookends

Sterling Pair Chef Pig Bookends

Antique Faux Terracotta Resin Pig Bookends (Set of 2)Antique Faux Terracotta Resin Pig Bookends (Set of 2)

 

Pig Accent StoolPig Accent Stool

Marranitos-Mexican-gingerbread-pigs-small

Click on the link to get the recipe for Marranitos (Mexican Gingerbread Pigs) from Isabel Eats.

Pig cookie jar porcelain

Cooks Club Ceramic Pig Chef Cookie Jar

Solid White Ceramic Pig Shaped Cookie JarSolid White Ceramic Pig Shaped Cookie Jar

American Bisque Cookie/Biscuit Jar Happy Smiling PigAmerican Bisque Cookie/Biscuit Jar Happy Smiling Pig

Terracotta Design Build

Terracotta Design Build

Reality Bank Form Pig Piggy BankReality Bank Form Pig Piggy Bank

Coming to a DIY pig kitchen decor project near you is the subject line of the email sent to Dave the Builder last night when inspiration struck.

24 carat gold or platinum 'lucky pig' table light with black

24 carat Gold or Platinum “Lucky Pig” Table Light with Black Shade

Gorgeous best describes the stunning 24 carat gold “lucky pig” table lamp with a gold lined black lamp shade, however, the price is not so right for my lighting budget.

gold pig lamp on black base1

Rustic Copper Pig Sculpture

Rustic Copper Pig Sculpture

 

Vintage Terra Cotta Pate PotVintage Terra Cotta Pate Pot

3.5 Antique Whiteware Creamer Tom the Pipers Son, Gold Trim (c. 1900)1

3.5″ Antique Whiteware Creamer “Tom the Pipers Son”, Gold Trim (c. 1900)

Iron Pig Metal Votive

Iron Pig Metal Votive

NE Home kitchen cast iron pig moldNew England Home

In a box buried deep in the Places In The Home climate controlled storage unit is my cast iron pig mold purchased eons ago at an antiques store in Forney, Texas.

When the dust settles in these crazy times it’s going to be like Christmas rediscovering packed away treasures.

cast iron pig face mold

Pair this polka dot pig with pink Himalayan salt and you’ve got yourself a super cute salt pig.

Mackenize Childs Polka Dot PigMacKenzie-Childs Polka Dot Pig

pink-salt

Still trending strong, farmhouse style and its design derivatives continue to resonate with decoristas.

Campagna Porco (Pig) DinnerwareCampagna Porco (Pig) Dinnerware

The elements of inviting, simple yet elegant, and comfortable chic work well together in creating a visually pleasing balance.

Cuts of Pork Canvas Print

Cuts of Pork Canvas Print

'Ham and Bacon Retro Advertising Pig' Vintage Plaque‘Ham and Bacon Retro Advertising Pig’ Vintage Plaque

JK Adams Slate Cheese Server PigJK Adams Slate Cheese Server Pig

Southern BBQ Pig Metal Wall Sign

Southern BBQ Pig Metal Wall Sign

"Get in My Pork Belly" Plates, Set of 4“Get in My Pork Belly” Plates, Set of 4

Staub+Cast+Iron+1+Qt.+Pig+Oval+Dutch+Oven

Staub Cast Iron 1 Qt. Pig Oval Dutch Oven

 

Arthur Court Extra Large Pig Ham Serving Carving Tray Cast Aluminum

Arthur Court Extra Large Pig Carving Tray 

Copper-pig-serving-tray

Covered Copper Pig Dish

Pig Cafeteria Print Pig Cafeteria Print

Pigsley Butter DishPigsley Butter Dish

 

Vagabond House Garden Friends Happy Pewter Pigs Salt and Pepper Shaker SetVagabond House Pewter Pigs Salt and Pepper Shaker Set

Garden Friends Sugar & Creamer SetGarden Friends Sugar & Creamer Set

HIC Pig Creamer with Handle, Fine White Porcelain, 6-OuncesHIC Pig Creamer with Handle, Fine White Porcelain, 6-Ounces

For the home bar set up in the kitchen or kitchen adjacent, the Pleasant Pig Card Holder is mix and mingle marvelous as a pig kitchen decor bar accent.

Pleasant Pig Card HolderPleasant Pig Card Holder

Buckingham Brand California Bartletts Cowboy Riding a Pig, Soft Coasters, set of 8Buckingham Brand California Bartletts Cowboy Riding a Pig Coasters, set of 8

 

Pig Shaped Liquor Decanter

Visions of fall decorating have begun to dance in my head.

apples-in-wooden-dough-bowl

While the dough bowl pulls fall in the kitchen duty, this new addition to my fall decorating decor accessories lineup will house gourds, mini pumpkins, and regional fall foliage.

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fall-assorted-gourds

Pig kitchen decor comes in variety of styles ranging from I ♥ country French to vintage whimsy to farmhouse chic.

Avoiding decor items that tend to be too trendy by opting for those that have staying power such as classic form, good bones, and clean lines promotes a stylish result and keeps the what in the world was I thinking when I bought this regret at bay.

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By The Sea Table Setting Accents and Accessories

When last we met here on the blog, by the sea table setting accents and accessories lead the entertaining, tablescape, and place settings share and tell.

Regardless if it’s setting the table for a party of one or two of a kind you don’t need a special reason or house full of guests to set a visually dazzling table.

I refer back to the words of my Aunt Sis pertaining to setting a table with the good china, crystal, and the like for the pure pretty of it.

“What’s the use of having the stuff if you don’t use and enjoy it?”

After careful Covid-19 reconsideration, Dave the Builder and I will forgo our summer soiree entertaining.

The number of place settings at our table will be fewer, however, the themed tablescape train with all the delicious trimmings rolls on.

Aruba Coast

Summer pairs well with setting the table in by the sea chic.

Selecting by the sea table setting accents and accessories pieces sure to complement and dazzle is the part of the process I liken to adding the perfect jewelry, shoes, and bag to a couture emsem.

home-bar-by-the-sea

One Kings Lane

Valenica decanterLenox Valenica Decanter

 

Geo Outdoor Double Old Fashioned Glasses, Set of 6 - Blue

Geo Outdoor Double Old Fashioned Glasses, Set of 6 – Blue

 

Costa Nova Sea Urchin Serving BowlCosta Nova Sea Urchin Serving Bowl

A serving bowl in a sea urchin pattern or decorative clam shell is quite the snazzy home bar accessory when used as a vessel for ice cubes.

White and Gray Clam shell Decorative Clam Shell

 

Godinger Brookdale Decanter in AmberGodinger Brookdale Decanter in Amber

 

Artland Iris Loft PitcherArtland Iris Loft Pitcher

 

Artland Misty 4-pc. Highball Glass Set

Memories of summer times spent on the Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida Gulf Coast beaches drive my bar and drinkware choices and suggestions.

alligator-print-above-home-bar

Architectural Digest

Presently I’m all in on alligator-crocodile decor accessories.

This particular style of lamp has been around for some time now and with good reason.  I’m sourcing and suggesting the pair based on the classic form, style, color, texture, pattern and price.

Ollie Ceramic Table Lamp Set of 2 - SafaviehOllie Ceramic Table Lamp Set of 2 – Safavieh

 

Highland Dunes Lu Highball GlassHighland Dunes Lu Set

Bistro Croc 16 oz. Highball Glass (Set of 4)Bistro Croc 16 oz. Highball Glass (Set of 4)

 

Hank Alligator Cheese Knives Set of 3

Hank Alligator Cheese Knives Set of 3

Arthur-Court-ice-scoop

Arthur Court Designs Alligator Ice Scoop

Alligator Skin Serving TrayAlligator Skin Serving Tray

Riviera Alchemille Leaf 7" Appetizer Plate (Set of 2)Riviera Alchemille Leaf 7″ Appetizer Plate (Set of 2)

Sea waves and ocean breezes come to mind with this pattern.

Elena Salad Plates, Set of 4Elena Salad Plates, Set of 4

wood-appetizer-plates

TOSCANA Wine Appetizer Plates, Set Of 4

Coastal themed cocktail accessories make a stylish splash as the perfect mix and marvel bar accessories garnish.

seashell-starfish-toothpicksSeashell & Starfish Toothpicks

Stepping away from the norm is more my rule than exception when it comes to seizing the opportunity to use pieces for something different other than their intended purpose.

shell shaped salad bowl

Coastal Home Shell Serving Bowl

Using serving bowls in an array of by the sea shapes, colors, textures, and patterns elevate the presentation of everything from steamed vegetables to seafood specialties to cocktail garnishes.

Oyster Shaped Coastal Blue Serving Dishes Set of 2Oyster Shaped Coastal Blue Serving Dishes Set of 2

OYSTER Platinum Silver Small Bowl - 1 PieceOYSTER Platinum Silver Small Bowl

Cozart Triple Shell DishCozart Triple Shell Dish

These super chic seagrass baskets will be the star of the sea themed tablescapes show for shore.

Get it?

Seagrass Shell BasketSeagrass Shell Basket – 24″ x 8″ x 11″

Bread basket.

Dinner napkin station.

Silverware holder.

Seagrass Whale Basket

Seagrass Whale Basket- 14.5″ x 15″ x 24″

Woven Straw Fish Chip & Dip TrayWoven Straw Fish Chip & Dip Tray

Mermaid Wooden Serving BoardMermaid Wooden Serving Board

seashell-trim-food-coverSeashell Trim Food Cover

 

BESTONZON Coconut Bowls Natural Coconut Shell Storage Bowl Coconut Serving Bowls Candy Container Nuts HolderBESTONZON Natural Coconut Shell Serving Bowls

 

pescado-enamel-oval-serving-platter

Pescado Enamel Oval Serving Platter

flish-platters

Hand-painted Traditional Portuguese Ceramic Fish Shape Platter
Balfor Fish Platter
MacKenzie-Childs Pink Small Fish Dish

 

Back in our Hopefully Classic days we became dear friends with a fellow dealer who specialized in premier vintage sterling silver serving pieces.

She taught me the art of selecting just the right piece(s) for an impressive table setting.

I still indulge my sterling silver collecting habit when I’m lucky enough to come across a piece such as this fried oyster server and fish knife.

The detail of each piece is impressive, and the Southern tradition of setting the table with at least one good piece of sterling silver maintained.

vintage-silver-seafood-serving-pieces

Fried Oyster Server – Luxembourg (Sterling, 1893, Monograms) by Gorham Silver
Abbott White Ceramic Oyster Dish
Sterling Silver Fish Knife
Spode Woodland King Salmon Fish Dish

 

Seaside TureenSeaside Tureen

Beachcomber Soup TureenBeachcomber Soup Tureen

Tempeste Platter

Tempeste Platter 1

Tempeste Platter

Aqua Hobnail Glass PitcherAqua Hobnail Glass Pitcher

 

Dimensions PitcherDimensions Pitcher

beach-style-dining-roomRichard Moody & Sons Construction LLC

silver starfish pillar candle holder

Silver Starfish Hurricane

The rule of kiss (keep is seaside simple) applies to centerpiece ideas.

Blue & Teal Ombré Teardrop Vase

Strombus UrnStrombus Urn

coastal-tablescape-photo-John-O'Hagan

The Cottage Journal – Photography by John O’Hagan

oyster shell table runner 6'

Oyster Shell Table Runner by Treasures of GG 

Bulk shells, knobby starfish, accent gems, decorative sand and river rocks make a decorative splash as anchor embellishments.

brown-shells

white knobby starfish

Set of 12 White Knobby Starfish 2″ to 3 1/2″

Dollar stores are a treasure trove of tabletop accessories and supplies for setting and decorating a by the sea tablescape. 

For a small amount of money you can create an impressive DIY tabletop focal point or decorative companion piece to build your by the sea centerpiece upon.

oyster-shells-in-glass-containers

Decorative sea and oyster shells placed in sand filled clear glass containers  become a tabletop showstopper.

glass cylinder vases

Glass cylinder vases filled with decorative sea shells of various colors, textures, and patterns make a sea escape statement.  

rope-wrapped-vase

Add the following items to your dollar store shopping list and let the DIY centerpiece brilliance begin.

Glass cylinder vases

Floral Garden Decorative Nautical Rope, 9.5 ft. Strands

By the sea fillers and/or embellishments (decorative sand, shells, pearls)

rope-wrapped-cylinder-vase

Wrap the rope around the bottom of a glass cylinder, tucking ends into rope.

Candlelight contributes to the overall ambiance- an essential part of the entertaining and table setting scenario. 

A pillar candle firmly situated atop decorative sand and shells will shine a soft and inviting light on the by the sea situation. 

rope-wrapped-glass-vase-with-shells

Retail stores will soon be in summer clearance mode, and this is an opportune time to stock up on great pieces at good prices.

coastal-spheres

Table Linens

Natural Macrame Table RunnerNatural Macrame Table Runner

Chiffon Table Runner 18 x 180-Inch Extra LongChiffon Table Runner 18 x 180-Inch Extra Long

DII Gold Sequin Mesh Table Runner Roll 16in X 10ftDII Gold Sequin Mesh Table Runner Roll 16in X 10ft

coastal-themed-dinner-napkin

Avanti Destin Set of 4 Napkins

Craft stores offer tons of creative ideas and supplies ready for DIY project perfection creations.

Decorative pearl trim looped through a coastal themed pendant, charm, or bead results in a stylish napkin ring and a little gift of to you from me lagniappe to take home.

by the sea table setting accents and accessories

Cholla wood, small rope wrapped frames, or mushroom coral pieces used as place card holders or knife rests uniquely carry out the by the sea theme.

5 Pieces of 5-6" Long Natural Cholla Wood5 Pieces of 5-6″ Long Natural Cholla Wood

Natural Rope 4x4 Picture Frame

by the sea table setting accents and accessories

From place settings to centerpieces and all the by the sea ambiance in between, by the sea table setting accents and accessories set a lovely scene and a lovely table.

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Fetching Friday: Summertime Favorites

Today’s Fetching Friday features summertime favorites of fun, leisure and tabletop in color rich scenes many of us instantly associate with the good old summertime.

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butterfly-on-purple-flowers

Benaki-wallpaper-Lewis-Wood

Benaki – Lewis & Wood

cold-slice-of-watermelon

summertime-favoritesSouthern Living

Maine Coast Croquet Stand

lemon-orange-citrus-ice-block

Ice Block Tutorial – Southern Lady Magazine

summertime-favorites-bedroom-1Country Living Magazine- Photo by Buff Strickland

colorful-vegetables

Colorful Vegetables

hydrangeas-boxwoodsBetter Homes & Gardens – Photo by Kritsada Panichgul

I hope you all have a fabulous summer weekend filled with good times and good health.

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