Season’s Greetings! I love that traditional greeting, and it seems a most befitting introduction to these Christmas images in seasonal splendor post. Andy Williams serenades “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” as I live and holiday, and by gosh, by golly it most certainly is.
The sight and sound of traditional holiday colors, songs, decorations and displays delight, and these images of Christmas rich in traditional trimmings are a few of my favorite things.
As the holiday pace picks up, I remind myself it will come and go like the blink of an eye. I make sure to fill the house with Christmas music, the slow cooker with scents of the season, and Dave the Builder’s Christmas cookie jar full of whatever cake mix cookie combination I come up with this week. Most of all, I am making sure not to lose sight of the true beauty of and reason for the season. That definitely brings to mind and eye images of Christmas in seasonal splendor.
Nature by design is the consummate example of simple yet elegant beauty. Seasonal decorating need not be an exercise in expense or exhaustion.
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.
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.
“An empty room is a story waiting to happen, and you are the author.” Unknown
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.
A punch of personality is as influential to the collective look as the pop of color and the decorative oomph.
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.
“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
– Gary Snyder
Cabbage resting in a mixing bowl staged along side a pie pumpkin gives a simple and fresh nod to fall.
Nature-inspired simple elegance. I know exactly what fall means to me.
Discovering the overnight temps will be in the low 50s throughout much of the week mixed and mingled with the excitement over the home decor fall finds currently catching my eye is a big fall finds deal.
One may even say reason enough to get their it’s fall y’all prep and pretty groove on.
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The snap, crackle and pop of fall color naturally evokes a session of seasonal match game. We associate texture and pattern-fabrics and fibers rich in warmth and coziness with fall decorating and feathering essentials.
Nature is the ultimate tastemaker- a stunning source of inspiration. I’m calling this Twig Accent Table by Three Handsthe fall finds deal of the day. Available at Gilt.com, this spot accent table is $39. There is only one(1) available and is a final sale and non-returnable item.
Signs and sounds hinting at an early fall or autumn leads to wishfall thinking. Concrete proof of fall’s preview peppers the Places In The Home driveway, sidewalk and patio with yellow leaves intermingled among summer’s last holdouts. As I blog and type “Dancing In The Moonlight” by King Harvest is currently playing on Music Choice. Now “Night Moves” by Bob Seger is playing. Two songs played back to back with the lyrics everybody’s dancin’ in the moonlight and with autumn closing in. Changing colors, temps and tastes. Oh yeah, this is happening.
Dave and I stood on the front porch for a few minutes Friday night listening to the high school bands playing during the local football Jamboree. Humidity and mosquitoes crashed our party, making me wish for fall even more. Hope springs or falls eternal, and I can testify to sure signs of wishfall thinking- shorter days, a changing sun that casts a bright white light through the windows, and wind chimes that play a North wind lullaby.
The first gumbo feast of fall is soon to be cooking in the big blue pot.
Okay. I couldn’t wait until the official arrival of fall for a gumbo feast. No respectable Louisiana cook can talk about gumbo and not break out the big blue pot, make some roux, chop up the Cajun trinity, and whip up a pot of chicken and sausage gumbo. C’est si bon!
The hunt is on for Sportsman’s Paradise activities to do. Fall festivals of pecan, tamale, meat pie, and funktoberfest are on our fall calendar of events.
A new to me vintage mixing bowl is ready for fall recipe duty.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Multiple choices factor into the decorating scheme of things.
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.
An accidental placement of this antique chair in the foyer and the light of a late afternoon produce an effect worth keeping.
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.
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.
A new season means new home decor accessories, seasonal decorating updates and a totally new and refreshed blog theme. The Places In The Home Gotta Have It List spring home decor accessories edition is here to get the refresh and update ball rolling.
First up on the list is a home decor accessory considered a quintessential gotta have-must have for the southern, Gulf Coast and Floridian home. We do love and revere these elegant pink feathered creatures.
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Color, pattern and texture pairs well with the the best outdoor living spring into summer style has to offer.
Style on the beach~
The Leopard Lady Beach Towel from our favorite maxxinista haute haunt, T. J. Maxx delivers big returns on life’s a beach fun and style. The price is right and the look is spring into summer fun.
Sunny, Spring Sunday Afternoons ~
We interrupt this sunny spring Sunday afternoons train of thought in the name of Louisiana travel and tourism transparency. Never let it be said that this native Louisianian is less than honest about Louisiana humidity and the hot as Hades havoc it plays with our unsuspecting visitors. The summertime humidity levels down Louisiana and Gulf Coast way ain’t for the faint at heart. Oppressive puts it mildly.
Ah, but spring is a most delightful time of year to visit our fair state. The sights, seasonings and strolls pair well with a sunny spring Sunday afternoon tailor-made for festivals, food and finds of the antiques, vintage and spring home decor accessories kind.
Mixing, matching and marveling at the new season of home decor accessories remains my top suggestion for an instant seasonal update. What spring home decor accessories do you have in mind for your gotta have it list?
It is amazing that something intended to be delightful can be so utterly frightful. Creepy? Perhaps, but I love this vintage ventriloquist’s silent clown puppet mounted print from Curious Portraits on Etsy to use with an easel for an elegantly creepy centerpiece.
If sending in the clowns is way too creepy for your Halloween party decorating taste, perhaps the throwback mystique of vintage Halloween decorations is right up your alley. Remember these? I could not wait to comb the one or two (if you were lucky) aisles of Halloween merchandise at the local discount and five-and-dime stores looking for scary door decorations, lighted jack-o-lanterns and jointed cutouts. Halloween decorations have come along way in both design and detail since the Halloweens of the late 60s and 70s, but I still love to decorate with at least two or three vintage or vintage style ones.
Expensive is not on my Halloween party guest list. With dollar store deals, DIY ingenuity, buy more save more promos and online clearance sales starting sooner and sooner in the season, your Halloween bogeyman boogie down get together can be an affordable affair.
Fabric remnants in traditional or transitional Halloween colors and patterns make great party everythings from tablecloths to designer trick-or-treat bags. Thrift stores are an excellent place to haunt in search of fab-boo-lous fabrics and garments for party decorating and Halloween costumes.
Glitter tulle and glitter pumpkins set a glimmering festive table. For scatter decorations, fill clear glass candle holders from the Dollar Tree with decorative black sand. Drop in a battery operated votive, a couple of spray painted lotus pods in your favorite eerie color and drape cherry Twizzlers from the sides, and poof! Halloween decoration magic. The Twizzlers add just the right amount of deliciously devilish impact.
A wide variety of free printables in all levels of Halloween spook, scare and spirit for treats, potions, hang tags, invitations and tabletop decor are available on Pinterest. These hang tags from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden are great. I selected these hang tags to use as menu cards for two reasons- they are a little bit scary, a little bit vintage and a whole lot of fun, and I like the idea of saying hang tag at a Halloween party.
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.
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.
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.
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.
J, J, Ollie and Caramel the Wonder Rescue Dog
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.
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!
A pot of strong Louisiana coffee brewed for two made the afternoon near perfect.
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.
Welcome to the Places In The Home first day of fall 2015 home is where the fall is feature. My for the fall of it all decorating is not what I would categorize as a traditional fall home tour, per se, however I do love placing the seasonal decorating accent mark on fall with set spot arrangements and seasonal accessories here, there and about.
I pulled decorative things together from spaces, bookshelf displays, Hopefully Classic Antiques and Interiors inventory, tabletop favorites, ghosts of preserved floral stems past and nature’s arts and crafts store.
A late summer experiment with drying hydrangeas proved successful enough to fulfill my fall and holiday decorating needs.
I bought this framed print at auction. This particular antiques auction was held off the beaten path in the piney woods of North Louisiana. The smalls at this hit the jackpot auction ranged from spectacular to premier, and the prices were equally fantastic.
I chalked it up to coincidence, but it seemed the auctions held in the fall brought forth the best finds. I was like a kid in a big old country barn candy store with a cup of hot chocolate in one hand (it gets cold in the piney woods) and a bid card in the other. Fall weekends offer up a snapshot, a glimpse from the past of those Saturday nights spent at the auction. This framed print reminds me of a not quite, but almost fall stroll through those piney woods. Good deals, good times and great memories.
Hotel china demitasse cups are both a passion and a weakness of mine.
The price wasn’t exactly right for the set, but the I have to have these part of my brain convinced the a better deal is out there part of my brain that this was the last set of hotel china demitasse cups on the planet, and if I did not immediately buy them right then and there the treasure hunting gods would forever rain down it’s full price for you wrath on all future treasure hunts and finds. Retail logic was alive and well.
Layering the look with gold tones and warm textures seems naturally autumn appropriate.
“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” ― Jim Bishop
It is amazing how quick my pictures and downloads files can fill up with images. The save image as option on my devices sees its share of action. I utilize the weekends for blog housekeeping, deleting images, updating fonts and the like- too much to see, source and save during the week. In my latest save or delete session, I ran across this picture Dave the Builder snapped last year of our local garden district bayou in full fall glory. Gorgeous, n’est–cepas? Funny how an image or a subject in that image alerts the senses and inspires ideas for autumn accessorizing for home and hearth.
This colors on parade color palette touches upon seasonal shades traditionally associated with autumn’s color wheel and nature’s neutrals. Seasonal updating through tones, textures and palettes inspired by nature translate well to seasonal home decor accessories. Decorative dining and entertaining pieces, throws, pillows, lamps, rugs, and spot furnishings are the mainstay of seasonal go-to accents.
Fall is the season for the senses, and throw pillows instantly introduce the all important cozy pop of color, warmth, tone and texture while keeping seasonal updating costs in check.
A rule of thumb I follow when selecting seasonal accessories, especially throw pillows, is to go with a smart and stylish choice of color (go ahead, try a new-traditional color!), pattern and texture that picks up the warm and cozy feeling associated with the season while blurring the hard line of strictly a fall or winter accessory.
Our son snapped this image over this past Labor Day weekend while visiting Riding Mountain National Park. The pair of bison caught his eye and the white birch trees caught mine. I am a wee bit envious of those of you who are fortunate enough to live in the land of four seasons, white pumpkins and white birch trees.
The concept of seasonal updating is nothing new. When the seasons change, decoristas naturally become inspired to add to and/or take away from the look of the last season and breathe a bit of fall fresh air into their decor with current home decor accessories of the new season. I believe a space, like a good red wine, must be afforded the opportunity to breathe. Uncork a more expressive look by releasing aged accessories, stale color(s) and settled for furnishings with selective seasonal edits. I find that in most cases when a phenomenal investment home decor accessory or home furnishings piece appeals to the personal style and taste side of my brain in one season, it typically continues to hold my attention through to the next season(s).