Naturally Striking Fall Arrangements

Naturally striking fall arrangements featuring the best of the season’s natural elements epitomize the true beauty and color of the season.

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Southern Living

A stroll around your lawn and garden, local produce market, hobby store, or drive out to areas of the local countryside flush with the season’s natural elements provides the fresh and/or faux items needed to create a foliage focal point or spot arrangement.

Bruce Kading Interior Design

Bruce Kading Interior Design

Cecilie Starin Design

Cecilie Starin Design

There is something so refined about a simple arrangement of fresh magnolia leaves.

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Hammmade Furniture on Instagram

In certain decorating circumstances and flower arrangements, a more the merrier approach fits the creative situation, however, it’s quite easy to muddy the waters with over complicated details.

Practice and patience has taught me to never shy from taking the less is more route.

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Crabapple Branches

Country Living

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Bittersweet

Various shades green, red, amber, and brown set the color wheel of fall into decorating motion.

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Good Housekeeping

I don’t know if pewter, silver, or porcelain pitchers, sugar bowls, creamers, trays, and bowls have a season, but they certainly complement and add warmth to naturally striking fall arrangements.

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Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

Some of the most striking seasonal arrangements are born out of simplicity “peared” to balance and placement.

Asian Pear Arrangement

Country Living

Darryl Carter's The Collected Home

Darryl Carter’s The Collected Home

Clear cylinder vases filled with branch bouquets in their natural state or painted in tones of gold, silver, bronze, or copper become a simple yet elegant addition to your fall decor.

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Autumnal Berry Branches

Seasonal fruits, vegetables, foliage and nuts make wonderful ingredients for fall recipes, but boy, do they shine in fall arrangements and centerpieces.

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This DIY pumpkin centerpiece with roses, mums, and broom cob from Jenny Steffens is stunning.

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Victoria Magazine

naturally striking fall arrangements

Martha Stewart

Pumpkins and apples make their debut in the beginning of fall, and these seasonal decorating essentials become quite the exquisite floral accompaniment to fresh seasonal flowers and cuttings.

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Naturally striking fall arrangements rich in seasonal color(s) and texture(s) make an impressive addition to your fall decor.

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Just a Friendly October Reminder

Today’s just a friendly October reminder post inspiration comes from the beloved L. M. Montgomery  Anne of Green Gables quote “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers

Most of you know the role music plays in my daily as it is constant company while I write, cook, source, develop- you get the idea.

I posted the following image into the post, being sure to take thoughtful note of the weight and meaning of the words.  Although in a degree of deep thought, the public service announcement caught my ear.

Turning my full attention to the PSA, the subject of the spot made me think of yet another famous quote and how its meaning serves to further the message.

“An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth A Pound of Cure.”
– Ben Franklin

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October is National Fire Prevention Month, and the week of October 9 is Fire Prevention Week.

Take the time this month to put safety measures into place to help prevent a fire in your home as well as carbon monoxide poisoning.  Discuss and devise a fire escape plan with all members of your household.

Around the house tips for preventing a house fire include:

Changing furnace filters regularly will cut down on a buildup of dust and lint that can catch fire.  Inspect space heaters before and after each use, making sure to place heaters a minimum of three feet away from anything combustible.

Never place items close to the heating element or pilot light of a water heater.

Clean out the dryer lint filter after each drying cycle.  Give the area behind and around the dryer a quick check for lint build up or laundry items that have fallen under or behind the dryer.

Kitchens are hot spots for a house fires to originate in.  Never leave anything flammable near the stove or oven or on stovetop.  Be mindful of kitchen towels and oven mitts when using around heating elements.

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Never leave the kitchen area with pots and pans in use on the stovetop.

It’s so easy to become distracted by something else.

I know how easy it is because I did just that a couple of weeks ago and burned up a saucepan.  UPS knocked on the front door, I got into a conversation with the delivery guy, and totally forgot about the brown sugar onions cooking away on the stovetop burner.

Crisp autumn nights tap the shoulder with an October reminder.  When using a fireplace, give the ashes ample time to cool down before disposing of them.  Always place fireplace ash in a metal container used only for this purpose.  Never mix ash with any other trash or product.

Ginger Barber Design

Ginger Barber Design

Creosote buildup is the lead cause of chimney fires. Hiring a professional chimney sweep to clean your chimney at least once a year is the way to go.  Our chimney sweep even wears the traditional outfit and top hat.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of every five home fire deaths result from fires in homes without smoke alarms or with non-working smoke alarms.

Carbon monoxide, better known as the silent killer, is:

  • Invisible
  • Odorless
  • Tasteless
  • Flammable
  • Deadly

Common household sources of carbon monoxide (CO) include fuel-burning appliances such as:

  • HVAC systems boilers
  • Water heaters
  • Gas and wood fireplaces
  • Gas ovens
  • Washers and dryers

Carbon monoxide alarms/detectors is the only way to detect carbon monoxide.  

Combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms equipped with a 10-year battery cover the spectrum of both smoke and carbon monoxide detection.

The Kidde Worry Free 10-Year Sealed battery smoke and carbon monoxide combination detector  with voice alarm is a battery-operated (no hardwire required) smoke detector that comes with a 10-year lithium battery lasting the life of the alarm.

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Smart safety and smart home protection is found in the Nest Protect Battery Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector.

It has an industrial-grade smoke sensor, detects both fast and slow burning fires, can be silenced from your phone, detects carbon monoxide, and lasts for up to 10 years.

Nest Protect Battery Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector

Nest Protect Battery Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector

A working fire extinguisher is as vital a piece of kitchen equipment as a stove or cookware.

Places In The Home is equipped with both two  recreational fire extinguishers for the washroom and bedroom area and one kitchen fire extinguisher for the kitchen/breakfast room area.

1-A:10-B:C Recreation and 10-BC Kitchen Fire Extinguisher (2-Pack)

1-A:10-B:C Recreation and 10-BC Kitchen Fire Extinguisher (2-Pack)

Having a working fire extinguisher is one thing.

Knowing how to use one is another.

Remember the acronym PASS when using a fire extinguisher.

Pull the pin on the extinguisher.

Aim the nozzle low toward the base of the fire.

Squeeze  trigger.

Sweep nozzle from side-to-side.

Make time this October to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home, and if your home is already equipped with them now is a good time to replace the batteries.

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Just a friendly October reminder to roll up your sleeve and get your flu shot.

Getting a flu shot helps to reduce the risk of getting the flu and the complications that come with it.

The one and only time I had the flu it liked to have killed me.  I was down for almost eight weeks, with one week of that spent in the hospital.

No, thank you.

October reminder

October is breast cancer awareness month.

Annual mammograms can detect cancer early when it is most treatable. The American Cancer Society recommends that women at average risk of breast cancer begin having a yearly mammogram at age 45, and a mammogram every other year beginning at age 55.

Getting your mammogram is a pressing matter in terms of procedure and prevention.

Mammography is a fast procedure (about 20 minutes).

Discomfort is minimal for most women.

The procedure is safe.

Early detection through a routine mammogram is one of the attributing factors in my mother’s breast cancer being caught in the early stages which contributed to her survival.

It made a believer out of me, so every October a mammogram it is.

Housekeeping goes beyond the everyday of all things house that make a home.

Prevention and wellness drives this well-oiled machine we call home and family.

Just a friendly October reminder to embrace the beauty of the season, and to do what it takes to keep you, your family, and your home safe and healthy.

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Fall with Apples and Pumpkins

Fall deliciously places the baking, cooking, decorating, and entertaining emphasis on apples and pumpkins, appropriately planting a seed of inspiration.

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Palettes o’plenty are in place under the pines awaiting a pumpkin haul for this year’s local pumpkin patch picking.

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I’ve been in  fall baking, cooking, decorating, and entertaining with apples and pumpkins development for a week or so.  Introducing hints of fall finery and a new or improved recipe to the troops here at Places In The Home is part of the fall of it all.

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Baking & Cooking

Those of you who get into fall baking and cooking and taste testing know apples and pumpkins are the stars of the show.

Sprinkles and dustings of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg deliciously dress cored, chopped, sliced, minced, cubed, grated, or diced apples.

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In the Fall Kitchen with Apples and Pumpkins

One small apple measures 2 ¼ inches across.

One medium apple measures 2 ½ to 2 ¾ inches across.

One large apple measures 3¾ inches across.

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How many apples are there in a cup?

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1 medium apple equals:

About 1 1/3 cups sliced or cubed.

About 1¼ cups diced.

About 1 cup finely sliced, minced, or grated.

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How many apples are in a pound?

4 medium apples equals approximately  1 pound.

2 large apples equals approximately  1 pound.

1 pound of apples equals approximately 3 cups sliced or cubed apples.

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Coring and Peeling an Apple

Carefully cut the skin off the apple using a paring knife.

Cut the apple into four wedges.

Remove the core out of each wedge.

Cut, slice, or chop the apples according to recipe preference.

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One 2½ pound pie pumpkin equals 1¾ cups pumpkin puree (which is equivalent to one 15 ounce can pumpkin).

A 3½ pound pie pumpkin equals 2½  cups pumpkin puree.

Did you know that the pumpkin is really a squash?

Pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread, pumpkin sangria, and the big daddy of fall desserts, pumpkin pie, is in the fall tastes and treats spotlight.

traditional pumpkin pie recipe

Traditional Pumpkin Pie Recipe

How to Prep and Puree A Pumpkin 

You can substitute homemade pumpkin puree for any recipe that calls for canned pumpkin.  With that fall baking fact in mind, let’s check out how to make homemade pumpkin puree.

Here we will be using a sugar pumpkin (also called a pie pumpkin), the best for cooking and baking.

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Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Carefully cut off the top of the pumpkin.  Using a large metal spoon, scoop out the seeds and the “strings”.

Cut the pumpkin in half.

Line a baking sheet with foil and place the pumpkin halves cut side down onto the baking sheet.  Generously rub the outer skin of each pumpkin half with olive oil.

Place in a 375°F preheated oven and roast for 45-60 minutes or until a fork easily inserts into each pumpkin half.  Allow to cool for twenty minutes or until cool enough to handle without risk of burning your hands.

Using a large metal spoon, scoop out the softened pulp.  Place the pulp into in a food processor and pulse until smooth.

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Staub Ceramic Stoneware Pumpkin Cocotte

Pumpkin Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Ingredients

2 Sugar Pie pumpkins (each about 2 lb.)
Substitution: 4 cups  of canned pumpkin puree

Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing and drizzling

6 Tbs. unsalted butter

2 shallots, diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 Tbs. minced fresh thyme, plus whole sprigs for garnish

¼  cup  Marsala

5 cups vegetable broth, plus more as needed

3 Tbs. maple syrup

1 cup half-and-half

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

For the grilled cheese croutons:

2 Tbs. unsalted butter, at room temperature

6 slices artisan white bread or sourdough bread

1 ½ cups grated Gruyére cheese

Directions

To make the soup, using a sharp knife, carefully cut off the top of each pumpkin to remove the stem, then halve each pumpkin vertically.  Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds and any stringy fibers and discard.  Brush the flesh of the pumpkins generously with olive oil, then place them, cut sides down, on the prepared baking sheet.  Bake until the pumpkins are very tender when pricked with a fork, about 50 minutes.  Let cool for 15 minutes, then scoop the flesh from the peel into a bowl; discard the peels. You should have about 4 cups of pumpkin.  Set aside.

In a Dutch oven or large, heavy saucepan over medium heat, melt 3 Tbs. of the butter.  Add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic and thyme and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute.  Add the Marsala and deglaze the pan, stirring to scrape up any bits on the bottom of the pot.   Add the pumpkin and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes.  Add the broth and maple syrup.  Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for 20 minutes.  Stir in the half-and-half.

Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until smooth. (Alternatively, working in batches, transfer the soup to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour back into the pot.)  Add the remaining 3 Tbs. butter to the soup and stir until the butter is melted.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir in more vegetable broth, if desired, to achieve the desired consistency.  Keep warm over low heat while you make the grilled cheese croutons.

To make grilled cheese croutons, spread the butter on one side of each slice of bread, dividing it evenly.

Heat a large fry pan over medium heat.  Place 3 slices of the bread, butter side down, in the fry pan.  Divide the cheese evenly between the 3 slices in the pan, then top with remaining bread slices, butter side up.  Cook until the bottom of bread is golden brown, then carefully flip each sandwich and continue to cook until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes, turning down the heat if the bread is browning too quickly.

Transfer the grilled cheese sandwiches to a cutting board and let cool slightly while you ladle the warm soup into 6 individual bowls.  Drizzle each serving of soup lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with a few grinds of pepper.  Cut the grilled cheese sandwiches into 1-inch (2.5-cm) cubes and divide them evenly among the bowls of soup.

Garnish with thyme sprigs and serve immediately.  Serves 6.

-Williams Sonoma Test Kitchen

Decorating

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Country Living

Never underestimate the visual impact of the simple yet elegant seasonal decor accessory.

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Gorgeous is in the eye and the glue gun of the beholder.

Faux apples, a natural grapevine wreath, and several yards of burlap ribbon  is all you need to DIY your way to a lovely fall wreath.

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In the case of my fall wreath DIY project, I chose to go with a Styrofoam wreath.  Using burlap ribbon from the dollar store, I wrapped the entire wreath to conceal the Styrofoam.

Using a hot glue gun, I glued various sizes of red faux apples and green mini pears from Michaels around the top and sides of the wreath.

Spanish moss serves as an excellent filler and gap cover, and as in the image of the grapevine apple wreaths, burlap ribbon (5½” wide) with a finished edge completes the look.

There’s a bevy of pumpkin decorating ideas out there.  This DIY pumpkin project from Proven Winners utilizes late summer/early fall blooms and foliage to create a Mod Podge magnificent botanical pumpkin.

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We Heart It

Simple makes a simply beautiful statement.

Entertaining

Part of the fun of entertaining is coming up with festive and creative ways to put a seasonal spin on the presentation of drinks, snacks, entrées, sides, and desserts.

“I try to greet my friends with a drink in my hand, a warm smile on my face, and great music in the background, because that’s what gets a dinner party off to a fun start.”

-Ina Garten

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Better Homes & Gardens

Our Canadian snowbird son and daughter-in-law have mastered the art of the charcuterie board.

I wish they would master the art of prepare it, shoot it, send a photo of it this way, but I digress.

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Charcuterie | shahr-ku-tuh-ree  refers to the art of preparing and assembling cured meats.

Charcuterie boards feature an array of dried meats, cheeses, fruits and nuts, crackers, breads, jams, preserves, marmalades, olives, pickles, and the like.

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A recent conversation on the topic included a rundown of their charcuterie board essentials.  Great entertaining minds think alike, and we all agreed a gathering of friends or/and family on a crisp fall late afternoon into evening is an excellent entertaining opportunity to bring on a fall cheese or charcuterie board.

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Wood Pumpkin Serve Board

Natural Horn 3 Piece Cheese Set

Natural Horn 3 Piece Cheese Set

There’s no wrong way to do a cheese or charcuterie board.  I put together a small with fall in mind cheese board this afternoon.   It’s meatless, so it doesn’t officially qualify to be referred to as a charcuterie board.

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Crisp apples, fresh dates, red grapes, assorted nuts, blue cheese, white cheddar, cream cheese with fig preserves, and dried cranberries fill the board.

A quick walk around the yard later I had fresh rosemary sprigs and mint leaves to use as garnish and filler.

The aroma is spectacular.

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What’s in the little vintage creamer?

Honey.

Honey drizzled over a slice of cheese topped with an apple is the taste of fall.

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marmalade-preserves

I love these carved wooden spoons for spooning up preserves and marmalades.

Hand Carved White Oak Wood Snowflake Spoon

Hand Carved White Oak Wood Snowflake Spoon

Ciders, seasonal wines, and apple flavored sangria are all excellent beverage choices to serve at a fall gathering.   Cinnamon water is a recent fall perfect beverage discovery that’s as tasty as it is easy to make.

This stove top method brings out the flavor and color of the cinnamon.  Begin by adding 2 cinnamon sticks to 2 cups of water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes.  Allow concentrate to cool before adding to cold water and ice.

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Baking, cooking, decorating, and entertaining with apples and pumpkins on a crisp fall day or evening is part of the tradition and pure fall fun.

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Forty Days To Go: Countdown to Fall

Dog days, excessive heat warnings, and the fact I’ve had all the summer I can stand brings on this countdown to fall.

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It may be too soon for some to even remotely entertain thoughts of fall, but for those of us who love the fall of it all let the countdown to fall begin.

And Halloween.

And Thanksgiving.

And Christmas.

Yowza.

Anticipating the joy of witnessing the changing of the leaves, trying out a new recipe featuring apple and spice and everything pumpkin nice, tailgating times, fairs and festivals weekends spent in quaint little country towns, Thanksgiving gobble and gather, and Christmas spent with the ones you love celebrations is what makes September through December the most wonderful time of the year.

Incorporating natural elements into your fall and holiday decorating scheme brings the beauty of the season to the table, mantel, door, or wall.

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Persimmons

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Leaves, branches, nuts, fruits, and berries easily create a look that is fresh, seasonally appropriate, visually impressive, and easy on the decorating budget.

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Magazines, newsletters, emails, and social media postings are getting in on the countdown to fall.

This image from a fall feature in Country Living Magazine epitomizes understated elegance.

The warm color palette, neutral accents and accessories in two by two placement, and the DIY magnolia leaf swag (instructions below) come together in decorative harmony.

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Country Living Magazine – Photo by Bjorn Wallander

Magnolia Leaf Garland

Measure the length of the mantel- door-wall where you plan to hang the garland, including an estimation of how many loops you plan to hang.  Add a half foot to a foot more, per loop, to your final measurement.

Gather the magnolia leaves.  It will take approximately 25 leaves per each foot of garland.

Flip the magnolia leaves over to the brown/gold side.  Take two leaves and put them together with their front sides facing.  Wrap floral wire around the stems. Repeat this step until you have multiple paired sets of leaves.

Cut heavy twine to the length of the space measurement and add another foot.  Start at one end of the twine and begin adding leaves.  Tie the first pair using a simple knot.  Continue to add the pairs by looping the twine under, over, and back around stems to secure in place, pushing them right up against the first pair.

Repeat until the garland is complete, tieing an overhead knot around the final pair.

-Country Living Magazine

Gold Taupe Bias-Cut Dupioni Silk RibbonGold Taupe Bias-Cut Dupioni Silk Ribbon

Finishing touches magnify the decorative detail.

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Crated Vineyard Demijohn Decorative Bottle
Lucas Bottle

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Forty days to go, my fall loving friends.

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Fall Decorating Inspiration 2018

This week finds me tuned into fall decorating inspiration 2018.  Warming home and hearth with seasonal updates for fall in this the season of cozy colors, textures, and patterns appeals to my penchant for gifting the home, eye and heart with the much anticipated unveiling of the best the third season has to offer.

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Fall In Love

Transitioning the spaces and places in your home to mark summer’s exit and fall’s arrival is easily achieved through welcoming rich warm colors and engaging layers to create and convey a cozy mix.  Let’s take a look at what’s in home motivated by fall decorating inspiration 2018.

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Domino – Photography by Carter Berg

Curling up with a good book in a cozy spot is always in season, especially on a crisp fall afternoon or evening.

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Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits 

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Family Circle – October 2018 Issue

The October  issue of Family Circle plants a pumpkin seed of fall decorating inspiration 2018.

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Nicollete Top Grain Waxed Leather Chair

A comfortable chair and a good book or magazine pairs well with a fall afternoon or evening.  The cozy reading corner essential check list includes a table lamp, swing arm lamp, floor lamp, or small reading lamp producing optimum light.  Add to that a spot table, a spot of tea, and a plush throw and you have the elements of comfort to ambiance.

Hiend Accents Cable Knit 50"x60" Throw

Hiend Accents Cable Knit 50″x 60″ Throw

Seasonal tabletop accents enhance a fall-autumn-Thanksgiving table is set to gathering together.

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Vintage French Pewter Hunting Dog Wall Plate

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Antique Silver Sentiment Charger

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Victoria Magazine

Fall Decorating Inspiration 2018

Velvet fabric in vibrant colors will make the table runners I could not source to suit.

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Standing Ring-necked Pheasant

The needlepoint fabric in pheasant detail I wanted was just a bit too pricey for my taste- $2000.00+ too much.  One enhanced search and source session later and this P Kaufmann Game Birds Heritage Ducks Pheasants over Paisley fabric is on its way to Places In The Home.

P KAUFMANN GAME BIRDS HERITAGE DUCKS PHEASANTS OVER PAISLEY

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Frosted Eucalyptus Garland

Frosted Eucalyptus Garland

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Seeded Eucalyptus Bunch

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 Harvest Chicken Casserole

Fall tastings generate a fair amount of dirty dishes.  I’m sure the sentiment of the below images echoes a majority opinion.

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If you’re like me, placing a positive spin on the task at hand cuts through the dread and the dirt.

Enter Mrs. Meyer’s Apple Cider scent dish soap.

mrs-meyers-apple-cider-scent-dish-soapMrs. Meyer’s® Apple Cider Hand Soap 

This stuff is fall in a bottle.  The staying power of both scent and suds justifies the price, adding a bit of aroma therapy to an otherwise unremarkable household duty.

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Ornamental Cabbages

Autumnal bouquets in harvest tones, pumpkins, gourds, acorns, pecans, cotton bolls, persimmons, apples, pears, ornamental cabbage, pansies-  nature absolutely is the best arts and crafts store.  When nature is in the house the simple yet elegant essence of fall-autumn is present and accounted for.

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A touch of autumn through new to me art, accessories, scents and taste.

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Pastels pair beautifully with deep rich tones of copper, mahogany, and ebony creating seasonal color contrast for fall through winter decorating.

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A mix of traditional and modern pieces creates visual interest and curated contrast.

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Simeon Pumpkin-shaped Glass Base Table Lamp

Simeon Pumpkin-shaped Glass Base Table Lamp

 

Scents of the season~

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2-Wick Candle Brown Sugar Chestnut Soy Wax Blend Candle

I can personally attest to the scentsational aroma of the Hot Buns and Apple Cinnamon Vanilla scented candles from Our Own Candle Company.  The entire house smells so delicious when I burn one of these candles.

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Our Own Candle Company Cinnamon Hot Buns Scented Mason Jar Candle

Fall is here, and what better way to announce its arrival than to welcome style home through fall decorating inspiration 2018.  Simple enhancements in seasonal colors, textures, patterns, tastes, and scents reflect a warm feel and cozy character.

Happy first weekend of fall, y’all!

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Signs and Sounds: Fall or Autumn Wishfall Thinking

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.

yellow-fall-leavesWe crazy Louisianians grab hold of the slightest hint of a fall weather preview and hold on for dear life.  Hey, speaking of crazy Louisianians

britney-ellenLouisianians  Ellen DeGeneres and  Britney Spears

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.

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The first gumbo feast of fall is soon to be cooking in the big blue pot.

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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!

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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.

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A new to me vintage mixing bowl is ready for fall recipe duty.

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A bag of fresh and faux apples and a dash of wishfall thinking leads the inspired charge to create delicious apple themed recipes and diy projects.

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A Guide to Apples from Williams-Sonoma


1.  Cortland – Crimson in color with a sweet flavor and crisp texture.  Best for:  applesauce and apple butter.

2.  Red Delicious – Softer in texture with a mellow, not-too-sweet flavor. Best for:  apple cider

3.   Braeburn – Reddish-orange with green and yellow streaks and a unique sweet-tart flavor.  Best for:  cooking and baking

4.  Gravenstein  –  A juicy apple with a finely-grained texture and a light yellow or red skin.  Best for:  applesauce and apple cider

5.  Gala  –  Sweet, aromatic and crisp with a light-red color.  Best for: eating raw and applesauce

6.  Fuji  –  Crisp texture and dense flesh with a sugary-sweet flavor.  Best for: eating raw

7.  Pink Lady  –  Crisp in texture and bright pink with a tart-sweet flavor.   Best for:  eating raw

8.  Golden Delicious  –  Very sweet to the taste with a golden yellow color.   Best for:  applesauce and apple butter

9.  Granny Smith  –  Very tart and crisp with a bright green color.  Best for: baking


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Wishfall thinking exhibit A as in a fall diamond in the summer rough.  The seasons they are a-changin’.

 Fall Autumn Wishfall Thinking

There is nothing like a good fall preview or autumn sneak peek to build the anticipation of seasonal things to come.  By all accounts, it’s fall y’all!

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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.

JJ-dogsJ, 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.

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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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Fetching Friday 14: Fire, Foul, Warmth and Comfort

This week’s A Most Fetching Friday 14 features the fall inspired focal combination of fire, foul, warmth and comfort.fetching-definiton

ff-Hinkley LightingHinkley Lighting

soup-tureenAnthropologie

ff-woodAtlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Fall-Inside-Out-Peanut-Butter-and-Nutella-Banana-Smores.-1Inside Out Peanut Butter and Nutella Banana S’mores

ff-Benjamin-Dhong-green-velvet-ottoman-0914-xlnBenjamin Dhong – House Beautiful

feathers-living-roomBetter Homes and Gardens

fetching Friday 14Design Sponge

I hope you have a fall inspired most fetching Friday.

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