Rich. Brilliant. Elegant. Decorating With Fall Colors

Today’s Decorating with Fall Colors post is an updated oldie but goodie.  I was shocked when I noticed the original post date of September 30, 2011.  Where has the time gone?  Time flies and styles change, and like the spaces and places in the home, blog posts greatly benefit from an occasional update.  Enjoy!

“Autumn paints in colors that summer has never seen.”

This fall colors on parade gallery features inspired examples of interiors and exteriors adorned in traditional, historic, curated and new-traditional colors characteristic of autumn – fall.

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Colors of the autumn – fall season gift the eye a visual glory that naturally inspires our decorating with fall colors choices.

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Matthew Patrick Smyth Interior Design as featured in Traditional Home

Is it possible for an accent color to become the focal point of a space?  Matthew Patrick Smyth proves it is with his color choices.  A neutral color foundation is amplified by the chocolate brown silk table skirt with Greek Key trim.  Stone gray metals, ebony painted bricks, and engravings of Paris, circa 1730 warm the look and serve to anchor the statement.  His color choices are timeless, and will nicely transition from season to season.

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Bruce Bierman Design

Rich in color and texture, the deep brown color of the hardwood flooring plays well to the color block, dramatic accent wall, and decorative accessories in shades of cinnabar, crimson and pumpkin.

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Accents and accessories in seasonal colors beautifully render a color rich montage.

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Color, texture and pattern add a sense of season to interiors and home decor accessories.  Velvet home decor furnishings rich in seasonal color brings a welcoming warmth and inviting scheme perfect for crisp days and cool nights.

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Fall seasons the historic exteriors and centuries-old homes of Salem, Massachusetts with the perfect blend of rich in tone and tradition colors customary to the classic fall palette.

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Hawkins New York

Paul Denoly and Nick Blaine otherwise known as the founders of Hawkins New York  exhibit the talent of the keen eye in mastering the curated look  in their 18th-century farm house.  These stylish gents brilliantly rock the pink, beige, brown and metallic palette.  I discovered this example of a new-traditional color scheme in the feature Setting the Tone: At Home With the Founders of Hawkins New York on Domino, and the design and decor showcased in their farm house revival results in a chic aesthetic, comfortable welcome to our home feel, and new-traditional fall color scheme.

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Orange accents make a vibrant color splash.

velvet-fabric-accents-living-roomTraditional Home

Juxtaposition of styles, periods, grains, textures, patterns and crisp color details stand out as accents of distinction.

Darryl-Carter-kitchenDarryl Carter, Inc

The owner of this country home is also designer Darryl Carter of Darryl Carter, Inc.  Crisp white walls and barn wall floors reflect soft light from the fire and evening sunsets, and best define the feel of fall for the owner/designer.  I love the patina of the antique work table and the stare of the stately gentleman in the portrait above the fireplace.   Man’s best friend looks cozy and comfortable.  Tailor the spaces and places of your home to reflect your sense and style of season while gorgeously decorating with fall colors.

 

 

 

 

 

A Most Fetching Friday First Day of Fall Autumn Home Tour

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday greets the first day of fall by welcoming you all into my home for a fall autumn home tour.
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I try not to complicate the art of seasonal decorating.  Decorating is meant to be an enjoyable experience, after all.  Natural elements, seasonal fruits, vintage china, antique porcelain figurines and regional items familiar to the landscape of our small Southern town never disappoint the eye or occasion.

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Simple, neutral, and inspired by nature hit the high notes of this less is more fall autumn home tour.

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Working with what you have extends to lawn, garden and pantry.  Fall is nowhere in sight in Louisiana, presenting a canvas devoid of traditional fall colors and foliage.

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Dried hydrangeas (dead hydrangeas as my Mother so eloquently puts it) and ginkgo leaf holdovers from fall autumn home tours of past accentuate the crimson and gold Anjou and Bosc pears found in the produce section of the local Kroger, lending a simple yet elegant touch of fall to the dining room buffet.

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This so simple it’s delicious spice cake with maple syrup flavored frosting follows through with the less is more for fall theme.  I’ll share the recipe with you next week.  I’ve also got a fantastic serving suggestion for the pears to share with you.

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If you would have told me a week ago a wasp nest would factor into my fall autumn home tour decor I would not have believed it, but…

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My brother sent this wasp nest to me with the express intention of it being incorporated into my fall decorating plans.  It is oddly beautiful and quite unique- a step away from the expected.

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A pair of vintage porcelain figurines seem to fall frolic among Loropetalum branches and magnolia leaves.

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Fall Autumn Home Tour

Welcome home, fall!  Hope you all have a most fetching Friday and a lovely first weekend of fall.

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Fall Decorating Inspiration: Decorating House and Home for Fall

It is said the early bird gets the worm.  Far be it for me to question the validity of this wise and proven proverb, but (there is always a but don’t you know) I apply the advice on a case by case basis. Earlier is better when it comes to client appointments, home decor sales and auction previews. Decorating house and home for fall anytime before mid September is traditionally a tad too early for this bird.  Although, tomorrow’s forecast high/low for our little corner of the world is 79/50.  I do believe that qualifies as all the fall decorating inspiration needed to begin a new tradition.

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You can’t talk fall without the subject of pumpkin coming up.  I myself seize every opportunity to dish the pumpkin through color and good tastes.

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

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

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Looking forward to what’s cooking in the fall kitchen comes with the fall baking and cooking territory.  Comfort plates a sweet and savory delight for the taste buds.  Seasonal soups, spicy chili, hearty stews and gumbos of chicken and sausage will be cooking in the French blue pot.

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Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup 

Crisp deep colors complement core foundation pieces.  Rather it’s a been in the family for generations accent chair or the I’ve had my eye on it and there’s no better time than fall to buy it area rug, the addition of seasonal color, texture and pattern enhances the decorating pomp and palette.

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M and M Interior Design

Personal decorating style and taste preferences determine what design element or decor piece immediately draws the eye.  The rug and the table lamps in the above image speak gorgeous to me.  Area rugs and table lamps lend an instant chic factor to the ambiance of a space.

fall-area-rugRizzy Home Bellevue Collection Rug

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Bless the powers that be at Dillard’s and the take an additional 40% off sale that brings forth the Southern Living Ash Feather Statue for a song- a sweet sale serenade.  I have big fall decorating inspiration plans for the newest addition to the decorative accents and accessories inventory.




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

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The Christopher Knight Home Toddman Fabric High Back Club Chair is currently catching my fall decorating eye.  The wingback side detail evokes thoughts of fireside evenings in New England.  Neutral foundation pieces in colors such as winter white or light beige command decorative accents and accessories rich in seasonal colors to stand at vibrant attention.

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Inside Fabric

You never know what the catalyst for your fall decorating inspiration will be.  A throw pillow here, an accent piece there- updating your home decor to reflect the fall season warms up home and hearth and invites the current season’s best in color, texture and pattern show into your places in the home.

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Summer Style Splash Decorating Suggestions

Summer: the middle of the year jubilee where the focus is on the casual, the comfortable and the chic is upon us.  Interior and exterior updates with summer colors, patterns and textures put summer into motion through decor.  What home decor pieces to add to your decor to accent the season and make a summer style splash crosses the minds of many decoristas.  Let’s look at a selection of summer style splash decorating suggestions ready to deliver maximum seasonal decorating impact.

Seagrass Rugs

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A seagrass rug adds texture and depth to a space while the neutral color and warm tones provide a natural summer style splash.  Seagrass rugs are durable and affordable.  I like to suggest home decor accessories that carry over season to season.  Ideal alone for summer decorating, a seagrass rug will remain a style staple when decorating for fall/winter by layering a rug in seasonal color, pattern and texture over the seagrass rug.

Table Lamps

Seahorse table lampsUrbanest Seahorse Lamp Set – 27″

Table lamps remain an excellent accessory choice when updating your home to reflect the look of the season.  This dynamite duo of seahorse table lamps in classic black and gold brings to mind the casual elegance of coastal design while standing the test of time and trend.  Chic year round reminder of summer.

Emphasize the Sights and the Sounds of the Season

It’s hard not to associate summer with sights and sounds of the beach, coast, shore and sea.  High tide style can easily be introduced into your summer decor in several low cost, high impact ways with items discovered on a summer outing to the beach, lake, coast, shore or dollar store. Seashells, beach rocks, decorative coral, driftwood, cypress- you get the idea.  Here are a few summer style splash suggestions for using sea shells:

Summer themed vignette.

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Jewelry holder.

shell-lightsMood Lighting with Shells

Decorative accent lighting.

summer-tablescapeHampton Designer Showhouse ~ Porch by Ken Gemes

Seaside tablescape set for coastal casual elegance with a relaxing summer soundtrack to sea and sand to.

Fresh Flowers

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When I see a colorful aromatic bouquet display in the grocery store floral department, I’m immediately on summer vacation.  The arrival and check in process is a summer breeze when the sight and scent of tropical floral arrangements greet you.  I believe I’ll pick up a bouquet on my next trip to the grocery store and file the purchase under treat the eye and the senses to a splash of summer style.

By the Pool Ambiance

leaf-wallpaperMeg Braff Designs ~ Coastal Living

A cool summer splash revives the mind and refreshes the body on a hot summer afternoon.  No Pool?  No Pool House?  No Problem!  Create a by the pool ambiance with these summer style splash decorating suggestions.

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Luc Viator ~ Commons

Display a decorative bowl of citrus on an accent table, kitchen island or dining table.  What the apple is to fall citrus is to summer.

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Pastiche of Cape Code, Inc.

Discover or develop a refreshing beverage for summer sipping. Summer citrus is ripe for admiring, slicing and garnishing a refreshing summer beverage or delicious dish.

pink Cadillac margaritasPink Cadillac Margaritas ~ Southern Living

The may I serve you serving tray is a summer entertaining essential.

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Botanical Leaf Serving Tray 

Stack towels (beach or bath) steeped in summer approved colors, textures and patterns.

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Bamboo Print 1 Print Towel by Bay Isle Home

I hope these summer style splash decorating suggestions offer inspiration for decorating your summer house.

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Placing the Seasonal Decorating Accent Mark on Fall

Welcome to the Places In The Home first day of fall 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.

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Fall flower arrangement inspiration came in the form of neutral colors and natural elements.

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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.

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A late summer experiment with drying hydrangeas proved successful enough to fulfill my fall and holiday decorating needs.

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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.

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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.

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Good deals.

Good times.

Great memories.

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Fall weekends offer up a snapshot, a glimpse from the past of those Saturday nights spent at the auction.  The framed print reminds me of a not quite, but almost fall stroll through those piney woods.

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Apples, walnuts and cinnamon.

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It’s how I roll.

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Hotel china demitasse cups are both a passion and a weakness of mine.

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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.

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Layering the look with gold tones and warm textures seems naturally autumn appropriate.

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“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”   

Jim Bishop

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Welcome home, fall.

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Inspired Ideas Floating Around

Is it that time of year already to be in new season, new ideas blog mode?  I think there’s still plenty of the present season to home decor show and tell about, but the window of summer is beginning to close. We will say so long to outdoor living, patio parties and summer soiree home decor finds that will disappear from our favorite store sites and shelves.  On the bright side however, one of my favorite words, clearance, is heading to a home decor department near you in the very near discount future.  I’m beginning to hear the rumblings of fall is right around the corner retail chatter.  With all the inspired ideas floating around for the upcoming blog season, I find I’m not quite ready to throw in the summer beach towel just yet. The summer of 2015 has been a stylish one, and has turned out to be an interior decorating and home decor success in terms of trends and retail offerings.

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In the upcoming months we will color our world in fall colors.  Color knows all seasons, and is never far from the center of my decorating thoughts.

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We will see, source and discuss pattern and texture.

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Always a delicious source of conversation, fall is a grand time to season the season with fantastic comfort food features.

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Same goes for cooking tips and c’est si bon recipes!

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I look forward to sharing with you all the best of the season in home decor finds, antiques treasures and travel tales.

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Home accents, decor and furnishings markets are gearing up to reveal what’s new for the upcoming fall season in decorating trends and home decor.  Interior decorating, tailgating times, holiday happenings, fall colors on parade decor accents and accessories suggestions and inspired ideas to dish and decorate around will follow, and I for one can’t wait!  The summer blogging pace is slowing down for a few weeks in anticipation of a full-on fall preview. I am looking forward to things to come, and hope you will tune in for the Places In The Home fall 2015 design and decorating show and tell.  I promise it will not disappoint.

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The Gotta Have It List Summer 2015 Edition

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

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

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

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

eastlake-chiarStyle Me Pretty

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

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

~ Charles L. Eastlake

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

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

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

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

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

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