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.

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  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?

Fall at Home Decorating Favorites: Places In The Home at Fall

Today all is right with the calendar! September 23, 2014 marks the official start of fall, and in the infamous words of Marky Mark and his Funky Bunch, can you feel it?  Wow, did I just date myself or what?  Summer heat and humidity has finally relented and it’s time to break out the fall at home decorating favorites. Dave the Builder’s mancave looks like the distribution center for Hobby Lobby. Don’t you love that look?

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Several “hello, do you have any gourds (cause I’ve got friends in low country places), ornamental cabbage (it’s the deep South lady, wait a few more weeks), cotton stalks (score!) and the ever great, ever regionally challenged do you have white pumpkins phone calls have been made over the last few days.

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Decorating for this year’s Places In The Home at fall home tour focuses on a natural theme with a family overtone to it.

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My brother has the cotton connection, 46+ acres of it to be exact.  His home is located out in the country surrounded by cotton fields ready for fall harvest.

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My parent’s recent trip to East Tennessee resulted in my Ball Mason jar collection growing by one.  My paternal grandmother was known for her famous pinto beans, and this somehow seemed naturally appropriate.

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Can’t forget the traditional pop of pumpkin color.

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Additions, changes, adjustments…

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Dark tones, warm colors and the lack of natural lighting worked to my fall photo shoot advantage.

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Nature continues to amaze and reward me with an abundance of accents.

Heirloom pieces, vintage favorites and simple accents and accessories place the emphasis on less is more.

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Fall home tours are so much fun to share with others.

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Welcome home fall.  You’ve been greatly missed.

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Good Things and Warm Temps: Spring Is In Sight

Our local weatherman just made my day with the forecast that pays- sunny with an expected high of 78 degrees. Can I get a spring is in sight! The first day of spring didn’t necessarily bring spring like weather to some, but let’s look at the iced tea, water and lemonade glass half full.  Good things and warm temps will come to those who patiently bundle up this week.

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Now that the weatherman and the calendar have established that spring is in sight, one’s thoughts naturally turn to spring break vacation, daycation and backyardcation destination ideas.  There’s places to go, people to see and parties to plan.  I received an email from our friends at Pinterest inviting me to create a place board of my ideal dawn to dusk daycation.  Any guesses where we’re going?

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Times have definitely changed and styles have evolved, but fun in the sun with our SPF50+ on is still highly recommended.

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What colors do you see in your spring into summer color palette future?

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This season’s color crush is brought to you by Sherwin- Williams Aloe and Sherwin-Williams Bunglehouse Gray.  I love any excuse to contemplate and coordinate bedding with spring and summer colors and textures.

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The Barbara Barry Poetical Celadon Collection is about as let’s spring and summer update inspiring as it gorgeously gets. If the color blue had a scent Pure Grace by Philosophy is it.  The fresh and light scent makes a nice linen spray, and it’s my summer in a bottle scent suggestion.

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An acquaintance of ours has recently purchased a beach property in need of a decorative update or two.  Too many miles between us and certain time constraints makes this project a prime candidate for my edecorating services. I’ve been perusing shops and sites for furnishings and accessories that say beach chic.  I’ll share the design board with you all soon. Your comments are always welcome!

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Bright And In Color: A Spring Preview

We humans are a funny bunch.  We adore spring colors,  but balk at the pollen and rains that come with the territory. We can’t wait for the arrival of beach times, but curse the oppressive and unforgiving temps of summer.  You can’t have one without the other. The cool crisp evenings of fall that we welcome with open arms and socked feet precede the blustery winters like this one.  I believe I speak for most of us when I say we’ve had about all the winter we can stand, thank you very much.  Okay, so we’re a fickle and forgiving group, but the point is we spread around a lot of love at the beginning of the seasons.  Let’s shake the winter blues and go way back in the television time vault for a spring fling wing ding, shall we?

Do any of you remember this September 1965  episode of  The Lucy Show? I do like it was yesterday!  This catchy little number speaks to the I am so ready for some fun in the sun part of my brain.   The cooler than normal days and nights here in Louisiana is a treat, but remember what I said earlier about we humans and our funny ways. Two days of late winter temperatures in an otherwise spring time month and you would think Louisiana was experiencing a Nor’easter.  It is so nice to have the sun shining winter white bright throughout the house.  I went with it today and turned off the kitchen lights to let Mr. Sunshine to his natural thing. Go spring, go green.

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Natural light, bright colors,  fresh flowers- hello, spring!  If the weather won’t cooperate fast enough to reveal spring consider introducing it through color rich pieces in all their spring splendor.

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Home decor accents remain my top suggestion for an instant seasonal update, a mood booster and a spring preview of colorful things to come. The main reason interior decorating choices begin and end with color is the power it has over the space.  Color makes an unpretentious statement, and that is the beauty of its intent.

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Lighting The Way To A Few Of My Favorite Things

Favorite things tend to come up a lot at holiday time.  Gift givers and gift receivers alike have favorite things in mind and on their lists.  If that’s not enough to do it, the post production social media hullabaloo over NBC’s The Sound Of Music Live will. Yes, the hills were alive with The Sound of Music at Places In The Home complete with Sound of Music sing-along. I’ll leave the technical reviews to the experts, but I will give a big thumbs up to the  exceptional set lighting.  Good lighting is a vital factor in the art of achieving design success.  Design success comes in many forms, is subject to personal interpretation, and can be achieved by accident.

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Our dining room continues to experiencing technical difficulty in the good lighting or lack of it department.

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Once again this antique crystal chandelier is in repair mode, more specifically, rewire and repair mode.  Dave the Builder assures me all is well with the wiring, but my insistence to rewire the antique fixture prevailed.  I told Dave to consider the rewire a Christmas present from him to me. ‘Tis the season of giving and electrical safety.  Here’s my Christmas gift caveat- be careful what you ask for because you may just get it.  In the pursuit of perfect lighting the fixture was taken down.  Next came an ill-timed and unforeseen scheduling conflict, and thus a blanket of darkness fell upon the space. How’s that for a Victorian twist?  We’re not in total darkness, but losing the main source of light made me work a little harder to capture decent photos of my holiday on parade.

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When I am in design and decorating mode I stand in the middle of the space and study- study the flow, light direction, purpose and position. Decorating for the holidays is no different. Walls and window will speak to you, the trick is to listen.  The intent was to decorate the dining room in traditional Christmas red and green, but as I stood face to face with the grapevine Christmas tree on the sideboard I knew traditional wasn’t the direction to go.  Time for a few of my favorite things to come together.

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The original concept was not even remotely close to what came to be.  My favorite things took a turn at traditional and headed straight towards the ooh la la factor with a non-traditional color palette thrown in for good measure.

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An afternoon spent on an  in-house treasure hunt resulted in holiday decorative object and ornament happenstance. Opening a drawer led to a closet which led to a bookcase which led to a… you get the idea.

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The grapevine tree and celadon tulle date back to Hopefully Classic holiday open house days.  Gold and glittery object and ornaments , crystal garlands and prisms from chandeliers past, stands of pearls and vintage beads, ornamental grapes, flowers and tassels, angels and a gold crown came together to create my idea of Holiday 2013.

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Diverting from traditional or go-to tastes keeps the favorite things in design and decor fresh and visually exciting.

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Decorating, singing, sharing , holiday happenings and the anticipation of it all coming to a colossal Christmas crescendo with family, friends, neighbors and my readers – these are a few of my favorite things. 

Seasonal Eye Spy: Fall Home Decor 2013

This sampling of fall home decor 2013 eye spy goodies is based solely on the retail offerings, shelter magazine features, and “it’s everywhere” sightings.  There’s been no consultations with industry insiders, editors, or buyers, no scientific polls or conducted surveys.  One may ask what qualifications do I have to be a self appointed fall home decor 2013 spotter?  Credit the countless and rewarding hours spent in home decor, home furnishings and home accessories land.  I see this stuff  in my sleep!  It’s what I do, what I love, and what I like to share.  A design show and tell- that’s Places In The Home.  The fall must have-o-meter is pegged toward new and renewed classics,  warm tones, luxe metals, geometric shapes, color duos and timeless treasures aka antique furniture. I’ve pulled trend defining resources to lend an “eyedea” of inspiration for fall 2013 seasonal decorating.

Brass

The big brass trend continues to play to a captive and stylish home decor audience.  This trend was hot for spring 2013 and rolls right on through for what’s hot fall home decor 2013.

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Metals

The ebb and flow of popularity with the metals is coming in once again at high tide and high style.

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Antique Furniture

In with the old- a trend near and dear to my heart!  Matching design and decor elements is by no means the rule to follow. In fact,  designers and decorators are very on board and on trend with the mixing of furniture styles and periods. Designer Michael Roberson states, “Balancing old things with new things gives a room great energy.”

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The sheer imperfections of  the patina and finish, affordability, provenance, repurposed brilliance and the walk away from conventional expectation creates a strong point for this trend.  I continue to encourage my clients to broaden the scope of their style through unexpected pairings and statement making focal points. Antique pieces will do exactly that. Give a space of pop of period personality and trend on!

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Black and White

The color combination and design darling duo of black and white is a classic pairing that never stays too long at the design and decor party.

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How’s this for fall decorating?

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 Geo Shapes 

Shapes, texture and pattern are always on trend!  From neutrals to bold and bright color options, this trend is shaping up to be quite a classic way to geo.  Couldn’t resist.

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Warm Tones, Textures and Bright Colors

From hardwood floors to comfortable linens- warm tones, textures and seasonal colors have a proven history as the hallmark of  fall decor.

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Traditional fall colors will share the 2013 season spotlight with a trendy palette of  bright colors.

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What catches your eye?

 

It’s Never Too Soon…

To look toward the beauty of a changing season, fall home decor and recipes! We’ve had our first preview of fall thanks to cooler mornings here in the deep South. I posted a tease of this post to my Facebook page and Twitter account for a midweek share, but I couldn’t wait.  I makes no excuses nor apologies for my gush, excitement and early seasonal planning for what I am convinced is the absolute best time of year on all points weather, decorating, entertaining, tailgating, baking and designing.  Wow, that’s a long sentence!  That’s the great thing about favorite things- they compel us to share the excitement.  Why cut corners with descriptive words that enhance the thought and beautifully get the point across?

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Seasonal tablescapes, recipes, home decor and  decorating embraces fall with a hello, old friend welcome.  Rich, warm colors perfectly accentuate indoor and outdoor spaces prime for feathering in seasonal splendor. I’m getting my fall Gotta Have It list in order. Staying close to home and heart with home decor accessories selections in a vintage and antique theme comes naturally to my tastes. Practice does make perfect, and striving for my retail gold medal brings much joy and style. is fun, keeps things decoratively interesting, and doesn’t have to break the bank.  A great serving piece, 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 a new season.  Let’s fall!

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From left to right:

Antique White Pumpkin Tureen with Ladle:  Pier 1 Imports $39.95

Ellsworth Industrial Clock: Kirkland’s $69.99

Vintage Staffordshire Ironstone Fruit/Dessert Bowl Dish Bowls: Etsy $12

Feast Platter: Crate & Barrel $49.95

Birch Covered Round Pot w/Liner: Save on Crafts $9

Conscious Table Runner: H & M Home $9.95

The thrill is in the hunt, and hunt I’ve done over the last two weeks for new and vintage items for fall decorating.   H & M Home is now available online with US shipping.  Can I just tell you my keyboard is still in a state of search overload shock!  The Conscious table runner, with a seasonal nod toward a bountiful fall harvest, is under heavy consideration. Great look, great price.  Fall feasts reminds me of a neighbor friend who was known for a strict and steadfast entertaining rule she swore by. She insisted an empty cake plate on the buffet was the epitome of bad manners.  With that rule and fall in mind, I will furnish my recipe for Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup as a culinary accompaniment to the antique white pumpkin soup tureen on my Gotta Have It list.

Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup

 

Ingredients

1  Tablespoon olive oil

2  Tablespoons butter

1  red onion, finely chopped

2  ribs celery, finely chopped

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

¼  cup chopped fresh parsley

2  32 ounce cartons chicken broth

1½  cups cooked white or wild rice

2  skinless chicken breasts, cooked and sliced

½  teaspoon garlic powder

½  teaspoon Kosher salt

½  teaspoon fine ground black pepper

2  Tablespoons white wine

1  cup half and half

 

Directions

Heat olive oil and butter in a oven over medium heat.  Stir in the onion, celery, parsley and carrots; saute until slightly tender.  Pour in chicken broth, stirring to blend.  Add sliced chicken, white wine, garlic powder, Kosher salt and pepper. Turn heat up to medium-high and bring soup to a slight boil. Reduce heat to low. Add the cooked rice and half and half, stirring  to incorporate.  Allow soup to simmer for at least 1 hour.

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As A Girl’s Thoughts Turn To Fall Home Decor Ideas

Temperatures, spirits and retailers all point to fall’s arrival.  As a girl’s thoughts turn to fall home decor ideas so does the search for seasonal home decor items.  Perfectly timed with the first day of fall, the Williams-Sonoma email I received this morning showcases fall colors, textures and patterns.  Inspiration is everywhere, and the sights and sounds of fall make it very easy for this girl’s thoughts to turn to fall home decor ideas.

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An aromatic dried Lavender bunch knows no season and is a visual goodie all year long.  Dried Lavender bunches bring forth the ooh la la fragrant factor.

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Dried Grosso Lavender Bunches

Lately I’ve found myself growing more and more inspired to tackle a DIY twig & branch chandelier.  I have a candle chandelier at the shop that I believe is the perfect canvas for my art interpretation or disaster. Hopefully it goes in the interpretation direction.

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Covering the chandelier in its entirety with twigs and branches and perhaps painting it with spray paint is what I’m initially thinking.  Color may lock the fixture into a specific palette, and leaving it in a natural state may better serve its purpose for fall and winter decorating.  Keeping the fixture as a candle holder will make it holiday worthy and allow me to change the candles out to coordinate with seasonal colors.

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Speaking of display ideas…  

As I was cleaning out the refrigerator over the weekend (this girl really knows how to throw down a good time!) inspiration struck.  My antique dough bowl has been used to house everything from magazines to fresh cut greenery, but oddly has never come in contact with dough.  I retrieved it from the man cave coffee table, removed the magazines and remotes, and placed the veggies in it.  It made both a pretty display and a pretty picture.  A fall arrangement of pumpkins and squash, eggplant, mustard greens, red onions and snap beans awaits. I love an edible arrangement, and the vibrant colors of fruits and vegetables make great subjects for displays.

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I’m looking forward to the crisp fall temps, being able to hear the high school bands performing at the local Friday night football games from our front porch, and the home decor offerings of this wonderful time of year.