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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Better Homes & Gardens – Photography by Edmund Barr

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

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Bittersweet

Foraging for seasonal leaves and branches serves a dual purpose – autumn treasure hunt and picnic opportunity.

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Photo by Stephanie Klepacki

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Southern Living Magazine – Photography by Robbie Caponetto

Certain decorating circumstances and seasonal flower arrangements reflect  the more the merrier approach.

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New England Home

Green Waffle Daisy Pattern Butter Crock

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Photo by Bart Heird 

Still a favorite example of a simple yet elegant fall/autumn arrangement made possible by nature, a vintage waffle weave daisy pattern crock, small ears of Indian corn, branches of berries, and decor pieces most befitting theme and time of year.

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Better Homes and Gardens – Photography by Marty Baldwin

Holiday gatherings.

Weddings.

Corporate events.

There’s so much to be said for this lovely season, this fall of autumn spectacular where nature’s wonder beautifully serves as the principal decor accent and accessory.

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Midwest Living – Photography by Michael Partenio

In season veggies, fruits, and berries mixed and mingled among flowers of varied colors and types prove a fanciful focal point arrangement.

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S. B. Long Interiors

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Country Living Magazine – Photography by Ali Harper

Vintage pewter, silver, porcelain pitchers, sugar bowls, creamers, tole trays, and transferware bowls complement and add warmth to naturally striking fall arrangements.

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Good Housekeeping

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

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Pinterest

Beauty abounds in simplicity, and practice and patience teaches me to never shy from taking the less is more route.

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Better Homes and Gardens

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

Asian Pear Arrangement

Country Living

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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Country Living

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Southern Living Magazine – Photography by Robbie Caponetto

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Robyn’s French Nest

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Stunning sums up this DIY pumpkin centerpiece with roses, mums, and broom cob from Jenny Steffens.

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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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Fall Decor Buzz and Buys

Let’s talk fall decor buzz and buys for house and home.

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Too early for the fall of it all?

Looking forward to the next season to come naturally sparks our interest. Seasonal decorating ideas for fall take time to cultivate and harvest.

Why put off until tomorrow what you can hunt and gather today!

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Emails arriving on a daily basis showcasing fall 2023 catalogs, lookbooks, and new for fall arrivals indicates the official fall decor buzz and buys season is indeed in full swing.

From my experiences decorating both home and shop to reflect the corresponding season, balance remains the principal objective to achieve.

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Photo by Nathan Dumlao

Weighing in on the subject of overload, my opinion has and will always be your house, your taste.

Load up the tabletops in decorative pumpkins if decorative pumpkins bring you joy of season.

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Southern Living Magazine- Photography by Helen Norman

Trends trend ephemeral.

If the trend du jour speaks to you, listen.

On the other hand, if classic seasonal decor accents convey timeless chic to you then you’ve found the decorating sweet spot.

Now, if a combination of mix and mingle checks the box then welcome fall fabulous home.

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Printable Pumpkin Still Life Painting

Articles and posts from seasoned professionals and decoristas should only serve to inform and inspire, never discourage or dissuade.

Prairie Land Framed Canvas Board

Prairie Land Framed Canvas Board

Going with the if it ain’t broke don’t fix it rule, this year’s fall decorating around the house look is brought to you by the need and the want to showcase decorative items germane to individuality, simplicity, effortlessness, and nature’s beauty.

Fall Harvest Plate

Fall Harvest Plate

In high demand items run the risk of sorry out of stock replies dashing your add to cart dreams.

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Kabinett & Kammer, Franklin, NY

Where pastel and bright colors rule the spring into summer color palette, the autumnal allure realized through the choices of darker tones and seasoned finishes resembles nature’s contribution to the rich and cozy fall color palette.

Antique Bennington Rockingham Style Pottery, Hunt Scene Large Pottery Pitcher

Antique Bennington Rockingham Style Pottery, Hunt Scene Large Pottery Pitcher

Autumnal overload by way of accents and accessories is easily avoided when color guides your seasonal decorating plan.

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Glazed Pots Framed Art Print

Antique Bennington Rockingham Stoneware Tulip Pitcher, Antique Bennington Rockingham Stoneware Tulip Pitcher

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photography by Emily J. Followill

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Antique Large Brown Salt Glaze Stoneware Pitcher

Very nice antique pottery Pitcher Man drinking

Antique Pottery Pitcher 

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Mariah Spice Area Rug

Antiquity At506 Blue and Red 6' x 9' Area Rug

Antiquity At506 Blue and Red Area Rug

Aelmoor Ael1 8' x 10' Area Rug

Aelmoor Ael1 8′ x 10′ Area Rug

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English Mahogany Scotch Chest c.1890's-1920's

English Mahogany Scotch Chest c.1890’s-1920’s

Recently, I’ve discovered a wonderful read, The New Antiquarians: At Home with Young Collectors by Michael Diaz-Griffith with photography by Brian W. Ferry.

The New Antiquarians At Home with Young Collectors by Michael Diaz-Griffith

The New Antiquarians At Home with Young Collectors by Michael Diaz-Griffith

Curiosity of history coupled with a devout fascination with collecting has once again found its footing with the forty and under crowd.

Welcome to my world, my fellow antiquarians.

Set of 5 Vintage Books Customizable by Color

Set of 5 Vintage Books Customizable by Color

Colors, textures, and patterns intrigue and inspire young collectors to seek and mix pieces from various periods and places in the pursuit of creating fresh curated schemes while expressing personal style.

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Klismos Gallery 

Striking copper and antique brass finishes integrate depth and warmth.

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Continental European Brass and Metal Repoussé Log Box, Late 19th Early 20th C.

Vintage Fireplace – Fire Pit Bellow Fire Pit

Antique Redware Red Riding Hood and Wolf Match Holder

Brass Andirons

Antique Brass Wall Mount Match Strike Holder

Vintage Brass Match Holder

Victorian Lady’s Boot Vintage Brass Vase

Vintage Brass Matchstick Holder

Continental European Brass and Metal Repoussé Log Box, Late 19th Early 20th C.

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Simple subtractions pave the way for seasonal additions.

Pack away spring into summer favorites in favor of accents visually pleasing to the autumn soul.

Wood Bookend

Wood Bookend

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Old terrine with hare head, Pillivuyt, France

Old terrine with hare head, Pillivuyt, France

Mimi Thorisson Italian Hours Cocotte

Mimi Thorisson Italian Hours Cocotte

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Mimi Thorisson Italian Hours Baking Dish

Wild Rice and Basmati Dressing with Sausage and Sage Wild Rice and Basmati Dressing with Sausage and Sage Recipe

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Country Living Magazine – Photography by David Tsay

Antique Alphabet Sampler Framed Wall Art

Antique Alphabet Sampler Framed Wall Art

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Cracked Pepper is Behr’s 2024 Color of the Year.

Cracked Pepper Behr’s 2024 Color of the Year

Would you call it a shade of black or a shade of dark gray?

It’s a workable accent- a color easily implemented into the fall/autumn decorating scheme.

Asiatic Pheasant Dinner Plates

Asiatic Pheasant Dinner Plates

Primitive Decor Bar Sign Art Pub Wall Sign The Fox Tavern & Inn Repro of original Art Pub Wall Sign “The Fox Tavern & Inn” Repro of Original

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Pewter Pumpkin Serving Tray, Large

Silver Pinecone Table Decor, 6″

Pewter Pumpkin Salt & Pepper Shaker Set

‘Tis the golden hour.

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Fall color forecasts include golden tones of honey that complement neutral shades and nature’s God-given palette.

Charlotta Gold Set of 4 Holiday Harvest Appetizer Plates

Charlotta Gold Set of 4 Holiday Harvest Appetizer Plates

Hand Tufted Hand Made 100% Wool Transitional Oriental Area Rug Slate

Hand Tufted Hand Made 100% Wool Transitional Oriental Area Rug Slate

Vintage French Colonial Toile Wallpaper, Metallic Gold

Vintage French Colonial Toile Wallpaper, Metallic Gold

Shine a little light on a cozy fall day into evening with this squirrel desk lamp in honey gold tones.

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Squirrel Desk Lamp

Linden Street Leaf Embroidery Square Throw Pillow

Linden Street Leaf Embroidery Square Throw Pillow

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Last year I scouted and scooped up the pheasant vase in the above image early in the fall finds buying season. Learned it’s better to buy early than cry late.

Vintage Lefton Bird Pheasant

Vintage Lefton Bird Pheasant

Vintage George Good Small Hand Painted Porcelain Pheasant Figurine

Vintage George Good Small Hand Painted Porcelain Pheasant Figurine

Isn’t this just the picture of cozy at home?

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Victoria Magazine

Transports thought and heart to the very best of fall; country inns and cottages furnished in traditional Colonial style, period antiques in rich deep patinas, and nooks and crannies replete with charming accents of the past.

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Bow Front Storage Chest

Stylish storage solutions is always in season.

I keep coming back to this Barrister Lane 3-Drawer Sindoori Mango Chest of Drawers for a few reasons. The under $300 price point sits well, the finish offers a rustic charm, and the overall size makes this piece a versatile choice for most spaces.

Barrister Lane 3-Drawer Sindoori Mango Chest of Drawers

Barrister Lane 3-Drawer Sindoori Mango Chest of Drawers

Hardware enhancement elevates the detail and increases visual interest.

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Carved Wood Fruit and Nut Large Pull Reproductions

So I’m thinking two of these living room accent chairs serving as captains dining chairs a grand choice of fall furnishing.

Upholstered Wingback Chair

Best Master Furniture 615 Vogue King Living Room Accent Arm Chair

English in provenance, the Windsor chair is associated with American Colonial style.

Carolina Chair & Table Co. Reed Windsor Dining Chair - Espresso

Carolina Chair & Table Co. Reed Windsor Dining Chair – Espresso

Colonial craftsmen did away with the central splat detail known to the original design. Splats and legs were altered to enforce the sturdiness and form.

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Vera Chair in English Pine

Elegant country is the term I assign to the Vera Chair in English Pine.

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Kalloo Ladder Back Side Chair

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Fall flowers in vases in full fall color bloom.

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Hobby Lobby

Seasonal fruits and vegetables sitting pretty in rich honey caramel shades and shapes.

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Large Chipwood Basket by Ashland

Natural elements housed in natural materials baskets.

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Mainstays Round Maize Decorative Storage Basket, Dark Brown

Color packed planters of chrysanthemums, marigolds, pansies or crotons.

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Large Terracotta Red Concrete Planter Pot

Lovely fall decor buzz and buys accents and accessories kick off the build up to seasonal interest and must have demand.

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Easter Decor, Dishes and Desserts

Easter decor, dishes and desserts hops to mind at this time of year.

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Vintage Etched Tumblers
Jadeite Footed Loop Design Cake Stand
The Pioneer Woman Jade Dinner Plate
Famille Rose Dinner Plates
Easter Yellow Glass Candy Dish by Place & Time
Cabbage Mug by Place & Time
Faux White Tulips
Martha Stewart Stoneware Sculpted Bunny Covered Oval Baker, 9”, Cream
Place & Time Easter 1/5″ x 12′ Green Bunnies Printed Linen Ribbon
24pk Tealight Candle Mint & Eucalyptus/Soft Cotton/Peony & Cherry Blossom
Linden Street Easter Bunny Wood Serving Tray

Carrot Art Giclee Still Life Print

Carrot Art Giclee Still Life Print

To look upon beautiful Easter decor as a work of art is no over eggaggeration of the term.

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Selecting items for show and tell comes with thought.

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Sure, a rabbit here and a bunny there is called for, but mostly my choices play to pastels, themes and dishes appropriate for the entire spring into summer season.

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Faux picks and bushes in ever lovely shades of pink were recently purchased with the Easter decor centerpiece in mind.

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On the Saturday afternoon before Easter Sunday I’ll stroll around the yard gathering assorted fresh greenery stems to fill in the spring bouquet.

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Transpac Resin 11.5″ White Easter Floral Bunny Figurines Set of 2

Easter company will love this fresh with full on color and nibbles spring vegetable board from My Moonstone Kitchen.

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Spring Vegetable Board

 Click on the link below the photo for recipe information.

Sevres Serving Platter

Sevres Serving Platter

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Country Living – Photography by John Kernick

Roast Pork Loin with Herb Stuffing

Ingredients

1⁄3 cup kosher salt

1⁄3 cup sugar

2 teaspoon juniper berries

2 teaspoon cardamom pods

2 teaspoon whole peppercorns

1 teaspoon allspice berries

2 bay leaves, lightly crushed

1 (3 ¾ to 4 pound) pork loin roast, trimmed, butterflied, and tied

3 tbsp. butter

3  stalks celery, finely diced

1  small onion, finely diced

3  garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 cups panko breadcrumbs

1 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 tbsp. chopped fresh sage

2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

¼  cup chicken stock

Directions

In a medium pot, bring 2 cups water, salt, sugar, juniper, cardamom, peppercorns, allspice, and bay leaves to a boil.  Stir to dissolve sugar and salt.  Remove from heat and stir in 4 cups cold water.  Set brining liquid aside and let cool to room temperature, 20 to 30 minutes.

Place pork loin in a 2-gallon resealable plastic bag and carefully pour in cooled brining liquid. Seal and refrigerate, 8 to 12 hours.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter until sizzling. Add celery, onion, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.  Add breadcrumbs, parsley, sage, and thyme, stirring to combine, and cook 1 minute more.  Add chicken stock and toss until breadcrumbs have absorbed all of the liquid.

Remove stuffing from heat and let cool to room temperature, 30 minutes. (Stuffing can be made up to 1 day ahead and refrigerated.  Bring to room temperature before using.)

Preheat oven to 500°F.  Remove pork loin from bag and discard brine; pat meat dry with a paper towel.  On a work surface, untie pork loin so that it lies flat, fat side down.  Spread stuffing mixture atop meat in an even layer. Starting from one of the long sides, roll the pork loin into a tight spiral.  Tie at 1 ½-inch intervals with 12-inch lengths of kitchen twine.

In a roasting pan fitted with a rack, place pork loin fat side up.  Roast 15 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 250°F.  Continue to cook for about 1 hour and 35 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the pork loin reaches 145°F.

Transfer pork loin to a wire rack to rest for 15 minutes before serving.

-Country Living Magazine

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Country Living – Photography by Becky Luigart-Stayner

Instant Pot Lima Beans

Ingredients

1 lb. smoked pork neckbones

1 lb. fresh or frozen lima beans

2  cloves garlic, chopped

1  sprig thyme, plus more leaves for garnish

2 tsp. onion powder

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Add neckbones and 4 cups water to an electric pressure cooker.  Set to meat/stew setting and cook until meat is fork- tender and bones easily separate from meat, 30 minutes.  Release pressure.

Add lima beans, garlic, thyme, and onion powder to pot.  Season with salt and pepper. Replace lid, switch to soup/broth setting, and cook until beans are tender, 20 minutes.  Release pressure.

Remove lid, switch to sauté, and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced, 8 to 10 minutes.  Serve garnished with thyme leaves.

-Country Living Magazine

HONEY ROASTED CARROTS INFUSED WITH HONEY AND GARLIC

Honey Roasted Carrots Infused with Honey and Garlic

Carrots and Easter – a classic pairing if there ever was one.

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Edible-Flower Compound Butter

Ingredients

2 teaspoons green peppercorns

2 teaspoons white peppercorns

2 teaspoons black peppercorns

1 teaspoon pink peppercorns

1 pound butter, softened

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives

1 tablespoon minced shallot

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh oregano

Radish flowers

Society garlic flowers

Oyster leaf flowers

Directions

In a coffee grinder or using a mortar and pestle, grind green, white, black, and pink peppercorns until crushed.

Using a medium bowl, beat butter with a mixer at medium-high speed until smooth.  Add peppercorns, chives, shallot, garlic, and oregano.  Beat at medium speed until combined.

Transfer from mixer to parchment paper. Form butter into a log.  Press radish flowers, garlic flowers, and oyster leaf flowers onto log.  Roll in parchment, and twist at both ends. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Speckled Malted Coconut Cake

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Knock out roses coming into spring view serve vase and creations.

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Not all who decorate cake tops are cake bakers (and not all decoristas are pro photographers).

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Be it from the supermarket bakery or cake mix box, decorating the top of a  spring or Easter dessert cake with flowers or candies is an easy way to take  desserts to visually pleasing heights.

File this for Mother’s Day brunch ideas.

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Raspberry Cloud Cake

In the style of vintage is my go-to choice of serveware, and this house favorite cake stand in Jadeite fits beautifully with your Easter decor and spring motif.

Jadeite Footed Loop Design Cake Stand

Jadeite Footed Loop Design Cake Stand

Buttercream frosting tinted to a soft yellow topped with edible flowers delivers a simply elegant result.

When decorating dishes and desserts and garnishing beverages with edible flowers you’ll want to pick the flowers early in the morning.

Gently rinse off your gathered flowers with cool water allowing to dry on a paper towel.  Add garnish immediately before serving. If using flowers at a later time you can place them in the refrigerator where they will keep for 2-3 days.

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Buttermilk Cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Buttercream

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Pansies offer loads of color, plant and prosper rather easily, and make a fantastic visual and flavorful splash when added to salads and spring desserts.

White Chocolate Easter Egg Cupcakes

White Chocolate Easter Egg Cupcakes

Cadbury mini eggs, chocolate almond bark shavings, and an egg carton display elevate these vanilla cupcakes to an Easter dessert eggstravaganza.

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Farm fresh eggs ready to go for Easter decor, dishes and desserts.

Cadbury Bunny Cocktail Napkins

Cadbury Bunny Cocktail Napkins

Super cute cocktail napkins rock the spring into Easter into summer cocktail hour all season long.

Claro Pitcher

Claro Pitcher

Elderflower-Champagne Cocktail

Southern Living – Photography by Hector Manuel Sanchez

Elderflower-Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients

1 bottle chilled brut rosé Champagne or dry sparkling wine

2 cans chilled club soda or sparkling water (such as Pure LaCroix)

1 cup elderflower liqueur (such as St-Germain)

Ice

Directions

Pour chilled brut rosé Champagne or dry sparkling wine, chilled club soda or sparkling water, and elderflower liqueur into a large pitcher.  Stir until well combined.  Pour into wine glasses filled with ice.

-Southern Living Magazine

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Whole Housewares Colored Vintage, Mosaic Goblet Drinking Glasses Set of 6
Archie Wine Glasses (Set of 6)

Wild Rose Petal Sangria

Wild Rose Petal Sangria

Thoughtful touches and delicious treats dressed with visually impressive details invite charm to spring get-togethers and Easter celebrations.

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Impressive Kitchen Furnishings, Decor Pieces and Accents

Impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces and accents brings us to this feature spotlighting pieces sure to elevate the design and decor of your kitchen.

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Cookies and Santa

After the holiday whirlwind kitchen events of the last few weeks one would think a post about impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces and accents would be a bit redundant.

Turns out, the well-appointed kitchen remains the heart and hub of the home; a central gathering place serving a multitude of purposes.

Back in our flipping days, Maison de Places In The Home was a holiday happening place holiday eat, drink, and be merry.

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Photo by Caroline Hernandez

Realtors, designers, and home builders folk love to get together for holiday cocktails with a twist of spirited networking.

At evening’s end the majority of the house basically remained pre-party perfect, however, based on the state of the kitchen it was indeed the happening holiday party place to mix, mingle and holiday jingle.

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Marmont Hill After Party Clean-Up

Established fact proves the days gone by design philosophy of the kitchen being for strictly utilitarian purposes, small in size, and decoratively unremarkable is best left in the past.

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Impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces, and accents decidedly factor into today’s kitchen design as much as cabinetry, appliance, lighting, flooring and placement choices do.

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Photo by Joanna Kosinska

Decorating for the holidays reaches far beyond tinsel and trimmings.

What better time than at the gift giving time of year to add impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces and accents on your gifts for the holiday decorista Christmas list.

19th Century French Black Forest Carved Bleached Oak Hunt Buffet Desserte

19th Century French Black Forest Carved Bleached Oak Hunt Buffet Desserte

17th Century Swiss Baroque Carved Armoire

Antique 17th Century Swiss Baroque Carved Armoire

Topping the impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces and accents Dear Santa list is this vintage stripped bleached French cabinet in all its gorgeous glory.

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Antique Bleached Oak Display Cabinet Bookcase from France

Bookcases make super chic choices for kitchen pieces.

Monarch Fine Furniture Regency Style Mahogany Royal Guard Accent Hutch Bookcase

Monarch Fine Furniture Regency Style Mahogany Royal Guard Accent Hutch 

Utilize the beauty of such pieces by displaying a beloved collection of porcelain wares or pieces from your favorite china pattern on the shelves while using the drawers as storage for serving pieces and table linens.

Atlanta 10-Light Black Candle Style Classic/Traditional Chandelier with Crysta Accents

10-Light Black Candle Style Classic/Traditional Chandelier with Crysta Accents

Magnifique!

China Cabinet Rosalind Classic Greige Solid Wood 2 Fretwork Doors

China Cabinet with Fretwork Doors

Display cases, as they are categorized, may be utilized for the intended or as chic options for all things that make a kitchen.

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Vintage Brass & Green Dome 3-Light Pendant Chandelier

First rule of impressive is to be unique in placement and presentation.

18th Century French Louis XVI Period Painted Oak Chest of Drawers Commode with Beautifully Aged Distressed Chippy Paint Patina

18th Century French Louis XVI Period Painted Oak Chest of Drawers Commode

Although a piece may not be so unique, how it is put to use can be.

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French Butcher’s Block

French Kitchen Island

French Kitchen Island

White and Gold 58-inch Wide Marble Top Kitchen Island

White and Gold 58-inch Wide Marble Top Kitchen Island

In keeping with the there’s no place like home for the holidays philosophy, I’m featuring striking pieces influenced in Louisiana French-Spanish-European provenance that catch my eye and my heart.

Early 20th Century French Painted Carved Walnut Eight-Light Chandelier

Early 20th Century French Painted Carved Walnut Eight-Light Chandelier

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Isamar Bachelors Chest

92-Piece 20th-Century Baroque Silver-Plated Flatware

92-Piece 20th-Century Baroque Silver-Plated Flatware

Salento 9-Light Vintage Copper Chandelier

Salento 9-Light Vintage Copper Chandelier

Sideboard Walnut French Dove Tail 2-Door

Sideboard Walnut French Dove Tail 2-Door

French Solid Cast Iron French Scrolling Butterfly Coffee Table with Marble Top

French Cast Iron French Scrolling Butterfly Coffee Table with Marble Top

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Maxax 5 – Light Unique / Statement Empire Chandelier with Crystal Accents

 

Antique Hand-Carved Hunt Dining Table

Antique Hand-Carved Hunt Dining Table

Three drawer chest of drawers elegantly make the traditionally thought transition from bedroom furniture to kitchen/kitchen dining storage piece.

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Gorgeous Bow Front Storage Chest

Such is the case when juxtaposition, distinctive craftsmanship, provenance, and regional influences beautifully meet and master the characteristic of a space.

6 Light Chandelier by Minka Metropolitan

6 Light Chandelier by Minka Metropolitan

Kitchen countertop counterparts:

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Antique Empire Style Lamps

Detail comes home in this Italian Baroque Revival carved dining table.

Italian Baroque Revival Carved Wood Round Dining Table

Italian Baroque Revival Carved Wood Dining Table

For the flow and the French of it all, may I present these decorative kitchen accents and accessories to accent the look.

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The Gray Barn Cornerways Formal High Back Carved Wood Arm Chairs (Set of 2)

The Gray Barn Cornerways Formal High Back Carved Wood Arm Chairs (Set of 2)

Some may opine my needle appears stuck on antiques and vintage accents.

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19th Century Pair of Painted and Upholstered Louis XVI Style Open Arm Fauteuils

Long my preferred go-to choice, I find the charm and character quotient appeals to my desire to incorporate unique pieces in with new traditional promotes conversation and balances the visual points of interest of a space.

Antique Architectural Salvage cast iron fireplace cover

Antique Architectural Salvage Cast Iron Fireplace Cover

Consider bringing planters and architectural salvage pieces into your kitchen decor scheme.

Swan Indoor Outdoor Planter Garden Decor Sculpture

Swan Indoor Outdoor Planter Garden Decor Sculpture

Into each kitchen some stuff must fall, and housing said stuff items such as keys, twist ties, charging blocks, and the general things that find a home in the kitchen need not be an exercise in unsightly.

Vintage AMPHORA Delft Blue Holland hp Tobacco Jar

Vintage AMPHORA Delft Blue Holland hp Tobacco Jar

Lovely outdoor garden decor pieces beautifully house items otherwise meant for the junk drawer in handy dandy fashion.

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Garden statue in another time, this treasure is presently reborn as a countertop bookend.

Louis XV Style Carved Walnut Wall Rack

Louis XV Style Carved Walnut Wall Rack

18th Century Oak Boiserie Panel 18th Century Oak Boiserie Panel

Door knockers easily make the transition from exterior door ornament to singular focal point cabinet pull or even an excellent choice of wall decor.

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Dark Brown Metal Hand Pull

Turns out the decision to kill a little time before an appointment by dropping by one of my favorite vintage goods haunts was a splendid one indeed.

Kensington Hill Taryn Vintage Style Table Clock

Kensington Hill Taryn Vintage Style Table Clock

AELS Vintage Wall Clock

AELS Vintage Wall Clock

Implementing art into your kitchen decor elevates the overall aesthetic.

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Vintage Painting Framed Original

Lagniappe is a term used quite often here in Louisiana.

Defined as something given as a bonus or extra gift, lagniappe is present in impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces and accents replete with distinctive detail, prominence, and beauty.

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It’s The Dog Days of Summer

Today’s Fetching Friday places the late summer spotlight on the dog days of summer in keeping with August 26th being National Dog Day.

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The Cottage Journal- Photography by Stephanie Welbourne Steele

Sweet thought provoking quotes, seasonal scenes in garden light and summer night silhouettes, and photos of pretty little pooches all in a scroll keep the dog days of summer tolerable.

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House & Home – Photography by Tracey Ayton

Light of a late summer afternoon paired with garden blooms in perfect palette and placement gives visitors a visually impressive summer place to admire nature at its colorful best.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

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Making memories for kids of all ages through the decades of amusement in the good old dog days of summer.

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Better Homes & Gardens

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 The Design Atelier

“There’s just something about dogs that makes you feel good.
You come home, they’re thrilled to see you.
They’re good for the ego.”

— Janet Schnellman

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Scott Shrader Exterior Design

Ralph Waldo Emerson authors a house favorite of Places In The Home.

I will build upon Mr. Emerson’s words that indeed the ornament of a house and garden is the friends and the furry friends who frequent it.

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House & Home- Photography by Andre Rider 

“Everything good, everything magical, happens
between the months of June and August.”

—Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

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Delicious details.

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“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”

—Sam Keen

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Photo by Mael Balland on Unsplash

“Oh, the summer night, has a smile of light, and she
sits on a sapphire throne.”

—Bryan Procter

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Photo by Matthew Daniels on Unsplash

Enjoy your Friday, your summer, and your weekend.

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Fetching Friday: About the House

Today’s Fetching Friday features lovely spaces and places about the house.

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Gorgeous comes home in the most splendid and stunning of ways.

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Early Branch Farm-Robert M. Cain Architect

Natural settings resplendent in a peaceful easy feeling welcome cozy home.

If you could bottle this feeling it would be the elixir sure to cure the world’s ails.

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Jessica Helgerson Interior

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful;
they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”

—Luther Burbank

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Robbie Caponetto

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Architectural Digest

Antique pieces about the house never fail to impress the space they grace.

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Caroline Brackett Studio of Design

Antiques possess the quality of adaptability.

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Victoria Magazine

Pieces complement rather than clash with the central design style, enhancing the overall aesthetic.

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House & Garden – Photo by Rachel Whiting

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull
of what you really love.
It will not lead you astray.”

― Rumi

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1stDibs – Rebecca James Studio – Photography by Richard Gooding

Searching for tips, tricks, and general cucumber information, I ran across a line or two of pickle humor and thought it sweet and dilliciously delightful.

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House & Garden – Photo by Paul Massey

Good thing I’m not on the recipe hunt for a summer corn casserole.

Talk about corny jokes.

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Photo by Reka Biro-Horvath on Unsplash

Hope your Friday is filled with beauty and laughter.

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Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

Newsflash: gone are the days of basic and boring dorm room decorating ideas and décor choices.

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These dorm room decorating ideas feature tasteful and dashing furnishings, accents and accessories that come together to transform an otherwise nondescript space into a chic oasis of comfort and personal style.

Double Sided 3 Panel Vintage Flowers Canvas Room Divider

Double Sided 3 Panel Vintage Flowers Canvas Room Divider

I love the idea of using a room divider or screen as a headboard. I also love stylish options affording one a bit of privacy.

6 ft. Printed 3-Panel Room Divider

6 ft. Printed 3-Panel Room Divider

Curated pizzazz is easily accomplished by simply placing the divider or screen behind the head of the bed.

Genevra Upholstered Panel Headboard

Traditional options may better suit the area of the space and contribute a better result to the overall style presence you’re going for. 

Rainha Cushion Tufted College Headboard - Velvet Crush

Rainha Cushion Tufted College Headboard – Velvet Crush

Go bananas and enjoy the express yourself process of taking an empty plain space and making it into a fabulously handsome retreat. 

Standard Microfiber Reversible Banana Print Comforter Sham

Standard Microfiber Reversible Banana Print Comforter Sham

Truly Soft Pleated Blush Twin XL Comforter Set

Truly Soft Pleated Blush Twin XL Comforter Set

Antique Medallion Lightweight Textured Woven Jacquard Cotton Blend Bedspread Set

Antique Medallion Lightweight Textured Woven Jacquard Bedspread Set

Prints and patterns, textures and weaves, and trending colors and thread counts make a stylish and comfortable bed.  

Makeup 250 Thread Count 100% Cotton 2-Pc. Sheet Set, Twin,

Makeup 250 Thread Count 100% Cotton 2-Pc. Sheet Set, Twin

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Cozy up to the comforts of dorm room accessories that turn in and turn down a striking look. 

Simply Clean Reversible Bed in a Bag - Serta

Simply Clean Reversible Bed in a Bag – Serta

Printed Cotton Percale Sheet Set, Twin

Printed Cotton Percale Sheet Set, Twin

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I’ve got one word for you when it comes to dorm sweet dorm…

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Madison Park Chunky Double Knit Throw Blanket

Madison Park Chunky Double Knit Throw Blanket

Bee & Willow™ Cable Knit Reversible Throw Blanket in Heather Grey

Bee & Willow™ Cable Knit Reversible Throw Blanket in Heather Grey

My dorm and townhouse roomies and I kept close company with throws and blankets.  The degree of cozy rises to a most comfortable level making for a happy dorm-apartment-condo-townhouse environment. 

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Collapsible Fabric Cube Storage Bins

Storage is one hot commodity in the dorm room decorating ideas scheme of storing things.

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Coiled Rope Storage Basket 

You’ve got stuff, and you need stylish storage options for housing your stuff. 

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First rule of a functioning dorm room is you’ve got to have room. 

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Twisted Paper Rope Basket Twisted Paper Rope Basket

Super cute accents and accessories don’t have to be super costly.

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Gingham Storage Cube

Storage cubes comes in on-trend colors and get the job done in style.

Assorted Colors Trunks Set of 3 Vintage Style Storage w/ Gold Handles & Locks

Assorted Colors Trunks Set of 3 Vintage Style Storage w/ Gold Handles & Locks

Household Essentials Small KD Chest in Seagrass Natural

Household Essentials Small KD Chest in Seagrass Natural

French Industrial Silver Metal Storage Trunk

French Industrial Silver Metal Storage Trunk

The designs, sizes and affordable price points of these nightstand and accent tables personify smart and stylish dorm room décor ideas. 

Vasagle Nightstand, Bedside Table, End Table with Drawer

Vasagle Nightstand, Bedside Table, End Table with Drawer

2-Tier Metal Round End Table with Removable Tray

2-Tier Metal Round End Table with Removable Tray

Adeptus Solid Wood 6 Drawer Roll Cart

Adeptus Solid Wood 6 Drawer Roll Cart

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3 Drawer Fabric Dresser Storage Tower Nightstand

Color, texture, and pattern makes the grade A+ for dorm room decorating ideas.

Intelligent Designs Charvi Chenille Square Floor Pillow
 
 
Velvet Segmented Bean Bag Chair
Great option for vanity seating or a trio in complementing colors for a bedside grouping. 
 
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Sherpa Bean Bag

Carson Carrington Islingby Modern Geometric Indoor Area Rug

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Decorative vases, plates, and planters make excellent holders for desk accessories, gadgets or make-up brushes. 

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Indoor And Outdoor Resin Head Planter

Indoor And Outdoor Resin Head Planter

One is good, but a pair becomes a good looking set of bookends. 

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Peace Sign Decor

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Dorm Room “And They Were Roommates” Poster

Love this candle (exercise caution when lighting candles and make sure to extinguish before leaving your dorm room or going to bed). 

The mom in me is coming out. 

Rising Summit Candle

Rising Summit Candle

White 8-Cube Organizer

White 8-Cube Organizer

Mixed Material 3 Shelf Bookcase

Mixed Material 3 Shelf Bookcase

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Novelty lighting puts a new twist on a dorm room essential. 

Golden LED Rabbit Lamp

Golden LED Rabbit Lamp

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Gold & White Flamingo Table Lamp

Soft lighting sets a cozy and inviting scene and is a fun way to reflect your personal style. 

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Industrial Desk Lamp with USB and AC Power Outlet

Industrial Desk Lamp with USB and AC Power Outlet

Table, desk, string, and just fun lighting options shine a little light on the higher education study and down time situation.

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Mini Ceramic Globe Table Lamp, Black

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Gooseneck LED Clip Lamp

Gooseneck LED Clip Lamp

Retro darling and just plain fun, the Lava lamp is almost required lighting  in the dorm room environment.

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Lava Lamps

Yes, I know cellphones serve the clock/alarm needs of today, but a wall clock, especially one this cute, still has its place in dorm room décor. 

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Infinity Instruments Wall Clock

Ions ago when I was at LSU in the dorm my roommate and I used round 3 gallon ice cream containers you could get for free at your local Baskins-Robbins for wastebaskets. 

Oval Makati Trash Can

Oval Makati Trash Can

DIY project days gone by consisted of discontinued wallpaper rolls, glue, decorista determination, and a little help from our friends Ernest and Julio Gallo.

Round Step Trash Can
 
 
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Bronze Metallic Mezzo Swing-Lid Trash Can
 
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 6pc Washcloth Sets

Lexington 3-Tier Rolling Cart by Simply Tidy™ Lexington 3-Tier Rolling Cart by Simply Tidy™ in Assorted Colors

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Room Essentials Clean Bath Mat

Dearfoams 2pc Printed Faux Fur Buffalo Plaid Rug
 
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Room Essentials Strawberries Bath Mat

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

Cup of Happy Mug

Cup of Happy Mug

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H & M

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How we love and need our coffee- the breakfast, lunch and dinner of college champions. 

Mr. Coffee Iced Coffee Maker with 22oz Reusable Tumbler and Coffee Filter

Mr. Coffee Iced Coffee Maker with 22oz Reusable Tumbler and Coffee Filter

Here’s hoping one or more of these dorm room decorating ideas offers decorative inspiration for your back-to-college dorm room design and décor.

Love your style!
 

Blooming Good Spring Finds

Signs of blooming good spring finds have arrived.

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Daylight savings time begins this weekend.

Pollen: the amber yellow tint beginning to cover the outdoor world.

Pretty little things for home, lawn and garden tickling your spring fancy.

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This back in stock and delivered to the door just in time for the season willow cloche is marked gorgeous for a garden decoration or tabletop accent.

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22 in. H Willow Cloche Protector

22 in. H Willow Cloche Protector

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So Fine by Electric Light Orchestra providing spring (and summer) hum and buzz sweet inspiration.

♫ People walking hand in hand,
Everybody’s singing to the band
I want to be where the stars shine bright
And hear sweet music on a summer night ♫

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There’s nothing quite so delicious as the first bowl of extra large Louisiana strawberries to kick off the spring tasting season.

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Well, perhaps a fresh bunch of garden asparagus.

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The seasons of Louisiana vary from minute to hour to week.

Ice storm damage is throwing our planting into wait and see mode, but the warm days signal planting and patio time is near.

Nature awakens in color and bloom to remind us dark and barren times never last forever.

Burchett Outdoor Acacia Wood Club Chairs with Cushions (Set of 2) by Christopher Knight Home

The Burchett Outdoor Acacia Wood 4 Seater Chat Set with Cushions by Christopher Knight Home sold out faster than you can say Oprah Winfrey’s palace patio sit-down with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but here’s two other options from the line to pretty up your patio, porch or perch.

Linwood Outdoor Acacia Wood Club Chair with Wicker Accents (Set of 2) by Christopher Knight Home

Linwood Outdoor Acacia Wood Club Chair with Wicker Accents

“Peter Brady” is a mover and a shaker in the home furnishings business, and the line’s options offer a good look at a good price.

Aston Outdoor Modern Acacia Cushioned Club Chairs (Set of 2)

Aston Outdoor Modern Acacia Cushioned Club Chairs (Set of 2)

Flowers infuse color into our homes with all of the beauty and scents of the spring season.

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“Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink”

– Lilly Pulitzer

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Harsh late winter storms combined with multiple days and nights of arctic freezing temperatures zapped the life out of many of my plants, buds and blooms- most notably the hydrangeas I’ve babied for the last three seasons.

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A jaunt to the big box store garden center will replace what was.

I believe I’ll add a couple of packs of dusty miller and begonias to the mix for filler and balance.

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Spring flowers come in many shapes and forms.

Better Homes and Gardens Outdoor 15in Metal White Flower Wall Art

Better Homes and Gardens Outdoor 15in Metal White Flower Wall Art

Jordan Manufacturing Lessandra Outdoor Square Toss Pillows Rosewood Set of 2

Jordan Manufacturing Lessandra Outdoor Square Toss Pillows Rosewood Set of 2

Pressed flower notecards, set of 6 assorted cards, blank notecards

Pressed Flower Blank Notecards, set of 6 Assorted 

Much to my surprise and joy I’ve proven to myself no formal florist skills are needed to create a seasonal floral arrangement.

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Blooms and greens from my lawn and garden or the clearance buckets perched in a local grocery store floral department display become the stars of the window seal or tabletop spring flower show.

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Better Homes & Gardens

Keeping it simple is the key to DIY flower arranging.

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It might be a dollar store glass container, vintage Mason jar, ironstone creamer pitcher, the antique rose bowl Dave the Builder gifted me with years ago, or these eye catching-soon to be in my buy now pickup later cart- pretty in pink vases that becomes the vessel of choice.

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The point is whatever you’ve got and whatever suits your floral arrangement fancy is perfect.

Fill vase with tepid water, add one teaspoon of vodka and one teaspoon granulated sugar.

Tepid water allows for quicker water absorption, and the vodka and sugar combination delays wilting.

Drop a copper penny in to the vase to help deter the growth of fungus or bacteria.

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Although the decorative post courier mailbox wall accent is not new to the home decor accent market, its popularity is ongoing.

Give it the wall pocket effect and fill it to the brim with your favorite spring floral and greenery stems.

Post Courier Mailbox Wall Accent by Ashland®

You know it’s spring finds time by the scents and sights of spring in full bloom.

I do love a season that shows out.

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