Autumn Arrives

As autumn arrives in all its seasonal splendor, let’s take a moment to be taken with the exquisiteness of this most welcome visitor.


“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.”

– Oscar Wilde

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House Beautiful UK

“And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled
themselves to sleep and autumn was awakened.”

– Raquel Franco



“If a year was tucked inside of a clock,
then autumn would be the magic hour.”

– Victoria Erickson


“It’s the first day of autumn!
A time of hot chocolatey mornings, and toasty
marshmallow evenings, and, best of all, leaping into leaves!”

– Winnie the Pooh



“Is not this a true autumn day?
Just the still melancholy that I love—
that makes life and nature harmonize.”

– George Eliot


Photography by Olga Subach

“Autumn glows upon us like a
splendid evening; it is
the very sunset of the year.”

– Mary Russell Mitford


“Autumn is the mellower season, and what
we lose in flowers
we more than gain in fruits.”

– Samuel Butler

Autumn Road

Kiel James Patrick

“Autumn leaves are falling, filling up the streets;
golden colors on the lawn, nature’s trick or treat!”

– Rusty Fischer


Country Living Magazine – Photography by Helen Norman

“Autumn mornings: sunshine and crisp air, birds
and calmness, year’s end and day’s beginnings.”

– Terri Guillemets


High Altitude Pumpkin Charlotte Cream Cake Recipe

“Delicious autumn!
My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were
a bird I would fly about the Earth
seeking the successive autumns.”

– George Eliot


Flower Magazine – Photography by Erik Kvalsvik

“Even if something is left undone, everyone must
take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.”

– Elizabeth Lawrence

deep yellow leaves fall on tree

Philipp Deus

“Fall colors are funny.
They’re so bright and intense and beautiful.
It’s like nature is trying to fill you up
with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it
before winter turns everything muted and dreary.”

– Siobhan Vivian


“Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the orchard.”

– Walt Whitman


Better Homes & Gardens – Photography by Kelsey Hansen 

“I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze.
The sweet chill of pumpkin, and crisp sunburnt leaves.”

– Ann Drake

flight of birds

Photography by Ian Cumming

“Two sounds of autumn are unmistakable…
the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves blown along the street…
by a gusty wind, and the gabble of a flock of migrating geese.”

– Hal Borland



As autumn arrives on Saturday, I’m kicking off the celebration a few days early in order to get the most out of this lovely time of year.

“Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

Early perhaps, but wishing my fellow fall fans a happy first day of fall is a Places In The Home tradition- one deeply rooted in the love of friends and all things fall.



Cozy at Home: Another Fall Decor Preview

This fall decor preview is a love letter to cozy at home. So many of us find such joy in decorating home and hearth with seasonal accents and accessories rich in color, texture, pattern, warmth, and comfort- the hallmarks of fall times spent cozy at home.

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The Blessings of Autumn by Thomas Kinkade

Elation is the word of the day courtesy of the “cold” front with no humidity currently in place over our little corner of the world.

Recent conversations around Places In The Home include how the bright white light of the afternoon sun together with cooler mornings and evenings indicate fall is in the future.

We joke about Louisiana’s false fall (which is an actual season in these parts), and my son can’t believe there was a prolonged fall season 40+ years ago when I was in high school.  Mid-September through November saw sweaters, flannel shirts, and wool suits the favored Friday night football games fashions.

Good times and great weather!

“By all these lovely tokens,
September days are here.
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.”

—Helen Hunt Jackson


Photo by Svitlana

In the world of seasonal decorating it’s the small touches that count.

Small touches make a big impact on your dominant decor style which in turn accomplishes the intended purpose of seasonal decorating- to create standout statement vignettes, spots, and corners ready to capture the eye and the essence of the current season.


William Morris Inspired Fox Art Print

Vintage Arch Antique Gold Ornate Metal Framed Accent Wall Mirror

Art Nouveau Lamp with Urn Style Base with Floral Designs and Decorative Dome

Antique Ironstone Brown Floral Transfer Ware Large Pitcher 

Pheasant Andirons

Rockland Hand Knotted Persian Style Rug- Threshold™ with Studio McGee

Glass Figural Pumpkin Acorn Trails – Threshold™

Brunschwig and Fils “On Point”-Hunting Toile Pillow Cover

Mainstays 12″ White Washed Textured Ceramic Vase

William Morris Inspired Fox Art Print


Benjamin Moore Gray Horse

Neutral shades and tones magnify the visual intensity of earthy cornerstone accent colors, warming so well to our year round decor accents.


Colonial Revival and Federalist style homes and spaces bring about heart skips a beat moments.

In other words, I love the look.


One Kings Lane

Dark patinas, period interiors, and Colonial Revival style furnishings tell a story of cozy at home.


Park Designs Stool With Turned Legs

Park Designs Stool With Turned Legs

Antique Side Table With Turned Legs

Antique Side Table With Turned Legs


Figural Pumpkin Stoneware Pitcher

Wood Turned Candleholder – Threshold™

Mini Maple Leaf Wreath Red – Threshold™

Set of 4 Pine Forest Soup Bowls – Certified International

Set of 4 Pine Forest Square Canape Plates – Certified International

Handmade Tooled Leather and Cedar Wood Accent Stool

Vintage French Ironstone Teal Transferware Serving Dish

Nordic Ware Nonstick Cast Aluminum Woodland Cakelet

Warm colors, natural elements, cozy textures, classic patterns, and scents of the season lend a hand to create quite the cozy ambiance.

October Watercolor Print

October Watercolor Print

When asked to choose the space in my house that most realizes fall has come home, without a doubt, it is the kitchen.


Antique “Corona” Covered Vegetable Dish – Dudson, Wilcox & Till – c. 1902

Cuisinart Caskata Classic Cast Iron 5.-qt. Dutch Oven

Sculptural Pumpkin Mug

Set Of 6 French Toile Dinner Plates

Not That Fancy : Simple Lessons on Living, Loving, Eating, and Dusting
Off Your Boots (Hardcover)

Pumpkin and squash gemista

Recipes, dishes, and treats fall into the category of creature comforts.

 Victoria Classics Fall Baking 2023

 Victoria Classics Fall Baking 2023

Developing, baking, cooking, and tasting new recipes spotlighting seasonal spices and seasonings rich in flavor and fragrance is one of the very best parts of the fall festival.

Little Book Of...: The Little Book of Pumpkin Spice : Celebrate the Cozy Comfort of Autumn Days (Hardcover)

The Little Book of Pumpkin Spice: Celebrate the Cozy Comfort of Autumn Days


Pumpkin Coconut Fluff Pie


1 9″ graham cracker crust

1  8 oz container whipped topping

1  3.5 oz box vanilla instant pudding & pie filling

1  15 oz can 100% pure pumpkin

½ cup sweetened coconut flakes

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. ground cloves

½ tsp. ground nutmeg


In a large mixing bowl, add pure pumpkin, vanilla pudding mix, coconut, ground cloves, ground nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice.  Using a wooden spoon, stir ingredients until combined.

Next, add vanilla and whipped topping. Fold until incorporated. Spread the pumpkin fluff mixture into the graham cracker crust; cover with plastic wrap.

Chill covered pie for at least 4 hours to set. Before serving dust the top of the pie with additional pumpkin pie spice.


Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup Recipe

Savory Saffron 6 qt. Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven with Lid in Honey Gold

Savory Saffron 6 qt. Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven with Lid in Honey Gold

Pumpkin everything is in style, good taste, and delicious season.



The Pioneer Woman 2-Quart Enamel-on-Cast Iron Pumpkin Dutch Oven

Large Pumpkin Bowl with Handle Ivory - Threshold™

Large Pumpkin Bowl with Handle Ivory – Threshold™

Mississippi Catfish Gumbo

Mississippi Catfish Gumbo Recipe

J G Meakin Ironstone Bowl in the SWEET PEA pattern

J G Meakin Ironstone Bowl – Sweet Pea Pattern

Rim Soup Bowl Asiatic Pheasant Blue

Asiatic Pheasant Blue Rim Soup Bowl

Similar enough to bring back memories, this Pointers in the Field digital print reminds me of the oil on canvas painting of a hunt scene hanging above an antique table in my paternal grandparent’s den.

Hunting Hound Pointing Dog Painting By Constant Troyon

Print of Hunting Hound Pointing Dog Painting By Constant Troyon

Woodland Spode Plates Fall

Spode Woodland

Framed Pair of Pointers Hunting Ducks Stream Side

Framed Pair of Pointers Hunting Ducks Stream Side

Pointers in the Field

Pointers in the Field

Springer Spaniel Pillow Cover

Springer Spaniel Pillow Cover

Memories of our fall trips to East Tennessee sweeten the beauty of the season.

water surrounded by a forest

Photo by Zane Persaud

Figural Hound Party Bucket

Figural Hound Party Bucket

Speaking of fall and four-legged friends, this cutie is my kind of fall find.

fall puppy

Honeyhomb Market


Handcarved Wooden Spoon

9″ Fall Acorn Container by Place & Time

Copper Hammered Metal Pitcher

Vintage German Wax Rooster Mold

6 Royal USA Colonial Homestead 5.5″ Fruit Dessert Bowls

Vintage German Brown Floral and White Ceramic Porcelain Ginger Jar Vase

Set Of 6 2×4 Spice Jars

Vintage Brass and Copper Ornate Bucket


Brooklyn Brownstone – deVOL Kitchens

Fashion mavens deem black and brown a neutral color combination.

Country Grove Solid Wood Windsor Back Arm Chair

Country Grove Solid Wood Windsor Back Arm Chair




Using the color black adds depth, dimension and drama.

2-Light Mission Dust Bronze Trestle

2-Light Mission Dust Bronze Trestle


Forest Harvest Tablecloth in Blue and Mustard

Crisp fall days into nights supply the seasonal backdrop that inspires cozy times spent outdoors.

Dining al fresco under a harvest moon is one of the highlights of the season and a perfect way to cozy at home.

Flannel fabric remnants become a tablecloth, a copper pot or cauldron filled with faux or real seasonal stems and branches a stunning centerpiece, candlelight the night light of choice, and the good china a fitting addition to a fall under the stars tablescape.


Under consideration for a big ticket purchase is the gorgeous Alana Lawson Accent Arm Chair Metal Casters.

Fawn brown velvet complements the light birchwood legs with front casters.

Alana 38 in.,light beige Performance Velvet Lawson Accent Arm Chair

Alana 38 in. Performance Velvet Lawson Accent Arm Chair

Halloween is creeping up on us as well, and this Smiling Jack-O-Lantern Terracotta Accent is porch and patio perfect for the occasion.

Smiling Jack-O-Lantern Terracotta Accent by Make Market

Funny how the shift in sunlight, temperatures, and spirit alerts the senses to  autumn’s arrival.  I feel it, I see it, and I love it!

Too much of a good thing is a great thing when it’s another fall decor preview. It’s one of the best ways to get the decorating wheels turning towards the next season of seasonal updating house and home.


Welcome To Tailgating Season

Football and tailgating season is here, and we’re a nation of football enthusiasts who live for this time of year when fans gather together with the common interests of good times, great eats, and victorious scores.


Photo by Dave Adamson 

Saturday, September 2, 2023 is National Tailgating Day.

Tailgating is the pass a good time prelude to the game where tablescape ideas and tasty recipes run the field of creativity.


Classy Girls Wear Pearls

Can’t make it to the stadium?


Homegating works too!


Country Living Magazine – Photography by Brian Woodcock

There’s no way to eloquently put it- the Deep South is one hot bowl of summer heat and humidity until it decides it’s not.

The 12 seasons of Louisiana:

Fool’s Spring
Second winter
Spring of deception
Third winter
The pollening
Actual spring
Hell’s front porch
False fall
Second summer
Actual fall

Currently we’re between hell’s front porch and false fall, but we don’t let it discourage we the football faithful; we simply dress cool, decorate even cooler, and forge on.


Bringing a festive tailgating-homegating event together requires thought and time to plan, and everyone has a method to their tailgating madness.

Successful tailgating times is defined in may ways, but festive camaraderie in late summer, cozy days of fall, and chill of early winter is the common ground game goal of all.


Better Homes & Gardens Wood-Burning Copper Chiminea Fire Pit 1

Better Homes & Gardens Wood-Burning Copper Chiminea Fire Pit

Magellan Outdoors Cool Comfort Mesh Chair

Magellan Outdoors Cool Comfort Mesh Chair

Great get together tools come in pairs- a fire pit and a pit of fire to get things good and toasty and good and tasty.


Wood Pellet Smoker Grill BBQ with Auto Temperature Controls

Magellan Outdoors Pro Explore Icebox 45 qt Hard Cooler

Magellan Outdoors Pro Explore Icebox 45 qt Hard Cooler

Igloo Trailmate Journey 70 Qt. Wheeled Cooler, Gray

Igloo Trailmate Journey 70 Qt. Wheeled Cooler, Gray


Mainstays 23 oz. Clear Football Cooler Drinkware, Set of 6

Pack and cart wagons and trash plastic college buckets come in handy.

Academy Sports + Outdoors Folding Sports Wagon with Removable Bed

Academy Sports + Outdoors Folding Sports Wagon with Removable Bed


Carved Wooden Cookie Mold

Carved Wooden Cookie Mold


Touchdown! Serving Tray


Fall holidays and celebrations can be the inspiration to guide your tailgating-homegating theme of the week.


Repeat after me: affordable and reusable.


Go Dawgs! Sitting Bulldog Figurine

Initial costs ding the wallet at first, but grant bang for your party buck satisfaction for tailgating seasons to come.

Natural Burlap by The Yard

Burlap fabric remains a great option of neutral and inexpensive for table covering needs. It comes in a good selection of colors allowing you to go with team colors game to game.


In season local fruits and vegetables make excellent table and centerpiece decorations.


Stack on risers and in crates.

Crates turned upside down or stacked on top of each other make great display options while adding height to your tablescape presentation.


Place in baskets.


Mainstays Round Maize Decorative Storage Basket, Dark Brown

Stems and branches denoting regional and seasonal beauty in varying heights and colors gathered together in vases or free form vignettes achieve the look of effortless style and casual elegance.

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Handwoven Seagrass Vase

Vintage or in the style of vintage football items such as a letter sweater, trademark fashions, programs, books, and figurines become super cute centerpieces.

Simply embellish in team colors to tie it all together.

1950s Retro Long Sleeve Letterman Cardigan Sweater

1950s Retro Long Sleeve Letterman Cardigan Sweater


Houndstooth Design Throw Blanket Black

Pick up inexpensive throws in team colors, patterns, and textures to use as spot accents.

October 29, 1938 the Union Gridron Official Football Program Williams vs Union Football GameOctober 29, 1938 the Union Gridiron Official Football Program Williams vs Union

Vintage Tennessee Tech Football Program

Vintage Tennessee Tech Football Program



Bronze Quarterback

Crown Sporting Goods Vintage Leather Football Helmet

Vintage Football Cleats

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Homecoming turns into a true tailgating extravaganza in true seize the moment to gussy up fashion.

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Urns make the trip from patio to tabletop becoming an elegant beverage bucket, a holder packed with LED pillar candles and/or a stunning silverware caddy.

Tailgating treasures tip:

End of season clearance sales result in some mighty fine finds with price points to match. Don’t overlook the aisles and the shelves of big box and resale-vintage-thrift stores.

Home improvement stores hit the nail on the head as sources of complementing pieces such as ceiling medallions, decorative ceiling and floor tiles, and floor model fixtures.

Antique shops come in as hubs of history where unique and eclectic pieces come to live another life as tailgating decor must haves.  Flea markets, estate, and garage sales source vintage dinnerware perfect for mix and match presentation, cast iron cookware, copper kitchen wares, cake stands, Tupperware, table linens, cutlery, holiday decorations and the like.


Fall Olive Leaf Garland by Bloom Room

Introduce real or faux garlands, stems, branches, etc… to the tailgating table as fabulous fillers and display accents.


Martha Stewart

Centerpiece ideas center around grocery store floral departments and my forever go-to, nature’s floral department. It’s always open, and the prices can’t be beat.



Regional and seasonal come together to make a scenes from home tailgating centerpiece statement.





Tailgaters bring their A-game ready to impress.

Tiger Set of 4 Napkins

Tiger Set of 4 Napkins

Traditions impress, menus rival five star restaurants, and the drinks flow like the Mississippi River.


Tennessee Vols Go Big Orange Styrofoam Cups

Stylish Styros

Take the look to next level style with wreaths.


Mixed Leaves Wreath

Uses include flanking table ends, candle rings, stunning base for a beverage dispenser(s), and placed on tabletops to complement nickel plated iron serving trays from Dollar Tree.

Homestead Textured Glass Jug Beverage Dispenser with Spigot

Nearly Natural 26" Fall Sorghum Harvest Autumn Artificial Wreath

Nearly Natural 26″ Fall Sorghum Harvest Autumn Artificial Wreath

Preserved Magnolia Wreath - Threshold™

Preserved Magnolia Wreath – Threshold™



Bourbon Apple Cider Thyme Punch Recipe

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Who wants a Bloody Mary?


Game Time Bloody Mary


6 ounces of chilled Clamato

1 ounce vodka

generous sprinkle celery salt

Pickapeppa sauce

ice cubes

fresh lemon juice

Louisiana spicy beans



Pour Clamato and vodka into glass.

Shake several splashes of Pickapeppa sauce, celery salt, and a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice into mixture.  Stir well. Garnish with a spicy bean garnish and it’s game time!

Speaking of sauces…

Louisiana hot sauces kick up the fun and the flavors- two things necessary at a Louisiana tailgating get together.

Pour up hot sauce (or any other type sauce or dressing) into clear  disposable plastic cups with lids for individual servings. The deals are better on large containers, and individual servings sizes ?


Pickled Dilly Beans for the tailgating condiment win!

Spicy Pickled Dilly Beans

Spicy Pickled Dilly Beans Recipe

Easy tops the tailgating menu when you pickup items at your local grocery store that put simple and delicious on the table.

Mix it up, spoon it out, and spread it on thick in real-time before game time.


Simple and delicious crowd pleasing appetizer solutions begin with several bricks of cream cheese placed on a lovely plate or platter.


Next, top each brick with a favorite jelly, jam, preserves or spread.

Garnish with fruit, nuts, or fresh herbs.


How deliciously easy is that?


Fit reminders of the season into the game plan.

Linden Street Harvest Wood Cheese Board

Harvest Wood Cheese Board

Linden Street Harvest Figural Pumpkin Wood Serving Board

Harvest Figural Pumpkin Wood Serving Board

Charcuterie boards score big points with the tailgating and/or homegating crowd.

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Country Living – Photography by Brian Woodcock

Caramelized Onion Dip with Crispy Shallots


¼ cup olive oil, divided

3 large sweet onions, chopped

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 shallots, sliced into thin rings

1 (16-ounce) container sour cream

1 tbsp. chopped fresh chives

Pretzels and potato, beet, and sweet potato chips for serving


Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are a deep golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon; cool completely.

Combine sour cream and onions in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Top with crispy shallots and chives. Serve with pretzels and chips.

-Country Living

Jalapeño Popper Football Cheese Ball

Jalapeño Popper Football Cheese Ball Recipe


Sloppy Cola Joe Dogs Recipe

Gourmet Beef Sliders Recipe

Gourmet Beef Sliders Recipe

chicken and biscuit sliders

Chicken ‘n Biscuit Sliders Recipe



Chicken and Sausage Gumbo 


8 cups water

traditional roux; see recipe below (or 8 ounces of instant roux from jar)

3 chicken bouillon cubes

4 boneless skinless chicken breast, shredded
**Substitution: deli rotisserie chicken, shredded

1 lb. package smoked sausage, sliced

1  12 ounce bag frozen chopped onions

1  12 ounce bag frozen chopped bell peppers

½ cup celery, chopped

1 Tablespoon celery seed

3 bay leaves

2 Tablespoons minced garlic

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon fine black pepper, or to taste*
**Substitution: 1 teaspoon Créole seasoning for salt and pepper

½ cup white wine or to taste

4 green onions, chopped



1 cup flour

1 cup vegetable oil


Heat oil in a black skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Add flour in gradually, stirring well. Reduce heat to low.  Stir/whisk the mixture constantly until it reaches a rich brown color, approximately 30-40 minutes. You must stir/whisk constantly to prevent the roux from burning.

Gumbo Directions

Slice sausage into ½ inch pieces. Using a seasoned skillet for optimum taste results, cook the sliced sausage over medium-high heat until browned. Transfer cooked sausage to plate lined with paper towels, allowing excess grease to drain.  Set aside.

Place chicken breasts in Dutch oven or stock pot, add water, and bring to a boil.  Add celery seed, ½ tsp. salt and ½ tsp. black pepper.

Stir and reduce heat to medium low, cooking chicken breasts until done, about 1 hour.  Transfer chicken breasts from pot to large mixing bowl.  Shred chicken breasts and return to broth.

Turn heat back to high and bring to boil.  Add roux to broth and chicken mixture, whisking until roux dissolves.  Reduce heat to medium and add minced garlic, chopped onions, bell pepper and celery, bay leaves, chicken bouillon cubes, remaining salt and black pepper (or Créole seasoning).

Carefully pour in white wine. Stir to blend and incorporate.

Reduce heat to simmer. Simmer uncovered for approximately 2 hours, allowing all flavors to marry. Remove bay leaves and skim any grease that has formed off top of gumbo.

Add chopped green onions and continue to simmer for additional 5 minutes.

Serve gumbo over cooked rice.  Top with a sprinkle of filé, more green onions, and hot sauce to taste, if desired.

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To the trusty Tiger Bait Recipes we go for Cajun Red Beans and Rice-



Pecan-Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze

Pecan-Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze Recipe

Coffee Shortbread

Coffee Shortbread Recipe

Make mine Louisiana strong.


Visit the local grocery store bakery department for fresh treats ready for the tailgating dessert table.

Remember, easy is always the star of the tailgating menu.


Brulée  Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Tiger fans making the trek down to Death Valley cross over the Mighty Mississippi River making Mississippi Mud Cake an appropriate sweet treat for tailgating times.

Giving a glance to the recipe below it, I must admit I am intrigued by this recipe for Sausage Cake.  It reads like a c’est si bon classic and new fall favorite to include in the recipe box.


Themed tailgating tablescapes along with the perfect decor accessories ensures entertaining success from parking to parting.

Here’s wishing the football faithful a winning and happy tailgating season!


Anticipating Autumn’s Arrival

Anticipating autumn’s arrival finds me caught up in the splendor of the third season in the best of ways.

Country Diary: Autumn Puzzle

Country Diary: Autumn Puzzle

As the days grow closer to the official first day of fall lovely reminders of its visual and tactile beauty build the excitement.

For some of you the look and feel of fall may be in the air in your neck of the woods, you lucky ducks.

Louisiana will not feel or see signs of fall for a while yet, but until then seasonal glory is found in photos like this.

Anticipating Autumn's Arrival

Although in full anticipating autumn’s arrival mode, I’m opting to purposely slow walk my seasonal decorating in order to get the most out of the last of summer.

Now, ordering seasonal accents and accessories sooner than later to avoid the dreaded I wanted that but it’s sold out, that task, my friends, is in steady progress.


Updating with colors of the season include but are not exclusive to traditional choices with a few not so on the nose contenders.

Among the mounds of fall is fast approaching social media posts making the rounds I found the following a funny little nugget of truth:

Fall fans bout to mustard yellow, olive green, pumpkin orange
and cinnamon spice us to death.

For every season there is a palette and a presence association that is instantly recognizable thanks to traditional aspects blended with new traditional tones and trends.


Tapered Puff-Sleeve Non-Stretch Jean Jacket for Women

Fall fashions lend a stylish dose of inspiration to the overall color canvas of each season.



New England Home

Blue is often associated with a spring into summer palette, however, the fall into winter color palette of late embraces this timeless tone-on-tone classic.


House Beautiful 

Blue and white shines as a perfectly complementary autumn accent.


Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Earth tones-rich in depth, warmth, and the ever important cozy factor-  qualify as seasonal neutrals.

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Mushroom Ceramic Plate

Sent this pumpkin woods candle to a friend as a fall is in the house gift and the scent of the season review is in and it’s scentsational.


Glass Pumpkin Woods Candle Brown – Threshold™

Opting to slow walk my fall on parade as not to over saturate is proving difficult, however, ordering seasonal accents and accessories sooner than later to avoid selling out not to mention the super Labor Day sales is warranted.


Visually overwhelmed best describes the dilemma I run into when shopping sites with a gazillion offerings, so my solution is to mock-up a visual board to narrow the scope.

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Up first in my let’s decorate for the season plan is a wreath.

Where it’s going to ultimately land will be decided once its complete. I find what works best in my seasonal decorating book of tricks is to let your eye guide your placement.


It ain’t rocket science, folks; what appeals to you is what works.

Every time.


Antique pieces give heart and soul to a space.

Hunt and gather treasures discovered on resale sites are peppered throughout the house with most purchases arriving exactly as described, but every now and then one will arrive clearly not as described.

Decorating with accents in Pheasant theme is my thing at fall, and it is my pleasure to introduce you to the newest addition to the ring-necked Pheasant accents family.

Exactly as described, this vintage Ruebens Originals Pheasant planter is a beauty.


Back in our antiques auctions days I bid on and won a collection of small decorative plates including this Pheasants in flight showstopper.


Negative Oranges Framed Art Print from Kirkland’s Home

Disappointment over the pear print at Target I’ve had my eye on selling out turned into oh, this might work when finding this Negative Oranges Framed Art Print on

I’m not 100% sure this will be just what I’ve been looking for to complete a gallery, but the Labor Day weekend sale price complete with free ship to home convinced me to hit the place order button.


You never know what treasures you’ll find on an afternoon scroll. When this original oil on canvas arrives I’ll share a photo and the backstory that goes with it.

Carter Shields Cabin

Cozy is wonderfully achieved through deep rich colors, layers of texture and pattern, and the creature comforts of house and home.

“Ah, September!
You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul…
but I must confess that I love you only because
you are a prelude to my beloved October.”

― Peggy Toney Horton

Always anticipating.

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Planning Fall Recipes

Pinpointing and planning fall recipes is part of the cozy and delicious what’s for dinner new season-new seasonings process.


Search engines love to suggest places and pages to visit based on prior searches.

planning fall recipes

Inspiration is everywhere, and since I can’t be, I welcome the suggestions and love to share a good and tasty thing.


Hardwood Olivia Modern Turned Leg Dining Table

Classic favorites remain in the recipe box, but how fun it is to discover several new ones perfect for page to table prep and serve.

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Photo by Katie Azi on Unsplash

Pumpkin may rule the season and seasons, but easy with a side of impressive puts the spice in my fall recipeapalooza.


Hearty stick to your ribs dishes and delights just seem to be called for on a crisp evening when day turns to night right about 5:30 p.m., warm fuzzy socks take the place of shoes, and you have a craving for an easy dish big on cozy and delicious.

Food cozy?



Take heart and soup stock, my fall loving friends, cozy and delicious soup weather is coming.


Every season is soup season at Places In The Home, but we especially associate fall with a hearty soup for supper meal.


Great Northern Bean and Chicken Soup


2 tablespoons butter

1 medium onion, peeled and chopped

1 cup carrots, peeled and sliced

3 stalks celery, diced

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon minced garlic

2 cans Great Northern beans

1½ cups cooked chicken, shredded

1 32 oz. box chicken broth

1 chicken bouillon cube

2 cups water


Melt the butter in Dutch oven (or just toss the butter in with the veggies like I do).  Add the sliced carrots, chopped celery and chopped onion.  Sauté until onions become translucent.

Once a good bubbling boil is reached, reduce heat to low and allow soup to simmer for 45-60 minutes.

Remove the bay leaf and serve with crackers or cheesy cornbread.

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French Style Braised Short Ribs from Closet Cooking

Fall recipes of the not soup, but oh, so tasty type are of particular interest to the something new, something easy, something fantastic side of the menu.

Creamy Bacon Pork Chops

Creamy Bacon Pork Chops from Salt & Lavender

Creamy Pumpkin Parmesan Chicken with Wild Mushrooms

Creamy Pumpkin Parmesan Chicken with Wild Mushrooms
from Abra’s Kitchen

Butternut Squash Pasta With Chicken

Butternut Squash Pasta With Chicken from Dinner at the Zoo


Creamy Potato Leek Soup with Homemade Croutons from Barley & Sage

pecan soup recipe

Pecan Soup from Southern Living



Instant Pot Chicken Soup

Good things are on the way.

C’est si bon!


Best Fall Decorating Colors

I began working on this best fall decorating colors blog post several weeks ago in anticipation of the visual loveliness soon to be revealed.

fall living room

Luxe. Daily

Being a natural born multitasker, I decided to throw a bit of WordPress dashboard housekeeping into the mix and perform a self-migration from Linux hosting to cPanel.

What was I thinking?

By the Sunday night of the Labor Day weekend things went South.  By Monday afternoon I had lost my site, my religion, and my patience.

My determination to DIY this particular project was to show myself I can do this.

Note to self:  You can not.  Call in the pros.

I want to thank each of you for your patience with this process.  For those of you who subscribe to Places In The Home, the testing testing 1,2,3 emails  delivered to your inbox should be all done.

Thanks again for your understanding and for not unfollowing me.


Country Living Magazine – Photo by Jean Allsopp

Hidden Sapphire CSP-690

Benjamin Moore Hidden Sapphire CSP-690

fall fabric

Yellow Oxide 2154-10

Benjamin Moore Yellow Oxide 2154-10

pheasant art print

Patience also plays a pivotal role in the game of designing, building, remodeling, and decorating.

And waiting for fall to get here.


Fall or autumn.

What say you?

A fall vs. autumn FYI:

The term fall originated in English around the beginning of the 16th century.

Autumn gained its English prominence in the 18th century.


The Fife Arms 

SW2838-polished-mahoganySherwin-Williams Polished Mahogany Sw 2838

Originally short for fall of the leaf or fall of the year, fall is the preferred term in the United States to best describe the season between summer and winter.

The term autumn was originally derived from the Old French word for autumn, automne, in the 15th or 16th century.

Autumn found favor in British English, however, fall has become prevalent in British publications.


Southern Living

Best Fall Decorating Colors

Behr Pumpkin Drizzle #HDC-FL15-01

Vibrant, fiery, deep, and vivid- the hues and tones present in the colors of fall lend decorating inspiration to everything from page to project, palette to plate.

Hendricks Churchill – Photo: John Gruen

SW 6171 Chatroom

Sherwin-Williams Chatroom SW 6171

Warm tones pair well with refined neutral shades (a color powerhouse in and of itself).

Best Fall Decorating Colors

Feathering the nest in color, pattern, and layers of texture associated with fall finery creates stunning statements.

Tammy Connor Interiors

Tammy Connors Interiors

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.


G. P. Schafer Architect

C2 Paint Expedition 662

C2 Paint Expedition 662

Across the pages of social media platforms, portfolios, and shelter magazines, the styles and works of talented interior designers and decorators give good inspiration.

A Place to Call Home - by Gil Schafer III

A Place to Call Home – by Gil Schafer III

Oftentimes when we see an impressive color palette, furniture placement, or accent piece, we borrow from the look; fashioning the decorative elements towards our own style.

 Chas Olive Green Velvet Armchair

Deer Head Wall Plaque

This show and tell features modern, traditional, new traditional, and rustic chic interiors bedecked in the best fall decorating colors.

French Quarter Maisonette Decorations Lucullus

Decorations Lucullus


Heirloom Yellow by Magnolia Home Paint by Joanna Gaines

Still Life Oil Painting Teapot and Oranges

Still Life Oil Painting Teapot and Oranges

Éclectique Bureau à DomicileÉclectique Bureau à Domicile

farrow-ball-studio-green-no-93Farrow & Ball Studio Green No. 93

Velvet Flange Throw Pillow


Country Living

Benjamin Moore Blackberry Punch CC-962

Benjamin Moore Blackberry Punch CC-962


Vistro navy stoneware platter

Visto Navy Stoneware Platter



English Biscuit Bucket


Sampson Covered Casserole

Sussex Vibrant Family Home

Sussex Vibrant Family Home


Benjamin Moore Knoxville Gray HC-160

Benjamin Moore's Terra Mauve

Garrow Kedigian – House Beautiful

BM byzantine

Benjamin Moore Byzantine  CSP-1075

French copper kitchen

Ruffoni Opus Cupra 3-Quart Covered Saucepan

Ruffoni Opus Cupra Sauce Pot


Style at Home


Behr Persian Gold #M300-7

Vintage H. Blok Original Oil Painting

Vintage H. Blok Original Oil Painting

Coastal Landscape Oil Painting

Coastal Landscape Oil Painting


Silverwing Interiors


Behr Vixen #PPU 17-03


Elle Decor

SW 9079 velvety chestnut

Sherwin – Williams Velvety Chestnut SW 9079

Thomas O'Brien: Library House

Thomas O’Brien: Library House


Antique French Bronze Andiron Bookends

Portrait Oil Painting of GentlemanPortrait Oil Painting of Gentleman

best fall decorating colors

Elle Decor

pompeii red

Sherwin- Williams Pompeii Red SW 2911

Williamsburg Framed Round Mirror in Rosewood


Traditional Home

roycroft pewter sherwin williams

Sherwin-Williams Roycroft Pewter SW 2848

Quite often color takes the lead as the statement piece of the space.

This collection of the best fall decorating colors in seasonal schemes, tones, and hues reflect the warmth, coziness, and elegance of fall.


Fall Decorating Around the House

The long awaited where have you been old friend crisp fall air whispered in my ear the time is now for fall decorating around the house.

More and more I find my taste aligns with simple, natural, and the work with what you have aspects of seasonal decorating.


Simplicity is defined as the quality or condition of being plain or natural; a thing that is plain, natural, or easy to understand.

Putting together an arrangement of pine cones and various leaves rich in fall colors is about as natural and easy as it comes.

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There’s a time and a place for everything, and with the hustle and the bustle of the holiday season soon to arrive, 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.

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Mama Places In The Home calls me from one of the hobby and crafts store we frequent for fall into holiday decor.

She is happy to report the entire stock of fall swags and wreaths is currently marked 70% off original price.


Try, try as I may, I could not capture a good picture of the swag. The combination of a cloudy day, funky angles, and wth? exposure settings does not do it justice.


Gourds decorate for fall through to Thanksgiving– a small investment, big return accent.

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Some of my best shopping comes via the Facebook pages of local shops and boutiques.

See it.

Send a message.

Pull it and I’ll be right there.

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Exactly what I did with these gourds.

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We’ll call this one fresh flowers and framed memories.


The year was 1998, and the event was one of the many school events-carnivals-fundraisers-assemblies- open houses we attended at our son’s elementary school.

Twenty+ years and two hair colors ago.


Simple ideas, thoughtful touches steeped in warm and cozy overtones, inspired choices, natural elements, accessories, collectibles, and souvenirs near and dear to your heart and taste beautifully work the room and welcome fall into your home.



Brown Sugar Creole Baked Pork Chops with Apples

Some things just naturally pair well together.

salt-pepperSalt and pepper. 




Netflix and a cuddly throw.

Lennon McCartneyLennon and McCartney.


Brown Sugar Creole Baked Pork Chops with Apples.

Although there’s no hard and fast scientific proof certain foods and food pairings simply taste better in a particular season, my taste buds attest to the fact baked pork chops paired with green apples, brown sugar onions, and sliced sweet potatoes dusted with ground cloves and fresh orange deliver the taste of fall.


Brown Sugar Creole Baked Pork Chops with Apples


2 tablespoons olive oil

6-8 thin, boneless pork chops

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon Creole seasoning

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon thyme

1 ½ tablespoon chopped parsley

3 Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apples – peeled, cored and sliced

3/4 cup hot water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (190 degrees C).  Heat olive oil in large skillet. Brown pork chops on both sides in oil.


Add chopped parsley and sliced apples to skillet.

Cook until apples are slightly tender and parsley darkens.


Place pork chops on baking sheet and top with apple slices.

Brown Sugar Creole Baked Pork Chops with Apples

In a small mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, Creole seasoning, nutmeg, thyme and hot water.

Pour over pork chops.


Bake in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chops has reached 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).


Sweet potatoes grown in South Louisiana bring the taste of home to plate and table.

My mother-in-law always said sweet potatoes taste best after the first frost, but cravings won out over first frost patience.


Wash and cut six (6) medium sweet potatoes into thirds.  Place potatoes on baking sheet.

Sprinkle with ground cloves and drizzle olive oil over sweet potatoes.  Slice an orange in half and squeeze juice from one orange half over potatoes.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or until tender.

Cloves and oranges = fall aromatherapy.

peeled-onionA new addition to my taste of fall side dish rotation is brown sugar onions.



Did I mention easy?


Peel and slice 3 large onions.  Place onions in medium saucepan.  Add 1/3 cup brown sugar and ¾ cup water, stirring to combine.  Bring to a boil.

Reduce to medium and cover with lid.

Cook until onions are tender.


Sweet, savory, and spicy blend, mix, and marinate together to produce a fall dish full of seasonal flavors, comfort, and tradition fit for a crisp fall day or evening meal.