Rooted in creating an atmosphere of warmth with a cozy and comfortable winter ambiance, lusciously thick throws, candles filling house and home with warmth, flicker and fragrance, and layers and levels of lighting build and balance the gray doldrums associated with wintertime.
Well, what do you think about these trend report 2022 projections?
A mad dash to home decor sources of choice is not exactly my new year, new style first priority, opting instead to first take an inventory of the accents and accessories presently in stock at Places In The Home and editing from within.
Believe me when I tell you how visually appealing and decoratively surprising the result is with one or more edits and placement adjustments.
Affordable, sustainable, and a fantastic way to spend a winter afternoon indoors.
Truer words, Mr. Morris.
Beauty is in the eye and the personal design style of the beholder, never failing to be on trend.
Happy first day of fall, fellow fall loving friends! Along with the elation over fall’s arrival, the inspiration it offers, and the seasonal colors on parade fascination associated with the third season, homey seasonal decor finds in rich hues and flavorful tastes frame this picture perfect season.
The excitement surrounding the first day of fall compares to Christmas day in my book.
I’m selecting songs for a fall into autumn playlist, and the big blue gumbo pot is ready for the c’est si bon celebration of the season and its cornucopia of seasonings.
Y’all know my affinity for taking a photo and replicating it with in the style finds. Well let me just say how taken I am with this bountifully beautiful display created by event designer Keith Robinson as featured in Flower Magazine.
Grab a jar, tumbler, or goblet and working in layers begin with crushed cookies (vanilla wafers, gingersnaps, graham crackers- all delicious choices).
Next, add a generous tablespoon of the maple pudding mixture.
Repeat with another layer of crushed cookies and complete the dish with a final addition of the maple pudding mixture.
Top with a dollop of whipped topping, a drizzle of pure maple syrup, and walnuts or fresh Louisiana pecans.
The delicious proof is in the pudding.
Gorgeously anticipating fall’s color rich-seasonally tasty arrival on this blog post writing afternoon makes for perfect blog post writing conditions.
That and streaming The French Chef with Julia Child featuring three French favorites:
Tarte aux Pommes Classique
Tarte des Demoiselles
Tarte Tartin starring apples, cinnamon, and butter- the fall baking trinity.
Julia Child is a classic, her personality endearing, and her recipes favorites in the Places In The Home test kitchen.
Between the show, recipes, and hint of crisp in the air I’m inspired to add her Tarte aux Pommes to my must make for fall recipe file.
Tarte aux Pommes
10-inch partially cooked pastry shell
4 pounds cooking apples
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/3 cup apricot jam/preserves
1/3 cup Calvados, rum or cognac (or 1 tablespoon vanilla)
2/3 cup granulated sugar for topping
3 tablespoons butter
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375F. Quarter, core, and peel the apples. Cut enough to make 3 cups into 1/8-inch lengthwise slices and toss them in a bowl with the lemon juice and sugar. Reserve them for the top of the tart.
Cut the rest of the apples into rough slices. You should have about 8 cups. Place in a pan and cook over low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender.
Beat in apricot jam, Calvados, sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Raise heat and boil, stirring, until applesauce is thick enough to hold in a mass in the spoon.
Spread the applesauce in the pastry shell. Cover with a neat, closely overlapping layer of sliced apples arranged in concentric circles.
Bake in upper third of preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until the apples have browned lightly and are tender. Slide the tart onto a serving dish and paint over it with a light coating of apricot glaze. Serve warm or cold with whipping cream or a scoop of ice cream.
½ cup apricot preserves, forced through a sieve
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Stir the strained apricot preserves and sugar over moderately high heat until thick enough to coat the spoon with a light film, and the last drops are sticky as they fall from the spoon (225-228 degrees on a candy thermometer). Do not boil past this point or the glaze will become brittle as it cools.
Apply the glaze while it is still warm. Unused glaze will keep indefinitely in a screw-top jar.
Settling in and warming up in front of a crackling fire sparks a fireside chat of comfort and joy.
Hit the play button to hear the sounds of crackling things to come.
The Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young classic “Our House” frames a lovely fall scene and heard.
I’ll light the fire🔥 You put the flowers in the vase that you bought today Staring at the fire for hours and hours while I listen to you Play your love songs all night long for me, only for me Come to me now and rest your head for just five minutes, everything is good Such a cozy room, the windows are illuminated by the Sunshine through them, fiery gems for you, only for you Our house is a very, very, very fine house with two cats in the yard Life used to be so hard Now everything is easy ’cause of you And our la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
I’m really digging the pig kitchen decor of late. As time is on my side in today’s world of thinking twice about venturing out if it’s not necessarily a necessity, it leaves me unhurried time to explore new things out there in internet land.
Last week I shared with the Places In The Home Facebook page followers a new page I’ve started to follow, Cooking with Brenda Gantt.
Miss Brenda cooks up Southern favorites with her own unique flavor of the South.
Homemade buttermilk biscuits.
Chicken and dumplings.
Marinated vegetable salad.
Hot water cornbread.
Orange pineapple ice cream.
Candied sweet potatoes.
To quote Brenda, “Its gonna be good y’all!”
And it was!
Brenda shops the local farmers market, Wingard’s Produce, and a Southern staple of grocery store traditions, Piggly Wiggly aka The Pig for fresh fruits, vegetables and meats.
I get the biggest kick out watching Brenda’s farm to table videos complete with antique and vintage wares, no nonsense tips and tidbits, and a cooking show and tell of people seen and items purchased on her trips to The Pig.
Staying on the subject of breaking with convention and the art of focal point pieces for kitchen island placement, this Nichols Bros. Stoneworks Cast Stone Brother Pig Garden Statue in Dark Walnut makes a grand showing and perfect best in show pig presentation.
With thoughts of the fall into autumn season beginning to pique my interest, I’m thinking how great these pig shaped serving pieces will look filled with seasonal fruits, cheeses, and delicious dishes.
Visions of fall decorating have begun to dance in my head.
While the dough bowl pulls fall in the kitchen duty, this new addition to my fall decorating decor accessories lineup will house gourds, mini pumpkins, and regional fall foliage.
Pig kitchen decor comes in variety of styles ranging from I ♥ country French to vintage whimsy to farmhouse chic.
Avoiding decor items that tend to be too trendy by opting for those that have staying power such as classic form, good bones, and clean lines promotes a stylish result and keeps the what in the world was I thinking when I bought this regret at bay.
Actors, artists, producers, directors, set designers and their memorable movie sets, locations, sound, and scores that produce legendary moments in film will capture the evening.
“I live for old movies. You can learn all about decorating, table manners, chic dressing, and stylish living from old black-and-white films!”
— Hutton Wilkinson
I love the design and decor aspects and intrigue of the Hollywood motion picture, and the glamour of Oscars stage decor.
This video from Architectural Digest highlights the best Oscars stage decor of all time.
Town & Country Magazine takes us back to what the Oscars looked like through the years.
On the Monday morning after the Oscars night before, the buzz will build around talented fashion and decor designers who will translate Oscars best to accessories, accents, and home decor inspired by the Oscars.
Salutes to the splendor of classic Hollywood, today’s pop culture, red carpet fashions, costume design, and visually impressive cinematic color palettes serve as an artist’s muse in the design concept of accessories, accents, and home decor inspired by the Oscars.
Thanks goes out to the genius that is Google maps street view for allowing me to cruise up and down a scenic beach highway anytime I want.
It may not be the same as actually being there in person, but it is a fun in the sun way to satisfy your coastal curiosity.
White sandy beaches and deep blue waters bookended by amazing seaside architecture and interiors is an excellent source of inspiration and ideas for sourcing coastal home decor accents and accessories.
Another source of coastal inspiration comes from resort web and social sites.
“Palm trees and views I can’t believe Why would I ever want to leave?”
Speaking of Jimmy Buffet, I took a gander at the room types at Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg.
Speaking of The Golden Girls, how cute is this Golden Girls living room serving tray!
My aunt lives on the east coast of Florida, and her “Florida room” is furnished in super chic coastal accents and a fabulous suite of vintage rattan furniture she bought the first year she lived in Florida (1975).
She searched consignment shops and estate sales up and down the Florida coast for a set in good condition with a great price tag.
Patience paid off, and she hit coastal home decor accents gold seven months into the hunt.
The set still makes a statement, and most certainly qualifies as an investment piece.
Pillows, Poufs, Odds and End Tables
Coastal home decor furnishings rich in sea escape colors, textures and patterns reminiscent of the coast and its landscape, skies, and waters inspire the coastal color palette, casual elegance, and seaside sophistication.