Summer Decor Suggestions

Summer decor rich in high tide style focuses on the hallmarks of summer-casual, comfortable, and seasonally chic.


Margo Moore Interiors

Undeniably stunning, interior and exterior updates in splash of summer sass colors, textures, and patterns welcome great looks and good vibrations.

pink front door welcome porch

HGTV Magazine – Photography by Alyssa Rosenheck

Summer Scenes, Seashells, and Seagrass Rugs

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Retro Day at the Beach Ocean Print


Coastal Pink Cabin Print by Karen Fields

High tide style can easily be introduced into your summer decor in several low cost-high impact ways with items discovered on a summer outing to the beach, lake, coast, shore, keyboard or dollar store.


Designer Matilda Goad – House & Garden -Photography by Sarah Maingot


Beach rocks.

Decorative coral.



You get the idea.


Photo by Annie Spratt 

Summer decor suggestions for using sea shells include:


Claire Reeve Interiors 

Displays housed in cylinder vases and under glass cloches.


Glass Cloche Pillar Candle Holder Clear - Threshold™

Glass Cloche Pillar Candle Holder Clear – Threshold™

Summer themed vignette.

Carvings and appliques.

Traditional Light Finish Wooden Round Table Top

Traditional Light Finish Wooden Round Table Top

Mirror mirror on the wall.

Beach Decor - Large Natural Coral Mirror

Beach Decor – Large Natural Coral Mirror

Seasonal themed serving pieces.

Coastal Seashell Inspired Metal Serving Bowl with White Aquamarine Finish

Coastal Seashell Inspired Metal Serving Bowl with White Aquamarine Finish

Seagrass is a woven material derived from the dried leaves of underwater marine flowering plants.


Seagrass continues to dazzle as a durable and affordable material in the home decor world as it adds texture and depth to a space, while the neutral color variations and warm tones personify the casual yet elegant ambiance associated with summer.


Domino – Photography by

Ideal alone for summer decorating, a seagrass rug will continue to be a style staple into the fall into winter season by way of layering.

Rich tones and textures known to a fall or winter area rug will cozy right up to top billing when layered over a seagrass rug.


Digs Design Company

Sails and Summer Sales


House & Garden – Photography by Alicia Taylor

Sailing Ship Crystal Chandelier

Sailing Ship Crystal Chandelier

Blue Wedgwood Sailboat Butter Pat

Blue Wedgwood Sailboat Butter Pat

Summer sales kicked off over the 4th of July holiday, and retailers are primed and ready for sale days over the next couple of weeks.

Brass Sailboat and dolphin figurine, bookend, doorstep

Brass Sailboat and Dolphin Figurine-Bookend-Doorstep

Table Lamps

Table lamps remain an excellent accessory choice when updating your home to reflect the look of the season.

Handwoven Seagrass Table Lamp

Handwoven Seagrass Table Lamp

Cottage style epitomizes charm, and this cottage style accent table lamp brings to mind the casual elegance of coastal design while standing the test of time and trend.

Livabliss Cottage Accent Table Lamp

Livabliss Cottage Accent Table Lamp

Notably an impressive year-round reminder of summer, however, home decor accessories that transition with ease from one season to another qualify as must have foundation pieces

Torny White Glazed With White Linen Shade

Torny White Glazed With White Linen Shade

Fresh Flowers


Flower Magazine – Photography by Mary Craven Dawkins

When I see a colorful aromatic bouquet display in the grocery store floral department, I’m immediately on summer vacation.


Excitement discovered in the arrival and check in process is enhanced through the sight and scent of tropical floral arrangements.


 Liz Caan Interiors

I’ll pick up a bouquet on my next trip to the grocery store filing the purchase under treat the eye and the senses to a splash of summer style.

By the Pool Ambiance


Veranda Magazine – Photography by Annie Schlechter

Cooling summer pool time revives the mind and refreshes the body on a hot summer afternoon.  

No Pool?

No Problem!  

Create by the pool ambiance on the summer style patio.


Veranda Magazine – Photography by Ngoc Minh Ngo

Set a seasonal tablescape in casual coastal elegance to sea and sand to.


1stDibs – Photography by Katie Charlotte Photography

Display a decorative arrangement of seasonal fruit on an accent table, coffee table, kitchen island or dining table.


Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

What the apple is to fall, citrus is to summer.


House Beautiful- Photography by Lindsay Salazar

Particularly delicious and delightful, may I suggest inviting flavors and fruits fresh and bright to the summer party.


 Rachel Parcell

Summer citrus is ripe for admiring, slicing and garnishing.

pink Cadillac margaritasPink Cadillac Margaritas ~ Southern Living

Don’t forget a touch of tropical in your summer decor plans.


1stDibs – Photography by Francesco Lagnese

Turquoise Sun Leaf Shaped Serving Platter

Turquoise Sun Leaf Shaped Serving Platter



Better Homes & Garden Hello Reversible Tropical Outdoor Pillow


“Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.”
­—Van Morrison

I hope these summer decor suggestions offer seasonal decorating ideas for the summer spaces and places in your home.


Fall Home Decor and Recipes Gotta Have It List

Blog posts, like the spaces and places in the home, benefit from seasonal updating.  If you’re like me, all things fall home decor and recipes counts as a conversation worth having and a blog post worth reading.

fall home decor and recipes

Fall home decor and recipes suited for cozy days into evenings and scrumptious snacks and meals scripts a feels good to be home narrative.

As the dog days grow shorter and first signs of changing colors make their presence known,  thoughts of fall naturally come to mind.

Oh, what fall fun we decoristas have when we are:


Southern Living Magazine – Photography by Helen Norman

Setting seasonal tablescapes.


Autumn Harvest Rice Recipe

Developing, delighting in, and discovering recipes big on the flavors of the season.

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Decorating the interiors and exteriors of house, heart, home, and hearth.


Better Homes & Gardens

Great serving pieces, serving trays, compotes, set of table linens, throw pillows, lamps, wall accents, rugs- it doesn’t take a complete space overhaul or remodel to introduce texture, color, or pattern of the season to your interior or exterior home decor.


Don’t forget the menu.


Talk about one of the most delicious ways to welcome fall home decor and recipes to a new season!

Let’s take a look at this season’s Gotta Have It list.



Brooks Brothers Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp

French Bulldog Teapot– just for fall fun!

Autumn Spice Toile Salad Plates

J&G Meakin “Romantic England” Gravy Boat

Better Homes & Gardens Sweater Knit Decorative Square Throw Pillow

Fall Acorn Shaped Pillow

Figural Pine Cone Wax Candle

White Leaf Table Decor

12.5in Wood Give Thanks Lazy Susan

Cozy is a delightful guest- one who never wears out its welcome. Designing a cozy setting is not an exercise in difficulty.


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Better Homes & Gardens – Photography by Stacy Goldberg

Warm colors mingled among textured accents, collected finds, and antique pieces set against the backdrop of layers of soft and comfy candlelight or a crackling fire in the fireplace invite cozy to settle in and stay awhile.

Glass Figural Pumpkin Acorn Trails - Threshold™

Glass Figural Pumpkin Acorn Trails – Threshold™

Bring a little pumpkin of your favorite spice and scent to your fall soiree.

4pk Glass Votive Set Vanilla Pumpkin

4pk Glass Votive Set Vanilla Pumpkin

Getting into the fall of it all is fun, keeps things decoratively interesting, and doesn’t have to break the bank.

Fall Cream Berry & Wheat Wreath by Bloom Room

Fall Cream Berry & Wheat Wreath by Bloom Room

Hops Arrangement in Ceramic Pot

Hops Arrangement in Ceramic Pot

Mini Maple Leaf Wreath Red

Mini Maple Leaf Wreath Red

4pk Figural Votives Apples Candle Red

4pk Figural Votives Apples Candle Red

fall autumn kitchen soups

Southern Lady Magazine

Time spent in the kitchen at fall is time spent in the presence of the comfort of home.

Kitchen Towel 'Multi-Plaid'

Kitchen Towel ‘Multi-Plaid’

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Vintage Pewter Sugar Bowl with Oak Acorn Motif


Late summer into early fall sunsets casts shadows full of nuance ready to shadow dance with rich colors, patterns and textures that highlight the very best of the season.


If I didn’t know better, I would think wooden dough bowls strictly exist for housing a natural bounty of fall’s most gorgeous finds.


Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Edmund Barr

Rich warm colors perfectly accentuate indoor and outdoor spaces prime for feathering in seasonal splendor.


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Fads & Frames

Rework a display you’ve enjoyed during the previous season with a simple addition to and subtraction of.


When creating a fall -autumn inspired arrangement, I like to let the flora fall where they may.

Frankly, it plays up the natural aspect of the season which advances the uncomplicated yet beautiful effect you’re going for.

Red and yellow tropical Proteas as a stand alone or complementing accent add seasonal color, and look absolutely smashing with a bouquet of foliage.


Fall treasuring hunting has commenced focusing on new and vintage items for fall decorating.


Staying close to home and heart with home decor accessories selections in a vintage and antique theme comes naturally to my tastes.

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Fall feasts reminds me of a neighbor friend who is known for a strict and steadfast entertaining rule she swears by.

Jadeite Footed Loop Design Cake Stand

Jadeite Footed Loop Design Cake Stand

She is of the belief it is in poor taste and the epitome of bad entertaining manners to have an empty cake stand or cake plate set out on the buffet or sideboard when having guests over.


Far be it from me to argue with that particular entertaining principle, so allow me to play the fall baking fairy furnishing y’all with my apple nut cake recipe complete with sprinkles of cinnadust.

This classic recipe is a c’est si bon fall favorite, and is cake stand or plate worthy.

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Apple Nut Cake


1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups granulated sugar

½  cup brown sugar

2 eggs

½  teaspoon nutmeg

½  teaspoon cinnamon

½  teaspoon ground cloves

½  teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 ½  cups all-purpose flour

1 cup chopped pecans

½  cup applesauce

3 cups fresh apples, peeled and sliced


½  cup firmly packed light brown sugar

¼  cup butter or margarine

3 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup powdered sugar

½  cup chopped pecans


Peel and slice apples.  Add brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, ground cloves and lemon juice to apples coating well; set aside.  Mix together sugar and oil.  Add the eggs and beat until creamy.  Add vanilla.  Combine salt, baking powder, baking soda and flour together.

Introduce dry ingredients in small amounts to sugar and oil mixture.  Next, add apples, applesauce and chopped pecans and mix by hand.

Bake in greased and floured Bundt pan in 350 degree oven for approximately 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

For the icing:

In a medium saucepan bring brown sugar, butter, and milk to a boil over medium heat, stirring or whisking constantly.  Boil for one minute continuing to stir or whisk constantly.

Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Add powdered sugar and stir or whisk until smooth and continue until it begins to thicken slightly.  Immediately drizzle over cooled cake.  Top with walnuts or pecans.

As a tasty bonus, I’m adding my recipe for Great Northern Bean and Chicken Soup as a culinary accompaniment to the antique white pumpkin soup tureen on my Gotta Have It list.


Great Northern Bean and Chicken Soup


2 tablespoons butter

1 medium onion, 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 ounce 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.

Add shredded chicken, beans, bay leaf, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir to incorporate all the flavor goodness together.  Add water, bouillon cube and chicken broth bringing to a boil.

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.


Spicy sea salt and black pepper crackers add a touch of the all important c’est si bon.

While we’re on the subject of crackers, fall, cozy, snacks, and seasonal goodness, let’s pumpkin cheese ball this fall recipes thing up.

pumpkin cheese ball

Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Jacob Fox

Pumpkin Cheese Ball


2  8 ounces pkg. cream cheese, softened

2 cups extra-sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded

¾ cup canned pumpkin

¼ cup butter, softened

2 tablespoons minced fresh sage

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Assorted crackers


Combine cream cheese, 1¼ cups cheddar cheese, the pumpkin, butter, sage, paprika, garlic powder, and ¼ tsp. each salt and black pepper.  Beat with a mixer on medium until fluffy.

Chill, covered, 4 to 24 hours.

Wrap in plastic wrap and shape into a ball.  Unwrap; roll ball in remaining  ¾ cup cheddar.  Serve with crackers.

Serves 24.

To shape into a pumpkin:

After rolling the cheese ball in the remaining cheddar cheese, rewrap the ball in plastic wrap.  Place a few rubber bands vertically around the cheese ball to form ridges.  Chill 30 minutes.

-Better Homes & Gardens

Is there a hint of fall in your part of the world?

Embrace the beauty and the taste of fall and give it a welcome home, old friend shout out from me.







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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.

antique pottery fall

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.

Glazed Pots Framed Art Print

Glazed Pots Framed Art Print

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


Better Homes & Gardens – Photography by Emily J. Followill


Antique Large Brown Salt Glaze Stoneware Pitcher

Very nice antique pottery Pitcher Man drinking

Antique Pottery Pitcher 


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


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.

George II Giltwood Lions

Klismos Gallery 

Striking copper and antique brass finishes integrate depth and warmth.


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.


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


Old terrine with hare head, Pillivuyt, France

Old terrine with hare head, Pillivuyt, France

Mimi Thorisson Italian Hours Cocotte

Mimi Thorisson Italian Hours Cocotte

Mimi Thorisson Italian Hours Baking Dish (1)

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


Country Living Magazine – Photography by David Tsay

Antique Alphabet Sampler Framed Wall Art

Antique Alphabet Sampler Framed Wall Art


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


Pewter Pumpkin Serving Tray, Large

Silver Pinecone Table Decor, 6″

Pewter Pumpkin Salt & Pepper Shaker Set

‘Tis the golden hour.

honey paint colors

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.


Squirrel Desk Lamp

Linden Street Leaf Embroidery Square Throw Pillow

Linden Street Leaf Embroidery Square Throw Pillow


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?


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.


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.


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.

Vera Chair-English Pine

Vera Chair in English Pine

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

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Fall flowers in vases in full fall color bloom.


Hobby Lobby

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


Large Chipwood Basket by Ashland

Natural elements housed in natural materials baskets.


Mainstays Round Maize Decorative Storage Basket, Dark Brown

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


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.


Winter Blues

Winter blues is prime for reinterpretation when warming up your home decor for winter.


Tomas Tuma

If winter was a dance imagine it a December to March waltz keeping 3/4 time in a slow and graceful step.

Wintertime weather coupled with shorter days often leads to extended periods of time spent indoors hibernating, if you will.

This exact time of the year and season naturally slows the pace of our day to day presenting an opportune time to recharge and refresh self and home.


Time spent in the company, cozy comfort, and beauty of our home is time well spent.

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Better Homes & Gardens

Feathering one’s nest in this time between the end of the holiday hustle and bustle and spring’s arrival in winter blues offsets the harshness of the actual winter blues.

Small touches in seasonal splendor will do the trick.


My winter blues estate sale find that made getting up at the crack of dawn on a cold dreary February morning worth it.


Perhaps it’s time to add to the collection with this trio of framed Mosa Holland Delft blue tiles.


Trio of Mosa Holland Delft Blue Tiles Framed Bridal Couple Shoemaker Windmill



Southern Home Magazine – Photography by Julie Soefer

Fresh or faux florals and/or stems placed in a blue and white porcelain vase or ginger jar brings in seasonal elements and elevates the tone and tenor of the space.

Blue & White Peony Temple Jar With Lion HandlesBlue & White Peony Temple Jar With Lion Handles


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Mid-winter blooms of pink and white camellias floating in a blue and white porcelain bowl is a mid-winter tabletop centerpiece tradition in many Southern homes.


Handmade 14″ Blue and White Ladies Porcelain Bowl

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“In the winter she curls up around a
good book and dreams away the cold.”

— Ben Aaronovitch



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Veranda – Mark D. Sikes – Photography by Amy Neunsinger


Real Simple – Photography by Addie Juell

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Blue Chinoiserie Toile PIllar Candle
SAFAVIEH Lighting Blue and White Color Swirls Glass Table Lamp (Set of 2)
Persian Pouf
Roses Still Life Painting Printable
Blue Hydrangea Wreath
Ceramic Chinoiserie Decorative Jar
Devon Cottage Dinner Plate
Lauren Ralph Lauren Handmade Olivier Floral Wool Rug
Sutton Tufted Robbins Egg Blue Arm Chair
Mainstays 300 Thread Count Easy Care Percale Pillowcase Set of 2


Chinois Complete Stencil Set

So many of us who enjoy interior (and exterior) decorating know it to be an absolute labor of love.

Decorating home and hearth in a manner which best reflects the current season focuses on warming up your decor with an item or two depicting nature inspired colors, patterns and textures visually aligned with this time of year and pieces that simply speak settle in to the senses.


Gracious Farmhouse

Softer lighting options.

Scents of the season.

Layering with fabrics of cozy and comfort.

Warm spot accents in shades of calming winter blues.

Chatelet Blue Chest

Chatelet Blue Chest


Katerina Floor Clock
Jesse Printed Jute Rug
Isla Block Print Pleated Chandelier Shade
Leighton Pleated Chandelier Shade
Limited Edition Riverbed Drum Lamp Shade
Foo Dogs – Set of 2
Piedmont 4-Light Lantern


Sometimes it does seem we are settling in for a long winter’s nap.

Warm to winter blues with spot additions such as a new set of pillowcases, throw or duvet.

Jacquard Chenille Throw

As the thaw of winter initiates the need for lighter weight linens sherpa gives way to chenille for evening air perfectly balanced between crisp and cool.


Printed Design Cotton Collection 400 Thread Count Light Blue Toile Duvet Set

January treats include these late winter into spring blue and white pillowcases and a pretty in pink chenille tufted throw from Walmart.


300 Thread Count Easy Care Percale Pillowcase Set of 2,  Blue Floral

All in for a little under $25.00, and let me just say they are quite lovely and a perfect preview of spring things to come.


Madison Park Off-White Chenille Tufted Throw

Curb appeal discovered with this distressed blue embossed tin mailbox sure to put a hint of spring in your step out to porch or street on a winter day to get the mail routine.

Distressed Blue Embossed Mail Box

Creative Co-Op Distressed Blue Embossed Mailbox

Addition and subtraction; the decorating formula for seasonal decorating.

Warm additions welcome comfort at fall into winter.





Before you know it spring days turn to oh, those summer nights where pastels, prints, and pretty naturally lighten the aesthetic and the ambiance.

Spaces and places in the home welcome style home year round when character and charm enter the equation.


Fetching Friday: December Wonderland

Today’s Fetching Friday finds us in the holiday spirit scrolling in a December Wonderland.


The twelfth month of the calendar year ushers in season’s greetings, snow dusted scenes, and visions of seasonal beauty dancing in a December wonderland.


Sleigh Bells and Jolly Tumblr

rachel parcell front doors

Rachel Parcell – Pinterest


French Toast Christmas Tree

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House & Garden – Photo by Paul Massey

December wonderland

“Kindness is like snow.
It beautifies everything it covers.”

—Kahlil Gibran


Classy Girls Wear Pearls


Southern Home Magazine

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Wallpaper Cave

Yes, Virginia, it is the most wonderful time of the year in a December wonderland.

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Touches and Hints of Fall At Home Preview

The intention of this touches and hints of fall at home preview is to bring about that cozy-colorful-bountiful-nature inspired-pumpkin spiced-apple appealing feeling of fall at home.


Those of us who absolutely love the fall-autumn season revel in the fall at home preview planning and prepping.


Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Werner Straube

Seasonal décor pretties.

Rich warm colors and hues on parade.

Crisp days into evening.

Pumpkin everything.

Cozy times.


Actual signs of fall may not be obvious in your neck of the woods (or skipped you all together i.e. 101°F in Denver one day, 33°F the next), but the excitement of a fall-autumn arrival is building.

Fall at home preview posts on the pages of food and shelter magazines, recipe and home decor blogs, and the social media platforms of choice confirm the anticipation.


“Fall has always been my favorite season.
The time when everything bursts with
its last beauty, as if nature had been saving
up all year for the grand finale.”

—Lauren DeStefano

They say good things come to those who wait.

On that logic I liken fall’s tease and eventual arrival to the pot of harvest gold at the end of summer’s scorching rainbow.

A sure sign the beauty of fall is upon us.


Ella Claire & Co. gifts this lovely free printable vintage landscape for fall framing and decorating.

Sending a big thank you to creative friends and blogs bearing gifts.

I have a bronze gold frame picked out to frame the print in, and am leaning toward placing it on a small decorative easel.

Click on the link to visit this wonderful blog and print your copy- Ella Clair & Co. 

Wrensted Interiors LLC

Wrensted Interiors LLC

Natural touches such as seasonal foliage picked from your yard or garden and housed in rustic crocks, vintage silver pieces, or basic glass jars bring the beauty of fall to a tabletop or vignette near you.

Modern Brown Ceramic VaseModern Brown Ceramic Vase – Threshold™ designed with Studio McGee




Inspiration, imagination, creativity, and a keen eye are responsible for many a stunning decorative display.

Antique Large German Brown Glazed Stoneware Pottery Double Handle Crock Vase

Antique Large German Brown Glazed Stoneware Pottery Double Handle Crock

As one who always includes setting and staying within budget when selecting, suggesting, and sourcing home décor accents and accessories for clients as well as myself, I love the endless possibilities afforded by decorating with items found at home, in nature (the best arts & crafts store going!), farmers markets, and the flower and produce departments of local grocery stores.


Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by John Granen

“Autumn is the season to find contentment at home
by paying attention to what we already have.”



There’s no need to spend an exorbitant amount of money in order to achieve a striking result.

Fall Harvest Wooden Decorative BowlFall Harvest Wooden Decorative Bowl

An arrangement of fresh seasonal fruits placed in a wooden bowl or on a plate or platter sets a simple yet elegant display.


I’m convinced the five senses dance a delightful waltz to an autumnal melody.

bella notte linens

Bella Notte Linens

Layers of warm and cozy linens wrapped in your favorite fall color, texture, pattern, and scent invite a fall into comfort feeling.

Functionality has never looked, felt or smelled so inviting.

Fall Scented Linen Spray


½ cup water

½ cup vodka

8-10 drops fall scented essential oil(s)


Mix water and vodka together in a clean spray bottle.

Add essential oil or combination of oils to mixture, swirling to blend.

Essential oil scents and combinations to consider:

Sweet orange, clove bud and cinnamon bark.

Pumpkin pie.

Brown sugar, apple pie and nutmeg.

Wood spice.

Sweet tangerine.




When apples and cinnamon enter the mix or the mixing bowl, the scent and the taste of fall follows.

Brown Wood Look Plate Brown Wood Look Plate

Design details include a realistic faux wood grain pattern paired with the extra bonus of being safe for food use.

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Southerners take fall any way we can get it since we really don’t get much of it in the first place.

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D Magazine – Photography by Nathan Schroder

It’s a fact of life in Louisiana when the temps fall below 70°F you can hear the collective clang of gumbo pots making their way from cupboard to stove top in true c’est si bon fashion.

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When fall rolls around you can find me spending most late afternoons into evening sitting on the porch taking it all in. I love spending time in the kitchen developing fall recipes, but you can’t be in two places at once.

Playing to that logic, simple seasonal dishes such as mustard greens and buttermilk cornbread top the dinner menu on crisp fall nights.


Dave the Builder’s mother held firm the taste of a Louisiana sweet potato is not at its flavor zenith until after the first frost.


Fall’s first frost is a ways off yet, however, we cook, bake, and candied sweet potatoes on.

Leaf Wooden Spoon

Leaf Wooden Spoon

Isn’t it funny how you assign a season to particular foods and flavors?


Cinnamon roll candied yams.

Pecan pie made with Louisiana pecans and pure cane syrup.

Apple nut cake.


We’ll cook it, bake it, and eat it any time of year, but it taste so much better in the fall.


Fall ushers in thoughts of DIY projects for door, porch, mantel, and seal.

DIY pumpkin lanterns

Shine a light on fall with these DIY Pumpkin Lanterns from designlovefest.


When my son was in school, yours truly pulled room mother duty every year kindergarten-8th grade.

Loved it!fall-bouquet-ribbon

In my element fit the call of decorating duty for the teachers appreciation gala, fall festival, and Halloween carnival extravaganza.

Included in my bag of decorating tricks was the idea of using faux fall flower bouquets for everything from tabletop decorations to gift favors.

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Wrapping each bouquet in inexpensive craft or tissue paper tied with ribbon and raffia in assorted seasonal colors and textures took the presentation from faux to fabulous.

For extra fall scented goodness tuck a couple of cinnamon sticks in with the bouquet.

It’s all in the details.


Embellishing an inexpensive throw pillow(s) rich in fall color with decorative trim(s) creates a custom decor piece.

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autumn-decor-Virginia-based designer Janie Molster Elle Decor

Elle Decor 

I saw this idea of draping faux fur throws over the back of dining chairs in a fall decorating feature in Elle Decor, and quickly filed it under F for faux fur for fall at home preview.

Fall At Home Preview

Seasonal accents here and there layers house and home with touches and hints of the season.

Add a decorative throw or pillow to an existing piece and you instantly create a seasonal update though color, texture, and/or pattern.

‘Tis the season for feathering one’s nest with touches and hints of the season through décor additions and updates inspired by the best features of the season.


Fall Decorating Inspiration 2018

This week finds me tuned into fall decorating inspiration 2018.

Warming home and hearth with seasonal updates for fall in this the season of cozy colors, textures, and patterns appeals to my penchant for gifting the home, eye and heart with the much anticipated unveiling of the best the third season has to offer.


Fall In Love

Transitioning the spaces and places in your home to mark summer’s exit and fall’s arrival is easily achieved through welcoming rich warm colors and engaging layers to create and convey a cozy mix.

Let’s take a look at what’s in home motivated by fall decorating inspiration 2018.


Domino – Photography by Carter Berg

Curling up with a good book in a cozy spot is always in season, especially on a crisp fall afternoon or evening.


Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits 


Family Circle – October 2018 Issue

The October  issue of Family Circle plants a pumpkin seed of fall decorating inspiration 2018.


Nicollete Top Grain Waxed Leather Chair

A comfortable chair and a good book or magazine pairs well with a fall afternoon or evening.

The cozy reading corner essential check list includes a table lamp, swing arm lamp, floor lamp, or small reading lamp producing optimum light.

Add to that a spot table, a spot of tea, and a plush throw and you have the elements of comfort to ambiance.

Hiend Accents Cable Knit 50"x60" Throw

Seasonal tabletop accents enhance a fall-autumn-Thanksgiving table is set to gathering together.


Vintage French Pewter Hunting Dog Wall Plate



Victoria Magazine

Fall Decorating Inspiration 2018

Velvet fabric in vibrant colors will make the table runners I could not source to suit.



Standing Ring-necked Pheasant

The needlepoint fabric in pheasant detail I wanted was just a bit too pricey for my taste- $2000.00+ too much.

One enhanced search and source session later and this P Kaufmann Game Birds Heritage Ducks Pheasants over paisley fabric is on its way to Places In The Home.



Frosted Eucalyptus Garland

Frosted Eucalyptus Garland


Seeded Eucalyptus Bunch




harvest chicken casserole

 Harvest Chicken Casserole

Fall tastings generate a fair amount of dirty dishes.  I’m sure the sentiment of the below images echoes a majority opinion.


If you’re like me, placing a positive spin on the task at hand cuts through the dread and the dirt.

Enter Mrs. Meyer’s Apple Cider scent dish soap.


This stuff is fall in a bottle.

The staying power of both scent and suds justifies the price, adding a bit of aroma therapy to an otherwise unremarkable household duty.


Ornamental Cabbages

Autumnal bouquets in harvest tones, pumpkins, gourds, acorns, pecans, cotton bolls, persimmons, apples, pears, ornamental cabbage, pansies-  nature absolutely is the best arts and crafts store.

When nature is in the house the simple yet elegant essence of fall-autumn is present and accounted for.


A touch of autumn through new to me art, accessories, scents and taste.


Pastels pair beautifully with deep rich tones of copper, mahogany, and ebony creating seasonal color contrast for fall through winter decorating.


A mix of traditional and modern pieces creates visual interest and curated contrast.

Sadik 2 Door Accent CabinetSadik 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Simeon Pumpkin-shaped Glass Base Table Lamp

Simeon Pumpkin-shaped Glass Base Table Lamp


Scents of the season~


2-Wick Candle Brown Sugar Chestnut Soy Wax Blend Candle

I can personally attest to the scentsational aroma of the Hot Buns and Apple Cinnamon Vanilla scented candles from Our Own Candle Company.

The entire house smells so delicious when I burn one of these candles.


Fall is here, and what better way to announce its arrival than to welcome style home through fall decorating inspiration 2018.

Simple enhancements in seasonal colors, textures, patterns, tastes, and scents reflect a warm feel and cozy character.

Happy first weekend of fall, y’all!

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