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.



Thoughts on Fall and What I Associate Autumn With

I associate autumn with checking the how many days until autumn (or fall) countdown timer every day from the first day of August until the official first day of fall.

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When will fall get here consults include the fall foliage prediction map.


Louisiana and the deep South is estimated to experience the peak color for fall on November 19.

Until the real color deal arrives, nandina leaves color my world with a hint of autumnal color.


Our sense of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch is naturally heightened by autumn’s splendor.


My East Tennessee roots run as deep as the fall foliage colors in full peak season, naturally leading me to check hotel availability in the Pigeon Forge area and the happenings at a Gatlinburg jewel, the Buckhorn Inn.


Scenes from a fall home include the above image of the Transferware vegetable bowl I bought last year on one of my late October treasure hunts.

When I spotted the A Welcome Inn sign in the pattern, my mind immediately engaged in a lightening round of I associate autumn with.

brown-white-bowlCovet Antiques on Etsy

Autumn comes to mind and life when there’s a Transferware vegetable bowl placed upon the Thanksgiving table.

saying-graceA framed print of Grace by Eric Enstrom hung on wall of my grandparent’s dining room and never fails to take me home. 

Thanksgiving holidays spent in East Tennessee at my paternal grandparents house included aunts, uncles, and cousins from Illinois, Michigan, Georgia, and surrounding Tennessee towns gathered together in Fountain City to break cornbread together.

We lovingly referred to it as hillbilly old home week.

Buckhorn Inn Gatlinburg

Buckhorn Inn

Timing and travel is key, and I associate autumn, East Tennessee and family with crisp colorful fall afternoons spent in the Smoky Mountains and special times at the Buckhorn Inn.

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Natural beauty.

Robust colors of amber, magenta, crimson, tobacco, sage, aubergine, arugulamarigold, brick, moss, forest, caramel, and paprika.

Trees of ginkgo, maple, apple, persimmon and magnolia.

Sitting on the front porch with a cup of hot chocolate in hand listening to the sounds of the local high school bands.

Delicious seasonal dishes, sweets, and warm beverages.


Scents of cinnamon, pumpkin, amber, fig, spice and cedar wood.

Warmth of fabrics woven and woolen.

Cozy spaces, simple pleasures, and the warmth of an inviting home.

What do you associate autumn with?







Signs and Sounds: Fall or Autumn Wishfall Thinking

Signs and sounds hinting at an early fall or autumn leads to wishfall thinking.

Concrete proof of fall’s preview peppers the Places In The Home driveway, sidewalk and patio with yellow leaves intermingled among summer’s last holdouts.

As I blog and type “Dancing In The Moonlight” by King Harvest is currently playing on Music Choice.

Now “Night Moves” by Bob Seger is playing.

Two songs played back to back with the lyrics everybody’s dancin’ in the moonlight and with autumn closing in.

Changing colors, temps and tastes.

Oh yeah, this is happening.

yellow-fall-leavesWe crazy Louisianians grab hold of the slightest hint of a fall weather preview and hold on for dear life.

Hey, speaking of crazy Louisianans

britney-ellenLouisianians Ellen DeGeneres and  Britney Spears

Dave and I stood on the front porch for a few minutes Friday night listening to the high school bands playing during the local football Jamboree.

Humidity and mosquitoes crashed our party, making me wish for fall even more.

Hope springs or falls eternal, and I can testify to sure signs of wishfall thinking- shorter days, a changing sun that casts a bright white light through the windows, and wind chimes that play a North wind lullaby.


The first gumbo feast of fall is soon to be cooking in the big blue pot.



I couldn’t wait until the official arrival of fall for a gumbo feast.

No respectable Louisiana cook can talk about gumbo and not break out the big blue pot, make some roux, chop up the Cajun trinity, and whip up a pot of chicken and sausage gumbo.

C’est si bon!


The hunt is on for Sportsman’s Paradise activities to do.

Fall festivals of pecan, tamale, meat pie, and funktoberfest are on our fall calendar of events.


A new to me vintage mixing bowl is ready for fall recipe duty.


A bag of fresh and faux apples and a dash of wishfall thinking leads the inspired charge to create delicious apple themed recipes and diy projects.


A Guide to Apples from Williams-Sonoma

1.  Cortland – Crimson in color with a sweet flavor and crisp texture.  Best for:  applesauce and apple butter.

2.  Red Delicious – Softer in texture with a mellow, not-too-sweet flavor. Best for:  apple cider

3.   Braeburn – Reddish-orange with green and yellow streaks and a unique sweet-tart flavor.  Best for:  cooking and baking

4.  Gravenstein  –  A juicy apple with a finely-grained texture and a light yellow or red skin.  Best for:  applesauce and apple cider

5.  Gala  –  Sweet, aromatic and crisp with a light-red color.  Best for: eating raw and applesauce

6.  Fuji  –  Crisp texture and dense flesh with a sugary-sweet flavor.  Best for: eating raw

7.  Pink Lady  –  Crisp in texture and bright pink with a tart-sweet flavor.   Best for:  eating raw

8.  Golden Delicious  –  Very sweet to the taste with a golden yellow color.   Best for:  applesauce and apple butter

9.  Granny Smith  –  Very tart and crisp with a bright green color.  Best for: baking


Wishfall thinking exhibit A as in a fall diamond in the summer rough.

The seasons they are a-changin’.

 Fall Autumn Wishfall Thinking

There is nothing like a good fall preview or autumn sneak peek to build the anticipation of seasonal things to come.

By all accounts, it’s fall y’all!

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A Most Fetching Friday 12: Circle of Talented Friends

This week’s Fetching Friday 12 is a visual shout-out to members of my furnish, tile, feature, FOLK, and photography circle of business and social media friends.


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ff-Walker-ZangerWalker Zanger



FOLK Magazine

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I hope you have a most fetching Friday.

Love your style!

A Most Fetching Friday

This week’s Fetching Friday features signature signs of the season in sight and word, warm reminders, a DIY project, and a pair of birds from a distinct feather.





adjective: fetching


synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible


Warm is a hot topic of fall conversation.

We have entered the season so closely associated with a changing and impressive palette.


It may be a coincidence, but it seems the senses become heightened as the days shorten, colors deepen, spices and aromas entice and the tones and textures of nature engage us by sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.


I call this the apple of my eye wreath.

This stunning DIY apple wreath on fall home tour display at The Wood Grain Cottage is my kind of DIY project.


Lowe’s knows color.


Natural elements come together to create a tablecsape with a nod to the seasonal influence of color, texture and pattern.


This time of year is deliciously referred to as soup weather, and this Pumpkin-Chestnut soup recipe from Martha Stewart is a quintessential fall favorite.


A member of the duck, swan and goose family, the ruddy shelduck or Tadorna ferruginea is a distinctive species mostly found in central and Southern Asia.

Beautiful markings, don’t you think?


I hope you have a most Fetching Friday.

Love your style!