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

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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.

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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

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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.

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

In other words, I love the look.

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One Kings Lane

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

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Park Designs Stool With Turned Legs

Park Designs Stool With Turned Legs

Antique Side Table With Turned Legs

Antique Side Table With Turned Legs

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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.

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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)

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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

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Pumpkin Coconut Fluff Pie

Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Honeyhomb Market

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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

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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

Rich.

Deep.

Versatile.

Using the color black adds depth, dimension and drama.

2-Light Mission Dust Bronze Trestle

2-Light Mission Dust Bronze Trestle

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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.

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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.

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Simple Autumn Accents For The Season

Simple autumn accents kick off a slew of traditional and soon to become a new tradition autumn DIY projects, dishes, and decorating ideas for the season.

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Now that’s one bright orange pumpkin- one I’m not so in love with in its present state.

Reinterpreting a dollar store pumpkin using leftover remnants from a burlap sandbag, black tulle, ribbon, wired rope, pecans, and pine cones straight out of the craft drawer and front yard fall into the category of simple autumn accents primed for projects in new to you fashion.

New season decorating is primed for a use what you’ve got project.

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Inexpensive and oh so easy to work with, using tulle for everything gift wrapping from the actual gift wrap to the bow on top of the package is the preferred gift wrap accessory found in my craft closet bag of tricks.

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What started out as the primary layer of pumpkin covering turned into just the right amount of color and texture contrast.

Seasonal oomph is the entire point of this DIY project.

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Going to a gumbo (think Going to a Go-Go by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles) keeps with Places In The Home tradition.

Believe me, cooking a gumbo on the first day of what feels like fall in Louisiana is just what you do.

Fellow Louisiana fans of our culture and cuisine posted this to her Facebook page, There Once Was A Kitchen Table, and it says a mouthful.

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Cooking a gumbo is a day long process- the low and slow principle of Louisiana cooking.

Phone calls from our son for gumbo reports begin bright and early as the taste of home plates a lasting impression.

He makes a good gumbo, but mom’s chicken and sausage gumbo has the c’est si bon of home.

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Sweet complements savory, or at least that’s the dessert justification I go with.

Simple is the main ingredient in this homemadeish cake.

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Prepare a yellow cake mix as directed with one exception.

Use 1 cup apricot nectar instead of the 1 cup water called for and prepare to have your taste buds taken to a whole new level.

Simply delicious and simply homemadeish.

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Remember the hand carved wood pig centerpiece platter/serving tray I referenced in the Digging The Pig Kitchen Decor post from last month?

Arrived ready to impress, it now finds itself filled with fruits, nuts, and veggies deliciously associated with the taste of fall.

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Faux pumpkins fill in the scene and seen.

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Glee over it being the first Sunday afternoon of fall is all the simple autumn accents inspiration needed to log on, shop and source, fill the cart, and place an order for the finishing items soon to be seen in a new fall clear through to Thanksgiving wreath.

Joann delivery

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Guess what’s on the agenda for the weekend and what next week’s blog post will be all about?

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Decor For The Holidays And Beyond

We’re entering the special time of year when thoughts of sprucing up your decor for the holidays and beyond dance in our heads.

tinsel-on-bustCountry Living Magazine

The holiday season presents the perfect time for a house to home style spruce, and by spruce I’m not talking Christmas trees, garlands, and wreaths (for the moment).

J. Hirsch Interior Design

J. Hirsch Interior Design

Besides delicious holiday fare, why not serve your guests (and more importantly yourself) a delicious visual feast by sprucing up your decor for the holidays and beyond.

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Carlos Garcia Interiors

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, by now you know my personal design style falls into the traditional to classic category.

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Traditional has proven over the years to be an excellent canvas to build upon.

At certain points throughout my style journey, I’ve wondered if my consistent gravitation toward home decor accents and furnishings typical of my preferred design style places me in a design style rut.

Woody Argall Design

Woody Argall Design

Through trial and error I learned to trust my taste and eye, and in doing so gained confidence in my personal design choices.

Introducing new traditional and modern accents into the scheme keep things fresh.

Alexander the Great Torso Wall Sculpture

Alexander the Great Torso Wall Sculpture

Now let’s get to the sprucing up house and home for the holidays and beyond part of the show.

dining-room-chairsMixing chair styles, especially in terms of captain dining chairs, is a dynamite way of creating visual interest.

As much as I love decorating, my budget limits me from purchasing new furnishings at every season and holiday occasion.

This is where “at home” shopping comes in.

Assess your decor situation, pull items from one space to add to another, and see what you come up with.

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House & Garden

If size limitations pose a problem, drop leaf and gateleg tables offer a stylish solution.

A drop leaf table works beautifully in a foyer, dining room, or even as a tabletop home for a HD LED TV.

Antique English Country Scrubbed Pine Drop Leaf Table c1890Antique English Country Scrubbed Pine Drop Leaf Table circa 1890

By no means has the design and decorating world grown tired of the neutral color palette. Neutral foundation pieces continue to beautifully perform as a decorative canvas to work with to accent and anchor a space.

 

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Classic Wood Chandelier French Country Lighting 

Less is so much more when it comes to certain accents and accessories, and the addition of a cord cover to a chandelier is one such situation.

The Gray Barn Ingleside 5-light Chandeliers with cord cover

The Gray Barn Ingleside 5-light Chandelier

Dining room and foyer chandeliers tend to be a focal point accent, making them a preferable candidate for a cord cover.

Cord covers pull function and finished double duty.

Chains and wires are out of sight while giving the fixture a finished look.

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Illusive Green SW 9164  –  Connected Gray SW 6165

Chelsea Mauve SW 0002  –  Pinky Beige SW 0079

Perfect Greige SW 6073  –  Dustblu SW 9161

Softened Green SW 6177  –  Creamy SW 7012

With the popularity of the modern farmhouse decorating style, the neutral palette has expanded from warm taupe and creamy whites to shades of matte greige, dusty blue, and pale green.

Distressed Blue Grey Ash Wood 73 in. Sideboard with 4-Doors and 4-Drawers

Distressed Blue Grey Ash Wood 73 in. Sideboard 

Additions-

Roma Wall Mirror

Beveled Mirror

Speaking of holidays, gifting, and interiors… art prints focused on interior design fun and fancy make fantastic hostess or from me to you gifts.

Serendipitous Serenade of Sorts art print

A Serendipitous Serenade of Sorts – Fine Art Print

You may be wondering how a space primarily decorated in traditional style could possibly coexist with modern accessories and maintain its balance and scale without disturbing the visual flow.

Chandos Interiors

contrast-definition

con·trast

noun

/ˈkänˌtrast/

the state of being strikingly different from something else in juxtaposition or close association.

Contrast attracts the eye and creates visual interest.

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Jessie D. Miller Interior Design

Being on team home decor and furnishings make excellent Christmas gifts, it wouldn’t take much for me to be persuaded to put this decorative fireplace surround on my Dear Santa list.

Decorative Fireplace Surround

Decorative Fireplace Surround

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Montecristo Magazine

Impressive home decor accents and furnishings is the decor for the holidays gift that keeps on giving year-round.

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Autumn Accessorizing For Home and Hearth

It is amazing how quick my autumn accessorizing for home and hearth files  fills up with images.

The save image as option on my devices sees its share of action.

I utilize the weekends for blog housekeeping, deleting images, updating fonts and the like- too much to see, source and save during the week.

In my latest save or delete session, I ran across this picture Dave the Builder snapped last year of our local garden district bayou in full fall glory.

Gorgeous, n’estce pas?  

Funny how an image or a subject in that image alerts the senses and inspires ideas for autumn accessorizing for home and hearth.

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This colors on parade color palette touches upon seasonal shades traditionally associated with autumn’s color wheel and nature’s neutrals.

Seasonal updating through tones, textures and palettes inspired by nature translate well to seasonal home decor accessories.

Decorative dining and entertaining pieces, throws, pillows, lamps, rugs, and spot furnishings are the mainstay of seasonal go-to accents.

Fall is the season for the senses, and throw pillows instantly introduce the all important cozy pop of color, warmth, tone and texture while keeping seasonal updating costs in check.

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A rule of thumb I follow when selecting seasonal accessories, especially throw pillows, is to go with a smart and stylish choice of color (go ahead, try a new-traditional color!), pattern. and texture that picks up the warm and cozy feeling associated with the season while blurring the hard line of strictly a fall or winter accessory.

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Timpani Drum Solid Copper Chandelier Fixture, France, circa 1900

Copper crush meets federal meets farmhouse gotta have it.

Warm metals continue to be hot on the what’s on trend for the season radar.

Speaking of copper and warm metals…

apple-cakeApples, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, Louisiana pecans- oh yeah, they’re in there! 

Our son snapped this image over this past Labor Day weekend while visiting Riding Mountain National Park.

The pair of bison caught his eye, and the white birch trees caught mine.

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I am a wee bit envious of those of you who are fortunate enough to live in the land of four seasons, white pumpkins and white birch trees.

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White birch logs make a lovely decorative fall accent for home and hearth.

Round Two-Tone Wicker Storage Basket and Planter on Wheels By KOUBOO

The concept of seasonal updating is nothing new.

When the seasons change, decoristas naturally become inspired to add to and/or take away from the look of the last season and breathe a bit of fall fresh air into their decor with current home decor accessories of the new season.

I believe a space, like a good red wine, must be afforded the opportunity to breathe.

Uncork a more expressive look by releasing aged accessories, stale color(s) and settled for furnishings with selective seasonal edits.

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Huldah Club Chair

I find that in most cases when a phenomenal investment home decor accessory or home furnishings piece appeals to the personal style and taste side of my brain in one season, it typically continues to hold my attention through to the next season(s).

Usher in a new season with a new look with this in mind- warmth, comfortable luxury and coziness remain the design features of the autumn accessorizing for home and hearth season.

Love your style!

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