Getting Ready Fall Décor Preview

For my fall can’t get here soon enough decorista friends, this it’s only August but I’m getting ready fall décor preview has got your name on it.



Many of us are still in full summertime mode and loving every minute of it. Skipping the best of one season to leapfrog to another runs the risk of taking all the fun out of seasonal updating and decorating, and we certainly don’t want that to happen.

Small touches make a big impact to your dominant décor style accomplishing 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.


Vintage Arch Antique Gold Ornate Metal Framed Accent Wall Mirror

Velvet Ribbon

Mixed Eucalyptus Bouquet

Red & Yellow Tropical Repens Protea

Handmade Stoneware Flower Vase

Gold Plush Velvet Pumpkin

Wooden Planter Bowl

Harvest Still Life Framed Canvas Brown – Threshold™
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Dark Brown Pumpkin Wood Dish

Copper Hammered Metal Salt & Pepper Shakers

Pine Cone Wooden Cookie Mold

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

Shipping delays, supply chain snafus, Halloween candy shortages (say it ain’t so, Hershey’s), and price increases all around breeds an earlier than normal buy it now while it’s available and affordable retail response.

Granted it’s seasonal updating and decorating we’re talking about and not meat and potatoes (and fuel) concerns, but we decoristas do find so much joy in the time honored tradition of seasonal updating house and home and porch and patio for each new season.


Here’s my it’s only August but I’m getting ready fall décor preview complete with first impressions, must have classics, and the splendor of the season plan to bring it home.




Faux Fur Embossed Textured Throw Blanket

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


Boon Knitted Tweed Couch Throw

Vintage Fireplace Bellows

Sculptural Pumpkin Mug


Sweet Water Décor Hello Fall Soy Candle Amber Jar Candle

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.


Photo by Christina Rumpf on Unsplash

Taken with the form, I ordered a pine cone wooden cookie mold to experiment with.


Pine Cone Wooden Cookie Mold

Springerle Shortbread Cookies


2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

½ cup granulated sugar

3 teaspoons light brown sugar

½ teaspoon salt

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 large egg

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon rum extract


Beat butter, sugars, and salt together until light and creamy. Beat in the egg and vanilla until combined.  Fold in the flour.

Divide the dough in half, shape both halves into disks, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 400°F.   Grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.

Flour the work surface.  Working with one disc of chilled dough at the time, roll it out to approximately  ¼” thick.

Lightly brush a coating of flour onto both the dough and the springerle mold. Press mold firmly into the dough making a deep impression.  Remove dough filled mold and cut around the design with a knife.  Place each cut cookie on prepared cookie sheet.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges. Allow baked cookies to cool either on cookie sheet or wire racks.

Store cookies in an air-tight container.  Cookies will keep for 1 week.


Handcarved Wooden Spoon

Sweet Water Décor Hello Fall Soy Candle Amber Jar Candle

Copper Hammered Metal Pitcher

Dark Brown Pumpkin Wood Dish

Antique Ironstone Brown Floral Transferware Pitcher

6 Royal USA Colonial Homestead 5.5″ Fruit Dessert Bowls 


Feast your eyes on two recent additions to my cookbook collection purchased in anticipation of fall’s arrival and the recipes it will bring to the table.

Alana Lawson Accent Arm Chair Metal Casters

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


Several fall seasons ago I shared with you all a simple recipe for cinnamon water.  Click on the link for the recipe.

Pumpkin perfect best describes the Cindy Pumpkin Decanter- a fall finds list contender for the pumpkin perfect beverage server.


Cindy Pumpkin Decanter 

There’s nothing like a fall décor preview 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 be a tradition autumn DIY projects, dishes, and decorating ideas for the season.


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.

I like a use what you have project.


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.

Covid-19 stay at home practices have put a cramp in my fabric store runs, so my stock is running low; ergo, the remnants.


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

The entire point of this DIY project is to cover and construct a fall accessory  with a little bit of seasonal oomph.


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 it feels like fall in Louisiana is just what you do.

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


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

Phone calls from the Canadian snowbird for updates to the gumbo report began bright and early.

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

The taste of home plates a lasting impression.


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.


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

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

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Until I can prevail upon Dave the Builder to mask up and head over to a local greenhouse, faux pumpkins it is.



The first Sunday afternoon of fall was 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



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.


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.

Walnut Gateleg Drop Leaf Table w. Drake Carved FeetWalnut Gateleg Drop Leaf Table with Drake Carved Feet

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.

Side Wing Chair French Country FarmhouseSide Wing Chair French Country Farmhouse

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

Set of 2 Black Hand Carved Mahogany Wood Caned Wing Back Chair

Set of 2 Black Hand Carved Mahogany Wood Caned Wing Back Chair

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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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.


8 Light Shabby Chic French Country Chandeliers

Neutral foundation pieces continue to beautifully perform as a decorative canvas to work with to accent and anchor a space.

Halen Elton Home vintage antique french country wood beads Chandelier PendantHalen Elton Home Antique French Country Chandelier Pendant

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

I refer to a cord cover as decorative lagniappe.

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.


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 taupes and creamy whites to shades of matte greige, dusty blue, and pale green.

Adelbert Credenza Eliza Credenza

Deville Russelle SideboardDeville Russelle Sideboard

John Richard Lille Persian Blue BuffetJohn Richard Lille Persian Blue Buffet

Audrey Gray White Pine SideboardAudrey Gray White Pine Sideboard


Pamela armchairPamela Armchair

Roma Wall Mirror

Beveled Mirror

Speaking of holidays, gifting, and interiors…

Blue Chairs by David LloydBlue Chairs by David Lloyd

Interiors art prints make fantastic hostess or from me to you gifts.

decor for the holidaysHolsoe – Woman in an Interior 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.

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

Contrast attracts the eye and creates visual interest.

jessie d miller interior design

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


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.


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.

autumn accessorizing

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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