Fall Decorating Around the House

The long awaited where have you been old friend crisp fall air whispered in my ear the time is now for fall decorating around the house.

More and more I find my taste aligns with simple, natural, and the work with what you have aspects of seasonal decorating.


Simplicity is defined as the quality or condition of being plain or natural; a thing that is plain, natural, or easy to understand.

Putting together an arrangement of pine cones and various leaves rich in fall colors is about as natural and easy as it comes.

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There’s a time and a place for everything, and with the hustle and the bustle of the holiday season soon to arrive, 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.

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Mama Places In The Home calls me from one of the hobby and crafts store we frequent for fall into holiday decor.

She is happy to report the entire stock of fall swags and wreaths is currently marked 70% off original price.


Try, try as I may, I could not capture a good picture of the swag. The combination of a cloudy day, funky angles, and wth? exposure settings does not do it justice.


Gourds decorate for fall through to Thanksgiving– a small investment, big return accent.

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Some of my best shopping comes via the Facebook pages of local shops and boutiques.

See it.

Send a message.

Pull it and I’ll be right there.

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Exactly what I did with these gourds.

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We’ll call this one fresh flowers and framed memories.


The year was 1998, and the event was one of the many school events-carnivals-fundraisers-assemblies- open houses we attended at our son’s elementary school.

Twenty+ years and two hair colors ago.


Simple ideas, thoughtful touches steeped in warm and cozy overtones, inspired choices, natural elements, accessories, collectibles, and souvenirs near and dear to your heart and taste beautifully work the room and welcome fall into your home.



French Themed Tablescape

The beauty of a French themed tablescape is found in the ooh la la factor, and this We’ll Always Have Paris French themed tablescape focuses attention on the it’s all in the details appeal of understated elegance.


Soft lighting, informal china and crystal, and benign neglect to formality describes the European sentiment.

Wacker Table Lamp

Roma Table Lamp- Classic Favs!

Incorporate a table lamp(s) into your tablescape scheme.

StyleCraft Home Collection 24.5-in Blue Table Lamp with Fabric Shade

Chelsea Blue Accent Table Lamp – Chelsea Blue Hardback Fabric Shade

Soft candlelight sets the night and the table in casually elegant fashion and romantic ambiance.

Distressed White Ornate Candle Holder, 28 in.Distressed White Ornate Candle Holder


French decor elements bring a palette of both deep and soft blue and green, crisp white, rich brown and citrine, soft gray, and deep wine red to the table.


Below is an assortment of tabletop accessories, serveware, and thoughtful accoutrementto illustrate the point.


Charge It Brown Emboss 14-inch Charger Plate

Serveware Embossed Charger Plates Set of 4

Embossed Charger Plate-Set of 4

wood-pattern-plate-chargerFaux Wood Charger Plates

Food Network™ Resin Wicker Charger PlateFood Network Resin Wicker Charger

Gray Marble Stoneware Dinner Plate

Gray Marble Stoneware Dinner Plate

Lenox Chelse Muse Fleur Dinner Plate

Chelse Muse Fleur 12-Pc. Dinnerware Set, Service for 4

Thierry's cottageThierry’s Cottage – Flickr

Merletto 11" Square Dinner PlateArte Italica Merletto 11″ Square Dinner Plate

“The service and mood should be informal, and the food, wine, and presentation extraordinary.” 

—Tomas Maier

Elama Indigo Lotus 16 Pieces Square Dinnerware Set

Elama Indigo Lotus 16 Pieces Square Dinnerware Set

AERIN Scalloped Rim Salad Plate, Each, BlueAERIN Scalloped Rim Salad Plate, Each, Blue

Dowd Traditional Blue Accent Table Lamp

Dowd Traditional Blue Accent Table Lamp

Royal Norfolk Blue and White Stoneware Dinner Plates, 10.5 in.

Royal Norfolk Blue and White Stoneware Dinner Plates, 10.5 in.

Bernardaud Tout Salad Plates

Bernardaud Tout Salad Plates


Juliska Berry & Thread French Panel Stone Gray Dinner Plate

Corelle 18pc Vitrelle Embossed Bella Faenza Dinnerware Set White

Corelle 18pc Vitrelle Embossed Bella Faenza Dinnerware Set White

Pillivuyt Queen Anne Porcelain Dinnerware Collection

Pillivuyt Queen Anne Porcelain Dinnerware Collection

Burleigh Faded Peony Salad Plate

Burleigh Faded Peony Salad Plate

Vintage pieces make a wonderful contribution to tablecsapes, lending an air of distinction that exemplifies the art of classic French themed tablescape savoir faire. vintage-black-and-brown-china-plates-set-of-3

Vintage Black & Brown China Plates- Set of 3

Warwick-china-dessert-bowlsWarwick Dessert Bowls


Restaurant De La Tour



Home sweet home.

Ambiance is paramount to setting the scene and the table for the dining experience.

Call it an experience because dining should be exactly that- a social, sensory and scrumptious experience.

Sight (we eat first with our eyes) sound, touch, smell and taste anchor ambiance.

Faux Ivory Hixon Laguiole 20 Piece Stainless Steel Flatware Set, Service for 4Faux Ivory Hixon Laguiole 20 Piece Stainless Steel Flatware Set, Service for 4

Zwilling JA Henckels Vintage 23 Piece 18/10 Stainless Steel Flatware Set, Service for 4

Zwilling JA Henckels Vintage Stainless Steel Flatware Set, Service for 4

French antique large tureen ironstone Luneville 19th Flowers Fontainebleau pattern


Lion Head’s Bowl


Oval Platter in Cobalt by Fiesta

BFK Dauphin antique tureen, Boch Freres Keramis, Late 1800sBFK Dauphin Antique Tureen, Boch Freres Keramis, Late 1800s


Burano Platter by Arte Italica


Antique Sauce boat French Choisy le Roi ROCHANBEAU Faience Gravy 1860's ironstoneAntique Choisy le Roi ROCHANBEAU Faience Gravy 1860’s 

Musee Five-Piece Place Setting

Musee Five-Piece Place Setting 

french linen napkins

Hotel Dinner NapkinsHotel Dinner Napkins


Small Porcelain Plate

Small Porcelain Plate

Napkin (Set of 6)

DII Dish Towels Check Plaid, Set of 4-Gray

DII Printed Dishtowels Style Tabletop Collection, 18x28, French Stripe 3 PieceDII Printed Dishtowels Style Tabletop Collection, French Stripe 3 Piece


Bentwood Café Chairs


Pitcher-ZentiqueZentique Pitcher

Small European Bread BoardSmall European Bread Board



Heather Bullard thoughtfully turns antique ephemera into these free printable French baguettes wraps perfect as take away party favors.


Click on the link below to see her post and download instructions.  Merci beaucoup, Heather.



French Baguette Wrap Printable



Wine Carafe

Libbey 719 8.5 oz. glass cocktail decanter

Libbey 8.5 oz. Cocktail Decanter

Elle Decor Set of 6 Wine Glasses, Blue

Elle Decor Set of 6 Wine Glasses, Blue


La Rochere Versailles Tumblers, Set of 6

French wine glass

French Wine Glass

alpaca wine rack

El Mueble

The ooh la la of the French tablescape and copper accents.

Relaxed refinement is not an oxymoron.

C’est magnifique!



Williams Sonoma Vintage Etched Goblets



French Antique Digoin Sarreguemines Grey Poupon Mustard of Dijon PotFrench Antique Digoin Sarreguemines Grey Poupon Mustard of Dijon Pot

jute-tableclothJute Tablecloth


Fennco Styles Hand Hemstitched and Embroidered Swiss Dot Table Runner

Homestead Rajasthan Block Print Cotton TableclothHomestead Rajasthan Block Print Cotton Tablecloth

Lavender Bunch

Lavender Bunch


I absolutely ooh la la love adding a few vintage and antique items to my tablescape and decorating plan.

Antique Large Round Blue Wood Cheese BoxAntique Large Round Blue Wood Cheese Box

A large antique cheese box makes a fantastic decorative accent for a cheese and fruit display.

CounterArt Tempered Glass Shades Cutting Board



summer cheese board

Small European Bread BoardSmall European Bread Board

Silea Cheese Markers - Set of 6



Ornate Pedestal Riser Ornate Pedestal Riser




Grab a free place card template printable, pop over to your photo editor of choice, add your own favorite French themed embellishments, colors and fonts and voilà!

French themed tablescape

Frame prints or printables such as this menu écrit en français as conversation pieces.


Wall shelf-wall sconces plucked from the clearance shelves at Hobby Lobby have served as my go-to tabletop décor accessory at shop and at home.

Grindle Leaf Scroll Wall Shelf

The decorative duo immediately caught my eye as tabletop gotta have it rather than wall décor.

When you like the details, finish and presence of a decorative piece, but not in the context of its original purpose, repurpose.

Antique Silk French Subdued Blue Ombre Ribbon

Antique Silk French Subdued Blue Ombre Ribbon

From place setting to ambiance, a destination themed tablescape travels well.

Part III of Themed Tablescapes Table Escapes features decorative accessories and accents of Chinoiserie chic to set a Far East Fabulous tablescape.



Central Louisiana Mardi Gras Mambo

Welcome to our Mardi Gras ~ Bienvenue à notre Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras is all around Louisiana and our sister states, but this invitation is to a Central Louisiana Mardi Gras Mambo Places In The Home style.

Mardi Gras

Festivities to beat the jazz band fill Central Louisiana afternoons, evenings and weekends with something Mardi Gras to do.

mardi-gras-beadsKrewe parades roll uptown, downtown, and all along the Red River replete with throws of colored beads and doubloons, go- cups (we do love a geaux-cup), and trinkets raining down to revelers below satisfying the traditional Carnival call of “Throw me something, Mister!”


Alexa Pulitzer

What’s a go-cup (that’s geaux cup in Louisiana speak) you may ask?

Not to-go cup.



a cup used to hold any beverage that one may take with them while they are out and about.

Louisiana is a festival-celebration-events driven state.   Celebrating is in our DNA.  Humidity is always in the air, ergo the need for liquid refreshment.  When out and about you can guarantee (ga-ron-tee as Justin Wilson said) it is with beverage of choice in hand.


Throw me something, Mister!

Mardi Gras in Central Louisiana emphasizes the spirit of family, friend and neighbor.


We eat, drink, decorate, dance, promenade, stroll and second line on Garden District streets of brick during the Carnival season.

This is our taste of Mardi Gras world from the Twelfth Night (feast of Epiphany) to Fat Tuesday- a living it up in Central Louisiana c’est si bon celebration.


Gray skies never rain on our parade.

We know how to adapt and simply take the party indoors.


Decorating for Mardi Gras gives me an opportunity to put my French themed decor accessories and accents on Mardi Gras parade.


The purple, green and gold colors and oval design of a traditional King Cake serves up dining table centerpiece idea.



Centerpiece inspiration is everywhere, and the colors and design of the King Cake is as good a muse as any.


Taking inventory of items around the house and those plucked from a fantastic end-of-season clearance sale last year, I spied my Sportsman’s Paradise-Gulf of Mexico-coastal collection of shells, figurines and the like.

Winter is making me blue, so any and all opportunities to inject a bit of spring into my step and/or decor are welcome.  Shells and pelicans equal spring into summer perfect.


This gold pelican figurine is 39 years old- a nugget souvenir from our college days at LSU.

The shell is an oldie but a lovely as well.


The curated side of my brain and the decorating side of my brain merged to come up with a fabulous pairing.

There’s a baby in a King Cake, and there’s a Louisiana pelican in this shell of a Carnival inspired candy dish.


Our days of letting the good times roll in New Orleans ceased in favor of the local lagniappe Central Louisiana offers.

These days, home is where the Mardi Gras celebration is.

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Nature by Design: What Fall Means To Me

Nature by design is the consummate example of simple yet elegant beauty- what fall means to me.

Seasonal decorating need not be an exercise in expense or exhaustion.


Rather your seasonal and soon to be holiday decorating involves pulling out all the stops or spot accents here and there, the idea is to invite the season into your home through a visual essay that expresses what fall means to me.

what fall means to me

Still moving at a slowed post surgical procedure pace means I’m mostly guiding the what fall means to me decorating tour of late.

Dave the Builder and my mother are happy to handle the fetch and feather duties.


Thank goodness I like to sit and study a space beyond tape measures and fan decks.

Looking at the world through design and decorating colored glasses promotes a gorgeous result.

“An empty room is a story waiting to happen, and you are the author.” Unknown


Readers of Places In The Home know music beats in the heart and soul of this house.

Music keeps me company in the creative process, and a verse or chorus strikes a note of I’ll groove to that inspiration.

The chorus of singer, pianist, composer, producer and engineer  Carol Duboc’s latest tune, Open the Curtains, mirrors my personal decorating style philosophy.



A punch of personality is as influential to the collective look as the pop of color and the decorative oomph.


What fall means to me is obvious in the gorgeous bouquet of white hydrangeas from my mother and the fall is in the house display Dave the Builder picked up at Kroger.


“Nature is not a place to visit.
It is home.”

– Gary Snyder




Cabbage resting in a mixing bowl staged along side a pie pumpkin gives a simple and fresh nod to fall.


Nature-inspired simple elegance.

I know exactly what fall means to me.

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Practicing Design Instinct and Inspiration

Photography is a lot like interior decorating in regards to working or not working with color.  Design instinct and inspiration guide the creative process. Light, forms, tone and balance optimize not only the shot but the space. Forgive my simplistic explanation, but plainly put, some photos only work in color and others only work in black and white.


Simon & Garfunkel 

Since finding a renewed popularity complements of a current political campaign, the Simon & Garfunkel 1968 single “America” is once again on my playlist.  The impact of a great hook paired with powerful lyrics mirrors the impact of classic design coupled with an impressive decorating style.


While discovering “America” I rediscovered another Simon & Garfunkel favorite, “My Little Town.”  You may be wondering what possible connection there could be between a couple of Simon & Garfunkel songs and design and decorating.  Design instinct and inspiration, my friends. One never knows where one will find it.  I hit the streets of my little town photographing local landmarks.  Although photographed in color, a monochromatic color scheme captured aspects of the images that color failed to.


Photo editing, enhancements and touch-ups generate a refined result. It’s the same with decorating.  Editing, enhancements and touch-ups help to achieve a polished look.  Making pretty is an exercise in trial and error, correction and confidence.  Gorgeous isn’t always achieved right out of the gate.

design instinct

Going with your first design instinct, or at the very least a tweaked variation of it, proves visually successful more times than not.  I failed to practice what I preach with this chandelier.  I was convinced a pop of designer color over my first choice of painting the fixture white would put to rest any doubt my decorating choices were in a rut or unimaginative. Fan deck after fan deck, I could not get a peace about any other color choice other than white.  The lyrics from “My Little Town” kept running through my mind.

And after it rains
There’s a rainbow
And all of the colors are black
It’s not that the colors aren’t there
It’s just imagination they lack

The pieces of the color palette puzzle finally fit when I decided to go with my first instinct.  I remembered one of my standard decorating solutions- the color white never fails to make a classic statement. The color is there, and imagination is not lacking.  I showed decorating doubt the door and practiced my own brand of design instinct and inspiration.

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What Works For You Is What Works In Decorating

The what works for you is what works in decorating principle is a inspiring tidbit of information.  There is no hard and fast formula for what, when, how or who will light the fire.

There are times when the cart does come in front of the horse, and this is one of them.  Scrolling through an image gallery on the Traditional Home website placed inspiration in my blog post thoughts.

The kitchen in the image below has a whole lot going for it in the design and decorating department.

Great choice of flooring, natural light, exposed beams, workable layout and a pair of antique tables that serve up style with a side of function as kitchen islands.

Repurposing, replacing parts and the repainting of vintage and antique pieces has taken root.

I must admit I often cringe at the sight of antique pieces in the direct line of a can of chalk paint.

I have seen gorgeous (and I do mean gorgeous) reworkings and re-paintings of antiques, paling only in comparison to the highest end of high end furniture manufactures.

I’ve also seen plenty that left the one word impression on me of why?

I prefer to keep the overall integrity in place and in its original state, but as the taste of the buying public changes so does the need for and use of pieces.


Elle Decor

Repurposing an antique farm or harvest table, armoire or buffet to be used as a kitchen island, desk, entertainment center or home bar is what’s in at the moment.

Dave the Builder and I stand ready and willing to accommodate the needs of our clients by replacing the original wood top or shelves with marble, granite or a durable wood for practical use purposes.

The result is another what works for you is what works in decorating piece ready for stylish duty in its new home.


At first glance I did give pause to the placement of these sconces, especially the sconce on the far right and its close proximity to the wall.

Paired balance is present, but unless the cabinet door is rarely used the constant swing issue of door meets sconce could be a design deal breaker for some.

Moral of the story?

What works for you is what works.


Architectural Digest

Don’t be sheepishly shy with home decor choices.

The Places In The Home rule book clearly states the design and decorating principle that guides our simple philosophy- your house, your rules.

If you hear something I’m sure it is interior design icons, professors and the by-the-book believers crying out in a collective round of that’s not how it’s done.

To that I say oh pooh!

The unexpected always kicks the look up a noticeable notch or two.

Conformity can be awfully boring.

I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then,
is a good thing...”

— Thomas Jefferson


House Beautiful – Karyn R. Millet

I advise making a mismatched statement in at least one space. Mismatched dining chairs instantly add the pop of personality factor to the don’t be like the rest of them, darling equation.


Talk about going for the brilliant and the bold with determination and palette penchant.

This beauty takes a giant step away from ho hum, jumping style first into entry envy territory in a very what works for you is what works way.

mixed dining chairs Benjamin Moore’s Twilight 

What works for you is what works in decorating.


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Christmas Tree Wow and Wonder

Creative, unique, designer, traditional, non-traditional and color me impressed Christmas tree wow and wonder highlight the season of inspiration. The color palette is poised for magical artistry and inspired interpretation all year long, but the Holidays provide the opportunity to let our little Christmas tree light shine through Christmas tree wow and wonder!  I look forward to the annual reveal of the Claridge’s Hotel Christmas tree. Always a favorite and never disappointing, The Claridge’s Christmas tree, designed by Dolce & Gabana, is an Italian themed marvel.

Claridge's Christmas Tree

London calls again!  The ‘Red Velvet Tree of Love’  at the Victoria and Albert Museum greets guests in holiday color, texture and pageantry. The Christmas Tree wow and wonder for the Grand Entrance of the Museum is by artists Helen and Colin David.

V &A Christmas TreeVictoria and Albert Museum

Elegant simplicity is well represented in this ooh la la factor Parisian-inspired Christmas tree bathed in winter wonderland white, silver baubles, champagne ribbon and a straw hat topper.

Parisian Christmas treeStyle at Home

Fashionably fabulous at the Holidays!


Traditional by nature, stunning by design.

traditional Christmas treeTraditional Home

Branches in urns with fresh greens and bright whites- oh my!

winter white Christmas decorPinterest

Non-traditional Christmas colors capture the eye and the heart of holiday decorating through self-expression.

pink Christmas treeBetter Homes and Gardens

‘Tis the season of tinsel trees and Tiffany colors so gorgeously stated in Christmas chic by Valorie Hart.

Visual Vamp Breakfast at Tiffanys Christmas treeThe Visual Vamp

The more Christmas tree wow and wonder splendor there is to see, the more I am lead to create, decorate and spectate.  Inspiration of the holiday and stylish kind is everywhere!

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Adventures In Decorating Rental Property

During a recent all in the family design consultation the question how would mom approach decorating rental property was asked and answered.

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Our son is on the move once again in the pursuit of higher education and stylish digs, and thus begins our adventures in decorating rental property.

He has clear and concise idea of what he wants on the education front, but questions his decorative decisions on the latter.


I’m considering replacing my LSU Mom bumper sticker with a custom sticker stating “My son and my money and my furniture, home furnishings, and home decor accessories go to LSU.”

LSU mom

It’s important when decorating rental property to be fully aware of the rules and limitations regarding changes to the existing decor, but to also keep a personal stamp of style in mind.

Color does just that.

The color palette I’m suggesting consists of his all time favorite colors.

It’s been established the living area and kitchen colors will remain as is for the following two reasons:

A neutral color palette in a common area works to your advantage.

gray paint colors BHG photo by Marty Baldwin

Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Marty Baldwin

Neutral colors are wildly popular because most everyone lives well with them.

With that in mind, it’s a safe assumption a neutral color palette in shared areas will reduce the risk of conflicting tastes with the roommate.

Your security deposit dollars and post graduation time schedule thank you in advance for your consideration.

Introduce color through accent pieces and home decor accessories.

It’s much easier to add and subtract on a smaller scale than to go big or repaint at this stage of the college housing game.

nautical color palette

The decorative emphasis is on the bedroom.

The floor plan offers enough space and full walls for better furniture placement.

Windows are great, but can wreak havoc with furniture placement.

Thankfully, this will not present a problem.

Storage and a sufficient work area remain big considerations in the overall plan.

bedroom floor plan

Let me share with you a renter/lessee tip.

Before painting the interior or exterior of a property, obtain written permission from the landlord or property management firm.

With written permission from the property management firm giving the okay to paint firmly in place, we’ve reached a color compromise of sorts.


We both agree the 14′ X 13′ bedroom is better equipped to do a core color decorative justice as a focal point color.

Enter the accent wall.


“I Heart NY” is one of my favorite Sex In The City episodes.

Moon River.

A red accent wall.

The charismatic Chris Noth as Mr. Big.

That one red wall is captivating!

Other than my gush, our son has no point of reference.

Unfortunately, Dave the Builder does due to the years of overexposure to my obsession.

Dave suggested the above image for visual reference.

The decision has been made and we have a winner.


Sherwin-Williams Hyper Blue SW 6965  is the one color he is set on.

Dave the Builder insists on making a custom upholstered headboard.

It’s a practical and affordable way to bring more color into the space and to create a striking look.

One sheet of plywood, a jigsaw, upholstery foam, batting, upholstery fabric, and a staple gun will get the DIY job done.

For the next two months one thing is for sure- college decorating days are here again.

This is a refresher course for me in the ABC’s of decorating rental property, an all in the family affair, and I’m loving every stylish minute of it!



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