Entries in Fall (19)


adding fall touches to your entertaining basics

I'm probably the only person on the planet that isn't high fiving fall's impending arrival (I'm always holding on to the end of summer with both hands), but this year, despite the steady 90 degree temps, I've already started to introduce little touches of fall to my daily dinnerware and serving pieces.  I always keep my entertaining basics pretty neutral with lots of texture so that I can make small changes with the seasons without having to buy all new stuff (think rattan chargers, simple white dishes and serving platters and my favorite French wine glasses).  Something so simple as swapping out my woven tumblers for tortoise double old fashioneds goes a long way to bring a touch of fall to my table.  To get the most bang for my buck, I look for pieces that can do double duty, like an ice bucket that can also double as a beautiful vessel for flowers or a maiden hair fern (I'm also completely OBSESSED with these mixed metal planters; they would look amazing down a center of the table with myrtle topiary or maiden hair fern).  Bamboo serving pieces are a great way to add a little texture without having to invest in a whole set of flatware and wicker casserole dishes are festive year round!  I've rounded up some of my favorite basic entertaining pieces, mixed with some pretty touches for fall:


Rattan chargers / French wine glasses / Tortoise double old fashioneds / Myrtle topiary

(a great fake option here, too) / White serving platters / Bamboo serving set / Mixed metal planters

Tortoise ice bucket / Marble wine cooler / Wicker wrapped casserole dishes

How are you welcoming fall??


fall pretties for the home and table

This weekend we finally saw a little relief from 90 degree temps and, I must say, it was so nice to be able to play outside without the bugs eating us alive and then snuggle under cozy throw blankets and watch movies as a family.  Time to officially say goodbye to summer as we close our pool and I try really, really hard not to grab my Christmas lights out of storage!  Here are a few pretties I'm loving lately - lots of texture, brass, bamboo, tortoise and a little animal print for good measure to cozy up the house for the change in the season:

I've been OBSESSED with these antelope pillows for the chairs in my living room, but their price tag makes me choke.  I found some much more affordable options on Etsy and over at Plantation

I love the simplicity and size of this round mirror from Target

These Wilton trays from Serena and Lily are a great way to add some texture to a coffee or dining table.

These crystal low ball glasses are heavy and substantial enough for the hubby's whiskey but chic enough for my cocktail tray.

I love a myrtle topiary, even if I have a bad habit of murdering them shortly after spending a small fortune on them. Still on the hunt for the perfect fake.

This brown sugar and bourbon candle is HEAVEN.

Dial up the cozy factor with this fabulous pom pom throw.

I love the entire Dauville line, but this sleek, gold rimmed pitcher is on my radar for Thanksgiving lately.

I'm thinking my kitchen counter needs this adorable framed fox print from High Street Market.

The only thing I love more than blue and white everything is tortoise everything.  This umbrella holder from Ballard Designs is killing me softly.

Thinking of updating some of my favorite family photos with these chic bamboo picture frames.

Love the shape and petite size of this gold hexagon platter - it would look amazing for serving drinks or displaying my favorite bottles of perfume.

Still obsessed with this brass fox door knocker.

Looking forward to this read, as much for the fact that I love everything at Food 52 as for my need to simplify my weekly meal plan.

What are you loving lately?


diy: mini pumpkin taper candle holders

Despite being more of a spring and summer girl, fall in the south is my favorite time of year to entertain.  There's no pollen or mosquitos so you can actually enjoy the cooler temps and beautiful evenings dining alfresco or even just sipping a cocktail or a cup of coffee on the porch under a cozy throw blanket (my fave).  Fall is also the one time of the year where I give myself carte blanche to go crazy with the slightly over-the-top tablescapes - pumpkins, bittersweet, wicker demijohns, lanterns, even foliage from my yard are some of my favorite ways to add a touch of the change in season (especially since I don't really decorate for it anywhere else in my house). 

A few years ago, I made some taper candle holders out of mini pumpkins and they're one of my favorite DIY's to date!  I originally posted the step-by-step tutorial here but I thought since the weather was finally feeling fall-ish right now in the south, it was the perfect time to re-post it for anyone who missed it the first time around!  This is one of the quickest and easiest DIY's - the most time consuming part is waiting for the paint to dry, so if do-it-yourself projects tend to intimidate you, this is definitely an easy one to try!

What you'll need:

mini pumpkins

cordless drill

3/4 inch spade drill bit (I used this one)

spray paint

Step 1: if there are any stems on the pumpkins, remove them with wire cutters.  Place your drill bit in the middle of the top of the pumpkin and, applying light pressure, drill slowly until about a half inch down into the pumpkin.  DO NOT PRESS HARD ON THE DRILL - it will crack your pumpkin!  Also, make sure the pumpkin is on the floor, not in your hand, when drilling:

Step 2:  Using a butter knife, scrape out the insides of the pumpkin and then spray them with your spray paint. 

Once dry, insert your taper candles and enjoy!  SO easy!

Hope everyone is off to a great start this Monday!


fall finds for less than $50

I have never really been one to decorate for fall, save for some strategically placed mums and heirloom pumpkins on my front porch but lately, there are so many goodies out there that are making me rethink decorating for the season.  The only thing I love more than a good bargain is when the score can transition well throughout the other seasons or I can use it year round.  Texture, preserved greens, lot of gold and yummy smelling candles are heavy on my radar right now, so I put together a few of my favorites that help evoke the feel of fall without breaking the bank. Everything is less than $50 and many items are $25 or less! What are you loving lately for fall?

Preserved boxwood wreath / Tortoise shell glasses / Rattan charger

Basket / Gold urchin sculpture / Nest pumpkin chai candle / Brass monogrammed door knocker

Bamboo flatware set / Horn bottle opener / Murchison Hume Superlative Hand Soap / Ribbon vase

Autumn Gathering by Park Hill Candles / Bread board / Cheetah large tassel / Small turtle dish

Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating


friday five

It's been a long and crazy week; I was ready for the weekend back on Monday.  I'm excited to not have any plans, save for spending all weekend outside, soaking up this gorgeous weather with my babies (both fur and human) and grabbing dinner with some friends.  There's just something about not having plans that makes the weekend feel like it will last longer, don't you think?  I'm so happy we are finally having some real Fall weather lately; here are a few other things making me happy this week:

"Autumn Gathering" by Park Hill Candles is the most amazing scent for Fall!  The candles burn so well and smell so amazing, I want to lick my walls!  Plus, it comes in an adorable wicker holder.  Order one now, you'll thank me, I promise. 

And speaking of scents.....silver dollar and seeded eucalyptus have been keeping my living room smelling equally amazing.  Thank you, Fresh Market, for $5 bundles!

I had high hopes of reading interior designer and blogger Lauren Liess' new book leisurely over the weekend but I ended up DEVOURING every single page last night.  So, SO good!  It's been a long time since I've read a design book this great.  Highly, HIGHLY recommend!

This face.  She slays me.  Chalk paint in her hair and all:

I like big plants and I cannot lie.  Even those of the so-big-I-can't-see-in-the-only-full-length-mirror-in-the-house variety:

Have a wonderful weekend!