Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fall Home Tour 2016

Hello friends... I hope you are all having a great week.  And now that fall is officially here, let me begin by wishing everyone a happy and warm autumn.

Today I am sharing a little tour of our homes fall décor.   Let me begin by welcoming you to our home.  I am so happy to have you here.  I hope that you will find a bit of inspiration here. 

Fall is by far, one of my favorite seasons.   Crimson leaves of all shades come together to create a majestic brown and gold foliage like no other.  The cool crisp mornings, pumpkin spice lattes and endless amount of fall activities are all magical to me.   And of course, my favorite part is decorating our home for the autumn season.

I do like decorating our home in the traditional autumn colors. There is a certain warmth and comfort that these earthy tones bring to a home.  Truth is, I think our little pooch Max loves these colors too. The minute I began decorating our foyer, he parked himself near the door and napped for hours and is his go to spot since. 

Here is Max greeting you at our door.

I begin by placing a burlap runner on top of our radiator, then I layered a burnt orange runner for a pop of color.  A vintage crate holds a few velvet pumpkins, rustic signs and candles add visual impact.  

This was the perfect place to display my favorite pattern by Spode.  

This is our recently refreshed dining room.  My husband and I worked in this room for a month.  My poor husband has been so helpful...  Thank goodness that he always supports me and my numerous ideas for decorating our home.  I am so fortunate.  

A few pieces have been painted to give them a second life but I think our over sized hutch will be replaced eventually.  

Here, I kept things simple.  A few seasonal floral arrangements, pillows and throws transition the room to autumn. It is one of my favorites rooms in our home now.  The previous decor was grand and a bit too formal. Now, the room feels easy, unpretentious and inviting.

This small sideboard was originally dark.  We decided to paint the piece a warm wheat-mustard tone. I love how it turned out.  What a difference color makes.  Lamps give it scale while a basket filled with a seasonal accessories give this sideboard visual interest.

In our breakfast room, the colors are also warm which makes it easy to decorate for fall.

A dramatic fall floral arrangement gives this table interest while a simple but seasonal table setting eases in to fall.  

Autumn has the beauty of earth's majestic colors, foliage and flora.  Remember that decorating for the season can be as simple as adding a few pumpkins and candles.  Bring in natural elements from your 
own garden.  No need to be perfect or to go over budget.  Regardless of how you decide to decorate your home, it is about making your home feel cozy and warm for family and friends. 

May you all have a happy and blessed autumn season.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fall Gatherings ~ Cheese & Wine At The Shore

Hello friends,

Welcome to my blog today.  I am glad you are here.

As you all know, I love entertaining family and friends.  Especially during the fall season but as we all know, planning and shopping for the occasion can still be a bit stressful.  So when I want stress free entertaining, I turn to a simple cheese and charcuterie board.  A quick trip to my favorite supermarket and a little time spent creating a visually interesting display is all you need to put together a sophisticated cheese platter.

Last week, we spent the weekend with my sister-in-law at the Jersey Shore. Having such an incredible view of the Shrewsbury River, I could not help setting my cheese and wine course in the open air. And who would pass up the opportunity to gather in such a dreamy spot.

It was easy to relax here. To bring a close to stressful week and repose.  Laughter and conversation flowed effortlessly in such a serene and peaceful setting.  To connect with nature and people we love. 

Cozy blankets, soft candlelight and the gentle sound of the water encouraged us to linger and to enjoy each others company.   

The ever popular Cheese Tray.  An easily portable course that satisfies all foodies

Here are a few tips for planning the cheese course

A cheese tray does not have to be elaborate to be inviting.  A single carefully chosen cheese, of good quality can be just as satisfying.  Remember that the main focus is still the cheese.  Today, we are lucky to have many supermarkets that carry a decent selection of domestic and international cheeses so selection can be a bit overwhelming for some.

Here are a few tips:

For most occasions, three cheeses make an ample and generous cheese course.  Our family loves cheese, so we always over buy.

If you are serving more than one cheese, plan your purchases so that you have a fair assortment.  Plan to have a bit of diversity to ensure that there is something for everyone:  fresh cheeses and aged ones; mild cheeses and strong ones; a mix of cow's, sheep's and goat's milk cheeses.  Consider firmness: Soft, semi-hard and hard and Region.  France, Spain, Italy and California offer excellent choices.

I always like to have a soft cheese such as a brie or camembert, a creamy jarlsburg and a hard cheese such as manchego  or gouda. 

The Accompaniments

Besides the cheese, there must be partnering options such as crackers, bread, jellies, olives, nuts or fruits.  All of these accompaniments aid in creating an overall experience.  

I hope I have inspired you to make this easy and fun appetizer tray for stress free entertaining.

Have a great weekend.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

A French Country Fall Tablescape

Hello everyone.  I hope you all had a relaxing weekend.

With summer now coming to a close and fall making its entrance, I am excited to welcome the season for family, friends and cozy gatherings.  There is a certain warmth that comes with earthy tones of fall and the cool and crisp that it brings.  I always look forward to the laughter and conversation that happen around the table.  

With that in mind, I put together my first tablescape for this fall season.  Nothing pretentious or too pretty.  Just an everyday table setting with a French Country theme using all my favorite earthy tones of fall to help inspire you with your autumn gatherings.  And of course, this will be a mini series on fall entertaining...

You'll find that I have layered mismatched dishes, used a rustic centerpiece and a mustard table runner.  I am proud to say that I made the black and white checkered napkins myself.....  A NO sew project that was fairly easy to do. 

I hope you pull up a chair to join us.  Cheers to a happy and delicious autumn season.

First step in to cover your table with a plain white tablecloth.  Then for contract and textured, you can add a pretty table runner such as the mustard tone I used on this table.  Place your matching placemats to give your table setting punch.  Now begin layering your plates in similar colors.  This is where you can have lots of fun.  Be creative.  Add your glassware of choice.  I love these amber goblets. They are so versatile.  Finish with flatware and colorful napkins.

Source List:

Plates, placemats, glassware, table runners, yellow napkins:  Home Goods

White tablecloth:  Vintage

Flatware:  World Market

Centerpiece:  Water canister, fall sprays and twig napkin holder:  Michael's

Checkered Black & White napkin:  Made by me

May you all have a wonderful and productive week.



Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Easy & Budget Friendly Autumn Floral Arrangements

Hello everyone.  I hope you all had a relaxing and fun holiday weekend.  And now that summer is officially over, it is time to get back into our routines and start thinking about our autumn decor.

As we all know, bloggers have definitely stepped up their decorating and design game for fall.  There are a ton of amazing fall home tours to inspire all of us.  And I must admit, I am already daydreaming in shades of orange, yellow, greens and earthy browns. The changing leaves alone are the perfect inspiration if you asked me.  Deep reds, yellows and oranges bring warmth to any space.  Pair the bold colors of nature with more neutral browns and green tones for achieving the perfect balance.

One of the simplest ways to make seasonal changes in your décor, it's by using flowers.  Whether you prefer to use dried, silk or natural flowers, it is an easy way to spruce up your home for the season. 

So today, I am sharing a few ideas for easy and budget friendly flower arrangements that will help you spruce up your home for the autumn season ahead.  These are arrangements that anyone can put together in 5 minutes or less.  

All the floral sprays were purchased at Michaels using 50% coupons and/or taking advantage of their sales.  The containers I used to make the arrangements were ones that I I already had so I did not have to spend extra money for that.  The key here is to use what you already have in your home.  Anything that can hold flowers is pretty much a container to me.  So have fun with it.  Give it your own twist and remember to be creative.

For the arrangement pictured above, I used three pre-made fall floral bouquets from Michael's.  They were $9.99 each but I was able to buy them at 50% off.  The rustic container was a purchase from Hobby Lobby a few years ago and I think it is the perfect combination.  I just love how the finish of the container picks up the oranges on the floral bouquet.  I didn't need to use floral foam to make these but you need to depending on the container that you use.

This weathered piece is a favorite.  It has the perfect patina and it can be used in so many ways. Below are a few ideas for this beauty.  I decided to go with the sprays with the fruits on this one.  It looks wonderful in my kitchen.

What do you think?

For this arrangement, I used two sprays.

I love the organic and natural look of this one.

A simple and classy white pitcher makes a great vessel for flowers.  

Which one is your favorite??  Do you think you can put these looks together for your home? Remember, you can use so many color combinations for your fall decor.  Perhaps you like an all white color palette for fall.  Today we have so many options.   It is about adding those little touches that give your home warmth and individual style.

I hope you can take a bit of inspiration from this post.  

Thank you for visiting me today.  May you all have a great week and happy autumn to you.