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Cozy for Fall

I really appreciate and enjoy all of the seasons.  Probably because it gives me an excuse to buy new clothes but I really do enjoy seeing the scenery change with each passing season.  I also think that living in the south we get just enough of one season before going on to the next.  Except for summer…  summer lasts forever here.

However, if I had to choose a favorite of them all I think I would choose fall.  Maybe it’s the cool crisp air or maybe it’s the vibrant autumn colors or maybe, just maybe, it’s all the pumpkin flavored things.  Either way I do find myself getting a little giddy when the fall comes around.

We had a little briskness to the air this week and a much needed drop in humidity which meant good hair, an excuse to wear an open toe pair of booties and the chance to decorate my house for fall. 

Just so you know we went through a huge redecorating project in our house a little over a year ago so I also changed some of my holiday décor too.  Going with a lighter interior really inspired me to think of different ways to decorate and while it’s by no means minimal, it’s what we should call “Tippy Minimal”.   My exterior stayed the same as did my exposed brick on the inside of my house and they both pair beautifully with autumn colors.  Probably why it’s my favorite season to decorate for.

I took the time to go through my existing décor and put up what would work and get rid of what wouldn’t and then we made a much anticipated trip to Home Goods.  If you haven’t shopped at Home Goods before for holiday needs you are missing a gold mine.  They always have great pieces and I find they have minimal inventory of each one so it’s unlike Hobby Lobby where every house has the same pumpkins as you.  I really wanted to add some more mercury glass to my pumpkin collection so off to Home Goods we went.

This is the outcome…

Mantle and Fireplace

Most of these items are old.  I was able to reuse a lot of what I had and it all just worked.  My white pumpkins were from several years ago when they became really popular.  Stores were charging twice as much for the white ones over the orange so I just bought a few orange ones and a can of spray paint and went to town.  Even after all this time they are still one of my favorite pieces.

Coffee Table

Most of this is new and purchased from Home Goods.  The tray is always on my coffee table and I just add little items from season to season.  The milk glass vase is vintage and the little flowers are left over from me making my hat for polo.

Kitchen

I love carrying my theme over into my kitchen.  Our kitchen is where we spend the majority of our time so it is nice to have décor in that room too.  The mercury glass pumpkin is new and from Home Goods and was only $12.  The china is my formal fall china and I inherited it from my late Grandmother, Lilly Belle.  I have a lot of china… like however much you think is a lot I probably have more than that.  Before we had kids I displayed my formal china at every holiday.  Now I take it out less often but it still gets used.  Even with three boys.

Extras

I usually throw some of my extra items into the foyer or even the guest bathroom.  For Christmas I all out decorate these rooms but for fall, Halloween and Mardi Gras they are a little after thought.  I do love to bring everything together with a scent.  Each season I buy a candle that reminds me of the season we are entering and makes my home feel and smell cozy.  I take great care to find scents that are not overpowering because you never know if your guest is sensitive to smells.  Autumn scents can be particularly overwhelming.

Food and Drinks

Fall is a beautiful time for decorating but also for gathering with friends and family.  I love the opportunity to try out new recipes and have friends over for “porch drinks”.  The fall and the spring are the best times for enjoying the outdoors in south Louisiana.  These are a few of my go-to’s for entertaining.

Healthy Pumpkin Chili

Crockpot Applesauce

French Onion Pot Roast

Slow Cooker BBQ Brisket

Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans and Cranberries

Honey Crisp Apple Sangria

Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Apples

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