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Fall Elegantly into the Autumn Season in Your Decorating

Fall is  such a lovely time of year!  I love to pull out all of the stops and decorate with lots of pumpkins ~ real and faux.
This year I have plans for decorating the outside and I am anxiously awaiting for pumpkins to arrive.  While waiting for those great gourds to show up at our local grocery stores and pumpkin patches I thought I’d share a few past pumpkin photos plus maybe a few new ones from this season with you.  🙂

Here is  our dining room and part of the living room decorated for late summer and just a touch of fall with these sweet velvety leaved acorns.  Love these!  They will be perfect with the small velvet pumpkins I picked up on sale at Cracker Barrel and Jo-Ann’s last year at the end of the season.

Velvet anything is really big right now which is sooo nice as velvet just has that nice sheen to it and feels so good on your fingers when touched ~ the best!  I still remember back when my daughter was in Brownie Girl Scouts and we went to see a play in San Diego with our troop.
Amy wore her beautiful deep burgundy red velvet dress and dressed her American Girl in her matching dress with black Mary Jane shoes.  Another friend also named Amy brought along her American Girl and together we all went to the play and it was a lovely flashbulb memory for this mom!  


Here is another tablesetting I created last year when I made this little faux pumpkin vase to brighten up our fall table.

Super easy to create you can watch my YouTube post or if you prefer photographs to follow then here is the post that went with along with the video.  This pumpkin vase was created out of a styrofoam pumpkin found at Walmart ~ I like this because it can be reused from year to year and can also use it to hold candy on Halloween night if you like to pass treats out to your neighborhood kids!

😉



The fun part of any decorating and especially in the fall is getting to move things around and our little maiden moves around quite a bit.
I like dressing this maiden with my inexpensive necklaces as here in our Prairie Home I don’t have a dedicated place to hang up my necklaces.
We did just purchase a hanging wall piece that has hooks which can be pulled out or pushed in flush but I still like to hang baubles on this girl! 

If you have some favorite pieces you like to decorate with think of different ways you can use your piece.  Here I’ve added a linen napkin found at Ikea underneath along with some feathers found out on daily walks with our dog.  Adding in a few favorite teacups just for fun finishes the look.

Adding a lovely bowl of fruit is another nice way to add in some fall color in beautiful reds and oranges.  Also bring out a few woven baskets that might have been put away and forgotten about since last year as they add in their own warmth to our decorating.

And as  you finish putting out just a few fall touches to spruce up your early autumn decor sit back, relax and have a nice cup of tea and a treat of your own.
😉

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Let the fall decorating begin,
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A Little Bit of Paris Aujourd’hui

Paris is a dream… 

 I often think of Paris and how I missed an opportunity to go and
visit The City of Lights when I was an exchange student to Germany back as a young 19 year old and new to college
and to life…


Paris  is still on my bucket list of places to visit with its
Arc de Triomphe, all the bridges leading over water into
the heart of the city, and let’s talk about the architectural
detailing and wrought iron railings on balconies!
🙂


So while  I may never have been to Paris or to any city in France ~ a girl can dream… and create a home while waiting that has a little French charm in it instead.
😉

Bring in some lovely wicker and woven baskets and find
a long baguette basket or two at your local thriftshop
to give your kitchen some Parisian flair.
Here I’ve added this small square basket to hold our napkins
and it is often dressed up with various linens to make it
even prettier.


Beautiful  soaps on display still in their wrapper-jackets
tucked in a lightly gilded Haviland Limoge dish will add a
friendly European touch dressing up
one’s powder room.

I also like to display gifts around my home as in these small
jars of bath salts.
When left open they add a lovely scent to the room
infusing a bit of roses to clean the air.
The one jar displaying Handmade with Love was created by
Laura Ingalls Gunn who writes the blog Decor to Adore.
Here is the link to her post about creating these
sweet rose scented bath salts.


And speaking of roses…

Go anywhere in France and rose gardens will be found!
This rose garden was one I visited last fall while out visiting
Biltmore Estate.
Truly a remarkable take on a garden worthy of King Louis XV and Versaille or Malmaison and filled with David Austin roses which
were breathtakingly beautiful in their cooler weather
October bloom.

A French style garden wouldn’t be complete without somewhere
comfortable to sit while admiring those roses so be sure
to bring in a pretty metal bench.
My inspiration were those benches seen in the movies
that fill the parks in Paris and in New York City’s
Central Garden.

Turning our attention back indoors

What speaks to me of Paris are caned back chairs and twinkling chandeliers with their brilliant pendants casting their sparkling rainbows on floors and walls.
Outdoor cafés have the cutest caned chairs dressed in haute couture
black and white weavings.
While we can’t always change out our furniture whenever
we feel the urge to do so
we can take what we have and give our chairs a makeover
with some paint and a fabric cover refresh.

Mirrors

The City of Lights also includes fantastic mirrors in every chateau or estate and this beauty {currently with our storage in California} came home with me from Northern to Southern California
for my birthday one year.

Pier mirrors which are fairly tall mirrors are very Parisian and
so de rigueur. 
Gilded mirrors like this one at 4 1/2 feet tall really help bring
that French European feel to a room.
Plus they are quintessential to adding light to darker rooms
hallways and to areas that just need a bit more sparkle.
🙂

A tablesetting out of doors set for Valentine’s Day this past winter.

Lighting

Chandeliers and table candelabras are truly something we
can all find inexpensively at our local thriftstores and add such French drama to our homes.

In our current home ~ our 41′ fifth wheel travel trailer
which I call our Prairie Home ~
we have hung up a chandelier as I needed some sparkle
and “pretty” where there was none before.


Just a little bling in any home whether small or grand definitely reminds one of Paris and its grand chateaus with their
spectacular lighting…


Furnishings

Although right now this lovely armoire is sitting in storage
it used to grace our upstairs hallway in our Big House.
With its large beveled mirror and carved “mermaid” along its bonnet top, an armoire is a perfect piece of furniture for holding large amounts of bed linens, quilts and the like.

In our next home it will either live in our master bedroom
and be used for holding clothing ~ as probably was its
original intention ~ or may hold a smaller television and
equipment inside and live in our future dining/living room.


Plus if the one you find is in rough shape and the marquetry
and veneers can’t be fixed ~ it’s an easy job to sand it
and paint it from top to bottom.

However a fabulous armoire is used, it is a magnificent
French addition to one’s home and equal to any task
beset before it.

Lastly  to add a little Parisian-French flair to your rooms
bring in some Old World styled paintings.
This cutie was found while thriftshopping in England about
10 years ago and with its pheasant scene
and antiqued gilding
this little painting brings in more of that je ne sais quoi
that speaks to
our French-loving hearts.



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*An update ~ this post was featured at
Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage
Thank you Courtney!
😀


How do you bring a bit of Paris home?

A bientôt,
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Decorating Ideas ~ How to Make a Rose Ornament

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Sorry  I haven’t written much except a little on Instagram this past week ~ I’ve been battling a really bad head cold and I’m
just beginning to feel better.
With that  I looked back to some older posts I had written and
I came across this photograph in a post that I had written
about a peacock tea party at our home in California.

I had wanted to share a tutorial on how to make this sweet
little rose ornament and found that I never did
so…
Here we are to remedy that today!
🙂







How to make a Rose Ornament

Supplies you’ll need

faux silk roses for the top piece and leaves
sewing thread or embroidery floss
a large doll needle
styrofoam balls in size for your project
decorative ribbon for trimming
small tassels found on decorative trims
fabric scraps
hot glue gun and glue

Directions

Glue fabric scrap over one-half of the styrofoam ball.

Glue on fancy lace or any ribbon trim with dangles

around the middle of your decoration.

Glue leaves over the other half of ball facing down.

Glue a silk rose or other flowers centered on top
of the leaves.

Attach a hanger made of embroidery thread or a saved
ribbon or hanger from previously purchased clothes
using the long doll needle ~ run up through the bottom
of the ball through the flower.
*This is a great way to repurpose and recycle those cute hanging tags we get
from purchased clothes at a big box club store or from a department store.*
🙂
Add a hanging ornament, crystal or tassel to the bottom
of your ornament if so desired.
*This can be done at the same time as attaching the hanger
as I’ve done with these small ornaments ~ just make
string long enough to tie on the hanging decoration
plus enough to to through the flower and
create the hanger.

***


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I made  many of these in various sizes and with
sunflowers, blue violets and other flowers as tops then
gave them away as favors at a tea and also as
gifts at Christmas time.

These are pretty and festive and can be adapted
for any occasion ~ these little ornaments would be
super cute hanging off the backs of chairs at a
bridal shower, a wedding, or at a Mother’s Day luncheon.
Just think how cute they would be hanging on
a mobile at a baby shower with little pink or blue ribbons
and coordinating flowers.
🙂


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Happy crafting,
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How to Glam Up Your Chandelier

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Chandeliers are  inherently beautiful no matter whether they have real rock crystals dangling from their Cinderella-like
glass arms or just sweet pink faux crystals or like mine here ~
the chandy itself is made purely of acrylic plastic.

Chandeliers are glamour unto themselves and today we will be talking about how to make your basic chandelier more beautiful
for any occasion.

Our current chandy with double pearl garlands and acrylic and glass drops and ornaments.
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Glamping  a Chandelier
Recently I was asked to do a post on how I glam-up
my chandeliers so today we are talking some
“chandy trash”…
😉

Depending upon the weight your ceiling can carry 
will basically dictate what you can
and cannot hang
from your home’s chandeliers.


Several years ago when we were in our last house I must
have been cleaning and redecorating the buffet and our 
small china cabinet. 
At some point in the cleaning process I must have
looked up and seen our boring 1990’s basic brass chandelier looking a little sad and that’s when I had the bright idea
to really glam up my chandelier!

I had already found and hung ropes of crystal drops and
glass bobeches online and had used them to decorate
our previous home’s dining room chandelier.
I brought those with me when we moved in 1994
to the Big House and added to them
for this chandelier.
{not hanging on it in this photograph}


Our last home’s dining room chandelier with faux greenery, pearl garlands, large crystal drops and swan ornaments.

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Like some things in life

 More is better and at Christmas time it was a free for all adding faux pine boughs and later I thought to use these dangling pearls.
Those pearl garlands?
They are found in the wedding section at the big craft stores!
My friend Kathy had hung some around her powder room
mirror and I thought they would look lovely hanging
off my chandy!
🙂


Our current chandelier dressed with acrylic and glass Christmas ornaments.
Dried Queen Anne’s lace flowers would look nice tucked in among silk flowers if you want your chandelier
to have a summertime look.
Hanging rose garlands such as in the previous photos above
replaced the wintertime greenery and swans.


This past year I had just been researching chandeliers for our
RV glamper home and ended up having to return
the first chandelier I found.
It was just too heavy for this spot but Home Depot had this
light-weight acrylic beauty and for the money and
only 6 lbs. of weight
it was the right choice for us!

Here’s the link in case you are looking for a light-weight
chandelier for a spot in your home ~ it is 24″ long x 22″ wide
if I remember correctly ~ and it has six arms.


Would you believe not all the pieces are even
hanging on it?
Nope.
We forgot to add the acrylic piece over top of the
bottom chrome bowl.
Actually without that crystal style piece it looks
a little more contemporary and that’s
the trend nowadays.
Happy accident!
🙂

My usual workspace ~ comfortable, bright and pretty and functional!
Since more than likely we will still be in our little
RV home this next Christmas…
I already know that greenery will be happening and that was 
partly why I wanted to hang a chandelier here
in our fifth-wheel.
Hubby thought I was crazy, btw.

I glamped up the barrel LED light in our last trailer.
The only thing different about putting up a chandelier
in a trailer -vs- a house is the amperage is different
so you need 12 volt bulbs instead of 120 volt
household lights.

Camping World helped me find these 12 volt chandelier
light bulbs and I am thrilled!
No need to rewire your chandelier either.
The voltage runs through the wiring but it’s very low
so getting the correct bulbs did the trick.
🙂

I am working on a new craft that will change the look
of our chandelier for summer so look for that soon.
Funny that I just bought the supplies to work
on this project when the suggestion came to 
talk about our chandelier!
🙂


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Wow
Dishing It and Digging It
Thursday Favorite Things




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How do you glam yours?
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Bathroom Decorating Ideas on a Budget

My friends Julie and Jim recently renovated
their guest bathroom upstairs after a pipe burst and caused
some flooding and she is graciously letting me share
the amazing results with you!

Little Miss Daisy checking out the bathroom with us ~ love this wallpaper!
So bright and airy  this lovely bathroom is stunning with
a new marble countertop, clawfoot tub, light creamy white beadboard under the wainscot moulding ~ really a bath lover’s dream!
Jim is a retired carpenter by trade and the man who along
with my son rebuilt our patio cover several years ago.
Jim effortlessly added chair rail moulding to this bathroom and
in all of the other rooms of their home plus he laid the floor tiles here and in their two other bathrooms.

Julie might kill me for printing this picture of her
but it really shows off her bathroom to its best advantage and as she had been outside gardening all afternoon and wasn’t expecting a visitor…
I told her no one would mind seeing her this way as she is always
beautiful no matter what.
You can see a really nice photograph of Julie on my
sidebar in the Follow on Google + link.
🙂
Seriously, though, isn’t this vanity stunning??!  I gasped when
I first saw it ~ then I found out she and her hubby bought it
on Ebay…
Can you believe it?!
I definitely am going to check it out if it’s still available
as I’d love to pick one or two up.
They actually purchased four of the same vanity ~
the one for this bathroom, two for their master bathroom
and one for their downstairs powder room.
By buying four, they were able to get the cost down
plus insurance picked up some of the costs with
the renovations due to the damage.
There were actually two different water pipe breaks and the
bathroom I am sharing today was the first break several years ago
but this room wasn’t fully remodeled until the second waterline
break this past year.
The second break occurred in their master bathroom causing
damage there and also to their powder room directly
right below downstairs
so…
This is how they ended up with four of the same gorgeous
vanities which look seamless throughout.

Julie loves  Shabby Chic and all the whites mixed in
so it’s no wonder her bathrooms all look lovely with white
painted antique furniture and roses strewn here and there
in luscious wallpaper borders and in her favorite china pieces.
Julie also loves blue and her downstairs has Victorian furniture
and blue carpeting but after eight years or so of living in this
home she said she is ready for some changes.
I didn’t  take any photographs downstairs this time but
I did capture their front yard from the porch and some of the roses
she hasn’t yet cut back for the season.
It’s sooo hard to know when to cut back roses in Southern California as some of the best growing times for roses are
during the winter!
🙂
 
 
A little cherub wall pocket hanging outside the bathroom.

Here is  one of their spare bedrooms and it is devoted to sharing Julie’s dolls which belonged to her mother and grandmother and also a sweet hexagonal paper pieced flower quilt hand-sewn
by her grandmother almost a century ago.
Bright and airy and turn of the last century this look is
Victorian and timeless.
 

Here’s little Miss Daisy
I just loved her sweet face and personality ~ she is a very
gentle Maltese/toy poodle mix and was so photogenic
that I had to snap a quick photo of her.
Daisy looks adorable sharing the lovely tile flooring and
this sweet bathmat with you.
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Thursday Favorite Things ~ Katherine’s Corner
Over the Moon ~ Gwin Gal Adventures
Wow Us Wednesday ~ Savvy Southern Style
I’ll be sharing fromJulie’s garden soon,
Barb 🙂
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A Pumpkin Spice Muffin/Bread Recipe

I love this time of year for baking and cooking
as it helps warm up the home PLUS all that baking
makes our homes smell soooo
deliciously good!


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Today I’m sharing a different
pumpkin muffin/bread recipe than 
the pumpkin bread recipe
I shared earlier this fall.

This one is from Very Best Baking.com
and I’ve modified it {Naturally! Lol!}
with the addition of a sprinkling of turbinado sugar
and rolled oats on top.

They kinda sank into the top of the loaves
but will still taste good nonetheless.
I forgot to partially cook the breads first…
Lol!
;)’


This is the Instagram photo I shared earlier today. :)’



Here’s the recipe for you now:

Best Life Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Ingredients

non-stick cooking spray
2 cups wheat bran cereal {I used bran flour}
1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin
2 lg. eggs
1 1/2 cups skim milk {I used 1%}
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup granulated sugar
*turbinado sugar for dusting the tops
*oats for sprinkling on the tops

3 tbsp. canola oil {*I used olive oil}
1 cup whole-wheat flour*
1 cup all-purpose flour*
1 Tbsp. baking soda*
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

***

*3 Tbsp. baking soda
*1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
*2 cups unbleached flour
***These are my changes as I didn’t find the rest of the ingredients
paperwork until after I’d made my own guesses.


Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Place rack in the center of the oven.
Lightly coat a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine bran cereal, water and pumpkin and
let sit for at least 5 minutes.

In another bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, honey, sugar and oil.
Combine egg mixture with bran mixture and stir until smooth.

Mix in flours, baking soda and spices. 
Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. 
Cook 20 minutes or until done.
Prep time 10 minutes.
Yields 12 muffins ~ I doubled my recipe.
;)’

What are you baking this Christmas??




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Happy baking!
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Christmas Touches at the Biltmore

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With Thanksgiving now behind us and the
Christmas season upon us
Today we are heading back to visit the
Biltmore  for Christmas…


This cozy dining table is set with the Vanderbilt’s personally monogrammed china.

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Biltmore House is lovely any time of year and
when I visited in early October most of its rooms
were decorated just as they normally would have been when
George W. Vanderbilt and later his
family lived there.

Mildly disappointed that I wouldn’t be seeing
the house during the holiday season
in all its Christmas finery,
while on the self-guided tour I came upon several women
who were busy putting up greenery and ornaments on a fireplace mantel.
My heart leaped and I oooohed outloud,
“You’re decorating for Christmas!”

One of the staff members said that yes, they started early
as there are 250 rooms within Biltmore’s walls
and it takes a lot of manpower to finish the work ~ 
a plus for all of us who were
now visiting!
My trip would be complete.
🙂


This table setting is situated on the left side of the great Banquet Hall.  Fabulous handwoven tapestries hang within
many of Biltmore’s main rooms.  Here three fireplaces on this end of the room would have kept guests and family members quite comfortable during festive winter parties.

Today’s post is timely too if you haven’t seen and read
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out on news stands now.
The Biltmore is shown in all of its Christmas beauty
within the magazine’s pages and was
most likely photographed during last holiday season
once all of its decorations were on-display.
{Please click on the wording above to order your copy.}


Sorry, a bit blurry!

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Another dining room is set here for more intimate gatherings…
Setting a beautiful table is something I really enjoy so with
great pleasure I tried to photograph took all of the dining areas featured at Biltmore Estate for you.

I love how the color red was carried
throughout the home
don’t you?
🙂


Here the flocked burgundy velvet dining chairs and the
matching velvet curtains continue the hue as it also done
in most of the home’s other rooms.

Check out all the gilding on this lovely writing desk and the pen and ink set!
This particular sitting room with views of the valley below
had no deep red in it that I recall but was decorated
in lovely shades of periwinkle and navy found here
in the settee, armchairs and in the rug underfoot.

A gentlemen’s room above left and top right, and in a ladies’ parlor share more of the deep reds turning to wine.
I love the depictions of the stag and boar running away from the hunting party along the fireplace soffit in the
gentlemen’s smoking room.
The small table set for tea was in one of the ladies’
bedrooms.


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In this stairway the swirling black ironwork
winding up the staircase and echoed in the triple chandelier carry on the hunting lodge theme of the whole estate.


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Moving along  into the upstairs and into a family room
symmetrically decorated with four ten-foot Christmas trees
set with matching gold orbs and twinkling white lights
a mannequin is dressed in character Rose DeWitt Bukater’s purple full-length Edwardian gown
from the movie Titanic.
Over at The Inn at Biltmore more of the Titanic film’s
dresses are on display.

This Christmas tree and armoire are situated in an upstairs hallway which
displays many paintings and drawings by famous artists such as John Singer Sargent.

I loved this ladies bedroom which had lovely cream colored walls, more of the flocked burgundy wallpaper and drapes plus softly draping silk shades set in the French Doors and the bay window facing the front of the home.


The writing desk set here by the window must have been a wonderful place to write letters and invitations…

This bedroom was decorated with less ornate
Louis XV style French furnishings than those found in other parts of the home ~ a more conservative
French country style.

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Back downstairs  and into the kitchen staff areas
the last stop on this tour today…
This is the servants’ dining room and though conservatively furnished with 
simple bentwood chairs
the table itself is enormous ~ it was
quite up to date in its time.


Last month I wrote  two posts about touring the
of which the latter includes a little video.
To find more information about Biltmore Estate’s history
please click on these highlighted words and please visit
for tickets to visit and to stay at The Inn and other local
accommodations in the village.


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All Hallow’s Eve

Happy All Hallow’s Eve!
I thought of all the ways I could write this post
then I thought about the fall post I was going to share
today…


My deck with pansies ready to plant along with a faux pumpkin or two. 🙂
Last year we were driving to Tombstone, Arizona on
All Hallow’s Eve then visited a big graveyard there along with
some cool museums and saw a re-enactment of the famous
shootout between the Earps and the Clantons 
with our big move to Texas.

One of the campsites decorated here at Wagon Master RV Park and Alpaca Farm.


The year previous, we had just moved to Lake Skinner and we reverse trick-or-treated by bringing candy to the other
camp hosts there since no kids were there.
That’s a pretty place to visit around the end of October
if you enjoy camping in California.
Lots of fish in the lake, too, with great fishing!


Our camp hosts’ site dressed for the kiddos to come out and trick-or-treat!
This year we are at Wagon Master RV Park and Alpaca Farm
and loving our new adventure in Central Texas!
We’ve spent a year roaming the prairie country around here
driving on roads behind farmer’s tractors as they drive huge
500 lb. hay bale rolls to close-by neighbors to feed their cattle
sheep and horses.


Beautiful fall color with mums and lingering petunias from summertime.
Then too last year, I was saying goodbye to friends and coworkers so I made a ton of fabric pumpkins to give out.
So I thought maybe I’d just share some of our neighbors’ yards
a little of my own and, of course, my annual spooky head!


I’d reshare past photos but they aren’t saved on the cloud
anymore and have been moved off to a separate drive.
If you’d like to check out my first All-Hallow’s Eve post please click on these highlighted words.
🙂

A recent post I shared earlier this month.
Now it’s just about enjoying fall and sharing some favorite
tablesettings.

And a tablesetting coming up later this week…

Happy All Hallow’s Eve
to you,
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Sunday Afternoons and Enjoying a Good Book

One of my absolute favorite things to do
on a quiet weekend is
to sit and read a good book…

Today’s book is by author
Jan Karon
who has written 14-plus books
surrounding the lovely fictional town of
Mitford, North Carolina.

Father Tim Kavanagh is the original main character
and with the past three books
including this one
To Be Where You Are
his adopted son Dooley, DVM
and Dooley’s wife Lace and their
adopted son Jack
have become main characters in good standing.

The series is fun with a warm hometown feeling!
I think you’ll like all of Ms. Karon’s
books, too.
🙂


I have been reading the Mitford series for 20 years now
and I love that the story goes on.
🙂

People, life, family stories, mayoral elections,
births, deaths, a bull named Choo-choo.
Painting and vet life, perspective
the next generation…

To Be Where You Are shares all this and much more.
For anyone who loves a good read, a good cry,
dogs, a little drama but not too much,
and lots of love
all in faith in the One Above.
+
🙂

A link below is provided in case you’d like
to check out this book.

For my affiliate policy, please click Here.

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Happy fall reading!
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7 Favorite Showrooms at High Point Market

High Point Market is the most
amazing place to visit!
People come from all over the world to view the
latest designs for furnishings and home decor
and to shop…


This is Janie of JBeth Designs!

Between wandering around the International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC) by myself on Friday afternoon/evening
and then meeting up with
Courtney of French Country Cottage
{our Insider’s Guide to High Point Market for first timers!}
and new friend and designer
Janie Timberlake of JBeth Designs
{she’s just starting a site on FB and is on Instagram}
on Saturday
and touring showrooms
listening to a fabulous talk at a place
I will share with you in a separate post
{we were treated to a Moroccan lunch there, too!}
and
getting to shop for amazing pieces and see
all these gorgeous goods coming
from Europe and all
over the world
I’m on sensory overload ~ but in the
best way possible!!!
😀


I’ll have several indepth write-ups over the next few weeks
sharing more of the beautiful furniture pieces
and accessories I found that inspired me.



Here are Seven Incredible Showrooms that I found which just
knocked my socks off:

Eloquence

Shown in the featured first photo was my absolute 
definite favorite followed closely by these next three.
As soon as I can figure out how to share
Eloquence’s trademark with you on their photographs
I promise
I have a TON of French etherealness by way of
incredibly beautiful French pieces
to share with you…
sigh!
Just look at those gorgeous round accent lights!
They are such a lovely take on the 1960’s-1970’s
ones my parents had in their
guest/second bathroom
in their country Connecticut home.
{Left by a previous owner and they sufficed ~ just weren’t my taste.}

Love the old French novels and the French farmhouse table and benches
at French Heritage.

French Heritage

A showroom filled with beautiful fine furnishings
the owner designed herself for various designers
and pieces of the company’s own label.
Gold leaf, incredible French Louis mirrors
exquisite reproductions and antiques
as well as
avante-garde Art Deco inspired pieces ~
totally on trend!




TONS of ironstone tureens inside Golden Oldies.

Golden Oldies

This must be where everything comes into port
from everywhere overseas…
Hat makers forms, chocolate molds, loving cups,
French mirrors, olive buckets in stacks…
Janie and I… Our mouths dropped open at the $$
we could have dropped there
for clients AND for ourselves!

Ave Home

Ave features raw wood designs for the home
and can customize any of their furniture pieces
with Annie Sloan chalk paint matched to your decor
or can stain as desired.
I like their ability to customize!
I think that’s their best selling point as not
every company has the ability to do this.
Ave prides itself on being very vendor and
owner-oriented.
🙂


Bobo Intriguing Objects

One of the first shops we had an appointment with on
Saturday which has really nice clean furniture lines
and a fun mix of funky accessories ~ like the cute
French bulldog who has a name which I forget
{I’m sorry!}
and cute children’s play horses with burlap bodies
but paper maché heads, legs and tails!


Bobo also carries incredible antique artists’ drawings
which would have been used as the original design
for pieces created in the 18th and 17th centuries.
Wonderful for framing
they were on my list of future wallhangings.





Bliss Studio

Lovely reproductions with that ethereal white Nordic look
that I have totally fallen for these past few years…
Bliss is making very European-style cushions
which are thicker and more comfortable than
foam-filled cushions used on a lot of lesser quality
furniture pieces.
They are featuring the Gustavian-French look
brought over from Europe
which is so beautiful and popular right now
in North America and across Europe.

I was particularly excited about this table
set up that you can see in the photo above.
I like that the demilune tables can be added to
the kitchen table to bring in extra spaces
when extra company arrives ~
especially handy during the holidays!




Blue Ocean Traders

OMGosh!  We all went nuts for the many
vintage goodies found here…
My picks were horse troughs which come in three
sizes stacked and can be used in the garden
inside in a greenhouse or really anywhere.
Doors from India and the Middle East
are also a big feature here
along with reproduction wooden breadboards
doughbowls and the cutest capitals
from the Phillipines
made of wood.
A very famous t.v. personality has these
in her showroom.
🙂

Mine! 😀

These are the doors I wanted to put in my
suitcase and bring home…
Love all the colors on them!


Coming to Market has been crazy fun and
I’ve learned a ton!
I’ve linked all the showroom names for you
so you can see their products.
If there is something you’d like to buy
just let me know and I’ll
inquire for you and quote you a price.


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Welcome Home Wednesdays ~ Five Kids a Dog and a Blog
Wonderful Wednesday ~ Oh, My Heartsie Girl
Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage
Sweet Inspiration ~ The Boondocks Blog

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at 
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😀


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