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It's Fall Y'all!

Fall is such a wonderful time of year.  A time when you step outside and are immediately greeted by a wave of cool, crisp air.  It's a time for friends and family, football parties and getting ready for the holidays with the promise of a new year to come. 

photo from southern Living Magazine

photo from southern Living Magazine

I can't even believe it's already Fall (although we all say that right?) but seriously...last week, we said goodbye to Summer (and for me and this Charleston heat...good riddance!) and are now welcoming the cool air with open arms. 

I went for a run in my neighborhood last night, and I noticed that the pumpkins and decor have already started to commence on the front porches of many and before we get into the thick of the holidays, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Fall decor ideas and tips to make your home a festive and fabulous place for the season! 

One of my favorite places to start when it comes to decorating for fall is the front porch. We have beautiful brick steps and I like to fill them with pumpkins and mums.  Another thing that I recently got were planter boxes. It's a difficult decision to make when it comes using said boxes through fall.  Do you take them down? Or do you plant something fabulous (and like me..hope that it survives!) 

I recently found this fabulous planter box on the Southern Living website. Here is what they have to say about creating this masterpiece:

Plan ahead for plantings that will transition through the holidays with a few additions. Start with ornamental cabbage, bittersweet, pumpkins, dried hydrangeas, artichokes, and ivy, then add in gilded branches and berries to suit the season.

Tip: To withstand October's lower temps, plant window boxes with cold-hardy cabbages and ivy. Add the largest items first; then nestle in smaller things, such as branches of bittersweet. If it's a dry fall, water weekly.

photo from southern living

photo from southern living

The Casual Craftlete did an awesome blog about chalk painting pumpkins for a centerpiece and below are the finished products. It's such a great way to soften up a centerpiece yet still incorporate the look of fall. 

photo from the casual craftlete

photo from the casual craftlete

Another thing I love for fall are untraditional flowers. I adore the use of dried flowers such as these hydrangeas below. What a great way to add color to your centerpiece! I love white pumpkins too. This is such a pretty centerpiece from the StoneGable blog. She has some fantastic ideas on how to decorate for the seasons! 

I also love decorating with Bell Cloche's. They are a fun way to showcase decor for the holidays, starting with fall. If you are looking for a place online to find them, I got mine at World Market. But you can also find various sizes here on Amazon and One King's Lane has some really pretty ones with ceramic bases that I am eyeing! 

Here are some of my favorite ways to use the Bell Cloche for fall! 

better homes and gardens

better homes and gardens

dimples and tangles blog

dimples and tangles blog

Erin's art and gardens blog

Erin's art and gardens blog

craftberrybush.com 

craftberrybush.com 

And last but not least...fall wouldn't be the same without the spicy scent of apple pie in the air. Here is a recipe to put on your stove and simmer all day to create a homey and welcoming scent without the added calories! Your family may be dissapointed though when they find out this is only to create a scent in the home and not apple pie! I got this amazing reciepe from the How Sweet It Is Blog. She is amazing and also has a great cookbook you should check out! 

photo from how sweet it is blog

photo from how sweet it is blog

ingredients:

5 cups water
2 navel oranges, peeled
1 apple, sliced in half
3 cinnamon sticks
3 star anise
1 teaspoon-sized knob of fresh ginger
1 teaspoon cardamom pods
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1/4 teaspoon dried orange peel

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and simmer on low. That's it!!! 

 

 

 

XO,

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Lindsey Calla's New Orleans Home

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of designing a space for the lovely Lindsey Calla.  For those of you who don’t know who she is, Lindsey is a style expert, television host and fitness blogger. Her blog Calla in Motion is a source of inspiration for anyone who is wanting to find balance in their lives through fitness.  It's a beautiful site filled with stunning photos of Lindsey throughout the world offering tips for beauty, fashion,  health/wellness and fitness.  Her story is inspiring and I swear we have so much in common that if we didn't live in different cities...we would totally be BFF's! 

Photo from Calla in Motion website

Photo from Calla in Motion website

This opportunity of designing her living room actually fell into my lap at the beginning of the year when I was invited to work with the amazing Laurel and Wolf .  

I love designing for my clients in Charleston, and adore everything about local walk throughs, one-on-one connections and supporting our local businesses.  However, my online business of designing for clients out of the state was getting larger yet I felt I didn’t have a sound process or platform to continue to offer this service.  Enter the fabulous Laurel and Wolf who carefully selects some of the top interior designers in the nation to be subcontract designers for their website. These designers then get to compete in and work for clients all over the United States. The concept is easy...Nail down your design style from a series of photos, plug in your information about your project (type, size, photos, budget) and then sit back and relax while we submit initial style boards for you to select. The winning board is your designer and then we have about a week to hone in on all of the pieces needed to fit your space! At the end of the project, you get a detailed shopping list, install directions and Laurel and Wolf will even order every piece for you so you don't have to go to each website plugging in your information. 

 It is a fabulous idea and one that I feel will take off even more in the coming years.  L&W promotes my business and personal brand through my own page on their site, and gives me a sound platform to be able to design spaces for clients all over the United States.  I was honored to be selected as one of their designers and since then, I have designed spaces from LA, to Arizona, New York, Texas and New Orleans.  By meeting these clients needs and broadening my spectrum for different styles and locations, I feel it has only made me a better designer for my local clients in the South. 

So back to my room for Miss Calla...  After submitting my style board to Lindsey, she selected me to be her designer and we got to work!  Below is my initial design board.  It's always fun to see how the project evolves after really honing in on the client's needs, wants and personal styles. We kept a lot of her key pieces on the board and were able to incorporate some of her existing ones as well.  The great thing too is that she can keep this board and reference it at any time (example...she really wanted these rounded chairs but we decided to wait and possibly get later on down the road to make sure they didn't over power the space.) 

   Initial Design Board

 

Initial Design Board

 Lindsey wanted a comfortable “Boho chic” look that blended with her beautiful old New Orleans home.  I accomplished this look by using a mixture of new and old styles with light base colors, elements of “boho” through fun textures, and large scale items. The result was a fun, and slightly whimsy look that paired well with the classic bones of the home.  

Photo from Laurel and Wolf

Photo from Laurel and Wolf

I adored this project for many reasons, however, I loved that it was in New Orleans, where I am originally from, and also that it was a design style that I typically wouldn't get to do!  Below is a video after the install, of Lindsey talking about her experience with working with me and Laurel and Wolf. 

But wait!  There's more! One King's Lane recently wrote about Lindsey's project and it is currently on their website so you can view more of the home!  It was such an honor being a part of her Living Room design and I am thrilled that she loves the final look. 

This was a wonderful opportunity and one that I am so thankful for.  My friends over at Laurel and Wolf are truly amazing and afford me the opportunity to design some incredible spaces! Whether you are in the Low Country, or across the U.S, I now have the ability to design your space through this fabulous website. Contact me if you would like more information on how to get started or you can click here and get started with me right away with your design style quiz. 

 

XO,

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