September 28, 2019

fall decor and more!

From now until this day forward, I'll probably be sharing lots of pumpkins, sunflowers, fall leaves, apple recipes and more! Well, until Thanksgiving is over, and then it’ll be on to Christmas. 😉 

Over the last few weeks, I’ve created a few autumn inspired tablescapes, mostly using soft, muted tones, and it’s been so much fun!  

Pumpkin plates are something I collect, and this is the time of year to use them! The fun for me is to find them at a reasonable price and then to mix and match them with everyday table décor. 

Of course, it also helps to have a few of these mini “baby boo” pumpkins on hand to add to the charm of the season. Luckily Trader Joe’s starts carrying them in early September.  

The Olivia pattern tablecloth and napkins by Pacific & Rose

Pacific & Rose is a line of table linens I just discovered this month from my friend Elizabeth James.    

She’s the print-blocking queen of textiles, and you’ll be seeing more of these fabulous patterns popping up on my tables in October and November. 

The texture of burlap is a great look for this time of year, as seen in these round, ruffled placematsPlaid throws are another pretty way to add a sense of coziness to the home during fall. 

I really like to use real pumpkins, foliage and flowers in my home. If that’s not an option, in the very least, I like to go outdoors and snip a few interesting branches to add to a vignette. 

The eucalyptus seen on my mantel above was trimmed from my neighbor's tree, who gave me permission to use them for my home. There are so many other pretty options for foliage;  maple, magnolia, olive and birch, to name a few.  

I have a set of eight of these Serena & Lily black and white Riviera chairs, so here you see them in both the breakfast room and the newly cleaned out "sun room". 

It’s comforting for me to use blue in my fall décor, as it’s the prevalent color in my home. I love how a soft blue looks with a hint of tan, soft green and cream. 

Over the past year or two, I’ve picked up a few cute fall pillows when I spot them at a store. This Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice pillow is an outdoor pillow that's currently on my front porch, but I brought it in for this table vignette, because of the colors. 

These next two pillows were found at Home Goods. If you know me, you know Home Goods is my guilty pleasure, not unlike many of you! 

I have some fun news to share... in a couple of weeks, I’m collaborating with Pelican Courtyard, Seaside Gallery and Pacific & Rose to set up a little autumn tea party here in the courtyard.  

And, you may have guessed... I’m in charge of the tablescape. It's gonna be a fun day!    

Pelican Courtyard in Newport Beach

Another event I super excited about attending is the Fall Day of Design at SOCO Design Center in Costa Mesa next Saturday, October 5 from 10 to 4.  

You are also invited to attend thiamazing design event in Orange County! It’s a day of design education and exciting hands-on demos that take a deep look into what’s trending and what’s ahead for design and home interiors. 

We’ll have the chance to be part of engaging talks and insightful workshops with various local designers. They’ll be introducing new fall collections and products, and also talk about the latest in interior trends.

The day also includes a breakfast buffet and swag bags for guests, a sit-down luncheon, as well as light bites and sips at different showrooms throughout the day.  

If you’re interested in attending, click HERE to purchase tickets to reserve your spot today! 

I hope to see you there! 


While I’m here today, I wanted to share some of my "Tablescaping Essentials" with you. I have a whole page on the Amazon website with my favorite picks for setting a beautiful table.

Quite often time is of the essence, and I have last minute projects or events to work on, so I turn to Amazon for one or two day delivery. You’d be surprised at how many amazing items they have to offer! And I'm constantly updating this page with my new favorites. 

You can check it out here, at Tablescaping Essentials.

September 27, 2019

my simple fall mantel

Fall is finally making its way into the family room... what took me so long?! 

Just kidding! It's only the first week of autumn, and I've decided to spread the pumpkin love across the mantel with great grandmother Nellie watching over all the fun.  

Just a few pumpkins, mercury glass votives and the fresh cut eucalyptus is courtesy of my lovely neighbor Maureen's tree. It smells so good in here! 

I especially love this set of copper lanterns during the fall months, but I keep them out all year because of how nicely the colors go with the frame on the portrait.  

My favorite chair is all decked out with this adorable pumpkin pillow that I got last year at Home Goods. I splurged on this brass-trimmed Mattituck Chair from Serena & Lily several years ago, and it’s proven to be so versatile. I sometimes move it into the living room for extra seating. 

Also on the chair is my new super soft Palermo Throw and the iconic Serena & Lily Leighton Pillow. 

As you can see the larger pumpkins are off-set on top of layers and layers of fresh-cut eucalyptus branches. I then went in and added a variety of mini pumpkins and a few votive candles for interest in the evening.  

This is a pretty easy look to put together, and I love the soft colors of the pumpkins and foliage together. The secret is to have the leaves drape over the edge a little bit.  

All of these pumpkins were found at Trader Joe’s for a reasonable price. I think the larger ones are called Cinderella pumpkins. Isn’t that cute?    

I’ve always loved owls and this little guy found a new home this week on the mantel.  

To the left of the fireplace are a few shelves that I change out pretty often. This week I have a few of my favorite flea market paintings displayed with some round baskets. 

The painting at the top is my favorite find of the summer. It's a landscape and a seascape of the bay of Naples with Mount Vesuvius in the distance.

You can spot a different painting of flowers here behind the chair. 

Yes, I'm always changing things around...

How about you?


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