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Decorating for Fall!

It’s officially Fall! And although the sun is still shining in Houston, the slight drop in temperature sure is welcome! Like many of you, I have been busy collecting inspiration from across the web on unique and inventive ways to decorate and entertain this year and found so many great ideas to share! 


The Fall season, full of color changes, cooler weather and celebrations, inspires us to cuddle at home; surrounding ourselves with comfort foods and cozy accessories and watch football!  In my case, with a football maniac for a husband, whether I want to or not.  

Hurricane Décor!!!!..................


Easy, Breezy hurricane glasses are a great way to bring nature in and can be changed for each holiday. This embellishment of orange ribbon, paper leaves and pinecone flowers adds a simple and lovely touch.  

These glass pillar holders, currently on sale at Pottery Barn, provide such an easy and fun way to change your home décor each season! Fill with candy corn for Halloween, pinecones for thanksgiving and cranberries with sprigs of holly for Christmas! How can you resist?           



Fruit décor makes any home festive! Apples, pears, clementines, lemons, limes and cranberries ad such wonderful fall colors to any table top. 

Pumpkin and gourd DIY!!............


Nothing says fall like a display of pumpkins and gourds! From the front porch to the tabletop, there is no limit to where these harbingers of autumn can go! How fun is this idea of emblazoning a pumpkin or gourd with a house number to be displayed at the entry! Numbers can be printed in any size and font to reflect your homes style. 


For the ultimate fall DIY, this gourd was transformed into a lamp by using a simple kit typically found in most craft and hardware stores! When sawing or drilling a gourd, it’s important to always wear a paper mask for safety and work in a well-ventilated area. Choosing a gourd with a flat bottom and a shape that goes well with your lampshade will make this project a cinch! 


For more traditional pumpkin décor, consider encircling a white pumpkin with paper leaves to make a graphic statement. Trace lawn-gathered leaves onto tissue paper, cut tracings out and stick them to the pumpkin using decoupage glue. With a flat-head bristle brush, push from the leave’s outer edges toward the centers to pucker paper slightly and create "veins"; let dry. Brush a thin layer of glue over pumpkin to set and voila, your unique pumpkin is ready for display! Be brave in your color choices, this could turn into a French pumpkin using our trademark Blay-green tones!!! 

It’s Monday night football!!!...... 


This would be a perfect for football entertaining!  How amazing are the mini meatloaf footballs? Residing on a turf of romaine, complete with cheese laces, these are almost too cute to eat! Almost …   


What a fun idea courtesy of Kelli at the Good Weekly Blog!  Walking Tacos, perfect for tailgating!!!!


And while you’re at it, you can include your nails in the game by painting them to support your favorite team’s colors! 

Get ready for Halloween!!!!!!......


This pumpkin centerpiece placed in the Food Network’s pumpkin carving contest.  A perfect centerpiece for a Halloween grill!!!


Surround them with jack o’ lantern burgers and your tabletop becomes instantly festive! Use a pumpkin cookie cutter found at most grocery stores this time of year!


A perfect way to include the kids in the kitchen prep, these mummies made from sliced hotdogs and crescent rolls would be sure to please even the pickiest little eaters. Simply cut the crescent roll dough into thin strips and wrap around the hot dogs and bake according to the directions on the crescent package. Ketchup or mustard eyes make the final, tasty touch!




And I can’t wait to make these chocolate chip spider cookies! While still warm, simply use a toothpick to drag out the edges of the chocolate chips to create ‘legs’. I’m sure these would be both creepy and delicious!!!

And don’t forget the pups! With the enormous selection of dog costumes making their way into stores, even your furry friends can celebrate Halloween in style. Hope you have a great week and a Happy Happy Halloween!! 

And a special big thank you to an inspiring fellow blogger and friend, Joni Webb of Cote de Texas! She was kind enough to give us the first review of our new book, Segreto Style, and are so pleased that she loved the book as much as we do! You can read the review here and be sure to check out her beautiful blog while you're at it!!



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Reader Comments (4)

Great inspirations for Fall...but that little baby is adorable!

October 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor Greenwalt

OMG there are too many adorable things in this post - it's awesome!! I LOVE the walking tacos, the nail polish, and especially the house number pumpkin. The best fall post I've seen so far by a mile!

Leslie, I love all of these ideas for Autumn entertaining from the very fun to the elegant!!

So excited to receive your new book!!

The Arts by Karena

October 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKarena

So gorgeous images for Fall…love the fun recipe ideas and the little girl in the first image is precious as is the pup in the last!!

October 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdesignchic

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