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A Rustic Chinoiserie Thanksgiving Table

Al fresco Thanksgiving in Blue Ridge Mountains on Christmas tree farm. Set a rustic Chinoiserie Thanksgiving table for 2019 with toile, colorful china, dahlias, and brass.

Embrace bold. Embrace vintage. Embrace color this year with a rustic Chinoiserie Thanksgiving table set amidst the rolling fields. Thanksgiving has always been a working holiday in my family given that we own a Christmas tree farm. There are trees to sell as families romp in to roam the fields, tractor trailers to load, and …

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Adventures into the Gloaming

Katherine walking up hill for stress relief

Whirling thoughts… Pressure mounting… The spiral of stress… Sometimes life overloads, and I feel like I’m going to bust out of my skin; hammer my head against a wall or embark on a screaming spree. That’s when a coping strategy is essential! And my cure-all for low spirits or vexation is simple, straightforward, costs practically …

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The Charming Index – September

Southern Living Party Cookbook beside ginger jar vase of dahlias

Charming | ADJ. | The power or quality of giving delight… Your monthly guide to charming things, people, places, reads, eats, and style! No. 1 The Southern Living Party Cookbook An updated entertaining guide for modern Southern women with recipes, tablescape ideas, and advice organized by occasion. Author and Southern hostess, Elizabeth Heiskell will charm …

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The 5 Essentials of a Southern Autumn Table

A Southern autumn table set with Mason's china, monogrammed napkins, fall florals, and trellis runner

Looking to host a quintessentially Southern dinner affair this autumn? Then be sure to set your table with these 5 must-haves of a Southern autumn table! Autumn is short and truly worth celebrating in style! Gather friends and family around a beautifully laid table this fall to honor the harvest and kick off the holiday …

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Chic Fall Mantel with Majolica, Topiaries, & Magnolia

Traditional interior with chic fall mantel decor, gilt mirror, and green gingham curtains

For a tradition look with a twist decorate a chic fall mantel with Majolica, magnolia, tortoise shell, antlers, and topiaries!  Traditional with a twist you say? Do tell me more! This chic fall mantel combines my favorite classic Southern elements: magnolia, boxwood topiaries, and cotton stems with antique accents: Majolica and brass — that’s the …

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3 Ways to Use a Fall Dish Garden

Decorate coffee table for autumn with a fall dish garden

How to create an easy fall dish garden filled with autumnal color and three inspirational ways to use it! I know you may be thinking…dish garden? Dish garden? Aren’t those rather outdated and a touch boring?  Maybe so if you’re thinking about baskets filled with peace lilies and philodendron accented by river rock and placed …

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Sausage Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Fall table with sausage stuffed portobello mushrooms for dinner. Delicious fall recipe!

For a hearty dish that is sure to please meat-lovers and veggie-lovers alike try these delicious sausage stuffed portobello mushrooms! Hey y’all! I’m back with another yummy recipe perfect for autumn and the cooler temps headed our way. This is a hearty dish that is easy to make, and you can store the stuffing in …

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Get the Coziest Comfy Bed for Autumn

Woman reading magazine in comfy bed made with best bed sheets from California Design Den

Warm snuggly evenings this autumn start with the coziest comfy bed made up with the best bed sheets, a splendid pillow pile, velvet bedding, and the right scents! Cooler temps mean warm snuggly evenings in a cozy bed with a cuppa hot tea and my latest Southern Living.  I bet you are picturing that delicious …

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Budget Friendly Pumpkin Centerpiece Fall to Halloween

Autumn tablescape with budget friendly pumpkin centerpiece, Mason's ironstone, striped table runner, glass hurricanes, fall florals, and copper mugs.

This budget friendly pumpkin centerpiece under $50 will take you from fall to Halloween to Thanksgiving with just a few easy change-ups! Pumpkin Centerpiece for Fall: Pumpkin Centerpiece for Halloween: If like me you love decorating for the autumn season and all the holidays up ahead but find yourself short on time then you need …

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Cinnamon Ginger Applesauce Recipe

Jar of cinnamon ginger applesauce with grapes and cheese on gingham plate

Elevate your applesauce recipe with cinnamon, ginger, and honey for a healthy autumn snack that’s not just for the kids! Every autumn my mother makes the most delicious applesauce recipe and cans it for us to enjoy year round. She uses a very simple recipe and no sugar. Her secret is a variety of apples. …

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