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Fall Decorating Tips and Inspiration

Happy Monday! I can’t believe it’s already October. Fall is my favorite time of year and I’m excited to decorate my home with autumn colors and textures. Take a look at these fall decorating ideas for festive entertaining this season.

Fall Decorating InspirationTop: J.Crew / Jeans: J Brand / Booties: Rag & Bone

Cornelius Nursery in Houston has the BEST selection of pumpkins and gourds in every variety and size. I think using natural produce vs. faux holiday items is the most beautiful and inexpensive way to spice up your home.

Fall Decorating Inspiration and Tips

Try using different colored pumpkins or all white ones for a monochromatic look. A great idea is to carve out the center of mini pumpkins and use them as votive candle holders. Another tip is to carve out any sized pumpkin to use as a vase for fresh flowers. There is a simple DIY example here.

Fall Decorating Inspiration

Below are two centerpiece ideas for your dining table. Both incorporate natural items achieving different looks. I like the combination of antlers, hydrangeas, and mini pumpkins for a tone on tone tabletop.

Fall Decorating Inspiration and Tips

For the Table:

I linked to several tabletop items above including turkey place card holders, copper napkin rings, and an antler serving set. The wood bark pedestal stand is perfect to elevate your pumpkin displays.

Fall Decorating Inspiration and TipsCenterpiece Inspiration via HOMEBNC

Gold spray paint can transform your average orange pumpkin so easily! Pops of metallic combined with mercury glass votive candle holders, wood, and burlap create a festive yet simple tablescape.

Fall Decorating Inspiration and TipsGorgeous Fall Bar Cart via Pizzazzerie

Stock the Bar:

Don’t forget to stock your bar! Bar carts are a great vehicle for seasonal decor. Copper mugs and lacquer trays would make a great addition to your bar goods this fall! It’s never to early to think about Christmas shopping. 🙂 A lot of these items would make for fantastic gifts!

Fall Decorating InspirationHeirloom Pumpkin Varieties for Fall via 100 Layer Cake 

Retro Glam

How fabulous is Leo’s Oyster Bar‘s retro glam interior?! I received so many comments on the photo I took (below top left) in San Francisco last week that I decided to create a post inspired by designer Ken Fulk’s work.

Retro Glam on

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Leo’s is so fun and inviting reminiscent of Mad Men and the Beverly Hills Hotel. I love the wallpaper, light fixture, and mirrors! The cocktails were great too. My friend and I enjoyed the “Garden Party” drink made with gin, egg white, and fresh herbs and a few small plates.

The Capiz Globe Chandelier from Serena & Lily and Jacques Mirror from Jonathan Adler pictured above are awesome as well. Both sites have some really fine pieces. I’m looking forward to owning a house of my own one day and having more space to decorate. I’m currently renting a duplex, so I can’t go too crazy putting in all new fixtures even though I’d like to anyways. 🙂

If you’ve been following along, you know how much I love bar carts. Number 8 is a beauty and Society Social knows how to style them best!

This is my first full week back in the office after vacation and then traveling for work, so I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend. I’ve been using Pinterest more often for design inspiration and new recipes. Stay tuned for “Cooking with Kate” posts coming soon. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy.

Live Colorfully


Top: Banana Republic / Necklace: Banana Republic / Bracelet: Cartier / Jeans: Joe’s / Shoes (similar here)

Painting by: Gerhard Richter, 256 Farben

I’ve had so much fun working in San Francisco and exploring the city this week. I’ve wanted to travel here for awhile now, so I’m glad to have the chance to stay for a full week. The weather here has been the most surprising to me; it feels like winter in the middle of summer! I packed a bunch of dresses and shorts that I haven’t been able to wear. I can’t complain though, because it sure beats Houston’s heat and humidity. I’ve been able to see a lot of different neighborhoods within a short period of time and walked over 10 miles on Sunday!

I hit most of the standard tourist attractions first since it’s my first time here: Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Ghiradelli Square. I met a W&L friend for drinks at the Top of the Mark lounge on the 19th floor of the InterContinental hotel. They have live music every Saturday night and the people watching was great. I’ve also been to Wayfare Tavern, The Slanted Door, and Tartine Bakery, and plan to meet a Houston friend for drinks at Leo’s.

Banana Republic Top and Necklace

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art aka SFMOMA has been a highlight of my trip. They recently renovated and reopened the museum after being closed for a few years. I took lots of art history courses in college and don’t visit museums too often so I really enjoyed seeing all of the amazing pieces in such a cool space. I’m hoping I’ll have time to visit the Asian Art Museum as well.

I stumbled across Banana Republic on Grant Ave and have never seen one with such a huge and fabulous selection! It’s bigger than any location in NYC. I picked up this little lacy top and some fun jewelry that was all 30% off!

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