WELCOME to CAROLINA PANACHE! I believe our homes should be a haven, a place of beauty and peace that reflect who we are and what's important to us. I'm on a journey to add personality and panache to every corner of my house. For me, good design evolves, grows and changes with the needs of one's lifestyle. I want my home to be creative, to be stylish, to be entertaining, to be real. I hope you will join me on my journey. It's always more fun to travel together.
This blog is all about bringing style and elegance to the home. The art of dressing your home goes beyond hanging a few items on the wall and arranging furniture. Much like a fabulous set of earrings or a new stylish handbag may take your little black dress from fine to fabulous, home accesories and key furnishings can take your rooms from ho-hum to singing the Halleluiah Chorus! Join with me as we discover new ways to add panache to every room of the house.

Autumn Entries - Inviting Doors that say "Welcome Fall"

More Fall Nesting Rituals Happy Wednesday! It's a gorgeous 73 degrees today, sunny and a light breeze!
This time of year is my FAVORITE!
Autumn holds so many possibilites for get togethers, parties, harvest festivals and special times.
My Fall Nesting rituals include adding fall color to every room of my house, the entry and back deck. I like to drive through the neighborhoods close to my development and check out what the neighbors are doing to add Autumn panache to their entry. It seems that everybody is busy adding a little color to their yard, porch or entryway. So today I thought I would spend a little time sharing some tips for creating inviting entries that say "Welcome Fall".
Tip #1:
If you live in a formal or traditional home and like to keep your outdoor decor classic, opt to use lots of natural materials and products. Pumpkins, mums and gourds of all sizes and colors can give your entry perfect seasonal color. In the inspiration pic above (from bhg.com), the stylist has used fall hardy mums in yellow and white to complement the orange pumpkins. I love the use of various shapes and sizes and the piece that stands out to me is the white and green gourd placed at the front of the steps. These are the ideal decorations to make that pretty red door pop! The natural grapevine wreath adds another layer of interest and texture. I can just imagine being invited to visit this home - perhaps my good friend is inside preparing a delicous harvest meal - butternut bisque, braised beef roast with roasted sweet potatoes and parsnips and finished off with a caramel apple torte! Yummy! Too bad I have no idea who lives in this house! Ha, ha! :-)
Tip #2:
If you are more relaxed with your decor, you can incorporate items such as urns and place big pumpkins on top using the urns as pedestals. Perhaps your spring and summer plantings have all but fizzled out - dig them up and replace your container plants with mums or pansies. I prefer mums in shades of orange, rusty red and yellow. My entry door is black and I display a season flag that has a black background featuring sunflowers, pumpkins, gourds and mums. The brightly colored mums are quite showy in front of my door. I have an Autumn Glory Maple tree in my front yard and while most people dislike the leaves dropping on the lawn, I enjoy the scene - brightly colored leaves dotting the green grass. When it's time to rake up those leaves, I choose to save them and use them to add color to my outdoor vignettes. I love the old straw broom leaning against the brick wall. Perhaps that's a sign of things to come around the 31st of October??

Tip #3:
Having steps that lead up to your entry is great for staging pumpkins and flower pots but what do you do when you are limited on space? In the picture above (from mso.com) an old bench sitting by the door is a great stand-in for steps. It gives the opportunity to add layers of gourds and pumpkins in all sorts and sizes. A large pumpkin has been carved out to provide a great place to tuck a pot of rust mums. Do you see the three spray painted gold pumpkins? That caught my eye - a nice shiny touch to the other rustic colors and textures. For more whimsical decor use fun scarecrows, light-up Jack-o-lanterns with goofy faces and fake crows, hay bales and corn stalks. I like to hang scarecrows from my hanging basket stakes and place metal yard stakes around the planter beds with fun harvest scenes.
No matter what your style or preference don't forget to add a little Autumn panache to your entry. Welcome family, welcome friends and welcome the possibilites that a new season brings.
Tomorrow I am going to share two of my favorite fall cookie recipes -
Outlandish Oatmeal Supremes and Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies. These two recipes have been family favorites for years and I am sure your family will enjoy them too! They make perfect treats to share with friends and neighbors. Until then,
Live Life Beautifully!


Melanie said...

Alisa, read the comment above yours on my blog. Read the one I responded to. I have never read in the Bible that people are "healed to heaven". Have you?

Anonymous said...

Hi Alisa,
I'm so glad you've decided to continue your blog. I would really, really miss it. God has gifted you in so many ways; thank you for sharing those gifts with us. I love your style, but I also appreciate your love for God. Please continue to blog even if you have to do it less often. God bless you and yours.
A faithful reader :-)

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Alisa...

My friend, I just seen your post pop up on my blog list and had to come over! I was thinking that it had been way too long since we've visited! I've missed you, my friend!

I love this post about decorating the entryway for autumn! Autumn is my favorite season as well...love all the rich color and textures!!! These are gorgeous door photos...and I loved reading the tips! I still have a couple of things "up my sleeve" to decorate outside! Thanks so much for sharing these...so sweet!!!

Warmest wishes,
PS...now I'm going to visit all of your posts that I've been missing out on! Eeeks...shame on me!!!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Alisa...

I'm back!!! Wow...I'm so sorry that I have missed so much, Darlin'! After going down through your blog, I realized that life has been so busy for you with many changes! I'm sure that moving your parents closer to you was alot of work but so very worth it to have them close by!!! What a blessing!!! My folks live about 1200 mls. away and I only get to see them once a year at best! I miss being close to them!!! I'm so happy to hear that your Dad's health issues are being taken care of...I will be praying for him, Alisa!!! Also read about your friend's 12 yr. old son...Ohhh my, what a difficult thing to learn...that your child has cancer! I believe in the power of prayer and also believe that God still heals today!!! I will be lifting Andrew...as well as his family...up in prayer!!!

Well...with that all said, I see that you were contemplating whether or not to continue on with your blog. Alisa, I'm so glad that you made the decision to continue! You have brought so much creativity and talent into the lives of those who follow your blog...you've been such a blessing! I have always been sooooo inspired by your talents!!! I'm just so happy that you have decided to keep on "keeping on"!!! I love your blog and I count our friendship a blessing, my friend!!!

Warmest wishes,

Sue said...

Alisa, Looks like a lot of us have been contemplating blogging. Glad to see you here with this beautiful post. I still need to do a bit of decorating our front porch and you have given me some great ideas. I adore that stone enterance with the mums in the pumpkin.
Happy fall my friend.

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.


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