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.

Easy Autumn Decor

Today it finally feels like Autumn here in my corner of North Carolina - a nice 68 degrees! After much of September's tempatures feeling like summer, I was ready for cooler weather! The forecast next week is classic fall - highs in the low 70's and lows in the mid-50's!
I've spent most of the last two weeks getting the house transitioned from the light and bright colors of summer to rich, earthy shades. Fall nesting is actually pretty easy in my house. When we first moved in, I made sure that the colors I painted each room would work with my fall decor and Christmas decor - soft yellows, muted greens, warm golds, citrus orange and deep reds. When I'm ready to change decor for the new season it's simply a matter of switching out a few accessories - florals, throws, decorative pillows and some art with deeper, saturated color.
I keep Rubbermaid tubs in the attic labled by season. I rarely buy new things each year but find new ways of using things I've collected over the past two decades of married life.
Here are some tips for adding season panache to your own nest:
1) Introduce hints of new color to your existing palette. If your rooms are mostly neutral, add splashes of autum red or orange for contrast. Muted shades of green are fresh alternatives to bold or warm color. Accents rugs, table accessories and throws add high impact for little money.
2) Add woodsy elements and texture. Bringing a little of the outside in adds instant fall style to your space. Wheather you take a trip to your local farmer's market or a walk through your backyard, look for moss, grasses and small branches that can be used to fill decorated urns, pots baskets or vases.

3) Decorate with wreaths. They are classic and versatile. For around $15-25 you can make your own gorgeous fall wreath. I love to hang wreaths over mirrors. Another trick is to lay them flat and frame candles or pumpkins. Wreaths add instant color and a festive ambiance to your home.

4) Add seasonal flair to year-round accessories. Here a couple of mismatched candlesticks are given an instant fall update with fresh flowers and berries. The punch of color sets the tone for warm and cozy interiors. These can be tucked on a shelf, end-table or mantle and enjoyed for days. To get more mileage try using silk flowers.
Lastly, as the weather cools down and you find yourself indoors more, don't forget to make space for conversation. Cozy up your family and living rooms by pulling your furniture closer together. Add or relocate seating around your fireplace. If you don't have a fireplace, pull a couple of comfortable chairs around an accent table and add scented candles for ambiance. Stack a collection of books close by for those long evenings when snuggling down with a good read and hot chocolate or your favorite coffee is just what you need to pass the time. :-)
Next week, I plan to offer a couple of family recipes that are sure to be hits with your little ones this fall so be sure to join me at the Cook's Corner. Until then,
Live Life Beautifully!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Great ideas and suggestions. I love all of the pics. Thanks. Hugs, Marty

Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

Cute, cute....fun "Fallerizing", xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Denise said...

It's in the 80's here today :( I'm hoping for cooler weather again soon. I have that pumpkin picture with the candle in it, I got it out of a magazine years ago and kept it in my recipe folder to hopefully do one day on my table :)
Great Fall ideas!

ChaChaneen said...

Lurve the pics! You always have the best pics though! Lol. Looking forward to seeing your recipes next post! Have a great Saturday!

Natalie Meester said...

love the idea of adding moss, branches & grasses to the display. I love the photo of the white pumpkins & gourds....how divine!

Unknown said...

Wonderful pictures and ideals. I also try to just breath new life in my older decorations,I have so many I just can't see going out every year and buying new ones.

Gourmet Candles Distributor said...

I love the fall decor in your pictures. I love a good scented candle and have been burning my pumpkin cheesecake ones non stop this time of year.

Nancy said...

Oh How I love seeing you posting again! I was praying for you! I am back to school so I do not get on as often as I use too. I have been fall nesting also. I have maroons for my darker colors. I am actually thinking of spray painting some faux pumpkins maroon and olive green for my living room. My family room can handle the orange and browns and reds. Beautiful pictures again.Thank you, Nancy from OHIO

Nancy said...

I just used one of your Fall pictures that you posted last time for my desktop wall paper! LOVE! Nancy from OHIO

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

It was 89 today in my little corner of NC...send us some of your cooler temps! lol! I think it will be cooling down about middle of the week...I hope!!! :)

Love all the pics you posted! Such great inspiration! My favorite was the candlesticks, dressed with florals! Gorgeous!!! ~Rhonda :)

Nishant said...

cute....fun "Fallerizing", xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... Make website india

Designs on 47th Street said...

Very cozy post! The ideas are good ones. I'm eager to get out my actual fall decor. Right now I still have many of my silks out to sell, while my fall show continues on Friday.

I like the candlestick ideas.

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