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With November officially here, the countdown to the holidays is upon us. But before we get to Christmas and all the glittery trimmings, I love these last few days before Thanksgiving when it’s still all about pumpkin spice and all things fall. One of my favorite colors is pumpkin orange – that perfectly cheery hue right between yellow and red that can add an unexpectedly chic spin to a room. It’s happy, warm, inviting, and energizing, and I’ve pulled together some of my favorite ways to incorporate it into your home.

Hermes is famous for their beautifully detailed silk scarves, but they’re equally known for those iconic orange boxes. I’ve been eBay-stalking some (empty) Hermes boxes to do a display in my entryway (as well as a big square scarf to frame in lucite!). If you don’t adore orange, this is an easy way to get the accent of fall color without committing to a complete makeover. Look for fun boxes at Target or the Container Store to get this look for a fraction of the cost.

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And these orange lampshades perfectly echo the boxes and complimentary pumpkin-hued pillow. Remember – repetition is key to design in any form. It makes it all feel pulled together and intentional.

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These fun little side tables reflect the flame-inspired hues of the dhurrie rug below them. This could also be another easy and inexpensive DIY with some Ikea LACK tables and spray paint.

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Tons of other colors work really well with orange. Test it out with blue in almost any shade; blue is the natural complimentary match to orange as it sits opposite the color wheel from it and is the perfect cool to orange’s warmth. Try it with navy for an uber-preppy pop or with a pale icy blue for a more modern spin (could be so cute for a nursery). And of course it’s bright and beachy with hot pink too. For neutrals, brown is an easy match for orange as it shares its warmth. But what about a nice bold black? Here’s a kitchen that proves that black and orange together doesn’t automatically equal Halloween upon first glance. By balancing it with an ample dose of white, it feels fresh and unexpected.

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But if orange is the color of happiness and energy, then what better place to try it out than in your entryway? I’m partial to the warm ivory against the orangey-red with the brass hardware. So rich.

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But my absolute favorite image right now is this all-out lacquered entryway – it’s super glamorous and dramatic, especially with that fretwork. I’d fill it with gold accents and a Chinoiserie-inspired rug.

Orange Lacquer entryway www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

This room below is a modern reinterpretation of the classic 1970s color palette of orange, creams, and browns, with a perfectly pumpkin accent wall. This could be easily DIY’d in an afternoon with a quick coat of paint. Mix and match some funky patterned pillows for an eclectic aesthetic – and don’t forget the natural wood accents as it’s key to the earthy vibe.

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Speaking of natural elements, this shiplap wall that’s been left unpainted is gorgeous and another great interpretation of the classic 70s color scheme.

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And of course, I couldn’t talk about orange without showing a few fab wallpaper options. One of my most favorite shots below (remember it from the previous post on dining rooms?) as it’s chic, eclectic, and loaded with personality.

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Happy November! Now go snap up some orange (and I’m off to stalk eBay for my boxes).


Hi! I’m Julie Blanner & I was named Better Homes and Gardens Entertaining Blogger of the Year! I share effortless entertaining, home design & thoughtful gift ideas on my blog, julieblanner.com! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it’s not only okay to graze, but it’s encouraged. It’s where rustic & relaxed style are embraced & we take time to truly enjoy a great meal, family & friends. I enjoy creating a table setting that allows for great conversation & flexibility so that I can relax & enjoy dinner as well. Today I’m sharing my favorite tips, trends & finds for Thanksgiving entertaining!

Thanksgiving ideas

Choose some make ahead dishes:

Prepare side dishes & appetizers in advance, when possible, to eliminate stress once your guests arrive.

 

Don’t be afraid to mix metals:

One trend I’m obsessed with this year is copper! Copper mugs aren’t just for moscow mules. I’m serving apple cider with cinnamon sticks in them. I can’t get enough of gold flatware either!

Thanksgiving trend

Create your own centerpiece:

Use a bowl or platter to create a centerpiece in just a few minutes!

Thanksgiving table setting

Thanksgiving table setting

5 minute table runner | 5 minute apple & pear centerpiece | 5 minute gathered centerpiece

Preset the table:

Setting the table adds both ambience & convenience. Even if you’re serving buffet style, place napkins & silverware at each place setting. If you’re serving at the table, add appropriate plates. Always preset wine & water glasses to minimize your tasks as a host or hostess during dinner. Don’t be afraid to mix & match china & glassware.

 

Keep your guests entertained with activities:

Grant yourself time to put the finishing touches on the meal without stress, keeping your guests entertained with activities.

free printable thankful for cards

Free printable thankful for cards are a fun way to reflect on the year. Keep & share them after dinner!

Test your  family & friends knowledge with a free printable crossword puzzle

Kids & adults will all enjoy a Thanksgiving word search

free printable Thanksgiving activities

Create a self serve bar:

Create an environment where guests can serve themselves. Learn how to style a functional bar cart here.

Learn how to style a bar cart

This bar cart is affordable & beautiful!

 

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Relax & enjoy it!

Nothing puts your guests more at ease than making them feel welcome & seeing you enjoy the occasion as well.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Julie Blanner


Happy Friday all! This week, since it’s finally starting to feel like the fall we all know and love, I decided to share some decoration inspiration to help prepare your home for the season ahead!

 

Fall means football (whether that makes you groan or cheer is totally up to you). For your next tailgate, revamp an old aluminum chair with this easy DIY makeover from A Beautiful Mess to make a statement out of your seat! Team colors optional.

 

I love this painted geometric cube porch from Little Green Notebook. It brings just the right amount of style and flair to the most inviting part of your home!

 

 

Always wondered how to dry flowers and never knew quite how? Take a look at this tutorial from Cedar Hill Farmhouse and learn not only how to dry them the right way, but how to use them for decoration as well.

 

 

Nature and fall go hand in hand. DIY Enthusiasts pulled together a list of nature-inspired fall decorations, and I spotted this awesome idea while I was browsing. Such a simple and cute way to add some visual appeal to any empty space in the house!

 

 

Lastly, need inspiration for your tabletop this fall? Look at Aunt Peaches easy ways to spruce up your house with these “golden” tips and tricks.

 

 

Enjoy the week!

Erin


Welcome to September! I can’t wait for the leaves to start changing color, the days to get chillier, and the return of jackets and leg warmers and mittens! It’s been far too hot for my taste these past several months, and I’m so excited we’re finally in the home stretch. Among many other things, fall is the beginning of the holiday season. Use these clever tips and tricks to get your home ready for all of those holiday visitors!

 

Entryways are one of the rooms that most often get overlooked. Nalle’s House adds a spunky spin to their entryway with an unconventional design approach! I can’t even tell you how much I love that wallpaper. Guests will be amazed as soon as they step foot into your home!

 

 

If you’re impressed with that, take a look at this bathroom revamp by A Beautiful Mess. An easy-to-create geometric stencil, a few paintbrushes and some of your favorite paint colors are all you need to transform any room in your house into a visual hotspot.

 

 

I am absolutely amazed by these LED Mason Jar lights I spotted on Sarah Hearts. Add a hand-spun twist to your home with this chandelier that is guaranteed to impress! Imagine how perfect that would look in any high-ceiling entry way–your guests would be rooted to the spot!

 

 

Eating a meal with your family and friends is often times one of the most memorable experiences people have together. These fall-themed painted burlap place settings from A Night Owl will be perfect for any upcoming family get-together.

 

 

And lastly, I love the delicate homemade feel of these DIY teacup candles from Hey Gorgeous. Whether you take a trip to your local dollar store or use old cups lying around the house, the handmade touch of these cuties will soften any space in your home, just in time for the holidays.

 

 

Until next time! Have a wonderful week!

Erin


Happy Friday! Summer is officially winding down–kids are back in school, the heat is slowly taking all the color out of grass and gardens, and busy lives reconvene. The Pumpkin Spice Latté is almost back. To mark the end of a wonderful summer, I pulled some gorgeous room decor photos to help inspire us to keep our indoors bright while the days get shorter and chillier (hopefully)!

 

This beautiful fall centerpiece from Hello Natural is perfect for welcoming back autumn! Long-lasting and fragrant, this eye-catching ensemble will wow for months.

 

 

Some of you may have children heading off the college this year–send them with some dorm decor ideas that will let their style show. These 12 Affordable Ways to Add Personality to Dorm Rooms by The White Buffalo Styling Co. are easy, stylish, and budget friendly!

 

 

Always wanted a barn door, but never knew how to install one? Worry no more. East Coast Creative shows us how it’s done with their Upcycled Barn Door.

 

 

Shelving can sometimes be a daunting task if you don’t know what you’re end-goal is. I love the open and light look of these DIY Iron Display Shelves from A Storied Style.

 

 

And if you’re looking to add some spunk to a plain wall–look no further. This brick wall tutorial from AKA Design adds a playful touch to their small space!

 

 

Have a great week, Style Spotters! Until next time!

Erin

 


Tis the season of big fancy meals! Let’s fancy up your table with some free Gem Place Marker printables!

Supplies:

- Free Gem Place Marker Printables (Black, Red, Green, Yellow, Blue, Pink)

- Scissors

Directions:

-  Print out the Gem Place Marker color of your choice.

- Cut out the gem and fold.

- Write the names of your guests on the gems.

- Optional: You can go ahead and just place the folded gems on each plate, OR cut a small triangle in the side to hang the place marker on a cup.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


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