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Decorating for Fall: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Welcome Great Pumpkin chalkboardDo you remember in my first fall decorating post here this month I mentioned that I had planned all the details for several Halloween decorating and party themes but abandoned them because they were just tooooo scary? Well, there was one theme that I really liked, and it wasn’t too scary at all. 🙂

Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Violets party invitationWhen I was growing up, there was always a Charlie Brown television special a few nights before a major holiday.  It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown first aired on CBS October 27, 1966 when I was in elementary school.  I always liked those Peanuts gang specials because they were connected to a holiday (often one with a vacation from school! 🙂 ) and the music was catchy.

playroom fall decoratingI think I even liked the plots of the stories as a child, but our children have not been enamored with them at all. They don’t have a nostalgic connection to them, and they say they are depressing.  🙁 As I have watched them as an adult, I do think that poor old Charlie Brown is bullied by Lucy and some of the others.  But…that has not stopped me from using a few of the items and ideas from the Halloween special to decorate our playroom.

Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown movie snacksI started with the small chalkboard with Linus’ Welcome Great Pumpkin sign along with a number of pumpkins, a jar of Halloween candy, a Charlie Brown dry erase memo head, (available here), and an invitation for Charlie Brown to Violet’s Halloween party.  Do you remember that scene?

A big jar of popcorn and a small jar of pumpkin candy was added to the end table for snacking while we watch the movie. (I had to move the wicker chair in order to photograph the chest and chalkboard better.)

playroom wicker chairOn the large chalkboard is Linus’ letter to the Great Pumpkin,

Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Linus lettera number of pumpkins (from the pumpkin patch where Linus and Sally waited for the Great Pumpkin 🙂 )…

Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown vignetteand a paper trick-or-treat sack with Charlie Brown’s sad, “I got a rock.”

I got a rockDid you know that after the first It’s a Great Pumpkin special aired, bags and boxes of candy “just for Charlie Brown” poured into the network, television stations, and to the author?  I guess everyone felt sorry that he only got rocks for Halloween!

hallway Halloween decoratingBut there will be no rocks for trick-or-treaters here, nor at our children’s homes.  To make sure of this, I have filled orange felt bags with Halloween candy to mail to each of them.  It’s not all for them to eat.  No, I am sending a note with each of the bags that this is for them to use for trick-or-treaters that visit their apartment. (Of course they can eat the leftovers. 🙂 )

hallway trick or treat candy bagsI made the tags by typing up a simple Happy Halloween message and adding a silhouette of either Snoopy or Charlie Brown to the card.

hallway bags for HalloweenThe bags are currently hanging on the hooks in the hallway where we normally hang bookbags… and stockings at Christmas. I figure if Christmas can take over those hooks in December, then bags of candy can take them over in October. 🙂

hallway for Halloween

The last room that we are going to take a peak in today is my workroom, right off the hall with the pumpkin colored bags of candy.

workroomIt’s been awhile since we have been in this room.  I have painted the wicker chairs red!
(Surprise, surprise!)

workroom fall decorThere are more pumpkins in this room as well…

workroom desk red wicker chairs

workroom jars with pumpkins fall decoratingand a little Halloween vignette on the cabinet countertop.

workroom cabinetI wanted to put a tag on that jar of candy orange slices and call them “pumpkin brains” or something scary like that, but I haven’t had a chance to get that done.  (I love that photo of our children as Harry Potter and a very snaggle toothed witch!)

workroom cabinet vignette

 More pumpkins and mums..

workroom cabinet flowersAnd that brings us to the end of the fall tour of the rooms in the house.

workroom cabinet coutertop autumn decoratingBut we still have the outside to tour. 🙂

Before I run off, I wanted to make sure you knew about the new Peanuts movie that will be out in theaters November 6.

Peanuts Movie

I think something good is finally in store for Charlie Brown and the little red headed girl in this movie.
What do you think?

Until next time…

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sherri - October 26, 2015 - 5:53 pm

Absolutely adorable! Thanks for the inspiration!
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You are welcome Sherri! I’m so happy you found inspiration in the post. 🙂
Kelly

Louvina - October 22, 2015 - 3:28 pm

How perfect! Charlie Brown!! I don’t always watch the cartoons every year– but will watch parts– my favorite part is when he says, ” I GOT A ROCK!” Always makes me chuckle!!:) but I would have never thought to put a rock in a bag!! What a funny idea!! Love it! This post was so cheery and unique– I like how you think. When do you get all these different ideas? Do you have a notebook that you jot down when the light bulb goes on? Keep up the great posts– we love them!!:)
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Poor Charlie Brown with his rocks! 🙁 When do I get all these ideas? Sometimes when I am watching the show (like the detail of the invitation to Violet’s party) and other times from something on pinterest that I tweak to fit what I am doing, and yes, I most definitely keep a notebook with lists of ideas and shopping lists. I HAVE to write things down to remember them! 🙂
Kelly

Rosemary - October 21, 2015 - 10:11 pm

I m sure your children will be happy with the felt bags of sweets you’re sending them … you’re such a thoughtful mum! I smiled when I saw the mini packs of peanut m&m s in one of your jars as I was eating some as your email arrived in my inbox!!! I used to see Charlie Brown and Peanut cartoons in a newspaper but I don’t remember them on TV .. maybe they weren’t on in the Uk ….
Your workroom is looking great .. so neat and organised. Fancy you painting the chairs red!!! 🙂

Rosemary
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That’s a shame you did not have the Peanuts specials in the UK. You need to rent them from Netflix just so you can see what they were like!
Glad you like the workroom. Yes, imagine that…I painted those chairs red! 🙂
Kelly

Jill Peters - October 21, 2015 - 8:10 pm

Your decorating has reminded me of the Charlie Brown and gang cut out cookies my grandmother used to make……now I need to see if my mom has those cookie cutters! I noticed you moved the wicker couch to the play room….wasn’t that on the porch? 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you have done to your porch! I have a porch that I love as well but really have not done anything for fall out there….I need a day to catch up to finish my fall decorating you are an inspiration!
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How wonderful! I would love to make some of those! Don’t get excited about the furniture. Our daughter has “borrowed” the sofa that was in the playroom for her apartment, and the porch’s wicker sofa took its place in the playroom. I had a loveseat in my classroom that came to take the place of the sofa on the porch. Got all that? LOL So it was all moved out of necessity. I hope to get the porch post out either late tomorrow or on Friday morning. Hope you will like the fall decor in it. 🙂
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - October 21, 2015 - 1:12 pm

Kelly,
I always loved the Charlie Brown specials on tv. I guess they are a little sad but they were always so fun to watch.
Everything looks so festive and pretty. Great job as always. I wanted to reach in and grab a few of the sugared orange jelly candies!
xo,
Karen
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Thank you Karen. I keep raiding that jar of orange candy and can’t stop! They will be gone in a day or two. (Addictive!)
Kelly

classic•casual•home - October 21, 2015 - 12:12 pm

This was just the MOST enjoyable post. Love your creativity and talent. Thanks for the tour. Happy Halloween.
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Thank you for stopping by Mary Ann! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂 Happy Halloween too!
Kelly
p.s. Would have loved to have seen you performing at your class reunion. Too funny!

Merri Jo - October 20, 2015 - 11:43 pm

I just love your photos of your home–I enjoy every single detail! I also grew up watching the Peanuts “specials”, they became a treasured tradition with my own sons, & now my grandsons pile on my lap to watch them. Last year while watching the Thanksgiving show,hearing the giggles of my sweet, little guys watching the antics of Snoopy & Woodstock was PRICELESS! Such fun!
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You are lucky that your little ones enjoy the shows. All my kids did was groan and say, “Nooooo…do we have to watch that again?” I have told them that they HAVE to go see the movie when it comes out. Charlie Brown gets to finally have his day in this one. 🙂
Kelly

Rhonda - October 20, 2015 - 9:30 pm

I love all the Peanut’s movies too! They were so special, because we only got to watch them once a year, just like “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Ten Commandments”. Simpler times! My son just tried out for “Charlie Brown Christmas” this evening. He wanted to come home and watch the movie, but I said, we need to watch “The Great Pumpkin” first! LOL I don’t always get to respond to your post, but just know that every time I open up my email and see something from you, it’s like taking a mini-vacation. The places you go are so beautiful and your house is beautifully decorated. I just love it!!! Thanks for all your posts!!!
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I hope your son gets his part Rhonda. 🙂 Best wishes to him!
Thank you for the sweet comment about the blog and the house. I am happy that you enjoy it all. Thank YOU for reading!
Kelly

kathy - October 20, 2015 - 5:42 pm

I love this post. Your house looks so festive and I just can’t get over the red and orange together. You always make me want to clean and decorate! What a sweet idea those trick or treat bags are for your almost grown children!
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Clean and decorate…that is exactly how I do it Kathy! LOL It will be interesting to see exactly how much of the candy gets given away and how much they eat themselves. I am really curious about our son in Seattle who has lost 70 something lbs. and has had a personal trainer for over a year. I might need to add some granola bars in his. 🙂
Kelly

debbie - October 20, 2015 - 5:13 pm

Absolutely the BEST. Love Charlie Brown and the gang !. I always think it’s just not Christmas until Linus tells us what Christmas is all about. And yes, the Great Pumpkin is coming ! Beautiful decor as always, thanks for sharing your HOME with us
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Gosh thank you Debbie! You are right about it not being Christmas witout a Charlie Brown Christmas. 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoy the posts here and the decor of the house.
Kelly

Laura - October 20, 2015 - 2:49 pm

Where did you get the clear glass canister’s with the pretty red lids?

I enjoy all your holiday décor and especially love your sense of style – your home is very inviting and seems comfortable!

Laura
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The jars are the Montana glass jars from Target http://www.target.com/p/montana-glass-jar-with-silver-lid-1-5-gal/-/A-10620262#prodSlot=medium_2_9&term=glass+jar . I just painted the lids red with Valspar (from Lowes) paint in Cherry Red (but now only carried in Cut Ruby.) Thank you for the compliments on the house! 🙂
Kelly

Ruth - October 20, 2015 - 12:29 pm

Have so enjoyed the autumn tour of your beautiful home! Also enjoyed my armchair travels with y’all when you took your son to Yale. I forwarded your posts to my brother, who lives in Maine, and he was very familiar with the areas you covered there. He and his wife loved your blog!

Just wanted to make sure you knew about Vince Guaraldi’s album (or CD) of Christmas music, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, mentioned by another reader. It’s my favorite holiday recording, and several of the songs are not specific to Christmas, but are good year-’round. I suspect you have that collection already, but didn’t want to take it for granted and have you miss out.

Many thanks for the happy “getaway” moments you provide us all!
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Well I am so glad you have enjoyed the tour Ruth! Thank you for sharing your blog love with your brother and his wife. I imagine they would recognize a lot of the area.
Yes, I have the cd of the Charlie Brown Christmas. It is such a good one! Thank you for thinking of me with your recommendation. 🙂
Kelly

lissy parker - October 20, 2015 - 12:08 pm

The Great Pumpkin is on his way! Everything looks wonderful—love the red chairs and files. Now I need candy.
xo, lissy
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Yes, he is indeed! Thank you for the compliments on the fall decorating here. I can’t wait to decorate the workroom with its red chairs for Christmas!
Candy is always a good idea. 🙂
Kelly

Gina - October 20, 2015 - 11:53 am

Oh, I love the Charlie Brown theme!! I loved the specials and always looked forward to them. The music can’t be beat. 🙂 I had to chuckle when I read, “I got a rock.” 😀 I can just hear him saying it. What cute little bags full of candy in your hallway. And I love your freshly painted red chairs. So fitting for you. 😉
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I think a lot of us are nostalgic when it comes to those Peanuts specials. You are so right about the music! Thank you for the kind comments on the decorating and the red chairs.
Hope you are having a good week!
Kelly

Julie in Asheville - October 20, 2015 - 11:32 am

Kelly, just adorable and so much fun. Love your wicker chairs (both the green and the red). Are they old, new? Just when did you start with holiday decorating? Was it a tradition in your childhood home? The only decorating we did was the Christmas tree and actually my mom did that because she didn’t want us to “mess it up,” had to put those silver icicles on one at a time. Maybe you addressed that question in an earlier post. If so, please direct me. Your home is so lovely. How’s your son doing at school?
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I’m so glad you liked the Charlie Brown decorating. We’ve had the chairs a number of years, but they are not antiques.

I think I started doing the seasonal decor when our children were young…wanting it to be special for them. We would set up hay bales with a scarecrow and pumpkins in our front yard for fall and do an Easter egg tree for Easter. I have always always done Christmas decor from as far back as I can remember. Growing up I remember having a tree, a wreath, and a nativity…maybe a centerpiece on the dining room table. When we do the icicles, we just grab a few from the box and blow them up in the air to see where they land on the tree! (Not a very “professional” way to do it! 🙂 )
Our Yale son is doing fine, but he said it is nonstop work and very little time for anything other than that. I don’t think he was expecting it to be quite that much work. He has been out of college for a couple of years and must not remember what that was like! Thank you for asking.
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - October 20, 2015 - 11:16 am

Oh Kelly, this is the PERFECT theme….I may steal it for next year!! My grandson, Landon, adores Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. One of our favorite sayings is “I got a Rock!”. We are looking forward to the movie after Halloween.
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Ha Ha! You go right ahead and steal away Arlene! I know your grandson would love to see all of that in your home…making the Great Pumpkin even more real for him. 🙂
Kelly

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - October 20, 2015 - 11:00 am

Oh!!!! You have made me so happy! I love the Peanuts and Vince Giraludi’s (spelling???) music. So jazzy! Your decorations are over -the-top adorable and I love it more than any other Halloween theme I’ve ever seen!

Going to look up the movie now. I think you’ve given me an idea for a new article! Thanks!
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Well that is great!! I love making you guys happy. 🙂 And I am so glad that I could inspire your new article. I am sure I will love it if it has anything to do with the Peanuts gang.
Kelly

Lisa - October 20, 2015 - 10:45 am

Oh I love Charlie Brown!And how fun is this adorable theme?! It’s perfect for households with littles who find witches and goblins way too scary. Me too !
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Me three! We have quite a range of ages that will be here for Halloween, so I think the theme works well for everyone. Glad you liked it Lisa!
Kelly

Barbara (WA) - October 20, 2015 - 10:12 am

Well, now I need jars with red lids!! I’m looking forward to seeing the new Peanuts movie with our grandson.
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LOL. The lids were silver before they were doused with red paint. 🙂 Have fun at the movies with your grandson! I don’t know if I will be able to drag my husband to this one…especially with no children in tow with us.
Kelly

mari1017 - October 20, 2015 - 9:58 am

What a fun group of posts these past few days have been to read! Your creativity and color sense are just so cool – love it all!!! Thanks for brightening my day – always watch Charlie Brown – Happy Halloween!
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Thank you Mari! Decorating for Halloween should be fun. 🙂 I think our Thanksgiving decorating will be MUCH more subdued than all the orange and red around here.
Kelly

Dawn - October 20, 2015 - 9:57 am

Kelly,

I adore your play room. The green and black speak to me. I just want to curl up in there with the yummy snacks and watch all of the Charlie Brown holiday cartoons. I remember them from childhood as well. They are nostalgic for me because cartoons were not always on and the special Peanuts gang always meant Holidays and time off from school. Thanks for sharing! Take care.

Dawn
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Knowing how much you love that room, I started to email you first to let you know the blog post was out Dawn! LOL I’m so glad you saw it. I am right there with you connecting the shows with time off from school. Thank you for reading the post and always leaving your uplifting comments!
Kelly

Talia - October 20, 2015 - 9:38 am

I loved this post! Your memories of the Charlie Brown Holiday Specials are the same as mine. I always looked forward to them as a kid as then it meant special days were fast approaching. Great post and fun ideas. I am stealing some! 🙂
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It must be our connections to the special days that makes all of us like these shows…or maybe it just reminds us of when we were a child. (No psychologist here. LOL) I am glad you can use some of the ideas. Steal all you want!
Kelly

Ellen - October 20, 2015 - 9:32 am

Your whole house is a visual treat! I do love your red chairs in your workroom — I am always partial to red chairs wherever they are.
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Aw thank you Ellen! I really like the red chairs too, and I am sure they are going to be perfect for Christmas decorating. 🙂
Kelly

kathy - October 20, 2015 - 9:25 am

I loved this whole post!
I loved Charlie Brown too, but my kids always wondered why he was treated so badly. But they sit and watch it with me anyway.
Everything looks wonderful!
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I’m so glad you did Kathy! Your kids sound like ours. 🙂 Thank you for the compliments on the fall decorating.
Kelly

Design Chic - October 20, 2015 - 9:18 am

I love the idea of sending the bags of candy for your children to hand out and they look adorable on your hooks! Your home looks amazing as always…love your office!!
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I bet most of that candy will be consumed by them…unless they are mobbed with trick or treaters (might actually happen at our daughter’s apartment.) Thank you for your sweet words about the house. I am enjoying having a workspace of my own here, and my view out the window of the river birch trees has been wonderful this season.
Kelly

Cheri - October 20, 2015 - 7:51 am

Your house is lovely as always…you sure know how to decorate, Kelly. It is Fall/Halloween all rolled into one and the decorations can be if you have small children or adult children…very nice. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
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What a nice comment Cheri! Thank you so much. It IS fall and Halloween all rolled into one. If they took pumpkins away from me, I would not know how to decorate for the season though. LOL
Kelly

Decorating for Fall and Loving Fall Food

FALL CHALKBOARD TALK of the HOUSE

Don’t you just love the foods and drinks of fall?

Halloween table settingThe other day, my husband and I were discussing the seasonality of foods because his office was hosting a fall luncheon.  He asked, What would you take for that, and what makes something any more a fall food than any other season’s food?

table for HalloweenDon’t you think foods and drinks belong to certain seasons because that is when you eat or drink them the most….like watermelon is a summer food and hot cocoa with marshmallows belongs to winter?

Halloween tableI then told him that I loved fall foods, and he asked, Like what?

dining room cabinet for fall

Apple anything…apple tarts, apple fritters, apple pie…oh and warm apple cider!

dining room cabinet fall decor

And pumpkin anything…pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, and our daughter’s favorite… Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte. 🙂 (only available in the fall.)

decorated Little Debbie pumpkin cookies

(These pumpkin cookies are actually Little Debbie pumpkin cookies that I decorated with red icing.)

pumpkin table settingSo what do you think the people at work will bring, he asked, since it can’t be all desserts and beverages?
(Well actually it could, but I didn’t say that. 🙂 )

Halloween pumpkin table

Chili, you’ll have a bunch of chili, probably some soups, and maybe an apple or cranberry salad.

family room fall 133I don’t think he was real convinced…until he saw the sign up sheet.  What was the first thing signed up for?
Chili. 🙂

dining room buffetBut I think apples and pumpkins reign supreme for fall foods. Don’t you agree? And apple red and pumpkin orange were the colors that inspired all the fall decor around here.

dining room buffet fall vignette

In fact, the first room I decorated this season was the dining room.  I knew I wanted to use the old covered pumpkin bowls and tureens from Pottery Barn, but with a different color than I had previously had with them.  So I paired them with our always handy red plates and went from there.

pumpkin place setting for Halloween

Since we are getting ready for Halloween, I took a humorous approach to the place cards using character names from old tv shows…The Munsters, The Addams Family, and Casper the Friendly Ghost.  I thought about writing dried drops of blood on the tag for the cinnamon candies, but again I couldn’t bring myself to use something scary, so I simply went with Trick or Treat. (October, I apologize again. 🙁 )

plate rack and islandThe color scheme continues in the kitchen…

kitchen cornerwith little pumpkins here and there…

kitchen desk falland cookbooks in red and orange.

kitchen corner with red stool

Totally off the subject here (because my brain wanders a lot.)  I have had stuff (i.e. picnic baskets, kitchen tools, large bowls, etc.) on top of my cabinets for like forever.  I took a photo of the cabinets below then looked at the picture and thought…boy that looks cluttered. (Why in the world didn’t I see that before??)

kitchen and dining room fallSo before I went any further with the picture taking, I climbed up there and took everything down.  Ahhhh…much better. 🙂 The only problem was…I then had to find a spot for all of it. 🙁  The bowls and serving things went on top of the cabinet in the dining room.  The picnic baskets are still waiting on me to reorganize the cabinet on the porch, and I had to leave the big roaster over the desk because there was truly nowhere for it to go.

kitchen buffalo check drapes

Okay, so where were we? Oh yes, the red and orange decor.
I put red mugs back in the flour and sugar jars.

kitchen jarsAnd the tea and coffee tray has jack o’ lantern coffee.

tea trayThe other tray got orange tags.
(I’m trying to use a less pretty – more scary font this month. 🙂 )

coffee trayAnd pumpkins went to live on top of the refrigerator.
(At least for October. 🙂 )

pumpkins on refrigerator for fallAnd that brings us to the end of the tour for today…but there is still more to come.  The next time we get together we will tour the playroom and more.

Since we have been proclaiming our love of fall food and drink here, I am wondering what your favorite is (besides Halloween candy. 🙂 )  I would have to say mine is the Cheesecake Factory’s pumpkin cheesecake… yum!

So what’s your favorite?

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p.s  Oh I almost forgot something! I copied the recipe on the chalkboard at the top of the post from a cookbook, and I have not tried it out yet.  Do you think that 2 tsp. of baking soda is correct?  That just seems like a lot to me.  Have any of you made a pumpkin spice cake from a recipe like that one?  I would love to know before I make it.  Thanks for your help! 🙂

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Barbara Bethea - October 22, 2015 - 3:21 pm

Hi Kelly,

I really love your fall decor…you did a great job of blending the reds and oranges. I get so much inspiration from your blog. I also had been toying with the idea of clearing the “stuff” off the tops of my kitchen cabinets. After reading your blog, I took it all down …baskets, plastic plants(ugh) ) and left it clean and simple. It really opened my kitchen up and showcased some exposed brick.

Thank you for your wonderful blog, ideas and inspiration!

Barb
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I’m so glad you found some inspiration here Barbara. 🙂 Hooray for the clean space above the kitchen cabinets! I can’t believe you had exposed brick up there that was covered up. I know that looks good now!
Thank YOU for reading and commenting.
Kelly

Gina - October 20, 2015 - 1:31 pm

I agree 100% there are seasonal foods and fall foods are my favorites! Everything you listed I associate with the season. And I try to indulge in as many as possible each year. 😉 This week alone I have had apple cider donuts, apple butter, cooked apples and cider. I plan to bake a pumpkin cake this weekend. Haha, maybe I have overindulged. 😉 My pumpkin cake recipe is very similar but uses self rising flour so no need for soda. I think my favorites are apple cake, apple crisp and cushaw pie that we have every year at Thanksgiving. Couldn’t just pick one. 🙂 As always I love all your decorative touches. The pumpkin dishes are perfect! Love all your attention to detail. Now, I feel inspired to go add a few more touches and pops of color around my house!! 🙂
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You have had some yummy treats this week Gina! Save me a slice of your pumpkin cake. LOL
Enjoy adding those pops of color to your home. It is QUITE colorful here these days!
Kelly

Nina - October 19, 2015 - 3:52 pm

Good afternoon! I feel like we are kindred spirits! I love all things red and gingham and Susan Branch and I used to be a first grade teacher before staying home to raise my kids. Anyways, wanted to tell you two things. One, I’m so inspired by your orange/red combination for Halloween. My living room has bright red walls and I always found it difficult to decorate for Halloween! Not any more. Also, next time you come to new haven to visit you son, you must make a trip to Essex. You will LOVE it.
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We must be sisters Nina! 🙂 Yes, I love all things red and gingham and Susan Branch, and I taught first grade for about 10 years (the most exhausting and challenging grade there is to teach in my opinion.) Yay to the red and orange for Halloween! And we will add Essex to our list of places to visit on our next escapade up to Yale. Thank you for the recommendation!
Kelly

Becky in 'Bama - October 19, 2015 - 10:00 am

I read a ‘few’ blogs, and I’d say you are #1 when it comes to originality and flair. Subtle touches go a long way in my book. I’d love to see your decorating stash and maybe take a few pointers. As I have gotten older seems my Saturdays are mostly cleaning, grocery shopping and little puttering. I just don’t have the impetus to do much holiday decorating like I used to. Oh well, I can live vicariously through you and there’s nothing to put away when the season ends! Beautiful photos!
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Wow! That is quite a compliment Becky. 🙂 Most of my decorating stash is up in the attic in big red tubs organized by month and labeled with a chalk pen. Pillows and fabrics live in the big closet in the workroom, and dishes live in the cabinets in the dining room. The good thing about pumpkins is you don’t have to put them away when the season is over..just throw them out…so no storage problems with them. 🙂
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - October 19, 2015 - 9:17 am

Good morning Kelly,
I loved this post. I always start commenting in early September (when it’s still hot) that I cannot wait until its time for fall food! There are soups, stews, casseroles and the like that we simply don’t eat during the warm months.
The red and orange is genius. It looks great together and its fun that you decorated the pumpkin cookies with red.
Photographs are such a great way to analyze our own decorating. I have taken a picture and then thought, why is that sitting there?! 🙂
Have a great week.
xo,
Karen
P.S. October and I have mended fences and I’m in love once more. 🙂
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I am getting hungry from all the foods you listed Karen!
Thank you for the compliment on the bright color scheme for the season. It is quite colorful here these days.
You are right about using photos to help “see” things with fresh eyes. It really does help.
So glad October has finally gotten itself back to normal for you. I would hate for you to not love your favorite season!
Kelly

Lanita Anderson - October 19, 2015 - 7:45 am

Love your fall decor….especially the Pumpkin Table! I don’t think I would have ever paired red and orange, but I love the way it turned out! I have a great apple cobbler recipe that I like to make during the fall, as well as a pumpkin dump cake and pumpkin/chocolate cheesecake….all three are yummy! Thanks for sharing – looking forward to more of your fall decor!
Blessings,
Lanita
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Yum!!!!!!!!!!!!! A pumpkin chocolate cheesecake sounds heavenly! Thank you for visiting the blog and taking the time to leave your comment Lanita. I so appreciate it. 🙂
Kelly

Kathy - October 19, 2015 - 12:32 am

I am loving the red with orange…and why not?…fall is about apples and pumpkins. My favorite fall foods are caramel apples, pumpkin pie with a layer of cheesecake, apple pie, chili, and turkey and dressing….but that is another month! I was recently thinking about how our family embraces the foods that surround seasons and holidays. I mean, black-eyed peas are not my favorite food but we must have them on New Year’s Day.
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How in the world did I forget turkey and dressing?!! It is more Thanksgiving’s food than Christmas’ to me. Tradition makes us eat a lot of things; doesn’t it?
Kelly

Linda Ishmael - October 18, 2015 - 9:46 pm

I have really enjoyed the trip!! Thanks for taking us along. Also, picked up the Christmas magazine with you and your home featured and it was a beautiful article. I really liked the gingerbread houses in the glass jars. Last but not least “Come Rain or Come Shine”. Was a pure delight!!! I believe it was my favorite of the series. Thanks again and enjoy the rest of fall.
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Thank you Linda. I am happy that you enjoyed all the exploring. And thank you for getting the magazine and reading our feature. Those gingerbread houses just say “Christmas” to me. 🙂 Wasn’t Come Rain or Come Shine wonderful?!! I could say it is my favorite too. I laughed. I cried. I laughed some more. And to think she has yet another one in the works! Can’t wait!
Kelly

Rosemary - October 18, 2015 - 8:59 pm

Oooh I think I’ll have to try some Pumpkin pie and Pumpkin Cheesecake whilst I’m in the US …I love The Cheesecake Factory …so do my family! At home anything with apples… pie,crumble,strudel and spiced apple cider …yummy!Or pumpkin and sweet potato soup.
As always your rooms look amazing Kelly! I like the orange and red shades together.Your attention to small details really adds to the overall effect.
Rosemary
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You are making me hungry! (Good thing dinner is going in the kitchen. 🙂 ) Glad you liked all the details of the decorating, and as always, thank you for reading!
Kelly

Tricia - October 18, 2015 - 7:14 pm

Hi Kelly. How much fun it would be to be a guest at your house….in any season! Such attention to detail. My favourite food at this time of year is apple crisp and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Simple, classic and oh, good! Oh, and baked squash with maple syrup!
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Love apple crisp too…served warm with ice cream! I have never made baked squash, and I would have never thought to top it with maple syrup. Might just have to give that a try this year. Sounds interesting!
Kelly

Lynn A. - October 18, 2015 - 4:13 pm

Little Debbie Pumpkin Delights cookies and my Mom’s pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing. Her recipe calls for 2 teaspoons of baking soda and baking powder. 🙂
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Yum to anything with cream cheese icing! Thank you for the info on the baking soda measurement. 🙂 Now I just need to get busy baking that cake!
Kelly

Dawn - October 18, 2015 - 2:54 pm

Kelly,

It looks so cozy and inviting. I am ready to grab a PSL and sit awhile and chat perhaps on your red stool while you bake that yummy looking cake. My favorite thing to bake this time of year is a pumpkin praline cake. It is to die for and super sweet and yummy! I can’t wait to see how your playroom is decorated! I am thinking green and black in there perhaps? Your red and orange theme is so you and I really like it but the green and black is so me. Thanks for sharing. Take care.

Dawn
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Pumpkin praline does sound to die for! I know I would love that…anything with pumpkins and pecans sounds great. Yes to green and black in there…along with a good dose of orange for the season. You will like it. 🙂
Kelly

Lisa - October 18, 2015 - 2:07 pm

So pretty and festive! We hit record highs here in Texas just a few days ago, so I am a bit behind in my fall spirit. But I’m glad to share yours.:-)
PS Love the tags and the red/orange combo is stunning!
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Aw man! Record highs? Not good for October, so I can understand your not being in the mood for fall. Thank you for the compliments on the tags and color scheme. 🙂
Kelly

Lynne - October 18, 2015 - 10:42 am

I am loving your fall decorating with the red and orange combined. Some of my favorite fall treats are the pumpkin roll with cream cheese, caramel apples and I love the pumpkin cheese cake from the Cheesecake Factory too!
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Oh yes! Love a good pumpkin roll! I have never made one, but I do love to eat the ones from Fresh Market. 🙂 I wish Cheesecake Factory would serve that pumpkin cheesecake year round. Don’t you? 🙂
Kelly

Donnamae - October 18, 2015 - 9:28 am

I’m guilty of one of my fall passions…watching football yesterday….didn’t even check my iPad for new posts! I’m a firm believer in seasonal foods. As a matter of fact…my hubby and I were discussing why we don’t have meatloaf in the summer? My answer..because it’s a cool weather dinner…..simple as that! I love how you used red with orange…as I’ve said before….you have a happy home! Favorite fall foods…yes to Apple anything! Hope you get to enjoy this beautiful fall day! 😉
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Watching football is certainly one of the best of the fall activities. My husband would eat meatloaf in any season. 🙂 But I agree that it seems more appropriate in the fall. WE have been having some gorgeous weather. Need to work in the yard!
Kelly

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - October 18, 2015 - 9:14 am

What I love best about your home are all of the little details that you create — changing the colors for each season, from the cookies in the jar to the cookbooks on the counter. I always take my time to look at all of your photos, noticing everything. Thank you for sharing it with us!
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Thank you for appreciating all those little details Kim. I love that you check out all the photos so well! 🙂
Kelly

Karen - October 18, 2015 - 7:57 am

I have to agree with you on scarey Halloween decor, it’s fine for others but I’ll pass. Your covered pumpkin tureens are perfect, how fun! I’ve baked the Old Fashioned Apple Cake from the King Arthur web site twice already this fall. It is delicious and the brown sugar icing is just that,” The icing on the cake!” I’d highly recommend it !
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I love a fresh apple cake with a praline sauce made with brown sugar and whipping cream…I think. They are probably very similar. And I could eat the icing straight up without the cake it is so yummy! Sounds like your cake. 🙂
Kelly

Talia - October 18, 2015 - 7:01 am

Ok, so I just stole a lot of your ideas and my house looks warm and inviting. Almost as good as yours! 🙂 you have such a lovely way of making everything look festive and comforting!

I’ve a recipe that calls for 2 teaspoons of baking soda and it is yummy. My guess is yours will be too.
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Steal away! That’s why the photos are on here. 🙂 Thank you for your kind compliment on the house, and thank you for the info on the baking soda. Glad to know that 2 tsp. is possibly “normal.” 🙂
Kelly

LJ - October 18, 2015 - 4:01 am

Hi Kelly, about the seasonality of food….I think it also ties into memories of family celebrations and traditions…just a thought.
About the recipe…I make a pumpkin bread that everyone enjoys and I get many requests for the recipe which came from the L A Times back in the early 90’s. The recipe is similar to yours but mine has increased flour, sugar, water, and includes 1 tsp nutmeg. Mine calls for 2 tsp of soda. So it maybe just fine. If time permits I’ll try yours tomorrow.
BTW I finally found that Christmas issue of BH&G…your home is the star of the issue, in my opinion. Wonderful. Kudos to all for the work done.
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You are probably right about the seasonality with family traditions and all (and probably also the connection to when certain foods are available for harvest.) Glad to know you think the soda proportion is okay. I have not made it yet, but will try to soon.
Thank you so much for the kind comment about the magazine feature, and I am so glad you were able to finally put your hands on an issue. 🙂
Kelly

Sandy - October 17, 2015 - 9:51 pm

Kelly, I love the way you use your cookbooks well, books all over to bring out the colors in the seasonal decor. Always lovely..
Question for you. Do you use chalk board markers or chalk for your chalkboard? And… do you do a different recipe each month? Such a cute idea.
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Thank you Sandy. I use both the marker and the old fashioned chalk, but lately it seems that I am using the marker more. It is easier to me than the chalk…which I have to trace over and over to get it bright enough to show up in a photograph. I do a different recipe almost every month except the one in January usually is up for both Jan. and Feb. and the June one may stay up for both June and July. I think other than that it is a different one each month.
Kelly

Louvina - October 17, 2015 - 9:49 pm

Your post came at just the right time! I was looking at the last one ( letter to October) and was wishing for the new one and ” hocus pocus” there it was! Saturday at the beach during Biketober is quite noisy and football games back to back! SO I was wanting some sweet diversion and a “take me away Calgon” moment — loved ALL the red/orange, pumpkins and thinking about fall foods! I really like anything pumpkin and try different recipes. I think the most unusual pumpkin one was pumpkin burgers ( sloppy joes!) This week I made my first sweet potato pie and tried out my new Nuwave oven I got especially for my micro sized condo kitchen— pork tenderloin with root vegetables/squash/apple combo! My newest favorite cafe is Peach Valley. Do you have them in your area? Apple fritters, sweet potato fries with maple hot spice dip and peach ice tea!! Yum! Thank you for my “treat” for the evening!;)
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Hocus pocus for sure! Glad to give you a Calgon moment amid Biketober. (Such a funny word!) Not sure I would like pumpkin burgers if they actually do have pumpkin in them…hmmm. Your pork tenderloin sounds divine!! Never heard of Peach Valley Cafe, so I jumped over to their website. Looks like they are a Florida only restaurant right now (which is kind of strange because Georgia is the “Peach State.” What’s up with that?) There were quite a few good looking things on the menu. How I wish I could get my father in law some of their apple fritters. We were just talking about fried apple pies the other night!
Hope you are doing well. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Kelly

Julie - October 17, 2015 - 9:40 pm

I love how you incorporate pictutures of your children in the kitchen. Your attention to detail is impeccable. I also love that you have curtains above your sink. I am wondering if they get splattered and dirty? I would love to replace the shade I have now but am worried the curtains would get dirty.
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The kitchen curtains do not get dirty at all. If you will look closely, you will see that there is something in front of each of the panels, so nothing really touches them. If they were over by the stove, I image they would get grease on them. The only big mess place in our kitchen (besides the island) is right in front of the cookbooks. Then I just wipe off their spine if something splatters on them.
Kelly

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