French Antique Basket of Great Textures

I cannot leave enough alone. I was rearranging my pretties on my coffee table

and I decided to grab my antique bread basket that I found in France

and fill it with pretties.

A floral arrangement of sorts of many pretties with a wide variety of colors,

faux and natural elements, all to make a French antique basket of great textures.


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My Fall Home Tour

Fall is definitely creeping in a bit in my part of the country.

We have cooler temps . . . well, cooler to me means it is not in the 90’s . . .

and I can see some slight changes in the color of the leaves on some trees.

That being said, it is time for my Fall Home Tour AND A GIVEAWAY!!!

So grab a seat and your favorite beverage and come along!

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“Fall”ing for Blue for Fall Decor

I am “fall”ing for blue for Fall decor this year.

I am doing this for two reasons.

One, because I love blue.

Two, because I need to keep my interiors simple in these days

of being in the process of selling our home.

I was able to visit a couple of Pottery Barn stores while I was in California

and I caught some great sales.

Great Room-Autumn Decor-Housepitality Designs

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A French Country Fall Home Tour with Soft Surroundings and Romantic Homes Magazine

A French Country Fall Home Tour with Soft Surroundings and Romantic Homes Magazine

is happening both today and tomorrow with a most fabulous group of French Country bloggers.

I am presenting my Great Room today with the star of the room . . . my new chair.

The Helena Chair from Soft Surroundings.

Fall Great Room - Helena Chair - Soft Surroundings Fall Blog Tour - Housepitality Designs

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Fall Decor Inspiration

I have not done  many Fall tablescapes these days as we usually have Thanksgiving dinner

at my sister’s home.  She loves to cook in her gourmet kitchen

and she can have 75 plus people in her home and it never feels crowded.

She has been known to feed that many at Thanksgiving.

I created this table a couple years ago and was vintage and Pottery Barn inspired.

Fall Tablescape - Housepitality Designs

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Adding to and Starting a New Collection

I need to call the hot-line for “antiques anonymous” . . .

~ ~ seriously, I need to seek a cure from this affliction.

Or do I want to be cured????

I downsize a collection . . . and then what do I do??? . . . start another!!

~ ~ or should I say “many others” !!!



I saw this bottle in an antique shop in Huntington, West Virginia….

~ ~ an old Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Bottle.



This bottle was actually the first bottle I purchased of this color . . .

~ ~ from one of those great shops in Carlisle, PA…..A Sawyer’s Crystal Blueing bottle.

I thought I would place it in my laundry room with the other vintage laundry items, but love it here.


And with the added items in this area . . . I needed more vintage stools to showcase these pieces….


And a new ironstone soup tureen to add to the collection . . . one of the Carlisle, PA finds.


The stool is so cute as it has a name carved in the top “Lisa”…

~ ~ I am sure it was made by a dad for his little girl…..or that is what I am believing!



Adding the velvet pumpkins for the Fall…along side my new sugar bowl ($12.50) … 🙂


Found these new pieces in Carlisle, PA too . . . it was a very productive and great trip.



Loving my new additions and “collections”….

I love this new vignette, but I also loved the previous vignette of ironstone.

~ ~ now off to refinish something to make these two stools “a collection” !!!

Have a great weekend . . . mine will be spent up to my elbows in paint . . .

~ ~ and most likely in my hair too . . . I always manage to get some all over me!

Pumpkins and Cheetah

What goes well with pumpkins….well Cheetah of course!

On a trip to Pottery Barn I saw their new Fall line of pillows which included their “Cheetah” pillow cover.

I thought that this would be a great addition to my chair in the great room.

Pottery Barn Cheetah Pillow/Housepitality Designs

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Fall Tidbits

I am still in France….and by now, I am hoping that I have found some great treasures…

Today, I just want to share some Fall Tidbits from the previous year…


My collection of Velvet Pumpkins…

…..I saved some stems from last year and hope to make a few this year.


Or maybe I could duplicate this felted wool pillow that I purchased from a craft show long ago….


I truly love this season of pumpkins and wonderful tones of oranges and browns.


And fall wreaths and pumpkins welcoming friends and family.


I just took out the boxes of Fall decor from the attic and hope to create a garland..

…..out of these pretty stems that I purchased last year to make this centerpiece.


And need to help plan a special birthday party for my mom, who will be 88 in November..

…’s a surprise. 88..a great year…”double infinity”.

I am sure you are all busy making your home warm and inviting, preparing for the Fall Season…

You will get some great inspiration from this great Fall Party starting September 30th.


Have a wonderful day!!

Fall Foyer Table and Plush Velvet Pumpkins

I started some Fall decorating yesterday afternoon….

…..It’s a start…and hope to get more accomplished by the weekend.

So, let’s start with the foyer table.

…..As Kim from Savvy Southern Style would say..

……….this is what it looks like now, there may be many tweaks in the future!


I bought a beautiful set of fall plates from Pottery Barn…with my coupon!!

…..the $25 off of $50 purchase one!…:)

I placed my wooden pumpkins on top of the candlesticks and surrounded the base with reindeer moss.


I added fall foliage and a pretty moss ball…


A pretty pumpkin candle sits in an iron leaf plate…bought those years ago..


Candlesticks from Pottery Barn too….




I previously mentioned my Plush Velvet Pumpkins that I received as a gift from my sister…

…..I placed them on a mini cake stand…a place of honor.


I placed a Fall inspired large ribbon tassel at the base…


I so love the beautiful stems….

……my favorite is the one that looks like someone holding a branch…


However, my granddaughter loves the one…

…..that looks like a dragon!


And I so love the new leopard print!!


But all in all…they are beautiful and I will treasure them forever…


Now on to shop for my Craft Party tomorrow….stay tuned!!

I am joining the following wonderful parties:

A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday

Debbiedoo’s for October Fest of Fun Party Up

Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

From My Front Porch to Yours Treasure Hunt Thursdays

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson Share Your Cup Thursday

Kristen’s Creations for Share Your Creations Party

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

The Inspired Room for Favorite Fall Projects

The Polohouse for Fall Decor Favorites on the First