The Fall Home featuring Gracious Designs

These collectible, one-of-a-kind pumpkins created by Carolyn Tomko are available at Gracious Designs in Johnson City, Tennessee.

These collectible, one-of-a-kind pumpkins created by Carolyn Tomko are available at Gracious Designs in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from DIY projects to fabulous places to visit and shop. Today on the blog, I am getting us all ready for my favorite time of the year by sharing my experience at the “The Fall Home” decorating class at Gracious Designs in Johnson City, Tennessee. I had such a fabulous time attending this class, and I am totally ready to get my porch and home gussied up for fall, y’all *wink*

Outside Fall display at Gracious Designs--which is located in a wonderful old home on Knob Creek Road

Outside fall display at Gracious Designs–which is located in a wonderful old home on Knob Creek Road

Last Thursday (September 10), Cassie Kitzmiller of Gracious Designs gave a fabulous presentation about how to make your home grand for fall. She chatted about everything from pops of traditional and nontraditional colors to touches of whimsy. One of my favorite items that she presented to the class was the battery-operated candles. To be honest, I thought the candles would look hideously fake–but no…they were beautiful and very realistic! The “Moving Flame” candles by Liown come in a variety of sizes and colors–and did I mention how pretty and realistic these candles are!?! I know! I can’t help but to repeat myself because I still can’t believe it *wink* These candles can be used on mantels, in centerpieces, and even tucked in places that “real” candles cannot be tucked *smile*

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Speaking of candles, Cassie chatted very excitedly about adding lights to your home–especially for fall because the days are getting shorter and touches of glimmering lights just warm up the home–especially those dark little “holes” and corners. She challenged all of the class attendees to go home and look for those dark spaces and to fill them with light–from battery-operated candles to lighted branches.

Lamps are a great way to bring soft light into the home and to fall arrangements. Another great way to decorate for Fall is to add texture--layers of texture to your displays.

Lamps are a great way to bring soft light into the home and to fall arrangements. Another great way to decorate for fall is to add texture–add layers of texture to your displays by using soft linens and natural elements like pinecones and branches. *fall decorating tips from Cassie Kitzmiller

One of the easiest ways to decorate the home for fall is to add pops of color–from bold oranges to fiery reds. But did you ever think to add shades of rich purple and metallics? Cassie challenged the class to go home and “shop” for metals and nontraditional colors to use as accents. For example, add deep purple hydrangea blossoms to a traditional fall wreath for a touch of the unexpected. She also encouraged using hydrangeas throughout your home for fall because these blossoms are more than a spring/summer flower.

How sweet and easy is this little arrangement!

How sweet and easy is this little arrangement! Don’t have the time to make it yourself? No need to fret! Head on over to Gracious Designs for all your fall decor needs and more.

Decorating the home should always be fun and fabulously you. Make it personal by adding in fun, whimsical treasures that you adore–if you love frogs…find fall frogs. Tuck little birds into your centerpieces, bring the outdoors inside with leaves and branches, put clay pumpkins on your bookshelves…whatever suits your fancy! But remember to have fun with it *big smile* Thanks, Cassie, for all the wonderful decorating tips on how to make our homes grand for fall.

I am totally crushing on this everything in this picture!

Gracious Designs has everything you need for the home for Fall, y'all.

Gracious Designs has everything you need to gussy up your home for fall.

Here’s a quick recap of what I learned from Cassie about making the home grand for fall:

  • Accent with Color–from traditional to nontraditional colors, don’t be afraid to use bold pops of color + add a new, nontraditional color to your fall palette (think mauves and purples).
  • Layer with Texture–use linens, natural elements, metals, and pottery for a variety of textures.
  • Add Mood and Movement with Lights–from lamps to battery-operated candles, add lights for a touch of glimmer and twinkle.
  • Create an Inviting Space with Fragrance–from potpourri to soups simmering on the stove, the sweet smells of the season invite us all to sit a spell with a good cup of apple cider.
  • Don’t Forget the Whimsy–from one-of-a-kind, handcrafted pumpkins to cute, little birdies, make your home you with things that you love and that make you smile.

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Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about making the home grand for fall. Stay tuned for a special post about local potter Carolyn Tomko, my top fall fragrance picks, and more.

To learn more about Gracious Designs, click here to check out their Facebook page.

To learn more about Gracious Designs and their free decorating classes, click here + click here to like them on Facebook.

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Come Sit a Spell On the Front Porch’s New & Colorful Sitting Area

A fun painting I did for my new sitting area on my front porch. I am still adding details, but I am hoping to finish it soon *big  smile*

A fun painting I did for my new sitting area on my front porch. I am still adding details, but I am hoping to finish it soon *big smile*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or sweet tea and enjoy good conversations about everything from home renovation projects to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, I wanted to show y’all my new sitting area on my front porch.

I got the most fabulous deals on these pillows at Stein Mart--it was a BOGO! No kidding--six pillows for about $25--the hubby was beyond thrilled by my fabulous find!

I got the most fabulous deal on these pillows at Stein Mart–it was a BOGO! No kidding–six pillows for about $25–the hubby was beyond thrilled by my fabulous find!

Recently, the hubby built a deck (really an outdoor living room), and I was able to kick his Big Green Egg and other manly junk off the wrap-around porch. Yes, I reclaimed my space *wink* I had been dreaming of sitting a spell in that space since we moved in about a year ago.

I have had the chair and sofa for over five years. I know it has been moved at least three times during that time. I am happy to announce that I finally feel settled and at home *big smile*

I have had the chair and sofa for over five years. I know it has been moved at least three times during that time. I am happy to announce that I finally feel settled and at home *big smile*

My biggest goal for this space was to make it cozy, comfy, and cheery. I wanted bold art, rusty treasures, and reclaimed pieces. It was important for it to reflect me–no mater how eclectic it might appear to others!

This is a Lolly Molly Art furniture piece. For many years, I painted furniture--I still dabble a little in furniture *wink*

This is a Lolly Molly Art furniture piece. For many years, I painted furniture–I still dabble a little in furniture painting–but it is getting harder to find quality pieces at reasonable prices to redo. I blame Pinterest and those picker shows *wink*

After arranging and rearranging everything at least a dozen times, I finally achieved the atmosphere for which I was going. It is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee in the mornings.

Trinkets made from reclaimed wood and burlap.

Trinkets made from reclaimed wood and burlap.

I got this darling pallet-wood shelf from The Next Best Thing in Johnson City. I adore that place!

I got this darling pallet-wood shelf from The Next Best Thing in Johnson City. I adore that place because it is filled with amazing handmade goodness, folksy art, and junky treasures.

This rusty milk can makes the perfect side table + it has just enough room for my phone and coffee mug

The rusty milk can makes the perfect side table + it has just enough room for my phone and coffee mug *smile*

Another view of the side table and sofa

Another view of the side table and sofa

Reclaimed wood candle holders from The Next Best Thing + a wine bottle converted into a "torch"

Reclaimed wood candle holders from The Next Best Thing + a wine bottle converted into a “torch”

I intentionally bought a neutral sofa, so I could accessorize it with seasonal and colorful pillows and throws.

I intentionally bought a neutral sofa, so I could accessorize it with seasonal and colorful pillows.

A big nest that I found + another reclaimed wood trinket that I made

A bird’s nest that I found + another reclaimed wood trinket that I made

I wanted to add touches of a living room to my space.

I wanted to add touches of a living room to my space.

The sitting area is in the "back corner" of the wrap-around porch. I was able to create a cozy space without blocking traffic or access to the steps.

The sitting area is in the “back corner” of the wrap-around porch. I was able to create a cozy space without blocking traffic or access to the steps.

I love all the character of my 1920 home. I never get tired of its charm and quirkiness.

I love all the character of my 1920 home. I never get tired of its charm and quirkiness.

I was sold on this house from the moment I walked onto the porch *big smile*

I was sold on this house from the moment I walked onto the porch *big smile*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a look at my new sitting area on my front porch. I am so excited that I have reclaimed my space from the hubby *wink*

For cute and fun yard art, please visit my Etsy shop, Lolly Molly Art.

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OOTW featuring BluKatDesign and ForgottenCotton + New Front Porch Decor

Upcycled Knob Necklace by BluKatDesign and Bow Cuff by ForgottenCotton

Upcycled Knob Necklace by BluKatDesign + Bow Cuff by ForgottenCotton

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from gluten-free goodies to random road trips. Today on the blog, we are chatting about the outfit of the week (OOTW) + the latest front porch decor. Y’all know how much I love decorating and sitting on my front porch! I also love dressing up and having lunch downtown at Buffalo Street Deli–which has some pretty delicious gluten-free options!

I think I am getting a little better at taking selfies. Perhaps, I need to invest in a selfie stick *wink*

I think I am getting a little better at taking selfies. Perhaps, I need to invest in a selfie stick *wink*

When I am out and about, I am frequently asked about my jewelry. I love it when people ask because I get to brag a little on my sweet Etsy friends and their fabulous shops! So, I decided to start sharing with y’all my favorite outfit of the week and where you can shop to get a similar look–because a lot of the handmade jewelry I wear are one-of-a-kind pieces.

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I am still not comfortable having my photo taken, but Abby was patient enough to snap a few that I kinda like! P.S. check out my darling little window with the red poppies painted on it!

OOTW DETAILS

Dress: South Boutique in Trussville, Alabama

Click here to see how Abby sported this same dress.

Necklace: BlueKatDesign 

Click here to shop BluKatDesign.

Bow Cuff: ForgotttenCotton

Click here to shop ForgottenCotton.

 

My pansies are growing and looking so pretty!

My pansies are growing and looking so pretty!

I am always on the hunt for treasures to display on my front porch–it is my favorite room *smile* A few days ago, I was exploring one of my favorite shops–The Next Best Thing–and discovered a darling old window with red poppies painted on it. It was love at first sight and a perfect fit for my porch.

Got this darling succulent container garden at a flea market on the outskirts of Jonesborough from a darling, little old man! I couldn't resist it!

Got this darling succulent container garden at a flea market on the outskirts of Jonesborough from a darling, little old man! I had to have it because I knew it would look fabulous on the table (which I redesigned an old table with a mosaic top years ago) on my front porch. *Note to Self: get back to breaking tiles–great therapy!*

My new favorite flea market is on the outskirts of Jonesborough, and it is only open on Sunday. Oh, it is fabulous! It is like a little mini adventure because there is no telling what you might find or see *smile* I will have to show y’all my treasures in another post. Be sure to follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to keep up with all my random happenings and finds. (Check out the social media icons in the right column for an easy-click to follow! Thanks ahead of time for following me on my adventures *smile*)

Ziva really needed some loving because her mommy has been too busy running around all over the city getting her business licenses. Wait! What? Shhh, more to come *wink*

Ziva really needed some loving because her mommy has been too busy running around all over the city getting her business licenses. Wait! What? Shhh, more to come *wink*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about this week’s fashion finds, new porch decor, and a flea market treasure. Stay tuned for the gluten-free top picks of the week and more.

Momma loves this big baby!

Momma loves this big baby!

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How to Decorate a Front Porch for Easter

A pretty wave pansy spilling over the edges of a turquoise flower pot--this arrangement will be a shining star several weeks after Easter.

A pretty wave pansy spilling over the edges of a turquoise flower pot–this arrangement will be a shining star several weeks after Easter.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversations about everything from gluten-free goodies to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, we are chatting about Hathorn Hall’s front porch Easter decor.

IMG_9772If you have been following along with my random madness, you know that the hubby has been building a deck/outdoor living room. This project has taken up nearly all of our free time…okay, all of our free time…so that left me with little to no time to create simple and easy Easter decor for the front porch. I absolutely love Easter because it is all about new life and resurrection, so I had to do something to gussy up the place!

I took a basket that I already had and added big yellow Gerber daisies to it--for that perfect pop of spring yellow.

I went shopping in my own basement for items that screamed spring. I found a lime green stool, a basket, and yellow Gerber daises. Perfect!

Fun patterns + bright colors

Fun patterns + bright colors

Y'all know how much I love accessorizing my porch with pillows! I already had the bright chevron ones, and the large ones came from At Home in Knoxville.

Y’all know how much I love accessorizing my porch with pillows! I already had the bright chevron ones, and the large ones came from At Home in Knoxville.

I love this adorable window that I found at The Next Best Thing in Johnson City.

I love this adorable window that I found at The Next Best Thing in Johnson City! Be sure to check your local shops for holiday decor because you never know what you might find.

I apologize for the quality of my photos. The hubby is my photographer, but he has been a bit busy with building decks and traveling for work!

I apologize for the quality of my photos. The hubby is my photographer, but he has been a bit busy with building decks and traveling for work. However, I do believe that I am getting better at using that fancy camera of his *wink*

I will keep the evergreens in the flower pots until the weather gets and stays warmer.

I will keep the evergreens in the flower pots until the weather gets and stays warmer. I just added cute pansies to them to add a pop of spring color.

I created this egg + grass from leftover wood that I found in the basement. So this little project cost zero dollars *smile*

I made this egg + grass from leftover wood that I found in the basement, so this little project cost zero dollars *smile* Be sure to check out the Facebook page for more about the egg project + my other randomness and projects.

Holiday decor doesn't have to be elaborate or expensive to be fun and cheery!

Holiday decor doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive to be fun and cheery!

I moved the lime green pillows (the ones I used for St. Patrick's Day) from the swing to the rockers.

I moved the lime green pillows (the ones I used for St. Patrick’s Day) from the swing to the antique rocking chairs.

I got this darling basket at an antique shop in Elizabethon.

I got this darling basket at an antique shop in Elizabethon. I started to paint it, but I decided I liked it just the way it was *smile*

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It is amazing what a few pops of color can do to add a bit of Easter fun!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took at look at the simple and colorful Easter front porch decor. Stay tuned to see how I transform the Easter front porch to a spring one!

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