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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Re-decorating Hathorn Hall’s Front Porch + Dining Room Sneak Peek

IMG_8040Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living. If this is your first time visiting, we would like to extend a warm Southern welcome *smile* The rules of SSL are simple–grab a good cup of coffee or glass of sweet tea and sit a spell with us. That’s it *big smile*

Today on the blog, we are chatting about several things–from a sneak peek of Hathorn Hall’s dining room to the front porch fall decor I had to replace and fix due to some severe and blustery weather.

Now, it is time to sit a spell and enjoy the randomness of today. To be honest, most of my days are random and scattered, but that is perfectly okay because I am alive and kicking *cue Simple Minds*

The dining room is inspired by my love of New Orleans.

The dining room is inspired by my love of New Orleans. Stay tuned for the details on paint, fabric, and more *smile*

I cannot wait to tell y'all all about the wine rack/buffet table that the hubby built + why he had to build it.

I cannot wait to tell y’all all about the wine tasting table that the hubby built + why he had to build it.

A wider shot of the dining room. Can y'all guess what the hubby and I named this room?

A wider shot of the dining room. Can y’all guess what the hubby and I named this room?

A couple of weeks ago, we had a bit of severe weather here in Northeast Tennessee. The wind was terrible, and it took a toll on my cornstalks and other front porch fall decor. After the storms had all passed, I got busy with salvaging and re-decorating. Check out the original post about the fall decorating here. I did not want to invest too much into the project because I did not want to take from my winter plant or Christmas budgets.

The cornstalks on the front columns did not survive the winds. I just added new mums and called it good *smile*

The cornstalks on the front columns did not survive the winds. I just added new mums and called it good *smile* Notice the blue cooler–I finished the re-decorating and clean up just a couple of hours before we had a Saturday Football party *whew…cutting it close*

I am still loving my metal jack-o-laterns from my sweet friend in Mississippi. I will probably replace them with real pumpkins after Halloween. Y'all know how much I hate pumpkins *wink*

I am still loving my metal jack-o-laterns from my sweet friend in Mississippi. I will probably replace them with real pumpkins after Halloween. Y’all know how much I hate pumpkins *wink* Notice that I did salvage the corn from the cornstalks and used them as “filler” for the pots + a few of the corn “leaves”–are they called leaves? Hmmmm….

I was super relieved  that the cornstalks framing the front door survived.

I was super relieved that the cornstalks framing the front door survived.

Cute scarecrows + candy dispensers in the parlor = fun stop for guests

Cute scarecrows + candy dispensers in the parlor = fun stop for guests

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the sneak peek of the dining room + more fall decorating. I really do love this time of year. Fall puts on the best color show *smile*

Stay tuned for more Fall Foliage Reports *smile*

Stay tuned for more Fall Foliage Reports *smile*

One more photo from the mini adventures the hubby and I had this past weekend.

One more photo from the mini adventures the hubby and I had this past weekend.

 

 

 

Front Porch Fall Decor at Hathorn Hall

I am so excited about fall! I love the colors, the cooler temps, and the pumpkins that are everywhere *smile* !

I am so excited about fall! I love the colors, the cooler temps, and the pumpkins that are everywhere *smile*

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about front porch fall decor. Oh, how I love fall! This time last year the hubby and I were talking about moving to the Northeast Tennessee/Southwest Virginia area. I was spending countless hours on Realtor.com looking for potential candidates, and we were still renovating Sloss Castle. It was a stressful time…my favorite time of the year was spoiled by too much work and too many difficult decisions. To make matters worse, I didn’t get to decorate *sad face* God knew I was busy, so He made sure that all the leaves at Sloss Castle were in full show *smile*

Last fall at Sloss Castle. It was a spectacular show!

Last fall at Sloss Castle. It was a spectacular show!

This was the first time I saw our new home in Johnson City. It was gussied up for fall...we were meant to be together *wink*

This was the first time I saw our new home in Johnson City. It was gussied up for fall…we were meant to be together *wink*

Don’t y’all just love reminiscing! I know I do. But enough looking back. Let us talk about this year’s fall porch decor. I kept the theme natural and simple…pumpkins, yellow mums, corn stalks, and a few leaves woven into the corn stalks. Classic.

Yellow mums are the original fall flower. I picked up mine from the local Kroger and the Farmer's Market.

Yellow mums are the original fall flower. I picked up mine from the local Kroger and the Farmer’s Market.

I did not want to overcrowd the steps with flowers and pumpkins...believe me...I thought about it! But I wanted it to open and friendly...not overwhelming.

I did not want to overcrowd the steps with flowers and pumpkins…believe me…I thought about it! But I wanted it to be open and friendly…not overwhelming.

When the summer flowers and foliage die back, I will replace them with fall/winter varieties.

When the summer flowers and foliage die back, I will replace them with fall/winter varieties.

The rusty milk can I picked up in Asheville is perfect for displaying a pumpkin.

The rusty milk can I picked up in Asheville is perfect for displaying a pumpkin.

Ya'll know I had to gussy up the swing with a dash of fall color. I found all of my fall pillows at Stein Mart.

Y’all know I had to gussy up the swing with a dash of fall color. I found all of my fall pillows at Stein Mart.

The yellow and orange pop against the neutral shade of Hathorn Hall.

The yellow and orange pop against the neutral shades of Hathorn Hall.

I created three bundles of cornstalks for the door.

I created three bundles of cornstalks to frame the door.

As the cornstalks begin to get droopy, I will just weave the leaves together and tie them with twine.

As the cornstalks begin to get droopy, I will just weave the leaves together and tie them with twine.

Every front porch needs at least two rocking chairs with comfy pillows!

Every front porch needs at least two rocking chairs with comfy pillows!

I love the long-neck pumpkin in the terra cotta pot.

I love the “long-neck pumpkin” in the terra cotta pot.

Hello, pink swing! You are always the star of the porch *smile*

Hello, pink swing! You are always the star of the porch. But that cute, lime stool is shining pretty bright too *smile*

I had a leftover crate from a recent bookshelf project, and it made the perfect container for my green striped pumpkins and a burgundy mum.

I had a leftover crate from a recent bookshelf project, and it made the perfect container for my green-striped pumpkins–which I found out from a grower at the Farmer’s Market that they are actually green-striped cushaw (cucurbita mixta)…a winter squash.

Cornstalks + pumpkins = classic fall

Cornstalks + pumpkins = classic fall

I think I will be sitting a spell with coffee a lot this fall!

I think I will be sitting a spell with coffee a lot this fall!

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IMG_6527Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about classic fall porch decor. Stay tuned to the blog for fall foliage updates. The hubby and I will be venturing out and photographing our first fall here in the Tri-Cities area…I am seeing a few trips to Asheville in my future…and perhaps the Gatlinburg area as well!

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