A Pretty Persimmon Fall Centerpiece

Ok, friends. I get it. We’ve been talking about fall for a few weeks now, but now that fall is officially here as of today, I’m kind of in disbelief. Summer just went by so so quickly this year and after the bear of a winter we had last year, I’m just not quite ready to give up on the beautiful warm, sunny days that are the hallmark of our summers in the northeast. So what better way to embrace fall than with something really gorgeous and perfectly seasonal? Like this stunning fall centerpiece! Studded with persimmons, ranunculus, dahlias, and dusty miller all arranged in a shallow wooden bowl, it’s all kinds of lovely in my book. You can catch the DIY over at Santa Barbara Chic!

A Pretty Persimmon Fall Centerpiece

A Pretty Persimmon Fall Centerpiece

A Pretty Persimmon Fall Centerpiece

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[Styling by Kelly Oshiro | Photos by Anna Costa.]

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10 Best Apple Recipes

10 Best Back to School DIY IdeasI’m pretty sure that every year at this time I start going on about apple season and how I’m all levels of obsessed. Here in Upstate New York, apple season is no joke. Apple farms are clogged with cars and packs of merry apple pickers toting home baskets and bags to make pies, crisps and tarts. And I’m here to tell you what, there is nothing like the smell of baking apples filling up the house on a chilly fall day. It’s enough to make a grown lady drool.

Last year I shared 10 drool-worthy apple recipes and today I’m bringing you even more apple delights! From cocktails to breakfast to truly indulgent treats, there’s something here for every palate. Click through for 10 of fall’s best apple recipes!

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Shop by Color: Autumn Orange

Ohhh, fall. You do such crazy things to us. You make cool color loving girls like me want to buy everything orange and gold in sight. In particular right now, this rich and bold shade of autumn orange is just doing me in. Anyone else? My favorite way to rock orange is definitely with a pop of color in my accessories. Usually a great oversized scarf or a cute pair of flats or a little clutch. But I’m also loving these candle holders for sprinkling a little autumnal color throughout your home. Or this gorgeous pillow for dressing up an arm chair or adding bit of texture to the bedroom. Is anyone else loving orange right now? Would you rock one of these pieces this season?

Shop by Color: Autumn Orange

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[Shop | 1: Throw pillow | 2: Purse | 3: Candle holders | 4: Ballet flats | 5: Laptop sleeve | 6: Eyeglasses | 7: Glass water bottle | 8: Skirt.]

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Color Palette: Apricot + Chambray

You already heard me wax poetic about all things coffee last week, so at the risk of being redundant I just have to say that this week I’m living for my morning cup of coffee. Fall is definitely settling in all around us at the moment. The mornings are increasingly crisp and dark, the sun noticeably sinking faster into the horizon each evening. This week’s color palette, predictably, is still drawing inspiration from these early weeks of fall. Rich morning coffee. Jars of colorful and delicious apricot jam. The blues and pinks and purples of the fall sunrises I’ve been watching each morning. Also right now I’m wearing a giant hoodie over top of a giant sweater. Also right now I’m refusing to turn on the heat until there’s absolutely no choice. Such is fall in Upstate NY!

Color Palette: Apricot and Chambray

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[Photos, from top: Vintage Mixer | 365 Days of Coffee | Allure magazine.]

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The Sweetest Occasion Studio – Inspiration

I know, I know. I’m a horrible friend. It has been forever since we last talked about the studio. The truth is, summer showed up and our lives got really busy and kind of flipped inside out. It put the studio on the back burner in terms of decorating it and really getting settled in, but that’s [finally] all about to change! My mom has helped me out a bit this week, going and picking up some much-needed shelving, and it has gotten me really fired up to get organized and cozy in there. Cozy. That’s the operative word. In a way the prolonged delay has been a blessing. I’ve realized that I want to make a bit of shift in designing the space. I’m still totally in love with the bright white walls and painted floors, but when it comes to everything else, I definitely want a cozy vibe. This little home office I spied over on West Elm’s blog is pretty close to striking the chord I want to hit when finishing up the space.

Cozy Black, White and Neutral Office

Cozy Black, White and Neutral Office Cozy Black, White and Neutral Office

Cozy Black, White and Neutral Office

Cozy Black, White and Neutral Office

I love super clean, bright white, girly spaces, but in truth I’m a lady who is all about the cozy. I love rich jewel tones, a bit of gold, warm wood tones, and a comfy place to sit. My desk chair is high backed and upholstered. I typically sit cross-legged behind my desk, barefoot with my hair piled on top of my head in a messy top knot. I like making a steaming cup of coffee and feeling enveloped in warmth. Those are the spaces where I feel most comfortable, most inspired and most invigorated. So, like I said. I’m so glad I took a bit of time to really mull this over and make moves in that direction. Here’s hoping that in a few weeks or so I’ll have a finished space to show off! In the meantime, I thought I’d share a little update about my thought process and when it’s all said and done I’ll break it down for you all helpful-like. Stay tuned!

p.s. To see more of this pretty office space, be sure to visit the West Elm blog where Juley Le of Upperlyne & Co. talks about her gorgeous space and shares her tips for working from home!

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[Photos by Upperlyne & Co. from West Elm.]

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