It’s fall. Which means, when the temperatures and leaves change, so do my tastes in home décor and fashion. Many of you are just like me, I’m sure. I long for my cowboy boots and favorite sweater, and wonder to myself if it’s cool enough yet to pull them out of the closet. (We are talking Memphis, after all, where warm temperatures hang on until the bitter end, sometime through November!) In the end, I slip them on anyway, and then hit the shops and Internet in search of great fall trends. What follows are a few standouts:
My Top Fall Trends
1. White pumpkins. Never mind that I think of a Dreamsicle whenever I see them next to an orange pumpkin, white pumpkins add a fresh pop to any arrangement, especially when paired with the dark-greens of gourds or the rough browns of woods.
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I came across this beautiful inspiration board of ways to use white pumpkins as wedding décor. Maybe it’s a little late for this year’s Bella Vita brides—maybe not if you’re a wedding-planning maven—but save this idea palette, because I’m sure white pumpkins will be equally big same time next year.
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For those of us who’ve already fallen for the guy and now find ourselves planning Thanksgiving for his family, think white pumpkins for a table centerpiece. (They’ll be too wowed by the tablescape to even think about commenting on the menu!) Mix up the sizes, put them in bowls or atop cake plates and use white candles to lighten things up. A burlap runner
will work equally well, better in my opinion, because spills won’t be so obvious.
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2. Frye boots.
How I love thee, let me count the pairs of boots … I mean, ways. You won’t get me to confess how many pairs I own. All I will say is that it’s fall in my book as soon as I step into a pair and hear the crunch of dry leaves underfoot. They’re amazingly comfortable, sturdy and so well-crafted. And let’s talk about these fall beauties below: Wouldn't you love to reach in and pick a pair? Complete your look with Bella Vita's new boot socks
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3. Any pumpkin food.
I’m from up North. Seattle to be exact. And we love pumpkin, anything pumpkin. Raised on pumpkin pie, I still don’t grasp the Southerner’s bond with pecan pie. While I will give you it’s sweet deliciousness, my fork and I will always head for the pumpkin if the two are sharing a table. Have you heard about the pumpkin pie ice cream at Baskin Robbins or Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte? They’re a slice—rather scoop and sip—of pumpkin heaven.
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Year-round they tie together any outfit, but in fall and winter, they keep you feeling warm and looking cool. Our ruffled knitted scarves
in oatmeal cream, green and brick red, are especially hot this year, adding a fanciful touch even on the days when you're bu’re bundled up.
5. OPI nail polish. Girl, you don’t know a thing if You Don’t Know Jacques. OPI nail polish, that is. It’s the new neutral for fall, ladies. Now if only my nails looked like that!
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6. Cotton & burlap.
Burlap is back. This woven, neutral cloth sets a beautiful backdrop for fall colors, especially snow-white cotton. To me, it’s like bringing nature’s fall inside. Mini centerpieces, like these, dress your home with little bits of the season. Just use mason jars—or any bud vase you might have on hand for that matter—and drop in a cotton branch with fluffy buds. Set upon burlap and it’s your singular décor statement.
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Smashing Pumpkin Cocktail
While your primping and decorating, don’t forget to pause and savor the season—literally. Here’s a rich, yummy cocktail that’ll warm you on those colder fall days. Is it any surprise that it’s pumpkin flavored? My husband will love it.
1 ½ oz. Bulleit Bourbon
1 oz. pumpkin reduction (see recipe below)
1 dash of celery bitters (Hamrick recommends Bitter Truth or you can also substitute Angostura)
Pour bourbon, pumpkin reduction, and bitters into a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir generously. Strain into an old-fashioned glass with one large ice cube.
Pumpkin Reduction Ingredients:
1 ½ quarts chopped Cinderella pumpkin
2 quarts water
3 cups sugar
7 whole allspice
1 cinnamon stick
2 whole star anise
Scoop out the pumpkin seeds and pulp, then peel and chop the pumpkin flesh into small one-inch cubes. Add all ingredients in a non-reactive pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 40 minutes until reduced. Strain the mixture into a clean bowl and place in an ice bath to cool.
Slow Down, Relax & Enjoy the Season
So to wrap, I think fall is a magical time of year—transformative, really. To me, it’s a time for reflection and relaxation before the hustle of the holiday season begins— and very soon I might add. I love the gorgeous fall foliage, comfy-home crockpot cooking (that Brent does of course!), college football and cooler temps. I love finding new fall favorites and pulling out long-time keepsakes. Hope the season brings you a renewed spirit, too, that carries you well into the holiday season.