25-6 Winter Issue
Entertaining the Bakersfield Way by Miles Johnson
As an extra-indulgent treat, you and your partner will delight in a freshly-prepared Bananas Foster. Avoided because of its perceived complexity, a rich Bananas Foster is just the thing to bring you both back into the kitchen.
Written by Tom Xavier
Decorating for the seasons is nothing new, but with a few fresh ideas, you can do wonders with a tired room. And it seems autumn is the favorite season to decorate for...the subtle fall colors bring warmth into our lives and homes. But how to handle each room?
The Living Room
Bring in fall colors (reds, golds, browns) with throw pillows and throws. This is an inviting way to bring colors into your living space as splashes of colors will make it an inviting place to relax.
The first tip would be to put up colorful fall swag, which can be purchased at craft and hobby stores. You can also make them yourself with silk or dried flowers. Both will add an element of the outdoors.
Don’t be afraid to incorporate mini pumpkins—line them up on the mantle with foliage between them. Collect some colorful leaves, pine cones, and acorns outside, then gather together a bunch of small pumpkins, gourds, apples, and Indian corn. Add a basket, a glass vase or bowl, and you have the ingredients for a fall display you can use as a coffee table centerpiece, or placed on a hutch or antique bureau. Experiment with plenty of variations. An autumn-toned piece of cloth will look nice under a basket and it keeps the surface clean from residue—a win-win. Place candles around the sides or in the center of your display.
The Dining Room
The best way to bring fall into your dining room is by using a fall-colored table runner or tablecloth. This step alone can change the appearance of the room and it’s a quick and easy addition. And if you want to take it one step further, try cloth chair covers in fall patterns or solid fall colors.
The kitchen is usually a room no one thinks of when decorating for the seasons. A simple basket of seasonal produce on the counter can bring the wonderful feeling of fall into your home. And since the kitchen is a place of delicious smells, it should be a no-brainer that a simmering pot of potpourri on the stove will remind everyone that autumn is upon us and evoke memories of apple cider and hayrides.
The Entrance Way
The first great way to decorate your porch for the fall is to pick up some pumpkins. This is a great activity for a family or a couple and provides the opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the fall foliage. Go to your local pumpkin patch and pick out a few pumpkins in various sizes to set on your steps this autumn. While you are there, see if the pumpkin patch also carries gourds and squashes, which can be put in a nice woven basket on your porch in addition to the pumpkins for some color and shape variety.
Another great way to spruce up your porch this fall is to purchase a few bales of hay. Bales of hay can be placed on your porch as-is and used as a stand for your pumpkins and baskets of gourds and squashes. And you’ve got the swag inside...don’t be afraid to hang some on the front door. Try making your own with twigs and foliage from your front yard if you are the crafty type. But certain home goods stores sell garlands (for those not as crafty) that are just as colorful. These garlands bring incredible warmth to the home when wrapped up the banister of a staircase or on stair railings.
Sometimes the smallest touches can impact a room...and that certainly is the case for fall decorations. Even a few changes in color can get you ready for harvest time. But don’t be afraid to try everything; autumn is a great season to bring into the home.
Article appeared in our 27-4 Issue - October 2010