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Q&A: Thanksgiving 911

Every Thanksgiving hostess has his or her moments of anxiety. Hell, I've been making holiday dinners and hosting dinner parties for a decade, and I still get a little nervous when it come to roasting the perfect turkey. That combined with kids, houseguests, and having to make an endless supply of side dishes all timed in perfect harmony...it's a lot for one person. Hopefully by the time you've read this post, I will have answered any of your looming questions, but if there is still anything you are concerned about, please leave a comment at the end of the post, and I'll be sure to answer. Pictured above: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
1. What if I overcook the turkey, and the breast meat is dry? Slice it thin and soak it in warm chicken or turkey stock.
2. How do I get the skin beautiful golden brown? Lots of butter! Separate the skin and push butter directly over the meat then spread more butter over the outside of the skin. Also cover just the breast of th…

A Colorful Fall Palette


Fall decor doesn't have to be traditional. You can make it fun and cheery or elegant and feminine if you add an extra color to your fall palette. I get inspired by northern fall foliage on the east coast - so many different shades of red, orange, and bright yellow displayed on the turning leaves. Here are three colorful fall palettes to inspire your seasonal decor.


If your current decor includes a color that isn't traditional for fall, like turquoise, you can still use traditional pumpkins in your fall decor. As you can see above, turquoise and orange compliment each other very well. The trick to making this fall color combination work is to find one statement piece, like the wall art above, which incorporates both main colors. Then simply intersperse the colors throughout your decor. Add in yellow and salmon for a whimsical fall look.

Pictured Above: 1. Autumn tree wall art   2. Energizer flameless led pillar candle   3. MYdrap turquoise table linen   4. Fiesta colored dinnerware   5. PiP Studio table linen   6. Home decor   7. Fall Is the Season Canvas Art Pr   8. Capri Blue owl vase   9. fall-decor-ideas-in-non-traditional-colors-7 




Aubergine is a top color in the fashion world this fall, but I also love it for home decor. It lends itself to such a rich and elegant autumn color scheme, especially when paired with burgundy. Pair it with neutrals like cream and brown, and add apple green if you want a bright punch of color in the mix.

Pictured Above: 1. Autumn candle   2. Purple Fall Palm Lily Bouquet   3. Traditional home decor   4. Fall home decor   5. Pier 1 Imports Artificial Red Apples   6. Framed wall art   7. Fall home decor   8. Pottery Barn cranberry vase filler 

  


Shades of brown are my favorite when it comes to a fall color scheme, because I love to include natural and rustic elements into my design. To brighten up a neutral brown look; add in mustard yellow with candles, sunflowers or mums, and dried corn. I love the fall centerpiece above made with a large clear candle holder with dried yellow corn. Make one large one for an entryway table, or line up three smaller ones in the center of your fall table.

Pictured Above: 1. One Hundred 80 Degrees brown candle   2. Autumn home decor   3. Spode Woodland Turkey Dinnerware  4. Metal home decor   5. What's Hot Hedgehog Accessories   6. 42 Easy Fall Decorating Projects   7. Fall home decor   8. Yellow Sunflower Basket 13'' at Joann.com  


Which one of these color combinations would you pick, and what is your typical color scheme for Fall? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. I'd probably be more inclined to go for earthtones.

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  2. Yellow is my favorite color, but in this case, I'd probably go with orange and turquoise.

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    1. I do like the blues with the pumpkins too. It's a great update on the traditional orange for fall!

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