Savoring Fall with Hello Lovely!

Good morning, chic readers! We are so excited to welcome our friend Michele from Hello Lovely to our corner of the world today. If you love home decor, DIY, lifestyle and interior design (which we know you do!) you must, must go over and check out Michele’s fabulous style. Her blog is an absolute feast for the eyes and we know you will be as taken with her site as we are! Now, without further ado, let’s check out Michele’s tips for making this our best fall ever!


Photo: Hello Lovely Studio

Hello, lovely Design Chic friends! It’s such a pleasure to bring you fall inspiration ideas early in the game!

Like you, I’m a longtime reader and great admirer of Beth and Kristy’s flavor of Design Chic. I especially appreciate their celebration of and reverence for home and family…my favorite things in the whole world.

I’m Michele, a writer/artist/decorator from Chicagoland, and I author the decor blog Hello Lovely. Here in the Midwest, we take our autumns very very seriously, and truth be told, I have only just begun to appreciate all its wonder since I tend to favor the summer sunshine and dread the cold.

But no more! In midlife, I have discovered a fondness for the falling leaves, the crisper air, and fields of pumpkins. In fact, it is technically still summer as I type these words, yet I have already visited the apple orchard several times, purchased vintage decor from fall flea markets, and painted mini pumpkins for our mantel!

If you are also eager to begin savoring the beauty of fall, I hope you will enjoy the following round-up!

8 Lovely Ways to Savor Fall Beauty

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Photo: Hello Lovely Studio

1. Walk daily through crunchy fallen leaves.

This is a surefire way to feel at once young and carefree (if only temporarily) again.

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Photo: Hello Lovely Studio

2. Read a book in a peaceful corner of a pretty park.

It can feel beyond luxuriant to simply slip away with a book or Ebook and be transported by a story.

(Slightly South of Simple, anyone?)

Photo: Hello Lovely Studio

3. Visit an apple orchard and try a new variety.

I just had my first taste of Early Beauty apples (above) at my favorite orchard in Poplar Grove, IL

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Photo: Hello Lovely Studio

4. Think beyond neutrals for your fall garden decor.

A mass of multicolored mums or other autumn flowers is so happy chic!

Photo: – Hello Lovely Studio

5. Steal fall decor inspiration from a chic interior.

During our stay at the Park Hyatt Vendome in Paris, the sophisticated palette of cognac, bronze, and warm gold in our suite offered an inspiring combination of rich autumnal tones to riff on at home.

Photo – Hello Lovely Studio

6. Sneak away in October for a night at your favorite hotel.

We often forget that even a short time away from the job and homebase may be all we need to re-charge, re-group, or rejuvenate from our work lives which often get hectic closer to the holidays.

Photo: Hello Lovely Studio

7. Spend time with animals outdoors.

Whether your passion is dogs, cats, or horses, make it a priority to enjoy them unplugged and outdoors in the autumnal sunshine.

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Photo: Hello Lovely Studio

8. Bake something aromatic that speaks “fall” to you.

I bake bread all year round, but my favorite aroma of fall is an apple crisp bubbling away in the oven! (My recipe for “Boozy Pear-Apple Crisp” can be made with or without the ‘boozy’ and with gluten-free or regular flour.)

Boozy Pear-Apple Crisp – Hello Lovely Studio

Are you excited to begin savoring the season of fall?

Whether you venture out in chic stilettos or hunker down at home…

Photo: Hello Lovely Studio

I wish you all a blissful season, full of rich color and gentle peace.

Photo: Hello Lovely Studio

Thank you kindly, Beth, Kristy, and Design Chic fans for having me!












Setting the Thanksgiving Table



As my husband and son are watching videos of turkeys (little Will is going to be one in the preschool Thanksgiving program tomorrow, so, you know, he has to get in character!) we’re thinking about setting the Thanksgiving table. We’re major, major fans of the white pumpkin. Because, let’s face it: While festive, the orange pumpkin doesn’t exactly mesh beautifully with just any decor. 

Loi Thai

This tabletop is a perfect example of white done right in Loi Thai perfection. The antlers, soft candlelight, ideally proportioned pumpkins and gorgeous hydrangeas are just too good! We want to copy this one!



But, on the other hand, pops of color can be cool too. This is an earthy, organic looking spread. Very farm to table.

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Karolyn – The Relished Roost

Have you ever seen anything like these pumpkins handprinted by our friend Karolyn, at The Relished Roost?  How gorgeous would they be gracing any Thanksgiving table? We know who else LOVES these: our friend Tina from The Enchanted Home!

Tory Burch

A little bit traditional, a little bit modern. All the way fabulous!


This is so beautifully delicious, decadent in its utter simplicity. Recipe please, OKL!


The best thing about the Thanksgiving table is that all of its components are so utterly beautiful all on their own. There’s no way to go wrong with this one!


Gold, gorgeous colors, green hydrangeas, textured gourds… What’s not to love? It’s like the best of all possible worlds!


This is a holiday all about the harvest. This beautiful arrangement brings it center stage!

DominoDarling Creative Photography

We’ve never seen gourds in quite this shade of pink before. Beautiful!


These might take the cake for most creative place cards! 


Whimsical yet lovely… We couldn’t have set is better ourselves! What’s on tap for your Thanksgiving table? We’d love to see what you’re cooking up!


Setting the Table


Are you ready for all that awesome holiday shopping? Have you started? Are you finished? Maybe somewhere in between? My mom, the elf, was wrapping up some beautiful Dear Carolinas for some early Christmas shoppers, and we thought Hey, what if we could do this for everyone? So, if you want to get a truly personalized holiday gift, just purchase Dear Carolina at your favorite local bookstore (indies rock!!!), Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Books-A-Million, Powell’s or wherever else you love buying books, email me at kristy @ kristy woodson (take the spaces out, of course!), and I’ll send you a personalized bookplate for the person (or people!) of your choice, a gorgeous bookmark and plenty of ribbon to tie up your own copy in style!

The even better part? We’re going to pick one lucky buyer (or sharer!) to win a $250 Amazon gift card to help with the rest of your holiday shopping! We’ll announce the winner December 15, so you’ll have plenty of time to get your goodies. (But Santa will be delivering those signed bookplates on his sleigh all the way up until December 18!) Find out how to enter below! BARNES AND NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | BOOKS A MILLION | AMAZON | POWELLS | GOOGLE PLAY | ITUNES | TARGET a Rafflecopter giveaway

AND, for more giveaway fun:

We are THRILLED to be partnering with Cottages and Gardens Magazine, one of our absolute favorites, for a $1000.00 giveaway from Garnet Hill.   You don’t want to miss this one!


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