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Dog Days of Summer

Savoring The Last Days of Summer with Pottery Barn

This Post is in Partnership with Pottery Barn.

I’ve teamed up with Pottery Barn, with the help of Full Moon Lighting, Hogwash Rosé, Kelli Boyd Photography and Home Decorative Accents, to offer you four ways to incorporate fall elements into your home. I’m also sharing a delicious Apple Cider Rosé Sangria recipe!

As soon as I feel the drop in humidity and temperatures, I’m eager to decorate my home for fall and run to my local coffee shop for pumpkin spiced lattes. Who’s with me?! Even though it still might be a bit too early to set out real pumpkins and bales of straw on my front porch, I still bring fall elements into my home through patterns and decorative (faux) pumpkins.

One way that I celebrate the start of fall is by creating a cozy outdoor retreat for the family. It’s the perfect time, especially in the south, to spend the evenings under the stars (or twinkling lights)! My husband and I take full advantage of the ideal temps and enjoy our casual dinners outdoors. It’s the perfect opportunity to add fall-inspired touches to your patio!

Go Gingham. Gingham is a popular pattern suited for fall. Try bringing in this classic black and white check through dinner napkins, plates and pillows. You can bring in other autumnal colors such as yellow, burnt orange or hunter green through flowers and throws.

Hang String Lights. String lights aren’t just for the summer. They’re perfect for breezy fall nights, too! I love to use lighting to help set the mood and these lights really add energy to any gathering.

Incorporate Lanterns. Candle-lit lanterns perfectly compliment string lights and an outdoor fire. Lanterns are a great way to add just the right amount of lighting to a dining table. Try using a grouping of candles (such as two or three) rather than just one candle in a lantern to add more dimension.

Serve Fall Favorites. One of the easiest appetizers that screams fall is Rosemary and Maple Pecans. The hint of cinnamon and brown sugar make this a family favorite. And for the adult guests, offer them an Apple Cider Rosé Sangria. I hate to say goodbye to Rosé season so adding apple cider, brandy and cinnamon sticks to this light wine perfectly transitions it to fall.

What other ways do you incorporate fall into your home? Please check out the full feature at Pottery Barn’s Inside and Out Blog for my Apple Cider Rosé recipe!

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  • Reply Kelly September 12, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Love this design for outside! I’ve been searching for those chairs for my own outdoor dining area. Where did you find them?

    • Reply Monica September 12, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Hi Kelly! Thank you! I have a whole post around my outdoor patio. We just renovated it a few weeks ago (well before Hurricane Irma hit). Everything is listed at http://www.lavinlabel.com/2017/08/23/my-patio-reveal/. The chairs are for indoor use but my husband and I put a sealant on them for outdoor use. Hope that helps!

  • Reply Rebeca September 23, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Hi! Can you share outfit details please! Love it!

    • Reply Monica September 26, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks, Rebeca! The top is last season from Ted Baker, one of my favorite designers. The jeans are crop jeans from Paige.

  • Reply Rachel September 25, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Love the table top!! Where did you get the runner from ?

    • Reply Monica September 26, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Thank you! I got the runner from Pottery Barn!

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