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Sweet Escape: Fall Goodness & Inspiration

by | Sep 5, 2008 | Sweet Escape

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Sweet Escape: Fall Goodness & Inspiration

Wow, what an amazing bunch of nesters you are! You blew me away with all of your ideas & contributions! I am still making my through all the links, and loving each and every contribution. I will get to all of you, I promise. Thank you so much for getting into the spirit of Fall, wherever you are in the world!

Now that we have started in on our nesting, we can fully immerse ourselves into Fall this weekend! Or, if you are just gearing up through all the inspiration this week, enjoy the process of nesting. And be sure to come back and link up your post so we can see what you all are up to. You can link up fall nesting posts through September to keep our inspiration going. Check out all the inspiring ideas on Mr. Linky while you are here!

Next week we will do another Observation post (thanks to those of you who have been asking about that, YES, we will keep that feature going!), and continue to explore all the goodness that fall has to offer!

Don’t forget, next week is THE AMAZON.COM GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY (plus I will announce the winner of the Pumpkin Chic book from this week!) I appreciate all of you and thank you for your encouragement, friendship, kind words and the inspiration you are.

Now for some reader inspiration! Thanks to these ladies for sending in their ideas for Fall Nesting!

Sweet Escape: Fall Goodness & Inspiration

Sherrie from Frenchy Finds shared this idea (and the photo above):

My favourite fall decorating things are always directly from nature, and I have mini pumpkins on the table every year. It’s as simple as can be, but beautiful – just line up an odd number of mini pumpkins down the centre of the table for simple, natural (and green) decorations. They can be alternated with candles, placed on a runner or mirror, or hollowed out to hold candles. They can even serve as place markers with a notch cut in the stem to hold a place card, or with your guest’s name beautifully written on the pumpkin itself. They last a long time, and can be composted once they’ve finished serving their decorative purpose.

Sweet Escape: Fall Goodness & Inspiration

Jill from It’s a Serendipitous Life shared this idea (and her photo above):

One thing that symbolizes the season to me is family. It’s this time of year when I think of family reunions – not just in the literal sense, but, in the spirit of gathering during my favorite time of year.

My tribute to the season is my Heritage Nook. There was a space in this house that needed a focus. What better one than family. The space contains family Bibles – dating back to the late 1800s – and precious photos. A mirror serves as a symbol that when I look into it, I remember those who came before me.

Sweet Escape: Fall Goodness & Inspiration

Another contribution was from Francine from Chez Les Dieguez (photo above):

Here are my ideas for fall decorating. Light a fire in the chimney. Decorate with mirror, metal and glass because they shine and remind us of the sun. Eat plenty of citrus fruit , ginger, chocolate and chili to keep you warm. And of course ENJOY each little bite of this new season.

Sweet Escape: Fall Goodness & Inspiration

Bella of Bella Casa shared a great idea (and photo) for dressing up your fall table by using sweet handmade tags on the plates. Tags I believe were made by Susie Harris.

Thanks for sharing your inspiration!

THIS IS THE KEY TO NESTING: There are so many different ways to nest! We can all infuse our own personality, style, passions & heart into our homes. No one can nest better than YOU in your own home.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the idea of “decorating” remember this:

It is the LITTLE TOUCHES that make a season special! Simple is PERFECT!

Have a lovely Fall weekend!

top photo: Melissa Michaels’ dining room


  1. M.L.

    Thank you for all you do!!! I’m such rookie at this blogging stuff…started about three weeks ago. But I did acknowledge you and thank you in my first Fall Nesting post. I’m sorry if I didn’t do all I should have in the conventional way.
    Thanks again for making a place where we could all come & share our passion for home and family.

    With regard,


  2. Brandee

    Hi Melissa,
    Thanks again for hosting Fall Inspiration! I have so many wonderful ideas now my head is spinning. :-)

    Brandees last blog post..Fall Decorating Part 2…

  3. Melissa

    You are very welcome, I enjoyed it immensely! In fact, I am still enjoying it! The posts just keep coming and each one is inspiring. I hope people will keep linking them all month so I have a way to keep up with all the nesting activities!

    Oh, I forgot to remind everyone that you can join my group Seasonal Nesters at
    I just started the group a day or two ago. Hopefully everyone will find it a good resource to share holiday and seasonal decorating ideas, recipes, traditions and other festive things that are seasonal!

    Are any of you on Twitter? If you are, come follow me! I give updates to things going on at Blissfully Domestic, my blog and life. Mostly I am a big bore. Kind of pathetic. But, it is also a good networking tool, believe it or not! It isn’t just a bunch of gossipy girls. :-) Sometimes good info is shared and connections are made too!

    Have a great weekend… xo

  4. teresa

    Wow…I”ve so enjoyed this week. I have a huge file now, all thanks to you for such a fun week. This has really been a big help to me, I was having a hard time with getting into the mood, {I’m a first time empty nester} and I was wondering why even bother with all the kids out of the house. You helped me realize that I do it not just for the kids. By starting this fun Fall nesting- you have helped me through sad feelings of a empty nest.

  5. Joanna

    Stumbled across your blog and I am so glad I did…It’s great! I love the fall decorations…I am going to shop today for some of mine…I can’t wait to share!

    I added you to my favorites! *smiles*

    Joannas last blog post..How This Southern Girl Made Her Drink Koozie!

  6. Daisy Cottage

    Hi Melissa!
    I have been catching up with you this morning and enjoying all of the fall inspiration – something that is so fun to do on this hot summery day in Florida! Your new site is beautiful – and I’ve enjoyed becoming familiar with it. Keep up the great job and thank you for all that you share with us so generously!!


    Daisy Cottages last blog post..A Question for You

  7. Rosie's Whimsy

    Hey there Melissa! Just back from Maine and catching up this rainy “Hanna” saturday. Boy, things look wonderful here. I have missed so much it will take me days to see everything. WOW!

    ((hugs)) Rosie

    Rosie’s Whimsys last blog post..Sewing Therapy

  8. Sherrie

    Thanks for including my ideas! I hope that people find them useful. :) Happy nesting!

    Sherries last blog post..quilt

  9. Debbie/Four Angel's Momma


    I adore your creative mind and your willingness to share so much with us.

    I have so much to catch up, but it’s all good! I love all of the beautiful ideas and photos that everyone shared. Mel, thanks for being that link. I feel so good when I come here, my sweet friend. Thank you for being such a sunny part of my day.

    Happy weekend!

    Debbie/Four Angel’s Mommas last blog post..Can I Get a Hallelujah?

  10. bj

    I haven’t really started my fall NESTING…it’s just still so hot around here.
    As soon as I do, which I will be doing before much longer, I will sure hook up with you on it.

    All these shown are so beautiful….I am afraid I can’t live up to these beauties.

    happy day, bj

    bjs last blog post..PINK….IT’S A GOOD THING !!

  11. pam

    More wonderful ideas, you guys are all amazing.

    pams last blog post..Helpers

  12. this is glamorous

    Hello Melissa! There’s always so many great things going on here, and it’s wonderful to see everyone’s contributions so far. I am, however, dragging my heels toward Fall . . .

    Hope you’re having a great start to the week.

    this is glamorouss last blog post..{sea of shoes}

  13. Mary Ann

    It was a little hard to get started with the fall decorations as our pool is still open and the kids are still swimming but with all the wonderful ideas I became inspired and while the kids where all swimming I started fall decorating! Thanks for all the lovely ideas!
    Mary Ann
    P.S. This is quite a beautiful blog!

    Mary Anns last blog post..Still doing great in 08! 25 years!


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