Fall In The Garden.  Fall is finally beginning to show up here at our home.  The yard is changing, fall festivals abound, and pumpkin excitement has taken hold.  One of my favorite things about living in North Carolina is the change of the seasons.  Not surprising, I love to take pictures of all the changes.  Again and again.  Since I have a fresh batch, I thought I’d share some of my favorite Fall In The Garden pics.  Continue reading →

Fountain Frozen Over - Living With Color DesignsBurrrr.  Good morning!  We have a cold one here.  But don’t worry.  This morning I’m celebrating the cold.  It get’s me in the mood for all the upcoming fun ahead in the holiday season.  And yes, I’m sure I will be listening to “Baby It’s Cold Outside”  a lot because it is one of my favorites.  In honor of all this cold, seasonal excitement I’m posting a past picture of our little fountain fully frozen and being backed up by my beautiful winterberry.  Actually my husband cut the fountain off in preparation for todays weather so it currently is not frozen and that’s why you have a past picture.  But.  The best pictures of my frozen fountain are here.   Go check it out.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  Then head over to this post to read about my favorite berry producing plants, winterberry.   If you would like to see all my other post in the category of “The Beauty and Color of Our Natural World” then go here.

Ok, well I am off to Charlotte NC to discover some of it’s interior design wonderfulness and to meet up with my friend/ jewelry designer to have the big reveal of her creations for me.  I can’t wait.  I’ll be sharing with you in the future. But I gotta get going.

Have a great day and enjoy the cold!   –  Marianne

High Point Market Insights: Times Two Design by Lauren Renfrow

Want a little elegance from the earth?  The stunning beauty of natural elements just cannot be matched.  Visual interaction with them stirs places deep inside me.  They remind me of what an awe inspiring world we live in.  Times Two Design by Lauren Renfrow offers some of these treasures from the earth crafted into luxurious products for your home. Continue reading →

You know I can not get through this season without sharing some beautiful pictures of pumpkins.  I realize this may not be a fondness shared by all, but the beauty of nature always amazes and charms me.  Since my mind is getting all geared up for Fall Furniture Market I can’t help but be thinking about where the design inspiration for new products comes from.  It is unique and different for each creative, but I know that nature is a big provider of inspiration for many.  I decided to put my own little spin on this, inspired by my newest  pumpkin photographs I thought I would see what products I could find that resemble the beauty and inspiration that I see in my pumpkins.

Design inspiration from white pumpkin with beautiful taupe striae- Living With Color Designs

If you have read some of my past fall post, here and here, then I am sure you are aware of my love affair for white pumpkins.  Anything unique and interesting catches my eye.

What I notice in these beautiful white pumpkins is the taupe colored striae that infuses the pumpkin.  Dictionary definition of striae is:  a slight or narrow furrow, ridge, stripe, or streak, esp. one of a number in parallel arrangement.  You can find this look replicated in products like fabrics, wallpapers, and surface finishes.

Kravet First Crush Truffle fabric

via Kravet Couture

The fabric pictured center from Kravet: First Crush Truffle, looks like it’s design inspiration could have been our white pumpkin.

two toned orange pumpkin- Living with Color Designs

This beautiful two toned pumpkin brings us a beautiful mixture of colors, blood orange and true orange. These colors can certainly result in some lively design inspiration for your home.

Blood orange and orange rug- Living With Color Designs

via Safavieh

This Safavieh rug designed by Tom Felicia , the Durston, perfectly combines these two colors in this bold geometric rug.

Yellow and orange pumpkinThe mottling on this pumpkin sets itself up for design inspiration.  Definition of mottling is: with spots or blotches of different shades or colors.  This natural phenomena may be replicated by blending colors, by removing some of the existing color, tie dying, or acid washing.

abstract orange silk fabric

via PopDecorFabrics on Etsy

This luxury fabric from PopDecorFabrics on Etsy is just exquisite and reminds me of the mingling of colors on our pumpkin with an added pop of fuchsia. Really beautiful.

cinderella pumpkinObviously we cannot ignore the shape of our pumpkin and it’s literal interpretation.  Round and Plump.

Design inspiration orange pouf- Living With Color Designs

via Imports from Marrakesh

Poufs abound in the interiors market.  Made out of any color and from a wide variety of materials like leather, fabric, knit.  There is just something fun about a pouf and it’s available foot lift or seat.  This orange pouf with coral embroidery is from Imports from Marrakesk.

Orange knit pouf

via World Market

This Jafar Knitted Pouf is from World Market and just invites you to cozy up.

I just loved this blog post from Flax and Twine that featured a chunky knit pouf.  Of all the crafty things I have tried, I have to say that I have never tried knitting.  I thought , however, some of you adventurous knitters might want to give this a try. The instructions for a tweed pouf ottoman are included in Anne’s post.  I have just discovered this darling blog and if you knit, sew, or craft, I know you will enjoying visiting there.

Pumpkin stem - Living With Color Designs

Obviously I can not ignore the stem.  Actually the stem is the deciding factor whenever I select a regular ole pumpkin for display of for creating a jack-o-lantern.  Locating a product to replicate the design inspiration of the stem proved a little challenging but in the end I hope you like my selection.

design Inspiration: pumpkins


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So there you go. This post is probably a testament to the fact that you can find design inspiration almost anywhere if you can find it in a pumpkin.   –  Marianne

Happy Labor Day!  We are sweltering here in the hot and humid, no one at my house is interested in sweating over a grill.   Maybe you are in the same situation.  Not to worry, I have an option for you that includes enjoying some of Summer’s bounty, the tomato.  I am in love with tomato pie.  I had never eaten or even heard of a tomato pie before last Summer.  How could it be that this Southern girl had not experienced this deliciousness?

Tomato Pie - Living With Color Designs

This is just “Oh My Gosh” good.  After hearing of tomato pies I set out to find a recipe and give it a try.  In the end I could not settle on one particular recipe but combined what sounded like the best of two recipes. The results were delicious.

ingredients for tomato pie -Living With Color Designs

Home grown tomatoes from my sister’s garden and fresh basil from my little front porch herb garden resulted in a tomato pie bursting with flavor.

Tomato Pie Crust - Living With Color Designs

Start by preparing your crust.  I used ready made Pillsbury Pie Crusts from the refrigerator section.  Just follow the instructions on the package.  Sorry my edges are a little wacky.  I did not think about taking pictures and sharing with you until after I baked the crust.  You see, ugly crust tastes just a good so feel free to let go of perfection if you like.

sliced tomatoes for tomato pie - Living With Color Designs

Isn’t the red of these tomatoes just beautiful!  I used about four medium sized tomatoes. Start by slicing them and placing them in a single layer on paper towels, sprinkle with salt, and let it stand 10 minutes.

Mixing cheese and mayo for tomato pie -Living With Color Designs

While the crust cooks and tomatoes stand; sauté the onions, mix up the cheese with mayo, and chop the basil.

Fresh layers of tomato pie - Living With Color Designs

With crust ready and onions sautéed the layering can begin.  Layer tomatoes, sprinkle of olive oil, herbs, and onion.  Repeat.

Topping the tomato pie - Living With Color Designs

The cheese mixture creates the crust.  Just spread it on top. You can shield the precooked crust edges with foil to avoid over browning.  Now here is the hard part, waiting for it to come out!  My mouth is already watering just thinking about what is to come.

Tomato Pie Recipe - Living With Color Designs

Time to eat.  This is so good my son-in-law, the non tomato lover, enjoyed it.  Check out the recipe below.  Please leave me a comment if you try it and let me know if you agree that it is great.   –  Marianne

Tomato Pie- 1 refrigerated pie crust (boxed), 2 1/4 lbs. tomatoes, 1 1/4 t. salt, 1T. olive oil to drizzle, 1/2 c. fresh basil (1t. dry), 1t. pepper, 1c. mozzarella w/ touch of Philadelphia cheese, 1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese, 1/2c. sweet onions, 1/4c. mayonnaise.

1. Prepare pie crust according to pkg. directions.  2. Prepare filling: Place tomatoes in a single layer on paper towels; sprinkle with 1t. salt. Let stand 10 minutes.  3. Meanwhile, sauté onion and 1/4t. each salt and pepper in a skillet over medium heat 3 minutes or until onion is tender.  4. Pat tomatoes dry with a paper towel. Layer tomatoes, a sprinkle of olive oil, herbs, and onion in a prepared crust, seasoning each layer with pepper (1t. total). Stir together cheeses and mayo; spread over pie.  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until lightly browned, shielding edges with foil to prevent excessive browning.  Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature. Makes one pie. Cut into 6 slices.

Tomato Pie Recipe




Yellow Forsythia and dragonfly ornamental

In the spring you have to capture moments when they arise in full bloom.  Wait and in a day or two those beautiful blossoms will begin to fade and fall away.  The is a beautiful forsythia plant.  It’s bright yellow makes a showy presence that will delight in springtime.

yellow Forsythia
To learn more about the forsythia plant and it’s delicate petals you can click here,  You might also like this link on Forsythia from Clemson University.
This moment is brought to you by Spring.   –  Marianne