GET YOUR FALL ON
CCompiled by Barbara Kuntz
Our temps don’t say fall, but the calendar says Friday, Sept. 22 is the official autumnal equinox. And according to “The Old Farmer’s Almanac,” the season officially begins in Houston at 3:02 p.m. Why wait to note the occasion, especially with what fall brings...like the start of the holidays? We have some ideas to get you in the mood, despite whatever the thermometer is reading.
Set of three, $349
Candlelight enhances any ambiance, especially during fall and winter with its warming glow to add to the sparkle and shimmer of the season. Set these rose jewel beauties out for a touch of magic. Heights are 10.5, 12.75 and 14.5 inches tall.
Available at Dazzling Décor Rugs & Accessories, 3003 Fondren Road, 832-377-4665, www.dazzlingdecorhouston.com
VIETRI WILDLIFE PLATES
$200-$220 for a set of four
Hand-painted in Tuscany and an instant classic for everyday dining, the “Wildlife Series” brings the beauty of the outdoors to your table with exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail. Salad plates are 8.5 inches in diameter, while dinner plates measure 11 inches in diameter. The series celebrates all that is irresistibly Italian: A love of life, people, nature and good living.
Available at Kuhl-Linscomb, 2418 W. Alabama St., 713-526-6000, www.kuhl-linscomb.com
ACCENT PILLOW COVERS
A quick way to welcome fall into your home: Accent pillow covers. Pottery Barn introduces its new fall collection of “Artisanal Vintage,” a line that creates romantic drama with stylized florals and paisleys in tonalities of deep plum and layering linen, velvet and embroidery for texture and depth. You’ll fall in love with them.
Available through Pottery Barn, several locations, www.potterybarn.com
INSTANT POT ULTRA
This six-quart multi-cooker combines cooking functions into one compact countertop appliance. Extensive preset options include: Pressure cook, soup/broth, meat/stew, beans/chili, steam, slow cook, sauté, warm, rice, porridge, multigrain, cake, egg, sterilize and even yogurt. Wow! The stainless steel bowl is removable and dishwasher safe. Accessories include a rice spatula, ladle, measuring cup and canning rack.
Available through Sur la Table, 1996 W. Gray St., 713-533-0400; 803 Town and Country Blvd., 832-201-3492; www.surlatable.com
A spot of tea, anyone? Sip in style with Jonathan Adler’s new Newport cups and saucers, sugar bowl, creamer and, of course, teapot. Adler’s porcelain set features his signature hexagon pattern in shades of blue with 24-karat gold detailing. The ware is perfect for everyday and polished enough to impress the most discriminating guest. Each piece is dishwater safe up to 500 washes.
Available through Jonathan Adler, 2800 Kirby Drive, 713-677-0792, www.jonathanadler.com
HUMMINGBIRD CHANDELIER FEEDER
Welcome those Ruby-throats, Black-chinned and Rufous hummingbirds that pass through Houston this time of year during their southern migration with this lovely chandelier feeder. The blue recycled glass from Mexico set in black powder-coated steel wire mixes with bright red (a hummingbird's favorite color) as faceted glass drops to catch the light. Fill the feeder with nectar and become the most popular house on the block.
Available through www.uncommongoods.com
ALPACA FRINGED THROW
Alpaca fibers for these soft throws by Coyuchi are sourced from small ranches in the mountains of Peru, where the animals graze in wide-open spaces and are sheared only once a year during the warm season. A finishing touch: The 50-by-70-inch throws are edged with a flutter of twisted fringe. Select from charcoal, natural or sand.
Available through High Fashion Home, 3100 Travis St., 713-528-3838, www.highfashionhome.com, and www.coyuchi.com
Add a little whimsy to your game day spread with this dish, laces and all, in 100-percent recycled sandcast aluminum. It’s a winning choice for tasty dips, sauces or salsa or nuts. Warm to 350 degrees for hot foods; freeze or chill for cooler foods. Hand wash in warm water with mild soap and towel dry immediately. Dimensions: 7.5 inches long by 4.5 inches wide and 2 inches tall.