Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

I recently took to my dining room to add some fall style by creating a seasonal tablescape and embellishing my bar cabinet. Let me show you what I did.

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

I think I should have called this “fall entertaining week” on Inspired by Charm. Yesterday, I gave you another tour of my kitchen and shared seasonal cheeseballs with you. Today, I’m back to give you a look around my dining space with its nod to fall.

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

It was just last week that I revealed my new dining table and chairs. The timing of their arrival was great since my brain was swirling with ideas for fall and Halloween decorating.

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

This tablescape ended up being something quick and fun that I thought you might want to see. To start, I used round rattan placemats. I chose circular placemats because rectangular ones or even a runner can be problematic on a round table. And while rattan works any time of the year, I especially like the texture and warmth it offers in the fall.

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

Next, I added white plates topped with colorful plaid napkins I found at HomeGoods. On top of them, I went a bit nontraditional and used blush pink plates. It may be hard to tell in the photos, but it’s the perfect hit of unexpected color.

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

Some brass and black pumpkins (from West Elm last year)  finished off the place settings, and vintage polka dot glassware adds a fun and whimsical flair.

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

I’m part of a flower CSA from a local garden, so I put those blooms in a mason jar to dress up the table. The colors of the flowers and the napkins were a serendipitous combination.

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

I continued the decorative fun over in my bar cabinet.

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

Remember that vintage wood tray I hung on the wall in my kitchen? Well, I used another one here to corral a vase of Amaranthus, a basket of plums, and another brass pumpkin. I love using trays when decorating. Without the tray, this set-up might look a bit cluttered or random. Grouped together in this manner, it all looks organized and purposeful.

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

A stack of books and candle complete the look.

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

I can’t tell you how much I’m loving jewel tones this fall. That deep rich burgundy is mesmerizing. And it works beautifully with the purple and deep turquoise.

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look around my dining area and gathered an idea or two for your own space. What colors or themes are inspiring your fall decor? Please let me know in the comments. (I have more spaces to decorate.)

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

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I recently took to my dining room to add some fall style by creating a seasonal tablescape and embellishing my bar cabinet. Let me show you what I did. I think I should have called this “fall entertaining week” on Inspired by Charm. Yesterday, I gave you another tour of my kitchen and shared seasonal […]




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Turn on your oven, pile up those pumpkins, bust out the cider, and gather up some apples and pears. It’s time for fall entertaining in the kitchen!

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Today I’m so excited to be back for another fun, festive, and fall-inspired blogger collaboration: Seasons of Home. (Everyone will be linked at the end of this post.) My fellow bloggers and I will be showing you how we decorated our kitchens for the new season. We also decided to tie on our aprons and throw a recipe into the mix. If you’re looking for ideas for fall home decor, seasonal entertaining, and culinary creativity, you’ve come to the right place. So, be sure to check out the full line up of inspiration at the end of this post.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

As you may know (or in case you’re new, “Welcome!”), I recently moved from my home in the country to a new space in the city. While I certainly miss the charm and character of my 1917 house, it’s been a fun challenge to decorate a more modern apartment. Starting with a clean slate, I’ve made a lot of progress in just a few months, and Pittsburgh is truly starting to feel like home.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

A couple weeks ago I gave you a tour of my kitchen. In this post, I’m excited to welcome you back to see a few seasonal touches and a delicious spread of “pumpkin” cheeseballs … and a cocktail because “why not?”

As you can tell, the bulk of my fall decor is this festive display of tasty treats on my island. (We’ll get to that in a minute.) Living in a smaller space, I try to avoid excess stuff. Because I love to be in the kitchen, having it be functional is a top priority. (Of course, you know I can’t resist a pumpkin or two.)

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Wildflowers and a bowl of fresh apples from the farmers market add a touch of color to my countertops. The white ceramic pumpkin keeps things clean but gives the space a touch of autumn. Other pieces like cutting board and salt and pepper shakers serve a purpose and look stylish. I’ve also upgrade my soap dispensers.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Over against the sliding door to my balcony (which I’ll be showing you soon) is this butcher block stand that I found. It adds much-needed display, storage, and warmth to this area.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

This Spiced Pear Moscow Mule is the perfect cocktail recipe to celebrate the fall season.

Today, I decided to set up this space as a drink station. I’m serving Spiced Pear Moscow Mules and boy are they delicious. (The recipe will be posted on Thursday. Stay tuned for that.)

Aren’t those copper mugs so fun? You can find them here.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

The bottom shelf of the stand offers storage for my Staub pumpkin casserole dish, mixer, and canisters.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

The little stand that’s next to it is purely a decorative touch. (I needed places for all my plants after going plant crazy this summer.) However, things could be rearranged to make it functional if needed.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

I’m also slowly starting to hang artwork around my apartment, which, by the way, is a great way to make a place feel more like home. I found these rustic trays at a local thrift store. They are the perfect backdrop for a fun and seasonal sign I picked up at HomeGoods.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

You may have also noticed I started a collection of white vases and serveware on top of my upper cabinets. While I’m not typically a fan of displaying things above cabinets, I think a collection of like items (that I actually use) makes it feel more intentional, rather than “just a space that needs to be decorated.”

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

And finally, the piece de resistance, the “pumpkin” cheeseball spread on my island.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

I get that a cheeseball is kind of basic. However, when done in the right way, I think it can be a fun appetizer. (Remember my “apple” cheeseballs from a few years ago? They are still one of my favorites.) Plus, who doesn’t like a big ball of cheese?

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

For this presentation. I made two: an Everything Bagel Cheeseball and a Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball. (You can grab the recipes and read more about them here.) To make them a bit more seasonal. I broke off two stems from pie pumpkins and popped the stems on the cheeseballs. I also used a little trick to create some grooves in them. It’s little details like this that create the illusion of pumpkins.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.


Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

And because two cheese balls weren’t enough to make a grand display, I doubled one of the recipes and split it into three parts to make three additional balls. While the base of the cheeseball was the same, I wanted to get a bright orange looking pumpkin so I crushed up a secret ingredient, and rolled them in that. I’d say the color was perfect. Wouldn’t you?

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

Again, for full recipes and details on the cheeseballs (and that secret ingredient), click here.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

With the cheeseballs made, I assembled the display, starting with a cutting board and cake stand I picked up at HomeGoods. I used colorful ceramic berry baskets I had along with jars to hold crackers and breadsticks for dipping. Then I filled in the display with goodies from the farmers market: mini pumpkins, gourds, grapes, and these adorable baby eggplants.

Voila! Boring cheeseballs? I think not.

And with that, fall entertaining in the kitchen can commence.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

I hope you enjoyed seeing my kitchen with a few seasonal touches, “snacking” on “pumpkin” cheeseballs, and “drinking” Spiced Pear Moscow Mules.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

And because I got a little carried away (as you can see), I ended up setting my dining table and giving my bar cabinet a sprinkle of the season. Since this post is long enough, I’m inviting you back here tomorrow so I can show you those fall touches as well. I’d love it if you’d join me.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Until then, have fun touring the beautiful spaces (complete with recipes) below. If you weren’t quite ready for fall, I think you will be after this tour. Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

Ella Claire | Shades of Blue Interiors | Dear Lillie | Love Grows Wild

Craftberry Bush | Nesting with Grace | Rooms for Rent | Julie Blanner

Jeanne Oliver | Kindred Vintage | French Country Cottage | My Sweet Savannah

Jennifer Rizzo

and our featured guest this week, Michael from Inspired by Charm

Turn on your oven, pile up those pumpkins, bust out the cider, and gather up some apples and pears. It’s time for fall entertaining in the kitchen! Today I’m so excited to be back for another fun, festive, and fall-inspired blogger collaboration: Seasons of Home. (Everyone will be linked at the end of this post.) […]




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Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

No matter what time of year it is, this Everything Bagel Cheeseball and this Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball are sure to delight your guests. Shaped into pumpkins, they make the perfect fall treat.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

I assume you found your way to this recipe from my “Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen” post. If so, welcome back. I am thrilled to share these recipes with you. (In case you haven’t yet seen that post, you can catch up here.)

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

Truth be told, I love a tasty cheeseball. (Well, to be completely honest, I love cheese in any form.) Unfortunately, it seems that the humble cheeseball has gotten a bad rap. It’s been around forever and is viewed as boring by some. That’s why I decided it was time for a little makeover.

And this isn’t the first time I gave the classic cheeseball a makeover. Remember my Fall “Apple” Cheeseballs? Or my Mini Truffle Cheeseballs?

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

First, I started with the flavor.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

The concept for the first cheeseball was inspired by the super trendy everything bagel. Obsessed with the “Everything But the Bagel” seasoning blend from Trader Joe’s, I assumed a cheeseball covered in the spices would be incredible. Boy, was I right!

It’s that classic flavor we’ve all come to love.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

While this cheeseball is outstanding on its own, I decided to take it one step further and shape it into a pumpkin. To do that, I removed a stem from a small pumpkin and inserted it into the top of the cheeseball.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

To remove a stem from a pumpkin, I recommend cutting off the very top of the pumpkin like I did here and then peeling away the pumpkin flesh. This will lessen the risk of breaking the stem.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

While the stem clearly made this look like a pumpkin, I also used a chopstick to create grooves from the base of the pumpkin to the stem. This extra step makes this illusion more realistic, don’t you think?

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

Serve the cheeseball with bagel chips (which I couldn’t seem to find) for the ultimate flavor combo. Let’s dig in!

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball

Serves 8

Here's what you will need:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 scallions, chopped
6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
About 1/2 cup Everything But the Bagel seasoning blend*
Bagel chips and/or crackers for serving

In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, horseradish, cheddar cheese, scallions, and bacon. Form the mixture into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap, and chill for an hour.

Once the cheeseball has set, roll it into the Everything But the Bagel seasoning blend to evenly coat.

(To make your cheeseball resemble a pumpkin, add a real or faux pumpkin stem to the top. Then use the tip of a chopstick or the back of a butter knife to create grooves.)

Serve with bagel chips and crackers.

*You can make your own seasoning blend by combining equal parts dehydrated onion, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and garlic flakes. Add kosher salt and black pepper to taste.

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For my second cheeseball, I used one of my favorites: sun-dried tomatoes. Combined with Italian cheese, spices, and seasonings, this might be my new go-to for fall.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

Again, I repeated the same steps to pumpkin-ify this cheeseball. I really love the coloring of this one and how the spices and bread crumbs give it great texture and depth.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

The flavor is just what you’d expect. Rich and savory and bursting with sun-dried tomato goodness. Yum!

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball

Serves 8

Here's what you will need:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup finely shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
1/2 cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and blotted (to remove excess oil)
1/2 cup season breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
Thin, crisp breadsticks and crackers for serving

In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, mozzarella, parmesan, and sun-dried tomatoes. Form the mixture into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap, and chill for an hour.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, oregano, paprika, and red pepper flakes. Once the cheeseball has set, roll the ball into the bread crumb mixture to evenly coat.

(To make your cheeseball resemble a pumpkin, add a real or faux pumpkin stem to the top. Then use the tip of a chopstick or the back of a butter knife to create grooves.)

Serve with thin, crisp breadsticks and crackers.

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Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

And because all of that wasn’t enough, I decided to make three smaller pumpkin cheeseballs. I simply doubled the base recipe for the sun-dried tomato ball and divided it into three parts.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

I wanted an intense orange color for these three cheeseballs, so I busted out my secret ingredient: Nacho Cheese Doritos. I put them in a large plastic baggie and smashed them with a rolling pin. Pulverized, they were the perfect shade of orange, and they added a delightful flavor to my mini cheeseballs.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

For the stems of these pumpkins, I used thin breadsticks that I drizzled with balsamic vinegar and toasted in the oven to deepen the color. A pretzel rod would also work nicely.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

And that’s it. With all the cheeseballs plated, I set everything up using a long wood cutting board and a matching cake stand to add height. Crackers and breadsticks filled various containers, while produce from the farmers market provided more color and seasonal flare. Operation fall entertaining complete.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

I hope you get a chance to enjoy both of these recipes during the cool months to come.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

If you liked these pumpkin-inspired cheeseballs, I bet you’ll love my apple-inspired ones as well. You can get the recipes and the details for those here.

Fall Cheeseball Appetizer Recipe

I also recommend checking out my mini cheese truffles. (AKA mini cheeseballs.) There are another fun take on this classic recipe.

Mini Fall Cheeseball Appetizer Recipe

No matter what time of year it is, this Everything Bagel Cheeseball and this Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball are sure to delight your guests. Shaped into pumpkins, they make the perfect fall treat. I assume you found your way to this recipe from my “Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen” post. If so, welcome back. I am […]




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This Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip is a delicious and easy fall dessert idea for dipping fruit and cookies.

If you’re looking for a decadent but easy fall treat, this Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip is going to become your new best friend.

This Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip  is a delicious and easy fall dessert idea for dipping fruit and cookies.

In case you missed them, last year I shared this Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread, and last week I made a Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip. Today I’m rounding out the trio with a Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip.

Of the three dips, this is the richest one in the best possible way. It’s incredible sweetness comes from marshmallow fluff and dulce de leche. For anyone who’s not familiar with it, dulce de leche is similar to caramel sauce but thicker and richer. It’s made with sweetened condensed milk or a combination of milk and sugar. I don’t recommend substituting one for the other.

This Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip  is a delicious and easy fall dessert idea for dipping fruit and cookies.

To make the dip, cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, dulce de leche, and confections’ sugar are whipped together until smooth.

While that is delicious on its own, what makes this dip truly special is the topping. Chopped pecans, more dulce de leche, and a sprinkle of flake salt bring this recipe home.

This Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip  is a delicious and easy fall dessert idea for dipping fruit and cookies.

This Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip  is a delicious and easy fall dessert idea for dipping fruit and cookies.

To make the dulce de leche thin so that you can drizzle it, just pop it in the microwave for a few seconds. (You can also add a splash of milk to thin it more if needed.)

Also, please don’t skip the flake sea salt or substitute another kind of salt. As you probably know, salted caramel is almost as popular as pumpkin spice, and there’s a very good reason. The salt-sweet combination is like a party for your mouth. Using flake sea salt, rather than table salt or kosher salt, is important because its flavor is more delicate and complementary to the sweet.

This Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip  is a delicious and easy fall dessert idea for dipping fruit and cookies.

One final note: I recommend using a shallow dish with a wide mouth so that you have a larger surface area for the toppings. However, if you do use a deeper bowl like I did, just toss on some more toppings once the dip is about halfway gone to keep that great flavor combo going.

With that, let’s eat!

This Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip is a delicious and easy fall dessert idea for dipping fruit and cookies.

Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip

serves 12

Here's what you will need:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
7 ounces marshmallow fluff
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons dulce de leche

Topping:
1/4 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons dulce de leche, warmed in the microwave
About 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes*
Sliced apples and pears and assorted cookies for serving

Using a stand or hand mixer, mix together the cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, confectioners' sugar, and dulce de leche until combined. Transfer to a serving bowl**.

Top with chopped pecans, drizzle with warmed dulce de leche, and sprinkle with salt flakes.

Serve chilled with sliced apples and pears and assorted cookies.

*Please do not use table or kosher salt as it will not yield the same result.

**I recommend using a shallow dish so there is a lot of surface area for all the toppings. If you do use a deeper bowl, I suggest adding more pecans, dulce de leche, and salt flakes once half of the dip is gone.

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This Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip  is a delicious and easy fall dessert idea for dipping fruit and cookies.

You might be able to tell that fall is my favorite time to cook and bake. I hope you’re loving all of these seasonal specialties as much as I am.

This Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip  is a delicious and easy fall dessert idea for dipping fruit and cookies.

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If you’re looking for a decadent but easy fall treat, this Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip is going to become your new best friend. In case you missed them, last year I shared this Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread, and last week I made a Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip. Today I’m rounding out the trio with […]




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This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

As you know, hitting up the local farmers markets in Pittsburgh has been one of my greatest joys these past few months! The bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables (and other goodies) has inspired a number of new recipes, including this Rustic Peach and Almond Crostata.

This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

If you’re new to baking, don’t let the title intimidate you. It’s not nearly as complicated as it might sound. A crostata is a lot like a pie but much more forgiving and not nearly so fancy. And you don’t need a pie pan. You just fold over the edges of the pastry to trap whatever filling you decide to use. In this recipe, we’re using almonds and peaches, but you can use whatever you’d like. In fact, I’ve shared recipes for a Blackberry and Apple Crostata, too. As you can imagine, there are endless options.

The first thing you will need is pie dough. You can find my go-to recipe here or use your favorite. Pie dough can be a bit tricky to make at first, but once you understand how the dough should feel, you’ll be good to go. (I like homemade dough, but feel free to use store-bought if you prefer.)

This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

I rolled the dough out in a circle and placed it on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Next, I sprinkled the crust with a mixture of ground almonds, sugar, lemon zest, and egg yolk. When making a crostata, it’s a good idea to layer something (even plain flour) on the dough to help absorb some of the juice from the filling. This keeps the crust from becoming soggy. For this recipe, I used ground almonds because they add a flavorful crunch and complement the peaches.

This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

Speaking of peaches, they are next! Before adding them to the dough, I gently tossed them with brown sugar to make them even sweeter.

This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

For the final step, the dough is simply folded over to hold in all of that sun-ripened summer fruit flavor. This is the part I love most about making a crostata. The rustic imperfection is part of the appeal of this delectable dessert.

This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

After a visit to the oven and some time to cool on the counter, your Rustic Peach and Almond Crostata is ready to enjoy!

This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

Rustic Peach and Almond Crostata

Serves 8

Here's what you will need:
1/2 batch IBC's Go-To Pie Crust (find the recipe HERE)
3/4 cup whole almonds, toasted and then finely ground
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 teaspoon lemon zest
1 egg (yolk and white separated)
4 large peaches, pitted and sliced
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon coarse sugar

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a 12- to 14-inch circle about 1/8-inch thick. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and transfer the dough to the baking sheet.

In a small bowl, stir together the ground almonds, 1/4 cup sugar, lemon zest, and egg yolk. (Reserve the egg white.) Spread this almond mixture in the center of the prepared dough, leaving a 4- to 5-inch border of dough.

In a large bowl, toss the peaches with brown sugar. Then, pour the mixture onto the center of the dough, spreading it out evenly to cover the almond mixture. Fold the edge of the dough up and over the piece, pleating it as you go and leaving the crostata uncovered in the center. Dot the top of the peaches with butter. Refrigerate the dough about 30 minutes until it is firm.

In the meantime, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

Before baking, brush the dough with the reserved egg white and then sprinkle it lightly with coarse sugar.

Bake the crostata 50-60 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the peaches are tender. Transfer the crostata to a wire rack and let it cool for 20 minutes before serving.

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This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

As I told you, it’s not a complicated dessert. And It is the perfect way to enjoy summer and fall fruit from the market.

This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

Oh, and if you’re in the mood to indulge, top your piece of crostata with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Delicious!!

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As you know, hitting up the local farmers markets in Pittsburgh has been one of my greatest joys these past few months! The bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables (and other goodies) has inspired a number of new recipes, including this Rustic Peach and Almond Crostata. If you’re new to baking, don’t let the title […]




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Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

As you may have noticed, I’m slowly transitioning to fall here on Inspired by Charm. (Don’t worry though, I’m still enjoying summer and will be sad to see it go.) Last week I highlighted IBC fall home decor ideas and DIY projects to inspire you as you get ready for the change of seasons. Today I’m back, as promised, to share some of my favorite fall recipes.

Though I enjoy cooking and baking any time of the year, there’s something especially wonderful about fall baking. Fall welcomes pumpkins, apples, and cozy spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Given my love for these things, it’s no wonder I relish autumn. And while I have dozens of fall-inspired recipes, below are of few of my favorites. I’ve included your favorites as well, based on which recipes have garnered the most views here on IBC. I hope you enjoy this flavorful walk down memory lane and pick up a few ideas for your own cooking and baking.

You can click on any of the photos or links in the mint green color for more photos and information.

Sidenote: Selecting recipes was extremely difficult. I initially chose more than 25 and narrowed it down to these 13(ish). For more recipes, check out the IBC archives here.

Let’s start with Fall Cookie Week standouts. (Yes, Fall Cookie Week will be back the third week in September. Stay tuned!) These Frosted Pumpkin Cookies may be an all-time favorite. A soft cookie with a cream frosting. Perfection.

Frosted Pumpkin Cookies - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

My Soft-Baked Butterscotch Cookies were also a huge hit. I didn’t expect to like them so much, but I couldn’t get enough. I’ve already had requests from my family to make these cookies again for the holidays.

White Chocolate Soft Baked Butterscotch Cookies | Inspired by Charm - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

If you’re also a big fan of frosted cookies, these Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies are the bomb. These Maple Cream Sandwich Cookies (not pictured) deserve a shout out, too. So unassuming, but so good!

Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

Also, I have to give a little love to these Caramel Apple Butter Snickerdoodles. Who wouldn’t enjoy a cookie with a caramel interior?

Caramel Apple Snickerdoodle - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

You’ve probably noticed that I don’t do a ton of savory dishes, but when I do, I try to do them right. Case in point: these single servings of Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie. Talk about comfort food.

 - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

I will also be making this Fall Harvest Pasta Salad again this year. I was so pleased with how it turned out. The flavor combination is out of this world.


Fall Harvest Pasta Salad - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

If you’re a mac and cheese fanatic and enjoy savory pumpkin dishes, then this Pumpkin Mac and Cheese with bacon is for you. It’s the perfect fall side.

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese with Bacon - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

When it comes to picture perfect (and delicious), these apple-inspired cheese balls will impress your guests every time.

Fall Apple Cheese Balls - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

Given my sweet tooth, I’ve shared a lot of desserts here on IBC. This Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread is easily one of the most popular. Not only is it simple to make, it’s crazy delicious.

Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

If you want something a little fancier, try this Pumpkin Tiramisu. It’s a seasonal take on the classic dessert. I dished mine up in single servings, but you could make a larger pan if you’d like.

Pumpkin Tiramisu - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

Need an autumn brunch or breakfast treat? These Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls are a winner. Again, this is another super popular recipe on the blog.
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

Finally, this list wouldn’t be complete without a round or two of cocktails. Right? This Caramel Apple Martini, which I shared back in 2014, is still a favorite of mine and yours. To make it, you only need three ingredients…and some caramel sauce of course. (I also made a creamy version which you can find here.)

Caramel Apple Martini - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

You know I love sangria, and I selected two of my recipes for you: Apple Pie Sangria (pictured below) and an Apple Cider Sangria. Both are tasty autumn libations.

Apple Pie Sangria - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

Need something warm to serve on cooler fall days? This Mulled Wine is guaranteed to please!

Mulled Wine - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

And I can’t forget my Salted Caramel White Russians. Anytime I share this on social media, the comments, likes, and shares abound. Lots of folks seem to adore this cocktail, and so do I!

Salted Caramel White Russians - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

Wow. That’s a lot of tasty fall goodness, don’t you think? Have you tried any of these recipes? Which one is your favorite? Are there any that you MUST add to your fall cooking/baking cocktail-making list?

As you may have noticed, I’m slowly transitioning to fall here on Inspired by Charm. (Don’t worry though, I’m still enjoying summer and will be sad to see it go.) Last week I highlighted IBC fall home decor ideas and DIY projects to inspire you as you get ready for the change of seasons. Today […]




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This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

I’m always game for another beautiful and delicious fall dessert. Throw in a small hack to make it easier to put together, and I’m all over it. This Apple-Cranberry Slab Pie will give you all of those things, and I’m going to show you how to make it.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

I’m thrilled to be joining 20+ bloggers for a new holiday recipe series called “Tastes of the Season.” Each month, from now through December, we’ll be sharing recipes inspired by the season. This month it’s apple-inspired recipes. I’ll share my recipe with you; then, at the bottom of this post you can check out the full collection by the incredibly talented folks I’m teaming up with. If you need an apple recipe for fall, look no further.

After my A Year of Pie series a few years back, I’m pretty comfortable with pie making. However, I know for some folks, crafting a beautiful pie with a homemade crust can seem like a daunting task. I think it’s the crust that most people struggle with. Making the perfect pie dough has a lot to do with knowing how the dough should feel. Once you’ve gotten that down, the recipe is a piece of cake … well, piece of pie.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

Today, however, I’m freeing you from any worries about pie dough because this Apple-Cranberry Slab Pie is made from frozen puff pastry dough. That’s the simple hack that makes this recipe a breeze.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

While I usually recommend homemade dough, I find that frozen puff pastry works wonderfully. It gives this slab pie a pastry-like quality. And no one will guess you used frozen dough. I promise!

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

Once thawed, the puff pastry is rolled out to accommodate a generous filling of apples, dried cranberries, cinnamon, and sugar.

Another piece of puff pastry goes on top to seal in all that goodness.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

After a trip to the oven, this fruit-filled slab pie is nothing short of perfection. Well, almost…Typically, I like my fruit pies topped with a generous scoop of ice cream. However, in this case I’ve opted for a buttery sugar glaze that makes ice cream irrelevant.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

When the pie has cooled, drizzle on the glaze. Give it a moment to set, then slice and serve. Now it’s perfect.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.


This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

The flaky layers of the puff pastry make this dessert a treat to remember and a recipe your friends and family with be asking for. In-season apples combined with tart cranberries celebrate the flavors of the season. It’s good stuff, my friends, and it doesn’t get much easier.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

Apple-Cranberry Slab Pie

Serves 16

Here's what you will need:
2 1/2 pounds apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (about 7 cups) I used a mix of Granny Smith and Honeycrisp.
1 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 17.3 ounce package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed
About 3 tablespoons milk
Coarse sugar (for sprinkling on the top crust)

2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
4 - 5 teaspoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt

Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 15x10-inch baking sheet. In a large bowl, stir together the sliced apples, cranberries, sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Set aside.

On a lightly floured surface, unfold one pastry sheet. Roll the pastry into a 16x11-inch rectangle. Transfer it to the prepared baking sheet. Spread filling over the pastry to within an inch of the edges. Evenly dot the filling with cubed butter.

Unfold the second pastry sheet; roll into a 15X10 rectangle. Place this pastry on top of the filling. Brush the edge of the bottom pastry with milk. Fold the bottom pastry over the top and gently press the edges together with a fork to seal.

Using a sharp knife, cut slits into the top pastry. Brush lightly with milk and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake 50-55 minutes or until the filling is bubbly and the pastry is puffed and golden. If needed, to prevent overbrowning, cover the pie loosely with foil for the last 10-15 minutes of baking.

While the slab pie cools, prepare the butter icing. In a bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, melted butter, vanilla, and salt. Stir in enough milk to reach a drizzling consistency.

Drizzle the icing over the pastry once it's cooled. Slice and serve.

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This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

I kid you not. This is so easy and crazy delicious.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

Once you give this recipe a try, experiment with other pie fillings for a virtually endless variety of super-simple slab pies. Just know that I take zero responsibly for any pie-related weight gain. – However, winter is coming, so a little extra warmth probably won’t hurt any of us.

Like this recipe? Then be sure to check out the full “Tastes of the Season” apple-inspired recipe collection below.

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls by Ella Claire

 Rustic Apple Cranberry Pie by Anderson and Grant

Apple Cranberry Slab Pie by Inspired by Charm (you are here)

Apple Donuts by A Burst of Beautiful

Caramel Apple Tart by Julie Blanner

Easy Apple Dumplings by Craftberry Bush

Apple Crisp by House 214 Design

Apple Cider Scones by Everyday Occasions

 Apple Fritter Skillet Bake by Nest of Posies

Rustic Apple Tarte Tatin by Maison de Pax

Paleo Gluten Free Apple Crisp by Nesting with Grace

 Crock Pot Applesauce by My Sweet Savannah

Gluten Free Apple Crisp by City Farmhouse

Baked Breakfast Apples with Oatmeal by French Country Cottage

Apple Blossom with Salted Caramel Sauce by Nina Hendrick Design

No Churn Apple Pie Ice Cream by Boxwood Avenue

 Bird’s Nest Apple Pie by Zevy Joy

Apple Upside Down Spice Cake by Love Grows Wild

I’m always game for another beautiful and delicious fall dessert. Throw in a small hack to make it easier to put together, and I’m all over it. This Apple-Cranberry Slab Pie will give you all of those things, and I’m going to show you how to make it. I’m thrilled to be joining 20+ bloggers […]




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My Apartment Dining Room - ideas for decorating a dining room in an apartment.

I’m calling it my dining “room,” but dining “area” might be more accurate, if you know what I mean. Whatever name we use for it, today I’m going to give you a look at how it’s finally coming together.

It seems like I’ve been waiting to share this space in my apartment with you forever. The dining table that I originally ordered (in the same style as the one you see) was damaged when it arrived back in early July. When I went to reorder it, it was backordered. Whomp. Whomp. However, it’s finally here and set up, and I’m super thrilled with it.

My Apartment Dining Room - ideas for decorating a dining room in an apartment.

My Apartment Dining Room - white tulip marble dining table with walnut bistro chairs

What do you think?

I kept waffling about what table and chair combo I wanted for this space. I was leaning toward the table you see here, but I was hesitant to get it because it has become the “it” table over the past year. As I mentioned before, I’ve been trying to avoid “trendy” pieces as I decorate and furnish my new space.

My Apartment Dining Room - ideas for decorating a dining room in an apartment.

My Apartment Dining Room - ideas for decorating a dining room in an apartment.

However, after doing hours of research and eliminating many tables because they were too large, this one turned out to be the best choice for me. (This table is available through a variety of online retailers; I ordered mine from LexMod.)

My Apartment Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

My Apartment Dining Room - white tulip marble dining table with walnut bistro chairs

This dining area is part of an open concept space in my apartment. In the picture below, my kitchen is to the right and and I’m standing in my living room to take the picture. This space is rather long, so I needed a table in a size and shape that would not overwhelm the space.

My Apartment Dining Room - ideas for decorating a dining room in an apartment.

Again, after lots of measuring and debating with myself, I decided that a round table around 40 inches in diameter would probably be best. I also knew that I wanted to have a wood element to warm things up and that it could be on the table or the chairs.

My Apartment Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

Having selected the table, I chose these walnut bistro/cafe-style chairs. I think they fit the space perfectly.

My Apartment Dining Room - white tulip marble dining table with walnut bistro chairs

Unfortunately, I don’t have a source to share for these chairs. Getting these chairs was challenging, and the place I ordered them from was difficult to work with. However, after I purchased my chairs, I did find something similar here on Rejuvenation. The main difference is the spindles on the back of the chair. I hope that helps.

My Apartment Dining Room - white tulip marble dining table with walnut bistro chairs

The fiddle leaf fig tree is real. I found it at a local shop called Farm & Forest. Thankfully it’s doing very well thanks to all the natural sunlight.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Treat - My Apartment Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

Fiddle Leaf Fig Treat - My Apartment Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

The pot was a HomeGoods find. Originally priced at $60, I got it on clearance for $25. Score!

So that’s it, friends. You’ve seen my new dining room. While I certainly will miss the big barn table I have in St. Marys, I already have a few table setting posts in the works for the coming season. It will be a fun challenge to decorate this new space and table for entertaining. I’m excited to share more.

My Apartment Dining Room - white tulip marble dining table with walnut bistro chairs

My Apartment Dining Room - white tulip marble dining table with walnut bistro chairs

I hope you’re enjoying seeing my new apartment take shape. It’s been a joy to have all of you on this adventure with me. I’ll be sharing more apartment updates (my new living room rug) with you next week. Until then!

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Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip - a delicious pumpkin spice fruit and apple dip perfect for a fall dessert.

We all need an arsenal of recipes for seasonal celebrations. This Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip will become one of your new favorites for fall entertaining. Whipped cream, cream cheese, pumpkin, and a healthy dose of seasonal spices will make this sweet dip a winner time and time again.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip - a delicious pumpkin spice fruit and apple dip perfect for a fall dessert.

Last year I made this Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread, and y’all went crazy for it. (Okay, I know I don’t live in the South, but I really wanted to say “Y’all.” I hope you don’t mind. I blame Pizzazzerie and Southern FATTY.) Anyway, following up on the success of that delightful Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread, I thought you might like a couple more recipes that serve the same purpose.

Naturally, a pumpkin variation was high on my list. After playing around with a few similar recipes I found online and in magazines, this is what I came up with.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip - a delicious pumpkin spice fruit and apple dip perfect for a fall dessert.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip - a delicious pumpkin spice fruit and apple dip perfect for a fall dessert.

The notable difference between my recipe and many others is my generous use of seasonal spices. As I’ve mentioned numerous times here on IBC, when you’re baking with pumpkin, the key to bold pumpkin flavor is the spices. Don’t believe me? Remember when Starbucks used to make their famous Pumpkin Spice Latte, but there actually wasn’t any pumpkin in it? It’s all about the spices!! Take a look at any of my pumpkin recipes, and you’ll always see the same things: pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, and possibly ground ginger.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip - a delicious pumpkin spice fruit and apple dip perfect for a fall dessert.

Another thing that I love about this recipe is that it’s not in-your-face sweet. Because its base is whipped cream, it stays light and fluffy. However, it still has great tang thanks to the cream cheese. (I’ll be sharing a richer cheesecake dip next week.)

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip - a delicious pumpkin spice fruit and apple dip perfect for a fall dessert.

I recommend serving this dip with apple slices, pear slices, grapes, shortbread cookies, and graham crackers. All would be equally delicious. You could even get creative and turn this recipe into a trifle of sorts by layering it with pound cake, cubed apples, and a drizzle of caramel or butterscotch sauce.

Regardless of how you serve it, I think you’re going to love it!

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip - a delicious pumpkin spice fruit and apple dip perfect for a fall dessert.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip

Here's what you will need:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Sprinkle of cinnamon to garnish
Apple and pear slices, grapes, and/or cookies for serving

In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip heavy cream and confectioners' sugar about 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Transfer to a large bowl.

Then, with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the whipped cream and beat on medium for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.

To the mixing bowl, add the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and spices. Mix on low to medium speed until well combined. Again, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl if needed.

Transfer to a serving bowl and lightly dust with cinnamon. Serve chilled with sliced apples and pears, grapes, cookies, and/or graham crackers.

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Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip - a delicious pumpkin spice fruit and apple dip perfect for a fall dessert.

You can probably whip this up in under 15 minutes. It may take a few extra minutes to slice the apples, but overall it’s a super quick recipe with great results.


Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip - a delicious pumpkin spice fruit and apple dip perfect for a fall dessert.

I hope you give it a try. If you do, let me know what you think. Thanks, y’all!

We all need an arsenal of recipes for seasonal celebrations. This Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip will become one of your new favorites for fall entertaining. Whipped cream, cream cheese, pumpkin, and a healthy dose of seasonal spices will make this sweet dip a winner time and time again. Last year I made this Caramel Apple […]




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This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

It’s been months since we had a tasty cocktail here on Inspired by Charm. Today I thought we could celebrate the final weeks of summer with a delicious tribute to the season: Watermelon Basil Martinis!

This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

I saw this cocktail on a menu a few months ago and have been dying to give it try. I wasn’t quite sure what the restaurant used to make its version, but as soon I read the name, a few ingredient ideas were dancing in my head. After a bit of testing, I’m pleased to tell you that the resulting libation is quite delicious.

This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

The base of the cocktail is watermelon juice muddled with fresh basil. To achieve this, you mash up a few pieces of watermelon with a couple basil leaves and then strain it to remove the pulp and seeds. What you end up with is a delicious juice that tastes like a summer melon with just a hint of basil.

This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

To make sure the watermelon basil flavor stood out in this cocktail, I relied on vodka for the main liquor. (When you’re making any martini, go with a top shelf vodka for the best results. As of late, my brand of choice is Tito’s.) In addition to the vodka, I used one of my favorites: St. Germain. This sweet liqueur, with flavors reminiscent of pear and lychee, perfectly complements everything else that’s happening in this martini. – If you prefer your cocktails on the sweeter side, feel free to add an extra splash when you’re shaking up your martini.

This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm
This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

Once everything is prepared, all of these goodies get shaken vigorously with ice, strained into a martini glass, and garnished with a tiny watermelon slice and fresh basil leaf.

If summer had a flavor, this might be it.

This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

Watermelon Basil Martini

makes 1 cocktail

1 cup fresh watermelon, chopped
2 large basil leaves
2.5 ounces vodka
1 ounce St. Germain Liqueur
Mini watermelon slice and basil leaf for garnish

In a large glass, muddle the watermelon with two basil leaves to release as much juice as possible. Strain through a fine sieve and reserve the juice.

To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 2.5 ounces of the watermelon juice, vodka, and St. Germain. Shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a watermelon slice and basil leaf.

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This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

I love a simple martini that’s made with ingredients I’m likely to have on hand. It’s perfect for winding down at the end of a long day or enjoying with a friend who stops by.

This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

Join me in savoring these last days of summer with one (or two) of these Watermelon Basil Martinis. Cheers!

It’s been months since we had a tasty cocktail here on Inspired by Charm. Today I thought we could celebrate the final weeks of summer with a delicious tribute to the season: Watermelon Basil Martinis! I saw this cocktail on a menu a few months ago and have been dying to give it try. I […]




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Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Like it or not, fall is fast approaching. In fact, a week from today is September 1. To unofficially kick off fall here on IBC, I thought we’d take a look back at some of my favorite fall home decor ideas. Whether you’re ready for a change of seasons right about now or want to hold on to summer a while longer, I hope you find some seasonal inspiration.

Quick Disclaimer: Did you know that many of us bloggers have to create content a month or more in advance so that search engines like Google and social media platforms such as Facebook recognize our work as “relevant.” I won’t bore you with the details, but I ask for your kindness toward me and other bloggers who seem to share things a bit early.

In posting the ideas early, we also want to give you enough time to actually use these ideas this season. I hope that makes sense. Beyond bloggers, I hope you’ll also be kind to folks celebrating whatever season they want to celebrate. If it makes you happy and doesn’t hurt anyone, I say go for it! Thanks.

Fall Porch Patio Decor Ideas - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Having been blogging for 8+ years, I’ve managed to build quite a collection of content here on Inspired by Charm. (Follow IBC on Facebook or Twitter to keep up with archived content.) It’s fun for me to look back and see things I’ve worked on over the years and notice how I’ve grown and changed.

When I was recently scrolling through some of my fall content, it dawned on me that it would be fun to take all of you with me on a walk down memory lane. So today I’ll be sharing many of my favorite fall home decor ideas as well as some of the most popular fall content as determined by your shares on social media and how many times a particular post has been viewed. Today’s post will focus on home decorating ideas and crafts; next week, we’ll have a look at recipes.

You can click on any of the photos or links in the mint green color for more photos and information.

My Fall Home Tours are undoubtedly IBC reader favorites. The number of comments on the tours far exceed many of the posts here on the blog. This tells me that many of you enjoy touring around my home. It will be interesting to see how my Fall Home Tour comes together this year as I will be sharing a different space (my Pittsburgh apartment!).

Inspired by Charm Fall Home Tour - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas

I won’t overload you with photos and links because you can access all of my Home Tours here. Below are specific fall home tours:

Fall Home Tour 2016 – A touch of copper and a pumpkin or two (or twenty) made this tour a winner.
Fall Entertaining Home Tour 2016 – In this tour, you went gaga for my porch and the recipes!
Fall Home Tour 2015 – This Home Tour was featured as a 10-page spread in last October’s Cottage and Bungalows magazine!
Fall Home Tour 2014 – My first fall home tour! This mantel made it into HGTV Magazine!

Fall Kitchen Decorating Ideas - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Last year I also had fun decorating my deck. It turned out beautifully with seasonal foliage and a few Halloween and other autumn touches.

Fall Outdoor Decor Ideas - Deck / Porch Decorating  - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

If you enjoy getting crafty in the fall, I’ve shared lots of fun, festive, and simple ideas over the years. One of your (and my) favorites is this Color-Wrapped Wheat. It continues to wow year after year. I made it three years ago, and it still looks as fresh today as it did then.

Colored-Wrapped Wheat Fall Decor DIY - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

This succulent pumpkin planter was and still is, among my favorite fall projects. I loved that I was able to reuse some succulents to perfectly blend summer and fall.

Succulent Pumpkin Planter DIY - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Speaking of getting creative with gourds, remember my “Acorn” Acorn Squash? Simply by adding a bit of twine to a squash, you’ve got a really beautiful, rustic, and oversized acorn.

"Acorn" Twine Wrapped Acorn Squash - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

This Fall Cork Table Decor was a favorite project from last year. It was easy to make and created such an impact on my table. I also appreciate it,’s multi-use functionally. Whether you need a table runner, placement, or trivet – this will work!

DIY Fall Cork Table Decor - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

I was also on a stamping kick last year, creating these custom and functional napkins as well as some seasonal treat bags. With the almost limitless variety of stamps and textiles, you can make whatever suits your fancy.

DIY Stamped Napkins - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Fall Stamped Treat Bag - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Speaking of a customizable fall project, this tag banner is just that. I created one for Halloween and two for fall. It truly doesn’t get any more simple, and you could customize these for any season or celebration.

DIY Fall Tag Banner - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

DIY Fall Tag Banner - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

And if we go way back to 2013 (remember when my dining room was yellow/orange), you can grab a collection of tips for styling the perfect fall centerpiece. Four years later, the advice in that post is still solid.

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I could go on and on (and I will continue next week when I share some fall recipe favorites), but my hope is that these ideas have inspired your fall decorating spirit.

What were some of your best fall IBC moments? Let me know in the comments below. And as many folks say, “Happy Fall, Y’all!”

Like it or not, fall is fast approaching. In fact, a week from today is September 1. To unofficially kick off fall here on IBC, I thought we’d take a look back at some of my favorite fall home decor ideas. Whether you’re ready for a change of seasons right about now or want to […]




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Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites are a Flavor-Packed Appetizer wrapped with Bacon | Inspired by Charm

Beyond making sweets and desserts, creating flavor-packed, beautiful appetizers is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. That’s why I’m excited to share these Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites with you!

Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites are a Flavor-Packed Appetizer wrapped with Bacon | Inspired by Charm

For me, BLTs might be one of the best sandwiches out there. They taste even better this time of year because tomatoes are in season and bursting with sun-ripened flavor. With BLTs on my brain, I decided to take them to the next level by turning them into an appetizer and throwing an avocado-pesto into the mix.

These Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites make the perfect appetizer for any party.

These Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites make the perfect appetizer for any party.

If you’re looking for a tasty appetizer that’s fairly easy to put together and suitable for almost any occasion, this is it. Not only is the flavor combination on point, but it’s wrapped in bacon. What’s not to love?

These Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites make the perfect appetizer for any party.

Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites are a Flavor-Packed Appetizer wrapped with Bacon | Inspired by Charm

To make these bites, I recommend starting with my recipe for Brown Sugar Bacon. (You can grab that recipe here.) I find it the best way to prepare bacon because it adds a bit of sweetness and keeps the bacon from getting overly crispy. The latter is especially important in this recipe because you need to wrap the bacon around the tomato when assembling the bites. Pan frying bacon is likely to make it too crisp.

These Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites make the perfect appetizer for any party.

With your bacon ready, combine the avocado, cream cheese, basil pesto, and a splash of lemon juice. This sauce adds flavor and pep to the bites. (It also makes them super trendy given that avocado is all the rage these days.)

These Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites make the perfect appetizer for any party.

With those things prepared, you’re ready to assemble.

These Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites make the perfect appetizer for any party.

These Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites make the perfect appetizer for any party.

These Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites make the perfect appetizer for any party.

Cut each bacon slice into three equal pieces. Then, with the avocado-pesto in a piping bag, pipe a line onto the bacon. Next, put on a few pieces of baby arugula. (You can use any green you like, but I prefer the pepperiness of arugula.) Finally, add a tomato and secure everything around the tomato with a toothpick.

Appetizer complete.

These Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites make the perfect appetizer for any party.

While assembling the bites takes a little time, it goes pretty quickly. Of course, the resulting goodness is worth it.

The bites speak for themselves in looks and flavor!

Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites are a Flavor-Packed Appetizer wrapped with Bacon | Inspired by Charm

Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites

Makes 48

Here’s what you will need:
16 strips thick cut bacon, cooked*
½ medium avocado, peeled, pitted, and chopped
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons basil pesto
1 teaspoon lemon juice
4 cups baby arugula
48 cherry tomatoes
Toothpicks

Begin by cutting each slice of cooked bacon into three equal pieces. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, use a fork to thoroughly mash together the avocado, cream cheese, pesto, and lemon juice. Put the mixture into a piping bag or plastic baggie. Cut off one corner of the baggie with scissors.

Assemble each bite by piping a line of the avocado-pesto mixture onto a strip of bacon. Top with 2 or 3 leaves of arugula and a cherry tomato. Secure the bacon and arugula around the tomato with a toothpick. Repeat for all of the bites.

*For best results, get my recipe for brown sugar bacon here. The bacon should be fully-cooked but not crispy.

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I think any celebration would benefit from these cute little guys, don’t you?

Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites are a Flavor-Packed Appetizer wrapped with Bacon | Inspired by Charm
Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites are a Flavor-Packed Appetizer wrapped with Bacon | Inspired by Charm

Give them a try at your next gathering and let me know what you and your guests think. Enjoy!

Beyond making sweets and desserts, creating flavor-packed, beautiful appetizers is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. That’s why I’m excited to share these Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites with you! For me, BLTs might be one of the best sandwiches out there. They taste even better this time of year because tomatoes are […]




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Tuesday Tunes / 26 - Cool For the Summer - music summer playlist | Inspired by Charm

A couple weeks back I shared a new country-inspired Tuesday Tunes, and it quickly became one of my go-to playlists. In fact, for a while, it was all I listened to. Two weeks later, I was feeling the need to switch things up so I created a new playlist that’s a sendoff to summer.

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Have you heard that Kesha is officially back with a new album? I wasn’t a fan of Kesha before, but her new tracks “Prayin’,” “Woman,” and “Learn to Let Go” have quickly become favorites of mine. I’ve also been playing Pink’s “What About Us” on repeat in anticipation of her new album. Plus, HAIM and Miley Cyrus are back with new music. Although I’ve always been a fan of Miley’s music, I so appreciate her new direction.

Inspired by all of this and the beautiful last days of summer, I’m calling this new Tuesday Tunes playlist Cool for the Summer. It’s a fun and happy mix of pop songs that put a groove in my step and shimmy in my booty.

Tuesday Tunes / 26 - Cool For the Summer - music summer playlist | Inspired by Charm

If you want to check out these tracks, you can listen to the playlist below or go directly to Spotify here.

 


 

While you’re on Spotify, take a look at my profile to see all of my playlists. You’re welcome to follow me there so you don’t miss a thing.

What new songs or albums are you most excited about? Let me know below. Happy Listening!

 

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A couple weeks back I shared a new country-inspired Tuesday Tunes, and it quickly became one of my go-to playlists. In fact, for a while, it was all I listened to. Two weeks later, I was feeling the need to switch things up so I created a new playlist that’s a sendoff to summer. Have […]




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Radicchio and Blue Cheese Bread Salad is the salad to complement a late-summer or fall dinner.

If you’re looking for a salad to complement a late-summer or fall dinner, you’ll want to try this Radicchio and Blue Cheese Bread Salad. Bursting with bold flavor, it is so simple to make.

Radicchio and Blue Cheese Bread Salad is the salad to complement a late-summer or fall dinner.

After an embarrassingly unproductive work week, I redeemed myself in the kitchen this past weekend. Although I did get away for some bocce watching and authentic cuisine at Little Italy Days in Bloomfield, PGH, most of my time was spent testing new recipes and photographing the results. I can’t wait to share all of the yumminess with you on IBC.

Radicchio and Blue Cheese Bread Salad is the salad to complement a late-summer or fall dinner.

One of the recipes I whipped up was this salad. It’s loaded with toasted baguette, radicchio, red leaf lettuce, pancetta, and blue cheese. So many of my favorites in one delicious dish.

What I also love about this salad is that it’s a quick side for any meal, yet it feels kind of fancy. By taking the time to cook the pancetta and toast the bread (which honestly comes together pretty quickly), this salad instantly feels more special.

Radicchio and Blue Cheese Bread Salad is the salad to complement a late-summer or fall dinner.

Radicchio and Blue Cheese Bread Salad is the salad to complement a late-summer or fall dinner.

Radicchio and Blue Cheese Bread Salad is the salad to complement a late-summer or fall dinner.

If desired, you could turn this salad into a meal by adding grilled chicken or steak. The bread will soak in all those flavorful juices from the meat. You can’t go wrong whichever way you fix it.

Let’s eat!

Radicchio and Blue Cheese Bread Salad is the salad to complement a late-summer or fall dinner.

Radicchio and Blue Cheese Bread Salad

Serves 4-6

Here's what you will need:
4 ounces pancetta, diced
3 cups cubed baguette
1 head radicchio, chopped
4 cups roughly chopped red lettuce
1 cup crumbled blue cheese (or gorgonzola)
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

In a skillet, cook the pancetta over medium heat until crispy - about 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

Cook the bread in the skillet drippings over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes. Stir until toasted.

In a large bowl, toss together the radicchio, red lettuce, blue cheese, pancetta, and toasted baguette. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

*Make this salad a meal by adding grilled chicken or steak.

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Voila! It’s that easy.

Oh, and feel free to make some substitutions if you wish. I know that everyone doesn’t like blue cheese. Try gorgonzola. It’s milder. Goat cheese would also work.

Voila! It's that easy.   Oh, and feel free to make some substitutions if you wish. I know that everyone doesn't like blue cheese. Try gorgonzola. It's milder. Goat cheese would also work.  I hope you'll give this recipe a try. If you do, be sure to pop back over and let us know what you think.

I hope you’ll give this recipe a try. If you do, be sure to pop back over and let us know what you think.

If you’re looking for a salad to complement a late-summer or fall dinner, you’ll want to try this Radicchio and Blue Cheese Bread Salad. Bursting with bold flavor, it is so simple to make. After an embarrassingly unproductive work week, I redeemed myself in the kitchen this past weekend. Although I did get away for […]




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What's the Tea with IBC | Inspired by Charm

Howdy, friends! I thought I’d use today’s post to fill you in on life since I posted a What’s the Tea a couple months ago.

First of all, where did summer go? LIke me, did you have a lot you wanted to accomplish, but only checked a few things off your list?

Thankfully, despite not doing everything I planned, I did have a fulfilling summer. I was back in St. Marys for several weekends to celebrate Independence Day, our family reunion, and my own birthday. I’ve always enjoyed spending these times with people I love so it’s great being able to hop in my car and scoot back when needed. The three-hour drive seems to fly by.

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Also, an update on my self-watering planters for those who’ve asked. They’ve been amazing. In case you’re new to this conversation, I wanted planters for my St. Marys’ house that would take care of themselves when I’m not there. My friends at Grandin Road and Frontgate were kind enough to supply me with these two planters (here and here), and I couldn’t be more pleased with the planters.

What's the Tea with IBC | Inspired by Charm

What's the Tea with IBC | Inspired by Charm

They are hollow and hold several gallons of water. I need to add water every 2-3 weeks which works perfectly with my visits home. So if you’re in a similar situation, or just want potted plants without the daily watering, I highly recommend these guys.

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In July, I took a trip to Texas with a group of blogger friends. We visited Round Top, Texas for a short retreat. With a population of 90. it’s the most magical little place. Twice a year there is a huge flea market/antique festival that draws thousands. It’s a wonderful spot to visit (even if you’re not antiquing). We stayed at The Vintage Round Top which I highly recommend.

What's the Tea with IBC | Inspired by Charm

What's the Tea with IBC | Inspired by Charm

You might remember that my brother visited me in Pittsburgh this summer. (He stayed overnight, and I made blueberry muffins for breakfast.) Well, this past weekend, my Mom came down to see my new place. I gave her a tour of my neighborhood, plus we went shopping, visited a flea market, and ate at a few restaurants I’ve been wanting to try. It was a good to spend time with her.

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Sidenote: I’ve been trying to share some of my big and not-so-big adventures on Instagram Stories, so If you want to follow along there, I would love to have you. It’s a great place to connect. Also, if you’re not part of the IBC Mailing List, you can sign up here. I’ve been sending out a fun weekly newsletter with a special note and links to content to help inspire your cooking, decorating, and entertaining adventures.

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Since I brought up Pittsburgh, I assume many of you are wondering how this new adventure has been treating me – if the move has been a good one. I will probably save deeper thoughts on this topic for a dedicated post, but I don’t want to leave you hanging. To sum up my feelings and thoughts about my current state, I’d say, “Treading water, but happy to be in the pool.”

I’ve officially been here three months (but closer to two as family happenings kept me in St. Marys for a bit). I had grand expectations and assumed that I would have tons of friends, be involved in many activities, go on magical dates, and be living my best life in no time. But that just hasn’t been the case. Things are taking a little longer than I had hoped, and mostly I have my own fears and insecurities to blame.

But with that said, I’m still excited to be here and happy I took the leap. I definitely have been enjoying the city. And I’m still crazy committed to putting myself out there and finding the things, places, and people that bring me joy. I hope that my feet are a more firmly planted in the not-too-distant future.

Again, I’ll try to explain more in another post … if you’re interested.

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A few more things …

I started watching The Handmaid’s Tale and can’t recommend it enough. It’s not a “happy” show by any means, but it does have some moments of heart and courage. The art and cinematography are stunning.

My blogging pal, Courtney of Pizzazzerie just released her latest entertaining book, and it is stunning. If you like hosting parties or want to start hosting them, you need this book. Check it out here.

 

I’ve recently been asked by Amazon to curate my own IBC shop on their site. You can check out and shop my Amazon favorites here. I’ll be updating them frequently, so check back often.

Anyone else super excited about the new Kesha album? I won’t say I love all the tracks, but I do have a few tunes on repeat.

I’ve recently discovered the joy that is Justin’s Honey Almond Butter and can’t seem to get enough. Also, Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend is delicious on everything.

Finally, in case you missed it, Inspired by Charm is a finalist for Best Style & Design Blog in the 2017 Saveur Blog Awards! I am so grateful for the nomination.

To help, please cast your vote for Inspired By Charm. You can vote once a day from now through Wednesday, September 6. Thank you so much! Please VOTE HERE.

All righty, I’m sure I’m forgetting a ton, but there you have it. Feel free to keep the conversation going in the comments or ask some questions, and I’ll do my best to answer. Have a great week!

Howdy, friends! I thought I’d use today’s post to fill you in on life since I posted a What’s the Tea a couple months ago. First of all, where did summer go? LIke me, did you have a lot you wanted to accomplish, but only checked a few things off your list? Thankfully, despite not […]




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Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

I’m not sure what it says about me, but I have a fondness for any food with “Buffalo chicken” in its name. (Me and about a million other folks, right?) If you feel the same way and are looking for a quick and easy appetizer that’s designed to please, you’re going to love these Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups.

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Whether you call them roll-ups or pinwheels, these flavor-packed swirly bites have become a party classic. In fact, I’ve shared two other recipes (Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pinwheels and Italian Sub Sandwich Roll-Ups) that quickly became two extremely popular recipes here on IBC.

What I especially like about roll-ups is that they are easy to prepare. You can also make them in almost any flavor imaginable, and they are great for parties because they are a no-mess, one-bite treat.

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

For these Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups, you need to start with cooked chicken breast. My favorite way to cook chicken breasts (as taught by queen Ina Garten) is to roast them in the oven. Just drizzle the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Then bake at 350 degrees F until cooked through. This is a super easy method that keeps the meat flavorful and moist.

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

After the chicken breasts have cooled, shred them with your fingers and mix everything together.

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Yes, this recipe calls for blue cheese. However, the blue cheese doesn’t stand out. It just enhances the other flavors. Even if you’re not a big fan of blue cheese, I think you’ll still love this recipe.

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Spread the delicious mixture onto a tortilla and then roll it up. (I used whole grain tortillas, but any variety you like will be fine.) Pop the rolled tortillas into the refrigerator before cutting. This allows them to firm up, resulting in a prettier presentation.

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Serve the roll-ups up with celery sticks, and you’re good to go! You could even offer a dip of ranch or blue cheese dressing, however, I don’t think it’s necessary.

I told you, super simple and so delicious!

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Buffalo Chicken Roll-ups

Makes 64

Here's what you'll need:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons sour cream
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
1/4 cup finely diced celery
1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce
8 (6 -inch) soft tortillas

In a large mixing bowl, combine the blue cheese, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and garlic powder.

Add the chicken, red onion, celery, and Buffalo wing sauce. Stir to combine.

Spread about 1/3 cup of the chicken mixture onto a tortilla. Roll up the tortilla tightly and place on a plate. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

Refrigerate the tortillas about 2 hours.

Slice each tortilla roll into 8 slices. Discard (or snack on) the two end pieces.

Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and return to the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

If you’re like me and love anything “Buffalo chicken,” I recommend giving these a try.

Oh, and before you go, I need YOUR help. Inspired by Charm is a finalist for Best Style & Design Blog in the 2017 Saveur Blog Awards! I am so grateful for the nomination.

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Finally, If you like this recipe and want more roll-up ideas, be sure to check out my other two recipes below.

 

Italian Sub Sandwich Roll-Ups

Italian Sub Sandwich Roll-Ups | Inspired by Charm

 

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pinwheels

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pinwheels | Inspired by Charm

I’m not sure what it says about me, but I have a fondness for any food with “Buffalo chicken” in its name. (Me and about a million other folks, right?) If you feel the same way and are looking for a quick and easy appetizer that’s designed to please, you’re going to love these Buffalo […]




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Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been slowly showing you more of my home in Pittsburgh. Decorating this new space has been such a fun process. I hope you enjoy watching these spaces unfold as much as I am. Today we’re returning to my living room so you can see how I’ve started to pull together the opposite side of the room.

As I mentioned, I was waiting for my media console to arrive. Thankfully, it’s finally here. And with the help of a few accessories, I have something to share.

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

This area still needs a few tweaks and minor additions, but I’m loving how this is all coming together.

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Side note: If you’re looking for sources of products, please check the end of this post. You can also visit SHOP IBC for more products from my home.

So, let’s talk about the media console – although it’s a sideboard. according to Crate & Barrel. Whatever it’s called, I knew this was “the piece” for a couple reasons. First, black console bridges my living room and the dark cabinets in my kitchen.

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Secondly, and maybe most importantly, I’m crazy about this piece. I’ve seen it a couple of times in several interior design layouts, and it caught my attention each time. The glass door fronts will allow me to have fun with decor items, or I can use baskets for hidden storage and texture. Win. Win.

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Right now, the console is sparsely decorated, but I did bring in a few key accessories, including, a modern brass and marble globe table lamp. I love how the lamp looks with other elements in the room.


Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

I also found this five-feet-tall cactus. I couldn’t say no to it because it adds great color, movement, and a touch of quirky to this space.

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Oh, and I also swapped out a throw pillow on the couch for one I had ordered way back in May when I was in NYC. It was on back order forever. I’m loving it!

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Now, there are still a few more things I want to do in this space and some others I’m on the fence about. Let me walk you through my thoughts:

1. A rug. It was actually just delivered after I shot these photos, so stay tuned for that.

2. I might paint the wall behind the TV. (In fact, I’ve thought about painting the entire apartment as I greatly dislike these builder beige walls. I’d rather have white, however, I’m not sure it’s worth it since I’ll have to repaint them beige when I move out.)

3. The white box to the right of the TV is where my HVAC unit is located. Should I simply ignore it or should I attempt to “hide” it? I feel like trying to camouflage it might make it stand out more.

4. I’m also considering adding shelving to the left of the cactus. It doesn’t show in any of these photos, but I have about four feet to work with. I’m not sure if I truly need shelves or if they would just be an invitation to clutter. Art may be a better choice.

5. I’d still like to get new end tables and lamps.

6. I’m not sure what it would be, but I would like to add extra seating opposite the green chair. Maybe some stools like these or these? Or a bench? Or another side chair?

7. Finally, I’m also wondering about curtains. I’m on the fence about them, but my guess is they would make the whole place feel cozier.

If you have opinions, thoughts, or advice on any of this, please let me know in the comments.

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Also, in case you’ve missed any of my apartment updates, you can check them all out here.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this side of my living room. Stay tuned for more!

Rooms Sources:

Sofa | West Elm
Side Chair | West Elm
Pillow | Rejuvenation
Coffee Table | West Elm
Media Cabinet | Crate & Barrel
Overhead Light | Schoolhouse Electric
Accent Lamp | West Elm
Planter | Rejuvenation
Side Table / Bench | HomeGoods
Weiner Dog | Anthropologie (no long sold)
Gold Dot Planter | Anthropologie (no long sold)

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been slowly showing you more of my home in Pittsburgh. Decorating this new space has been such a fun process. I hope you enjoy watching these spaces unfold as much as I am. Today we’re returning to my living room so you can see how I’ve started to pull […]




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5 Tips for Getting and Staying Organized - home and office organizing ideas and tricks | Inspired by Charm

This post is sponsored Pilot Corporation of America (Pilot Pen).

I will be the first to admit that I’m not the most organized person. I like to blame it on my creative bent. Typically, when I’m in the process of designing or making something, supplies are everywhere, things get glued to the table, and paint is splattered in all sorts of places. And don’t get me started on when I’m developing new recipes. Fellow messy bakers, nod your heads. You know what I mean.

When I moved to Pittsburgh, one of my many goals was to be more organized. I’m talking about organizing in the traditional sense, but I’m also including increasing my self-motivation, working smarter, and keeping clutter at bay. I want to be proactive instead of reactive. My goal is to be an overachiever. Although I’m still a work in progress, today I’ve teamed up with Pilot Pen and their amazing G2 Pens.

5 Tips for Getting and Staying Organized - home and office organizing ideas and tricks | Inspired by Charm

I’ll share some more information at the end of this post about their G2 Overachievers Club and how you can win a Target shopping spree along with a year’s supply of G2 pens and the G2 Overachievers Grant with Shonda Rhimes. But first, let me share my 5 Tips for Getting and Staying Organized.

1. Make Your Bed
Raise your hand if you typically don’t make your bed when you get up. (Michael raises his hand.) I know this might sound silly, but taking a few minutes to make your bed when you get out of it can set the tone for your entire day.

5 Tips for Getting and Staying Organized - home and office organizing ideas and tricks | Inspired by Charm

Imagine accomplishing that one task within 5 minutes of waking up. It will give you a sense of pride, and encourage you to do another task and another, and so on. By the end of the day, that one completed task will have turned into many.

2. Use a Planner
I just turned 34, and I have yet to find a planner I absolutely love. (Trust me, I’ve probably tried them all.) What eventually happens is that I revert to a notebook of some sort, and all my plans and schedules get lost amid the pages. A notebook works to a certain degree, but it’s definitely not well-organized. So, recently I picked up yet another new planner (which I can talk more about in another post if you’re interested), but this time I’m approaching it with a different attitude.

5 Tips for Getting and Staying Organized - home and office organizing ideas and tricks | Inspired by Charm

While a certain planner may be a good fit for a particular style of planning, at the end of the day, they’re all pretty much the same. I think the real issue (for me at least) is being consistent in using whatever planner I get. Because of this, I’m committing to spend at least 5 minutes every day in my planner. Why? Because as someone said, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

5 Tips for Getting and Staying Organized - home and office organizing ideas and tricks | Inspired by Charm

This is where my new Pilot G2 pens come in handy. As the top selling pen in America, they are available in a wide variety of colors (including metallics!) and four different point sizes. They also are retractable and refillable. Depending on your personal preference, you can use the different colors to keep your planner even more organized. Or you can keep things simple by using one or two of your favorite colors. Whatever gets you to plan!

3. Clean As You Go
When I was working in the kitchen back in hospitality school, one of my instructors frequently reminded us to “Clean as you go” or as he liked to say, “K Go.” Although I’m not always good about following this advice, it has stuck with me because I believe it’s truly important for staying organized.

5 Tips for Getting and Staying Organized - home and office organizing ideas and tricks | Inspired by Charm

5 Tips for Getting and Staying Organized - home and office organizing ideas and tricks | Inspired by Charm

When you’re working on a project or whipping up something in the kitchen, take the time to clean up along the way. Taking care of little messes one by one is much easier than tackling a sink full of dishes, messy cutting boards, and dirty prep bowls once you’re finished eating. Sure, it may take a little longer to get the food to the table, but it will speed the clean up after the meal is finished and all you want to do is chill on the sofa.

4. A Place for Everything
Having a place for everything is another way to make cleaning up and staying organized easier. Take your office supplies for example. Instead of storing paper, pens, batteries, scissors, and tape in random locations, designate a specific drawer or area for each item. When it’s time to put things away, you won’t have to think about where to store them if they already have a “home.”

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This also saves time and reduces your stress. How much time have you spent looking for your car keys or cell phone? I’ve been there.

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In my entryway. I’ve set up a table. Now, every time I come through the door, I take 10 seconds to toss my keys, wallet, and sunglass, into a bowl on the table. That way, when I’m ready to head back out, I know exactly where everything is, and I don’t waste precious minutes hunting everything down.

5. Buy What You Need and Donate and Trash Regularly
By having things organized and in their proper place, you can avoid overbuying. I’ll be the first to admit I’ve purchased things twice (or even three times) because I forgot where I put an item and didn’t want to take the time to look for it. This is obviously a waste of money and a recipe for clutter. (Without fail, that thing you couldn’t find or bother to search for will magically show up the next day.)

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I also recommend making shopping lists. And, more importantly, sticking to them. I’ve often felt buyer’s remorse after shopping because I bought things I didn’t need and probably wouldn’t use. As much as you can, stick to your list so you can avoid accumulating excess stuff.

Also, take time throughout the year to donate extra items and trash unusable things you no longer need. If you take a few minutes here and there to do this, you won’t be faced with an overwhelming task at a later date (which will inevitably get put off until the last possible second).

I probably could go on and on dispensing organizing tips, but I’ll leave it at that for now. If you struggle with organization or just want to be more self-motivated, try implementing a few of these ideas and let us know how it goes. Also, comment below and let me know what keeps YOU organized!

And remember, next time you need pens for your office or tools to brighten up your planner, be sure to check out the Pilot G2 pens and their array of beautiful colors. You can find them at major retailers such as Target and Walmart. While you’re at it, join the G2 Overachievers Club from Pilot Pen and Target and enter to win a $5,000 Target shopping spree and a year’s supply of G2 pens.

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Also, if you know an overachiever (or are one), be sure to fill out a nomination for the $50,000 G2 Overachievers Grant with Shonda Rhimes. The grant will go to someone who goes above and beyond his or her everyday duties to help improve the lives of others. Love that!

Happy Organizing!

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Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

Well, it didn’t take long. Earlier this week I shared my new-to-me sideboard and now I’m already decorating it! The truth is I started shopping for office decor a while ago. My August post for the HomeGoods Design Happy blog offers tips for styling a home office (You can check that out here.), so I’ve been scouting the HomeGoods office section for several weeks.

Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

As with most of my apartment, my office is a work in progress, so it will most likely change from what I’m sharing today. However, it’s so nice to finally have a few lamps (There’s no overhead light in this room.) and accessories. Let me show you around.

Last month you saw the initial pieces in my office, which included my desk and chair. If you want details on those, check out that post here. With my new sideboard in place, I now needed some lamps, art, and storage and fortunately, that’s what I found.


Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

The lamps, cactus art work, and white board are all from HomeGoods. I thought the lamps were fun and different. They add a lot of texture and pattern to this room. In truth, I picked them up because I also thought they might work well in my bedroom. But I came up with a different plan for that space, so here they are.

Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

 

Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

Purchasing the cactus print was an easy decision. HomeGoods sells a line of art prints called Middle of Nowhere. (It’s an Australian company, and in the U.S., the prints are sold exclusively at HomeGoods.) The art definitely suits my aesthetic so that line has become my go-to when I’m looking through the wall art selection at HomeGoods.

Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

I also found a white board. I thought it would be useful for planning out my week or jotting down important dates and notes.

My desk has several new accessories as well.

Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

I bought this paint-by-numbers tray at a nearby local shop called Wild Card. It sells cards, stationery, art prints, jewelry, candles, and other home items. I got the mug there, too. I especially liked the tray because it’s a nod to the vintage paint-by-number I hung in my kitchen.

The “#boss” sign and magazine rack are also HomeGoods scores. Some of those graphic signs can be a bit tacky, but this one is made from marble.

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Finally, people were asking about the large plant that’s next to my vintage sideboard. Thanks to one of my wonderful readers, I was reminded of its name: Dracaena Marginata. Hopefully, that’s helpful to those of you who were curious about it. My understanding is that it’s fairly easy to care for. Here’s hoping!

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And that’s all I have for now. I hope you enjoyed this office decor update. For more office styling tips, you can check out my post on the Design Happy blog.

Well, it didn’t take long. Earlier this week I shared my new-to-me sideboard and now I’m already decorating it! The truth is I started shopping for office decor a while ago. My August post for the HomeGoods Design Happy blog offers tips for styling a home office (You can check that out here.), so I’ve […]




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Tuesday Tunes / 25 - Country Heart | Inspired by Charm Country Playlist

You might be surprised to find that country music is one of my favorite genres. (With pop and today’s hits being up there, too.) It wasn’t until my tween years that I fully appreciated and fell in love with country, but I’ve been hooked ever since.

Back in the day, LeAnn Rimes was one of my favorite singers. Other artists that I’ve listened to a lot include Sugarland (I wish they would get back together.), Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Jo Dee Messina, Deana Carter, Dixie Chicks, . . . .The list goes on. In fact, I have a 90s Country playlist on Spotify that I often run to. You can check that out here.

 Tuesday Tunes / 25 - Country Heart | Inspired by Charm Country Playlist

A few weeks ago I realized I hadn’t been listening to country all that much lately. It wasn’t on purpose, I guess I just forgot about it. That sounds weird, but it’s true.

So, I tuned into the country station in my car and checked out the current country hits on Spotify. Just a few songs in, I fell right back in love. If you follow my Instagram stories, you probably already know this as I’ve been sharing screenshots of a few new favorites like “God Bless This Mess” from Jillian Jacqueline and “Be Yourself” from Seth Alley.

The thing I love most about country music is that the vast majority of the songs tell a story. They aren’t just random strings of words on repeat to a manufactured (yet typically fun) beat. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m still shaking my booty to Charli XCX’s new track “Boys.” I guess that country just has a special place in my heart.

 Tuesday Tunes / 25 - Country Heart | Inspired by Charm Country Playlist

If you’re a country music lover or you simply want to take a listen to some different jams, I created a new Tuesday Tunes Playlist: Country Heart. You can hear this Tuesday Tunes playlist using the player below or directly on Spotify here.

 


 

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Are you a country music fan? Who are some of your favorite songs and artists, both new and old?

 

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You might be surprised to find that country music is one of my favorite genres. (With pop and today’s hits being up there, too.) It wasn’t until my tween years that I fully appreciated and fell in love with country, but I’ve been hooked ever since. Back in the day, LeAnn Rimes was one of […]




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Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

I have spent many fruitless hours hunting for the perfect sideboard for the little nook behind my desk. I searched all of my favorite online retailers and hit up lots of local shops to no avail. I just couldn’t find what I was looking for at a price I was willing to pay.

Lo and behold, last week I struck gold at a thrift furniture store just a few blocks from my apartment. The shop is Pittsburgh Furniture Company, and I have been stalking it weekly for pieces to decorate my space. The store focuses mostly on mid-century style pieces, which I love, however they do have other styles from time to time. (Plus, their prices are always great!)

Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

If you’re a thrifter, you know that it’s all about patience. Even though patience is not my strong suit, my waiting paid off when I found this piece.

Not only is it the perfect size, but the style is great in my office. The drawers give me plenty of room to store office supplies, and the open shelving provides a place for my printer and a few decorative accessories and books. Score!

Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

The other thing that sold me on this piece was its price: $275 (plus $20 for in-home delivery). I bought it within five minutes of spotting it, and it was delivered the following morning.

Now, you might have wondered about the not-so-great drawer pulls.

Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

At some point, the pulls were swapped out for brushed nickel art deco style ones. Why? Your guess is as good as mine. New holes were drilled to fit the new handles, but unfortunately, the holes for the previous pulls were still visible.

Side note: When thrifting, it’s important to keep an open mind and remember that certain things can be easily changed to make a piece you love better suit your space and style.

Knowing that the pulls needed to be changed, I did a quick search online for new ones to fit my piece and hopefully cover up those unsightly holes.

I got lucky and found the perfect solution at CB2 with their Pause Brass Pulls.

Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

These were ideal for several reasons. First, the brass finish and overall style are a nice complement to the sideboard. Second, the solid handle covers the old holes, and third, the comma-inspired shape that’s apparent on the side of the handle is a fun touch in an office.

Switching up handles, knobs, and pulls on a piece of furniture is one of the easiest ways to update or change its look. If you’re new to this process, just be sure to measure first to ensure that the new ones will fit.

Then, simply unscrew the old handles and screw on the new. Voila!

Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

Talk about a big change, right?

I couldn’t be happier with this piece and how it works and looks in my space. To get it all for under $350 made my thrifter heart sing.

Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

Now I’m looking forward to styling it with art and lamps. I may even do some sort of feature wall behind it. Time will tell.

Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

Whatever I decide, I’m enjoying the process of shopping for and decorating my new space. In case you missed any of my previous finds, you can check out all of my apartment decorating adventures here.

Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

I hope my latest thrifting story has inspired you. What items are you on the hunt for? What goodies have you picked up lately?

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Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Today I’m super excited to give you a look around my new apartment kitchen. While there isn’t a lot of room for personalization and decoration, I’m slowly making the space my own and adding special touches here and there. So, come on in!

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Moving from a house to an apartment has definitely changed the way I design and decorate. It’s interesting because, in my dream scenario, I wouldn’t have dark gray veneer cabinets with chrome handles. However, I’m slowly finding that no matter what you have or where you start, you can make your home beautifully your own.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

As you may already know, one of the first things I did to personalize this space was to swap out the light fixture. (You can read more about that here.) While it was a larger investment, the pay off was big, too. It instantly gave the area warmth, personality, and character.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Because a kitchen is a functional space, I had to consider how I was going to incorporate things I actually need. Items such as utensils, plates, cutting boards, and small appliances had to have a home.

For years now, I’ve been a big fan of Zwilling J.A. Henckels‘ cutlery, cookware, flatware, and other kitchen tools. So that’s who I turned to when I started to outfit my kitchen. You know I’m all about getting a good deal and saving money, but kitchen tools and cookware are one thing I don’t mind investing in. Because I enjoy cooking and baking, I want tools that will last.

Another point I should make is that when I was thinking about my new space as a whole, my goal was to push myself outside the box and use things that aren’t standard, typical, or trendy.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

With all of that in mind, when I saw this knife block set I knew it was the one. The light oak handles and the white block are perfect together. The oak looks a bit country, while the white keeps it modern.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Because I was starting fresh in this kitchen, I also needed a few pots and pans. I went with the ZWILLING Aurora Collection and got the things I would use most – two sauce pans, a stock pot, and a large and a small frying pan. With these pieces, I have what I need to be successful in the kitchen.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

I also picked up a Staub Cocotte, which is another piece I love to have in the kitchen as it works for so many things. Since I’m leaning toward green as a big inspiration color for my entire apartment, I bought my Staub in basil. Ain’t she purdy? Staub’s design, colors, and styles will always have my heart.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

And since we are in the kitchen, why not take a look inside my drawers and cabinets.

My apartment unit came with this handy mobile island with drawers. That’s where I store most of my utensils, flatware, dishtowels, and odds and ends.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Again, for flatware, I recommend spending a little extra and getting something of quality. (These are the one I purchased.) While there are so many beautiful flatware choices today, I prefer to have a basic set for everyday use. I love being able to just throw things in the dishwasher and not worry about them.

For items such as wooden spoons, measuring cups and spoons, can openers, and spatulas, my go-to source is HomeGoods. They have a huge selection of kitchen utensils, and I was able to get what I needed in a few visits to the store. If you’re a diligent shopper, you can get name brands and quality products at excellent prices.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

I was also lucky enough to find some oak handle steak knives that match my knife block set. (Even though they’re from different manufacturers, the woods look great together.)

I can also count on HomeGoods for cute cutting boards. That’s where I found the two I have leaning up against the backsplash.

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In the kitchen especially, I like decorating with functional items. I use the cutting boards for serving goodies (which I did with my Really Good Blueberry Muffins). When not in use, however, they add warmth and character to my countertop.

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The marble utensil holder and marble paper towel holder were scored at Target.

For plates and glassware, I hit up Crate & Barrel. Again, I love me some funky plates and drinking glasses, but I always use white plates and clear glassware for everyday meals. These items will look great, no matter what I’m serving or how my style changes.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

As you can see, I went with a more modern design. It’s the Hue Dinnerware which is a reasonably priced option. Love ’em!

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

For glassware, I purchased highball glasses, old-fashioned glasses, and martini glasses from the Tour Collection. I then picked up these margarita glasses from CB2. Of course, they work great for margaritas, but I also like to use to use them as serving bowls which I did here with my yogurt and granola.

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In terms of small appliances, I was fortunate to have an extra KitchenAid mixer that worked perfectly in my space. I’m storing it on this wood block stand which I’ll talk about in another post.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

I splurged a bit on my coffee pot because I love my coffee. This is the Technivorm Moccamaster which I also have at my St. Marys home. In my opinion, it does make a better cup of coffee. I also love that it brews pretty quickly and looks fabulous on my counter.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

I picked up these coffee mugs from Anthropologie. While I love the mugs, they are not dishwasher or microwave safe, so that’s a bit of a bummer. I’m currently on the hunt for a better alternative.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Last, but certainly not least, I bought this amazing paint-by-number mountain scene on a recent trip to Round Top, Texas. (I’ll be blogging about that soon.)

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be the perfect addition to my kitchen and would serve as a fun and beautiful little “window” above my sink. It’s little details like this that make a space special, unique, and personal. (Plus, it was only $26!)

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

I think that’s it, friends! Ways to take an apartment kitchen from drab to fab, plus a few tips if you’re starting fresh in a new kitchen space. I hope this was helpful in some way.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm
Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Have a fabulous day. I’ll meet you back here soon for more ideas and tips for creating your happy place!

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Farmer's Market Peach and Eggplant 2017 Summer Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

It’s that time again! We’re in a new season (though admittedly well into it), which means it’s time for another free printable recipe card!

Farmer's Market Peach and Eggplant 2017 Summer Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

In case you’re new to IBC, you may not know that last year I created and shared four seasonal recipe cards. I offered these as a free download to all of you. Because the cards were so popular, I decided to carry on the tradition this year. Your comments and emails on how you’ve used the cards for special events, bridal showers, parties, etc. have brought me such joy. It’s been rewarding to again be able to offer a new card for each season.

Farmer's Market Peach and Eggplant 2017 Summer Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

The year’s recipe cards are designed to go together. Therefore, you’ll notice a similarity between the overall design of this new card and the spring one. (You can find that here.) For this summer recipe card, I was inspired by the fresh fruits and veggies of the farmers market. Since so many of the cards in the series have had flower-themes, I thought something different would be fun.

Farmer's Market Peach and Eggplant 2017 Summer Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

Farmer's Market Peach and Eggplant 2017 Summer Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

With lots of fruits and veggies to choose from, I decided to limit my design to eggplants and peaches. I love how the colors play off each other; plus, it’s a totally different palette from the other cards I’ve created. (Don’t tell the other guys, but these might be my new favorite.)

Farmer's Market Peach and Eggplant 2017 Summer Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

I’m also pleased that these cards can transition into the fall, which makes me feel a tad less guilty about sharing them this late in the season.

As always, feel free to print them out and use them in your own kitchen for jotting down new seasonal recipes. Of course, you can also gift them to friends and family. This printable is free. It’s my gift to you.

Farmer's Market Peach and Eggplant 2017 Summer Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

You can download the 2017 Summer Recipe Card Printable here.

If you do use them or give some away, I would love to know! Please tag me on Instagram @inspiredbycharm or shoot me an email at inspiredbycharm@yahoo.com.

Farmer's Market Peach and Eggplant 2017 Summer Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by CharmFarmer's Market Peach and Eggplant 2017 Summer Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

Farmer's Market Peach and Eggplant 2017 Summer Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

I hope you enjoy this new design as much as I do. Happy Summer!

 

 

Special thanks to Dash Creative for bringing my vision to life.

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Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

It’s hard to believe I’ve been living in my apartment for close to two months now. (I actually moved in about three months ago but didn’t get to spend much time here during that first month.) As you can imagine, I’ve been busy making this new space feel like home.

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

In previous posts. I shared some coffee table styling tips as well as my new-old bar cabinet. However, I never gave you a look around my living room, so that’s what I thought we’d do today. There haven’t been any major changes, but it’s always fun to take a little tour.

Before we do that, I need to mention that this space (like my entire apartment) is a work in progress. As a blogger, I’d like to present a completed and perfect space to you, but that’s just not my reality right now. So instead of showing you nothing, I ‘m going to show you a portion of my current living room and invite you to enjoy watching how things evolve in the coming months (and years!). Hope you’re cool with that.

So, where do we start? How about the sofa?

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

This is the Deklab Leather Sofa (in Saddle) from West Elm. You might remember that this was the first piece of furniture I purchased for my new home. (It’s a big upgrade from the outdoor chair and garbage-can box I used as a table when I first moved in. Ha!)

I really like this sofa. I wanted something that looks masculine yet soft and cozy. Success! The leather does scratch easily (which I assume is the norm for a leather sofa), but a little leather conditioner takes care of any marks pretty quickly.

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

The pillows and throw weren’t purchased specially for this space. They just happened to work nicely at the moment, so I went with them.

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

Same goes for my coffee table. This guy (which is also from West Elm) is something I bought years ago and used in the guest bedroom in my St. Marys house. After recently changing the decor in that room, I figured why not use the table here for the time being. (Surprisingly, that tabletop fern garden is still alive (though I did forget to water it one day, so that may not be the case next week. Fingers crossed!)

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

For additional seating, I bought one of these Roar + Rabbit Swivel Chairs (in Wasabi). I enjoy having a swivel chair here because I (or my guests) can face the couch or check out what’s going on outside. It’s a win-win!

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

Just behind the chair, I whipped up a quick DIY project. At a local shop, Von Walter and Funk, I spotted a lamp made from an old wood tripod and socket kit (which they sell). Remembering I had a wood tripod at home, I decided to make one for myself. I’ll be sharing more details on that soon.

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

Some other goodies in this space include a pair of cacti I found at Walmart several years ago. They hadn’t grown much over the years, but now they are flourishing thanks to the abundance of sunlight.

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

I also found this vintage stool at HomeGoods. It may not stay here forever, but it creates a nice little moment next to the sofa. It was such a great find; I couldn’t pass it up. Plus, it ties in with the weathered look of my beverage cabinet, which is now well stocked with liquor and wine.

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

Above the cabinet, I switched out the art because I fell in love with this piece (that I used in my recent bedroom makeover) from Minted. It’s currently leaning against the wall (as is 90% of the artwork in my place) because I’m not sure about the final placement.

The lamp is from Grandin Road. It’s another piece that was meant for somewhere else but found its way here. The side table (which you can’t see) is one of the round tables from my colorful porch refresh. It most likely won’t stay, but it’s serving a purpose right now.

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

Finally, I also swapped out the overhead light in this space. Previously there was a semi-flush drum shade. This Luna Pendant (in brass) from Schoolhouse Electric was the perfect upgrade and coordinates beautifully with the fixture in my kitchen.

And that’s it! You have been officially updated. What do you think?

I will circle back next week to show you the opposite side of this room where my television is, I’m still waiting for the stand to arrive

More apartment updates are on the way! Stay tuned.

It’s hard to believe I’ve been living in my apartment for close to two months now. (I actually moved in about three months ago but didn’t get to spend much time here during that first month.) As you can imagine, I’ve been busy making this new space feel like home. In previous posts. I shared […]




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