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The longest season: New Hampshire's Lakes Region

When to go: Late September through late October

Why go: The secret to finding a lingering foliage season is steering clear of the weather that knocks leaves from their branches. "I would choose those locations away from the wind of the coast and at higher elevations," says Jerry Monkman, co-author of The Colors of Fall Road Trip Guide. This New Hampshire region—which encompasses Lake Winnipesaukee, Squam Lake, Lake Ossipee, Mirror Lake, Newfound Lake and Lake Winnisquam—is protected from the harsh winds of the coast and doesn’t rise more than 600 feet above sea level, giving you the best chance for a long leaf season.

Where to get the best view: Obviously, from the middle of a lake (pick one). Bring a kayak and tone your paddling arms. "You can see red maples along the waterways showing their bright colors on the trees, and then reflected down into the water as well," says Tai Freligh, communications manager for New Hampshire's Division of Travel and Tourism Development.

The most variety: New York's Adirondack Mountains

When to go: Late September through mid October

Why go: To get the most variety, you need to go where there is geographic diversity, and contained within the Adirondacks you'll find marshes, river valleys, hardwood forests and high-elevation alpine environments. "These areas have a good population of sugar maple trees which, in my opinion, are the most attractive in the fall," Rzonca says. "Other popular species include birch, aspen, oak and silver maple, all of which turn yellow. These trees are then complimented with the brilliant crimson of the red maple. When you put all these trees together, it provides a fantastic contrast and variety of color."

Where to get the best view: "One of my favorite locations is John Boyd Thacher State Park, located on the Helderberg escarpment in Voorheesville," says Eric Scheffel, Senior Public Information Specialist for Empire State Development. "It not only has great fall foliage, but also offers amazing views of the Hudson-Mohawk lowlands—including the City of Albany—and the southern Adirondacks. While it’s known to many Albany-area residents, I’ve found that most visitors from outside the area have never heard of it."

 

The least crowded: Southern Wisconsin

When to go: Second week of October

Why go: In general, leaf-peepers in the Midwest don't have to contend with the same kinds of crowds that they do in the Northeast. "I tend to think that the entire region is rather underrated," says Marek D. Rzonca of the Foliage Network. "Historically, when people think of fall foliage, they think of the Northeast and New England. That thinking is not without merit, as the displays in much of the Northeast are spectacular, but the Midwest has its gems as well. Wisconsin has grown in popularity, at least on our site." Danielle Johnson, from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, calls the small resort town of Lake Geneva a "hidden gem for fall color" in Wisconsin. "Crowds die down in the fall," she says, "making it the perfect time to visit."

Where to get the best view: The Lake Geneva Shorepath Walk. The 21-mile trek gives you plenty of opportunities to see the fall colors set against the lake—and, as a bonus, it'll also take you through the backyards of historic mansions. Johnson says the town owes its popularity to the Chicago fire. "Wealthy Chicagoans fled to their second homes in Lake Geneva after the fire and made them their new homes," she says. This includes a number of properties that once belonged to the prominent Wrigley family. (Black Point Estate is the only one currently open to tours.)

 

The latest season: Southern Ohio

When to go: Late October

Why go:  Procrastinating? Better head south. "Typically, the foliage progression moves from north to south," Rzonca says, "so areas in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois tend to change later than the more northern states." In southern Ohio, leaves will still be hitting their peak in late October.

Where to get the best view: According to Ohio's Fall Color Report, you'll need to stretch your legs in order to get the best view. Throughout the state's parks, you can still find seven historic fire watchtowers—most of the others were dismantled from scrap—including one in the Tar Hollow State Forest in the southern part of the state. It's a long climb to get to the top, but you'll be able to get a panoramic view with autumn leaves stretching for miles in every direction.

 

The most dramatic: Glacier National Park, Montana

When to go: Early October

Why go: Timing is everything at Montana's rugged northern park, where the window between the summer rush and winter snows is razor thin, and it varies every year. The bright yellow larch and aspen and red maples aren't overshadowed by the area's jagged peaks and vertigo-inducing big sky—but it's close.

Where to get the best view: The Going-to-the-Sun Road over Logan Pass is not only poetically named, it's the park's most popular driving route.

Insider tip: If Glacier's blockbuster road is closed, nearby Flathead Lake offers scenic vistas and plentiful huckleberry picking.

 

The least crowded: Western Maine

When to go: Late September through early October

Why go: The season here might be short, the weather chilled and the location remote, but if it were easy, everybody would be doing it. Secondary bonus: Lodging is often not as expensive as it might be in showier areas better known for their leaf season.

Where to get the best view: Most Maine visitors are familiar with Acadia National Park, but Grafton Notch State Park, one of Maine's biggest, is where you should go for day hikes that won't put you in the path of other tourists. See the leaves as you hike your way to Screw Auger Falls, which was impressively carved out by a glacier.

Credit: Conde Nast Traveler

 

 

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Game Time and Tailgating
A fun tradition that everyone can participate in. Maybe you already have an “A” game tailgate ceremony that you can’t wait to roll out. You’ve got the lucky thermoses, your famous game chili, secret spiced popcorn and your touchdown cookies. All you need is the perfect backdrop and accoutrements to add the winning touch.

Tailgating has been a beloved fan tradition for many years.

My design tip: Have fun looking for vintage banners of your team, hang them with vintage clothes pins.

A beautiful weekend to you,

xo,
Gail
Team & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance at Omero Home.
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A designer that we really love her style is Greet Letevre from Belgium.  Her blog is Belgian Pearls, she has a passion for design and architecture.  Today's blog from Belgian Pearls ~ Hope you enjoy!

In September the arrival of night becomes noticeably earlier and temperature cools considerably. The chill of winter is on the horizon. Time to bring the colors of fall into your home. Autumn is one of the prettiest and coziest seasons.

Fill your home with autumnal textures and colors.

Add seasonal decorating touches in every room of your house.

Credit: Belgian Pearls

 

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Autumn Walk
Set out on a trail this Autumn, lace up those walking shoes, find a cool sturdy branch for a walking stick & pack a delicious picnic to take along. Explore a little or a lot, let’s appreciate nature’s beauty as it’s changing right before us. Embrace this new season together. Covet a few twigs or pretty leaves & bring them home with you to savor the season.

Natural wonders to explore around the world.

My design tip: Natures gifts remind us that were surround by beauty, a simple acorn or leaf is a symbol of the season. Take the time to gather a few for your home.
1. Central Park, NY
2. Tollymore Forest, Ireland
3 .Ramsau near Bavarian Alps
4. Yosemite Valley, California
5. Great Smokey Mountains, Tennessee
6. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
7. Zion National Park, Utah
8. Nicolet bay, Wisconsin

A gorgeous first weekend of September to you, Happy Labor Day

xo, Gail
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Old World Glamour of Train Travel

Below: Seven Stars in Kyushu
Japan’s ultraluxe rail line traverses the dramatic mountainous island of Kyushu, stopping at the rustic town of Yufuin, a destination famous for its hot springs.
Photos: Courtesy of Kyushu Railway Co.

Every detail is considered in the Seven Stars’ passenger suites. The walls feature Kumiko latticework, made by local craftsmen in Okawa, Fukuoka, without the use of nails. The sinks, meanwhile, were created by the late Sakaida Kakiemon XIV, a celebrated potter.

In the dining car, extensive rich wood detailing, from the chevron parquet pearwood floors to the coffered, arched ceiling, competes with epic views of Japan’s countryside.

Below: Rovos Rail
South Africa’s Rovos Rail has one of the largest fleets of refurbished trains from the late 1960s and early ’70s, and operates painstakingly restored vintage coaches.
Photos: Courtesy of Rovos Rail

Given the spatial limitations of a train coach, transforming one into a luxurious sleeper is no easy feat, requiring all kinds of architectural strategizing.

Period details abound on the Rovos coaches, including the carved-teak pillars of the dining car, which emulate the design of a 1924 train restored by the South African firm.

Below: Al Andalus
The Al Andalus traverses southern Spain’s scenic Andalusian region, departing from Seville (or Grenada) and stopping at various gastronomic and cultural destinations.
Photo: Courtesy of Renfe

Several of the coaches used for the Al Andalus were originally built in the 1920s and welcomed British monarchs traveling from Calais, France, to the Riviera. The interiors have a mix of period details, like the metalwork and lighting, and Belle Epoque–inspired flourishes.

Below: Andean Explorer
Traveling through the highlands of Peru, the Andean Explorer overlooks dramatic terrain, from Cusco to Lake Titicaca. A bar car with panoramic windows and an open-air observation deck provides an ideal vantage point.
Photo: Courtesy of PeruRail

The wood paneling, bronze details, and elegant geometry of the ceiling of the dining car summon the Pullman trains of the 1920s, the inspiration behind the Andean Explorer’s design.

 

Below: Golden Eagle
The Golden Eagle’s Trans-Siberian Express tour travels through the Ural Mountains, across the steppe, and around Lake Baikal, the world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake.

Photo: Courtesy of Golden Eagle Luxury Trains

The Golden Eagle’s bar car is fit for a czar, with traditional Russian furnishings, including crystal from the centuries-old Dyatkovo factory and ceramics from the Imperial Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg.

Below: Belmond Royal Scotsman
The Belmond Royal Scotsman weaves its way around the picturesque Highlands and glassy lochs of Scotland.

Photo: Courtesy of Belmond

Polished marquetry walls give warmth and elegance to a Belmond Royal Scotsman sleeper car, while historic prints and carefully chosen textiles add a sense of traditional Scottish style

Below: Eastern and Oriental Express
Belmond’s Eastern and Oriental Express passes through a variety of Southeast Asian locales. The dining car windows of the train were extended to allow for more panoramic views of the scenery.

Photo: Courtesy of Belmond

The interior design scheme of Belmond’s Eastern and Oriental Express combines Southeast Asian touches with colonial embellishments. Chinese and Thai lacquer abounds, while the observation car is covered with teak paneling. The Presidential Suite, pictured here, features inlaid wood, antique brass fittings, and campaign-style furniture to accommodate the room’s small dimensions.

Below: Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
The original Orient Express took its first trip in 1883, departing Paris for Istanbul. Today’s iteration, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express continues to represent the height of luxury European travel but travels a different route, leaving London for Venice via France, Switzerland, and the Austrian Alps.

Photo: Courtesy of Belmond

The exquisitely restored Art Deco coaches of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express convey the spectacular craftsmanship of the era, with stunning exotic wood paneling and fine metalwork. French artist René Prou designed the six sleeper cars, each of which is inlaid with an Art Deco marquetry design.

The formal dining car of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express evokes the golden age of European travel, the 1920s and early ’30s, with elaborate table settings and top-shelf crystal and china. René Lalique designed the Tulip wall lights throughout the train as well as a series of Bacchanalian-themed wall panels.

 

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Farewell August ~ Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson

Let’s enjoy this last weekend of Summer making sandcastles, finding seashells, lounging around, eating frozen pops, backing a rustic homemade cake and garnishing it beautifully with fresh fruit from the garden.  With the extra fruit you can make some infused to water to sip all day, tastes like summer!


It’s fun to imagine dreamy summer cottages too!

No matter where and how you spend your weekend, I hope it’s over the top.

 

My design tip: Celebrate each season with a beginning and a end, but cherish the in between.
 

xo,

Gail
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Palest Pinks
Summers longest days are here, it’s coming to the close of August my favorite month of the year. It holds special memories and it’s the month we’re celebrating my anniversary and birthday. In my home I try to keep my favorite pale pink color minimal. Flowers from the garden and mostly a few vintage accessories, my boys and husband appreciate that I’m sure…Today I’m sharing a few photographs I’ve taken to give you an idea how I use those touches of pale pink in and around my home. I hope this inspires that you too can do. This is useful for any color that you love, but not desire to saturate your space with.


A garden bench, a campaign bed up in the garden house with vintage fabrics.

 

Pale pink heirloom roses from my garden have a delicious lemony fragrance.

 


In the kitchen tea towels and a sucre tin planted with mint. A pink metal stool, a vintage find I love.

 


This pretty variety of hydrangea on my table with a one hundred wishes.


The palest of pink, was what I was dreaming of when designing my wedding gown, it came true!

My design tip: If your favorite color is a bit much for your decor, bring it in for your favorite occasion.  Bring each family members favorite color in on their special occasion, they will love you for it.
xo,
Gail
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Photo source: All photos by Gail Smith-Peterson

 

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Storage ideas for Silverware

Silver flatware is beautiful, the patterns range from simple to ornate. There is something extra special about a meal with silver utensils. What if using silver more often actually was beneficial in maintaining it’s elegant polish. Gently hand wash and dry it’s a must, it helps to eliminate the amount of harsh chemicals needed to keep them polished. Tarnish occurs when silver is exposed to air for long periods of non-use.

Here is a very cool vintage commercial size and heavy industrial bread/loaf pan that you can use for silverware found at Omero Home

I believe these beautiful pieces are meant to be used. I like to store a few pieces in this white wood box in the kitchen. Larger sets are in silver cloth. This box gets a lot of attention; guests ask what’s in the white box? Sometimes I’ll hide a special piece of chocolate in it for later!


These wood pieces would make great storage for silver.

My design tip:
Look for something vintage with character, change the knobs if you like and line with silver felt.
A beautiful summer weekend to you, dine with silver!
xo,
Gail
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Beach Huts
Tiny little huts to change into your swimsuit, how practical and vintage chic. I imagine them to be charming inside with a bench and some hooks. Weathered wooden doors that creak from the salty air, a sound you will recall every time you see a tiny hut.


With our last few weeks of summer I hope you find the perfect place to play, make S’mores and tell fantastic stories while watching the sun go down.

My design tip: Add some weathered painted wood to your garden shed, hang some hooks or cleats for towels and suits.

A beautiful weekend to you,
xo,

Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
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Summer Blues
Just about every activity we enjoy in summer connects us with water. The color of water is ever changing, its beauty appears in many shades of blue. Bringing those familiar colors into our interiors and exteriors adds a relaxing effect.

The many shades of blue are gorgeous and limitless, as seen in the sea.

 

Depending on the light, blues go into subtle shades. Blues make us feel are welcome.

 

Darker blues on exteriors are classic and elegant.


 

My Design tip:  Blues are timeless all year long. Find your perfect shade and soon you’ll be drawn to object with that shade.

A beautiful summer weekend to you,
 xo, Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
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