Falling for Seasonal Décor

It’s suddenly turned cold here in Middle America and it has me considering how I might mix things up when it comes to my home décor. My color scheme is pretty light with pale blues, greens and a creamy white the rest of the year. However, overcast skies, cool rains and dropping temperatures make me want to make things a little cozier inside.

So how do I do this without trading in all my light-colored furniture and accessories for deep, rich colors and plush fabrics? Luckily, I have a few ideas that won’t break the bank or force me into redecorating my entire home.

  1. Throw pillows. Why not pull all my polished cotton and linen-covered throw pillows in turquoise and green, and swap them out for plush velvet or even silk with some embellishments?
  2. Fall tablescapes. Green sprigs, Satin ribbons, brilliant fall fruits and plenty of candles are all good ways to transform your home for the season. If you’ve got a set (or two or three!) of inherited dishes packed away like I do, pull out the ones with the gold bands or festive apples on them to use for the season.
  3. Welcome mat. Welcome friends and family with a fall or holiday-inspired mat at your front door.
  4. Faux fur throws. Make sure there is the plushest of covers draped across your favorite reading chair or a sofa you love to stretch out on. It should be convenient enough to grab if a chill suddenly comes on.
  5. Blooms. Mums or any other fall flowers in deep reds, oranges and gold are perfect for your front porch or your dining table. You can always create a really dramatic arrangement for your mantle too. Combine them with gourds, pumpkins and apples for even more color and texture.
  6. Candles. Choose tons of white pillars in multiple heights or light a single holiday-smelling candle in your kitchen. You can also put a bunch of tea lights out in a variety of candle holders – notice the cored out apples!
  7. Indoor rugs. Your everyday rugs might be very expensive or hard to move, but if they aren’t or you just want to swap out some of the smaller rugs around, this is an easy way to add fall shades to your home. Places like HomeGoods have rugs of all shapes and sizes at affordable prices. You may even want to keep them out all year  ’round.
  8. Outdoor spaces. Use your porch or a sunroom as an extension of your home’s square footage. You can always add throws, pillows and rugs to those areas, as well as pretty potted plants in seasonal containers. Plus you can show them off to all the neighbors too!

Hopefully, I’ll tackle some of these in the next few weeks. How about you? What do you do to get your home ready for colder weather? Share some of your favorite ways to welcome the new season into your home in the comments.

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Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Remodel
After months of searching (years really), we finally decided that while there are bigger houses in our neighborhood, there are none to be found that we love nearly as much as our little Tudor.
We’ve put off investing any real time, effort and money into updates on our house that weren’t absolutely necessary because we thought we’d have moved into more space by now.
However, I’m happy to report that we have officially dug in and started renovating our kitchen to make it better accommodate our growing boys. We’ve finished most of it (more on that later) but here were the plans for our new space.

It was important to us to maintain some of the traditional character that runs through the rest of our house while incorporating some more modern elements for aesthetics and convenience.

I absolutely love what has transpired thus far!

Daily Covet: PB for back-to-school

Backpacks?  Lunchboxes?  Back to school?  Already?

No, but I want to be prepared.

I am sending my first born to kindergarten next month.  I’m already mentally preparing for the flood of tears that will pour forth from my eyes that day.  He’s been my baby.  My buddy.  My associate.  For almost six years.

And while I’d love to keep him at home, I know it’s time.  He’s too smart to be at home with me any more.  He’s ready for math and science and writing and reading.  And making new friends.  And playing on the playground.

With that said, I’m still going to be his mom.  And that means I want him to have great accessories (ones that have his initials on them, so we know they are his!)

And that means Pottery Barn backpacks and lunchboxes.  This skateboard-camo print isn’t exactly my favorite of the choices, but I figured skateboarding might stay “cool” longer than the really cute fish & shark print I got for my littlest.

These backpacks and lunchboxes are cute though, and you can choose from even cooler fonts and bright colors to personalize with their names or monogram.

While I may be hesitant to let him go, I know he’s sure to look adorable toting all his necessities to and from his big boy school this fall!

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Daily Covet: My home needs a new facade

Front porch decor compliments of Pottery Barn, porch not for sale.

Some time ago, my then three-year-old commented on a picture of a very posh little home office space in the Pottery Barn Catalog.  He said matter of factly, “I wish we lived there.”  Funny, I thought and decided that I too wished we lived there.

Well, now I’m wishing this was the front of my home as it would look for the holidays… again compliments of Pottery Barn.  While my home has wonderful curb appeal in the spring, summer and early fall – it looks barren and dead by the time Christmas rolls around.  Columns for wrapping green boughs around?  Sadly a cold, brick porch with a wrought iron railing….  Window boxes for stacking greenery, big bulbs or other holiday gimcracks?  No window boxes… only chocolate brown trim on our one asymmetrical window.  Loads of windows for adorable little white glowing candles?  Again the asymmetry of this home makes it very hard to decorate as lights, candles, decorations would all be located on one side.

I realize this is probably a fake front porch but I do sometimes wish I had grand old home with columns or a huge front porch so that I could decorate ’til my hearts content.  But who are we kidding?  I’ve barely managed to get out the decorations for the space that I do have!