Archive | September, 2018

Tablescape Tuesday: 3 Fall Coffee Table Ideas

It’s Tablescape Tuesday!  One of my very favorite series around here.  It’s a chance to show party centerpieces, dessert tables, styled coffee tables or gift tables.  Today I’m giving you three different fall coffee table ideas.  They range from simple to elaborate, and I hope you can get some inspiration from at least one of them.

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Simple Fall Coffee Table Ideas

I don’t think you can get more basic and simple than by putting a few pumpkins on your coffee table.  I used these black and white buffalo check pumpkins in a group of three.  Simple, but their bold pattern makes a big statement.  I also think putting them in an odd numbered group like three or five makes a bigger impact.

 

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Easy Fall Coffee Table Idea

Next up is a coffee table tablescape that’s a little more involved.  It uses things you probably already have on your coffee table though, so that’s easy.

Just mix your typical books and coasters in with some more natural fall elements like pine cones.

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I used a black and white Ugandan made basket to tie into my fall color pallet of black and white.  I also removed the covers of the books to keep them more in line with my color scheme.

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Another way to use natural elements is to collect twigs, branches, or even weeds to put into a vase on your coffee table.  It will bring the outside in and bonus points if they are fall colors!

Advanced Fall Coffee Table Idea

This last fall coffee table look is more advanced and involves using several different accessories.  Plus, it’s a mix and match of the previous two looks.

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I took the same book stack with a pumpkin from the second look and added in some greenery.  With everything corralled on a whicker tray this fall coffee table look is all contained in one area.

I love the texture that the whicker tray provides and the life that the greenery gives. I do plan on switching out the greenery for some eucalyptus leaves a little further into the season.

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Which is your favorite look?  Do you think any of them are too difficult for you to replicate?  Did you gain any inspiration from them?

It feels like because we have little kids people are always surprised we have a coffee table, let alone stuff on it.  But I think because I’ve never changed my decorating style since having kids, they are just used to it.  Neither of them bothers the things I have out.

That is until I change things up.  When I switch stuff out for the season the first couple days they tend to explore things a little more.  But then, like usual, they get used to it and lose interest.

What’s typically on your coffee table?

 

 

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10 First Anniversary Gift Ideas

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend. We finally spent a weekend at home and it was so nice.  I feel like I got quite a bit accomplished which is always a good feeling.  Plus, this week marks my ninth wedding anniversary, so it’s a happy week!

My husband and I decided before our first anniversary that we would try to stick with giving each other gifts that follow the list of the traditional wedding gifts.  The traditional first anniversary gift is paper.

I know paper doesn’t sound too exciting, but the list starts out with smaller, less expensive gifts and gradually gets larger and more expensive.

There are a ton of fun gift ideas for paper that follow the traditional list, but are more exciting than just a pad of paper.  Check out 10 gift ideas I’ve rounded up below.

And as far as our first anniversary, we spent it in Maui (we lived on Oahu at the time), and I got my husband a leather bound journal, and my husband got me a few books to help start my business.  It’s so easy to remember the gifts when you know what the theme was.  I can probably remember every year so far.

10 First Anniversary Gift Ideas

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1 // Paper Airplane Cufflinks
These cufflinks are so cute because they fit into the paper them without actually being paper!

2 // Paper Lyrics
Displaying your wedding song lyrics in a pretty way is a great way to remember your first dance.

3 // Paper Lanterns
I just love that you can buy these paper lanterns to have your own sky lantern celebration.  Try writing a wish or hope for your marriage on the lantern before sending them off in the night sky.  They look so pretty floating through the sky.

4 // Cocktail Recipe Cards:
If your spouse loves to mix up fun drinks, grab these cocktail recipe cards.  Made from paper, but cute and ready to help you remember how to make that Manhattan or Old Fashioned.

5 // Paper Map
Getting a map of a particular place is such a great way to remember how special that place was.  Maybe it’s where you met, or honeymooned, or where your first kiss was?

6 // Coffee Table Book
A book is a pretty classic way to give a paper gift.  But I love the idea of giving a coffee table book about a subject that your spouse loves.  It’s something that can be set out and displayed.  Every time you see it on display it will remind both of you of your first anniversary.

7 // Journal
Another classic gift, a journal.  But this one is different!  This is a journal of bucket list items.  It has space to write in everything you ever want to accomplish on your bucket list and space to document when and how it was accomplished.  So fun!

8 // Personalized Stationary
Although stationary is more of a classic paper gift, it is so fun as a woman to see your new married name.  Personalizing the stationary to reflect that is a great gift!

9 // Lunchbox Notes
Does your spouse take their lunch to work?  Try slipping a few of these notes in their lunchbox for a fun mid-day surprise!

10 // Fancy Playing Cards

Oh man, when I look back at our first year of marriage I think about how much we were still getting to know each other and the time we had to do it before kids came along.  Gifting some playing cards and learning how to play a game together is such a great bonding experience.

I hope some of these paper anniversary gifts gave you some inspiration for your own first anniversary.  Or if you’re already well past that point, maybe it made you reflect on your first year of marriage or your favorite anniversary gift.

We’ll be celebrating nine years this week and going to paint our own pottery since pottery is the traditional ninth wedding anniversary gift.  I love that it’s going to be an experience too!

How many years have you been married?  Do you celebrate with the traditional wedding anniversary gifts, or another fun way?

 

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Thoughts on Fall Mantle Decorating

Well hello again old friend!  It’s been awhile (read like three weeks) since I’ve posted, yikes!  I’ve been traveling practically every weekend this month and it’s just so hard to get back into the swing of things when you’re constantly packing, unpacking, and doing laundry.   I’ve wanted to post about our fall mantle for awhile since the first day of fall is this Saturday.  Although from the temperatures outside lately you wouldn’t know it.

fall mantle decor, fall mantle decorating ideas, fall mantle decorating with a tvI think another reason I’ve been so delayed in writing and posting anything is a lack of creativity.  Or motivation.  Or both.  It’s hard to see all of the over the top fall posts on Instagram and Pinterest and not go into comparison mode.  I also prefer using what I have and not buying a bunch of extra stuff to decorate with.

I knew I needed to start getting things ready for fall around here so I could photograph them and post about it.  But I didn’t have much motivation.  It’s funny how just one thing can really change your mindset about finding the motivation to start though.

The Story of What Sparked Me to Start My Fall Mantle

So a couple of weeks ago I was at Wal-Mart getting a couple of random things. It’s actually pretty rare for me to be in the store.  Praise Jesus for grocery pick-up when you have two little kids, right?!

So there I am wondering around the aisles from one side of the store to the other because of course I needed cheese and a hand held mirror.  Totally random and of course on the opposite sides of the store.  As I was walking towards the inevitably under-manned check out lanes I’m looking around trying to think if we need anything else and I spot them.

I see the exact thing I need to jump start my fall decorating.

It’s noticeable contrast caught my eye.

So I quickly diverted my cart to get closer and check it out.

As I got up to them they were exactly what I thought I saw from the distance, but better.

Black and white buffalo check pumpkins with a natural stem and a raffia bow.

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Similar pumpkins here

Who knew I needed them in my life?  I sure didn’t but they instantly got me excited and motivated for fall decorating.  To be honest, the entire fall section did.  There was so much black and white with pops of deep orange and cranberry colors.  I hadn’t really ever tried decorating for fall with black and white.

So I bought those little black and white buffalo check pumpkins and decided this is what I’m going to center my fall decorating around this year.  And you know what happened?

I brought those pumpkins home, and they sat.  For another solid week.

Isn’t it funny how in the moment you can be so excited but once you’re back to everyday routine the excitement wears off?

One Small Step Forward Is all The Motivation You Need

So finally, this week I had a couple minutes to start putting those little pumpkins to use.  I started by adding them to my fall mantle.  Just that one small step launched me into action.  It was like a waterfall of activity, motivation, and creativity.  So much that I was almost late to an appointment because I was in the grove decorating everything, snapping photos, moving stuff around, and taking more pictures.

fall mantle decor, fall mantle decorating ideas, fall mantle decorating with a tvThankfully that small step got my mantle decorated for fall, the entire living room decorated, and work towards updating the front porch for fall too.  All of those things will be on the blog soon too.

The funny thing is that the black and white of those little pumpkins opened my eyes to be on the lookout for other things around my house and at stores to use to decorate with.

I found perfectly matching paper placemats that I used to make the black and white banner on my mantle.  They also serve as intended on my dining room table.  Black and white bowls from around the house because a focal point for my decorating too.

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Mixing in white photo frames, with natural, neutral tones and a couple pops of typical fall colors really brought my fall mantle together.

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Reimagining this color scheme allowed me to reimagine what I already had.  I turned this white with navy blue vase around so all you see is the white side.  Now it fits perfectly with my fall mantle color scheme.

fall mantle decor, fall mantle decorating ideas, fall mantle decorating with a tv I’d love to get some live eucalyptus leaves to put in this vase.  To me they are the perfect fall greenery.  I will probably wait a bit so I can enjoy them a little longer though.  Plus, you can never have too many reminders to be thankful!  I’m certainly thankful for taking a small step of action to be ready for the season.

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What small step can you take today towards that thing that you’ve been putting off?  Just like my little pumpkins, there is something that will give you the motivation for productivity.

 

 

 

 

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