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Fall Front Porch Tour 2018

I’m back spreading more fall cheer today!  I think since I started this blog, I’ve always shared my fall front porch, so I couldn’t let this year go by without doing it again.  So let’s take a quick tour today!

You can see past fall front porch tours here and  here.

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Even though I went more neutral and black and white in my house for fall this year, I couldn’t help but add some fall colors to the front porch.

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It’s funny looking back on the last two years’ front porches and seeing how things are similar, but colors have changed a bit.  I always seem to incorporate these lanterns into the fall front porch decor.

I love how neutral they are.  They add that rustic, brown element during the fall.  But they also work great in the summer time as a light addition to summer hues too.  I got them at Crate & Barrel years ago and can’t seem to find anything similar to link to for you.  I’ll keep checking though.

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Mums are always a must for my fall front porch.  In years past they’ve been orange and purple, but we went with yellow and that burnt orange color this year.  Thankfully, I had a couple metal pails to use as pots to hide the plastic container the mums come in.

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I also changed out the flowers in the railing pots.  Everything I planted there this summer basically died instantly.  So I’m hoping these orange marigolds last a little longer.

Side note, I would love to be an accomplished gardener when I get a little older (read more time when my kids aren’t tiny).  I’m talking I want to be on the same level as Joanna Gaines and her garden house.  I want garden beds, potting tables, sinks, all the gardening tools, a chicken coop, flowers, flowering trellis’. I want it all.

But, I have a long way to go before achieving that considering I kill succulents (very hard to kill plants) like it’s my job.  Maybe after doing some research, getting a gardening education, and some trial and error I’ll be able to do it?  Do you have any gardening book suggestions?

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This fall wreath always makes an appearance on my fall front porch too.  I like that it has a lot of different fall colors in it so it can go any direction I decide to lean each fall.

And let’s just talk about those corn stalks.  I’ve been wanting to incorporate corn stalks on my porch for years.  But every time I go to the store they are sold out.  Last year, I went to three different stores to try and find them.  So when I saw them this year I snapped them up! Well, my husband did.  I didn’t want to try and fit them in my car, but he was able to.

I also used some straw, but don’t even want to tell my husband how much that little bale cost.  See, he comes from farming country where you can literally just go out to the field or barn and get a straw bale three times the size for free.  But living here in the suburbs, you have to pay for these things.

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I’m so proud of my little pumpkin topiary!  All real pumpkins, and I used power tools to put them together!  I’m going to show you how on my Instagram stories.  So go there later today to check it out.  It turned out so cute!

My daughter also insisted that she get a pumpkin to paint when we were buying everything else for the front porch.  I think she did a great job mixing the colors.

Having kids has really taught me that it’s ok not to have a perfect looking house, porch, car, etc.  And it’s ok to incorporate their (usually primary colored things) into our decor.  It’s great for them to see that we care and appreciate the things they make enough to display them.  Do you display your kids’ creations or hide them away because they don’t go with your decor?

That wraps up our front porch tour.  What was your favorite part?  Mine is the topiary!

I’ll add a few spookier things right before Halloween to scare the trick or treaters!

 

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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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DIY Hanging Floral Installation

Last week we talked all about how to incorporate this year’s wedding trends into your home parties.  You can see all about how to do living backdrops and potted plants, lucite, and saturated colors .  Another trend I keep seeing is a large over the top hanging floral installation.

But, they seem difficult to do, expensive, and a little impractical for a party at home.  However, today, I made a smaller DIY version and I’m loving it!  It’s definitely something anyone can do and still have the same kind of impact of a large floral installation.

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Hanging Floral Installation Inspiration

Here are just a few floral installation inspiration images.  I love how grand they all are and the flowers and greenery are gorgeous.

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via Brides

DIY Hanging Floral Installation Supplies

Without spending a fortune on flowers and a lot of time building something just like the inspiration above, I was able to make my own version.  It’s much smaller, but it still gives the same feeling as the larger versions above.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own hanging floral installation.

  • a stick, branch, or dowell rod
  • flowers, garlands, or greenery
  • string or twine
  • floral wire
  • scissors

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You first have to think about where you’re going to hang your installation.  I wanted to have the same feeling of an installation above a table like the pictures above, so I hung mine over the dining room table.  To do this I just hung the twine over our dining room chandelier.

If you want your installation above a table, but don’t have a chandelier, there are tons of ways to make that happen.  You can screw a small hook into the ceiling over your table.  Or try tying your string onto a small nail in your ceiling.  If your installation isn’t very heavy you could even try to use a 3M Command Hook attached to the ceiling so it would be easy to remove after the party.

DIY Hanging Floral Installation How To

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It’s not difficult to make this installation at all.  I basically just wrapped the garland around the stick and secured it using floral wire.  As I went I adjusted the garland to get the look I was going for.  To do this I had to stop and hold the garland up to see what it would look like once hung.

You will also have to tie your string or twine to either end of the stick so you are able to hang the installation once it’s done.

I was going for a full look with some greenery hanging down from the stick.  Thanks to a 50% off sale at Hobby Lobby, I was able to use two garlands for the price of one to achieve the fullness I was looking for.

how to make a hanging floral display at home, greenery floral centerpiece, diy hanging flowers, greenery home decor, greenery party decorhow to make a hanging floral display at home, greenery floral centerpiece, diy hanging flowers, greenery home decor, greenery party decorNext I just hung the string over one of the lights of my chandelier.  This installation wasn’t extremely heavy so I wasn’t worried hanging it on the light.

Another way to hang it would be to tie each end of string or twine to the chandelier individually.  Having the glow of the light above could make the installation look even better at night.

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I kept my table centerpiece super simple because of the impact of the hanging installation.  A collection of lit candles would make a very romantic “in the garden” kind of experience.

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So what do you think?  Is this something you’d like to try at home?  Do you think it resembles the inspiration at all?  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

I was able to make this installation, thanks to that sale, for less than $20!  I also had all the other supplies on hand already.

Plus now I have some great spring decor over our dining room bar!  And it would be really easy to change this up with the seasons by sticking in different flowers or leaves for each season.

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That one piece of floral wire is glaring at me! I’ll have to hide that one.

Have a great weekend friends!

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Flamingo Themed Big Girl Room Reveal

This blog is all about home entertaining and opening your home to celebrate with others. My daughter does a lot of entertaining in this space so today you get to see a little piece of our home.

Today’s post has been a long time coming.  It’s also taken a long time to get everything together and finish this room. And yet, it’s still not 100% finished, but it’s so close I had to share it with you.

flamingo themed bedroom, big girl room ideas, flamingos, flamingo decorations, girls bedroomLast summer when we knew our baby boy was only a few months from arriving, we decided to upgrade my daughter’s room to a “big girl” room in order to move the crib into the nursery.  Without step she transitioned beautifully and continues to amaze me anytime there is a big transition.  She adjusts so well and never has any issues with big changes.  Such a blessing, and I’m hoping our son will be the same.

She loves all things pink and has a special place in her heart for flamingos, probably because they are pink.  We took those two things and started building her room around them.

flamingo themed bedroom, big girl room ideas, flamingos, flamingo decorations, girls bedroomThe biggest change was switching out her crib for a big girl bed. I’ve always loved the Jenny Lind beds from Land of Nod, but couldn’t justify spending so much.  So after endless Craigslist searching, I found a very similar bed for a fraction of the cost.  It’s antique so we have to be careful to keep it together which means no more monkeys jumping on the bed.

I found the cutest flamingo print sheets at Target, along with a new gold polka dot comforter for her new bed.

flamingo themed bedroom, big girl room ideas, flamingos, flamingo decorations, girls bedroomThe other big change was painting her ceiling. We chose a not so pink color and went with more of a coral.  It adds such a fun pop of color.  In the afternoons her whole room glows pink with the sun coming in.

flamingo themed bedroom, big girl room ideas, flamingos, flamingo decorations, girls bedroomI found a fun flamingo art print on Minted and “Santa” brought it for her for Christmas.  Thanks to Christmas sales I got a good deal on it.

We added several other pictures to this wall to make a gallery wall. A stuffed flamingo from Hobby Lobby perches above her bed. I’ll randomly find it in her bed with her though.

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flamingo themed bedroom, big girl room ideas, flamingos, flamingo decorations, girls bedroomflamingo themed bedroom, big girl room ideas, flamingos, flamingo decorations, girls bedroomThe framed flower petals is one thing I would rescue from our house if it’s ever on fire.  #thisisus It holds all the petals from the lei’s that my husband gets her every year for her birthday.  I dry a petal from each lei and add it to this collage.  It will be hers once she’s 18 and the whole frame is full.  I hope she treasures it all of her life.

flamingo themed bedroom, big girl room ideas, flamingos, flamingo decorations, girls bedroomflamingo themed bedroom, big girl room ideas, flamingos, flamingo decorations, girls bedroomShe also got this teepee a year ago for Christmas and I often find her and her friends hiding in it.  It’s the best place for a little reading nook.  We added these shelves from Ikea below her windows so they would be at just the right height for her.  They were also in her nursery when she was a baby so it’s fun to see her picking books out on her own now.

The other side of her room has her dresser and closet.  It’s a fun place to add pictures of family and friends.  Plus, she’s obsessed with her “Ok to Wake” alarm clock.

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Shop This Flamingo Themed Room Below

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So what do you think of this big girl room? My daughter loves it which what matters the most, but I’d love to hear your thoughts!  What’s your favorite part?

 

 

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2017 Christmas Home Tour

Happy One Week from Christmas!!  I guess it’s about time I shared my home all decked out for the holiday.  It’s been a slow process to get decorated this year.  That whole having another baby thing really slows down how much I can get done on a daily basis.

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I’ve come to realize that my go to Christmas decor is all red and green.  I’m perfectly happy with that since I know it will never go out of style.  Most of the Christmas decor is centralized on our main level in the living room, dining room, and kitchen.

We decided to get a real Christmas tree this year, and I’m still a little on the fence about it.  It does smell nice, but not as much as I thought it would.  Plus, the whole remembering to water it thing and all the needles falling off, it’s kind of high maintenance.  I also don’t love how if there is a “bald” spot you can’t just move a branch to fill it.

Either way, it’s worked out because we put up our artificial Christmas tree in our newly finished basement!  So the fresh tree gets to take center stage in our living room.

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I also added a live, fresh garland around the doors leading to our patio in the dining room.  I love how economical they are.  You get like 30 feet of garland for not very much.  It was so long that I was able to cut a portion of it off to use on the mantle.  I just wish they looked more fresh longer than a few days.

Christmas home decor, Christmas home tour, red and green Christmas, Christmas decorationsChristmas home decor, Christmas home tour, red and green Christmas, Christmas decorationsChristmas home decor, Christmas home tour, red and green Christmas, Christmas decorationsI’m still loving the mantle we got last year, and hanging stockings on it again this year.

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Christmas home decor, Christmas home tour, red and green Christmas, Christmas decorationsI had to share this picture, because it includes my biggest, literally, Christmas tree decorating tip.  Every year, when decorating the tree I tend to get rid of smaller ornaments and add in bigger ones.  The best way to make your tree look grand and beautiful is using the biggest ornaments you can find.  These snowflake ones are huge and make the tree look great.

Now moving onto the dining room.  You’ve already seen most of it in this Christmas dinner tablescape post.

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I truly hope you have a blessed Christmas season with friends and family.  I appreciate all of your support and readership over the last year.  I’m looking forward to what the new year brings.  First, I’m going to enjoy some down time with my family and praise that Jesus was born here on Earth to show us the way and the light.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

 

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Celebrating everyday!