It's no secret that I love lanterns! It was the red Pier 1 lanterns, seen two years ago in their Christmas ad, that led us to the store Abby ended up working in. I may or may not have amassed a few other sets while she was still employed there :)
So when I got the call last Friday that my magazine photo shoot would now be for FALL, and not SPRING, the lanterns were my first go-to choice for fall decor. The spring decor got put away, the fall decorations came out, and now I'm almost good to go. I guess I ended up being the first blogger to decorate for spring, and the last to decorate for fall!
We received a box from Maurie's sister last week with some vintage items from their parents' estate. I really wanted a special place to honor these small treasures, so several ended up in their own sort of display case inside the lanterns.
Each lantern is unique, and different, and holds a special piece along with some seasonal leaves and berries. They were so much fun to put together! How amazing would it be to take a special item and create one of these for a meaningful holiday gift.
I'm not sure where they will end up, but I sure am enjoying seeing them stacked up in my kitchen until they find a more permanent home. For a week or two, anyway :)
Now that it's finally starting to feel like fall here in North Texas, I have created a few more vignettes around the house. I have to share them fast though, because they will be coming down this week! Crazy, right? I'll explain at the end of this post :)
My favorite place to start, our shelves in the kitchen. I recently scored these pretty ironstone pieces at the thrift and the fabulous rusted scale in Canton. The rustic twig balls added just a simple touch that felt like *fall* to me.
And looky here, someone finally finished the wood planks to make a real kitchen counter! I'm so in love with the new dark finish.
In the dining room, my newly (finally!) painted hutch has been dressed up with a few mini pumpkins, some twigs balls and a few vintage door knobs, just for fun.
Yes I'm only giving a peek at the new paint job :) Another coat or two of paint and it will be ready for a full reveal!
The sofa table in the living room also got a coat of paint, which lightened it up to fit in perfectly in our home. I still need to refinish the top, but for now I dressed it up with antlers, a collection of thrifted candle holders, and a pretty orange glass crock.
So WHY am I taking my fall vignettes apart already, you ask? Because we're having a magazine shoot here in a couple of weeks -- they DAY before Thanksgiving, actually. Normally I would be beefing up every vignette and tweaking them to perfection, except that this photo shoot is for spring!! So everything will be light and bright, and the fall decorations will be just a happy memory :)
I DO have some fun projects that I hope to share, and they can be easily tweaked for holiday, also. Remember that lampshade covering tutorial I have been promising for ages now? As soon as it's edited and written up, it's comin' to ya!! Want a peek?????
Thanks for coming by :) Wishing you all a wonderful week!! xoxo
Our fall mantel is finally up! This seems to be my year of grab whatever you have and go with it. So the first box that came down from the attic is what got used :) And you know, sometimes I do think that less is more. *Yes I realize I just said that* None of you would be surprised to hear that I'm usually a more is more kind of gal, would you?!! This year though, I just need to give myself a break from making life more complicated than it needs to be.
Can you spy my shortcut? I took the urns from the dining room, with their pretty red faux geraniums, and just floofed them up with some twigs and a few fall leaves! A while later I found some berries shoved in a drawer, so in they went, along with some windowpane burlap ribbon from Hobby Lobby. The Syroco peacocks (pheasants?) were in the box, so up they went, along with a couple of candlesticks. Done, and done.
But the real star of this show is the gorgeous floral painting that my paternal grandmother did decades ago! It is a true treasure, one of the few items I have to remember her by. It has become a tradition for me to bring it out every fall and give it a place of honor! I absolutely love it propped here on our mantel.
I have a few more fall decor tricks to show you soon, also! Have a good week everyone!
It's rain, rain and more rain for us here in Texas right now! You won't hear me complaining though, because our state needs it so badly. Every inch is being soaked up by our thirsty gardens, our lakes are filling up again, and the dusty roads and sidewalks are being washed clean!
My day sure was brightened by this gorgeous mum that Maurie picked up at Whole Foods. How perfect is it for this vintage apple basket that I found in Canton last weekend?!! And when the skies clear, I'll have a story for you, and photos of a room we redid quickly last week, just in time to welcome our girl home for Texas/OU weekend!
Well time really flies, doesn't it?!! I didn't mean to ignore my blog for so long! We have been caught up in all kinds of crazy projects, including completely reworking all the storage in our home, starting to redo Maurie's office, and planting a huge fall garden up at our Elementary School's community garden. Crazy! But I have been adding a few more fall touches to our home along the way.
It finally feels a little more like fall here in the South! We woke up to mid-60s this morning, and our temps will be a little lower this week. "Little" meaning high 80s, and we will still hit 90 a couple of days. Pumpkins are beginning to arrive in the stores, but for now I'm sticking with *faux* pumpkins :) I think I'll let Mother Nature give us a little more cool weather before I stock up on the real thing!
A few weeks ago, Abby and I were hitting thrift stores and garage sales in a last-ditch effort to find a few decorative items for her condo. We found a set of two wonderful harvest baskets at the thrift -- for $5.00!! She took the smaller one for her buffet, to store placemats and cloth napkins. I kept this larger one, and do I mean large! I almost keeled over when I set it on the table, thinking about how I would ever fill this baby! It's 34 inches long, and nearly 6 inches deep.
To start, I decided that propping everything up a little bit was the key to helping fill this gigantic basket. Some crumpled grocery sacks raised the fall leaf garlands, and an iron plant stand was used to hold up the paper mache pumpkin. I grabbed a couple of cat food cans to prop up the Pier 1 lanterns.
I pulled out all the leftover fall leaf garlands and bushes from my stash, then filled in with extra acorns and berries. And now you can't even see the props beneath it all! The random mix of elements works together, just like in nature.
Final cost for this great centerpiece? $5.00!! Getting creative and using what I had on hand really paid off this time! I love the blue color of the lanterns, and I'll be on the lookout for some thrifty, soft-colored blue hydrangeas to add to the basket.
I hope you are enjoying some lovely fall weather, where ever you may be! Thanks for coming by to see my new centerpiece. I'll have more fall inspiration for you this week!
When I showed you all the new wreath I received from Balsam Hill, I didn't include the whole picture. There are a couple of other new things on this feature wall in our living room! Long overdue, we finally found a new table to take the place of the shabby wicker one that used to be here.
This pretty table was a Craigslist find. It's originally from Broyhill, and it's solid wood. The shiny cherry finish doesn't really fit into our home, but since the top is a little damaged, it's the perfect piece for refinishing. What I really love about the table is the scalloped apron. So what do you all think? Sand the whole table and update the stain? Or just refinish the top and paint the apron and legs? Possibly even paint the whole piece? My Great Pieces board on Pinterest shows some different finishes that are quite lovely. I feel comfortable taking a risk on this baby, since I picked it up for a sweet $40!
I had to make a trip to Hobby Lobby for some craft supplies, and was captivated by the pretty lantern. It just had to come home with me! Mercury glass pumpkin found at Big Lots. Love these, and the price too -- $12.99. Go get some :)
This thrift store lamp that I painted last spring will be getting a makeover, too. I'm ready for fall around here, and even lamps aren't safe from a re-do, haha.
The Balsam Hill wreath giveaway is still going on here. I'll close comments on Thursday and announce the winner on Friday morning. To see the selection of wreaths available to the winner, follow the links on the original post, then leave a comment stating which wreath you would choose!
**The winner of the Balsam Hill Wreath, chosen by random generator, is #34 . . . Nana Diana! She has a charming, fun blog that you can visit here. Congratulations Diana, I hope you will love your new wreath!!
The lovely folks at Balsam Hill recently sent me this beautiful wreath to show you all . . . . .
And they are giving a wreath to one of you, also!!
For now, the wreath hangs atop my favorite chippy window on the focal wall of our living room. This is just one of the gorgeous wreaths found at Balsam Hill. The detail is amazing! It came securely packaged and in perfect condition!
One of the elegant Balsam Hill Wreaths would make an incredible holiday gift, or a perfect wreath for your family's own enjoyment. I know that we are thinking of these for a holiday thank you for our extra-special clients. Here is a sampling of the wreaths offered in this giveaway --
The Napa Valley Lavender Wreath
The Holiday Gala Wreath
A lovely faux English Boxwood Wreath
The Sausalito Pine Wreath
They are stunning, aren't they?! The complete selections of wreaths available to the winner are found here, and here.
Follow the links above, and leave a comment below telling me which wreath you would choose! I'll pick a winner on Friday, September 20th. Please be sure that you include your email, so that I can contact the winner to obtain shipping information.
Good luck! I hope you enjoy seeing these beautiful wreaths as much as I have!
Update: Comments are now closed on this giveaway, and I'll announce the winnner on Friday!
We have returned from spending yet another weekend in Austin, helping Abby pull her college condominium together. Hot and humid weather greeted us in Austin, and again here in Dallas when we returned.
I am sooo envious of the lovely fall weather that I keep reading about on other blogs! But we're in for a bit more of summer temps before it cools down here.
I may or may not have felt the slightest cool breeze when out watering this morning. Or it may have been my imagination, or even just wishful thinking :)
Despite the blistering heat, I am slowly pulling out a few fall items. I was thrilled to unearth these pretty sunflower napkin rings, purchased at Pier 1 this summer. They are still available on the website here. Aren't they just perfect for fall? I just can't wait to do a Fall Tablescape with them.
Speaking about perfect for fall, take a peek at this --
Just a sneak peek :) I have a wonderful giveaway coming up for you all tomorrow Thursday, September 12th! See you then!
Is anyone else soooo ready for fall?! I know I am really ready for a break from the 100+ degree temps. But I'm also not quite ready for pumpkins and mums, not just yet, anyway. I decided to freshen our black and white kitchen with a palette of mixed greens! It's the perfect cool, soothing mix of colors for early fall here in Texas :)
Our little galley kitchen in our 1926 Tudor-style home is just 8 by 10 feet. Believe me, this kitchen gets a workout, because I serve up three meals a day here! Maurie and I both love to cook, and we make almost every cuisine. Every inch has to count!
I use plenty of green in our home decor, and the Bordallo cabbage plates have long been a fixture on our shelves. Mixing these with the brighter, zippier green of Fiesta dishware gave me the *punch* of green that I was craving! I shopped the house, then headed out to my favorite thrift store to see what else I could find. When finished, I had given our kitchen a fresh, early fall look, for under $20!!
These black scrolly shelves decorate the wall between our kitchen and breakfast nook, and can be seen througout the house. It's a perfect spot for displaying items for each season! The table underneath is a former potting bench, and we love its chippy charm. This area gives us some great storage space, too. In a few weeks the shelf underneath will be bursting with freshly canned tomatoes, pickles, and anything else I can find locally to preserve. Yum!
Our circa 1970s Sears and Roebuck cabinets have been through a few transformations since we bought this house in 1986. I love their vintage vibe, and just spruced them up last winter with fresh white paint. One thing I will never change is the authentically-weathered cabinet doors, with their insets of chicken wire.
A few years ago I painted our lower cabinets black. It felt like we had a new kitchen! They are actually due for a touchup, and I'm thinking about a new treatment with some distressing and a touch of Miss Mustard Seed's white wax. I'm hoping it will bring out the charming detail on the doors.
An ever-changing display of seasonal goodies is contained in trays on either side of the sink. It leaves me less room for chopping and plating, but hey -- priorities!! The basket in this corner is small and just perfect for this tight space. I love that it's the color of the burlap curtains, which you can read all about here.
For years, this area contained a space-wasting pantry that didn't make any sense. A while back we ripped it all out, and added a lower cabinet and three upper shelves. The cabinet underneath gives us almost as much storage as we had with the old pantry, and now I have these wonderful shelves for seasonal display. Glass canisters help make up for lost pantry space.
Adding a bead board backsplash brightened the whole kitchen. Someday the countertops will be Carrera marble, but for now the wood tone suits us just fine :)
Glass knobs and a 50'sVent-A-Hood bring that vintage feel that I adore! On the stove, an old photo frame got a coat of black spray paint, and scrapbook paper to give this area a shot of color. A tiny cabbage plate holds our stainless salt and pepper shakers, and suddenly this area seems a lot more cheerful.
This simple palette is invigorating, but soothing also, if that makes any sense! I love the aura of simplicity and freshness that paring the colors down brings.
There's more to share, too! Soon I'll show the attached breakfast nook, my kitchen desk/office area, and our tiny laundry room that's off the back of the kitchen. Thanks so much for coming by to see my kitchen :)