Fall Bucket List

I found this on Pinterest… love! I’m not so sure about calling it a “bucket list,” but I love the items on the list.

So far this year, we can cross one of the items off our list. We’ve decorated our mantle with a Fall theme.

It’s still early in the season and we’re going to keep working on the rest of the our Fall list. I’ll keep you posted on our progress, but in the meantime if you love Fall as much as I do, check out some more fun fall inspiration by visiting my Autumn Pinterest board.

Have a great rest of the week!

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Chrysanthe-mums the word

Happy first official day of Autumn! The weather is beautiful here today. I hope it’s as beautiful where you are!

In preparation for the start of Autumn, I decorated our front porch with new pots full of beautiful chrysanthemums.

=-] <;— Quick side note: As Zoey walked across my keyboard she somehow entered that smiley face. So I guess she likes the new mums!

Ok, back to the task at hand. I decided to go with taller pots for our porch mums this year. And these were on clearance at Home Depot. Winning!

Last year, I had several small pots and two pumpkin pots for Halloween. Here is what our porch looked like last year:

This year, instead of planting the same color mums in the same pots, I decided that wasn’t exciting enough so I planted two colors in the larger pots and planted one color in the smaller pots. And after I finished throwing potting soil everywhere, the finished product of our pots looked like this:

Our porch is looking very festive for the first day of Autumn. I really like the larger pots. They are more visible on our porch.

That’s all for this post! I think I will celebrate Autumn with some hot apple cider on this chilly windy day. Have a great weekend!

Fall Forward

Fall is still a week away, but I’m feeling inspired by the beautiful fall-like weather here in the Midwest. Today, I started decorating our house to welcome in the season.

In my last post, I mentioned that I had left over vase filler from another project. It is “left over” no more. The remaining filler found a home in our Crate and Barrel vases on the dining room table.I also added some fall filler to the mix for a different look.


What I love about this mix is that the vases look different from every angle. Here is the other vase on our table:

I also put up the fall leaves on our stair banister today.

And of course, the fireplace got a little love as well.

Have you started decorating for fall?

I love fall and I can’t wait for apple crisp and hot apple cider!

Have a great weekend!

Pinterest Picks: Fall into Fall

With Labor Day and the unofficial end of summer just a few days away, I’ve been dreaming of crisp air, fall festivals and beautifully colored leaves on the trees. I’ve also been thinking about incorporating fall decor into our home.

Here are a few fun fall decor ideas I found on Pinterest:

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To view more of my fall decor inspiration visit my Autumn board on Pinterest.

Making it Rain Up In Here

So this crazy thing happened in August: it started raining again! In the past two weeks, we’ve seen more rain than we saw in the past two months combined. The watering bans starting lifting, the burn bans started lifting, and we finally have green grass again.

We are so blessed to have rain again. It’s been a rough summer for most of the United States.

Our grass might be a little patchy after baking in the sun for two months, but we’ll take it. It’s been a long drought and I’m so glad to see green grass and bright colorful flowers again. I was starting to wonder if we were going to stay brown until Autumn. I finally heard the sound of lawn mowers the other day. It was great. It was also wonderful to smell fresh-cut grass again.

Although I was diligent about watering my plants throughout the drought, I started to tire out in the end and fell a little behind once it started raining. Unfortunately, it didn’t rain enough in the first week to keep our potted plants really moist. I’m afraid they might not last much longer. I think it’s almost time to change the petunias for mums.

Despite our pitiful potted plants, the petunias in our garden are still growing strong. With a little mulch and some rain, they are getting just what they need.

It’s been a very hot and dry summer, but now that things are turning around, I’m looking forward to the start of Autumn and some crisp air and cooler temperatures.

How are your gardens doing this summer? Did you have to contend with drought conditions and  hand water your plants every day or every other day? Or did you let them go in hopes that it would rain again soon?

New England Charm

And we’re back!! After a two week long hiatus, we are back and ready to bring you more home decor projects. But first, where have we been for the last two weeks? Good question. BJ and I took some time off last week to visit family and friends in New England. And then, once we got back home, we needed time to organize the house and get back into the swing of things.

Our trip to New England started in upstate New York to visit some of BJ’s family.  After we spent a few days in New York, we headed to Wallingford/New Haven, Connecticut to celebrate my cousin’s wedding.

While in New York, we took in the town of Saratoga Springs and drove around to see some of the beautiful local surroundings. One of the features I loved in the surrounding areas architecture was the use of columns and arches. Big arched windows and columns were everywhere.


 

I fell in love with the quaint charm of Saratoga Springs, an equestrian community located about 30 minutes north of Albany.  The downtown area is charming. Adorable bistros, restaurants and boutiques line the streets of the central business district.
One morning, we ate breakfast at a bistro called Max London’s. I loved it’s trendy fun atmosphere. Check out how they serve coffee!
Because Saratoga Springs is known for it’s annual horse race, there were statues of horses all over town.
Another feature of some of the New England buildings we visited were the beautiful chandeliers. This one was located in a conference/wedding venue in Saratoga Springs:
My favorite by far, were the chandeliers in the wedding venue of my cousin’s wedding reception in New Haven, Connecticut. How beautiful! The reminded me of beautiful crystal pineapples.
The foyer outside the reception hall boasted big beautiful columns and large windows. This is where we enjoyed cocktail hour.
We had a wonderful time visiting with family for an extra long weekend. But, now we are back in the Midwest and working away on our home decor projects. It was great to be so inspired last week by all the beautiful architecture and charm of New England. Maybe we can bring a little bit of it into our Midwest home.
Keep checking back for more updates on our progress!

Curtains = Cat Beds

Did you know that curtains can also double as cat beds? Zoey certainly thinks they can. Normally when I’m working in my office, Zoey can either be found laying in my lap or the desk by my feet. The other day, she was no where to be found. That is, until I looked behind the curtains to find a sleeping kitten:

I’ll admit it was a little chilly last week, but I didn’t think it would be cold enough for Zoey to seek warmth in the curtains. Maybe she is just getting herself ready for the winter months. It was really cute to see her all snuggled up in the curtains. I wish I could’ve gotten a picture of when she was sleeping on the other side of the room on top of the curtains.

Here is Zoey all tucked in her new curtain bed.

To give you some perspective, I have one curtain panel hung on each window of my office and then the curtain is draped over a hook. Zoey was laying in the part of the curtains that gathered on the floor.


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o aside from finding sleeping kittens in our curtains, BJ and I have been busy working on projects around the house.

Here is a sneak peek of some upcoming posts about our projects.

The blue paint is finally on the wall! Remember the paint chip that we taped on our wall nearly one year ago:

Well, we finally finished the wall!

Over the weekend, I learned a very valuable lesson about gardening. Do not put off cleaning your flowers beds and then spend all day working on them. You will wake up the next morning with sore muscles you didn’t even know you had. My hat goes off to professional landscapers. I’m still beat from spending all day weeding, trimming flowers and bushes and pulling out unwanted sticker bushes. And there is still more to do.

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It’s already been a busy October and there is still more month ahead!