Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fall Porch and New Outdoor Lanterns

It's been a long time since you guys have seen the outside of my house. A Long Time! HA HA. I love the outside, but am working on my green thumb. One time of the year though my green thumb thrives is mum season. Mums like me, I like them! They are easy for me to maintain, and forgive quickly if I forget to water them :) I wish my kids were that forgiving if I forgot to feed them, but no, they get in my face all day long and ask for food, I swear I really do feed them :) 

For fall, I love to flood my porch with mums and pumpkins. We have a long farmers porch leading up to our side entrance, that we use for our main entrance, and I love greeting guests and visitors with cheery mums along the way!

The last time you saw this porch we decided to paint it black! I'm still so happy we did, it pops so nicely against the all white farmhouse, and maintains such a classic feel.

Over the summer we snagged this parsons bench at a yard sale, and you got to see the before & after on Instagram as I spray painted it black from its original wood finish.

The newest addition to our exterior are these gorgeous new lanterns from Kenroy Home!
I am so excited to share them with you. I really wanted something elegant, and grand, but still have a historic feel to them, and these were just what I was hoping for.

I love the arch swirl on the top, and the body of the lantern resembles the old gas lanterns you would see on estates. For our side entrance I chose the medium size lantern, which also provides ample light at night in our country setting.

We chose the large lantern for the front door. 
It certainly has a grand presence!

It pops so nicely against the white siding, and really adds the extra umph the front was lacking. 
I love the extra touch it gives our curb appeal, as well as going with the historic feel of our home.

Have you visited Kenroy Home yet yourself? Not only do the offer some fabulous outdoor lights, but they have one of the largest selections I've seen for indoor lamps and chandeliers. Their barn light pendants had me swooning and I'm sure you would be too!

And in case any of you are wondering where my fall home tour is?!?!?!
It will be live on the blog MONDAY!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

DIY Scrappy Fabric Bunting {Swap it Like it's Hot}

I am so excited to be teaming up with a great group of bloggers 
for Swap it Like it's Hot!! 
This has gone around once before in blog land, 
and today we are teaming up for Round 2.
I have a great little tutorial for you on how to make a fabric scrap bunting, 
but first a little back ground info. 
What is Swap it Like it's Hot? Well basically a bunch of us bloggers got together
 (via e-mail not in person), there was a price cap set, and we set out via thrift stores, yard sales, antique stores to find an item that was in desperate need of a makeover! 
Then we mailed said item to the person we were assigned to for them to makeover the item however they creatively wanted to! 
Sounds fun right?!? It was, up until I received my item in the mail :p
 I couldn't wait to see what I was going to get, and of course my wheels were turning on how I would go about my DIY. Then the day came when I received my package in the mail, ripped it open with great anticipation, and I pulled out these dated cafe curtains! The best part the cheesey crocheted ribbon right before the sage green trim! Yikes!! I was clueless, so I threw it back in the package until inspiration would strike!

Well I'm happy to say inspiration finally stuck, and just in time! I love any and all of the fabric buntings I've seen. They are just so cute, so I decided to use whatever fabric I could salvage from these curtains to make one. I wanted to really make something I would want to keep and use in my own decor, so I knew one thing was for sure, the green had to go! 
I began by cutting all the green off.

Then with the fabric left, including said cheesey crocheted ribbon, I started cutting it into equal strips.

I grabbed some twine, for a little more rustic look, but any cute ribbon would work. 
I cut the long strips in fourths so all the the scraps were the same length.

I looped and knotted one end of the twine, so it would be easy to hang once I was done, and began tying the fabric onto the twine. Since I had the most of the solid white strips, I decided to tie 5 on, 
and then rotate in one crocheted piece.

When I was done, I looped and knotted the other end, and had a cute little scrappy fabric bunting.

This recently painted hutch is currently in my daughters room until it goes off to it's new home. So the scrappy fabric bunting adds the perfect shabby chic feel to this painted piece. My daughter thinks it looks like her furniture has a tutu on it, which couldn't get any better for that ballerina loving girl.

To check out everybody else's projects, feel free to visit their blog, listed below!
Windgate Lane

Have your own DIY you want to link up?
 Join in on the fun!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Favorite Fall Decor Items

I know I've already shared with you some of my favorite fall inspiration photos. But today I wanted to share with you some of my go to decor items I bring out for fall, or look for when I'm shopping for a client. Texture is one of the biggest ways to create a cozy space, and fall is all about cozy. By doing a quick swap on a few things throughout my house, I've changed over for the new season in no time.

First thing I go to swap out are my hand soaps and candles. I know sounds simple enough, and its really easy, but once I start smelling those fall scents, it gets me in the mood to decorate for fall even if the temps outside aren't quite feeling like fall yet!
via : Bath & Body Works
This is a new fall scent for Bath & Body Works this year, and it has me craving a Pumpkin Spice Latte every time I wash my hands!!! Another favorite scent is Autumn Wreath by Yankee Candle.
There is nothing more fall for me when it comes to candles.

Now that I have my head in gear from smelling my favorite fall scents, the next thing I go to is swapping out pillow covers, and bringing out cozy throw blankets.

I love cuddling up soft blankets on crisp fall mornings and cool fall evenings. 

Other than bringing in your typical fall decor and pumpkins galore, sometimes just bringing in simple nature gives your home the feeling of fall. Along with nature, I love hanging up wreaths of natural material. This cute curled wood wreath is a perfect option for fall, that could carry you through to christmas too!
via : Target

Sometimes just changing out to warmer tones and hues throughout your home is enough for cozy fall to speak. Bringing in wood tones, or warm metallics remind us of the changing season without screaming orange. 
via: Target

via : HM

And there you have it! My favorite decor items to swap out for fall!

Happy Decorating!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Colorful Home Tour

Sorry I've been a little mia lately. September has been a busy month for us, but I'm happy to say that things are finally calming down. You may have seen on Instagram some peaks of a wedding I decorated for this past sat. I had a lot of fun writing up wedding themed chalkboards, and decorating the venue. I hope to share some of those details on here soon. But for today I'm sharing with you a friends gorgeous colorful home. I persuaded her back in August to let me come and take some quick photos, and today I'm sharing those with you.

Coming in through their front entry you are 
greeted right away with a bold pop of red.
To the left is their formal living room, 
that I love to sit in and gaze around the room at all her decor.

She always seems to have the perfect amount of vintage finds, and fun trinkets 
to keep your interest going for days.

Through the back door is the sweetest screened in porch, that is decorated just as 
lovely as the rest of her house.

To the right of the front entryway is cozy den, lined with built in bookcases.

Her husband is one of the most talented painters, and in his free time paints memories captured in family pictures. I look forward to their christmas card every year because it's always one of his paintings from that year. It's a new piece of artwork every year.

A giant chalkboard calendar leads the way into the kitchen from the den, where bold pops of color continue throughout the fresh retro styled kitchen.

Off the back of the kitchen is breakfast nook, overlooking the backyard.

Just past the breakfast nook, is this cheery little landing to the back entrance.

Also off the kitchen is her lovely dining room, painted in the most perfect light shade of lilac, with lots of bold pops of candy apple green, and black.

Hope you enjoyed taking the tour!! 
And thank you to my dear friend Wendy,
 for letting me share her lovely home!!!