My Favorite Simple Ways to Nest For the Season

Good morning, friends!  Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend.  It’s been a while!

I always find that I have so much to share this time of the year, but not enough time in which to share it!  Halloween came and went and I never posted about our decorations… for the second year in a row!  They were fun this year.  *Sigh* – maybe next year.  😉

Grey and I are trying a new philosophy when it comes to decorating for the season this year.  We both have felt in the past couple of years that we don’t like only having about four weeks with our Christmas decorations.  They just feel so cozy and wonderful to us and we never feel like the month of December is enough time!  So instead of putting up Fall decor once our Halloween decor was put away, we started with a clean slate.  Over the past couple of weeks, we have been adding some Christmas touches slowly and whenever the mood strikes.

I was first inspired by Melissa from The Inspired Room to decorate in this way.  This is how she does it and I wanted to try it this year.  I am loving it so much — it has taken away that pressure that I have put on myself in years’ past of needing it to be perfect or a certain way.  Now my only goal is to feel perfectly cozy in our space and make it intentional for how we want to live and make memories this time of the year.  So thank you to Melissa!  ❤

That being said, there are a few tried and true ways that I love to nest this time of the year, and I wanted to share them with you.  🙂

Add A Cozy Teapot

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I always like to have a decorative teapot resting on my stove throughout the year.  This one was a gift a couple of Christmases ago when we first moved into our house.  I love it so much!  But this time of year I crave warmer tones and metals, so for the Fall and Winter months I switch it out with a copper teapot.

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I love the wood handles on both of these teapots.  🙂 I’m sure I could make tea out of this one but I prefer to have a different teapot that I use for boiling water purposes only.  😉  These two teapots serve the purpose of bringing me joy.

Switch Up Your Dish Towels

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I love to add a couple of new dish towels to my collection during this time of the year, too.  I’m not too crazy about themed towels — I am more focused on bringing in texture or patterns that remind me of this cozy season.

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These came in a pair from the Target Dollar Spot.  🙂  My favorite dish towels are these from Williams Sonoma — I have at least one of those hanging from my oven throughout most of the year.  But switching up towels is a simple way that I get to nest and our house feels fresh for the season on a tiny budget.

My Favorite Stovetop Scent

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I have been wanting to share this with you guys for so long.  This is my absolute favorite way to cozy up our house and give it the most beautiful, fresh smell throughout our 1,050 square feet.  😉

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Ingredients:

Water

Fresh rosemary sprigs

2 Lemons + zest

Vanilla extract (a couple of tablespoons)

Pumpkin pie spice (or any other cozy spice that suits you — cinnamon is amazing, too!)

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Zest your lemons and then slice them…

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Put all of the ingredients in a pot with water and set to high heat…

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Stir the ingredients together…

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Bring the mixture to a boil and then immediately lower the heat to simmer — really watch it!

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Refill the water every little while when it gets low.  This is something that you don’t really have to babysit, but the water does evaporate, which is what makes the most amazing smell throughout your house!  It really is heavenly.  When you refill the pot, bring it back to boiling again and then down to simmer.  I find that I can use this mixture for two days before I have to throw it out.  It really and truly warms my heart — I hope you enjoy it!  🙂

How do you nest for this season?

Have a great day, friends!

P.S. – Happy 7-year anniversary to my sweetie!  I love you!  ❤

Cozy Fall Mugs

Good morning to you!  I hope you had a productive start to your week.  🙂  Grab a cup of coffee and step on into my kitchen

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This buffet from Walmart (of all places!) has been so great since we purchased it almost two years ago.  It stores cookbooks, serving pieces, houses our coffee station, and holds our seasonal mugs.  Which brings me to…

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I love this little coffee station of ours.  It brings a little bit of joy into my day.  I’m a big fan of creating zones in my small kitchen and I treat this buffet as an extension of my countertop space.  We recently purchased some Fall mugs at HomeGoods to update this a bit for the season.  More on that soon…  🙂

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We buy these espresso pods from Amazon.  We used to buy Nespresso but we don’t always have the budget for those pods.  These are almost as good, in my opinion!  😉  I love using the Duralex glasses for the espresso.  Makes me feel all French – ha!  This is the season where we drink a lot of hot coffee and beverages, too.  We were just talking the other day about how we need to make time to head to AJ’s in the coming weeks to pick out a fancy hot chocolate for the cold weather.  On cozy nights at home we like to make it on the stove with homemade whipped cream and shaved chocolate.  Fun mugs make this tradition that much better!  I’m all about the little things!

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Have a great Tuesday!

Wicked Faire

Hey there, friends!  I hope your Fall season is off to a great start.  We have had an unseasonably cool October thus far and I. Am. Loving. It.  It’s been so nice to have the windows open and to enjoy the outdoors again.  I have missed it so much!

So… with everything going on in the news during the last month, I have had a hard time willing myself to get to this computer to write.  Inspiration has felt far away for me for a bit.  I’m slowly inching back into that realm, though.  If you’re feeling like me, just know that you are not alone.  It’s difficult to talk about pretty things and seasonal things when there seems to be so much wrong with the world right now.  But I just want to say that sometimes it is good to come back to those things — for normalcy, for happiness, for inspiration.  So here I am.

We snuck away to Sweet Salvage last month for their Wicked Faire and it was so good!  It was my favorite Halloween show thus far — we have been for the last three years.  I wanted to share some iPhone pictures with you in case you are needing a little inspirational push for Halloween decor.  😉

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I loved this apothecary scene with the ‘lead’ sign and the glass, silver, and drippy wax!

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So simple — doll heads underneath cloches.  But sooo creepy!  There was a lot of faux cotton in this show, too — a great texture for Fall.

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This fancy dude greeted everyone on their way in the door.  Loved his outfit!

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I thought this was such a pretty display for Fall.  I love buffalo check this time of year — really, any time of year, ha! — it’s so cute and cozy with the orange pumpkins.

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The Warehouse at Sweet Salvage is full of rusty treasures like this light.  So many amazing textural finds.

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This was my favorite vignette of the whole show.  There’s something about it that is both super whimsical and perfectly spooky.

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Of course you can’t go wrong with crows and rats this time of year.

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I try not to forget to look up when I’m here!  There are so many amazing chandeliers and this chunky beaded one was calling my name.  🙂

Have a great Monday, everyone!

Fall Nesting: Adding Cozy Layers

Good morning!  I hope you had a great start to your week!  Let’s talk about adding cozy layers…

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We took our slipcover off to wash it a week or so ago and I tried on the underneath brown sofa color for size.  I have to say, it looked just fine in here!  But I missed the crisp casualness of the white slipcover, so back on it went!  I let my husband do the honors… I have a really hard time being patient with the process.  He’s the best — he takes care of it and then I swoop in at the end to zhush.  😉

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I saw some sweater-type pillows at HomeGoods last week and I knew I should have picked them up because, of course, when I went back, they were gone!  Number one HomeGoods rule — if you see it and you think you might be able to use it, buy it and you can always return it later!  I learned that from my mom-in-law and, let’s be honest, I’ve also learned it the hard way.

But these blue check pillows are flannel!  So that’s a fun texture for Fall!

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I love the pop of blue — I have blue accents all over our living room.  Blue just makes me happy.  It’s a soothing, cozy color to me.  It just goes to show you that you don’t have to deck out your space in orange or brown for Fall if that’s not your style!  You can add the same warmth with visual or tactile texture.

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The pillows are super soft which will make them great napping pillows.  😉  We love napping on our sofa!  It’s been a bit since I’ve done that but we always judge sofas by their ability to be napped upon – ha!  We’ve been blessed with some good napping sofas thus far.

One of the pillows had a little hole in it that I could repair myself but anytime I see something like that on something from HomeGoods, I always tell them because they will usually give you a couple of dollars off, depending on the price.

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This is just the way I love to nest for the season… layer, layer, layer.  I added another blanket to my blanket ladder and can’t wait to cozy up with our faux fur one once the temperatures drop!

PS: Seeing that view into our bedroom makes me think I should add some dark blue accents on the bed!  What do you think?  😉

How do you add layers into your space this time of year?

Have a great Tuesday, friends!

PPS: Happy first-date-anniversary to my sweet husband!  11 years has gone by so fast — I love you tons!

Fall Nesting: Enjoying the Simple Things

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Our house is small but mighty at just over 1,000 square feet.  Nothing could have made me happier than having a cozy little nest as our first humble home.  🙂  It’s a sweet little place that we have been so blessed with — I hate to leave it for the day and love coming home to it — what’s better than that?

Because of its size, I only have room for the things I really love.  And a lot of the stuff I love is really old stuff!  Adding antiques and vintage items to our home is something that brings our space unique character and warmth — and I love when these special things find me.

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Fall is the time when I “bring out all my cozies” – A.K.A., bring out all of my beautiful treasures that may have been in hiding for the Spring and Summer months.  Typically beginning in January, I like to create a ‘clean slate’ for us with minimal excess decor and I enjoy that quiet in our space.  But right now…?  Right now I crave warmth and the familiarity of so many of my favorite things…

Right about now is the time that I become a putterer…  Is that a word…?  I think it should be if it’s not.

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This is the time of year when I spend my mornings moving from small task to small task in our home.  Maybe I wipe down the kitchen, or water our rosemary outside, or make a new stack of books…  Maybe I add some pumpkins to our decor, or bake some bread, or organize a drawer or two…

Puttering is why I love Fall so, so much.  And arranging my special things is the perfect puttering activity to do on a Fall morning.  🙂

Do you like to putter?  What kind of puttering do you like to do?

I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

Gettin’ Cozy with Laundry & Mudrooms

It’s that time of year when I start to crave layered everything.  🙂  A good, well-designed, cozy space just gets my creative juices flowing.  This is especially the time when I start to appreciate and love – even more than usual – a warm and inviting laundry room or mudroom.  I just can’t get enough of of these spaces!

We have a humble little entryway off of our garage that we have overhauled a bit to work for us and our little family.  We added some storage and organizational bits and pieces to keep us feeling orderly and keep the entry clutter of mail, keys, and bags at bay.

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Organized Entryway

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Organized Entry

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Organized Entry

The letter board is so much fun.  You bet your booty it has gotten a little update for Fall, too!  More on that soon.  😉

As much as I love our little entryway organization, I can’t say I don’t love looking at gorgeous, much larger mudrooms and laundry rooms — some that pull double duty!  These spaces make me crave Fall just as much as a bin full of pumpkins at Trader Joe’s – ha!  Am I alone in this?

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Traditional Home

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Aren’t all of those spaces so gorgeous?  In honor of cozy laundry / mudrooms, I pulled together some inspiration for the room I’m currently dreaming of.  🙂  Obviously there would be soapstone countertops, a window seat and Roman shade situation, flooring with personality, and no shortage of brass!

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I hope you all have a great Tuesday!

Simple Fall Wreaths to Ease Into the Season

Good morning!  Happy Almost-Friday!  😉

We are easing into Fall over here and enjoying it so much.  I’ve been spending some wonderful time puttering around our house and adding some Fall touches here and there.  Just trying to cozy it up a bit, remembering that my goal for this season (and beyond!) is cozy imperfection.

Something I love to do is change out our wreath outside depending on the season.  I wanted to do something that was a simple transition for the start of the season — I wasn’t ready for full-on Fall or a Halloween wreath at this point.  I just wanted a little nod to this awesome time of year.

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I found this adorable ‘Home Sweet Home’ sign in the Target Dollar Spot (more like the $10 spot amiright?!) and it made me feel all those cozy feelings I want to feel this time of year.

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The letters were just raw wood but I wanted to darken them up a bit.  I wiped some Tim Holz Distress Ink (Vintage Photo) onto a cotton pad and then swiped the letters and sides of the sign.  Then I wired the sign into the wreath — I wire things into this wreath all the time!  It’s become my most versatile wreath.  🙂

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The little sprig of pumpkins are from At Home and they have a velvet texture to them.  Just a cute little nod to the season.

I looked through my Fall Pinterest board and found some other fun examples of simple wreaths that could easily start the season with just a subtle hint…

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Craftberry Bush

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Thrifty Decor Chick

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Thrifty Decor Chick (Sarah has the BEST wreath ideas!)

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A Thoughtful Place

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Honey We’re Home

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Farm Fresh Homestead — I love this alternative to a Fall ‘wreath.’

Do you like to make or buy wreaths this time of year?  (I like to do both!;0)

 

Have a great day, everyone!