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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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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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 (Sarah has the BEST wreath ideas!)

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A Thoughtful Place

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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!

 

20 Little Things I Love About Fall

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Good morning to you.  🙂  I hope your week is off to a great start.  I begin a new adventure this week and I am so excited.  God is Great.  ❤

So let’s talk about Fall as a Mindset…  Do you know what I mean by that?  Do you feel it, too?

Sometimes we live in places where it’s warm until mid-October; or orange leaves don’t actually turn brown and fall; or we might not need to cozy up underneath a blanket until November 1st.  Sometimes we feel like we need to wait until a certain date or time to celebrate a season.  But, my friends, that’s just not the case…

Each year, I take my time easing in to the Fall season.  It’s not about cold weather or pumpkin spice lattes for me — it’s about the simple joys of being mindful in spirit and intentionally making each day one where I revel in the changing of the seasons and all that is to come.

This isn’t a time where we need to feel like we are competing with our friends or people we follow on the internet…  It’s not even about getting new things at all!  Fall is a mindset, my friends.  Fall is a warm, welcome shift.  Fall is cozy imperfection.  Fall is my favorite.

Here are 20 little things I love about Fall…  What do you love about Fall?

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~Cool mornings

~Togetherness Time

~Fall drinks

~Cozy blankets

~Pumpkin pie

~Fall-scented candles

~Time spent outdoors

~Pumpkin-sightings at Trader Joes (and pumpkins in general, ha!)

~Our Halloween Spotify playlist

~Putting up our Halloween Town with my beloved

~Simmering stove scents

~Sweaters

~Movie nights at home

~Hot chocolate

~Hot meals, roasted vegetables

~Apple crisp with cold vanilla ice cream

~Laughter

~Gathering loved ones

~Cozy imperfection

~A house filled with love

Tell me what your favorite things about Fall are!

 

*This post was inspired by Melissa @ The Inspired Room — I am loving her Fall Nesting Series so very much!  Do follow along!

Fall As a Feeling

Hey there, my friends!  🙂  Happy day-after-Labor Day to you.  I enjoyed the day so much… I spent my time nesting, drinking allll the coffee, and dreaming.  This has been an unexpected season of transition for me and I am loving it.  It’s a super positive time right now in this here brain of mine, and it’s making me live each day with even more intention and gratitude than ever before.

Which brings me to…  all the cozy things.  😉

Each season for the last few years on this blog I put together one of my ‘Season As a Feeling’ posts.  And I’m officially feeling Fall!  These posts happen whenever they ‘feel‘ right to me, and I post pictures that really conjure up the vibrations of the season — which sometimes even change for me from year to year!

This Fall, I’m loving cozy imperfection.  That’s going to be my motto heading into the rest of the year and beyond, I think.  Cozy imperfection.  This is the season of layering, hunkering down, quality time, and intention.  It’s not so much about pumpkins or even pumpkin spice (though my house is sporting plenty of that right now!); for me, it’s more about getting back to my roots…  Nesting, puttering, loving on my space and loving on the people inside it.  Yes, Kuma is a ‘people,’ too.  😉

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So if you’re feeling up to it, if you’re feeling like Fall is here, too, I invite you to venture into the season with me — one photo at a time…  Enjoy!

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PS: For last year’s Fall As a Feeling post, head here.

Fall Nesting

Good morning!  I don’t know about you, but I am beginning my beloved process of Fall nesting.  🙂  I went out and purchased a new, cozy doormat for our front door and I also did a quick DIY update to our faux boxwood wreath for the beginning of the Fall season.  More on that soon…

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The beginning of this season is always so much fun because of the anticipation of so much to come.  Doesn’t everyone love the anticipation of good things?

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I promised myself that I would take on a new approach to decorating seasonally around our home.  Instead of putting pressure on myself to get our house ‘photo ready’ or putting up all of our decorations at once, I’ve decided to slowly add things to create a cozy or festive feel based upon how I feel and how much I want to do.  No more pressure on myself — my goal this season is to just go with the flow, savor, and enjoy.

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We have a fun trip planned for the end of November where we will be going to a little beach house in California, and we are also going to do a day at Disneyland during that trip.  I’m so excited!  Hopeful that we can also take a day trip up north for a little adventure, too.

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Of course, there will also be Sweet Salvage’s Wicked Faire, which we look forward to each year.  If you’re local, it’s a must-see.

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If you haven’t ever followed along with Melissa from The Inspired Room and her Fall Nesting series, now’s the time.  For the past ten years, I have faithfully looked forward to this series that really sets the tone for the season and gets me feeling all kinds of cozy and happy.  Make sure you join in on the fun.  🙂  Not to be missed.

Make it a great day, friends!

Kitchen Refresh

Good morning, friends!  I hope you had a great Monday.  I will admit to you — I have a Fall candle burning right now…  Don’t be mad at me, lol.  This is about the time of year that I start itching for Fall and cooler temps.  Bring on the sweaters and the hot coffee!  Until then, I’ll be here with the scent of pumpkin wafting through our house.

I wanted to write a little bit about some thoughts I have about a kitchen refresh that I am plotting for our home…

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I have some ideas about how I want to refresh this eat-in space as well as DIY-ing a couple of projects, like painting the cabinets and installing a glass-front door to the cabinet that holds our wine glasses and other pretty glassware.

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I have been pining for some wicker-type chairs in this space.  I just feel like it would look so much cozier and relaxed.  The chairs that we have are working out fine.  We bought them right when we moved in and I paid about $100 for all four.  A very big steal and so far they have been great.  But the longer we live here, I am craving different things than I did when we first moved in and I was purchasing a few things here and there as place-holders until I figured out what we would want long-term.

I found the above chairs while perusing At Home and I think they would work really well in our space.  I also love the taupe-y color, which will complement a lot of the other furniture that we have in our family room and kitchen.

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I am also so inspired by Melissa’s dining room at The Inspired Room, my all-time favorite blog.  🙂 Her home is the epitome of cozy and I just love how warm and un-fussy this looks.  It’s so inviting.  This obviously got my wheels a-turning.  🙂

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This is a floorplan I created for our kitchen.  I have wanted a white kitchen table for so long and an oval shape is also my dream, so by putting everything on a diagonal, it will make the space more interesting and will allow me to switch out the chairs and table when budget allows.  We will paint the cabinets a white-gray-taupe color (still undecided) and add hardware.  That’s pretty much all this room needs for a little refresh!

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This mood board has me so excited.  🙂  It’s all going to happen very slowly but I have a direction and that makes me happy.  I’ve been thinking about this lots and lots, so this feels very ‘us’ and also feels like home to me, even when I just look at this on a computer screen.

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I’ll keep you posted on any progress that is made!  Have a great day!