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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The Inspired Room

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Vintage Home Love

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Rose Uniacke

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Pink Peonies

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Country Living

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House Beautiful

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This Is Glamorous

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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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The Inspired Room

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!

Summer As a Feeling

Hey there, friends.  I hope you’re having a great week so far.  We just got back into town on Sunday and I spent all day cleaning and puttering on Monday.  Puttering truly is my favorite way to spend my time — finding projects around the house, rearranging things, adding some things here, putting other things away…  It’s relaxing and inspiring and I’m so grateful that I have a house in which I can feel so at peace and, well, at home.  🙂  It’s an incredible blessing.

Summer is in full swing, which got me thinking of all of the things that feel like summer to me…  Woven textiles and bags; blue and white (of course); crisp and creamy ivories; freshly washed linens with an expensive laundry detergent (my favorite!); berries and homemade ice cream; beaches; flowers and fragrant basil plants; easy home-cooked meals eaten at the coffee table (or occasionally a nicely-set table); casual gatherings; time by the pool; morning coffee and a dreamy anticipation for cooler months ahead (Fall! Winter!).

As I’ve done in past seasons, I gathered up some inspiration pictures that made me think, Yeah, that is glorious summer.  This is what summer feels like to me…

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Country Living

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And Spring Turns to Summer

Good morning, friends.  Happy Sunday to you.  🙂

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It’s been a little bit.  I’ve been taking some much-needed time away from social media and blogging to get some priorities in order.  It was a good break, and I’m feeling refreshed and my Internal Gratefulness Basket is filled to the brim.

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We’ve slowed on the projects to do those boring homeowner responsibilities that you don’t think of when you buy a house…  Like paying for giant trees to be trimmed, new sprinkler timers, etc.  You know, the fun stuff.  😉

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But it has been nice to putter and just be in our little space.  Having a slower pace is helpful to me and I think to everyone.  Switching things up to see what is really important is, well, really important.

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We spent some time with my family in Telluride last week, and this week we are headed out again.  The time with my fam was amazing in so many ways.  I left feeling an incredible sense of renewed connection and love.  We are so blessed!

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My favorite trick for going out of town is to put clean linens on the bed right before we leave in the morning…  It’s such a treat to come home to a freshly made bed!  Just makes you want to crawl right in.  😉

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I’ve been thinking of my Gramma so much lately.  I miss her.  This picture hangs above our bed…  This was in all of her apartments that she ever lived in from the time I was really young, and she always told me that when she passed, she would be that swanky lady in the blue dress by the piano.  She was so sassy!  🙂 We recently framed it in this white IKEA frame.  Makes me happy.

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I switched up our Spring wreath for a Summer variety.  I will show you soon… very simple.  I kept the Summer decor very minimal this year.  I just didn’t feel up to it.  I was wanting more of a relaxed feeling around our house this time of year…  Not everything “vignette-ed.”  It’s been nice to have things a bit more casual — and less to dust!  Lol.

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We are feeling very blessed to call this little nest our home.  We’ve been loving on it in lots of small ways lately.  Makes me feel extremely at peace.

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Of course, this handsome man is forever my rock, protector, and best friend.  This house wouldn’t be a home without him.

I hope you have a great day!

Inexpensive DIY Coffee Station

Happy Monday, friends!  I hope you had a great weekend.  We are gearing up for a busy week and weekend ahead — trying to soak in as much relaxation as possible before things get crazy.  😉

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Welcome to our kitchen!  Grab a cup of coffee and let’s look around a bit…

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about our hall entry from the garage and how we maximized organization in that small space using IKEA’s Fintorp system.  We were perusing IKEA one weekend and loved how there were so many ways to use it.  We decided we would purchase one for our entry, and one for our kitchen.

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DIY Entryway Organization

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This is the 22.5″ rail (we used the 31″ rail in our hallway).  The hooks come in a pack of 5 for $2.99.  WHAT?!  That’s a lot of joy for under $5.  😉  We did buy these mugs at IKEA for just a few dollars each.  I’m really excited to display our Spode mugs during the Christmas season.  The little basket is from Target from a while back and holds our Nespresso pods.

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You might be wondering about these chalkboard signs.  My brother made these for us for our wedding and a couple of Christmases ago, he restored the writing and sprayed something over them to make it permanent.  To this day it is my favorite gift I have ever received.  These will follow us from house to house, always.  I love that he did this for us.

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I wrote about our Limoges china a while back and our set includes these adorable tiny mugs that are perfect for espresso shots.  Usually I have some small Duralex glasses resting on top of this tray, but I think these flowery sipping mugs are perfect for Spring.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  😉  Here’s to a great week!

Design Trick For On-the-Go

It’s Friday!  🙂  This has been a long-awaited day for me this week — it’s been crazy.  Looking forward to not over-scheduling myself this weekend and being pretty darn relaxed.  I hope you have a fun one ahead of you.

Last week I wrote a post about our long-term design ideas for our living room.  I mentioned in that post that we have a new rug layered on top of our sisal rug from IKEA.  Today’s the day we talk a little bit about it!

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Let’s get the most important development out of the way — Kuma loves this rug!  That’s obviously the most pressing matter.  😉  He lays on it all the time.  It’s very soft underfoot, and has that perfect pop of blue that I want in this room and in the other rooms in our house.  Remember — I’m trying to keep the palette cohesive throughout since our house is pretty tiny (just over 1,000 square feet).

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We found the rug on a random trip to HomeGoods and I really liked the colors in it.  The rug, as a whole, I was kind of undecided about.  But we brought it home, laid it out, and I took a couple of days to consider it.  It wasn’t like those instant love-at-first-sight kind of things…but I knew that this rug had all of the colors I wanted in this room.

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What was throwing me off were my accessories in this room as it is now.  The furniture all works with the rug — I have purposefully kept everything really neutral because I always wanted to be able to change out accessories, not furniture pieces, if we wanted to do any kind of room refresh.  It’s easier on the budget to switch out accessories than it is to get brand new furniture!  😉  Currently, my accessories are not really doin’ it for me.  I’m excited to bring in some new fun things in this color palette — especially that beautiful blue.  Which brings me to…

The design tip!

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The colors in this rug are very specific, which makes them difficult to shop for when I’m out and about.  We’ve all had that experience where we find the perfect pillows that we just have to have while we’re out shopping and we get them home and they don’t look right.  I hate that!  So I wanted to come up with a way that I could carry around the colors with me so that I can have a reference for anything I want to bring home.

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I brought out my trusty paint decks and started trying to match the colors.  And I found some that were really good!  Then I went to Sherwin-Williams and Dunn Edwards and picked up the samples.  If you don’t have a paint deck, try taking a picture of the color with your phone and then grabbing a few samples from the stores that you think would match.  Oh, and make sure you do this with plenty of natural light in your space.

Of course, lighting in stores is going to factor into color perception a little bit, so I’ll need to be mindful of that.  But overall, this is going to be a great way to have a pretty solid representation of the color that I’m searching for at the ready so that I can hopefully make fewer mistakes and returns.  😉

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See?  Goin’ in for a little relaxation on the rug again!  Love him so much.

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I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!