The Beginnings of Fall Nesting

Good morning to you!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Ours was pretty low-key, which was much-needed.

I am itching for Fall… this is not a secret.  This past weekend I spent some time at Target and HomeGoods and found some fun things.  I took down Summer on Sunday and put away the Fall decor that I purchased into my Fall bin, and then began deep cleaning the house.  My goal is to have the house deep-cleaned in a few weeks after spending a few weekends doing the work, and then I will feel good about putting up Halloween/Fall/Christmas.  You know how it feels when your house just gets dirty.  I’m really good about keeping up with general tidiness but I feel like a couple times a year it feels really nice to go deeper than that.  I don’t really have time for much more than that!

At HomeGoods I found some cute velvet pumpkins for a really great price ($9.99!) and some fresh pillows for the season, which I’ll show you below.  At Target I bought a few styrofoam pumpkins that don’t feel super cheap from the Dollar Spot and I was also really excited because a bunch of their glass hurricanes were on sale for under $10!  So I bought two of those in different sizes and although I’m not certain how I will use them now, things like that are indispensable and really great for seasonal decor.

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Does anyone know what this plant is?  I bought it at Sprouts and forgot to look at the tag!  Also that little taper candle holder was a gift from my in-laws from their recent trip to Boston.  Isn’t it unique?  Of course I love the black and white.  😉

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This is always a favorite spot for me to photograph.  🙂  I took out all of the seashells and am left with this simple little vignette.

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It feels good to have it cleaned up!

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The giant ceramic seashell that was holding our remotes got packed away and our silver bowl returned.  And the Summer napkins are packed, too — these blue and white ones are from Bed Bath and Beyond.

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See that cute little pouf back there?  He’s like a little furry monster.  I have been waiting for this one to go on sale at Target for quite some time and just the other day we stopped there and the price had dropped below $25.  I love the warmth and texture that he adds to our space.  And yes, the pouf is a he.  What should we name him?  😉

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Those bird pillows are the new ones… They spoke Fall to me without being too theme-y.  And this time of year when I nest it’s usually when I layer and layer… So I put our furry blanket from Restoration Hardware underneath the striped Ikea throw.  The brown color of the furry blanket brings out the pretty taupes and browns in the bird pillows, and there’s some gray in there, too!

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These are some pretty flowers on our kitchen table right now.  My momma brought them over to me on Friday evening and I am loving watching them open up.  🙂

How do you nest for Fall?

Weekend Puttering

This past weekend I decided to take care of disposing of and replacing my dead plants around the house.  😉  I love the way that fresh flowers and plants make a space feel.  They’re good for the air, they’re good for your soul, and they’re good when you’re feeling like you are in a rut or just wanting your space freshened up.

I love buying orchids and flowers from Trader Joe’s.  They have the best prices and their blooms last a long time.  For succulents, I’m all about Home Depot.  I’ve had good luck keeping ones from there alive for a good long while and they are incredibly inexpensive.

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I usually have an orchid on this table but I switched this pot and my orchid and I love the change.  That’s what puttering dreams are made of.  😉

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The hydrangeas look so beautiful and lush in this blue and white planter, and they speak Summer to me every time I look at them.  Soaking up the last weeks of Summer before I can officially call it the beginning of Fall — September!

Coffee Table Vignette

I got this super healthy new succulent and potted it in my vintage silver in place of the grape-looking plant I had in it before.  It’s a fun change.

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Remember, this tray is a simple DIY project!

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One of my favorite views.  🙂

Orchid Vignette

This is the spot where my orchid lives now — it adds the perfect height and drama.  It’s such a beautiful plant and I had to move around all the orchids at TJ’s to get to this one, but you do what you gotta do.  😉

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Summer Wreath-Making

My brother’s girlfriend is awesome.  Let’s just start with that.  We got together for a little wreath-making party a few weeks ago to make some Summer cuteness for our doors.  They both turned out very different, but they’re both summery in their own way.  😉

Julia was inspired by the floral department of the craft store.  She has an awesome table that acts as a potting bench outside her front door with tons of beautiful succulents, and she wanted something that would really complement that.

Julia's Wreath - Beginning

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I’ve talked before about my love affair with grapevine wreaths and how they make such a pretty statement for each season.  And the great thing is, if you’re using faux flowers, you can just cut them from the larger stems, place them where you want, and when the season is over, you can take them out and re-use the wreath form.

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You need pretty decent wire cutters in order to make this easy on your hands.  Typically regular old scissors don’t cut these blooms.  Then just get to placing!

Julia's Wreath - Progress

Julia is an incredible artist.  I love how her wreath looks like something from a floral designer.  It was really fun watching her be creative with the placement of the stems and flowers.  And that faux succulent stem was a really awesome find.

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Julia’s finished wreath… Gorgeous, huh?

My Wreath - Beginning

Back in one of our old apartments, I made a wreath really similar to this.  I just used a hot glue gun to glue on the shells that I wanted.  The starfish add a little bit of interest that I love.

My Wreath - Progress

I burnt myself at least twice while doing this.  The little clamshell-type ones were so hard to get on there without getting glue all over my fingers.  And just a quick tip — If you have larger items that you are placing on the wreath (like the starfish), place those where you want them first and then nestle in everything else around it.

My Wreath - Finished on Table

My Wreath - Detail

This wreath feels like Summer to me.  I love driving up to our house and seeing it on our door.  …Gives me the warm and fuzzies.  🙂

My Wreath - On Door

How Far We’ve Come

I love before and after pictures, don’t you?  Although, at least for me, a space is never “done,” it just evolves and keeps evolving.  But I was looking through some old photos the other day and I stumbled upon some from our first week in our house.  It’s slightly empty, but I love the way even those old photos look.  We’ve only been here about seven months but we have loved on our house and we’ve made it ours.  It’s the greatest gift!

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These are our ‘befores‘ — complete with paint on the back wall in the picture above where we covered up a doggy door.

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Still so cozy.  We didn’t have a lot but what we did have, we loved.

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Living Room Wide

Blue and White Vignette

Living Room Pillows

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Even this little vignette has a fresh update…

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Coffee Station

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And then there’s our bedroom…

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So fun to take a look back!  🙂  This has been such a fun process and I’m just lucky that I have a husband who lets me make the design decisions — he lets me have all the fun!  😉

Summertime Happiness

Hey there.  🙂  Since I’ve got my spiffy new camera, I thought I would go around the house and take some better pictures of the Summer decor that we’ve got goin’ on.  It was so fun putting all of these little vignettes together, and I was surprised by how much I had packed away.  But let’s be real — all you really need for a good Summer vignette is sand and seashells.  It’s probably the least expensive season to decorate for — ha!

Side Table Shell Centerpiece

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Coffee Table Jar

Kitchen Centerpiece

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Summer Centerpiece

Good morning, friends.  Happy Monday to you.  🙂

This is the time of year when a slower pace starts to settle in and mostly in Arizona, you really just want to stay indoors…or go somewhere fun and use someone else’s free air conditioning.  😉  We will be going on a couple of trips in the coming weeks so it may be a little bit quiet around here while we enjoy.  We’re so looking forward to getting out of this heat!

Summer continues around our house with simple vignettes here and there — mostly with things I already had from our previous apartments that were packed away.

Kitchen Table

I love this domed cake plate and I’ve used it for more than just cakes — here and here!  🙂  So it just made sense to add some sand and shells to it, plus a starfish that I found at Sweet Salvage for $5.

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The candles I bought at HomeGoods in a pack — that’s the best place to buy those little ones as they are much less expensive than the Target and even the Walmart packs!

We’re feelin’ all beachy in our cute little house and that’s keeping us happy, but we are so looking forward to Fall.  Don’t tell anyone.  😉

Seashells and Special Things

I’ve written before about our coffee table’s array of special things, so it was really fun to add some Summer details to the display.  🙂

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This silver bowl is one of my favorite things in our house.  It is so versatile.  I found it in an antique shop while we were living with my in-laws and I was always dreaming about using it to decorate in our future house.  It is a reminder to me of how blessed we are.

I added some shells to the rocks in the top and then added some sand to the bottom with some more shells.  Decorating for Summer truly is so simple — it requires little effort!  I love that.  🙂  Simplicity before the abundance of Fall and Winter (although I am already looking forward to another Christmas in our home!  —One thing at a time!)