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!

 

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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French Country Cottage

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Traditional Home

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New England Home Magazine

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BHG

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Onekindesign

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The Inspired Room

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Vintage Home Love

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Courtney Michaels

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Rose Uniacke

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RemodelaCasa

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Pink Peonies

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Country Living

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Collage Vintage

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House Beautiful

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Magnolia

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Le Nest Design

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House Beautiful

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This Is Glamorous

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House Beautiful

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Becca Interiors

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Dress Cori Lynn

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Brooks & Falotico

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The Curious Bumblebee

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!

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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I’m Bored Let’s Go

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Atlantic / / Pacific

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BHG

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Traditional Home

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Sarah Bartholomew

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A Thoughtful Place

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The Bojon Gourmet

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Featherglass

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CITRINELIVING

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The Inspired Room

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House & Home

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Kristen Panitch Design / Interiors

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Country Living

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A Thoughtful Place

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Design Love Fest

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Style Me Pretty Living

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Liz Marie Blog

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Home Bunch

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Marie Flanigan Interiors

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Home Bunch

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Lee Ann Thornton Interiors

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!

Gettin’ Organized

Hey, friends — happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Ours was a good one, spent with family and a little bit of thrift shopping that ended with an awesome find.  More on that another time.  😉

Slowly but surely we’re getting organized around here.  I’ve mentioned here before that our house is itty bitty, so I am constantly trying to pack as much functionality as possible into our little space.  Grey and I were wandering around IKEA a few weeks ago and randomly we saw an awesome solution that we decided to use in not one, but two places in our house.  The area I’m showing off today is right by the door leading from our garage.

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Just to orient you, this hallway leads straight back into our master bedroom and also looks out into the living space with the cut-out.  I’m so grateful we have that cut-out because it keeps the living room feeling more open.  Someday we’ll put some kind of artwork on the hallway wall and it’ll show up in the living room, too.

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The goals for this space were: a place to put mail when walking in the door (to be sorted later), as well as a place for outgoing mail; drop-zone for keys, sunglasses, and my market bag.

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We used this system from IKEA and so far we’re loving it.  This is the longer version.  The letter board is from Target (similar) and it’s been fun to put up new sayings every little while.  The mail organizer is from HomeGoods — they always have a ton of these!

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The little pop of greenery is a fun touch but we can use the tin basket for something else in the future if we want to.  The small basket that holds sunglasses is from Target a while back.

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So there you have it!  Our little space made more functional — I’m telling you, it’s small projects like this that get me SO excited.  Even more so than larger projects, I think.

I hope you have a great day!

A Small Front Porch Update

Hey, friends!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Ours was busy but a lot of fun.  Saturday we spent time with family and Sunday we did some work on the house.  I have lots to share — just need to make time to photograph!  Movin’ slow today, ha.

A little while ago, I shared our front porch and how that was shaping up.  We had just purchased a new wreath, and we potted a gardenia plant in the planter we received as a Christmas gift.  Our little space looked like this…

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Almost immediately after posting this, I realized what this space was lacking that I felt it really needed.  Typical doormats are this size, but I wanted something larger that would fill up the space better.  So I went in search of something that was budget-friendly and also made the size statement that I wanted.

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And I found it!  This one is from Target and is actually the “estate” size, which cracks me up because our house is teeny tiny.  😉

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I love this rug.  So far we’ve had it for about two months and it has held up really well.  I’ll keep you posted.  The DIY wreath is still looking the same — I just took down the ‘Happy Easter’ sign.

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We have a little carriage light by our front door and I’m really wanting something different and BIGGER!  The ones on the front of our house are pretty cute so I may just change this one to something different than the other two.  Ideally I would love them to all be the same, but we’ll see.

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So far, no blooms on the gardenias but I’m keeping up with watering them.  With the change in temperature they got a little crispy for a day or two because their water needs increased and I wasn’t prepared.  They’re hangin’ in and I’m hoping they bloom soon!

Catching Up

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Good morning, friends.  🙂 I hope you had a very blessed Easter.  Ours was pretty low-key — just time spent with family and a Greek feast that is still making my mouth water.  I’m thinking I need to make another batch of my favorite orzo salad just because.

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Easter weekend was a busy one for us.  We had a beautiful wedding that we went to on Saturday, plus all of the food prep and regular weekend stuff that goes on.  This past weekend was a little less crazy but we still packed in a bunch.  We found some new things at IKEA, which I will share soon.  Trying to pack as much organization as possible into our little home.  🙂

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Yesterday was two years since my sweet Gramma went to Heaven and I am missing her a lot.  Feeling happy to connect with her in all the ways she shows up in my daily life, though.  I see her everywhere.  I look for her everywhere.  She just always shows up!  Like she always did when she was here with us on Earth.  So thankful for that.

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Even though we weren’t home for most of the day on Easter, this was our little table that I decorated for us.  Grey and I dyed those eggs the night before Easter — just in time!  😉 It was fun to come home to a festive little tabletop — it’s the little things.

I’ll be posting next week about some new things around our house, as well as our front porch refresh, and some long-term plans for our living room.

Have a great day!