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!

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!

Long-Term House Plans: Living Room

Hey, friends!  I hope you’re having a great week so far.  I can’t believe it is already Thursday — this week is flying by for me.  I’ve got my eyes set on Fri-yay!  😉

When we first moved into our house back in November of 2016, our living room looked like this…

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Long-Term House Plans: Living Room {Details Blog}

Cute and cozy…  I can tell by looking at these pictures that I was busy loving on this house all the time during those first few nesting weeks.  🙂

Lately, I’ve begun to realize how this room has transformed so beautifully over the course of just about a year and a half.

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Long-Term House Plans: Living Room {Details Blog}

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wake up every morning and pinch myself that I live here.  It’s kind of crazy… we hoped and prayed for a house for so long, and now this one is ours.  And it’s adorable!  I figured eventually we’d have a house, but I didn’t realize it would be quite this cute.  😉

I’ll let you in on a little secret, though… This room is starting to evolve in all the ways it’s been meant to, and I am so excited about it.  You might be surprised to find out that our zebra rug has been relocated to our kitchen, and that we have a new rug in our living room now that is inspiring a new color palette.  It’s not that I didn’t love the zebra rug — I did and do!  What I was having trouble with was my design direction as far as colors go.  I wanted a consistent pop of color, and the zebra rug made me all confused because it is black and white.

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Our house is very small.  It’s just over 1,000 square feet.  Which made my brain think…wouldn’t it be nice to have a consistent color palette all throughout the house so that each room flows nicely together?  We learned this in design school — it’s a good way to keep everything cohesive, especially for a small house.

My taste is super eclectic — I like a whole mix of styles and I love putting modern with traditional.  But as far as colors go, I knew I needed a rug to do the hard work for me by showcasing colors that inspired me so that I could pull from them (full post on how to do this coming soon — I have a good tip for you!).

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I’ll start with a disclaimer…this isn’t the rug we chose.  But you can see what I want my pop of color to be — dark blue!  I’m a water girl, and blue is the color that makes me feel most calm and soothed.  Oh, and Greyson likes it, too.  😉

A lot of these pieces we already have.  The lamps are sourced from one of my trade accounts and they’re on the pricier side, so I’m open to finding something that I love that is less expensive.  This board is mostly about the ideas.  I just want to prioritize simplifying, elevating, and pulling this room together a little more.

When we moved in, I was so excited about filling it up and having a space to decorate that was all ours, I brought some things into our house that I’m not in love with and didn’t really give time to let my design ideas brew and direct me.  Mostly all of the furniture is staying — except I do very much want that gold console table with the marble — that is from a trade resource and I see that in our future.  It’s mostly just about adding accessories that work well with the colors in our rug, which we found at HomeGoods on a random trip there.

SO!  If you’ve made it all the way to the bottom of this post — thank you!  Coming soon I’ll be sharing a really simple way to take colors that are in a rug, artwork, etc. that you are using as a springing-off point for your design and carry them around with you while you’re shopping.  Stay tuned!

I hope you have a great rest of your week!

Long-Term House Plans: Living Room {Details Blog}

Long-Term House Plans: Living Room {Details Blog}