Category Archives: Decor

Fall Pinspiration

It may be hot outside but even with the soaring temps I have already started brainstorming for our Fall decorations.  Last night I got a little pin crazy on Pinterest (some of you may have noticed).  So I thought I would share some of my favorites with you.

Please be kind and re-pin from original sources hyperlinked below each picture.  

Starting with this inviting picture…

seeded pumkin(source)

I couldn’t find the web sight for the picture above, only the image link.  If someone knows where this is from let me know.  I would love to give the owner credit.

I love all the warm colors in this picture but what really caught my eye was the use of seed and beans attached to the candles and pumpkins.  This would really be an easy project and a great way to personalize inexpensive candles into something special.  I have to admit though that I would be afraid to leave the candles burning on a wood table.  What if the wax dripped or the heat damaged the table?

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I love the beautiful place setting above because of the use of carnival glass.  Fall is my favorite time to pull out my carnival glass pieces.  Notice how formal it looks paired with simple burlap and white dishes.  This is really an elegant place setting and would be perfect for a dinner party.

rustic table setting(source)

I couldn’t find the web sight for the picture above, only the image link.  If someone knows where this is from let me know.  I would love to give the owner credit.

This beautiful rustic table setting also uses carnival glass and a gorgeous piece of pottery for the centerpiece.  All you Mississippi people are probably thinking what I was when I saw this picture, “I could use my McCarty pottery as my centerpiece.”  It was my first thought when I saw this table setting.  I’m pretty sure this isn’t a piece of McCarty (I can’t see the Mississippi river) but the color is very similar.I already have plans to use some of my pottery in my tablescape.

full mantel shot(source)

I truly loved my Fall mantel last year but would love to try some new design ideas out.

fall mantel(source)

There are several things I love about the picture above.  First, the FALL pennant banner.  Pennant banners have really been catching my eye lately and this one is no exception.  It’s simple but adds to the character of the mantel.  I also love the use of white pottery.  I don’t have a lot of white pottery or ceramics but it is incredibly versatile.  White also has way of dressing a design up.  It’s clean and timeless.  Finally, I really like the “Count Your Blessings” sign.  It’s almost a foreshadowing of Thanksgiving and a wonderful reminder.  If we started counting our blessing we would never finish.  God has blessed me more than I will ever know.

fallmantelurn(source)

Here is another use of white pottery.  It is a beautiful contrast to the orange and browns used.    BEAUTIFUL!

1011-paper-leaves-on-white-pumpkin-mdn(source)

Above is a simple craft and another wonderful way to add a little bit of Fall color to your living room, center piece, or mantel.  And I don’t know about you but I have a weakness for white pumpkins.  Like the pottery they are elegant.

fall door "s" 4(source)

Finally, I am ready to get my monogrammed “S” back on our door.  This will be the third year we have used it and it is still holding up beautifully.  ML got it out for me the other day but we still need to get the hanger out of the attic  It’s so cheerful looking!

In addition to our “S” door decor I hope to spruce some pumpkins around the front porch and hopefully find some more cute ideas on Pinterest.

Have you been Fall pinning crazy lately?  What knew decor idea are you trying out this year?  Sequined pumpkins?  Homemade garland?  Burlap table runners?  I love trying to add a new thing or two every year.

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Christmas 2012: Our Tree

Our Tree

We have been waiting a year to see this tree up and decorated.  For those who don’t remember we scored a great deal on a tree after Christmas.  Which was perfect because our previous $30 tree just wasn’t cutting it anymore.

This one is though.  I love how tall and elegant it looks.  It fits the size of our room a lot better and is the perfect height for our angel on top.

Thankfully, what you can’t see in the picture above is that the ornaments stop about a foot from the bottom of the tree.  Why you ask?  Noah.  Even though many of them are shatterproof I don’t want her learning to play with the ornaments or to think that the tree is a toy.  So I figured for this first year I would try to keep them out of her reach as much as possible.  Sometimes the best way to resist temptation is to remove the temptation.

Besides our shatterproof ornaments we have a few special ones decorating the tree as well.  Some of them I shared last year, others are our anniversary ornaments (still working on this years, and a few of them are Noah’s.

Like this one that is an imprint of her hand from last year.  It was crazy to put her hand up to it and see how much it had grown in one year!  And don’t let that little ornament fool you.  It was a lot of work to get that handprint.  Besides the fact that we were working with a newborn baby we, ML had quite a time getting the mold to do right.  It was so frustrating that he even went and complained to Buy Buy Baby about what horrible product it was.  Thankfully, we managed to get a decent handprint out of it.

Plus with the left over clay or whatever that stuff was we made a little imprint of Emma’s paw.  You know… just in case it grows form year to year.

Here are a few more ornaments that we have dotting the tree.

This one was a wedding gift.  I love all the glitter on it.

Here are our shatterproof ornaments or fillers.

This little guy was on Noah’s door decoration at the hospital.

And this one shows her birthdate, weight, and length.  Is anyone else baffled at why length is so important at birth?  

So there you have it.  Our new and improved tree for 2012.

Is anyone else sporting a new tree this year?  Or maybe just some new ornaments?  What are some of your favorite ornaments on the tree?

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Fall Insomnia

The other night I just couldn’t fall asleep.   Which was really depressing because it had been a long day and I had been looking forward to it all night.  Don’t you just hate when that happens?

One of the reasons I couldn’t fall asleep was because my mind was busy running ninety to nothing brainstorming Fall decor ideas as well as a few other creative thoughts.  Since, I don’t have  anything to show for my thoughts yet I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and look at what I did last year.

Fall Mantel

white pumpkins

I really loved all the height variations and color in this mantel set up.  There are several pieces here I plan to use again this year which I guess is one of the things making it a little difficult to get creative with it.  I’m up to the challenge though.  I’ve already started pulling pieces around the house that I think I might use.  Shopping around the house is the best way to go!  Sometimes you would be surprised at how much stuff you can find.

monogramed picture

According to Pinterest the picture above is the most popular shot of the mantel.  Pinners have really gone crazy over it and I appreciate all the love.  I have to give part of the credit to my sister though because she made the monogramed picture for us as a house warming gift.

Fall Door

I had so much fun making this monogramed “S” for our door last year.  I plan to use it again this year because it’s just too pretty not to.

My thinking is that since I won’t be spending money on the door decor itself I might purchase something for the landing area of our front door.  I’m thinking topiaries would look nice but we will just have to wait and see what I find a good deal on.

Fall Table

We didn’t really do a lot in the terms of “Fall Table” decor last year.  Some of it might have been because we were only weeks away from the arrival of our precious little girl, Noah.

soup, food

I did show a glimpse of it in this post where a shared a family favorite soup recipe.

Right now I am still in the dark as to how I want to decorate it.

I’m not sure if I will take advantage of it being a chalk board table top and draw something or layer it with lots of pretty fall garland, carnival glass, and pottery.  The layering affect is appealing to me right now but who knows where I will land in a week or two.

With all this planning and dreaming (not while sleeping) it looks like I am going to be as busy as a chipmunk preparing for the winter!  ML had to calm my desire the other night to fix soup every night for the next month!  Seriously, it’s one of my favorite things about cooler weather.  Do you have any special decor plans for the Fall?  Or find yourself resisting the urge to make soup nonstop?

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