Changes and a Bay Leaf Magnolia Evergreen Holly Garland

Changes and a Bay Leaf Magnolia Evergreen Holly Garland


Today I decorated the table in the dining room.

I added pumpkins and tinier pumpkins and a bay leaf garland and magnolia and evergreen and holly that covered the table and looked like fall….

….one last time.

I tucked the orange pillows on the chairs and fluffed the burlap curtains and straightened the dishes and swiped a cobweb off a woven, grapevine pumpkin.

And then?

Then I waved goodbye.Continue reading

Wheat, Burlap, Fall and Magazines

Wheat, Burlap, Fall and Magazines


I’m extra falling it this year because a magazine is coming in just a few weeks to take pictures of the inside and outside of the house.

I can’t even believe I just typed that last sentence with a straight fingers.

I’m a little all over the place with it.

I vacillate between washing basketball uniforms and helping my son study for the PSAT with really big vocabulary words and forgetting all about the magazine…

…to staying up late at night trying to be extra fall-clever.Continue reading

Fall Kitchen Decorating Ideas and a Little Sunshine

Fall Kitchen Decorating Ideas and a Little Sunshine


It’s been a little cold and dark and gloomy and around here lately.

I’m looking out the window right now at the dark storm clouds gathering.

I didn’t even realize how dark it was until I took these kitchen pictures yesterday to show you all a few fall kitchen decorating ideas.

It didn’t have all this light.

Not even close.

This picture has been brightened and lightened through the miracle of photo editing.

It originally looked more like this. Continue reading

The Best New Candle Scents of the Season

The Best New Candle Scents of the Season



One of my favorite things about fall is the smell.

I think every season has a smell…

…and fall’s is the best of all.

I love the smell of the air on a cool, crisp fall afternoon.

I love the smell of apples and cinnamon and pumpkin pie and the feel of a fuzzy wool scarf against my nose.

But when you write a blog, smell is a hard thing to get across.

So I put together a fun photo shoot for Yankee Candle that helps to illustrate the smells of their yummy new candle line called Wine Pairings.  It’s a really fun concept.  Each of the candle scents was meant to pair with a specific wine and cheese for the entire entertaining package.Continue reading

Twelve Fall Door Decorating Ideas

Twelve Fall Door Decorating Ideas


This looks like a blog, right?

It’s not.

It’s actually an idea factory.

Especially if you have a door that needs a little fall?  This is the place.

(total aside:  I went all Grease The Movie in my mind with that last phrase.  Grease is the time.  Grease is the place.  Grease is the motion.)

Apparently, this is an idea factory that chases rabbits, too. 🙂

Are you ready for some ideas?  I have three different doors I created for Kirkland’s with three different looks and tons of easy, simple projects anyone can create in minutes.

So buckle your idea seat belt….

….because here we go.Continue reading

The Best New Addition to the Dining Room

The Best New Addition to the Dining Room

Dining Room Table Gray Chairs

Every couple of months, I’m lucky enough to get to go to the Kirkland’s corporate offices to tour all the behind the scenes.

I love those trips.

Everyone there feels like they should live down the street from me and I get to see all the upcoming collections and pretend like I’m a home and garden reporter in my head.

On my last trip, right in the middle of almost having a come-apart over all the reclaimed wood and this new vintage reproduction light collection, I spotted something out of the corner of my eye.

I couldn’t help it.  I skipped and rushed and ran to the back wall….

….to see this.Continue reading

Meet My Windows

Meet My Windows

family room windows

Six months ago this is where we started.

This is the family room hanging its head and its windows in shame.

The blinds were always down.

A big valance hid the top of the windows where the cracks were.

It was a pitiful sight.Continue reading

Hydrangea, Pears and Blue Jeans

Hydrangea, Pears and Blue Jeans

Fall centerpiece

Yesterday was learning day.

I learned that you can hollow out pumpkins and use them as vases and fill them with hydrangea.

I learned that a magnolia flower makes fall even brighter.

I learned that you can create this entire centerpiece for under $10.

And I learned that perspective?

It’s a really good thing.Continue reading