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pumpkin and urn found here
I cannot take credit for the brilliant fall decorating idea I’m about to show you in the post.
An idea that will inspire you.
An idea that will make you look at things from a different light.
An idea that will make your Monday better and start your week off right and make you put your coffee down and stand up and applaud.
An idea I never would have thought of in a million years.
I have to thank my lucky stars.
I have to give idea credit where idea credit is due.
I have to celebrate the incredible, amazing individual who inspired this post.
Before we get to the idea let’s take a trip back.
Remember the wall that I have been struggling with since we bought the house?
Here’s one solution I came up with.
I liked it.
It just seemed like there were too many pictures and the lamps hid the artwork and the mats were too dark for the space.
Enter idea number two.
I really liked this idea, but the leaves wouldn’t stay in place and they dried kind of crinkly and they kept sliding down the mats.
I even tried taking them out and painting the leaves onto the white boards.
Not even close.
Enter idea number three.
I really do love this artwork and I’m going to move it to another space in the house.
But after I lived with it for a while it just seemed too contemporary for the room.
It was fine.
But I wanted something that would make me happy every time I poured my coffee in the kitchen.
One day I was talking to my mother-in-law who had been with me through all the wall decorating.
I told her about my dilemma and explained the look I was going for.
She stopped me mid-sentence.
I have an idea, she said.
Are you ready?
Are you sitting down?
Are you prepared for the most brilliant idea on the planet?
These are THE DOORS FROM THIS CABINET.
When I took off the top of the hutch and re-did the dining room, I gave the hutch to my mother-in-law to create a built-in for her bathroom. My father-in-law reconstructed the top to fit into the space and he had to take off the doors.
And those doors?
They were just sitting outside on their back porch.
Just waiting to come home.
We took down the artwork and hung the doors up on the wall.
I love how they visually take up space without actually taking up space.
The arch on the top?
Doesn’t it look like it was designed for the space.
After we hung it on the wall, I knew it needed something else.
I found these incredible fall wreaths over on Bed Bath and Beyond.
Here’s the link.
(total aside: if you order them online—there’s free shipping and don’t forget to use your 20% off coupon. You can find it in the special offer section at check-out.)
Here’s a close-up of the wreath.
There are so many different layers and textures and it’s even prettier in person.
I added two to the door frames to balance out the width.
Remember when I had that toolbox on the table behind the sofa.
Several of you were NOT about it.
It gave me pause and helped me to re-think it and now?
I just created a simple display of pumpkins and books.
The books are stacked horizontally and vertically and I’ve added three pumpkins to the display.
Simple, but it helps accent the new door frame.
On the other side of the room where we play cards, I made a few changes, too.
I added this reproduction of a vintage map.
You can see all the different sizes here.
Here’s a close-up of the printing on the map.
The texture is so pretty.
The surface is comprised of several boards with the map printed on top.
It warms up the space and reminds me of the map from the office that’s over the fireplace in there.
The wood looks authentic and reclaimed and the design truly looks vintage.
(total aside again: if you order it online—there’s free shipping and don’t forget to use your 20% off coupon. You can find it in the special offer section at check-out.)
I kept it simple on the table and just filled this driftwood bowl with pumpkins.
It warms up the white of the table and makes my dollar store painted pumpkins look like fall.
You can see the details on the bowl here.
I think my favorite thing I ordered was this pillow.
I love it so much, I think I’m going to order another one.
You can see it on the sofa to the left.
It’s so soft.
It’s made from sweater knit–but then?
The rest of the pillow (including the back) is made from that soft almost minky dot fabric (without the dots).
I took a close-up so you could see how soft it is.
It comes with a down insert that holds it’s shape.
You can see all the pillow details here.
I still have a little more fall decorating to do.
But this room?
I think it’s done.
I found these brilliant orange pumpkins that are heading into the living room.
I couldn’t resist that texture.
These textured pumpkins come in a set of three.
I found this pumpkin display.
I keep moving it around to different places.
Currently it’s by the back door.
I also found this adorable doormat that I’m putting out by the front door.
A new look for the family room.
Just in time for fall.
And it all started with a hutch, a set of cabinet doors, a brilliant idea….
…and an amazing mother-in-law.
PS Just in case you thought I was out of stories?
See that ladder?
It has a fall tale of its very own.
PPS Did anyone else watch Poldark last night? IT WAS AMAZING.
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