We just left the kitchen during our fall home tour, and were headed into the living room when you were last here.
I told you to
beware be aware that spooky things were to come. I like to have my kids involved in what I am doing when it is all possible, and this was no exception. Or it might be the other way around… My kids caught me going into our storage room and were way too extremely excited when I told them that I was going to start decorating for fall. They didn’t even know I was doing a fall home tour. So, of course the first thing they pulled out was our halloween bin. And now that is officially October I thought now would be the perfect time to share.
In November my mantle will be filled to the brim with pumpkins and maybe even some gourds.
… But until Halloween the crow and skeletons will remain. Both of those, along with the gauzy fabric were found at our local dollar store. I know, I’m a big spender. 😉 In the background you will see a few more pumpkins randomly placed on our newly acquired shelves. Remember, my kids were helping me decorate. 🙂
Creepy halloween decorations aren’t really my thing.
To be honest, it’s probably one of my least favorite holidays. Growing up I remember always being cold while we trick-or-treated. Even though I didn’t live in Washington at the time it seemed like it was always raining on the 31st of October. Maybe that is why I decided to buy the “Beware” sign when I randomly saw it on clearance at Walgreens one year. Because I might slightly dread that day coming. Well that, and the fact that the sign is sparkly. I can’t usually resist something covered in glitter. I was
kind of really disappointed when the sparkle didn’t show well on the picture.
The topiary, I found from the Downeast Home store in Utah one summer while visiting my parents.
They carry seconds from stores like pottery barn, and I think this might have been originally from Crate and Barrel but I was able to get it at a fraction of the cost. It’s probably a good thing that I don’t live by one of those stores or I would want to go all of the time to see all of the good deals I could get. Then I make myself remember what Gabe is always reminding me. That just because it’s a good deal it doesn’t always mean it is in the budget. 😉
This block is a quote from Wicked. Something I do love.
Although the holiday isn’t my favorite I was able to find a piece of decor that included something that is. A quote that reminds me of a play I was introduced to during my first year at BYU. A play my brother gave us tickets to for our wedding. Good memories, as well as a good moral. Beauty comes from the inside out.
“Only bad witches are ugly.” – Glinda the Good Witch
One of my absolute favorite places in our home to relax is on the couch next to a roaring fire.
Especially in the fall. I get cold easily, so with the weather changing, and all of those rainy days it is where I want to be most. I usually make myself a cup of chamomile tea, pull on a warm blanket, put my feet up on the ottoman and relax with one of my pretty floral pillows behind my back. Sometimes I even use the heated slippers Gabe gave me for Christmas last year. Okay, maybe I use them all the time… 😉 As I sit there I try to forget about the partially painted wall (eventually it will be the same color as my kitchen) and remember the elements of the room that make me happy. The victorian style sconce lights, mirror and candlesticks are some of my favorite decoration staples. I found the candlesticks at Ross for close to $5 each, and the mirror was from Ikea.
When we built our last house I knew I wanted to put sconces in our entryway.
I searched and searched to find the exact style I had in my head and I finally found these. They weren’t exactly cheap, but not expensive either. I was able to get them on sale, and use a discount code so that helped too. I rarely buy anything at full price. When we sold our house we took a lot of the lights we had put in back out before we put it in the market. Everything I knew we could find a place for in our new house. When we moved in, this fireplace had outdated gold sconces over it. Our house was built in 1993, so they were straight from the 90’s. The impact was immediate when
we Gabe changed them and I couldn’t be happier!
Everyone in our family is a lover of books.
For that reason, we have them all over our house. I have been patiently, okay maybe impatiently, waiting for my husband to make some built in shelves for me on this wall. Apparently he has been too busy building me a horse/goat shelter to get started on that project. 😉 My impatience got the better of me and so I decided to just get some $25 shelves at IKEA. They are perfect for the time-being. In budget, and a lot less work.
I was also glad to have a place to place some of my favorite knick-knacks.
You will see pictures I took of my kids last summer on random shelves. The cute birdhouse was a target dollar section find, and the swan belonged to Gabe’s grandmother. They stay there all year round. I added the dollar store pear, and the gold pumpkin from Michaels just for fall. The large vase at the bottom is real silver and was completely tarnished when I got it. I spent one afternoon cleaning it up. Although it still isn’t perfectly shiny I love it despite it’s imperfections.
If you didn’t already guess from the fact that I love glitter, I also am slightly obsessed with ruffles.
These curtains have made an appearance in all 3 homes we have owned. I bought them from Urban Outfitters after I had Owen, my third boy. I decided that if I couldn’t dress a little girl up, I might as well give some parts of my home a feminine touch. These were in the living room of our first house, the master bedroom in our second house, and now they are in our living room again.
Since these shelves aren’t built in, they are kind of an awkward height.
Eventually the plan is to do some Ikea Hacks and make them look like they are built-in. But until then I decided to throw some decorative elements on top to make it a little less noticeable. What do you think? Does it help?
The sign on top of this bookshelf is our motto around here.
Well, one of them at least. Now that we live on a fully-fenced property I feel comfortable letting my kids go in and out of the house while they play. The only hard part about this situation is that sometimes it’s hard to round them all up when I want to do a family activity, and occasionally they will disappear when it is time to do chores for some reason. 😉
Don’t look too closely at the chair in the corner.
When I decided I needed to take photos for the tour, I realized that half of my slip-covers were sitting in my laundry room waiting for me to wash them. That included all of the ones that belong on this chair. Good thing they’re all white so you can’t tell too much… Even if you did it wouldn’t matter. That’s just a way to make you feel welcome in our home. Did I mention that this is real life?
When I decided to style my shelves I didn’t really have any idea what I was doing.
I remember a friend of mine telling me that she arranged her books by color on the shelf, so I decided to try it for myself. I started by throwing away every single dust cover I owned. Mine were always getting wrinkled and didn’t look uniform. Who likes dust covers anyway, was my thought? If you do, tell me why. I would love to know a reason to keep them. But I guess it’s already too late now… 😉
I am a photographer that is in love with FILM and old “vintage” cameras.
My house has cameras everywhere. They are not just used for decoration, I use them all. I found this old camera at goodwill, and although the flash bulb was burned out, it works like a charm. It takes fun square photographs, just like in the old days, way back before instagram.
The statue of the girl holding a duck is something pretty special.
It belonged to my husband’s grandmother. She was a ballerina, but also grew up on a farm. I can relate to her in so many ways, so every time I see this girl and her basket and animals it makes me smile just a little bit. Or maybe a lot. 🙂
Thanks to my mom, my favorite round basket is always filled with seasonal books.
Every holiday she sends a care package for us with books and crafts. We are starting to get quite a collection of halloween and Thanksgiving books. Since taking these pictures we received this years’ package and now we have several more books to add! Did I ever mention that we love books? “Miss Fiona’s Stupendous Pumpkin Pies” is a kid favorite and even has a recipe at the end! But “Today is Thanksgiving” is probably my personal favorite because it connects young children to the reason we celebrate the holiday and the illustrations are adorable too. Win win if you ask me!
Let’s head on over to the opposite side of the room.
This is technically supposed to be our formal dining room. We do not have a table here. It’s just a buffet filled to the brim with our china, vases, pitchers, and candles. Lots of candles. I am kind of in love with the idea of having a candlelit meal at Thanksgiving, so it is a tradition that has been going on for almost 5 years at our house. We also have power outages that will occasionally last for several days. So it’s nice to have extra light when there is an emergency. Last year I actually hosted a lularoe party in this very room, when it was pitch-black. The power had been out for 3 days so I just went for it. It was a lovely evening and everyone that came enjoyed the ambiance. The other perk was that they couldn’t tell how dirty my windows really were. 😉
This cute little owl is another favorite of mine.
When Preston was little he was in a co-op preschool. I taught during the month of October and we learned about nocturnal animals. I found this little guy at target that year. It’s incredible the memories little things like this can create. Preston became owl obsessed so he went on to have an owl party for his birthday the next year. I even made a fancy owl pinata. We still have that little guy, because he is virtually indestructible, and can be used for fall parties too.
These candles are made of pure beeswax and smell heavenly.
Gabe and I went on a date last winter to our local bee supply store and learned how to make candles. We dipped some and also learned how to use molds. I have a bunch of these sprinkled throughout my house and I love the warmth they bring whether they are lit or not. 😉
My wall gallery is a recent addition.
I really wanted to have my wall painted and finished before I put the gallery up. But when I realized that wasn’t going to happen anytime soon, I just put it up anyway. When I finally do get to painting that area I’m just going to take the frames down, paint over the nails and then put the frames right back up. After the paint is dry of course. 😉
Remember how I said my kid’s were excited about decorating?
They all wanted a picture with their decorations too. 🙂 Carter insisted on putting his little plush owl (another gift from Grandma) on top of my flowers. Don’t worry, they’re from the dollar store so I don’t mind if they get a little abuse…
Are you at all surprised that gold sparkly pumpkins are included in my fall decor?
To top it off, they are from the dollar store. You can’t get much better than that?
Owen insisted on a Halloween ready growling monster pose.
Fierce isn’t exactly the word I would describe him as. Owen has a sweet, bubbly personality. So his picture doesn’t quite have the scary impact he was hoping for…
I am smitten with my newly acquired buffet.
This will eventually replace the cherry buffet we have. I was hoping it would fit behind my couch, kind of like a sofa table. Unfortunately, I did not measure and it really is way too big for the space. I didn’t let that stop me from buying it though, because I knew that when I found it is was one-of-a kind, and just me. I love antiques, chalk paint, intricate details, and the color white. This has all of those things and makes a huge impact.
Adalaide is such a little mother.
She took the plush owl and cradled it until she was sure it had fallen asleep. Then she deposited it back into it’s home of flowers.
Let the fall festivities begin!
We are all ready, and I find myself being more and more ready for this season every day. I hope you are able to have spaces in your home that bring you joy this time of the year, and just remember that simple = good. This box was made out of 2×4’s and filled with old olive oil bottles, and remember the flowers and pumpkins are from the dollar store! The simple linen runner has a fall ribbon running down the middle. A gorgeous centerpiece for only a few dollars. I also love that the wall showing is the one half of a wall I have painted so far. What do you think? Could you create a simple and inexpensive fall centerpiece? Do you have something similar in your home already? I always love to hear ideas!
Thank you for following me along through the rest of my Festive Fall Home Tour. If you missed part 1 you can see that here, and don’t forget to check out the rest of the links!
I would love to hear your impressions of the tours! Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments. :)