Styling a Table for Fall

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The other day, I attempted to style this small table in the hallway. But it felt flat. So today, I pulled some things from around the house to give it a little more life.

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I added a tall greenery filled white vase atop two gold boxes, an orange candle, a white pumpkin inside a silver vessel, and a wooden plaque.

I love the little “moment” it creates in an otherwise empty area of the hall.

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Stairway Gallery Wall

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Right now I feel like I’m in the planning stage. There are lots of little projects I want to do but haven’t had the inspiration to do yet.

Sprucing up our boring stairway would be one of those things.

I really loved these black and white framed photos hung organically in the stairway.

I’m on a mission to make this happen.

Sooner or later.


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My Favorite Corner

This happens to be my favorite corner. It’s nothing super special. But this is where I come to sit and think.

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Just a rocking chair I found on the side of the road that my mother spray painted gray when I was 9 months pregnant. The pillow I DIY’d makes me smile.

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This $7 wooden table that I painted and added a faux nail head trim to is the perfect spot for a writing notebook, a book or two and a steaming hot cup of coffee. And I can’t forget the greenery. I’ve come to love the life that plants bring to a room.

Is there a corner in your home that you gravitate to? 


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Super Quick Fall Vignette

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I scored the iron pumpkin last year at Hobby Lobby for about $3. I threw a gold painted bud vase with some faux lavender inside. And a little white pumpkin on the side.

I plan to layer on some more things but my husband has been out of town since last Friday so my attention is elsewhere.

I’ll share the finished look next week. Have a great weekend!!!

The Secret to Crunchy & Delicious Pumpkin Seeds

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You can’t carve a pumpkin without roasting up a few pumpkin seeds. This is my favorite part of all when it comes to carving a pumpkin. Just give me the guts and I’m a happy lady.

I remember as a kid — my mom used to make us roasted pumpkin seeds. The nutty smell of them roasting in the oven just does something to spark the nostalgia of my younger days.

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Watching my mom all those years — I learned a trick or two about how to roast the perfect pumpkin seed.

This is the secret: boil the pumpkin seed for about 10 minutes in salted water before roasting. 

I called my mom to ask why she did this since most recipes have them going straight into the oven. I looked at a few recipes beforehand — since this was the first time making them as an adult — and she said that it will prevent the inside from burning before the outside has gotten the chance to turn a crispy, golden brown.

So that’s what I did. After washing all the pumpkin guts off — I found the best way to do this was to use a colander. Next I poured about a teaspoon of olive oil and stirred together with a teaspoon of salt. The ratios will depend on how many seeds your pumpkin yields.

Next pour onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Give them a stir at 10 minutes in so they don’t burn on one side.

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They came out so crunchy and delicious. My girls pretty much gobbled them up in one sitting. Pumpkin seeds are definitely one of those foods that take me right back to my childhood. And I love it!

Are you a pumpkin seed fan? Got any secrets on how to make the perfect pumpkin seed? 

Fall Around the House

Fall in Houston is so pleasant. I’ve been wanting to spend every day outside. As I’ve said before I don’t usually decorate for the fall holidays much but I thought that this year I’d add a little something.

I picked up a bag of $3 mini pumpkins and tossed them around the house just to remind myself that fall is actually among us. Not to mention — the girls get so excited every time I add something season related to the house.

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Halloween on the Front Porch

I’m not a huge Halloween fan. I usually never decorate — but this year the girls convinced me to do a little something. wpid-img_20141020_180001.jpg wpid-img_20141021_094604.jpg

I threw up a wreath I used indoors for Christmas last year and added some spider web and a few spiders. Instant (and cheap) Halloween wreath. And once I remove the spiders and the web — it goes back in the Christmas bin.

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Believe it or not — I severely neglected our yard in the last year. These beauties bloomed on their own from a pot of what I thought were dead flowers. I didn’t even provide water. Nature is amazing.

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And I even carved a pumpkin for the first time. There’s some other decorations lurking around that I didn’t photograph but this is pretty much it.

So do you do the Halloween decorating thing? 


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How to Bleach Pine Cones

I’m re-posting this post from last November because it’s about that time to bring out the fall decorations and for a lot of people — pine cones are a mainstay.

Of course you can buy a bag of pine cones but if you happen to have a tree that produces them in your backyard — here’s how I bleached some pine cones.


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Tis the season for bleached pine cones.

I’ve seen image after image of the ubiquitous seasonal decoration being bleached and amping up it’s style.

I loved it so much that I even tried my hand at it.

We were in the park last weekend, enjoying the gorgeous Houston weather and the girls and I picked up a few pine cones.

The process is easy enough. Though, it’s totally not one of those instant gratification projects. More like 24 hour gratification.

I followed a few tutorials that I saw, using a 1:1 ratio of bleach to water. I submerged my pine cones and placed a bowl on top so that they would stay in the solution.

They sat for about 24 hours and then I rinsed them. If you’re impatient, like me, pop those babies in the oven on 200 for a couple of hours until they’re totally dry. They took a surprisingly long time to dry.

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They didn’t get as light as I’d hoped, but I didn’t want to risk another go round and have them disintegrate on me. They’re pretty and will transition perfectly from Thanksgiving to Christmastime.


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The Purpose of Home

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As much as I want my home to be beautiful and functional — I want the purpose that it serves my family to be what I focus on the most. I love pretty things, but if my girls can’t kick up their feet or have a race from the front door to the back door or have a Barbie party right on the living room floor — the prettiness means nothing. Their memories shouldn’t be that they couldn’t touch this or that but of how warm it felt to be home.

And when someone walks through my front door, I want them to know that it’s okay to get comfy in the chairs and have a drink or two.

My home is lived in. So when Pinterest tells me my home isn’t pretty enough or big enough or special enough — I have my three girls and my husband to remind me what the purpose of home really is.


 

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Contrast

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This is not the best quality photo. Try viewing a model home with three kids all while trying to snap pictures.

I wanted some quick bedroom inspiration because mine just doesn’t feel right just yet. And Pinterest wasn’t cutting it. I needed real life.

This bedroom was one that struck me because it had great contrast. And I loved the mirrors over the bed.

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I’ve been itching to change some things in the bedroom because I’m bored with the neutral and tonal thing I have going on.

So if anyone has great bedroom inspiration — send it my way.


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