Our basement flooded this weekend. Ugh. While I was down there mopping up water, I grabbed the bin of fall decorations. It’s a little early, but I figured it would keep the kids busy while I cleaned up. It’s always fun to watch them figure out a good spot for each item. Most items end up at eye level for them. If you happen to stop by our house, please look down to enjoy our festive decorations. Target has some great fall items in their home department right now. Here are five that I have my eye on.
So…have you had a pumpkin spice latte yet? I’m still holding out. I did give in this morning and put on a cozy sweater and thick socks. It was chilly and definitely felt like fall is just around the corner. That also means that big holidays are just around the corner too. Are you hosting any holiday parties this year? Now is a great time to purchase a new dining table and chairs. You don’t want to wait too late and find out the perfect table for you won’t arrive until after the holidays. You can also take advantage of all the Labor Day sales this weekend. I’ve done a roundup of table and chair combinations to hopefully inspire you. Remember to measure your space carefully before choosing a table. Leave 36 inches between the table and a wall or other furniture. This will leave enough room to comfortably walk around or pull out a chair. Also think about comfort when choosing a chair. If you have to sit through your cousin’s long-winded political rant and your great-aunt’s lime jello (again), at least you should be comfortable, am I right? Have a great Labor Day weekend!
Do you have a favorite color? My favorite color for most of my life was red. I even had a red telephone in my bedroom when I was a teen. I don’t have a favorite color anymore, but I still love colorful accents in a room. Bathrooms are a great place to add color and pattern in a bold way. This family bathroom is casual and fun for the kids while still being adult-friendly too. I love the National Parks print paired with a favorite national park candle. I also love the simple print on the shower curtain and the black and brass finishes together.
I would love to see this paired with a good penny tile and a wood vanity. Below are some examples.
I rarely go to the movie theater. I am blessed with a mother who takes my boys to all the new kid movies. That poor woman has sat through every animated film you can imagine. The boys love it and I get a few precious hours to regroup. Brady prefers to watch movies at home and I really don’t mind that. Nancy Meyers films are the exception for me. I want to see those movies right away and on a big screen so I can fully submerse myself in the beautiful set design, timeless fashion, complicated women, and big romance. I want to sit there in a cashmere sweater and pearls with a bag of popcorn and a cherry coke and ignore real life for a while.
Remember the Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin movie It’s Complicated? I love that one. I adore Meryl and I loved her character. The kitchen was pretty great too. We can’t all live like the characters in a Nancy Meyers film, but we can recreate some of the spaces in their homes. Here’s a start.
Our front door is in desperate need of some attention. It’s been easy to ignore for the past 2 years for a couple of reasons. My first excuse is that other projects needed to be finished in a certain order and were higher on the priority list. Having heat and running water = priority. Doors on the bedrooms…also a priority. My second excuse is that our front door actually faces the woods behind our house and can only be seen by the few adventurous people who dare to venture up our long and very rough dirt driveway. These are hearty folks who are fine with knocking down a few cobwebs and look right past the chew marks on the door left behind by a woodchuck.
We’ve got a long weekend ahead of us and we are ready to make some progress on this neglected front porch. There are so many great sales this weekend and I wanted to put together a quick inspiration board for you in case you wanted to refresh your front door too. Have a great weekend!