Thursday, October 16, 2014

Floral Arrangements

My friend Renee over at The Refined Relic wrote the best post yesterday in her Why I Love it Wednesdays Series on Foraging for Florals.  I was inspired.  I walk around our neighborhood everyday and as you know we developed this neighborhood and it is currently only half built so there’s lots of raw land.  This Fall I have really enjoyed seeing new things bloom, lots of yellow, reds, purples and white.  Also, I noticed over the Summer we have a rash of ferns growing in one spot, they are now turning a nice Autumn color.  Anyway, Renee’s post really spoke to me…why not pick some of these beauty’s and enjoy. 

Today I did!  I stopped by Trader Joes for almond milk and was pleasantly surprised that they had their pumpkin trees back.  That was enough to decide today was the day to pick some weeds.  I love these pumpkin trees, such oddities!  They are awkward and hard to arrange but with my added “weeds” they look awesome.

pumpkin tree

I added a few  ferns and some tall grass that looks like fireworks!  It was just the right accent for the funky pumpkin tree.

pumpkin tree up close

After putting this together I decided this had to be a center piece in the kitchen so I moved the bread box to make room and give it a special place.

Floral arrangment

I also made another arrangement with some of the pretty yellow blooms growing wild here.


It’s really amazing all the beauty that surrounds us…you just have to take the time to see it. 

Be sure to head over to Renee’s blog and read her post!



Monday, October 13, 2014

Halloween Decorating

You all know I love Halloween and I go a bit overboard with the décor!  I wanted to share a few pictures of the inside of the house all decked out in black and orange.

Our living room mantle looks very similar to last year but I just love that bunting.  I try not to go crazy in the living room since I have so much color in there already.  I enjoyed having an extra cabinet to work with this year, it was fun to fill.

Halloween Mantle

Living Room Cabinet

I picked up this “31” at Homegoods this season and was super excited to have a new Halloween picture.  I had fun spray painting dried hydrangeas for a eerie look. 

Black Hydranea

The other area of the house that I added Halloween décor to is the dining room.  I have so much fun seasonally decorating my china cabinet.




All of the owls, crows, rats you see came from the Dollar Tree.  I have found over the past few years that Dollar Tree has great Halloween décor.  I found lots of goodies this year!  We are hosting a Halloween bash later in the month and I’ll share some other finds after that. 

Lastly, I had a bunch of fake pumpkins that needed a fun new look and I enjoyed decorating them with glitter and placing them about. 

Glitter Pumpkins

What do you think, too much?!…..nah!

I would love to see your Halloween décor!  Send me pictures or tell me how to find you on Instagram or Facebook!



Saturday, October 4, 2014

Fall Porch

Hey Guys!  I have been having so much fun decorating for Fall this year.  Most of my Fall decorating leans towards Halloween because I just love it!  I wanted to share my porch with you guys today. 

Porch Up close

These photos are a little shady if you know what I mean…We get so much afternoon light on the front of the house.

I changed out my Summer plants with some Fall color and witch legs of course.

Porch Flowers

I moved my ferns from their hanging spot and wrapped orange lights around them for a night time glow.


I bought all these pumpkins for $40 at a local spot and had so much fun picking them all out.  They were a steal….now I know why….most of them are rotting.  So by Halloween there will be a lot less but they sure are pretty now!

I had the most fun making this wreath.  I found a similar one on Pinterest and could not resist giving it a try.  I bought a wreath form, some moss, and small pumpkins that I painted and glued it all up.


I’ve been decorating for Halloween inside too and will be back later to share that.  I’ve also put up lots of lights outside that I am super excited about!  I still can’t believe it is already October!!  Christmas will be here before we know it!



Sunday, September 7, 2014

Neighborhood Update

It’s been some time since I last gave you guys an update on how things are selling in the neighborhood we developed.  Thankfully the sells have continued to stay steady and we have sold almost 50% of the lots to date. 
Glen Iris Update
Looking back, we started building the first house in Fall of 2011.  We moved in that house in July 2012 and it sold a month later.  We moved in with Will’s parents for a few month while we built the house we are in now. We moved here January 2013.  At that point in time, including those two homes, we had sold 4 lots. 
Things really started to pick up in Spring of 2013.  Fast forward to today, Summer 2014, we have sold 19 lots.  Five are currently under construction.  We are happy to have great neighbors and feel a sense of community again. 
We have finished all major construction to the land and all lots are sellable.  
We are hoping lots continue to sell soon!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Design Dilemma {Living Room}

A sweet reader, Heather,  recently emailed me and asked if I could give her some suggestions and advice on decorating her living room.  She had recently sold a large entertainment center in the space and it was feeling empty. She also had trouble arranging the furniture in the room because of the doorways and general layout.  This living room is a great space that connects to the foyer and the kitchen on the opposite ends of the room.  There is also a door that leads out to the back deck. 

A common complaint in rooms is an awkward layout.  In new construction, builders work to make spaces feel more open so I hear this complaint often.  It’s all about finding the right fit for comfort and something that is visually pleasing when you enter the room from all angles.  Finding that layout can drive you nuts and sometime you just have to move furniture around and live with it for a few days to get the feel for it.  Heather has great taste in colors, fabrics, and accessories just by looking at the rest of her home. 

I had her send me a few pictures of the space so I could get an idea of what she was working with.  She mentioned in her email that she was planning to purchase a new console for the TV  and she was considering a new couch, possibly a sectional.