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Simple Spooky Halloween: Lovely Bones

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It’s getting a little spooky around here!  Halloween is in just three weeks and this is the prefect time to start incorporating some small decorations around the house.  I don’t go all-out for halloween, but I like a few clever nods to the holiday.  My halloween decor usually is very very simple, not store-bought, and just a tad spooky.

There is a big reason why I don’t buy something pre-made and stick it up on the wall.  I think decorations are all the more eerie when they’re incorporated with your everyday look.  It almost makes someone do a double-take when they see it, which sends a little chill down their spine and that is the perfect way to decorate for this fun and festive holiday.

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My plan worked like a charm too, last night these glass specimen jars where neatly styled in the bookcase and my husband all of a sudden was like, “are there bones in there?”.  To which I replied, “of course”.  I think he was a little weirded out, but that’s the point, no?

It’s a two step and totally do-able project!  Continue Reading…

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Mexican Chicken Chili

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Yesterday was a quintessential fall day, so I wanted to have something warm and cozy for dinner, but we didn’t have much in our fridge.  Sunday should have been my bi-monthly trip to the grocery store, but since we were flying back from Williamsburg, I didn’t get a chance to restock our supply.

Luckily, there are a few things I always keep on hand and I learned that a quick chicken chili isn’t out of reach when you’re stocked with some basic staples.

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I was kind of lamenting over the lack of creaminess I’d get in the soup since I am not eating dairy, but then guac came to the rescue!  Even if you’re not low on food in the fridge, this makes an impressive stew for any dinner.  Here is how I made it: Continue Reading…

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What’s in a (house) Name?

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Good Monday morning! We got back last night from a fabulous weekend in Williamsburg and I’ll have all the details and photos up for you soon!

During the weekend, however, something that’s been in my mind for a while came back to the forefront.  All of the beautiful estates and family homes we toured had names.  Now, most of these names were probably given to the homes by the folks who run the Williamsburg conservation for the purposes of keeping track of goings ons with the homes, but naming a home isn’t uncommon in other areas as well. We usually associate house names with giant rolling estates or opposite with college hangouts (just ask anyone from Miami University), but now and again you see a regular house with a name.  Sometimes it’s a farm, or out west it’s a ranch, but it isn’t totally abnormal.

I think about this a lot because Matt and I always think about naming our farm.  We’ve spent loads of time thinking up names that either describe the terrain around the home, describe the home itself, or describe us and our family. Over the years, only a few names have stood out, but nothing has been an epiphany. Names like, Whitetail Farms (for our white-tailed deer, fox, dog, and one albino squirrel that lives in our woods).

Right now, our home is lovingly referred to as just ‘The Farmhouse’.  We’ll be out with friends and someone will inevitably say, “let’s just grab some beer and go back to The Farmhouse’  or, “let’s do happy hour at The Farmhouse”.  I love the association of the home with a destination and the sense of gathering it brings.

So, we’re still working on the more long-term name for the farm – maybe we’ll put it up to a blog vote!  But in the meantime, I want to hear about your experience with named homes.  Is there one in your family?  Have you named your home?  How to you associate the name with the feelings you get while you’re there?

I can’t wait to hear from you!

 

 

image source: Rococo Revisited

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Friday Faves 10.3

Friday Faves 10.3

ONE gorgeous handmade, organic chambray tea towels are just rustic enough, but would work well in a modern home too! They’re $15 for a set of two from Zinc Door.  TWO the versatility of this cage pendant is what drew me to it.  It could be quite modern, farmhouse, or totally classic.  What a winner at just $147! THREE there almost aren’t words for this cane chair!  how wonderful is the exploded cane with the curvy frame? I’m in chair love. At $499, this would make a great statement chair in the living room or office! FOUR ceramic espresso cups are darling and would double nicely as sauce bowls or bud vases!  They’re $29 each (eep!) but are lovingly handmade by Free Folding out of Israel. FIVE A garden stool is always the perfect extra seating or side table for small spaces.  This one is jazzed up with a gold finish, but it’s honeycomb pattern make it down to earth. $395 from Horchow. SIX little message candles from Illume are too cute and are the ideal token to give to someone you’re thinking about, $11.25.

 

It has been a gorgeous fall week here in Ohio. The leaves are turning, the sky is still bright, and I’ve been squeezing in a lot of outdoor time! This weekend, I am SO excited to head to Williamsburg and enjoy fall in a quaint historic village.  I have never been, so I can’t wait to see all of the history and beauty that I’m sure they have to offer (especially this time of year).  It should be warm enough to walk around but cool enough to be cozy!

I’ll be posting about it here on Monday, so get ready!

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Cozy Fall Decor with Lulu & Georgia

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Fall decorating is kind of my jam year round. I love neutrals all the time, but feel like they’re especially comforting and cozy during the fall and winter seasons.  One of my absolutely favorite go-to shops is Lulu & Georgia and I actually have to try and restrain myself from including them in every friday faves.  It got to the point where I had so many items bookmarked, that a whole post is definitely in order!

Dimmer nights

For the nights when the sun starts to set a bit early, stylish lighting is always in order.  The Stump light is elegant, rustic, and neutral, perfect for someone whose style is classic with an edge.

Burnt Orange

I’m cheating here!  Burnt orange is basically brown, but I love that it’s a rich, caramel-y brown that goes nicely with white, black, and navy.  This ‘X marks the spot’ rug is easy to style and creates a sense of warmth while still adding a bit of pop to an otherwise neutral palette.

Levels of Brown

Pick one hue and do tons of levels of it for a lot of dimension without a ton of color. This tip is one of my go-to’s! An off-kilter herringbone pillow in cream and brown would be a perfect starting point!

Black furniture

With too many neutrals in once space, everything can feel a bit washed out and run together.  Black furniture has visual weight that grounds a space nicely.  This Lovisa black bench is nice because it sits low to the ground, still allowing for tons of open, airy, visual space above it.

Even if you’re not color-phobic like me, I’m sure there are some tips you can use!  How is your autumnal decorating coming along?

Photo Sources:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4

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White Gourd Placesetting DIY

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When it comes to dinner parties, I like to think outside the dining room sometimes to create a more magical experience for our friends.  I’ve always wanted to do a big outdoor sit-down dinner, but various technicalities have gotten in the way.  This year, it’s happening.  I built a table (more on that later) and have been starting the planning process.

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One thing I knew I wanted to include were some white name card holders.  Although actual white pumpkins can be used, they’re fairly pricey and don’t last super long once cut.  I made a very sleek, modern version using some run-of-the-mill foam pumpkins from the Home Depot.

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The result is a beautiful, serene tablescape that isn’t a cacophony of color (which you know isn’t my thing). The white gourds lend themselves well to the other colors incorporated in the table and won’t compete with any of the other decor.  The best part is that since they’re faux, they’ll last throughout the whole season and I can use them all of the way through Thanksgiving.

It’s a super easy project that I’m almost embarrassed to call a ‘DIY’ but sometimes it’s the little things, right?  Let’s go!  Continue Reading…

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Pumpkin Spice Kahlúa Ice Cream

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Fall is in full swing, which means pumpkin everything. I take every opportunity I humanly can to incorporate fall flavors into everything this time of year and no food or drink is off limits! In Ohio, it’s still pretty warm during the days which makes ice cream a perfect treat for basking in the weekend harvest sunlight.

You guys might remember my method for ‘making’ ice cream and how I don’t really make it at all.  I don’t have an ice cream maker, so I take a fabulous short-cut that allows for infinite customizations.  As I plan out the menu for an upcoming harvest party I’m planning, I wanted to stay away from pies and cakes since I’ll make those later in the fall season (just wait!).  I really wanted to incorporate something sweet, light, and cool – the perfect treat for after a hearty dinner.  Adding in the coffee and rum flavors of Kahlúa is perfect for our crowd too.  Who doesn’t love a little after dinner liqueur?

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What’s even better is that this recipe has a whopping four ingredients.  Roll up your sleeves and let’s make some fall ice cream!  Continue Reading…

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‘That’s My Jam’ Canning Party – Pt 1

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I think one of the things I love so much about fall is that it’s the season we seem to mingle so well with nature.  People revel in apple picking, pumpkin patches, and farmer’s markets.  I wanted to take advantage of this festive time, so I’m planning a JAM party for my girls!  I’ve divided the ‘party’ into two steps since I know canning can be pretty time consuming and tedious.

Step one is farmer’s market shopping.  Each friend lives on a different side of town and has their preferred market.  Everyone also has different preferences on food!  I armed each friend with a custom tote that reads, ‘That’s my JAM” (haha).  I made the totes last week on the iPhone app, Makr, and they arrived just in time to give one out to each girl with the challenge to return this weekend with a bag full of fall produce.

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I set out on the same assignment and picked up some Jonathon apples, pears, green beans, and tomatoes.

Step two will be this weekend! Continue Reading…

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Friday Faves 9.26

Friday Faves 9.26

ONE I love this wall sconce for the simplicity of the design and the seeded glass.  I want to use a pair in my bathroom above the mirror! $105 each from Lamps.com. TWO someone outbid me on the faux trees I wanted from EBTH.com, so I’m looking into alternate options.  I’m drawn this french market olive tree from Wayfair, although at $199, I think I also might have a way to DIY one (stay tuned!). THREE I dip, you dip, we dip! Dipped mugs are cool without being kitschy! $28 each from Poketo. FOUR I think this set of brass candleholders are very classic and could be a mainstay on the dining table. $12-$20 from Crate and Barrel. FIVE I love pretty much everything in the new Mark & Graham catalog, but these monogrammed leather gloves are topping my wish list! I love the moody aqua color!! SIX A printed melamine tray is perfect for entertaining since it’s dishwasher safe! Indian Lace tray from Nicole Porter Designs for $36.

 

Happy **FIRST FALL** Friday guys!  It’s been a long and busy week over here and I’m so excited it’s the weekend!  I have a big launch party tonight for the Thread flagship store that is opening and it’s the first store to carry my line, Grandiflora Home + Decor!  Exciting, huh?

Aside from the party, I’m going to be sticking close to home working on a couple of big upcoming projects, but will try to take some time to soak in some of the warm fall weather and eat all the honey crisp apples I can stomach.

What is on your first fall weekend agenda?

 

p.s.  I also blog at Bali Blinds!  Check out this week’s post on mixing patterns in your drapes and shades!

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It Starts with Hello

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I feel like everyone knows about the importance of networking.  It’s how we get jobs, meet spouses, make friends, and create connections that end up building the very lives we lead.  We usually talk about networking in the business sense, but how many friends did you meet through other people?  Or how many of you met a spouse through someone else’s friend group?

As we get older and more established, I’ve noticed that new connections and fostering old ones can become more of a challenge.  Especially as people move, have children, and grow into adults, we tend to forget about how way-back-when we started it all with just a ‘Hello!’

This topic actually hit pretty close to home last night when I realized my ability (or lack thereof) to foster relationships that I’ve built.  I know there are several people in my life who I should reach out to and let them know that I am thinking of them and that I treasure the relationship we have!  Additionally, there are new people every day all around me who could use a little introduction, so I though it was fitting to team up with the people over at Lindt HELLO chocolates to help me make these connections even sweeter!  They’re done their take on making connections and here is mine!

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For the new mothers in my life (there seem to be a ton of them!), the new neighbors who moved in across the street, or the the friends in my life who I’ve let too much time pass since we spoke. I have a package for everyone!

AND we have something for you too! To celebrate the launch of the trendy new line of chocolates, Lindt is doing a give-a-way each week (but you can enter every day!)

Girls Just Want to Have Fun (9/24 – 9/30) ENTER HERE
• Enjoy a shopping spree with the girls + yummy Lindt HELLO Chocolate!

Sweet Staycation (10/1 – 10/7) ENTER HERE
• Lindt HELLO treats you to a pampered night in – movies, books + chocolate!

Besties Reunion (10/8 – 10/14) ENTER HERE
• Reconnect with your bestie at the spa for a day + Lindt HELLO chocolate to sweeten the deal.

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AND that’s not all!  If you want to send a little care package like I have below, I have the labels here for you to download!! There is a special one for new mothers, fostering old connections, and greeting new neighbors.

Do you guys like this idea? Are there people in your life you could reconnect with? Or maybe someone you’d like to start connecting with (wink, wink)?

Give me your thoughts! I’d love to hear how making, fostering, and cultivating friendships has changed for you!

 

 

Disclosure:  A BIG thanks to Lindt for sponsoring this post and enabling me to have some fun with crafts at their expense :) Definitely pop over and show them some love for helping to spark this project!

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