Friday, September 30, 2016

~fall decorating home tour round up~

It's been so fun sharing with you all our home over the past few weeks decorated for fall.
I thought I'd do a quick roundup with you, and share with you my favorite photos.

Our fall kitchen can be found here.
Family room here.
Dining room & basement here.
And fall porch here.

{all shopping sources can be found on those pages}

Thank you to all of you who have been following along! 
Everyone in the blog hop tours for fall will be back in November for holiday photos, and we hope you come back.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

~simple fall porch design~

I love welcoming porches and ones that are decorated for the seasons/holidays.
Today I am sharing with you our fall porch in our last fall blog hop put on by Country Living and  Kristen at

 This porch sits outside our basement/mud room entry.
It's small, but you can cram a lot of stuff in small areas as you are about to see!
I removed our bikes for the season and replaced them with this potting bench.
Ok, I am seriously in love with this! Its from Joss and Main, so you know it didn't cost a fortune, and the weathered wood shelves are perfect and the bright green chippy metal adds a pop of color to the porch. It was also super easy to put together, and it's versatile for every season! I didn't want to add to much clutter to it, so I simply added different colored pumpkins and squashes. I love how the green and orange look together.

On the other side of the french doors, I added some fall flowers and a lantern with battery operated candles. They come on at dusk and turn themselves off about 4 hours later. I love products like this that don't require any work!

 Our lab really wanted to be a part of the photo shoot :)
The wood crate outside the door holds muddy shoes. 

A big galvanized bucket holds some clay pots and more pumpkins and squash.

If your porch is covered consider bringing indoor pieces out.
This painting of a bridge here at Crystal Lake was a gift painted by my dad.
I love how the colors look next to the pumpkins and the green metal.

The ceramic pumpkin below was a thrift store find and has a silly face on the other side. As we get closer to Halloween I'll turn it around and put another battery operated light in it.

Another tip of mine.
Mix in squashes with your pumpkins. 
They are less expensive and usually come in a variety of unusual colors. 

This picture kind of shows you where this room is on our house. The dining room is above it with the window boxes that I still need to add fall color too. The boxwoods stay in year round and I just add seasonal annuals from time to time.

If you are interested in purchasing anything you see in these photos, here are some links!

Curtains were made from Ikea fabric.
{no longer available}
Similar found here.
Are you ready to decorate your porch? Joss and Main is giving away a $500 shopping spree to one lucky winner! They are running the contest on Instagram. Just share your fall porch to enter and use the hashtag #designtheoutdoors.

Good luck

Ella Claire | City Farmhouse | Rooms For Rent | Shades of Blue Interiors porch2 My Sweet Savannah | Dear Lillie | Love Grows Wild | Miss Mustard Seed 6 Jeanne Oliver | Jennifer Rizzo Design | Kindred Vintage | Liz Marie Blog porch4 French Country Cottage | Craftberry Bush Take a look around. xoxo

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

~celebrating 20 years in Nashville~

Today is our  20th wedding anniversary!
We are celebrating in Nashville.
We have never been and have always wanted to go.
Please leave comments in the comment section if you have any recommendations as we would love to hear!


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

~dark exterior paint colors~

I love, love, love dark exteriors. If I was building a new home, I would seriously consider dark paint with bright white trim.
Photo from here.
To achieve the look of the home below, use Iron Ore on the body of the houseand the trim Tricorn black as trim. All paint in this post is Sherwin Williams.

I love how the cedar grain shows through this dark color.
To get this look try Sea Serpent for the body and Tricorn Black for the trim.
Image found here.

Who says a beach house can't be dark?
For this look, paint the body of your home Charcoal Blue and the trim High Reflective White.
Image from here.

I love this exterior!
Tricorn blak is a very popular Sherwin Williams color, and I can see why! Paired with Extra White trim, this is just beautiful.
Photo from here.

I could live happily ever after in this house.
To achieve this look, paint the body Black Swan and the trim High Reflective White.
Image found here.

This is a great color combo.
The body would be Laurel Woods and the trim High Reflective White. I see a trim pattern happening here.....
Photo from this great Instagram account.

And let's do one more shall we?
This photo is from here.
Try using Sherwin Willams 
Homburg Grey on the body AND some of the trim and High Reflective White on some of the trim and some of the doors. Very interesting combo!

Do you like the dark house trend? 
I cannot get enough!


Monday, September 26, 2016

~more favorite books~

I love to read.
I love decorating books, romantic novels, you name it.
Every now and then I like to share with you some of my new favorites, so here we go!

Nestled amid the lush, gently rolling hills of cattle and horse farms in Millbrook, New York, is a handsome Greek Revival house that looks like it’s always been there. In fact, it is brand new—the collaborative effort of architect Peter Pennoyer and his wife, interior designer Katie Ridder. This irresistible book, exquisitely illustrated with photographs, finely rendered plans, and hand-painted illustrations, tells the home’s story. The design followed Pennoyer’s conviction that historical examples are a springboard for the imagination and offer compelling solutions for new architecture. So, though many characteristics of the house are classical, and, more specifically, Greek Revival, it is also thoroughly contemporary and environmentally friendly, with an exuberantly colorful interior and spectacular gardens.

“Shannan’s story feels at once familiar and spectacular, ordinary and exceptional. You will discover that at the same time her words make you squirm, you will wish you lived next door to her. You will want her wisdom and you will want her pickles.” —Jen Hatmaker (from the foreword)
Shannan Martin had the perfect life: a cute farmhouse on six rambling acres, a loving husband, three adorable kids, money, friends, a close-knit church—a safe, happy existence.
But when the bottom dropped out through a series of shocking changes and ordinary inconveniences, the Martins followed God’s call to something radically different: a small house on the other side of the urban tracks, a shoestring income, a challenged public school, and the harshness of a county jail (where her husband is now chaplain). And yet the family’s plunge from “safety” was the best thing that could have happened to them.  
Falling Free charts their pilgrimage from the self-focused wisdom of the world to the topsy-turvy life of God’s more being found in less. Martin’s practical, sweetly subversive book invites us to rethink assumptions about faith and the good life, push past insecurity and fear, and look beyond comfortable, middle-class Christianity toward a deeper, richer, and ultimately more fulfilling life.

The first book from interior designer Mark D. Sikes is a celebration of American style today, showcasing chic and accessible ideas for every home. Modern and unfussy, Mark D. Sikes’s interiors are classic takes on California indoor/outdoor living, with natural fibers and crisp coloration, informed and influenced by the fashion world where he began his career. In eight chapters, he explores approachable, stylish looks, from "Blue and White Forever," which features indigos, stripes, batiks, and wicker in casual rooms such as porches and pool houses; to "Timeless Neutrals," presenting semiformal rooms filled with chinoiserie, gilt, glass, mirrors, banquettes, and French chairs; to "Garden Greens," featuring happy, casual family rooms and kitchens inspired by the garden with treillage woodwork, rattan, and cotton. There are also "Beautiful Brights," colorful rooms that are eclectic, layered, and fun, with chintz, florals, and Middle Eastern influences; and "Sun Faded Hues," rustic coastal rooms with weathered fabrics and furniture. Each chapter presents light-filled images of the designer’s looks and offers the reader inspiration and advice. As famed film director Nancy Meyers writes in the book’s foreword, this is a book that shows design lovers "how classic can look fresh, how style and comfort go hand-in-hand."

An oldie but goodie, New Country Style, probably hands down my favorite decor book.

The editors of Country Home magazine define country style for the 21st century.
Brings to life the essence of the country lifestyle’s simplicity, comfort, tradition, romance, reverence for nature.
Presents settings with fresh themes and color palettes, with ideas on how to decorate for each particular style.

And I haven't read this yet but just picked it up from our neighborhood little library because it looked good.

Has anyone read any of these? I'd also love to hear your recommendations in the comment section!


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