September 30, 2014

Fall Covered Patio

I added a few fall touches to our covered patio this year.  For some reason, for the past 7 years that we have lived here, we usually just put away our summer stuff, stacked up our firewood, and left this patio empty.  We always decorated the front of our home for fall, but we are really enjoying having this space to hang out in when we walk outside our family room.
Fall decor in covered patio area with mums in a basket and birch logs tied with a leather belt via
 I left the white porch swing up, but swapped the white wicker furniture that is usually here for this brown all weather wicker that we purchased for our pool area this summer.  I added a few mums in baskets and tied a brown leather belt around some birch logs.  Thank you, Pinterest (and the fabulous bloggers whose ideas are shared there), for so many great ideas for fall.
Fall decor in covered patio area with mums in a basket and birch logs tied with a leather belt via

Fall decor with porch swing via
 I added a mum to our olive bucket 'cause Pinterest told me to.  Yeah, and the boots too.

Fall decor with porch swing via

Lanterns and corn stalk as fall decor on covered patio via
 This patio is a favorite napping spot for our two dogs so I am quite sure they are happy with the fall decor too :)
Golden retrievers with mums and fall
 I covered our white wicker side table with an old feed sack to make it a bit more rustic.
Fall decor on covered
 And used a plaid blanket as a tablecloth on our small dining table.

fall decor in covered
We are all set to have lots of fires on those cool fall evenings too.  Our firewood stays nice and dry under the covered patio.
Do you usually decorate your back patio or deck for fall?  I have no idea why I didn't think to do so sooner!

September 24, 2014

Fall Kitchen & Living Room

Fall decor in dining room with count your blessings HomeGoods
Today, continuing on the fall tour of our home, we are upstairs in the kitchen/dining/living room area of our split level home.  Our family room is the coziest spot, but this ends up being the place we spend a majority of our time.  This space is lighter and brighter.

September 19, 2014

Autumn in our Entryway

The weather in NJ has been gloriously fall like, the kids are back into their school routine, and it is time to start adding some fall touches to the this time of year!  I will be sharing the rooms as I go and hopefully you will enjoy following along.  I started in the entryway/foyer.

September 17, 2014

Wire Baskets

Ideas for using wire baskets for home storage solutions.
One of my favorite aisles in HomeGoods is the one that is full of baskets and storage items.  I have found through the years, and lots of trial and error, that my family stays the most organized when we have baskets to put things in.  Especially the everyday things.  This method isn't full proof.  The baskets need to be gone through quite often and things aren't usually as neat as you see them in these pictures.  However, it definitely keeps things off the countertop (somewhat) and I have an answer to all those yells of, "MOOOOM, where's the phone charger, library book, etc?" that is the soundtrack of my life.  Let's start in the kitchen, shall we?

September 15, 2014

This & That

Hello and Happy Monday!  I hope you guys are doing well.  Things around here have been busy with the start of the school and all of the activities that come along with that.  We are sad to be closing up our pool this week, especially Keeper.  She spends the most time in the pool.  Matthew taught her to dive off the diving board this summer...

September 11, 2014

The Painted Hutch

Painting the large farm style hutch has been on my to-do list for years.  I was definitely afraid to pull the trigger pick up the paint brush.  We originally purchased the hutch for the kitchen in our last house. When we moved here, it was the first piece of furniture that made this 1980's decorated house feel like home.  We placed it in the dining room.  The dining room with the vertical blinds and mirrored chandelier.  I saw hope while everyone around us was saying, "Why would they sell their completely remodeled house to move here?"  So, these were the thoughts running through my head as I fearfully put the first coat of paint on this sentimental piece.
Farm style hutch painted with DecoArt chalky finish paint ll