September 9, 2018

Some Fall Inspiration

Have you already begun decorating for fall? We have been enjoying a crisp and cool weekend in the mountains, including a fire in the fireplace, and I am (finally) ready to get started when I get home. But I like to look back at some of my old pictures of both foliage and decor for inspiration first.
Nature is always my inspiration for all things so I can't imagine my fall decor not including at least a touch of orange, like this tree by the creek just down the road from our family's cabin in the mountains.
Looking at these pictures makes me a little sad that I painted our family room mantel white, but I knew when I did it that I would probably regret it most when fall rolled around. In any case, I still love our plaid chairs by the fireplace most at this time of year. Here's another fall mantel from many years ago. This was the first pallet sign that I made and I still usually find a place for it each year.
Last year, we visited Sleepy Hollow farm in Pomfret, Vermont just after peak foliage season and I am hoping to get there again this year before all of the leaves fall.
But when I look at the picture above, I realize that so much of that gorgeous fall color is repeated in my decor.
So far this year, I have switched over to warmer colors and I will begin to add more pumpkins and leaves as the season goes on.
I think that just a touch of color is enough is some spaces.
I don't like to add a ton of color in all areas of our home. Last year, I kept it simpler in our kitchen and I will probably do the same this year.
The picture below was from a couple of years back. Fingers crossed that we have a good year for leaf peeping in the Northeast this year. Last year wasn't great so by my calculations, we are due for a good year this year. :)
Have you started decorating your home for fall? Any big plans for the fall season?

September 4, 2018

Our Latest Ikea Hack - Living Room Bookshelves

Hello friends! I hope you had a wonderful long weekend. Today, I am sharing our latest project to kick off the unofficial start of fall. I think many of us tend to gravitate towards all things home this time of year - and nothing makes me happier than a new project! My husband has some time off between jobs and I have been enjoying having his help around here full time.

August 30, 2018

Our First Trip to Maine Won't be our Last

I distinctly remember a paper that I had to write about where I might see myself living in 10 years for my very first creative writing class in college. I chose the Maine coast, even though I had never actually been there. Fast forward 25 years and I finally visited Maine. Not sure why it took me this long to get there. Pulling up to the Nubble Lighthouse, in the photos above and below, was a surreal experience - like a photograph coming to reality right before my eyes.

August 16, 2018

Painted Kitchen Island

I'm excited to share a little project we have been working on the past few weeks. We decided to give our kitchen island a new life with a coat of paint and some new trim.
Years ago when I first started blogging, Farrow & Ball sent me a paint deck that I have browsed through time and time again. Their paint is pricy, but there is something about their colors that keeps bringing me back to them. Since then, they also opened a retail store in our area and I have been looking for just the right project to try out their paint. I lamented about the color for weeks earlier this summer and finally narrowed it down to Card Room Green and Oval Room Blue. I knew I wanted something that was blue-green and could work in all seasons with my decor.

August 12, 2018

Summer Family Room

Today, I thought I would share of few pictures of our summer family room. You know, just in time for the end of summer. I always come back to an outdoors/mountains theme in here because that is what reflects what we enjoy doing during the summer. Our DIY wooden flag always feels right over the mantel at this time of year.