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.
Since adding the chalkboard to our front entryway, I have been having the best time with decorating it.  I love how impermanent chalk is...that way I can just erase things that don't come out on the chalkboard as I see them in my head.  This happens often because, sadly, I am definitely not an artist!    But that's ok, because I think decorating your home should be doesn't need to be perfect.  Here is what I came up with for fall.
Autumn wreath chalk art display in
I like our fall decor to be classic and colorful, so I added the wreath to bring in some color.  I printed out the word Autumn in a pretty font on, enlarged it on, and transferred it to the chalkboard using chalk on the back of the paper.  Then I just free handed our initial and some leaves.
Autumn chalk art in fall decor entryway with Target Threshold
I borrowed the lamp and shade from our family room.  Both were purchased at Target a few years ago.  The red bookcase is also from Target's Threshold line.
Fall chalk art in entryway with Target Threshold
We recently traded the deer head that previously hung over the chalkboard for this galvanized light we purchased at Lowes.  
Fall decor in split level entryway/foyer with wreath and Autumn chalk
I angled the bookcase in the next picture so I could get a better view of it.  After I took the photos, I liked it so much that I left it that way.  I am forever rearranging. 
Target Threshold bookshelf with fall plaid blankets and pumpkins, part of autumn
Here is a closeup of the chalkboard...
Fall wreath displayed on chalkboard with autumn chalk

Next post, I will be sharing our fall decor in the family room.  Here is a quick peek in from the entryway.  
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you will come back soon.

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

September 8, 2014

First Day of School Ikea Haul

Ikea Haul -
Hello and Happy Monday!  I am so happy to be back to a routine around here now that school has started.  So far, everyone is happy with their teachers so we are off to a good start to the school year.  Phew!  Here is my youngest on the first day.  Confession:  I took this picture after school.  Don't judge, he is our third kid after all :)  

September 5, 2014

Autumn Inspiration

Ideas for autumn inspiration
The kids here in NJ are finally back in school.  Reading on blogs about how so many other's kids have been back to school for weeks makes us feel behind!  Now, if the temperatures would cooperate, maybe we can begin to think about my favorite season, Autumn.  For now, we are still swimming in the pool, but I can dream about wearing boots and flannels.  And get some ideas together for how to add some Autumn touches to our home.  

September 1, 2014

Keepin' it real in our master bath

We "may" have been getting a bit lazy about keeping things in their place in our master bath.  You know all those things that don't appear in a magazine photo shoot but are necessary items in an actual bathroom?  Like toothbrushes, mouthwash, toothpaste, etc.  They were collecting all over the top of our countertop and it was not pretty.  I headed to HomeGoods in search of some way to keep everything organized and yet still easily accessible.  I found this 2 tiered stand in the kitchen aisle and I thought it could work.
2 tiered wire basket stand for bathroom