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It is not quite time to be jolly but it is another most wonderful time of the year – fall! It is in full swing with the cooler temps, leaves changing colors and best of all, OSU is #3 in the BCS!! You knew I had to throw that in there, right? 🙂

I love Fall for many reasons but really love it for the fact that orange is everywhere in homes and so many people, other than just OSU fans, are sporting it constantly!

This orange pedestal table is awesome! Love the lacquer paint – what a bold statement in the kitchen!

One of my favorites, an orange blazer from J. Crew. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

I am obsessed with monograms and love this white with orange trim pillow. Perfect for any room in the house!

These teardrop earrings are stunning. I love the shape, color and pearl accent!

This chair makes me want to have a library with a roaring fire. I would have a book in hand and comfy blanket across my legs – love it!

What about you – are you loving orange right now? Come on now, don’t be shy you non-OSU fans 🙂 All photos with credits pinned on my Pinterest board.

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I am thoroughly enjoying fall this year! Last year at this time we were running around like crazy, trying to finish painting our kitchen cabinets before our housewarming party. This year, I get to experience and enjoy fall in the most laid-back, fun way possible! We never did a lot at our old house so this year has been a blast with lots and lots of pumpkins, mums and pansies.

This is the garden cart in our backyard and I am so happy with the way it looks! The hay bale, pumpkins, gourds and mums get me more excited than objects like this should – hah!

This display makes me even more happy that we made the decision to remove the ugly, overgrown evergreen that used to be in this spot and instead have an area to accessorize outside! The garden cart that Conner’s mom got us works perfectly and is a great prop for the fall decor.

I had the two pots already and the hay, mums, pumpkins and gourds came from a variety of greenhouses, home stores and even grocery stores! The grocery store down the street from our house had the best prices on pumpkins, acorns and squash. I love the colors and textures they add to the display.

In our front yard, I am beside myself with our planted pansies! This is my first time to attempt this and I think I enjoyed doing it a little more than one should while planting an annual like this. I planted tulips in between the pansies and can’t wait to see what it looks like in the spring! Our poor Japanese Maple took a beating this hot, hot summer but the red leaves are coming back and she is looking like her old self again!

I put another hay bale on our front porch and layered more pumpkins and gourds all around it. Conner’s mom got me the two lanterns for Christmas last year and they are the perfect accessory with leaves from Dollar Tree and candles inside! My favorite pumpkin in this display is the double-decker on the top right. I think it is so cute!! The pumpkins at the pumpkin patch are expensive but they do have some really cool, original things like this and it was totally worth the splurge.

I totally missed the fall craft linky party, but I am definitely joining Sarah’s outdoor party! Maybe I’ll get to finish the crafts this weekend?? Yup, that’s what I always tell myself…

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Dreaming of Fall

We had some nasty storms come through Oklahoma last week and it broke my heart to see some of our bigger tree limbs and a small tree come down in the backyard. One of the reasons we love our part of the area is because they preserved the old, big trees while constructing homes and businesses! What got me excited though was the cooler temperatures and coziness several of the days had. It got me so pumped up and dreaming of fall!

I wanted to post this in case you have a blog and would like to participate but also as a reminder for myself – save these dates and link up to these parties! I love a good linky party, especially ones hosted by these four ladies (The Lettered Cottage, Southern Hospitality, Centsational Girl and Thrifty Decor Chick). They each have amazing blogs that I check constantly. I hope to get some amazing inspiration from Pinterest and put together our best fall house yet!

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The funny thing about fall in Oklahoma is that it sneaks up on you pretty quickly and then doesn’t hang around for long. Out of any season, fall is my favorite! The leaves are so gorgeous, jeans and a t-shirt with a cardigan are the norm for everyday attire, college football is on all of the time and the smell in the air is fabulous. Because it moves in and out so quickly, I sometimes forget to appreciate it while it is here. Not this year! I’m trying to soak it all in and enjoy all of the moments in 2010.

Start with this tree – GORG!! The neon trees are my absolute favorite. The neon red, neon orange and neon yellow ones look so cool. I love walking through fallen leaves and hearing the crunch, but I get so sad when ones like this lose their pretty leaves. We live in an awesome part of town with tons of trees like this so I’m trying to soak it in and not take it for granted before the limbs are bare and the cold wind hurts my eyes.

A first for this year is a fun, fall table! Of course this time of year is perfect for an OSU grad. Orange is everywhere! Since we have a dining room for the first time and a dining room table, I love that I get to set it and do a proper ‘tablescape.’ I’ve had this out for a while but enjoy looking at it every day. (Yup, that’s my picture helper Carl in the bottom left)

We haven’t done much to this room so a fun table makes it all better and enjoyable! My godmother always has a table set for every season and I love that image when you go to her house. It looks welcoming, like she’s just ready for you to come and eat dinner with her! I decided to adopt this philosophy and will always have a table set, ready for you to come eat dinner with me!

I also love having a table set at all times so I can show off our china! I picked out this china when I was 11 years old. True story. I was with my mom in Dillard’s, getting a present for a wedding shower she was attending. I saw this pattern and instantly fell in love. Fast forward 14 years and Dillard’s still carries it! Vera Wang’s “Grosgrain.” LOVE. I am still working on getting all of the place settings and stemware but I have enough to set this table so I am one happy woman! In the future, I think I’ll play around with fun accent plates to mix in, but I am too excited to not show off any of our china for now.

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So way back when, I posted about Michelle’s fall mantel. I loved it and couldn’t wait to work on mine!

I started looking around the house for items, as well as the Dollar Tree and Pottery Barn (I had a gift card). This was my first attempt. It was fine and I liked what I had pictured in my head, but it was just kind of blah. (sorry for the photo quality…used my iPhone at night – not the best way to get a good picture) I knew I needed to spruce it up a little.

This was the candle holder I had originally. I think I got three for $2 each at Target way back when. I used these all over the old house and they were just sitting in my closet in the hallway where I keep my not-in-use decorating items.

I purchased some natural jute from Hobby Lobby and got out my trusty glue gun to tackle the mission: make the clear candle holder more warm and fall-ish.

In case I want to use these without the jute, I started with just a small dab of hot glue in the bottom corner of the holder. (again, sorry about the photo…its the common theme in this post with bad, night, iPhone photos) I wrapped it around and around until the whole thing was covered. It took about two minutes per candle holder – simple, easy and cheap! My three favorite things in a home project. It was exactly what I wanted.

This is my fall mantel now! I know, where’s the rest of the picture? You’ll just have to tune in tomorrow for the fireplace before and after. 🙂 The pumpkins were purchased from Dollar Tree for $1 each. I wanted something a little different so I spray painted two of them with silver paint. I loved the contrast it provided against the orange and yellow garland (free with a Pottery Barn gift card!). I’m still trying to decide if I need to spray paint the other two pumpkins. I think it might make the pumpkins stick out more. I love the warmth that the jute-wrapped candle holders provide. It was totally what I wanted!

Since I had more jute and was feeling crazy that night, I took a vase I purchased from Pier One back at our old house and started wrapping it. I needed something to go in the lower corner of our fireplace bookshelves and am currently over my red phase. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something large though and didn’t want to store this in a closet so it was a great use of both items. This one was a lot trickier than the clear candle holders because of the massive curve in the vase. It required much more glue and much more jute.

I love the way it turned out though! The bottom and top are absolutely perfect and the middle has some movement and contrast because of the curve of the vase. (That’s what I going with people. In reality, I sit there and obsess over the fact that it doesn’t look as perfect at the top and bottom so I’m sticking with I really meant for it to look like that…) It works so great in the spot on the bookcase and the color/natural feel is perfect for our living room!

Tomorrow I will show you the complete fireplace before and after!

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Fall is here and this girl is super excited about the cooler weather, football all the time and even better – decorating for it!! For the past couple of years, I’ve become more excited about decorating for the cooler weather. I love light and bright so the spring/summer decorations are right up my alley but something about the darker colors and warmer textures makes the house feel so cozy!

Look at these guys! I got them at the Farmer’s Market that is right by my office. They were only 3o cents a pound so I only spent $6.13 for them both! Such an awesome deal. I love the warts and shapes to them! In our old house, we lived on a street with a school so we never put anything outside that could get damaged or smashed, which kids LOVE to do with pumpkins. I am so excited we live in a neighborhood where nothing should happen to these and I can have fun with not only inside decorations, but outside decorations as well!

I was looking for something fun to do for Halloween on the ledge we have between our kitchen and living room. I was deedle-dawdling (yes, that is a real word and a very technical word for putzing, poking, moseying slowly) around Pottery Barn one lunch and saw these jars with candy corn and candles – so easy and so cute!

So, I took several mason jars I had and added candy corn and small candles – so cute! It was a 5 minute decorating project, which is always the best kind. It was also super cheap since I already had the jars (but they were cheap too – $10 for 12 of them) and already had the candles!

Here’s a close-up of the jar. I’m already thinking of variations of this project for Thanksgiving and Christmas. These jars are amazing and the possibilities are endless!

PS – yes, those are our cabinets in the background without the cabinet doors…we’re working on those now. I can’t wait for this project to be over!!

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Decorating for fall

Fall is approaching, although you wouldn’t know it with this HOT weather we are currently experiencing! I love fall, am so excited it is almost here, and love decorating for it! This is the first year we’ve had a mantel though and I’m a little freaked about how to decorate it. I still haven’t figured out the basic, what to put out year round things for the mantel so the holiday decorating scares me out even more! (side note: maybe, just MAYBE I have a little bit of the Type-A, perfectionist in me so I get scared about trying something because I want it to be great and be great on the first try…)

Check out Michelle at Sweet Something Designs. Her fall mantel is amazing! I love the big, white vases against the white fireplace. Her use of twine on the glass candle holders is brilliant! I’m hoping to add elements like that to our mantel, so this picture is pure inspiration. I think I get nervous though because you can’t cover up the TV like you can with a mirror or big piece of art…don’t think I haven’t thought about it though. 🙂 Check out the full post with details of how this mantel came to life here: http://sweetsomethingdesign.blogspot.com/2010/09/fall-mantle.html.

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