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This weekend I updated the look of our entryway buffet. (An original picture, plus the original before and after link here.) Depending on the season and my mood, this area never looks the same for long. The start of a new year, plus the fact that one of the knobs on the top drawer broke, made it time for a change in this space.

I got a new lamp from Target a couple months ago and I love the airy, lighter feel it gives. I tried to balance out the tallness of the left by layering a picture and some books on the right. I’m not 100% sold on this look yet but I like it for now – which is all that matters, right? 🙂

I couldn’t remember where I got the original knobs from so I picked up three new knobs from Lowe’s that I thought would look good for the top drawers. The mis-matched pulls actually look pretty good! I think it helps that I covered the original drawer pull holes with the black backplates so it makes sense to have a different knob on top.

The silver frame was purchased at Target and I printed a picture I found on Pinterest (link here) that I really liked. Abstract art is pretty cool when done in similar tones like this. I’m not a huge fan of the crazy, over-the-top abstracts, but this one fits really well with our home color scheme. I love cheap art!

Have you heard that you’re supposed to take off the dust covers on your books? I had too and finally did it…makes such a difference! The top book with the cool link design? Its Nate Burkus’ book. Of course! He is the one that preaches about this no-cover practice so it fits that inside his cover is a really cool piece of art. The only cover still on is the bottom PB one, I had to have a pop of orange!

I’m getting the itch to paint this piece of furniture again…Heaven help me, it hasn’t even been two years since I painted it the last time!

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So, if you pay attention to decorating and current home trends you probably have seen a million and one gallery walls. The term gallery wall can mean anything – same frame with same type of filler in perfectly straight lines or a multitude of different frames with all types of fillers spread out everywhere on the wall. For just several (aka 115,575 images) examples, here are the results from Pinterest with the term “gallery wall.”

My favorite is this image from Young House Love. I love the white frames with white mats but the fact that they aren’t all the same frame and they aren’t all the same type of filler. There are personal photos, scraps of fabric, little drawings from kids, pieces of map, etc. I think it is such a fantastic way to display items that are so personal and make it look like nice wall art!

The wall outside of our kitchen, next to our second living room, currently holds a very special OSU print. While I love it, I think it is time to retire this to the man room (the second living room) and take my first attempt at creating our own gallery wall with all white frames and white mats. This will create more of the homey feeling I want and not just “We love OSU, welcome to our house” home feeling that is currently in place.

I plan on spray painting the door bell cover – that awesomely 80’s brown thing at the top of the photo – and trying to blend it into the frames. Before I start on this fun project, I need to paint the wall and paint the trim the white that all of our wood trim is turning in the house…maybe I’ll wait for a snow day?? (while this sounds weird, one of OKC’s meteorologists is predicting snow next week. TOO SOON!)

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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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