Sunday, November 9, 2014

Give Thanks... our Thanksgiving decor & some holiday inspiration!

Turkey Day is fast approaching, and I can hardly contain my excitement for the upcoming holidays! There is just something about this season that makes everything feel magical. 

I recently posted our Fall Home Tour (click pic below to view) and this weekend we added a couple of Thanksgiving-inspired decorations to our living area. 

The director at my preschool started the cutest little shop to help support our school called the Blue Bird Market. People donate vintage and industrial decor and housewares, and they also have a contract with Pottery Barn to sell overstock items. This weekend I went in and immediately spotted this "gather" pillow cover that I had been pining over in Pottery Barn catalog. The zipper was broken, but it was $5 people! I brought it home with me and with a little stuffing and sewing machine love, it was the perfect addition to our living room.

You can get yours here for $19.50 (marked down from $39.50) so we're all winning!

Since Thanksgiving is so close to Halloween and Christmas, I didn't have the time or energy this year to do much decorating. I did bring in this old window frame from the garage and made these super simple GIVE THANKS banners to add a little somethin-somethin:

I just cut out triangles from burlap big enough to fit my letter stencils. Then, I used black acrylic paint to stencil the letters on and hot-glued them on black ribbon. Thankful my easy project turned out pretty decent. At least Sadie approves.

On another note I am itching to get out the Christmas decorations. Hubby says I have to wait until Black Friday :( . Maybe he won't notice if they sneak upstairs a few at a time. I may have done a little shopping today on the way to get supplies for our business:

Reindeer stocking holders- Kohl's ($10 with coupon in e-mail!); holiday ribbon- Sam's Club ($7 each); kitchen towels, mercury glass ornaments, & throw- Marshalls

Run, don't walk to Marshalls & check out all their holiday items...think rustic decorations, mercury glass christmas trees, & silver reindeer everywhere!

I'm off to watch The Walking Dead with this guy (currently plying him with margaritas so he doesn't notice all the new holiday items). Enjoy your Sunday evening!

Happy Fall, Y'all!

Wow, Fall is flying by! As we trade in our Pumpkin Spice Lattes for Skinny Peppermint Mochas, I thought I would share a little fall home tour before the pumpkins go into hibernation. Fall is one of my absolute favorite times of year, and it was our first chance to decorate the new house for the season.

Front Porch Sources:
  • old window frame & galvanized bucket- flea market finds
  • pumpkins- local pumpkin patch
  • mums- Aldi ($1.99!)
  • wooden crate- Wal-mart ($11)- I stained it to get the look I was going for
  • front door letter- Karamel Kreations ($30 last year)
  • pumpkin topiary-see below
  • garden flag- Modern Rustic Girl on Etsy ($30)

Here is a zoomed out shot of our front porch, you can see our baby boxwoods  starting to grow.

 My house numbers pumpkin topiary was inspired by this fabulous diy from At the Picket Fence. It may be my all-time favorite Pinterest creation so far (for a grand total of about $25), and you can use it year after year!


  • craft foam pumpkins- Wal-Mart ($6)
  • house numbers- Wal-Mart ($1 a piece?)
  • dowel rod- Lowe's ($5)
  • moss- craft section at Wal-Mart (already had it)
  • barrel planter & rocks to fill it- my grandmother's garden (similar found here)

Let's step inside!

Entry way sources: hello Fall chalkboard-diy from an old picture frame; white barrel- flea market; pumpkin candle holder- Pier 1; pumpkin decoration on table- Dollar General; monogrammed table runner- Etsy; I love my Dog basket- Marshall's
Coffee Table- I love to cozy up with a good book & my Pumpkin Pie candle from Target!
Here is a view of our living room & mantle...we went really simple with the topiaries, candle holders, rustic trunk, and silver pumpkin & I love having the reminder to SIMPLIFY.

P.S...we don't really have a fireplace but we like to pretend that we do :) 

I found this little cabinet at Hobby Lobby & it was the perfect addition to our  foyer. Stacked with my favorite decor books, industrial & mason jar accents on bottom, and the painting & pitcher were auction finds. Added the pumpkin candle holder for a little touch of Fall. It reminds me of Cinderella's pumpkin carriage ;)

 I recently found this farm fresh eggs sign at an antique store. It had all kinds of crazy farm animals hanging from the bottom, so I cut them off & brought them for my preschool students to play with. The glimmery silver pumpkin came from Target, orange one & initial sticker came from Hobby Lobby, wreath from the dollar section at Target ($3 this year), and I believe the white fake pumpkin also came from Target.

I love this little corner of our main room that separates the dining area from the living room. The only new addition was this Happy Harvest basket from Wal-Mart ($6- this season). 

Here is our dining area that looks into the living room. I love our new sofa table that was a gift to hubby from his mom (you know you're getting old when you want furniture for your birthday)! I added a burlap pumpkin from Dollar General and the little white ceramic one came from a local secondhand decor shop. In our Pottery Barn antique silver serving bowl(NOW ON SALE HERE!), I added some sparkly pumpkins I found at the Dollar Tree and some various Fall-ish balls (what do you call the ones that look like they're made out of twigs?) from Hobby Lobby.

On the dining table, I added some mini real pumpkins & gourds and a galvanized bucket to hold some of them. I am still loving my Pottery Barn antique silver salt & pepper shakers (now $20!) & mercury glass candle pillars we got as wedding gifts over a year ago.

I hope you enjoyed the tour, we are finally starting to feel like things are coming together in our little casa. Come back soon for our Holiday Home Tour!