Portfolio Of Pretty - Simple Wreaths To Make For Fall

I've been saving the summer flowers and getting ready to make my own fall wreaths. I love pretty things, but nothing overboard and these days keep it pretty and simple. It's so satisfying to create your own wreaths and centerpieces for every season because you can do it to suit your style from French farmhouse to cottage style, traditional and all white.

Portfolio Of Pretty - Simple Wreaths To Make For Fall


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I like to think outside the box and not just make wreaths for a front door, but those are great to do as well. My simple wreath made for fall shown here is made to hang inside only, and here's how...

A Traumatic Experience 25 Years Backward In Time

Just getting a bit real today, while I think about one of my darling daughters who lives in Texas in the path of Hurricane Harvey. It's ironic that this past week marks 25 years since Hurricane Andrew struck the southern part Miami and plowed right down our neighborhood creating a night of terror for my family that we will never forget.
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It howled and when they talk about tornadoes sounding like a freight train, that's how it sounded for the entire night of August 24, 1992.

Beautiful Velvet For An Elegant Fall Table Tablescape

Beautiful velvet always adds such an elegant touch, whether it's a structured blazer, a holiday dress or in this case...velvet pumpkins. If you love to set a refined yet opulent table for the fall season you just can't beat the luxury of velvet added into your mix.

Beautiful Velvet For An Elegant Fall Table Tablescape

I hope to inspire you to think outside the normal color choices for the fall season. I think that softly muted colors that are still found in nature but perhaps not thought of for fall decorating are perfectly different and can be perfectly your own choice.

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Thank you to our generous sponsor LoveFeastShop for providing these exquisite pumpkins to style with and if you are coming over from my friend Lory of Designthusiasm, welcome! The quality of these velvet pumpkins is incredible and it's evident they are built to last and last. Here's how I styled this table and where to begin perhaps when you set up an autumn tablescape in your home...

Behind The Scenes Of Coffee Table Styling - 3 Ways

Let's talk coffee table styling today and that's something that I love to do and have done for myself and styling jobs upteen times over the years. It's fun and possibly shouldn't ever be taken super seriously!

Behind The Scenes Of Coffee Table Styling - 3 Ways

I've been moving things around again and considering a swap out of the coffee table that is normally in our family room. This former store display table that I cut the legs off of and painted it (around 15 years ago) with milk paint may be a bit too rustic for this room. I'm still deciding and will live with it for a few days to see. While it's here I've been playing with arranging and have a few things to talk about today!

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I firmly believe that you don't need to stick to labels in decorating your home, or your fashion sensibilities. Do what you like and don't be a strict trend follower and you'll be just your awesome you! It's more about creating a look that...

Late Summer Nights Are Just Right - Take Time Out

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Late summer nights are for relaxing and dreaming and the light is just right until night falls and the sun sinks deeply into the sky. It's the switchover before the evenings start to get just a little bit of chill in the air and the months start to fly by towards year's end.

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You've probably seen our pea gravel patio here before, and this is exactly where we like to be on those nights enjoying sitting under the trees.

3 Things To Make Your Life Easier Right Now

Life is busy and summer is flying by and as a somewhat control freak in my younger years I've learned to relax more and be in the moment. Letting a few things go that in the grand scheme can be given to someone else to do and give me more time to do what I enjoy doing.

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I'm sharing what I found that makes my life easier and hoping that you think about what you can do to let things go for yourself to gain more time to fill your soul. Read on...and by the way, do you find the new look of my blog easier to navigate? I'd truly love to hear your thoughts and always read your comments!

3 Things To Make Your Life Easier Right Now

How To Style Your Home with Chic French Farmhouse Decor

Defining style can be a complex conundrum to many homeowners and often I feel that we over think labels. What's your own style? Do you crave vintage farmhouse? Do you go crazy over French antiques? Are you a shabby or coastal chic?

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How To Style Your Home with Chic French Farmhouse Decor

I have a confession to make, and it or may not be how you feel...

How To Anchor Your Room From The Ground Up

When I was doing the styling for the Home Depot photo shoot in our gardens on Friday I had the chance to do several things that I love. It was an exciting job opportunity for me and to work with a team of photographers was just incredibly rewarding and a learning opportunity to hone my own craft further. The fact that I got to do the styling was an honor and it really does start from the ground up. In this case it was patio ground and pea gravel ground.

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I can't share the results just yet, but I especially love how the pea gravel shoot turned out and I'll have another session out there with the Home Depot on my own next year.

How To Anchor Your Room From The Ground Up

So let's talk about the ground...and setting your anchors...

Why I Had Ten People In My Garden Yesterday

Hi friend...hope you are doing well! I'm going to admit that I'm totally exhausted after spending all day yesterday outside working on a project that I'm so excited about! My garden was buzzing and we were all busy bees working towards a common cause! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen it and the result of it is that I have flowers to fill these pots.

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There were ten of us I think, because sometimes it does take a village to do something like this...

Amazing AQUA Autumn I Fall Decorations For Your Home

It's still hot and the last days of summer, but as bloggers we are always looking to give you a head start on the upcoming season to inspire you to plan. I wanted to share these exquisite silk velvet pumpkins and acorns that are perfect for a COASTAL look. They will just bring that amazing aqua autumn color to the fall decorations in your home and something really different!

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Amazing AQUA Autumn I Fall Decorations For Your Home

If you indeed still in summer mode or going to start transition your home decor soon, then aqua is the perfect color to bring the beach coastal look in and a color that you can truly use year round. Like on this mantel...

5 Essentials For A Practical And Delightful Porch

Front porch, back porch...any porch. Just the word porch sounds cozy and brings a feeling of relaxing and reveling in nature outside your door. In our home the front porch is pretty utilitarian and there isn't room for rocking as you might think that every southern home would be about. On the other hand, take two and head to the back and it's pretty heavenly out there and much more private! We've lived here as you know for a long time and the back porch has seen several reincarnations so I have some tips as a front porch back porch practitioner of sorts today.

5 Essentials For A Practical And Delightful Porch

comfortable and cozy front porch

Before we start...essentials are just that. Anything that is absolutely necessary and indispensable. You can obviously take any space that you are designing and do it up next level large or go plain.

How I Really Live This Way And You Can Too

I really live this way...and let me tell you that you can too! Because I've been a creative homemaker for over 30 years now and on my own for longer than that, I've learned to do what I've had to and where I am today is a result. Hard work, careful planning and not overspending and learning to DIY a whole bunch! I love teaching and sharing with you guys and will continue to bring more tips to the blog on how you can accomplish your best home and lifestyle. How you can live an elegant life without much fuss or expense as the title of my life and my blog are all about.

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How I Really Live This Way And You Can Too


Some exciting things are set to happen here this week that I'll fill you in on when I can, but for now I'll tell you that it's going to be set mostly outside. This is a fancy table setting for sure, but it doesn't have to be to celebrate and enjoy life's little moments. One more thing to show you...

How To Prepare For Fall Decorating NOW

Hi friends! The dog days of summer are here and as luck would have it, one of our air conditioning units that cools the master bedroom wing addition went out yesterday. Thankfully with my husband being a GC he has his subcontractor out here today who is repairing it as we speak. But...fall is on my mind and I feel like singing a happy song! A song about pumpkins and cider and crisp leaves on the ground. Let's get ready for some fall decorating and those cozy feelings that follow suit.

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How To Prepare For Fall Decorating NOW

Not just color and flowers, but some good practical advice that I think you'll be able to use these next few weeks in your transition.

5 Easy Ways To Hide Clutter In Your Home

Clutter and how to hide it is an issue that most of us deal with in our homes. There is just something about the stuff in life that we sometimes need and just sometimes plain old want! I talked in my last post about budget thrift store shopping and several of you said that you have to hold back from buying more. With a lot of years as a homemaker I think that I've mastered the fine art of hiding clutter in my home with style in hidden storage and open storage.

5 Easy Ways To Hide Clutter In Your Home

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First and foremost I have a strict family rule that when something new comes into the house, something else needs to go out. I'm not just talking about collectibles, but clothing and shoes, pillows and linens and useless piles of magazines. A general "in with the new then out with the old" rule exists in our lack of closet, built in 1962 home.