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Fall decorating ideas – resource list {Fall Home Tour}

Have you enjoyed looking through all the Fall home tours so far this week? Today I am sharing our resource list full of fall decorating ideas from our Fall Home Tour that we shared on Monday. Thanks to HomeGoods, we were able to decorate with a few new pretty pieces this year. I will share each space and note the items and where they are from.

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Pillows/Throw/wreath/basket – HomeGoods

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chair/lamp/owl pillow – Home Goods

Fall Home Tour 2014 Four Generations One Roof

Table Runner/wooden bowl with pumpkins – Home Goods

Fall Home Tour 2014 Four Generations One Roof

pink mirror pillows / smaller pillow / yellow owl throw – Home Goods

Home Goods has fabulous fall decorating ideas and I could meander through any of their stores and become inspired instantly. These items were all found in the Natick and Milford, Ma Home Goods locations. The pink mirror and linen pillows are NOT in the fall tradition but I love to break the rules. You don’t always need to have the traditional orange and brown Fall color scheme. The simple white pumpkins and purple hydrangeas add just enough seasonal flare to say Fall!

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It’s that time of year again! Fall is almost here and I am thrilled to once again, be apart of the Finding Fall Home Tour along with our friends over at Better Homes and Gardens. How fun right?

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If you are visiting from Thistlewood Farms, welcome!

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We spent this past week sprucing up the house just for you featuring pretty little pumpkins, seasonal fall flowers and colorful accessories.

Our motto this year, “don’t get hung up on the details, simple is pretty!”

Fall Home Tour 2014 Four Generations One Roof

Our family room is where we all gather and watch tv, eat dinner many nights and surf the net. We always need tons of pillows so a quick change out from the summer patterns to shades of orange, browns, blues and gray worked perfectly for fall.

Fall Home Tour 2014 Four Generations One Roof

Sunflowers look great alone in a small vase. I clipped greens from outside and placed around the bottom to add a bit of texture to the vase.

Fall Home Tour 2014 Four Generations One Roof

Fall Home Tour 2014 Four Generations One Roof

The complimentary lamps, wreath and pillows from HomeGoods all coordinate perfectly and I must say, I think the lamps are one of my favorites. Brass lamps are so versatile and will pair with just about any color combo. Love them!

Fall Home Tour 2014 Four Generations One Roof

I moved my son’s desk temporarily into the family room as I needed a space to work and come to find out, I love this work space! I think I see a new desk in my future ;).

Fall Home Tour 2014 Four Generations One Roof

Fall Home Tour 2014 Four Generations One Roof

We kept the dining area simple. Preserved oak leaves from our local florist along with mini pumpkins suited this space perfectly.

Fall Home Tour 2014 Four Generations One Roof

Fall Home Tour 2014 Four Generations One Roof

Fall Home Tour 2014 Four Generations One Roof

Fall Home Tour 2014 Four Generations One Roof

Fall Home Tour 2014 Four Generations One Roof

Fall Home Tour 2014 Four Generations One Roof

I love the purple hydrangeas and white pumpkins. Simple and casual, which is great for the study. Although, my son isn’t loving the pink pillows ;). They are my most favorite find at HomeGoods!

Fall Home Tour 2014 Four Generations One Roof

Fall Home Tour 2014 Four Generations One Roof

A simple watering can filled with mums in our entry provides a warm welcome.

Fall Home Tour 2014 Four Generations One Roof

Fall Home Tour 2014 Four Generations One Roof

Fall Home Tour 2014 Four Generations One Roof

Thank you to HomeGoods for sponsoring our Fall Home Tour this year. I will be providing a full resource list in a couple days sharing where many of the items are from and where you can purchase but now, head on over to meet Miss Rhoda at Southern Hospitality, home tour stop #5! She is the best and you are going to love her. Be sure to say hello for me and don’t forget, the tour is going on all week so be sure to head back to Finding Home to start from the beginning and see which tours are live each day this week. Better Homes and Gardens will be featured on Friday so don’t forget to check back, you are going to love what they have in store for all of us ;). You can also sign up for the BHG 100 days of holidays newsletter for more decorating inspiration.

*Click Southern Hospitality to head to the NEXT stop on the tour*

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DIY Watering Can Flower Pot

Today I am sharing a quick and easy way to create a DIY flower pot. Need a fun element to add to your front door or entry, a watering can is a perfect planter! If you don’t love the color of your existing watering can you can spray paint it. Just be sure to use outdoor spray paint if  your planter is outside.

DIY flower pot watering can

DIY watering can flower pot

This is super easy and can be done with just about any container.

DIY watering can flower pot

Using a drill bit, drill drainage holes in the bottom.

DIY watering can flower pot

Choose your favorite flower and you are done!

DIY watering can flower pot

You can plant the soil inside the flower pot or just simply plop it inside like I did.

DIY watering can flower pot

It looks great in our foyer and I love the fall wreath as a base.

The complimentary sunflower and fall grass wreath from Wayfair was the perfect size, almost like it was meant for this flower pot. I love when that happens! Be sure to check back tomorrow morning because the Finding Fall Home Tour starts with 20+ bloggers plus Better Homes and Gardens. Our fall home tour will be up tomorrow first thing, see you then!

How to create a shelf fall vignette

We added the cutest shelf last year in our family room and it’s proving to be a fabulous spot to create fun seasonal vignettes. Today I am finishing up decorating our home for the Finding Fall Home Tour that starts Monday and thought I would share how to create a shelf fall vignette with you. This little guy took all of five minutes to create and boy, it makes a great impact in our family room.

how to create a shelf fall vignette

You can find out how to build a shelf here.

how to create a shelf fall vignette

The tutorial is super easy and shouldn’t take you long. I used a wreath I found Home Goods and simply tipped a basket upside down to create a spot for the cute little pumpkins.

How to create a shelf fall vignetteYou  could also just skip the basket and use a long skinny wooden box of some sort or just place the pumpkins on the shelf. Simple and pretty!

How to create a shelf fall vignette

Not to0 shabby for five minutes right?

How to create a shelf fall vignette

 

Many times I look at pictures for inspiration and I get so overwhelmed with all the details. Life seems so busy right now and it’s difficult to keep up. So I decided this year not to fuss with so many details and go for “simple and pretty”.  Stay tuned for Monday, we will be sharing our fall home tour!

Gorgeous front door fall decorating ideas

I am so happy it’s Friday! I am decorating our front entry door today and thought I would share some of the front door fall decorating ideas that I have found on pinterest over the last few weeks. Many times I pin things and never look at them again. Sad but true. Do any of you do that? Well this time, I made sure to go back and take a look before I started decorating and I remembered I loved this front door! How cool is that wreath? Loving the apples in the middle.

Gorgeous front door fall decorating ideas

gorgeous front entry door fall decorating ideas

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Love this idea of lining your steps with pumpkins. So pretty!

http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/gardens/pumpkin-decorating

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Fall decorating + HomeGoods winner!

Good morning! We are busy with some new projects here at the house, mainly the upcoming Finding Fall Home tour that starts Monday as well as our master bedroom makeover. Yesterday, we emptied the bedroom and painted the walls a deep blue color. Oh my it’s dark and I love it! More on that next week. Today I wanted to announce the winner of last weeks Home Goods giveaway.

Jessica C., you are the lucky winner! I emailed you so please respond so I can send you your gift card ;).

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Who has started decorating for fall? I am sharing some easy and inexpensive fall decorating tips over at Home Goods and would love for you to come visit!

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Those adorable little gourds seem to be scarce right now in Massachusetts. If you are local and know where they are, please tell me! ha. Head over to Home Goods and get inspired! Easy and inexpensive ways to decorate for fall on a budget are being featured right now ;).

How to make chili {plus cinnamon}

Who loves chili? We do and it’s an all time favorite during football season. Yesterday I made 2 lbs of chili and it was gone in an hour. Between my grandparents, parents and my family, it doesn’t take long to to finish off a large dish of chili. Today I am sharing how to make chili the easy way. I have minimal time to cook so I am a big believer in using canned tomatoes and already peeled and diced onions. Anything that makes it easy, I am all for.

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How to make chili

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white cooking wine (I used pinot grigio)
  • 2 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 2 tsp fresh chopped basil
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes (basil/garlic/onion flavor)
  • 1 14 oz can red kidney beans
  • 1 package of McCormick's Chili Seasoning (I used original/mild but you can purchase hot if you desire)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large package shredded Mexican cheese
  • 1 large container sour cream
  • Serve hot with shredded cheese and sour cream
  • Chips (optional)

Instructions

  • Add olive oil, wine, garlic and onion to pan and sautee until brown. Add ground beef and mix together. Cook on medium heat until meat is brown. Mix in Chili season pack, basil and simmer on low. Add drained beans and full can of diced tomatoes. Bring to a low boil and remove from heat. Let sit for 20 minutes and stir in 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese. Season with 2 tsp cinnamon, salt and pepper.
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We prefer a mild chili but feel free to add diced hot peppers and a hot chili season mix if you love to have your mouth on fire! ha. How to make chili is super easy and also a great dish when serving a large crowd. I mean, who doesn’t love chili? Of course, if you have time and don’t mind the extended prep time, you can dice and season your own tomatoes.

how to make chili

There are so many ways to make chili, in fact, this is the first time I added cinnamon and wine.

how to make chili {with wine & cinnamon}

Normally, I would have added two packs of McCormick’s chili seasoning (with 2lbs of ground beef) but I wanted to experiment with the chili using cinnamon and wine and I must say, it came out quiet delicious. It even got a thumbs up from my grandfather. Sometimes that’s tough to do ;). Be sure to check out our kitchen for more of our favorite dishes, yum!

Happy Grandparents Day Gram & Gramp!

It’s National Grandparents Day! I am so happy to still have my grandparents around to celebrate another special day. My gram joined me on Friday to do an interview with the Huffington Post where they aired us on their live streaming network to talk about National Grandparents Day. My grandmother was amazed at technology and how we could do a live interview via my laptop.

Watch us (her!) in action at the 6:35 minute mark on the video below.

We are going on 6 years now of being a multigenerational family living under one roof and I have learned so much from my grandparents.

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Things about their life as young adults that I would have never known otherwise. One thing is for certain, I would be a millionaire if I had their attitude about money. They grew up during the depression so it’s a part of who they are, saving every bit of money they can and never wasting food. You can imagine their reaction when we took them to their first Hibachi experience a couple months ago. Boy how generations have changed! My gram said, you would have never seen this type of restaurant 60 years ago.

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It’s been a blessing for both my son and them, to be able to spend time together and have the chance to also live together. My gram loves to load him up with cookies and my gramp loves to make him laugh. Hmmm, maybe there needs to be a “great grandparents day” ;)!

Happy Grandparents Day Gram & Gramp! Love you tons!

DIY Lattice Privacy Screen {hide garbage can}

My dad, gramps and I had a little fun last weekend creating a DIY lattice privacy screen to hide our garbage can and camper hookup supplies out at the lake. Our camping experience this summer  has proven to be a home run so we will be continuing the seasonal trend next year as well. Hence, all the work we have been doing out there! When 3M DIY asked if I would like to create a DIY project that could be used outside, I knew just the project.

Need to hide your garbage? Try this DIY lattice privacy screen. Step by step visual tutorial that can be completed in an afternoon.

The back of our camper faces the road and prior to the screen, showed all the hoses, camper hookup supplies and random items. This was the first thing I saw when I pulled in and the first thing I saw as I would leave! It drove me crazy!

 diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can

Seriously, who wants to look at a poopy hose when you pull in to your driveway? Don’t get me wrong, I know it’s a necessity when you have a camper but certainly, it needs to be hidden!

diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage

As you can see, we made a cute little DIY privacy screen to conceal the garbage can and hoses.

Supply List:

3M™ Safety Products glasses (clear and/or sunglasses) & Digital WorkTunes™ Hearing Protector

3M™ Advanced Abrasives SandBlaster™ Pro Sanding Sheet (medium grit)

3M™ Safe Release™ Painter’s Tape

5 1×8 pressure treated boards cut to 36″ long (base/floor)

3 2×4 pressure treated boards (base) cut to 36″

1 lattice piece cut to 36″ wide x 42″ high

8 1×4′s to create lattice screen (cut to size)

Heavy duty stainless steel deck screws to create base

4″ toggle (heavy duty wood screws) to assemble screen to base

You can either cut your wood yourself or simply ask your local hardware department to cut it for you. Just be sure to bring your measurements with you. Most stores will do this for you as long as you purchase your lumber from them. The 3M safety glasses in the sunglass version are actually pretty cool looking and I found them easy to see through!

diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can

Did you know that the earmuffs above “work-tunes” is an am/fm radio and hearing protection all in one? They are light weight and comfortable.

Place your 3 2×4′s on a table and lay your 5 1×8 boards across as shown below. Note: we needed to cut about 1/2 inch off one of the 1×8′s to obtain the correct width. These measurements are to make a 36×42 lattice privacy screen. You will cut your wood to whatever dimension you desire.

diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can Once I was sure that they were all the correct length, I fastened the 1×8′s one at a time to the 2×4′s underneath using heavy duty stainless steel deck screws.

diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can-1-4 Screw the boards slowly carefully and be sure to wear your safety glasses.

 diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can

Trust me when I tell you, this is not a hard project. As you can see, all you are doing is screwing the 1×8′s to the base 2×4′s.

 diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can

Now that your base is complete, it’s time to assemble the lattice screen. Depending on what size privacy screen you are making, you may need to cut your screen with a skill saw. Always ensure that your safety eyewear is on. The vinyl pieces of the lattice fly everywhere!

diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can

Once your lattice is cut, you need to “sandwich” it between the 1×8 boards cut to size around the lattice. You will screw both sides to ensure stability.

 diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can

My gramps was quite impressed with the Digital WorkTunes™ Hearing Protector and safety glasses as well. He likes to feel like he’s helping and he does so by barking out orders! ha

Take a guess how old his shirt is? It’s almost as old as him!

 diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can

Once you have your lattice screen completed, you need to attach it to your base.

diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage canLooking good right? My dad’s version of a pout face. He is totally annoyed with me at this point due to the amount of pictures I have been taking. This project took about 3.5 hours to complete but he insists , I added on an extra hour because of the pictures. ha . He might be right ;).

diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can 

Place your screen in front of your base and fasten with heavy duty wood “toggle” screws. We also reinforced with the decking screws as well.

 diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can

Those black screws are the toggle wood screws. Most of them will come with the screw gun adapter so you can simply fasten them quickly.

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 See below, the big black toggle screws as well as the decking screws. This guy is NEVER falling apart!

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Because this is a stand alone piece and we didn’t have a place to fasten it to, we decide to add side braces cut on a 45 degree angle to each side. This prevents the screen from falling forward and getting top heavy.

diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can-16I used a medium grit 3M sanding sheet to smooth out the edges prior to staining. I added two coats of a cedar colored stain and 2 coats of an off white stain to cover the old lattice piece we had laying around. I did spray paint a coat of white primer on the vinyl lattice prior to adding the off white stain. The primer will help the stain adhere to the vinyl and prevent chipping.

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I used the 3M™ Safe Release™ Painter’s Tape to ensure a clean edge where the lattice met the wood. It’s so much easier to take 5 extra minutes and tape the edges.

diy lattice privacy screen hide garbage can-16 What do you think? Not bad for a couple hours right?

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The garbage can fits perfectly and the privacy screen hides the poopy hose from the driveway!

how to make lattice privacy screen garbage can -4 So much more appealing!

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We did spruce up the area by spreading a yard of new stone and adding a few new planters. The summer season is almost over but the beautiful thing about this DIY lattice privacy screen is you can use it year round. It’s constructed of pressure treated wood so it will do fine in the natural outdoor elements and you can certainly use something like this at your home as well. I mean, we all have a garbage can or two right? I am sure if you think about it, you could find many purposes for this cute little screen and for a couple hours of your time, that bang is pretty good for your buck. This project cost under $125 which was mostly in materials.

I am proud to be a 3M DIY Website sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate products from 3M DIY . Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me. I was compensated for this post however, all words and opinions are 100% my own. Be sure to visit the  3M DIY Instagram , 3M DIY Facebook , 3M DIY Twitter  and 3M DIY Pinterest for promotions and more DIY inspiration.

New Roman Shades for our home

I am thrilled to share a recent opportunity that came our way from Decorview, which is part of Hunter Douglas. Our dining room and study both face the busy road and are in dire need of some sort of shade to provide privacy at night. We have wanted to put roman shades or something along those lines for years but it just was never a priority, something else always took precedent.

These are the two rooms in need of window treatments to provide privacy.

The Dining Room

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These curtains are coming down and new drapery will be added along with new camel colored roman shades, compliments of Decorview.

The Study

Our study is actually a two part series. We started with the makeover of this room from a little kids playroom over a year ago to a more bigger kid room for doing homework and hanging out with friends. The room was completed just before Christmas last year so it never got completed with the “everyday” furnishings and decor.

Here is the room over a year ago as the playroom and a complete disaster!

window treatments for the dining room and study

Here is the room just before Christmas last year. As you can see, the road is fairly close to the house and when we are watching TV at night, it’s a complete show for whoever is outside! ha. I normally pull the drapes closed but they are not wide enough to offer complete coverage and honestly, they look awful closed. Not to mention, I have to climb over the couch to close them! I can’t wait to just have shades that can be lowered.

window treatments for the dining room and study

Julie from Decorview, arrived last week and we spent some time talking about what our needs were and how we envisioned the room. We decided that a roman shade, batten front bungalow fabric in camel would be ideal from their Design Studio line. I won’t lie, the in-home design consultation was fabulous!

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She was incredibly knowledgeable and super fun to work with. This is the camel colored fabric I chose and I cannot wait to see how each window looks.

Julie from Decorview, which is part of Hunter Douglas, arrived last week and we spent some time talking about what our needs were and how we envisioned the room. We decided that a roman shade, batten front bungalow fabric in camel would be ideal from their Design Studio line.

She measured each window and the installer will be here in a week or so to complete the process. Each window consists of 3 adjoining windows so we decided that 3 individual shades would look more aesthetically pleasing on the eye. I wasn’t a big fan of the one large roman shade for all three windows. The roman shades will be mounted to the top of the inside casing and will provide the privacy we need at night and will be pulled to the top during the day adding character and texture to the window.

Julie from Decorview, which is part of Hunter Douglas, arrived last week and we spent some time talking about what our needs were and how we envisioned the room. We decided that a roman shade, batten front bungalow fabric in camel would be ideal from their Design Studio line.

Not only is the fabric and design gorgeous but we decided to go with the power rise with remote option. These babies will be set to open and close with a remote! I can’t wait for my gram to try these out. With the push of a button, the shades will lower or rise.

Julie from Decorview, which is part of Hunter Douglas, arrived last week and we spent some time talking about what our needs were and how we envisioned the room. We decided that a roman shade, batten front bungalow fabric in camel would be ideal from their Design Studio line.

Miss Julie has her entire selection and office right in her car. I seriously was in heaven looking at all the different designs, patterns and window treatment options. What a fun job she has! Be sure to check back in a couple weeks when we share the “after” shots of both rooms. Both rooms will most likely be decorated for fall and the new roman shades are going to look fabulous, we can’t wait! In the meantime, be sure to hop over to the Decorview blog for loads of inspiration and window treatment ideas.

Do your windows need an upgrade? Schedule your free design consultation from Décorview today, and save on the most popular styles!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Décorview. The opinions and text are all mine.

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