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Jessica Bruno

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Family updates

Sharing some family updates today. The summer blew by and they say the busier you are, the faster it goes. Well that rings true for us! We were busy working at the lake and campsite all summer and when we pulled the boat out of the water last week for the winter, it was a crazy feeling. It seemed like we were just putting it “in” the water for the summer.

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Can you believe today  is October 1? My grandfather has been busy working on his Santa Clause gifts for Christmas and my grandmother, well she continues to keep me up to date on the General Hospital drama. My grandmother would be mortified if she knew I shared this picture of my grandfather. Do you love his shirt? He has had these shirts for about 40 years and refuses to get rid of them.

family updates fall 2014 four generations

My parents just returned last week from a 2 week tour of the Mid-West and oh my goodness, the pictures she took are amazing. It looks like a different planet compared to where we are on the East coast. I have never been to the mid-west except to change planes at the airport so looking at her pictures were like looking at another part of the world! I need to get out there and see the beauty for myself. I am in the process of gathering and editing the pictures and will share them soon with all of you.

family updates fall 2014 four generations

Simply a stunning piece of earth.

family updates fall 2014 four generations

My husband started a new job towards the end of the summer so it’s been a little bit of an adjustment. He has always worked a ridiculous amount of hours but now he works even more. It’s these moments that make me grateful to have my parents and grandparents around 24/7. Not so much to help with my son but it’s nice having company! Now that school as begun, the girls come on the weekend in between their soccer games to visit and the weekends seem to be a blur. I am sure many of you feel the same way. My son started playing baseball and the days seem to be eaten up with school, homework and sports. When does a kid get some down time? My little man is only 8 so he is adjusting to playing a sport and being exhausted from the school day. Trust me, I realize the importance of kids being involved in sports, heck I was riding horses my entire childhood 24/7 and competing all over the country through high school but for some reason, it never seemed overwhelming. Now I know how my mom felt when we were growing up! Finding a balance is key I guess ;).

Blue master bedroom paint progress

Oh it’s Monday. Monday is always a drag for us, getting motivated it tough! Although, my grandfather was up at 4am and left for work! That man never sleeps! We have been busy painting our master bedroom and it’s coming along nicely! Last week I shared, “the day my husband came home to no bed” and today, it’s looking more blue! If you read last weeks post, you know the room was red and cream.

blue master bedroom makeover paint progress

I am loving navy blue these days so we decided the blue would be fabulous for the master bedroom. We were a little hesitant (me mostly) to put a deep navy on the wall but I figured, what’s the worst thing that can happen, I hate it? That is the beauty of paint, if you don’t like it, just paint over it! My mom watched as we painted and now she wants one of her rooms this color ;).

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I decided to change things up a bit from the tradition of painting below the chair rail a color. I love the idea of painting the chair rail white and the main part of the wall a color. Do you like it flip flopped?

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These pictures were snapped with my phone so they are not the best but you can see, the navy is gorgeous paired with a bright white.

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Our blue master bedroom makeover is coming along and I can’t wait to get the new furniture and rug in the room. Out with the old and in with the new! This makeover has been a long time coming and while it still is a far cry from finished, it’s making progress. Stay tuned, more paint updates coming soon.

Gorgeous Front Door Fall Basket Hanger

My friend has the prettiest country home and made this gorgeous fall front door basket hanger. Need to add a little seasonal curb appeal and don’t have much time? Try this! In about 5 minutes, she filled a basket full of faux seasonal flowers and branches and viola, her front door looks gorgeous!

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Here the is the door before.

gorgeous fall front door basket hanger

When decorating your front door for fall, try adding pumpkins above the door if you have the appropriate space.

gorgeous fall front door hanging basket

Simply use a flat back basket, one like this (although this may be to small) and fill with decorative fall branches or flower pieces you love. These fillers came from Michaels.

gorgeous fall front door basket hanger

Do you see who photo bombed the picture? Look closely, it’s Leo!

gorgeous fall front door basket hanger

Creating a gorgeous front door can be simple and easy. It doesn’t need to take hours to create! Thanks so my friend Stephanie for letting me share her fall basket creation with you! Looking for more front door fall inspiration? Be sure to check out this amazing fall front door round up from last week. Stay tuned this week, I will be sharing a sitting space and patio vignette that we created in under 10 minutes as well. It’s so cute!

Gorgeous front door fall decorating ideas

Thick Tender Pork Chops with Apples

My parents were away for the past couple weeks on a tour of the mid-west and while they were gone, for some reason, I cooked up a storm. My grandparents were thrilled with my sudden burst of energy to cook. My grandfather enjoyed a couple meals from these tender pork chops and my grandmother loved the addition of apples. Heck, she didn’t really care what I made, she just liked the fact that my grandfather was happy and she didn’t have to cook!

Thick tender pork chops with apples

Tender Pork Chops with Apples

Thick Tender Pork Chops with Apples


  • 1 peeled cooking apple (I used fuji)
  • 4 thick center-cut pork chops
  • 1 cup beef broth (optional)
  • 4 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 stick butter or margarine


  • Using a meat tenderizer, tenderize the pork chops on both sides
  • Add oil and garlic to skillet and brown garlic (low heat)
  • Place pork chops in skillet and brown 1-2 minutes on each side (low/medium heat)
  • Add sliced peeled apples to bottom of glass baking pan and pour melted butter over the apples
  • Sprinkle apples with cinnamon and brown sugar
  • Place the browned chops on top of the apples
  • Add a few of the apples on top of the chops (optional)
  • Pour 1 cup beef broth over the top
  • Cover and bake for 15-20 or until chops are not pink (around 145 degrees)
  • *we cooked for 15 minutes however our oven cooks extremely fast so you may need a bit longer depending on your oven.
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Adapted from Betty Crocker

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The beef broth is optional. Add more if you feel like you want more liquid/gravy. My grandfather loves some sort of a gravy, even if it is flavored beef broth. He isn’t picky, the broth just needs to be there ;). Be sure to check out our how to cook tender pork chops if you struggle with tough chops. The meat tenderizer is the trick.  On another note, I am sharing a few beautiful fall rooms over at Better Homes and Gardens, come say hello! Happy cooking and happy weekend!

DIY Fall Pumpkin Planter

This project I am sharing today is the easiest project on the planet. Only have 10 minutes to decorate, well this will work for you! A quick and easy 10 minute fall decorating idea that involves a pumpkin, a knife and a plant!  It’s that easy! Laura at Finding Home created this fun blogger series a month ago and will run through the holidays.

DIY Fall Pumpkin Planter 10 minute decorating idea

So what can you do with 10 minutes and a pumpkin?

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Try this!

DIY Fall Pumpkin Planter

1. Cut the stem off your pumpkin.

DIY Fall Pumpkin Planter 10 minute decorating idea

2. Clean it out.

DIY Fall Pumpkin Planter 10 minute decorating idea

3. Drop a mum inside!

DIY Fall Pumpkin Planter 10 minute decorating idea

Pretty easy right? I am working on a curb appeal project so I can’t share the rest of this image below but as you can see, you just place the planter inside. You can even cut some holes in the bottom for drainage. My parents are away on a tour of the mid-west and I am hoping to get this front entry decorated before my mom gets home as a surprise. My dad won’t even notice but my momma will! :)

DIY Fall Pumpkin Planter 10 minute decorating idea

Sneak peek of our fall front entry.

DIY Fall Pumpkin Planter 10 minute decorating idea

Need more inspiration? Be sure to check out my friends over at

Faucet Handle Velvet Pumpkins from Finding Home


Frugal Fall Flowers from Inspired by Charm


Gold Studded Pumpkin from Not Just a Housewife


Fall Leaf Art from I Heart Organizing


Thistlewood Farms

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So do tell, what 10 minute fall decorating projects are you working on? This DIY pumpkin planter was simple and I love how the mum looks inside. Thank you Laura for this fun series and I can’t wait to see what fall ideas you all have! Yay for FALL decorating that is quick, easy and pretty!

Linking to Tidy Mom’s “I’m lovin party”

Fall Decorating Ideas {Glass Vases}

Good morning! Today I am sharing how to create a simple fall vignette and fall decorating ideas compliments of the Painted Fox featuring their adorable glass vases with decorative metal flowers. The Painted Fox is an online retailer, specializing in farmhouse decor. If you are arriving from Unskinny Boppy, welcome! Can you believe October is just around the corner? We are headed to the apple orchid this week to pick apples and I cannot wait to bake our first apple pie of the season.

So lets get started with the Painted Fox Challenge!

fall decorating ideas

The Painted Fox challenged 9 bloggers to decorate their home with a random unique decor item and make it their own. This year, our fall decorating is casual and simple. Fall decorating doesn’t need to be elaborate to be pretty. Sometimes less is more when decorating. We have a cute shelf in our family room that we added last year to a blank wall and it has proved itself as the perfect seasonal vignette space.

fall decorating ideas glass vase with decorative metal flower

The glass vases arrived with this cute coordinating tray and I immediately thought, this tray is perfect for tiny pumpkins. I also think it will be perfect for Christmas ornaments as well! But that is in a couple months :).

fall decorating ideas glass vase with decorative metal flower

The vases also look cute with a stem or two featuring a pretty fall flower. I couldn’t decide which look I liked best so I decided to share both with you. Vases are great alone and filled.

fall decorating ideas glass vase with decorative metal flower

What do you think, with or without the flowers?

fall decorating ideas glass vase with decorative metal flower

Like I said, decorating doesn’t need to be elaborate to be pretty. I absolutely love fall decorating ideas that involve simple little pumpkins, gourds and glass accessories like these vases. Thank you to the Painted Fox for these fab products and now it’s time for you to move on and see what Miss Debbie over at Refresh Restyle has created with her products. I can’t wait to hop over and see what she has done. Click Refresh Restyle or the image below to head over and see!


You can also see the entire blog challenge by following this order:  Inmyownstyle.com , funkyjunkinteriors.netthehandmadehome.netFindinghomeonline.commysweetsavannah.blogspot.com,  Livelaughrowe.com , unskinnyboppy.comfourgenerationsoneroof.comRefreshrestyle.com

Disclosure: I was provided with the complimentary vases and tray by the Painted Fox. All opinions and words are 100% my own.

The day my husband came home to no bed

First let me say, thank you for all the kind comments and emails on our Fall Home Tour from last week. You sure do know how to make a girl feel good! Today I am sharing, the day my husband came home to no bed. A few months ago, just before school got out for the summer, I got disgusted with our master bedroom and decided it had to go away. Everything in it had to leave, except the mattress. That baby is brand new and super comfy so it could stay. I mean, it wasn’t completely awful but just boring, mismatched, the bedding didn’t fit and the red was always glaring at me saying, “get rid of me!” Not to mention that insane boob light that my dad thought was his best idea ever to install. Remind me to share the day I came home and saw that thing hanging above our bed.

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When we moved in over six years ago, it was suppose to be temporary so our bedroom just kind of lived like this with the assumption that we would buy our own house and move out. Well as you know, that never happened and the bedroom still looks the same 6 years later! In my previous life, I loved traditional, dark old style furnishings and decor. I think it’s because that was my mom’s style and when I graduated college and bought my own house, that was the decor I tended to gravitate towards. I didn’t really have my own style like I do now. So when we moved in with my parents, I used old curtains and bedding that was left over from probably 15 years ago and thought, I’ll just buy something new when we move.

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We turned that closet into something fabulous which I will share with you soon. It’s a DIY project we did over a year ago and I just never got around to sharing it.

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The funny thing is, my husband had no idea the day I decided to clean out the room. There was nothing wrong with the furniture, I just wanted a more modern cottage lighter set. This set was almost 15 years old and it served us well. On a whim one day I called my mom at work and said, “hey, does anyone want to buy a bedroom set that you work with?” She works with so many women that always seem to buy our stuff so I thought, it’s worth a try right? I was shocked when she called me back an hour later and said that someone did want to buy it and would be there by the end of the day to pick it up! YIKES!

So my husband left for work and when he returned later that night, he found this.

master bedroom before Not the best picture but you can see, the room is just about empty. He wanted to kill me.

master bedroom makeover before

My grandfather watched as they lugged out the furniture in dismay as he couldn’t believe I sold our furniture without telling my husband. I couldn’t help but giggle. My husband knew we were planning a makeover at some point, he just didn’t know when. Sometimes you just need to act spontaneously when you have a space you don’t love. In this case, it meant getting rid of everything. What I didn’t realize when I sold the furniture was that our entire summer would be spent at the lake and fixing up our new seasonal campsite. That took the entire summer and every ounce of energy I could find to finish so needless to say, we have slept on the floor for a few months ;). Stay tuned, the room is currently being painted and the new furnishings, compliments of Wayfair and Birch Lane are in route to our home!

Plymouth Ma Beach House Tour Family Trip

A few weeks ago right before school started, we all headed to Plymouth, Ma as part of our Christmas gift (from last year) from my parents. My parents started a few years ago, purchasing a family trip instead of loads of gifts during Christmas. We are all for that around here! In the past, they have taken my family along with my brother’s family to Disney, Cape Cod, Lake Winnipesaukee and this year, Plymouth, Massachusetts. My grandparents stayed  home and held down the fort. They are home bodies and don’t enjoy traveling that much. Although, I think they may have liked this place.  They can handle a day maybe two of travel and then they want to kill each other and everyone else around them! ha

Plymouth Ma Beach House Tour

Plymouth Ma Beach House Tour Plymouth family trip

They rented this gorgeous home on Manomet Beach which my husband and I ended up extending the stay for a couple days.

Plymouth Ma Beach House Tour Plymouth family trip

The kitchen was gorgeous and the architectural detail throughout the entire home was beautiful. I should have brought my good camera, I would have loved to have taken more pictures of the home. My cell phone pictures are not the best quality but you’ll get the idea of the home. Unfortunately, the bedroom photographs were to dark to share but they were amazing.

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Everyone should have an outdoor kitchen like this. What I wouldn’t do for one of these ;).

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This is the main living room off the kitchen where the adults tended to hang out.

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My dad enjoyed the back patio over looking the ocean. Perfect for his daily naps.

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Sunsets were amazing from the deck.

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Isn’t it beautiful? The house was large and perfect for all 10 of us.

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My husband preparing breakfast.

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Visiting the Mayflower was fun!

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The downtown area was about 3 miles from the home. If you are ever visiting Plymouth, be sure to check out the Easy Bay Grill, Bayside Grill, The Lobster Shack, Crabby Shack and Cup Cake Charlies.

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You can take a short or long guided tour around the town as well as a story themed visit on the Mayflower. Perfect for little ones.

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It’s hard to imagine coming over across the ocean in a boat like this!

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My parents had a great time and enjoyed hanging out with the kiddo’s and grandkids.

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One of the nights we dined at RIO, a Brazilian Steakhouse. The amount of food was insane! You need to visit one of these restaurants if you ever have the chance. The food is carved right at your table and by the 7th course, I couldn’t eat another bite.

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The kids were fascinated with the carving of the food.

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Plymouth Rock.

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A selfie with my parents.

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One of the days we took the ferry to Province Town which is about a 1 hour ride from Plymouth.

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Plymouth is the perfect spot if you are looking for a quaint seaside village loaded with historic charm.

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Near the boat ramp in the center of town, there is a path of rocks that you can walk all the way out to the end. It took us about an hour and I won’t lie, I was a little nervous. Not my cup of tea but the kids loved it!

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We did spend a lot time at the house playing games, swimming and enjoying the peace and serenity. The home had a large movie room that was perfect for the kids.

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The private beach was so clean and clear it was amazing. The kids loved looking for jelly fish.

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I found this cute sign in one of the shops. Isn’t it adorable?

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 Plymouth marks great prominence in American history as it is where the site of the colony that was founded in 1620 by the Pilgrims who arrived on the famous ship, the Mayflower. Plymouth is where New England was established. I learned a lot about my heritage on this trip as my ancestors (on my mom’s side) were passengers on the Mayflower. John and Priscilla Alden are somewhere in my family tree and I am on a mission to find out where. I started while we were on vacation researching and ended up back 5 generations and hit a road block, it will be fun to see where it ends up!

PS. Love this home and want to rent it? You can find it here, Homeaway.com property id is #289016. I was not paid to write this review either, we just REALLY like this place ;)

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.

fall decorating resource list

I will share each space and note the items and where they are from.

Fall Home Tour 2014 Four Generations One Roof

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!

Pretty Fall Home Tour Four Generations One Roof

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.

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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.

*Update: You can find the full resource list for many of the items in this post here.

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

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