Cozy up for Fall in the Family Room {new updates!}

fall family room the inspired room

Ever since that one weekend where I decided to clean the family room and it turned into buying a new ottoman and rearranging furniture, I’ve been tweaking things in this room.  Not cleaning, but tweaking.  When I mentioned the new tufted ottoman I said I had rearranged the furniture, but almost forgot to come back and show you what it looked like! Oops! So come on in and see how the room is coming along (feel free to grab a pumpkin square on your way in).

First of all, I am LOVING the sofa facing the fireplace. There is something so inviting and comforting about that arrangement! It is actually how I had my family room arranged when we first moved in, but back then our kitchen was still chopped up and in its “before state” so having a sofa cutting the rooms up even more just didn’t work as well. Now it feels right to me, at least for now!

Some of you who are extra observant will notice that I still haven’t brought in a rug after I took ours out. While generally I would think of rugs something you’d want to add in to be cozy for fall, I also think of rugs as the perfect place for a dog to barf or test out potty training techniques.

So, no rug is actually less work which means I love living in my house just that much more. So at least for now, no rug. That may also change without warning.

Oh, and the Fiddleleaf fig? Still recovering. It will hopefully return to the corner when it feels better.

Fall decorating coffee table ottoman

I’m still loving the ottoman. It’s just the coziest.

fall decorating

Of course, I always have my Plush Pumpkins out somewhere this time of year.

cozy fall family room

I got a couple of new frames for the mantel that were big enough to make an impact and just popped in art from lovely people like Jones Design Company and a drawing a sweet blog reader made for me after we lost our 19 year old pup Winston earlier this year.

Fall family room at the inspired room

And then a few weeks ago I was window shopping {cough, cough} at Pier One and fell in love with these little gold end tables. I didn’t really have a spot to put them at the moment, but thought they might work if I put two of them side by side to use as a console table. So I made them work.

I love them.

the inspired room kitchen and family room

If we turn around you can see the view into kitchen. The cable knit blanket on my sofa is my fall FAVORITE! It was from Pottery Barn (disclosure: they sent it to me, but I adore it!). There is also a small but big update going on in the dining room beyond the kitchen that you cannot see in this pic, but I’ll hopefully be able to show you the updates in the upcoming weeks.

fall fireplace mantel

PS. In case you are wondering about something in these photos, maybe some of these posts will help (if not, ask away!):

Paint colors in these rooms can be found here
The  kitchen remodel is here
The kitchen sources are here
The bamboo blind post is here
My curtains are my DIY IKEA embellished curtains
The gallery wall (just out of view) post is here.

The ottoman is from World Market.

The trellis chair is from Pier One.
White sofa is Pottery Barn (via Craigslist).

31 days of falling for fall series

Happy Fallifying!

***Catch up with the 6th annual Fall Nesting — 31 Days of Falling for Fall series!***

It’s not just about pumpkins & scarecrows, we are talking about so much more!

Day OneDay TwoDay ThreeDay FourDay FiveDay SixDay SevenDay EightDay NineDay TenDay ElevenDay TwelveDay ThirteenDay Fourteen,Day FifteenDay SixteenDay SeventeenDay EighteenDay NineteenDay TwentyDay Twenty-OneDay Twenty-TwoDay Twenty-ThreeDay Twenty-FourDay Twenty-Five, Day Twenty-Six, Today is day Twenty Seven!

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Pumpkin Squares with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe {The BEST!}

Pumpkin-Square-Recipe-with-Cream-Cheese-Frosting

31 days of falling for fall series

Today we made one of our all time favorite tasty fall treats — pumpkin squares with cream cheese frosting. Baking with anything pumpkin is one of my favorite little things about fall! YUM! I mean, really. There is NO WAY not to love these treats. Even non-pumpkin lovers LOVE them. They are THE BEST. We’ve made this recipe for years and years (it was from a junior league cookbook). They are SO EASY and they make a ton!

We bring them to everything this time of year and eat WAY too many every fall.

But, pumpkin IS good for you. Right?

Pumpkin Square Recipe

PUMPKIN SQUARE INGREDIENTS:

4 eggs

1 and 2/3 cup granulated sugar

1 cup oil

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 (16-ounce) can pumpkin

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

FROSTING RECIPE

2 (3-ounce) packages cream cheese

1 cup butter (2 sticks)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 and 3/4 cups powdered sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, sugar and pumpkin until light and fluffy. In another bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, baking soda and nutmeg. Add to pumpkin mixture and mix thoroughly. Spread batter in an ungreased 15×10 jelly roll pan (just a cookie sheet with sides!).

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Let cool.

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

Cream together cream cheese and butter. Stir in vanilla. Add powdered sugar and stir until mixture is smooth. Wait for pumpkin squares to cool, then frost and cut into squares.

Makes about 2 dozen delicious squares. I dare ya not to eat them all yourself.

Come on over and help me eat these!

Fall-Pumpkin-Square-Recipe-with-Cream-Cheese-Frosting

Little Things to Love About Fall

 

***Catch up with the 6th annual Fall Nesting — 31 Days of Falling for Fall series!***

It’s not just about pumpkins & scarecrows, we are talking about so much more!

Day OneDay TwoDay ThreeDay FourDay FiveDay SixDay SevenDay EightDay NineDay TenDay ElevenDay TwelveDay ThirteenDay Fourteen,Day FifteenDay SixteenDay SeventeenDay EighteenDay NineteenDay TwentyDay Twenty-OneDay Twenty-TwoDay Twenty-ThreeDay Twenty-Four, Day Twenty-Five, Today is Day Twenty Six!

Come visit fellow Fall lovers & Join the Fall Nesting Link Up Party!

Make Everyday Things More Beautiful: Wooden Spoons

beautiful hand carved wooden spoons

31 days of falling for fall series

One of the main principles I’ve always used at home is that I don’t need to decorate as much as I just need to make every day things more beautiful. 

I love paying attention to the small details of my home and daily routine, especially during the fall and winter months where I’m spending more time inside nesting and homemaking.

If my coffee mugs are cute enough to be hung on a rack on the counter, and my hand towels are pretty enough to be stacked in a basket by the sink and the cooking utensils I use are attractive enough to be sitting out on the counter or even hanging on a wall, then decorating is as easy as using what I have! Simplicity is beautiful.

That sums up my favorite style and what I love most  — less fuss, more simple beauty and appreciation of the things I use and enjoy every day. You all know how much time we spend in the kitchen. We might as well LOVE what we have to work with because it makes everyday tasks a bit more enjoyable!

It takes time to collect things we really like, but patience goes along with the joy of creating a home we truly love.

I adore anything that serves as both art and function, especially when it is something organic and naturally beautiful. Textures are my FAVORITE way to add warmth and coziness to my kitchen this time of year!

wooden spoons to add texture to a kitchen

When the sweet family behind Polder’s Old World Market offered to send me these hand carved one-of-a- kind wooden spoons as a gift, I did a little happy jig. I LOVE wood spoons. And honestly these are absolutely AMAZING. They are so beautiful I am certain they will never be hidden in a drawer! Each one is so unique, they are works of art.

I love the simplicity and the added warmth of wood cutting boards, these beautiful wood spoons and wood bowls against the white in my kitchen. And they are fun to use, too!

These spoons are finished only with pure olive oil, leaving the natural color and grain of the wood. They are 100% all-natural and are meant to be used for generations. They would make a lovely gift for someone you love, or maybe you just want to give one to yourself sometime. You deserve it! They have lots of other beautiful products you will love, too.

Do you enjoy using wooden spoons?

These beautiful wooden spoons can be found at:
Polder’s Old World Market shop
Polder’s Old World Market blog 

 

***Catch up with the 6th annual Fall Nesting — 31 Days of Falling for Fall series!***

It’s not just about pumpkins & scarecrows, we are talking about so much more!

Day OneDay TwoDay ThreeDay FourDay FiveDay SixDay SevenDay EightDay NineDay TenDay ElevenDay TwelveDay ThirteenDay Fourteen,Day FifteenDay SixteenDay SeventeenDay EighteenDay NineteenDay TwentyDay Twenty-OneDay Twenty-TwoDay Twenty-Three, Day Twenty-Four, Today is day Twenty-Five!

Come visit fellow Fall lovers & Join the Fall Nesting Link Up Party!

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