Archives for September 2011

Transitioning to Fall Decorating: Naturally

Transitioning to Fall Decorating: Naturally
Country Living

I think incorporating the simple beauty of natural elements is one of the easiest and most attractive ways to include any season into your decor. There are so many lovely things in nature! And because I like being subtle in my decor, utilizing natural elements makes sense to me.

Transitioning to Fall Decorating: Naturally

Better Homes & Gardens

By using natural fiber rugs, window treatments, natural fabrics, or even twigs from the yard, I can achieve a rich and warm room without too much muss and fuss. Natural burlap wrapped around pillows or frames can give some natural texture and seasonal pizazz!

Transitioning to Fall Decorating: Naturally Better Homes & Gardens

Transitioning to Fall Decorating: Naturally Country Living

Don’t over think your decorating. Keep it simple so you can focus on the beauty!

Transitioning to Fall Decorating: Naturally Country Living

Oh how I love that kitchen! Kitchens can tend to be full of cold and hard surfaces, but with the addition of bamboo cutting boards and rattan baskets you can really warm things up.

Transitioning to Fall Decorating: Naturally

Transitioning to Fall Decorating: Naturally Country Living

Beautiful colored flowers in pitchers of creamy white and browns, be still my heart!

Transitioning to Fall Decorating: Naturally Country Living

Natural things are so beautiful all by themselves in a bowl, you can’t go wrong!

Transitioning to Fall Decorating: Naturally Better Homes & Gardens

Branches for curtains complete with twigs and birds nests! Inexpensive & naturally beautiful!

Transitioning to Fall Decorating: Naturally Better Homes & Gardens

Framing natural elements, such as these sea whips or flowers, is a great wall to fill up wall space!

Transitioning to Fall Decorating: Naturally Better Homes & Gardens

Grouping natural mosses, rocks and plant material into cake stands or other containers makes a naturally beautiful centerpiece!

Transitioning to Fall Decorating: Naturally Better Homes & Gardens

I love this idea for keeping special memories! Gather sand and shells picked up on vacation and put them in individual glass containers marked with labels identifying the date and location of collection! I love the simple beauty and meaning of decor like this and it is the perfect transition from summer to fall.

Are you as excited about Fall decorating as I am? Happy FALL!


Wearing White {Slipcovers} After Labor Day {Finally, Back Deck Progress Check-In!}

Wearing White {Slipcovers} After Labor Day {Finally, Back Deck Progress Check-In!}

So in the middle of June, I started several “outdoor room” makeovers. I might have been a little too ambitious, but that is how I roll. I went to Lowe’s and had so much fun, I got all sorts of great things to add privacy, function and beauty to my patio and deck areas. And then summer weather decided not to start until August. And then we got our puppy Jack. And my daughter had her emergency surgery. And my husband and I went away on a romantic getaway. And, well, you get the idea. Life happened.

Wearing White {Slipcovers} After Labor Day {Finally, Back Deck Progress Check-In!}

Wearing White {Slipcovers} After Labor Day {Finally, Back Deck Progress Check-In!}

But, while the projects went a tad bit slower than I had hoped, I still got ALMOST all the way to the finish line with my projects! I’m not much of a gardener and nothing is perfect yet, but it was fun working outside! I worked on a family fire pit area, a potting table,  a front porch, a fairy garden, and a pallet garden and now, my back deck! So, at least I have a great start on my yard for next year!!

Wearing White {Slipcovers} After Labor Day {Finally, Back Deck Progress Check-In!}

Alas, the delay in getting started means my by the time I got around to showing you the back deck, the patio furniture is is wearing WHITE after Labor Day. Is that one of the unpardonable decorating sins? Not sure. But who cares anyway when we are still having summer weather! YAHOO! I’ll be enjoying my recovered cushions and prettier deck for another couple of months before it is time to put the cushions away for the season.

 

Wearing White {Slipcovers} After Labor Day {Finally, Back Deck Progress Check-In!}

BEFORE

I started out with a frightful mess. Dingy moldy old patio cushions, dead plants, and no privacy at all.

Wearing White {Slipcovers} After Labor Day {Finally, Back Deck Progress Check-In!}

BEFORE

It was pretty depressing. I had dead sticks on wimpy trellises.

Wearing White {Slipcovers} After Labor Day {Finally, Back Deck Progress Check-In!}

And I ended up with gorgeous lush greenery, beautiful trellises and white covers for my furniture. And my lovely yellow pallet garden which is just to the side of the chair, somehow I forgot to get it in the picture.

Yes, I chose WHITE Sunbrella fabric (you can find the fabric source here) for outdoor cushions, not only because it goes with my green and white striped umbrella but because the fabric is easy care, it won’t fade in the sun and can be washed and bleached as needed! The cushions will be put away all winter and be lovely all summer.

And in case you are wondering, no, I didn’t end up sewing the slipcovers myself. I fully intended to try, but I have such a busy life my mom came to my rescue again. Not sure how you DIY divas do it all yourselves, I have to delegate! I guess I’m a “DIY {with Help} Diva.”

 Wearing White {Slipcovers} After Labor Day {Finally, Back Deck Progress Check-In!}

 I brought my HomeGoods curly woven planter (purchased last year and used indoors in the winter) out for plants. The cute clay pots were from Lowe’s. I loved the colors!!

Wearing White {Slipcovers} After Labor Day {Finally, Back Deck Progress Check-In!}

And my yellow HomeGoods planter, YUMMY!

Wearing White {Slipcovers} After Labor Day {Finally, Back Deck Progress Check-In!}

I had my hubby attach my new trellises (from Lowe’s) around the deck for the vines to grow on and give us the privacy we had hoped for. They are such great trellises, they look so heavy duty and substantial, not like most ready made trellises I’ve seen.

Wearing White {Slipcovers} After Labor Day {Finally, Back Deck Progress Check-In!}

The wisteria vines are so hardy and fast growing they’ll cover those trellises next year! Eventually I’ll probably have to plant them somewhere else so they don’t take my deck down with their vigor, but for now, they are awesome. I also got a blueberry bush which has provided us with delectable blueberries! The plants came from Lowe’s.

Wearing White {Slipcovers} After Labor Day {Finally, Back Deck Progress Check-In!}

You can see how NOT fancy or remarkable the deck is, it is a very ordinary suburban Washington state new house deck. But a few trellises and plants (and of course, my pallet garden) help to give it a little more personality, greenery and privacy.

Wearing White {Slipcovers} After Labor Day {Finally, Back Deck Progress Check-In!}

I also covered up the worn deck (since I wasn’t ready to refinish or restain our deck just yet) with a weather and dog friendly outdoor rug from Lowe’s.

Wearing White {Slipcovers} After Labor Day {Finally, Back Deck Progress Check-In!}

And then, the part that will tie it all together and give it the punch and pizazz, will be my new fabric which will become pillows for the chairs. They will be like the icing on the cake. Not sure when I’ll get around to sewing them, but hopefully in the next couple of weeks. The sources for my fabric can be found on this post.

Wearing White {Slipcovers} After Labor Day {Finally, Back Deck Progress Check-In!}

They are such fun colors and patterns, I am really excited about them.

Wearing White {Slipcovers} After Labor Day {Finally, Back Deck Progress Check-In!}

Wearing White {Slipcovers} After Labor Day {Finally, Back Deck Progress Check-In!}

While I was out taking pictures I let Jack come hang out with me. He got into paper towels and every pine cone, branch, stick he could find. I kept taking them away saying “You are going to choke on that.”

You can see by his picture, he had a thing or two to say about THAT.

Sassy pup.

Thanks to Lowe’s for the plants, trellises, large pots, and outdoor rug and paint  for this outdoor space! 

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