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Fall House Tour {Part Two}

Fall House Tour {Part Two}

Hello! Welcome! HAPPY FIRST DAY OF FALL! OH MY GOODNESS! How amazing is that. I mean, honestly. I wore BOOTS last night. BOOTS! Fall lovers UNITE. RIGHT? I’m so glad you are here! Come on in, you can keep your boots on if you want, or kick ’em off and make yourself at home. We are casual around here but that doesn’t stop me from getting all excited about Fall nesting and making things all cozy and pretty this time of year.

Fall House Tour {Part Two}

If you feel like it’s a deja vu to be invited into my Fall house tour it’s because, well, it is. :) And not just because I invite you all in every Fall, but you were invited in for a fall tour last week. This week I’m joining up with the lovely hostess White Buffalo Styling blog tour to invite ya’ll in for a few MORE peeks of the rooms as they are so far this season. So, welcome!

If you are just joining in the tour today from the last stop on the tour yesterday, Rain on a Tin Roof, WELCOME!

Fall House Tour {Part Two}

Similar Lamp Source

I’ve been wanting to try filling my glass HomeGoods lights with seasonal decor ever since I got them. And I finally told myself, self, this is the week to try it. So I got out my stash of pinecones and cinnamon sticks and filled the glass. Now check out how awesome they look! They warmed up the glass and just look so Fallish!

Fall House Tour {Part Two}

Similar Lamp Source

I’m so excited about these lamps. Imagine the possibilities? I did a post with some great ideas for glass lamps like this awhile back so now watch out world, I’ll be changing these all the time now. It’s like crafting for people who have no crafting skills! You have no idea how much simple ideas like this mean to me. Hahaha.

One of the things I’ve been pondering lately is how much I have enjoyed bringing in traditional Fall colors like browns and a few pops of rusty reds, greens and even some maroons. With mostly neutral rooms and decor it’s easy to just try new colors and go with my seasonal whims. And if my whims want greens and rusty reds mixed in with the grays and blues, my whims win out and I just do it. It’s fun.

Fall House Tour {Part Two}

I showed you the mantel in the last tour, but here’s a close up. I am so happy with the Restoration Hardware mirror, it’s just a nice focal point there on the fireplace so I can add a few seasonal touches around it and that’s really all it needs. I just don’t get too fussy when it comes to decor, so it’s nice to have the basic structure of a mirror there to anchor the design.

Fall House Tour {Part Two}

One thing I love about preparing my house for Fall is making things all cozy especially with BLANKETS. I always thought it would be fun to have a big cabinet filled to the brim with beautiful blankets. You know, like in a store when you see an amazing antique armoire or something piled high with beautiful Dash & Albert blankets? That’s my dream. But, I don’t have that. I have three Target blankets on a small shelf. You gotta start the dream somewhere. You better believe when it gets a little chillier I’ll be snuggled up under one of these.

Fall House Tour {Part Two}

In the kitchen I’m already thinking about how much I enjoy delicious hot breakfasts like oatmeal (I love putting cinnamon, brown sugar and walnuts on mine on a cold morning). I also start feeling more domestic and enjoy Fall baking (you can see a fun guide here that I put together for eBay of some of my favorite Fall baking items). I also love styling my open shelves (you can see my kitchen shelves here).

Fall House Tour {Part Two}

That blue and white vase we got at the Goodwill has been filled with Fall flowers for a few weeks now. I just keep going out in the yard and cutting things! This weekend I picked up some pretty Fall flowers at Trader Joes. Fresh seasonal flowers and natural decor really speak to me so much more than anything I could make myself. Just seeing a little plant or bouquet as I’m passing through a room makes me ridiculously happy.

Fall House Tour {Part Two}

I don’t even mind that it starts getting darker earlier because, CANDLES!!! Tell me candles are not one of the best things about this time of year! (The tray and pumpkins are from LoveFeast. If you missed the $200 shopping giveaway for LoveFeast yesterday, go enter!). By the way, the glass lanterns are from Mary and Martha (I’ll be having a Fall giveaway for a few fun things from them, too, soon!).

Fall House Tour {Part Two}

It’s time for the sweater pillows and cable knit blankets to cozy up the nest. You can see a couple of other views of my bedroom in my last Fall tour.

Fall House Tour {Part Two}

And now we are in the entry, just about to the end of what I have to show you for the second part of my Fall tour! My fiddle leaf is still growing and happy…I’m pleased to report.

I’m still excited about my 21 Days of Loving Fall series. I’ve only shared one day so far but fear not and stay tuned for all 21 days over the next couple of months. I’m just going to be sharing the little things that make me embrace Fall and love every minute of it.

Fall House Tour {Part Two}

Thanks for coming by! Please stop by the next love Fall home tour today…my friend Beth from Home Stories A to Z!

Fall House Tour {Part Two}
Fall House Tour {Part Two}

*Don’t forget to visit part one of my Fall Home Tour!

Fall House Tour {Part Two}

4 Essentials for Memorable Entertaining

4 Essentials for Memorable Entertaining

I really enjoy intentional and meaningful entertaining. I love to create a environment where special details are thought out and pretty tables are set, where we’ve picked up our dirty laundry and tidied up the house a bit, but nothing is perfect, intimidating or fancy. The goal for me in entertaining isn’t entertaining people (because let’s be honest, I’m not all that talented or funny) but rather setting up the time and experience for meaningful connection to take place.

Here are four of my entertaining essentials:

1. Pretty Centerpieces.

Whether I’m using what I have from around the house or creating something seasonal, I always try to set the table with something pretty and unique.

2. Eclectic Mix of Dishes.

I don’t own a complete set of any dishes, but I think a mix is what makes it fun, informal and imperfect. I collect various white dishes and they work well with just about any other dishes that I find. I like to pick up a few special, seasonal, colored or patterned plates or serving dishes to mix in for different occasions. It’s fun to have pretty dishes for display on the wall, on my open shelves, and in glass cabinets, too.

3. Tasty Food.

Even though I’m no gourmet chef, I do love to eat! So sharing good food together is one of the most important parts of a great gathering. We usually set up a fun theme and make even simple food a memorable part of the occasion.

4. A Festive Mood.

It’s fun to create a festive mood to help everyone to relax, feel welcomed and set the tone for a memorable time together.

My friends at the LoveFeast shop always have some very special and inspiring items for entertaining. Some of my personal favorite items from their shop are of course the squishable velvet or linen Plush Pumpkins, the French wine barrel lid platter (it is so useful and really amazing quality!), the Fiddle Bow Knife, and those lovely handcrafted dishes in the photos below (I’m putting those on my Christmas list).

4 Essentials for Memorable Entertaining

Wouldn’t these be gorgeous on shelves or on a wall, too?

4 Essentials for Memorable Entertaining

Today the LoveFeast girls are offering one lucky reader a special $200 Fall shopping credit to their LoveFeast shop. YAY! Be sure to check out all of their beautiful home decor, too.

To enter, please tell me in the comments about one of your most memorable gatherings (that you’ve hosted or attended!). 

*GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!*

PS. I also did a fun interview with LoveFeast for their blog today, so be sure to go check it out!

This giveaway in sponsored by LoveFeast.

Come back tomorrow for Part 2 of my Fall Home Tour! If you missed Part 1, click here to catch up!

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