Living: Fall Related

Happy Saturday! My husband and dog are napping (I’m guilty too…just woke up 🙂 ), so I’m taking a few minutes to share some of my favorite little things from the past few weeks — all Fall related.

China cabinet - Fall

I finally got around to bringing some of my limited Fall decor inside (from the attic). I love Fall, and when I have a house more conducive to additional decorations, I will probably purchase more. For now, I just like to stick Fall stuff in places that don’t require me moving what’s already there…like placing that small pumpkin on my stack of china plates, hanging the Halloween sign on the cabinet door, and putting the Fall sign (that I hope to wrap with yarn at some point) on the hutch.

Owl pillow in desk chair

I love the vibrant Fall colors in this vintage pillow that a friend so graciously gifted me a few years back. The pillow actually stays out year round, but I moved it to this cozy little spot so it stands alone for the Fall season.

Desk corner

I recently decided to put a desk in the living room. It’s in the front corner of our house so you can look out the front window…something I enjoy. I still have some stuff I want to do in this area, but for the time being I put a bare lamp shade on a lamp I love and added a picture frame (with a pic to remind me of cooler weather) and a fox candle.

Fall Chalkboard

A year ago I wrote “Happy Fall” on this chalkboard. That was the only thing I ever wrote on it until I changed it this week. Don’t worry, the chalkboard hasn’t been displayed since last year (at least mostly not), so no one has been confused sitting in my house in 100 degree weather wondering what kind of autumn they’re living in. And now, I really think I’ve inspired myself to change it more often. I’m proud to say I did this free hand with regular chalk and didn’t completely copy it from somewhere (I used this art as inspiration).

Luggage Tags

The colors of these luggage tags looked like Fall when I laid them out on the table after purchasing them. So, I snapped a pic. I was excited to find these for $1.00 each at Walmart (the last time I went in there was when I bought the fox mug I shared here). All the other luggage tags I want are always usually 5 or 6 bucks. So, I felt like this was a deal!

Coffee Corner

This is my little coffee station. It has undergone numerous changes…even a few since I took this picture earlier this week. It’s one of those spots that I can’t seem to figure out how I want everything. Especially what goes on the wall (at one point last year, the “Happy Fall” chalkboard hung here). I guess I’ll just keep trying. At least the coffee is good.


I don’t ever remember loving apples. But after I ate one a few weeks ago at my grandparents’, I’ve been really enjoying them. Now, I want to go apple picking!


Some Inspiration: Collections

My Collections Pinterest board is growing. I’ve been enjoying perusing through numerous pictures and selecting the ones I like so I can refer to them later. I love seeing things grouped together. Especially unexpected things. And especially vintage things. When displayed thoughtfully, an item can speak volumes by itself. But, there’s something so intriguing about similar items showcased together. Whether two or twenty, a collection speaks intent, admiration, and surprise (in my opinion). Here are a few collections that I just love.

Collection of Ceramic Animals

I think this collection of ceramic animals as found on Things Organized Neatly is just adorable. Most of the pieces appear to be small planters to me. A group like this would look great displayed in one of those large compartment shelves (or an old drink crate if your collection is small) in a child’s room. If they are planters (or even if most of them are), they would also look awesome in a kitchen…I’m thinking in a cluttered vintage-inspired kitchen or as a statement in an otherwise pretty simple and maybe even more modern kitchen. I like the idea of displaying them on a single shelf with succulents and/or herbs planted in them.


Who would’ve thought bundt pans could make such an impact? I love this collection that Abbey Hendrickson (hownowdesign on Flickr) has put together. It looks like maybe some have been spray painted. I think that would be a fun way to get a cohesive look and the colors you want to match your kitchen. I also think it would be really neat to find old bundt pans and leave them in the state they are found so that the age and stories (whatever they may be) shine through.

Collection of Vintage Photos

Lisa Congdon’s (Bird in the Hand on Flickr) vintage photo collection is so cool. I really like how they are simply displayed with thumb tacks and no frames. The possibilities for a vintage photo collection are many. You could collect old portraits, themed photographs (perhaps of churches, homes, landscapes, etc.), family pictures (if you’re so lucky as to attain these), or all of these. You could display them in a certain shape or maybe within open frames (sort of like the collection of cameras below).

Collection of Cameras

Collecting old cameras isn’t a new idea (at least not among the group of people I know). But I love this fresh take on how to display them. Cameras in a frame rather than pictures in a frame is quirky and captivating. I have one old camera, but I might consider finding a few more so I can do this (although just one would probably look good displayed by itself)!

Collection of Chairs

A collection of chairs (photo by madebyjames on! I have absolutely no room in my house to even begin to collect chairs much less display them, but I just love the idea. If you had enough space, I think a functional display would be pretty cool…one where you could easily grab more chairs for additional company (of course, the chairs would need seats unlike the ones pictured here). The collection pictured here appears to have paint names on tags beautifully attached to their corresponding painted chairs. This would be a neat idea for a small business that carries specialty paints so that customers could easily see how the paint looks on an item. Attaching a “before” photo of the chair might add a little charm as well. I think it would also be neat to do this in a large home where all your leftover paint colors are used and brought together in a functional display like I just mentioned.


Hey, it’s a good day. I’m taking a break from cleaning out my garage (among other things, as usual) to eat some lunch and finish up a new sort of post.

I want to start a frequent post called “Living” that consists of snapshots from my everyday life. Everything from places I go, things around the house, products I like, etc. Here are a few reasons why:
1 | I think it will challenge me to improve some of my photography skills (so bare with me as I learn).
2 | I hope it will encourage me to better recognize the daily blessings I encounter.
3 | I suppose it’ll be fun to format and share these posts, even if just a couple of people ever read them.

So with that said, here are some glances from my world the past few weeks.

Backyard : Sugar Cane
Our neighborhood is surrounded by sugar cane fields. So, with our house being on the outer perimeter, our backyard view is of a nice field. When we were moving in, we thought we might have problems with little critters pretty frequently. But, believe it or not, that hasn’t been the case. Instead, I actually really enjoy the view of the sugar cane as it grows, the smell as they harvest it, and the visibility that is present as a new crop begins to grow. WOOF mat
I bought this mat a while back at Target. I finally put it down in front of Hendrix’s dog door recently. I love it. And I’ve been surprised at the difference it has made in his paws staying a bit cleaner.SheetsBed
These sheets have become our favorites. I really haven’t cared for any other microfiber sheets before. But these are different. They’re smooth and stay so cool. And they’re only $20! We love them. After my husband asked for months for me to purchase another set (so that we could always have some on our bed), I finally did. I really, really like the color of these!Picture Collage Above Dresser

After months of dealing with a leak from our bathtub that multiple plumbers couldn’t figure out, it is finally fixed. The carpet that got wet in our bedroom (which just happened to be right under the dresser) has been cleaned, and I was able to finish the picture collage above the dresser (besides putting a picture of us in that heart shaped frame). It consists of photos from our engagement shoot, bridals, and wedding. The dried flowers on the dresser are from Matt and my wedding bouquet. Now to hopefully paint the walls soon!
Fox mug & breakfast
This morning I had coffee with pumpkin spice creamer in my cute new fox mug ($3 at Walmart) and ate my favorite KIND bar – Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt – while I made my grocery list. FALL!Facewash
Recently, I’ve been trying to purge some of my face and hair care products that are heavy on the chemicals and preservatives. I did a little research and decided to purchase this face wash from LUSH. I LOVE IT! My skin feels softer and I really think my skin tone has evened out some. And as a bonus, the lavender smells amazing. The only con I have is that it’s a little messy. But the mess is absolutely worth it.

Bohemian Safari Skirt Outfit


It’s Friday (night)! And it’s a holiday weekend! Hope y’all have fun and relaxing plans. I’m spending the weekend with a bunch of family in the country. It’s one of my favorite things to do!

I’m trying another style post, but with different composition. So here it is.

I wore this this past Sunday. At first, I wasn’t too sure about the hat. But my husband convinced me it looked good, and I liked the small pop of color it provided. I fishtail braided my hair on the side, which pulled everything together quite nicely. If I had to describe this outfit, I would say it was Bohemian Safari. 🙂 All of these clothing items are a year old or older: the hat and shoes are from Target, the top is from TJMaxx, the skirt is from Ross, and the belt is from Forever 21. But each piece is still so versatile, I can’t seem to get rid of any one of them!