Fall Decor… Finally!

With this crazy HEAT wave in Georgia, I’ve put off decorating for fall almost a month longer than I normally do…

Usually I decorate with leaves & little fall touches on September 1st, I add pumpkins and Halloween things on October 1st, and then transition to Thanksgiving on November 1st… I have a very technical schedule. Ha!

But this year, I just could not get in the zone… Yesterday it FINALLY felt less than miserable outside so I decided it was time!

With Bryant being up and moving and pulling EVERYTHING off any table or shelf he can reach, I wasn’t able to do quite as much as I normally do… but I think I succeeded in making it feel like fall in my home!

I have built my fall collection over several years, so not everything is available… but I will include links for anything I can!

Kitchen

This adorable hutch was given to me by a dear friend! I have wanted a piece like this forever, so when she said she was getting rid of it, I jumped on it! It needs a little bit more cleaning up but I’m just embracing the “rustic” look for now…

Tray from 7th Street Salvage / ‘Welcome Home’ Candle / Coffee Mugs

Foyer & Den

I always enjoy decorating our den the most because that’s where we spend the majority of our time!

Leaf LED String Lights / Alabama Frame / ‘Library Ladder’ Candle from 7th Street Salvage / Candy Corn Pillow from tuft / Candy Corn String Lights

Living/Dining Room

I love changing our dining room table decor based on the season! It’s so nice to have it set when company comes over or just for dinner during the week. We also have a little breakfast table in our living room that I like the set just for myself… this is where I usually drink my coffee in the morning while I read my Bible! It’s just my little peaceful spot.

‘Leaves’ Candle / Burlap Maple Leaves / Orange Chargers / Mixed Pumpkins

Front Porch

One day, I will have a big front porch I can sit on in a rocking chair… But until then, I will just decorate my little stoop. : )

Door Mat / Wreath

Christmas at The 101

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"I'll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams..."

I know Christmas is over, but I wanted to document my decorations from 2016 before we take it on down on New Year's Day.

I love Christmas, just like everyone else, but I'm especially sad to take it all down this year. The lights, the colors, and the fullness of our home really makes me happy. I love how warm everything seems... How cozy. This year has been full of exciting things, happy things, hard things and sad things... I'm thankful Christmas is at the end of the year so I can end it full of the peace and joy only Christmas can bring.

I have never put pressure on myself to buy a ton of Christmas decorations all at once... I have slowly built my collection through the years. I have gone from one container of ornaments and a few holiday votive candle holders, to now being able to fill several rooms in our home with Christmas  cheer. It's not going in Southern Living any time soon, but I'm pretty proud of our house and how hard we've worked to make it our home : )

The Den:

     

The best Bath & Body Works holiday candle: Spiced Gingerbread

    

We had the prettiest tree ever this year. We drove all the way to North Carolina to pick this one out with B's family! It was well worth the trip.

   

I love my Willow Tree Nativity...

     

That picture is one of my favorites of us; It's from our first married Christmas!

     

***The third stocking is not a baby announcement. Maxx is just special enough to have a Pottery Barn stocking, too : )

Oh, and if you wanted to see how I made that Burlap Garland on the mantel, check out my post here!

The Kitchen:

When we moved into our house, we decided to leave the cabinet doors above the oven off. I use this space to house my cookbooks, but also to bring a little seasonal decor into our house...

    

     

All things gingerbread... I love these little guys and gals!

The Dining Room:

     

My obsession with my Christmas china goes deep. Sadly, I haven't had a dining room table to set it out on since we got married.

    

This table was my parents', and I'm so grateful to have it in my home now. I was determined to have it set with my Christmas dishes, and I'm so proud of how it turned out! Shout out to my Ginnie and my mother for helping me!

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Christmas 2016 was really great, and I'm sad to see it go. I would honestly leave the decorations up all through winter if my husband would let me... Hopefully next year I will make even more additions to my decor stock pile!

Easy Christmas Craft: Burlap Garland

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I have been wanting to do some Christmas crafting lately, but never seem to have the time. Everything either seemed like it will take too long or will cost too much money.. Or I think it will earn me a spot on PinterestFails.com... So, when I saw this on Facebook, I thought it looked so cute! I needed some life on my mantel and thought this would the perfect addition. It also had minimal necessary supplies, so I thought it wouldn't be too hard.... (#famouslastwords)

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Supplies:

  • 1 strand of Christmas lights (I got the 13.5-foot 50 LED warm white lights from WalMart.)
  • Red & green burlap (You could use any color. Even traditional brown would look cute!)
  • Scissors

The first thing you'll need to do is cut the burlap into strips. I cut mine into 1 1/2-inch strips, but you can do thinner or thicker pieces according to the look you want to achieve.

I'm not going to lie to y'all. The next part was the worst. Tying the strips onto the wire was very time consuming and my hands were getting sore toward the end. I took several breaks, but it took over an hour to complete. *** DISCLAIMER: I act like I'm crafty but I'm not so I could just be complaining about something you Craft Queens wouldn't bat an eye at... bear with me : ) ***

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Once we were finished, I was really happy! I really loved the way it turned out. I had a strand of lights on the mantel before, but with the burlap, it really adds some more life and quite frankly, more Christmas cheer... And I'll take as much as I can get!