Thursday, October 5, 2017

Side Yard Reveal

Good Morning Friends!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen in my Insta-stories a few months ago where I took you on a tour of our side yard and gave you a short "before" peek of what it looked like before we worked on it all Summer. It has come a long way from the forest of weeds that it started with when we moved in. It still has a little bit of work to be done, but now that it is Fall we won't be doing any more work on it until next Spring. So I figured it was probably time to show you what we've been up to. It is so nice to have this extra space in our yard. It makes our yard seem so much bigger overall and it has given us a beautiful quiet spot for resting and relaxing. I don't have any real before photos of the mess it was before. In fact, these pictures make it look better than it actually did because we had already cleared away so much of the weeds, but anyway, it gives you an idea. Plus here's my adorable pudgy first born daughter.....who is 7 now. Who happened to like the weeds.


I can't even. Those cheeks! I forgot how adorably chubby she was!

Anyway, here is what it looks like today. Welcome to our very own secret garden!


Follow the path next to the garden...

Look out for little fairies...

They like to snuggle on the daybed and read fairy tales.

I'm trying to figure out what to do with the bottom of the daybed because it looks so bare. I can't really do a bed skirt because it will just get gross, but I was thinking we maybe add some stained wood to go all the way around under the mattress like a frame...I don't know. Ideas?

Next year I plan to add a trellis behind the daybed to add a bit more privacy and grow some clematis or jasmine back there. My dream is for this area to be covered and overgrown with plants and green.

I want to try and find a side table or garden stool for this space at some point. I did a lot of searching online during the Summer and I just didn't find anything that I really liked that much. This old crate works great in the meantime.

There's my awesome fig tree! If you remember I had a little sproutlet that didn't look like it was going to make it and I ended up just replacing it with a more mature tree. It must like where it is because it even produced figs! Like a lot. And they were huge! Some of them were almost the size of my fist! I'm serious. The first one I picked I was afraid to eat because I got it into my head that it couldn't possibly be that big on it's own so there was probably a slug in it......there wasn't a slug in it. But I was still too weirded out to eat it. Anyway....figs. From MY garden.

That beautiful purple flowered bush on the left is called a Heliotrope and it smells amazing. We had actually bought two of these plants for a different place in the yard, but they weren't quite big enough for the space and my mother-in-law informed me that they are annuals....meaning they won't come back next year. My plan was to get plants that I can plant and then forget about so I want to try and find something more permanent for next year. But these have been really cool to see this year. They had a really rough start too, so I'm surprised they lived! The day we got them it was super hot and they wilted completely, but then after baby-ing them for a bit and loading them with water, they miraculously came back to life. It was a small miracle, I'm telling you.

Then over here I had planted a bunch of little seedlings. Poppies, bachelor buttons, sweet peas, edible flowers. The sweet peas grew, but they never blossomed, which I'm pretty sad about because I wanted them! And the seeds in the pots had waterer error issues. So I finally just put some little pansies and ferns in them. I don't know why, but I love the look on ferns. They have such a unique look. I am going to move them out of the pots eventually and into the ground, but I haven't really decided where.

Then that guy on the right is an olive tree who doesn't seem to be to mad about where he is either. It must have been all the hot weather we had over the Summer, but I'm not sure how he'll like our Winter!

And my spot. Mine and Riley's. We like to come out here for a drink together after the girls go to bed and catch up or more often not. say. anything. And I really liked coming out here in the mornings over the Summer before the girls woke up. I would bring my cup of coffee and scroll through Instagram or do some writing. It was the best. Ah, the lazy days of Summer. How I miss them already. This is directly across from the ladder with the potted plants. It's kind of hard to see because it is tucked away behind a corner of the house. But that's what's so good about it. It's all tucked away and private. There is a large tree in our front yard that creates a kind of canopy over it too. It's magical.

Looking back that way you can also see a glimpse of our new fence that we got over the Summer. We replaced the old rickety white picket fence and got a higher one. It's so nice and our yard feels so private now.

This girl here is the chubby baby in the first photos. My sweet oldest. How can she be so old?

And this is my baby Everly, saying "Goodbye friends!"

Hope you enjoyed the tour.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fall Front Porch - Two Ways

So I had this idea for our front porch this year that I had been holding onto for like a year that I got from Country Living magazine. Here is the page I ripped out from the magazine hanging on my bulletin board.

Cute, right? I loved how simple and cute it was. But when I finally got it all put together on our porch, I wasn't really feeling it. I don't know if it was because our house is not white like in the picture or that it wasn't exactly the same or what, but once I set it up, I just didn't like it. Here are pictures of what it looked like.

So I left it up for like a week and when I still didn't like it, I decided to start all over again. I switched out the red apples in the wreath for white pumpkins and added some faux greenery for a little drama. Then I took away the pears and apples (which I felt kind of clashed with our new house paint color) and replaced them with some of my favorite colored pumpkins. I love the white pumpkins of course and those light green ones are pretty much made for me.....I mean look at them, they match my front door! Then I went to the nursery and picked out some mums for a little bit of Fall color. This purple-y color of mums are some of my favorite and I think they actually go well with the colors I ended up going with and the house color.

I love this look much better and I am so glad I decided to switch it out. What do you think?

My neighbor caught me a few times taking pictures of the house and I think at this point, she thinks I'm a total crazy....."Why the heck does she keep taking pictures of her front porch?".

These planters on the right have gotten such a cool aged look over the years, but unfortunately I think we need to replace them next Spring. When the painters moved them, the entire bottoms fell off. It's a miracle all the dirt and plants didn't fall out too.

I got these cute galvanized buckets at an antique shop and I love how they look with the mums planted in them. Like really. So cute!

Anyway, that's our front porch decorated two different ways for Fall. I love what we ended up with. Which way do you like best? The traditional Fall colors or neutrals? As always, shoot me a comment or question any time!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fall Living Room

Good Morning Friends!
Even though the weather hasn't been consistently reading Fall, it is Fall! And gosh darn it, I am not going to let a little 80 degree weather deter me from putting up my pumpkins! We've passed the first day of Fall (It was September 22nd) so I thought it was about time to show you the Fall touches I have put around the house. So grab your cup of coffee or tea and get ready for some Fall inspiration. Today we will start with the living room. I love to use neutral colors, especially in early Fall because soon enough, the orange and black will be taking over.

I took a lot of inspiration from Liz Marie Galvan at and Erin at I follow their blogs and their Instagram accounts and I am obsessed. Although that might be a slight understatement because as my husband would tell you, I can't get through the day without watching Erin's (at Cotton Stem) Instastories. Or as she once called it, "Erin TV". You can keep your Real Housewives, and Bachelorette. My guilty pleasure is following Erin on a creeper. They are both amazing accounts and if you don't already, you should follow them.

This white pumpkin centerpiece is the perfect LizMarie/CottonStem hybrid. Erin had the brilliant idea of using her copper pieces as "pumpkins" this year and it is so pretty. Plus I love any opportunity to use my pretty copper pieces around the house.

I found this little "Hello Fall" sign at Micheal's and even though it is not the typical neutral color I used throughout, I thought it was a nice subtle pop of Fall color. With a little faux greenery and some white pumpkins, it's perfect for the mantle.

I love this cozy corner. I recently made that botanical hanging print and I have a few more that I want to put up in the house, so I am thinking I will do a tutorial for it soon. It's so easy.

I am working on switching out my couch pillows to all soft creamy, neutral colors. I am going to try and get them all to be the same cream color, but with lots of varying texture. It requires me pulling out my sewing machine though, so it's been a work in progress.

In my entryway post that I did last week, I used this little window cutout that we have to take a picture and I think it is such a good spot for this angle of the room. I hate the window cutouts, because they never look right to me, but at least they are good for something!

That's all for today. Hope it got you in the Fall spirit! As always, if you have any questions, leave me a comment below and I will be happy to answer.