Fall Nesting in Progress!
Like many of you, I have been fluffing up our nest for Fall. I just love the autumn season (I love it so much that I convinced my husband to marry me in October!)...the sights, the sounds, the aromas! And even though it is 98 degrees today (101 degrees yesterday) I'm dreaming of apple cider mulling, pumpkin bread baking, and turkey basting! A girl can dream, right?!!!
As we gently slip into Fall, I have been tackling lots of home maintenance duties as well as a few easy decor projects. This week, I have been focusing on our family room. This room gets a lot of wear and tear. It is open to our kitchen and serves as a gathering place before and after school as well as after dinner. In fact, we're together in this room even more now, as we recently imposed some "after-dinner" rules (as suggested by my sister) with regard to media usage.
Needless to say, I had a lot of heavy-duty cleaning to do...windows, couches, hardwood flooring, etc., from a summer spent almost entirely inside. I was able to give proper attention to these much needed projects while the older two were at school and our youngest down for a nap. (Oh how I have come to LoVe nap time!)
My fireplace mantle is still a work in progress, but nearly complete. I am looking for a tall object(s) (I'm thinking candlesticks) to place next to my vintage window with wreath, but here is how I've arranged my mantle so far
|In the evening, when the candles are lit, the image of leaves dancing grace our walls.|
Below, is a Pinterest project that I recreated this weekend. I still want to embellish the hurricane lamp with a bit of twine or raffia, but I am again pleased with how this project turned out. My biggest expenses were the investment in the hurricane lamp and candle (which smells heavenly by the way...Mulled Apple Cider by Better Homes and Gardens (Walmart)). The popcorn kernels, beans, and peas were about $1.00 per bag!
I thought this was an extremely affordable decor project for a stay-at-home mama on a budge. Plus, I've got grand plans for this hurricane lamp come Christmas. Plan to see it recycled frequently over the course of the next year!
|Pinterest project that I recreated...hurricane lamp, candle and beans. So quick and easy!|
Lately, I've been putting a lot of thought into how I decorate (or don't!) my home for the seasons. For some reason, probably from surfing around in blogland, in recent years I have tried to imitate others' sense of style in my own home. This has left me feeling a bit unsettled...confused...and exhausted! It's tiring trying to be someone you aren't!
So, I have decided to go back to decorating the way I like...
...it may not be vintagey-whites...all shabby chic...I may not be using the color de jour (you won't see any grey in our home)...or all neutrals...
...but it will be all me.
Farmhouse-y...with an eclectic mix of French Country/Primitives/Fresh Vintage decor, and lots of color Also, I think you should just purchase/create items that you really love...that speak to your heart...without worry as to whether or not it is "in" or meets a certain style criteria.
I recently stumbled upon this passage from Scripture and loved it enough to memorize it. It is a new favorite passage...
1 Corinthians, 7: 17 (The New American Bible)
"Only, everyone should live as the Lord has assigned, just as God called each one. I give this order in all the churches."
At this time in my life, I'm called to live as a homemaker...wife and mother to three...NON-homeschool, but Parochial-schooling parent...raising my children in a three--parent household (God, my husband, and me)...throwing color on the walls..and seasonal decor on the mantles. We are also eating cleaner...living simpler...loving harder...and continuously learning to die-to-self.