Happy Friday! Well… after yesterday’s post I was feeling inspired, and spent a quick 15 minutes styling our fireplace mantel in the formal living room for Halloween. The Scorpio in me had to do it- I couldn’t let the season pass without playing with oddities & curiosities I had tucked away in my prop closet for this specific season. That fast styling session was the most fun I’ve had all week! I’m glad I did it. Today I have a bonus Noteworthy post for you. You know the drill… click through for updates, links, recent purchases, a few more fall & Halloween shots, and more!
The guest room renovation is FINISHED… I’m just waiting on some accessories to arrive, and I need to tackle our upholstered bed DIY. Emmett is actually cutting out the headboard shape for me today, I’ll tackle that upholstery, then it will be ready to photograph and share! The space turned out so great and I’m excited to compile a big post filled with all the details and design decisions. Now we’re trying to decide which room comes next on our renovation to-do list. I’m trying to convince Emmett that my home office should be next on the docket, but he’s pushing for our dining room. The dining room would probably make more sense, since we’ve already started it (thanks to the kitchen and formal living room), and it already has the herringbone hardwood installed, and fresh new drywall. It’s kind of an eyesore sandwiched in between two beautiful spaces we spend a lot of time in. Who knows… maybe we’ll flip a coin or something.
Have you been eating any festive seasonal food lately? I went on a Trader Joe’s run and came home with allllll the fall things (including florals). I’ve been living for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and all the snacks in between. Haha! It’s just the season of good food. Emmett and I prefer something sweet for breakfast (crepes, waffles, french toast, pancakes, muffins… you know- all the bad things), so I’m going to attempt Chloe’s apple cake this weekend. I could use some time unwinding in the kitchen and that sounds like it would be a good breakfast item for us. What are your favorite fall recipes?
Our porch is looking pretty for the season! My mums are in full bloom and doing great. I’m going to be sharing more about our smart home and security system soon (per your feedback!), but in the meantime, you can catch a glimpse of our new doorbell cam. I like how sleek it looks (not an eyesore like others), it protects our packages until we bring them inside, and is smart enough to distinguish between a human (delivery person) or the deer that hang out on our porch and in our front yard. It does all sorts of fancy things that I’ll tell you about in my upcoming post, but if you’re in the market now- I have a code for a free doorbell cam if you’re interesting in getting Vivint! Just use this link and promo code: ROOMFORTUESDAY.
How to shop IKEA according to your zodiac… is yours accurate because mine is meh. I’ve never really loved that specific lamp, but I have purchased plenty of lighting from IKEA- like our gallery lights in the basement and the pendant that used to live under our previous carport.
In case you needed some good news today, I read this post and it put a big smile on my face! What a kind and caring guy.
Although this has been the year of yoga pants for me (haha, I’m only halfway joking), fall has me putting on “real” clothing and actually getting ready more often. Funny how a new season will do that! My friend Kyla posted her fashion must-haves this season, and they’re all pretty amazing.
Onto five of my recent purchases….
- glass lidded bowl // I needed a vessel to keep my cotton rounds in. I have reusable, washable ones and they were looking unorganized on my bathroom vanity. Now applying toner feels and looks a bit more special.
- fall lipstick // My favorite fall lipstick is finally empty, and although I don’t have many places to wear it these days, it’s a moisturizing formula that is nice for the everyday (it feels more like chapstick, but with color). I had to buy more!
- rolled beanie // Per usual, Emmett bought us matching matching gear (read that story here). We’ve been hiking before work in the mornings and it has been chilly, so he came home with matching beanies for us. That guy (shaking my head).
- nest candle // I popped into my local Nordstrom rack and one of my favorite Nest candles was on super sale (online, too!). It’s an awesome holiday fragrance and you can’t beat the price- under $20.
- dryer balls & oil // I bought new dryer balls and oil… it’s the little things that make me happy. The lavender + bergamot is my favorite scent at Target! Our laundry room and laundry smells so good.
I stumbled across this article on a British estate renovation, and now I’m hooked. Following Dean & Borja has been my new favorite form of entertainment lately. From their Georgian estate to their cottages, stables, good design, gardens, and their perfect accents, I’m hooked.
Next week on the blog, you can expect a different format… I’m going to resurrect five posts from the past (with some updates). I’m taking the week off of writing my regular blog posts to wrap things up for our upcoming store launch. That’s right- I buried this little tidbit DEEP in this Noteworthy post, so you could be the first to know (it’s our secret for now, if you made it this far). I’ll officially announce it very soon, but you can follow Tuesday Made for the latest, as I begin posting more info. Of course I’ll also be sharing blog posts about everything in the next week or two (the store, our new office space, etc). I can’t wait to share what I’ve been working on for the past eight months! I’m bursting at the seams to share so many beautiful things created by talented artists and makers across the globe (and vintage goods, too). Anywayyy… more coming in the next couple weeks! I hope you still come check the blog next week, as the five posts I’ll be sharing are really good ones I’m proud of. That plan felt like a win for everyone- five blog posts for you, and a solid week of productive work for me.
If you’re interested in a paint consultation (I’ll send you swatches and everything!) and some nice paint brushes, don’t forget to enter my giveaway with Purdy. I’ll be randomly selecting the winner on Monday!
Doesn’t our fireplace look perfectly spooky for Halloween? It’s funny because styled up there on our mantel, there are actually quite a few sentimental things… braided horse hair from our horses back on the farm, a special feather from Emmett’s dad, vintage glassware that my father dug up years ago before he passed, a geode from my first estate sale, and other little vintage tidbits. Isn’t it interesting how you can pair “normal-ish” items to create a totally different look? It’s all about context! On an unrelated note, I quickly learned that burning my citronella candle from our balcony indoors was a terrible idea. So much smoke! Happy weekend, my friends! As always- thank you for reading.