Hey friends! Happy Fall! Last week, instead of posting, I was getting ready for this tour. I haven’t done a fall tour before, but I had so much fun sharing my home with you for Christmas and Spring, I was thrilled when Rachel at Maison de Pax asked me to be a part of her Fall Into Home, blog hop.
The talent among this tour group makes my jaw drop, over and over… but also it has me second guessing my own work a lot.
Which is why I didn’t post last week…. I was spending all my time over-thinking then stepping away, reminding myself do decorate to MY style… things that my family loves. Lots of physical editing happens before I actually take pictures, which only took me a couple hours. Perhaps you are wondering why all this effort is worth it to me…. well I look at it as my resume of sorts. It is a way to show a tiny sliver of the internet, how I stage and decorate, and improvements I’ve made on a budget. I love vintage furniture and every single room in my home has at least one vintage piece, if not all. I repurpose, reuse, refinish… I sew, paint, build, and craft…. I make it work, wear it out, or do without… I’m making my home, my own.
I used a lot more color than I normally do, because for some reason I was really digging a bit of the traditional fall palette. I know it isn’t for everyone… but we love it right now. I hope you enjoy this tour and stick around to see what else I create next. 🙂
Our home is not big. It doesn’t have a big grandiose entry with sweeping stairs and vaulted ceilings. But, as I’ve shared here before, it is the first home that is ours and I love the challenge of creating functional and beautiful spaces for our family of 5 in this mid-century ranch.
This is the spot we kick off our shoes, hang up sweaters, hats, and backpacks, and set down our shopping bags.
I bought a bushel of apples for the first time this year and I’m excited to make applesauce, apple pie filling, and some fresh apple crumble with vanilla ice cream– one of our favorites around here.
This is our entry.
The entry also shares the room with our front room, which is where we sit when visitors come to chat for a minute. However, it is so open to the dining and living areas, it is hardly private or secluded… just how we like it. 🙂
The piano sits on the wall between the kitchen entrance and dining entrance, and faces you when you walk in. I don’t play piano very well, Bruno plays a little, but I’ve kept it in-tune so that when visitors come that know how to play, or when the moment is right for my kids to learn, we have it ready. Music has always been a part of both of our childhoods, so we want to foster it in our children as well. Most recently it is where my oldest, Owen, sits to practice scales on his violin.
Finally added curtains to this window! It really finished off this room for me. There are still a couple things, like crown moulding that we will add this winter, but for now, it feels the closest to being finished from all the rooms in our home. For now is the key word, right? haha 😉
This is our front room.
This painting I shared a couple weeks ago as part of a free printable hop. As popular as the rainbow of books were, I had to move things around to be a little more cohesive with the rest of the room. That, and I needed those books in my master! haha 🙂
I blame my bestie Lucy, for getting me addicted to glass cloches. So many ways to use them, but here I chose to just group them as a collection.
This kitchen has so much potential and it is about to see several new upgrades within the next few months. A new island is one of them…. but I’ll share my plans for this space in another post soon. 🙂 Lots of delicious (and some disgusting) food as been made here. 😉 I don’t LOVE to cook of the sake of cooking. But I LOVE to cook to fill my kid’s bellies. There is something so satisfying about providing nourishment for their little bodies and getting long sighs, sleepy smiles, and sticky kisses as my thank you.
This is our kitchen.
My son, Owen, painted that little stool to sell, and once he was done I loved it so much, I bought it from him! It matches the new secretary I painted last month and is the perfect size for my little assistent, Kaila. She is most insistent on helping me with aaaaaaaall the things in the kitchen.
I have never bought sunflowers before this year. But I’ve also never used orange in my decor until this year, either.
Change feels good.
I loved seeing baked sweets and treats in my friend, Kristen’s, home tour, so I couldn’t resist adding some maple leaf cookies (Trader Joe’s) and fresh apple pie (moi). The kids really enjoyed the payoff from this also 😉
The dining room is on the way to the living room and is surprisingly the heart of our home. Homework, art projects, meals, games of Uno and Jenga, snacks, and long chats with friends and family, all happen around this table. I decided this summer that it was time to get rid of the white chairs I refinished years ago. They had lived a long, good life, and would require more work than I wanted to give them, so I phased out 4 of them and bought these fantastic oak chairs on craigslist.
This is our dining room.
The farmhouse tablescape is simple with my staples: blue and white, with festive pops of reddish rust, and brass. Making a beautiful table will always remind me of my paternal grandma. I remember being so little and being in awe of her collections of china, tablecloths, cloth napkins, placemats, and fine silver. A thoughtfully set table was just as important as the good food served there. The food tasted better, the conversations more interesting, and the memories sweeter.
I’m always told I’m crazy for having white furniture in the room we spend the most amount of time in. The honest truth is, it is easier to clean and it looks classic with whatever decor I decide to switch out. I also wrote a post earlier this year about why I chose it and my review after a year.
This space is the stage for skirt twirls and super hero costumes, the spot of sunday napping, movie-watching, and good book-reading.
This is our living room.
Sitting in this spot, looking at this view, is one of my most favorites in the house right now. I just love the bits of orange and blue with the white and gray backdrop.
Pumpkin pillow on my slipcovered wingback chair can be found HERE.
I think another big advantage of doing a home tour is it forces you to rethink the styling/staging you have been living with for several months. I re-styled my bookcases, and now I love looking at them again! They were getting so tired before.
Here is a view, not often photographed… Can you see why the table is the center or heart of our home? It is so central, viewed from every main living area. We can be sitting in the living room still eyeing that straggler child who is eating the last few bites of their broccoli… 😉
Gallery walls I feel need to be changed up about once a year. I changed mine up earlier this spring, but I was already itching to add something new. Good think Emily has such cute free printables… this Autumn Favorites one has all the colors I am decorating with this year!
In our bedroom, I’ve mostly been focused on making it our cozy retreat. Fall-fying this room consisted of adding a fuzzy throw, and some soft-texture pillows. Each piece in this room holds a story, which have become a part of our story, as a married couple for 11 years.
This is our master bedroom.
If you remember my master bedroom mini makeover a couple months ago, you will notice a few new things added… I’ll share more in another post.
If you are curious how our patio looks for fall, go to this post.
Thank you for visiting! I know I enjoy our home more when I make an effort to beautify it, especially when I have to get creative and make something, so I hope something here has inspired you to beautify your home in a way that represents YOU. If you have any questions about anything that I shared in these pics, feel free to comment or email me!
Make sure to check out the other fall tours from these beautiful gals: