Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Decorating Inspiration: Fall

I like Fall a little bit.  I'm not wild about cool weather and the clothes that accompany it; sweaters and vests make me look quite, uh, marshmallowy.  But y'all, there is something I do like about Fall: the decorating!  OMG, I just LOVE the deep oranges, yellows, reds, and browns that nature and Target produce; they are so cozy- makes me want to curl up by a fire (note: we don't have a fireplace, devastating).

Ever since i became just slightly obsessed with Pinterest, I have found hundreds of marvelous Fall decorating ideas; I even made a wreath (trust me, I don't have the necessary crafting skills to do these things).

Well how perfect, the dang picture won't upload.  Don't worry, it looks like a 5 year old made it.

Fall decorating is almost, just almost, as exciting to me as Christmas decorating is.  If you can get around to it before Christmas comes, then I hope you can look to these ideas for some inspiration!

What I just LOVE about this simple wreath is the burlap bow! What a darling Fall touch to a year-round wreath!  
Idea found on: http://lookiewhatidid.blogspot.com

What's cuter than a decked out college wreath!? LOVE this one (yes, yes I realize I didn't go to ECU, however, these are also JMU colors so I can easily pretend it says JMU and has pictures of the Duke Dog). 
 Found on: http://www.nothingsbetterleftunsaid.blogspot.com

Gorgeous display of some Fall blooms.  I tried to do something similar last weekend, but all we grow around here are pine trees and weeds. I guess I can go "borrow" from someone...  ;)   
Found this beautiful idea on: http://sdweddinginsider.com

Absolutely loving everything about this corner.  Christmas lights on your pumpkins- what a brilliant idea!  This is such a welcoming entrance! Inspiration from: http://www.xun-wang.com/

Ummm, how presh is this one?! Expect to see this sitting proudly on my front porch.
Found this cutie on: gordongossip.blogspot.com

How do you decorate for Fall/can you come help me for free ;)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Could YOU Live In a Tiny House?

Recently, my sister recommended that I check out the Design Happens blog created by the geniuses at HGTV.  Immediate obsession.  Those people are amazing; I'm so baffled why some people are born with these incredible talents...and then theres the rest of us ("a festivus for the rest of us!").

Design Happens is full of home decorating, DIY, places to shop, freebies, and renovation tips and ideas; but what is intriguing me most right now is an article about tiny houses.  A house can qualify as "tiny" if it under 500 square feet and is fully functional (it must have a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and living area).  I believe I know people who have closets bigger than this.  

Here is an example of a tiny house, built by The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.  It's so darling, but so little.  

By living in a tiny house, not only would you clearly save on utilities bills, but you also don't have a mortgage! Amazing!  Tiny houses typically cost between $12,000 and $90,000.  You pay for the house upfront and thats it! Uh hello, why didn't I know about this before!?  

I wonder where tiny houses are located, I'd really like to actually go into one, maybe even stay in one.  By myself.  I mean, can you imagine if I brought Elvis with me? Unpretty picture.

HGTV held a contest between 3 designers who were each responsible for creating a tiny house. Check out the pictures, it is truly unbelievable what these people can do! Tiny Little Houses.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

And its football seasonnnn!

Southerners LOVE football; I mean, I know other people in the world like it too, but no one has the appreciation for the game that Southerners do.  There is no tailgate, team spirit, or loyalty to the game like there is in the South.  Everyone has their favorite team from high school teams to college teams to (sometimes) NFL teams (although we much prefer college over NFL).  Some of us even keep in mind the teeny tiny little teams that totally rock the NCAA I-AA championships (DUUUUUUKES!).  

Southern football fans are great.  You've got people like my twin aunts, who are the loudest people on Earth, and who vocally support their team (DAWWWGSSSS) every chance they get, to the preppy soror girls who mostly go to the games to show off their new Game Day dresses, to the lil cutie pies who's parents dressed them up in a team cheerleading outfit (I believe I know 3 little girls who were once in this position), to the real backbone of football pride: boys out to have a good time drinking beer and cheering on their fav team.  If you don't enjoy a good tailgate, topped off by a good game (whether your team wins or loses) then something's wrong with you...and you're definitely not Southern. ;)

Southern Living (my Bible) published "The 10 Commandments of College Football" in their October issue, and I just had to share.  Hope you enjoy these as much as I did and GO DUKES (ugh, I know, I know)!!

1. Thou shalt wear team colors. But think twice before adorning yourself with body paint—you don’t want to be the Internet photo that goes viral.
2. Thou shalt know—and sing—your team’s fight song from beginning to end. Sure, you can “watermelon watermelon” your way through the alma mater, but not memorizing the fight song is a fan failure.
3. Thou shalt keep your language clean (unless, of course, the quarterback fumbles on fourth and goal).
4. Thou shalt support the coach. Even when his calls are questionable.
5. Thou shalt be respectful to visiting teams. Remember: Southern ladies and gentlemen never boo.
6. Thou shalt set up a tailgate no fewer than three hours before kickoff (six if it’s a night game). Table linens and matching huggers encouraged, but not required.
7. Thou shalt theme your tailgate food around the visiting rival. Gator bites, anyone?
8. Thou shalt stay through the fourth quarter—rain or shine. That’s what ponchos are for, y’all.
9. Thou shalt respect the solemnity of Game Day by planning weddings, births, and other life events around the football schedule.
10. Thou shalt not covet other teams’ bowl games, national championships, or Heisman Trophy wins. There’s always next year.

"The 10 Commandments" courtesy of Southern Living Magazine.

Monday, September 5, 2011

I Re-repurposed an Old Table

Remember a few months ago when I shared my obsession for HGTV and thought I could totally repurpose an old table?

Remember this poor thing? 

I scrubbed, sanded, and painted this old table; but, I didn't like the result.  

Here's the ugly result. It looks like it belongs in a nursery, not a living room.

Today I decided I'd had enough of looking at something I couldn't stand.  I love, love, love the gorgeous combination of yellow and gray, so after googling for a little while, I found a doable design (I am by no means artistic so I look for things that 8 year olds could do).

I like my new table so much better. It still looks like it could belong in a nursery (maybe that's my new calling? Painting nursery furniture...?? ehh), but it will do for now (until I buy some hot pink paint...).

The picture doesn't show it very clearly, but I also added a new drawer knob.  It's a darling pearl-colored flower I found at Home Goods a few months ago.

What do you think?