Lovely Links

Golly, this week flew by! What are y'all up to this weekend? We've got a fun party and dinner plans with friends, but other than that are pretty free, which is nice since I was traveling last weekend. I've got a great set of lovely links for you this week - lots of eye candy and a few tips. Enjoy!

*As usual, if you like something you see here, please pin from the original source. The link is always right below the photo. Give these sites some love! :)

1 | How bout this entryway makeover from Yellow Brick Home? Who knew a little alcove by the front door could become so pretty and functional with paint, art and a few hooks?

2 | Whoa. Novogratz + Walmart = this. May have to take a trip over to see this in person!

3 | You've probably seen lots of rustic barn doors, but how about a traditional one? Love this one from The Hunted Interior.

4 | I loved Emily Henderson's kitchen makeover from the moment I saw it. She's now painted the lower cabinets a beautiful navy color (which I also love) and I can't wait to see the full reveal soon. Here's shot of it before the navy went in on the bottom:

5 | I keep meaning to reference this awesome post from Carrie of Lovely Etc. on how to follow your favorite blogs and I finally remembered this week! She does a great job of laying out lots of options. If you'd like to follow my blog, check out the "connect" section on my side bar just below my photo at the top of the page.

6 | I'm a huge fan of baked oatmeal, but haven't ever had this version. It's calling my name for fall breakfasts!

7 | Who else, besides me, struggles with paper clutter?! Here are some good tips on how to wrangle it without losing your mind.

8 | And lastly, I can't get over this pretty floral fabric that Jen used to re-cover her studio chair. So lovely!

Happy weekend!

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Simple and Budget-Friendly Fall Decorating Ideas

We've had a couple of cooler days here in Philly and with football season in full swing, I'm finally willing to turn a little bit of my attention to the season that's now upon us: fall. As I've said before around here, I heart summer like, big time, so it's hard for me to let go :). Once fall arrives, I do love it too - it's a big adjustment for me, haha. Anyway, I'm not a huge seasonal decorator, but I do like to add in some season-appropriate elements around the house when that change comes. Seasonal decorating doesn't have to be super involved, nor does it have to be expensive. A few budget-friendly elements here and there are all it takes.

When it comes to fall decorating specifically, your house doesn't have to look like you planted an orange pumpkin patch all over it (unless that's your thing, of course) and it doesn't have to scream halloween either. There are lots of little ways you can make things feel more like fall in your home and I've got a few for you to consider today. Feel free to add your ideas to this list in the comments section!

First up, cozy things up with texture and natural elements.

I love these birch bark-wrapped candles and woven pumpkins that Four Generations One Roof added to her dining room table.

It doesn't get any simpler than throwing some pinecones, tree branches and white pumpkins into a tall, clear vase and putting it on a side table, buffet or entryway console. No fancy styling tips needed!

Baskets are something you probably already have and fit in beautifully with fall decor. Texture like that just feels like fall, don'tcha think?

Take this photo for example. It doesn't scream fall, but can't you see it in a room with a fireplace and a warm cup of coffee? Cozy.

Here's another great example of incorporating a basket into your decor along with some other natural elements:

Make a fall wreath for your front door a la this corn husk wreath from At the Picket Fence.

Or how about this dyed coffee filter one?

Haul out those blankets from the deep, dark corners of your closet and put them on display. DIY yourself a blanket ladder for them, or find one at a flea market or thrift store like this one below. I've seen these ladders all over the place lately! Or you can keep it simple and just put them in one of those baskets like the photos above :).

Add in some new art around the house. You can make this chalkboard poster art for $4! Talk about cheap thrills.

Another easy idea? Sketch something fall-related on a piece of stained wood. It's simple, rustic, and probably takes about 30 minutes of work (unless you're indecisive like me and can't decide what sketch).

If you've got a mantle, decorate it! Play around with some different fall-related accessories like candles, tree branches, pumpkins, gourds and wreaths. Shop your house, and don't feel like you have to only use things you'd see in the fall section at Target (though, man, they've got some good stuff right now). I'll bet you could find plenty of things in your house and not spend a dime on "fall decor."

Here are 12 ideas to get you started:

Oh wait a sec...25 more...

...and I'd better stop with that. I could go on all day! What are you doing to decorate for fall?

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String Art in the Entryway & Kitchen

As you might remember from the first sneak peak into our row house, the front door leads right into the kitchen, so we don't have much in the way of a real entryway or foyer. I've had to get creative with how to make that space function well as both a part of the kitchen and entryway. It's still a work in progress, but I do have a fun update to share with you today involving art!

The secretary desk we inherited from my grandparents (the one that used to be a bar) has now become the landing area for keys and other small items in the entry, as well as kitchen storage. A set of hooks (not pictured in today's post) that are mounted on the wall next to it corral coats, Jackson's leash, umbrellas, etc. Those hooks, plus the milk glass vessel on the secretary are great for keeping things organized and off the dining room table - for the most part :).

I was excited about getting that area functional, but the wall space above the secretary was looking pretty blah. It needed some art, desperately, but I wasn't really sure what should go there...until I received a lovely package from my in-laws for my birthday that contained three awesome pieces of state string art crafted by one of my sisters-in-law! She made one for each of the states C and I have lived in since we got married and I just love them. I knew immediately that these were the pieces of art I needed to go above the secretary. They're a little whimsical, have wonderful meaning to us and are great conversation starters. We've slowly migrated north from Virginia to DC to Pennsylvania - and I'm hoping that's as far north as it gets!

I put them up using - you guessed it - Command Strips! If you caught my post on these babies last week, you might recall that I have a slight love affair with them - there are so many uses for them, and putting up lightweight art is a natural one. The walls on that side of our house are plaster, which can be a pain the booty to hang stuff on, so the Command Strips were definitely the right thing for this job.

I attached one medium-sized picture hanging strip (the ones that act like velcro) to the back of each one and stuck them right on the wall. It couldn't have been easier. I love projects with instant gratification like this! (Especially when someone else has already done the hard work of making the art for you :).)

Now that wall is looking much more complete thanks to a little bit of string art.

P.S. I seriously heart the two brass ram's head bookends that are holding up the cookbooks.

Back to the art though - to show you what a big difference art makes, take a look at the wall before...

...And after!

Much better. So that's the little update I have to share about our little house for today. Did you do any little projects this weekend that made a big difference in your home?

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Lovely Links

How 'bout that short week, y'all? With Labor Day on Monday, it flew by for me. And now I'm off to a wedding this weekend so it's definitely been a whirlwind kind of week. It's been a little quiet around the blog because lots of "real life" is happening over here, but rest assured, more projects to come!

I hope y'all have great weekends and enjoy perusing these lovely links over the next couple of days :).

*As usual, if you like something you see here, please pin from the original source. The link is always right below the photo. Give these sites some love! :)

1 | First of all, have y'all seen this hilarious Ikea ad that parodies Apple's launch videos? It's a must watch - you'll get a kick out of it.

2 | This is a cool idea for printing on fabric using your regular ole printer.

3 | Who doesn't love a pretty pillow? This black and white one is a quick and easy DIY. See the tutorial here.

4 | Mustard and gray is still one of my favorite combinations, but I'm ready to change it up a little bit by adding in a new color. The Hunted Interior has some great ideas on pairing mustard with fresh, new colors.

5 | Fabric painting? Such a fun idea. This scarf looks like a quick and easy project and is right on trend.

6 | This coral and aqua guest room is gorgeous.

7 | "Why Rest Takes Courage." Read it. It's a good-for-the-soul article from Emily Freeman.

8 | And lastly, a list of free fonts!

Happy weekend!

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11+ Creative Uses For 3M Command Strips

I hope y'all had fantastic Labor Day weekends. Can you believe it's already September?! (Pssst - Don't forget to download the September iPhone calendar here!I decided to savor every last bit of my day off, so there was no post ready to go up yesterday - oops - but I'm here today and I've got a good one for you!

To me, September signals the transition from summer to fall. The change in season, plus the whole "back to school" thing that's happening right now gives me an itch to get organized and get our house in order. A fresh start, if you will. Anyone else feel that way? And you know what one little thing can be super helpful in getting organized? 3M Command Strips. They can be used in all sorts of ways all over the house and can be especially handy in rentals and dorm rooms since they won't damage your walls or other surfaces. I love these little guys and a whole bunch of 'em just arrived on my doorstep last week - can't wait to put them to good use!

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