It’s (Almost) Fall Y’all

August 17th, 2012

Back to school time always brings on the images of fall, and while the August weather still feels like summer outside, I confess my mind is already thinking about all things autumn.  By September, I’ll be in the mood to do some transitioning indoors, which means it’s time for some seasonal decorating, and I’ve teamed up with my blog buddies Layla, Rhoda, and Sarah again for a round of link parties!

This year, I’ll be hosting the Fall Mantels party and the other ladies (plus Kevin!) are hosting outdoor decor, tablescapes, and easy fall decor, from September 18th through September 27th on Tuesdays and Thursdays, see the button above for exact dates and hosts.

To me, fall is always about bringing the outdoors in and the mantel is the perfect place for fresh clippings of leaves changing color.

Saidos de Concha on Flickr


When decorating a mantel, there’s no need to restrict yourself to the top mantel shelf.  Add that extra layer of pattern, texture, or whimsy with a creative mantel scarf or garland.

good housekeeping/a thoughtful place


Layered artwork, branch hurricane sconces, and a magnolia leaf garland complete this living room ready for the autumn chill.


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Off to College: Favorite Finds

August 16th, 2012

My stepdaughter is home right now after her few weeks of traveling, but back to college next week and we’ve been busily working on a design plan for her room.  After dorm life, she’s settled in a house with friends near campus and has her first single girl room all to herself, so we’re shopping for fun yet sophisticated bedding, a great computer desk, and other accents.

All this research has led me to some favorite bedding and desk finds, thought I’d share!

medallions/dip dye surf/ramona/ikat scroll

atlas duvet/striped blanket/navy striped bedding/baha beach


Desks & Chairs !

blue parsons/fur chair/aluminum chair/wood desk

gloss desk/apple chair/pink chair/white desk/black desk/red chair

I finally settled on a desk (we bought this one) and now it’s time to find all the other necessities in the next few days.  There will be trips to IKEA, Target, and Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Craigslist is getting some traffic too.

Any of you have young’uns off to college this fall?  Where do you shop for all their campus needs?  How are you feeling?  Scared, tearful, jumping for joy?