Wednesday Weekly Wish List #60

Your weekly dose of new ideas, helpful hints, favorite items, and tidbits of wisdomfrom a trio of lifestyle bloggers who love to share! 

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Before we get to the wish list, I want to remind you that this is the LAST WEEK for our $75 gift card giveaways. We have loved doing them, and will most likely pick them up at some point in the future. GO HERE TO FIND OUT HOW TO ENTER!

Yvonne | StoneGable

1. It’s beginning to look a lot like fall on the blog! Every week as we head into the heart of fall I’ll be sharing lots of ideas and decor and diy’s and recipes that are all fall-inspired and with YOU in mind! Make sure to check out 10 THINGS TO DO FOR FALL NOW. It is sure to get you in the autumnal mood! And you will want to read 8 FABULOUS NATURAL FALL DECOR FOR YOUR HOME. We can get ready for fall while we enjoy the end of the summer season!

2. An Easy Salad Recipe: I made the best summery salad last weekend to take to a picnic. And it was so easy! In a large bowl add cherry tomatoes that have been cut in half, chopped English cucumbers that are about the same size as the tomatoes, red onion slices (very thin), a pack of small mozzarella balls, and a container or two of assorted olives plus some of the oil. Drizzle the juice of a lemon and about 2 TBS of olive oil over the salad and mix. Finish with salt and pepper. I served it in a large shallow bowl. Fresh and delicious!

3. The first thing I do for every new season is to make a big, beautiful wreath for our front door. Last year I made my favorite wreath that just happened to be the easiest wreath I have ever made. You might want to make this FABULOUS FALL WREATH ANYONE CAN MAKE. And here is an oldie but goodie wreath, EARLY FALL APPLE WREATH, featuring sunflowers and apples. So pretty!

4. Fabulous Finds:

Under $50- this ribbed mango wood footed bowlmatch striker pot with 100 matches, this stunning abstract painting, pretty wicker boxes, these must-have fall wooden rounds,

Under $100- this handsome round wooden bowl perfect for fall, hammered metal container with rabbit finial (just got this), round wicker whitewashed serving tray with handles, this large brambly fall wreath, this chunky handknit throw, this seagrass basket.

Under $200- a gorgeous set of two wall sconces, foldable gold and mirror side/drink table, my favorite Antique Buchannan tartan throw.

Worth The Splurge- this beautiful three-candle lantern, this stunning sisal rug, and this handsome upholstered stool.

5. Best Home Tours: this French Inspired Mansion, this handsome Hampton cottage, this Park Avenue apartment, and this Welsh country home.

6. I love video home tours of designer’s homes like the ones above. Even if they are not my style I can always find amazing things in their homes that spark my creativity and inspiration like the tortoiseshell on the books in the cottage. Or the gorgeous color palette of the cottage. Aren’t the orchids amazing on the zebra upholstered coffee table? Designers are collectors! They fill their home with things they love. Collections tell the story of the people who live there. The before and after of the apartment shows us how transformative wall detail is! And although the Welsh home is almost garish to me, I love the bold living and story of the decor! I literally watch these videos with pen and paper taking notes! Why don’t you give this a try? It will give you so many ideas to use in your home!

7. Capsule Wardrobe: Summer into fall fashion! These attractive ankle pants, a white shirt everyone needs, this cashmere wrap, this tortoiseshell cuff bracelet, this sleek open cardigan, and this long sleeve Tencel scoop tee.

8. Fun And Interesting Facts: How many years does a homeowner stay in a home? What color should you paint your front door if you want to make more money when you sell your home?

9. Design School: Want to learn how to be a better home decorator? These posts will help you! HOW TO MIX WARM AND COOL COLORS IN YOUR HOMEWHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TEXTURE, and HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST COLOR PALETTE FOR YOUR HOME.

10. Reads, Views, and More: I just ordered BLESS YOUR HEART RAE SUTTON, and the biography THE HIDING PLACE. Best streaming series, THE CHOSEN.

Answers to #8- the average homeowner stays in a home for six years. Black or gray front doors add approximately $6,000.00 to the value of a home! And a yellow home will decrease the value of your home.

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Lory | Designthusiasm

1. THE LATEST FROM THE BLOG: The ‘Evolution of a Room’ series continues with this account of how our guest room has evolved to accommodate our changing needs and updated tastes. It also tells the story of how I let go of an inspiration that I carried around for 30 years!

2. CURRENT DECOR CRUSHES: I’ve been working on the renovation of our community clubhouse, and this past week was all about styling the bookshelves. Eventually I’ll do a post on the topic, but for now I wanted to share some of my favorite decor objects which have just arrived. I’ve seen all of these in person and they are truly my top recommendations.

UNDER $50: This textured vase is just fabulous in person! Here’s an unbelievable price for a pair of wooden boxes. These two disc objects together are under $50 – the larger and the smaller – and they look great. This wood chain link is one of the cheapest and best items I got this week. They’re quite large – not skimpy at all. I love this amphora vase so much, I got two – one for the community clubhouse and one for my home… :-) And this handcrafted paper mache bowl is perfect for display.

UNDER $100: I’ve been looking at this ceramic handled urn for months and finally got the medium size. This textured medium vase (click on the black) is a great shape to balance the taller pieces. Crazy in love with this decorative bronze metal ribbon which would look great on a stack of books.

UNDER $150: I got one of these vintage wooden pots which looks amazing in person, but I was most amazed with the note that came along with it saying ALL of the proceeds from their shop are donated to charity! Here’s the link to the whole shop. Madly in love with these ancient Pompeii style vessels (I got style B, but A is very similar). I also got one of these lovely medium sized rustic jugs. And this terracotta vase (the large size) has also been on my radar for some time. It’s wonderful! I went a little crazy at Pottery Barn, and this large round terracotta piece might be my very favorite (click on “large round”).

3. For the absolute easiest healthy salmon recipe, generously sprinkle a nice center cut piece of salmon with this all natural, low sodium, gluten free butter herb seasoning and bake for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees. It’s delicious, super easy and very healthy! Also great on veggies!!

4. TOP POST FROM THE ARCHIVES: One of my most popular chalk painting projects, don’t miss this makeover of my mom’s french dresser.

5. WHAT’S INSPIRING ME AROUND THE WEB: This home office is the perfect balance of masculine and feminine, dark and light, and a lovely mix of styles. This kitchen is a gorgeous example of modern vintage with gentle French touches. More modern that my normal taste, this exquisite living room is so inviting.

6. FURNITURE UNDER $800: It is not easy these days to find well priced furniture, so to find a great piece like this loveseat, for this price is quite an opportunity. Love that it works with every design style. Isn’t this rattan trimmed armchair so pretty? Here’s a wonderful trestle coffee table to work with the mix. I love the white stain combo, but they’re all nice. You’ll love this lovely chest if you’re a fan of the popular spindle chair. This terrific china cabinet looks great in both combos.

7. THE SEASONS ON THE BLOG: This week I shared a touch of fall in our updated French-style living room, where to find affordable fall decor and how to style it, and this apple-inspired early fall table setting.

8. LUXURY LINK OF THE WEEK: This is absolutely the most delicious cashmere cardigan. I’ve been looking at it for 2 years and I keep linking less expensive ones, but every once in a while, isn’t it nice to get the ‘best in class’?

9. FAVORITE QUOTE: “There are many situations in life you do not control, but you often contribute to them. 

  • I cannot control the rain, but I can control my clothing. 
  • I cannot control your feelings, but I can control my kindness. 
  • I cannot control my opponent, but I can control my response. 

You cannot control most outcomes in life, but you can usually influence them. Releasing your attachment to the results does not mean releasing your responsibility to the situation.” – James Clear

10. UP NEXT: A new affordable fashion capsule, and if I have the courage, I just may be in some of the photos… ;-)

Ann | On Sutton Place

fall flowers in pitcher and bowl on sutton place

1.) LATEST POST: we continued on with our Evolution Series, this time featuring guest bedrooms. I featured our basement bedroom, and how I lightened and brightened the dark space. Basements are tricky, and it was a challenge…but I love the final result!

2.) FURNITURE FINDS UNDER $350: this handsome glass front cabinet (in 4 colors) that can be used as a piece for your entry or a TV stand, this charming set of X-back chairs (available in 11 colors), this classic sideboard that comes in 4 lovely colors, this rustically elegant upholstered ottoman, this chic striped accent chair, and this generously sized nightstand with must-have storage.

3.) FAVORITE QUOTE: God answers the mess of life with one word: “grace.” ~Max Lucado

4.) BEAUTIFUL INSPIRATION: tour this Texas farmhouse with a true collected-over-time aesthetic, enjoy this thoughtfully designed home dressed for fall, see this cozy and subtle fall home tour from one of my favorite bloggers, and take a look at this character-filled country cottage that looks like it should be a century older!

5.) GOOD BOOKS: The face behind the popular food blog Half Baked Harvest is Teighan Gerard, and she has a stunning new cookbook called Half Baked Harvest Every Day. It’s filled with over 100 new family-friendly recipes that you can rely on every day. (I think she’s amazing.) My daughter just got back from the beach and she recommends What I Never Expected by Jennifer Archer, and November 9 by Colleen Hoover.

6.) Even though it’s pretty hot here in Ohio, I’m thinking about fall. Shipping seems to be taking longer than usual, so it’s a good idea to order your fall decor items early. I went ahead and ordered 2 of these pillow covers and this rug for our front porch. I’m going to use the same wreath I’ve had since spring, but I want to get a new doormat to layer on top of the rug. I like this one…but this one is cute too. Big decision!

7.) When is the last time you baked muffins? If the urge to head to the kitchen and bake comes over you, try these cinnamon sugar muffins, or these mouth-watering blueberry muffins. Both recipes are easy and quick!

8.) I mentioned above that I’m beginning to think about fall…and how I’m going to decorate our new home. It’s our first fall here, and I want the decor to be cozy, but somewhat minimal. It may surprise you that I’m ready to bring in some color too! I plan to introduce different shades of rust and gold, so get ready for that. I was looking back through my fall archives and ran across our 2020 Sutton Place fall living room. The background is neutral, but there are pops of autumn color. So that’s my inspiration for this year. I’ll share it all very soon. (P.S. Our 2019 fall decor was even more colorful!)

9.) We’re in what are sometimes called the “dog days of summer.” I’m tired of watering, and the hot temps seem hotter. But…the days are getting shorter, and every so often, I feel a breeze that says fall is coming. It’s not here yet, but it’s around the corner, and I’m ready!

10.) Have a lovely week!

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38 Comments

  1. Hey. Anther great post with excellent ideas

  2. I love visiting with you for inspiration all through the week. Your posts brighten my life. Thank you for sharing!

  3. I love Wednesdays.

    I’m so over summer. Fall is my favorite season.

  4. Like everyone else I’m so ready for Fall to be here. This heat and humidity are so darn depressing. I love the cool days and crispy nights of Fall. Oh, and Fall decorating.

  5. Love all the ideas! I checked out quite a few links and so much inspiration was found, thank you!

  6. Micaela Brundage says:

    I love that you make a fall wreath every fall! Seems like the perfect way to kick off fall!

  7. Melanie Herman says:

    Thanks for putting these lists together! Do you intentionally not include pictures of the items? Just wondering why if so. :)

  8. Great ideas, again! I’m especially interested in the woven rug and “Home” welcome mat you linked.

  9. Diane Westbrook says:

    Oh, My…trying to wrap my brain around the fact that Fall is almost around the corner! am loving all the wonderful ideas however and am jotting down my favorites…Thanks for those and especially for the generous give a ways!! Keep those ideas coming!!

  10. Thinking Fall here, too….but making the last batch of blueberry muffins before I head into pumpkin season. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  11. Thank you Ann for all of your great posts. They inspire me and I look forward to the Wednesday Weekly Wish Lists. Wonderful ideas, recipes and so much more. We just sold our second home down south and am combining, sorting and downsizing. It is a huge undertaking but I am encouraged by reading these great weekly suggestions. Have a great week!

  12. I really enjoy WWW list and look forward to it each week.

  13. Great picks as always.

  14. I really love all the suggestions you all make! It’s so helpful and I always get great ideas from you.

  15. It really is fun to see how many of the things you show fall right into my wheelhouse of design choices. I always look forward to reading your Wednesday posts.

  16. Love all the information you share with all of us! Everything is always so elegant and beautiful! Thank you Ann!

  17. Mary Lou Cross says:

    I love Wednesdays thanks to you Ann. You have always shared your decorating tips, book suggestions, wardrobe help, recipes, series you enjoyed and so much more. I truly appreciate all of your help and wish we were next door neighbors.
    Mary Lou Cross

  18. I’m going to try your summer salad recipe. It sounds delicious!

  19. Connie D. says:

    Ann,
    The books your daughter read, while at the beach, sound like a couple of good reads.
    I also am loving all of your new home inspiration. My husband and I are downsizing to our “smaller dwelling”, in about 10 days. I am so anxious and yet very melancholy about leaving our home of 23 years.
    Thank you for all of the words of wisdom!
    Have a blessed day!

  20. Fall will be here before we know it so the ideas are so welcome as shipping is taking so much longer. Baskets have become so hard to find as I’m finding many are made outside of the US and shipped here.
    Love the fall wreaths, wooden bowls and that cinnamon colored striped rug..just wish it were larger than 2×3:0(
    Recipes for muffins..always a good idea!
    Best of the best emails…full of ideas!

  21. Your community is so lucky to have you decorating your community center. I hope they appreciate how lucky they are. You have exquisite taste. I to dream shop along with your Wednesday column. As much as I love summer, I love the colors of fall. Stay cool.

  22. Love your blog this week!! Just the inspiration I needed!!
    Thank you🍁

  23. Thank you so much for every post. The recipes are easy and delicious and the decorating ideas are simple and easy to do. I so agree with your Simple is Best motto. I’m looking forward to all the fall ideas! Oh, and your basement bedroom is very nice and restful.

  24. Nancy Smelser says:

    This is my favorite email of the week! I used to get depressed when fall decor started coming out because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to summer and because of the traditional colors of fall. Now that I’m learning to decorate in neutrals, it has made such a difference in my attitude and I actually look forward to it.

  25. Love all the wooden bowls!

  26. I look forward to your Wednesday posts, I am looking forward to decorating for Fall also.

  27. Susan McKim says:

    Yes I, too, love fall most of all! Thanks for sharing your wonderful fall decor ideas. I can’t wait for the day after Labor Day. That’s my magic day to start with my decor, and I know I will find inspiration here.

  28. Liz Bayes says:

    Lots of wonderful ideas and inspiration! Thanks

  29. Definitely enjoy Wednesday visits with you!

  30. Anne Marie Gorman says:

    Ann,
    You have a more simplified, but beautiful design concepts that the average homeowner can embrace. Nothing fancy, glamorous or expensive. And your DIY projects are simple and easy. Thanks for the inspiration.

  31. Mary Anne McWhirter says:

    I wish I may I wish I might…have the wish I wish tonight….for a lovely gift card! But more than that the gift you give to so many of us each day!!! Thank you for all of the incredible ideas and inspiration — I have used so many of them…I love love love the wish list….helps one discover so many wonderful things…and takes you right to the link. Keep the wonderful ideas coming…from the minute to the magnificent…they are all incredible and so are you!

  32. I have always enjoyed your website. Waiting to see your fall decor. It will give me some inspiration I’m sure

  33. Mary Clark says:

    This is my first fall in a place that actually has seasons, so I’m going all in on decorating this year! I appreciate all the ideas!

  34. My favorite season is fall, and I am inspired by the wreaths and decor ideas! I cannot wait to decorate!! Thanks for the wonderful ideas!!

  35. Kathy O’Banion says:

    Ann,
    I love your design ideas for front porch displays! I especially like your creative and inexpensive ways to fill planters with everything such as ferns, pumpkins, and lanterns!

    Kathy O.

  36. I LOVE that fall wreath, and your salad recipe sounds yummy!

  37. Holly Bangham says:

    Hi!
    We are heading to VT on Saturday and those cinnamon muffins sound amazing! I’m going to bake them and bring them with! Thanks for sharing 💕

  38. Kathleen Mooney says:

    I love the beautiful simplicity of the fall wreath