Your weekly dose of new ideas, helpful hints, favorite items, and tidbits of wisdom…from a trio of lifestyle bloggers who love to share!
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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 $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.
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 HOME, WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TEXTURE, and HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST COLOR PALETTE FOR YOUR HOME.
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.
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
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!