Well that's enough about me, you came to see the house so here's the family room (aka the room in which I spend all of my waking hours).
This is my keeping it real shot!! Julia is laying on the couch because she's not feeling well. There are things all over the ottomans/tray, but hey, this is life!!! This at least gives you the set up of the room. The couch is a little big to be in this position, but I like that it's facing the fireplace and it makes the space feel nice and cozy!! Some day I'd love to remove the panel and paint. It's a
dark, errr warm room and I'd love to see how much bigger it feels to brighten it up a bit!!
This fireplace is ginormous!! On one hand it's great, because I can decorate it like crazy. On the other hand, I don't know how to keep it simple. Which would be fine except that I'm really craving simplicity.
I tried a few different configurations and over the course of a few weeks, I stripped it all down again and took a completely different approach. I always shop the house first! I happen to have a small door and few wooden boxes and drawers at my disposal. I like the old books, it adds fall color and some height to display my jar of mini gourds and pumpkins. (they're not real so I can use them year after year)
I kept the yellow candle stick from my summer mantle and thought it'd be a great perch for a fun faux pumpkin!! I added an old camera for some fun and few fall fabric balls that I made years ago. On the right side, I used a few birch rounds (from our birch trees in the back yard), a frame from summer that I picked up from Hobby Lobby, and an old berry crate. There's also a little fall garland that I made with string and scrapbook paper and a glue stick. Easy Peasy!
The bushel basket of pinecones and birch logs have been here all summer and I just added a small chalkboard with a seasonal quote "Autumn is a second spring" (where every leaf is a flower). I decided to stack my old kettles, which I should have emptied first, right Jessica? :) I also added an old mustard shutter to the back to break up the old brick and just add another layer of interest.
On the other side of the fireplace, I decided to bring down a few of my picnic baskets. I love the red plaid one, it conjurs up all kinds of fun images of great fall picnics under beautiful maple trees bursting with color, warm wool blankets and hot apple cider in a thermos!! Like the little one on top! I'm still getting gorgeous roses in the garden and figured I'd better take advantage of that gift before they're done.
Once the roses started to wilt and die, we resused them for a wonderful foot soak!! Julia had the idea of letting me soak my feet and relax. She's such a sweetheart!!
We added some fresh lavendar too. I soaked for a long time and my feet felt wonderul afterward!! This is something that I'm going to have to do more regularly!!
I haven't done anything to speak of in the kitchen, most of it's a mess honestly. It's the most used room in the house, so I have to catch it in its rare state of spotless!! lol So this may or may not be the end of the fall tour. We'll have to see!! I'm taking each moment as it comes and can't make any plans.
I hope you've enjoyed the small tour. I pray that your home is a place of warmth and comfort as we head into the cooler seasons (cooler, ha! It's 82 degrees here today) Have a blessed week!!