Monday, October 31, 2016


Hey friends!  I took a little un-intended break for a while, so I'm so glad you're here today.  We took a few days off for Fall Break last weekend, and this past week I just needed a bit of space away from the online world.  But, I'm back in gear and ready to share some good things with you this week (come back tomorrow for this month's My Five Favorites!).

The kids were out of school for a few days a week and a half ago, so we took a quick road trip to the Ozarks and spent some time at Silver Dollar City and around Branson.  It's SUCH a good trip to do in the Fall, everything is beautiful and the weather is so nice.

The park is nestled among bountiful gorgeous trees and is all decked out for Fall.  These life size horses made out of straw (or corn husks?  I'm not sure) were a work of art!

What a difference a few years makes!  The photo on the left was from 4 or 5 years ago.

Caleb and I took the time to tour Marvel Cave, which SDC was built around.  The others weren't thrilled about being cramped down in a hole in the ground so they skipped it, but we enjoyed the tour and thought it was well worth the time away from the park.

For the first time, we turned the kids loose to do their own thing in the park a few times and it was really nice to just leisurely roam!

 If you're in the Branson area, stopping to eat a Lambert's is a must.  The rest of the family had been at various times, but it was actually my first.  You must stay alert, though... when you want a hot roll they toss it across the room to you!!  And, this is the first place when they didn't have to re-fill my husband's cup 542 times, they serve your drink in a huge mug.  He's a heavy (water) drinker!

My son plays percussion in band (see a short clip of him in action here), so we were also busy this past week wrapping up marching season with our last home game and a state marching contest in the Tulsa area (Broken Arrow).

I'm amazed at how hard band kids work during marching season, and am so proud of him and the entire group.  These are GREAT kids and I'm so glad that he's flourishing in something he loves so much.

While we were in Broken Arrow we had some free time so I visited a few local antique/vintage malls (more on those stops coming soon).  I picked up a few random odds and ends, and then I came across these handsome vintage fellows!  I simply could not leave without them.

It was almost dark before I remembered to take a photo, but you get the idea.

After looking for similar ones online, they appear to be missing their tusks, but that's ok with me.  They've apparently had a hard life, but I'm going to try to remedy the sagging tray tops.  The paint is chipping off badly, so I think a new paint job will also be in store.  At least one of them will go out on the patio and I really can't decide yet on a color, but how cute is this guy in hot pink?  Any suggestions?

Thanks for hanging in there with me, we'll be back to normal this week!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016


I've shared my Fall decorations around the house and on the patio with you all, but I'm just now getting around to decking the front porch out for the season.

Although I've decorated inside the house without a single orange pumpkin, I like to keep the porch pretty traditional for this season.  Even though I knew the direction I was headed, I needed a few things to mix with the pieces I already had to freshen things up.  At Home Stores had everything I wanted to spruce up the porch and create a warm welcome to our home for friends and guests.

My ferns from the summer were still going strong (ombre, even!), so they stayed in place for a pretty backdrop and added color and texture.  There's nothing I like better for a pop of Fall color than yellow mums, and two large ones flank the porch.  A nice variation from a typical pot or urn, this galvanized planter has a pretty texture stamped in the lower portion, and that strip of bronze around the middle made my heart skip a beat!  I also appreciated the detail of the chunky ring handles on the sides.

I knew that I wanted a new pair of lanterns for the porch, and I'm sure that At Home has the largest selection and variety of styles of anyone in town.  One thing I DON'T like about using lanterns outside is how quickly the glass gets dirty, so I purposely looked for something a little different.  When I saw these bamboo woven lanterns, I knew they were perfect!  The sides are totally open and a glass tube sits down in the middle to slip a candle or tea light in, and no glass sides to worry about keeping clean!  The design that mimics caning won me over fast, too, and the cute rope handle is a nice touch.

Did you notice my little gold studded pumpkins?  As I said, I wanted to keep things pretty traditional so I didn't do anything fancy with them, but a little added sparkle was just the thing they needed.  I had planned to use gold thumbtacks, but they were out at the store when I went to get them. I ended up using brass brad fasteners instead.  They were super easy to poke into the flesh of the pumpkin, and my daughter and I enjoyed sitting on the steps working on them. (Ok, real life...she tolerated doing one for me before she headed around to the basketball goal.  ;)

If you've been a reader through previous Falls, you know that I always scavenge around area trees to pick up some osage apples... horse apples... hedge apples... those bright green balls.  Seems like everyone has a different name for them!

Years ago, I used to pick up a hay bale to use in my outdoor Fall Decor.  But, those things are HEAVY, and a little too large to fit in on the porch.  I was delighted to find a variety of straw bale sizes in At Home (remember the mini ones I used on my Fall Harvest table?).  This medium straw bale was just right to tuck among the mums and pumpkins.

Did you see our little squirrel friend found his way to the front porch from my Fall table centerpiece, too?  I think I'm going to like having him around.

I love a little sitting area on front porches, and although we don't have a lot of room on ours, I tucked a chair next to the front door.

Our side porch got a little bit of love for Fall, also.  The black and white pot is old, but I've seen an almost identical one at At Home.

At Home has a nice selection of faux florals, and I couldn't resist these spiky reddish ball stems that were with the Fall decor.  I combined them with some others I had on hand to decorate the side door.  The pheasant was a gift from a neighbor, and the colors in the feathers are just captivating.

And remember the poinsettia I mentioned earlier this week?  That's it behind the pumpkin on the right, I hope I remember to bring it in before the first freeze!

One more thing that I saw in the store and couldn't resist using on the porch- these white globe lights!  Who says outdoor lights are just for Christmas?  I wanted to add a little ambiance to the front door, and they're just right.  I tried stringing them back and forth zig-zagged across the top, but it wasn't looking right so I just framed the posts with them.  There are some cup hooks across the top that I use at Christmas, and I used a few staples down each side to secure the wire to the post.

This LED candle was just right inside the lanterns.  And it might just be my new favorite thing!  I'm pretty excited about it... it's battery operated, which is not a new idea, but it also has a TIMER!  I know that's probably not a new idea, either, but it's the first time I've had one like this and I'm wondering what on earth took me so long!  When the switch on the bottom is set to "Timer," the candle stays on for 6 hours, then shuts off.  THEN IT COMES BACK ON THE NEXT NIGHT, automatically, at the same time it was turned on the first night.  I'm telling you, this is revolutionary!  And, like I said, I'm probably the last person on earth to discover this magnificent invention.  ;)  No more fire hazards by using a real candle or remembering to "light" the candle when it gets dark, it lights up by itself.  Genius. 

Alright, NOW it feels like Fall at our house!!

I have partnered with At Home as a member of the At Home Inspiration Team for this sponsored post and am happy to share some of my favorite products provided for me with you!  All opinions are mine alone.

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One more thing, I'm honored to be featured over at Dixie Delights today!  If you don't know Amanda, you MUST head over.  Right now.  Especially if you love southern charm and traditions, Lilly Pulitzer, festive holiday decor, Disney, fun ideas for kids, recipe ideas, and great trip suggestions (and she has a cute Etsy shop, too!).  I was highly inspired by her screened in porch as we designed our patio, and I totally copied her darling black and white spotted chandelier shades.  Pop by and say hi to Amanda today!

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Monday, October 17, 2016


Hey you all!  As much as I love posting and following friends on Instagram, I realize that many of you don't use it.  Or, even if you're on IG, you might miss posts when IG is deciding what will show up in your feed (boo-I know I miss lots of posts this way too!).  So, I thought I'd give you a peek of what goes up over on my Instagram feed here on the blog occasionally.  Today, here's the highlight reel of our past few months...

One evening while in the area we stopped by the new Wheeler District in OKC.  It houses a ferris wheel and picnic and game areas, providing a fun spot for friends and family to hang out.  We just checked everything out and are looking forward to returning soon to spend a little more time there.

After last year's holiday season, rather than trashing a poinsettia that was past it's prime I stuck it in the window in my bathroom, then moved it to a shady spot on the patio when the weather warmed up. Other than occasionally watering it, I've totally ignored it.  I was shocked at how well it's rebounded!  Commenters on my IG post said that putting it in a dark closet for a few days will bring back the red leaves.

My son is playing the quads in band this year, and we've been in the thick of marching season.  Any band families know what a work-out and major commitment it is, but he truly loves it!

 Just a little preview for my Fall Home Tour, this spot got re-arranged for the actual tour photos. My sister spotted that cute little pair or brass deer for me at an estate sale, they're a perfect match to my big ones.

New hairdo... first time ever to have it colored!  It's been a month and I'm still surprised every time I look in the mirror.

Another project sneak peek that I posted, this time for my Fall Harvest tablescape.  Everyone went nuts over those cute squirrels. (Ha, get it?)

And, this is what happens when you leave food out overnight around our house...  some critter did some major late night snacking!  The crazy thing is that I had that table set up for days while I worked on it and prepared to photograph it, and every night I knew I needed to bring the peanuts in.  I did, and moved all the chairs away from the table so nothing could get up there.  The ONE night I forgot, they took advantage.  Thankfully I had just finished the shoot! That platter was full of all the s'mores ingredients that were shown in my patio tour, there were about 2 shreds of a Hershey's wrapper left and that was it!

We were able to attend Live with Kelly while we were in NYC.  We had one little subway mishap on our way there, so we arrived later than we wanted to and ended up in the back of the line, getting us a seat in the very top corner of the balcony, but we had a blast!  We got to see Samuel L. Jackson, Mandy Moore, and Oklahoman Kristin Chenoweth that day.  It's always fun to see places you always see on tv in real life, they're always different than the perception.  (Side note: Have you seen the new series "This is Us" on NBC that Mandy Moore is starring in?  I'm liking it so far, such an interesting story line.)

A pretty fall table in the Crate & Barrel store in Soho.  All of the Stylemaker attendees received a gift card to the store, and it's a little hard to see here, but I chose one of the awesome gold candleholders in the centerpiece.  It just arrived last week and I love it, you'll get a better look at it here soon.

Just documenting a mid-week date night!  It was for a work dinner so we were with hundreds of people the whole evening, but a fun chance to get out none the less.

Last weekend I attended a retreat for Minister's Wives that the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma puts together.  The theme this year was mentoring and Esther Burroughs was our keynote speaker.  If you're familiar with her, you know what a treat that was!  We had several guest speakers as well, one being the ladies of The Wild Mother, a local floral arranging business.  They shared lots of floral tips (especially for working with grocery store flowers) and created this beautiful arrangement as they talked.  I took lots of notes to share with you and am planning to try my hand at my own arrangement in the next few weeks, I'll let you know what I come up with.

Here's my most liked photo on IG in the past few months.  I posted it quickly at a random time while we were heading to stand in the crowd at the Today Show in NYC, and was surprised that it got such a huge response.  I think you all like my "new" bamboo console table as much as I do!

I hope you enjoyed these little snaps of life that don't make it to the blog.  If you're NOT on Instagram yet, I certainly would love to see you there sometime!

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Saturday, October 15, 2016


8 pumpkin decorating ideas, and there's not a carved one in the bunch!

this one from A Subtle Revelry

Check out how my darling friend Lindsay turned her shed into a charming screened porch.  I don't think you could pry me out of there on these gorgeous Fall days!

Tis the season... my family always gobbles up this pumpkin bread, it's great to have on hand for breakfast and after school snacks.

A home tour full of eye candy that's not short on color...

I still occasionally get asked about what I used to make the little chalk holder for our chalk wall that we had once upon a time.  It's this one, I sprayed it gold along with some small screws and just screwed it into the wall.  If you want to use it on a regular chalk board, just use a few drops of hot glue and it should hold like a charm!

You all know I love to set a table, here's 15 ideas for a pretty Fall table (with a good variety of ideas).

9 fairly quick and easy things you can do to update and fluff your space this weekend...

Have a great weekend, friends.  What are you up to?  I'm finally getting around to decorating my front porch for Fall, I'll share on the blog this week!

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