One of my favorite things about living in a new-to-me house is watching my surroundings as the seasons change for the first time. There are some unexpected surprises, like watching the snow melt to reveal you have no grass, and happy surprises, like the great morning light spilling through the front windows.
I am literally sqirming in anticipation of the fall colors in the Midwest. Now granted, it hasn't rained in months here, but I've still got my fingers crossed it's going to be spectacular! We are blessed to back up to a wooded area lined in sumac trees, which provide a beautiful canopy of fire red in autumn! It's going to be a feast for the eyes that I can see RIGHT OUT MY BACK WINDOWS! And fall means open windows all.the.time.
Since we spent most of our energy in July putting on the deck, August was pretty laid back.
I LOVE laid back. It should be my middle name.
1. I found this cool ornate (plastic) mirror in gold to hang in the house. I've got a couple places in mind...but first I plan to...
2. PAINT! Since the home was already renovated, the paint is pretty fresh. However, I'm starting to feel as though I am living in 50 shades of brown. Since the carpet on the main level is staying around for awhile because a. it's new, and b. replacing it with dark hardwoods isn't yet in the budget, a light coat of pale blue satin paint is in order! What is your go-to paint color...I can't decide!!!
3. I sold a few remaining pieces of furniture - all nightstands - because they are too bulky in the spaces I thought they would work in. In our "master" bedroom, I am hunting for an affordable mirrored dresser to double as clothing storage and a nightstand. The money I've made off of these guys will go towards that beauty...when I find her!
4. Since I can't yet afford to put in windows alongside each wallspace surrounding my fireplace, I refinished a Goodwill mirror and placed it up on the mantle in the family room to help reflect some natural light.
5. I purchased these wooden letters from World Market to try out in the kitchen. I wasn't sure if I loved them enough to keep them, but when I left them hanging on my wall past the 30 day return policy, I guess I had no choice.
6. Since my sewing machine doesn't yet have a home, I also bought some new everyday napkins. Cloth napkins are so much prettier than paper ones, and are even easy to make yourself! For now they will clean hands, but perhaps in the future they could be made into throw pillows, used to update my E A T letters, or be framed as art even!
1, 2. & 5. These days, the only thing I rearrange more often than my living room furniture is my landscaping. I am still not sure what kind of edging I'd like to do, but have the entire winter to think about that. The hydrangea replaced something that looked rather sad, and is gorgeous parked right outside my front door! This picture is from early August and now has huge pink blooms everywhere.
3 & 4. My husband is a patient man, and has been waiting to unpack his tools for FOREVER. When we had the deck materials delivered, he added some sheetrock to finish off the garage walls - best decision ever! We added some pegboard to make tools easy to find and hung racks on the wall to get all of our gardening tools off the ground. Garage organizing can be so very gratifying.
Oh...and after a long loss of interest in all things baking and cooking...I'm happy to report being back in the kitchen! Here's what we've been up to in the eats and treats department (click to see post):