Fall through the years.

I've had my blog for quite awhile now, so I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the fall decorating that I've done over the years.
I linked to all of the original posts if you'd like to see more. Just click on the highlighted word.

My favorite fall porch was this one from back when we lived in Illinois. 
After having lived in as Las Vegas for 6 years I was so excited to be able to get cornstalks to decorate with when we moved to Illinois.

This is one of my favorite Fall living rooms looks.
We had moved to Katy Texas.

The wild sunflowers make my heart go pitter patter.


I also had fun decorating the entry way using a bushel basket lid.


A little more formal look under the stairs.



Fall in my living room.
Another Fall look was full of browns. I really like the way they contrast against the white couch.


I used crepe myrtle seedpods in my faux baus vase. 
I love free decorating!

A fall mantel featuring more browns and pops of yellow.
Not colors I usually use, but they are perfect in the fall.

The next fall I decided to go for a totally different look on the mantel using blues and having a bit of an international feel with a French poster and Dutch shoes.

I had fun putting together a tablescape in my breakfast room.

The grocery store marked my favorite green/blue/gray pumpkins down and I was so excited to stock up.

Then we moved to Humble Texas.
 We only lived here a year and boy do I miss this glorious stone fireplace.

I went all out decorating it for fall with wheat stalks and a banner.

Here was a fun little vignette for the coffee table.
You can't go wrong bringing in a little vintage.

Now we are caught up to last fall and we are living in the Austin Texas suburbs.
The fireplace is a bit plainer so I had to work that much harder putting together a fall look.
I have to admit I ending up loving what I came up with.

My favorite bit of decorating last fall however was this very simple arrangement ..
A vintage crate, my favorite pumpkins and some fresh oak leaves.

I wonder what I'll come up with this year?

4th of July Decorating

I just love decorating my home for holidays.
It makes the place feel so festive.
For the upcoming 4th of July holiday I decided to decorate my entry, living room and part of thedining room. 
All three areas are seen when you first enter my home and I hope it gives a fun welcome to guests.

I recently found a new headboard for my youngest son on Craigslist so I took the old one and decided to use it as a backdrop behind the couch.
I've been saving the banners for a year just waiting for the 4th of July.
I got them from Target in the party section.
The blue and red ones are sold separately and I just chose to mix them.


On the table I mixed some vintage red and blue books I've found at thrift stores and used a small pitcher filled with little flags.
I made a criss cross of tape on the top of the pitcher to make the flags stand up.
Floral foam would work even better, but I didn't have any on hand and didn't feel like making a special trip to the store.

A white couch is such a great background for changing things out for the different holidays and seasons.
On the couch now are some cheery pillows.
The flag pillow is from World Market.
I was thrilled to find the red striped pillows at Target recently. 
I can use them for the 4th, Valentine's day and more. 

Moving on to my entry way which I recently gave a makeover.
Another white background which makes for ease in switching out my decor when ever the mood strikes.

I found this fun bag in the Dollar Spot at Target (I think it was $5).
You could make it into a pillow too.

The wood star is also from the dollar spot (don't you just love that section?).
It was gray and I chose to paint it red.

Next to the little entry way is an table that is across from my dining room.

I have to share how I made this large scale art work hardly any money.
I found the poppy clip art on The Graphics Fairy website and had Staples print it as a 24x36 engineer print.
 It only cost around $3.50!
The frame is from Hobby Lobby.
I did the same thing at Christmas time, but used a print from another site.


I had a hard time finding red flowers, but when I found these I was pretty happy because they look a little bit like fireworks.

My vintage minnow bucket is perfect for the 4th with it's red lettering.

Thanks for stopping by .....
I hope you all have a safe and fun filled 4th of July holiday!


Our Entryway

We've been in out house in the Austin TX suburbs for a year now and I am still working on changing all the rooms to fit my style.
 Luckily it's something I love to do! Our entry way started out as one long, brown wall. 
There was no where to hang a coat or slip on your shoes.

My hard drive crashed so I no longer have a before photo of the entry way, but this is our hallway and it is the exact brown/plum color that our entry way used to be. 
(painting the hallways is on the to-do list!).
I painted the entry way Sherwin Williams Pussy Willow. I love this gray!

I wanted a little spot in the entry way where we could sit down and put on our shoes before heading out the door. 
Years ago a friend gave me this sweet little stool and told me that I could paint it.
 I really liked the sage green and left it alone for years, but finally decided to strip it down to the raw wood.
 Ugh, I hate stripping furniture. Such a yucky, messy job!

Here it is...worth the work! 
It turns out under the sage green was dark green and under that was white paint.
 I ended up leaving bits of white on the stool because I liked the way it looks.
 I also love how the raw wood shows off the cool old screws on the top.

Now my favorite thing in my entry way makeover are these amazing Made In England hooks. Abodant sent them to me and I love them!
They are like a beautiful piece of jewelry that just makes an outfit!
They are so nice and sturdy too. 


I placed the hooks on a cheap wood shelf that I painted white.
 I feel like the hooks took a cheap piece and made it look high end. 


The shelf on top can be changed out seasonally which is fun.

Fresh flowers forever!

So there you have it.... a small space, but now it has a ton of function with a place to hang things and a place to sit.
 Normally I would hang a mirror in the entry to check my hair before I walk out the door, but there is a mirror in my living room which is just a few steps away.


I decided to try out a shoe basket under the hooks as well, but ended up placing the basket next to the front door and put the stool back.

The canvas art covers up a light switch (which is rarely used) and our alarm. 
The canvas is light so it's easy to slip on and off if we need to access the switches or alarm.

Thanks again to Abodent for the wonderful hooks! They really make the space!

Interview with Fern Creek Cottage

I was recently very flattered to be asked for an interview by Floor Coverings International.
So if you'd like to find out how I got started blogging, what inspires me and my favorite design style you can check it out here.

Thrifty Guest Bathroom Makeover Reveal~ORC

It's reveal day for Calling It Home's One Room Challenge!
For the last six weeks I've been giving my bathroom a compete makeover.
I have to tell you I am thrilled with the results!

The room used to be very dark and kind of dreary.
It's now so light and bright.
I smile every time I walk by.

A new hand towel hangs next to the sink.
Above the towel I hung this little metal deer head.
It was originally part of a wreath holder, but I took it apart and just kept the little deer.

Above the door I propped up a little chalkboard I've had for years.
I like that it has a galvanized metal frame to tie in with other metals in the room.
I am horrible at chalkboard lettering, so I just used stickers for now.


The vanity used to be "orangey" oak and the mirror frame was plastic, but I updated them and tied them together using chalkpaint. You can read more about it here and here.
I also replaced our broken toilet paper holder with this cute metal basket which I gave a mini makeover you can read about here.

Now let's keep moving around the room....

I hung a gray and white striped shower curtain.
In between each thick stripe is a tiny metallic gray stripe, which is such a cute detail.

Above the toilet I hung this cubby/shelf.
We're never running out of toilet paper in this room!
The middle row has little metal buckets from Target's dollar spot.
They were shiny, but I soaked them in vinegar to age them.
I'm thinking I might put some faux succulents in the pots.
The top cubbies are filled with vintage marmalade jars and a reproduction apothecary bottle.



I decided to use plain gray bath towels because a pattern would look too busy next to the striped shower curtain and the subway art.


I've had the subway art for years.
It fits nicely in the room.
Although to be honest I'll probably replace it with something else down the road.

And now we're back to the door.
I wanted to try to give you a complete view of the whole room.
It's not easy taking photos in a small bathroom!

I adore before and after shots!
The dark blue walls are now bright and white. 

The cheap looking mirror now looks like it's meant to be in the room.

The dated oak vanity gets a fresh new look with paint and handles.

White and soft grays brighten the room.
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A lot of you have told me that you have bathroom's that have this same lay out.
I am hoping you decide to tackle a makeover in your bathroom too!
 I assure you it was really not too much work and very little money.

Sources for the room (some of this stuff I've had for years)
Shower Curtain: Marshall's
Subway Art: Homegoods
Deer head: Pier 1
Cubby: Target
Gray Towels: Target
White & Gray hand towel: Marshall's
Rug: Kohl's
Hand Soap: World Market
Toilet Paper Metal Basket: Walmart
Wood Vase: Home Decorators
Cabinet Handles: Lowe's
Chalkboard: Kirkland's
Wall Paint: Benjamin Moore Simply White
Vanity Paint: Home Depot Rustoleum Chalked paint in Aged Gray

Check out the other room reveals at Calling It Home.