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adding fall touches to your entertaining basics

I'm probably the only person on the planet that isn't high fiving fall's impending arrival (I'm always holding on to the end of summer with both hands), but this year, despite the steady 90 degree temps, I've already started to introduce little touches of fall to my daily dinnerware and serving pieces.  I always keep my entertaining basics pretty neutral with lots of texture so that I can make small changes with the seasons without having to buy all new stuff (think rattan chargers, simple white dishes and serving platters and my favorite French wine glasses).  Something so simple as swapping out my woven tumblers for tortoise double old fashioneds goes a long way to bring a touch of fall to my table.  To get the most bang for my buck, I look for pieces that can do double duty, like an ice bucket that can also double as a beautiful vessel for flowers or a maiden hair fern (I'm also completely OBSESSED with these mixed metal planters; they would look amazing down a center of the table with myrtle topiary or maiden hair fern).  Bamboo serving pieces are a great way to add a little texture without having to invest in a whole set of flatware and wicker casserole dishes are festive year round!  I've rounded up some of my favorite basic entertaining pieces, mixed with some pretty touches for fall:


Rattan chargers / French wine glasses / Tortoise double old fashioneds / Myrtle topiary

(a great fake option here, too) / White serving platters / Bamboo serving set / Mixed metal planters

Tortoise ice bucket / Marble wine cooler / Wicker wrapped casserole dishes

How are you welcoming fall??


a swoon worthy summer table setting

There aren't many color combinations I love as much as blue and white, but navy and blush come in at a very close second (it was the original inspiration behind Lydia's nursery when I was in the planning stages and I've been obsessed with it ever since!)  So, when I stumbled upon this summer dinner party by 100 Layer Cake, I fell in LOVE with each and every single detail - from the navy blue linen hemstitch table runner, simple white dinner plates on my favorite rattan chargers and suit-inspired napkins to the gorgeous, pale pink floral arrangements and pale blue hobnail beverage glasses (I WANT!!!), the whole situation is too gorgeous not to share! 

You can see more pics here and shop a lot of what is featured over at Crate and Barrel, but I also picked a few pretties for getting a similar look; if anyone knows where to find a budget-friendly navy blue hemstitch linen table runner, let me know!

Artesia charger / French wine glass / Alegre azul beverage glass / Monogrammed vase

Oyster salt cellar / Set of 4 Elly dish towels / Tabouret stacking chairs / Beaded dinner plate

Hayden beverage tub / Casserole dish and holder / Knot salad servers / Milk glass vase





pretty up the front porch for fall

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I've been on a roll the last four days, cleaning, organizing and tossing a ton of crap in our garage during nap and bedtime.  Nothing feels quite as amazing as crossing off every single item on your to-do list, am I right?  The one thing I still have yet to get around to doing is my front porch, which is still in summer mode.  I've got half a mind to paint my front door and shutters a blue/black, but I need another painting project like I need a hole in my head, so I'll probably save that for another season.  Instead, I'm loving a few easy decorative picks to give the front porch a cozy and welcoming fall feel - a beautiful wheat wreath (which would look gorgeous against a glossy black door!), heirloom pumpkins, an antique brass knocker, some monogrammed pillows and rustic planters (still obsessed with my whiskey barrels).  Here are some of my favorites:

Wheat wreath / Pineapple door knocker / Monogrammed pillow

Farrow and Ball Black Blue / Metal garden orb

Whiskey barrel / Brass house numbers / Lover's knot door mat

How are you decorating your porch for fall this year?


fall at pottery barn

Nothing kills my summer buzz more than a stack of Fall catalogues in my mailbox.  As much as I love the change in the seasons, it's kind of hard to get excited about riding boots, flannel shirts and faux fur throws when temps are hovering in the 90's and humidity is off the charts.....HOWEVER.....after flipping through Pottery Barn's Fall catalogue last night, all I can think of is deep, dark, moody blues and warm tans after landing on this home office on page 2:

Lately, I'm especially drawn to walls, trim and ceilings all painted the same color and how it makes such a dramatic statement.  Here, navy blue walls, seagrass rugs and yummy camel leather chairs warm up the space and add a ton of interest.  Perfection.  And my favorite color palette for Fall.  Suddenly, I'm not so bummed about the summer coming to an end.  (Well, almost.)  Pottery Barn's fall catalogue is chock full of snuggly textures, rustic accents and a soothing color palette of gray, cream and blue.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Herringbone has become a classic decor staple and this chevron stripe jute rug is absolutely stunning!  I love that it's in a natural texture!

How gorgeous is this Devon campaign-style bedside table?  And I love the nautical feel of this Ludlow trunk bar cabinet:

I am OBSESSED with this Bailey bedside lamp in glass and brass with a fabulous cowhide shade!  I love the sleek lines of these Lily Task Table Lamps and the variety of finishes:

This Verona glassware set and these bone handled cheese spreaders are simple yet stunning and make me want to throw a fabulous dinner party:

Gold accents like this bamboo mirror and this Arabella gold medallion are a must for fall


I'm obsessed with these blue zig zag hand towels as well as this chevron crewel embroidered pillow:


These gray linen and silver square frames are stunning and these pom pom hand crochet throws are super soft, perfect for snuggling!

What are you loving at Pottery Barn this fall?


book page wreath, 2.0

Insomnia is a funny thing at this stage of pregnancy....on the one hand, it's good practice going without sleep for when Baby Girl gets here, but on the other hand, I just want to stick a fork in my eye to have something else to focus on besides the fact that it's been a while since I've caught more than two hours of z's at a time.  The good news is that I've basically cleared out my DVR and have banged out quite a few book page wreaths for friends and family at all hours of the night. You might remember the wreath I gave away on the blog this time last year, the tutorial of which can be found here...well, one night last week, I got a wild hair and decided to change it up a bit by rolling the pages instead of folding them.  Here is what I ended up with:

Instead of folding in an "S" pattern (left), I rolled each page (right) and then stapled the bottom:

I'm not going to lie, these are incredibly time consuming, but they always work well for when I'm in a pinch for a birthday, Christmas or even a hostess gift and everyone LOVES them, so it's well worth the effort! 

Which way do you like better?