The Autumn Box of goodies just waiting to be decorated with. : )
We've all heard of comfort food - well, seasonal decorating is my comfort too. There is something so satisfying about pulling a box of decorations out and giving myself the challenge of arranging this "mess" into something pretty. For me, it takes a whole morning to do this because I put something somewhere and then change it around to someplace else and then maybe change it again until I'm okay with it. I love it though and it is, indeed, comforting. It feels old-fashioned and cozy and homey. I just couldn't wait any longer! : )
I wish I had more photos to show you, but the photos I did take mostly turned out too dark so I'll only show a couple:
By the front door - pretty simple. The cute little guy in the photo is my husband (little Eddie). : )
Again, very simple.
I'll have to try to take more photos - not that my decorations were anything close to inspired or magnificent, I think it's fun to look into someone's home and see what they do. If you have any seasonal decorations that you would like to share, I'd love to see them!!! : )
In caring for what our homes look like, I encourage you (once again) to go outside and look at your home with eyes for details. I posted briefly about this before, but it came to mind again while my husband and I were out driving around. We like to go through neighborhoods to see how others take care of their homes or decorate or garden ideas. And I noticed that a few people don't realize that how they decorate inside makes a difference as to how it looks outside.
For instance, while driving by a house that had a beautiful bay window, I noticed that they had a lot of picture frames lined up on a table in front of the window. The pictures probably look very nice when you're sitting inside but all I could see was the backs of all these frames (which aren't pretty) and the store labels were still on. Now I know this sounds very nit-picky but I think curb appeal in a home is important - what people see when they drive by - what captures their attention. What may have helped is for some light-weight curtains to conceal the backs of the pictures?
Another thing I notice quite often is off-kilter mini-blinds. Some of them are so off - way down on one side, and up on the other side - on an angle instead of pulled straight across. Just looking at things like this can really help the beauty of your home because none of us have to live in fancy houses with perfect landscaping. Just looking around to see what might be "off" and keeping things neat and tidy goes a long way!
If I sound a little OCD on this, I never mean to sound offensive or act like a perfectionist - I just know that we would all feel a little better about our own environments if we just took the time to care about the little things because the little things add up to the big things. If you drove past our house, you would see bushes that need to be shaped and a walkway that needs to be replaced, so I get it! : )
We have been getting SO much rain lately that time has been spent indoors. Yesterday was a huge project of getting things out of a certain area downstairs to make into my husband's "office" area. I was able to go through (and get rid of) a lot of things once again. One of my favorite things to do!!
Right now looks sunshine-y so we'll need to go outdoors and clean up the yard - lots of leaves and branches fell from the wind and rain. Also a good morning for a walk!! : )
That's about it for today. Thank you so much for dropping by. If you can (or want to), please let me know what you do to prepare for Autumn. : ) God bless.