This girl has so much to be thankful for this year. It has been a year full of blessings. And though I’m STILL trying to figure out this full-time-job+blogging+family/friends+gym+Malone-Street-Studios thing, I have to say this has been the absolute best year of my life.
I had planned to post this a few weeks back, but life has been happening and chock-full of goodness, so blogging has been put on the back burner for now. Learning to roll with things like this, and learning to let go, have been huge challenges for me this year. But I’m easing up so I don’t get completely overwhelmed.
I would like to wish everyone a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that you too, have been graced with many blessings this year. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It is such a wonderful feeling to watch families reunite and celebrate each other and all the wonderful things they are grateful for. Family is always number one on my list!
So, even if I am a few weeks late, I’d like to share with you how I celebrated this month by adding some touches of fall around our home……
Any week in Texas with more than 3 days of weather in the 70’s calls for a celebration! Fall is officially here. Our leaves might not change colors until December, and they may not all actually fall until January, but by all means, there are pumpkins on doorsteps, Pumpkin Spice Lattes (PML’s – in case you’ve noticed, even the coffee stores are abbreviating everything!) at Starbucks, and football parties have consumed friends’ weekends. It’s a Texas fall.
To celebrate this beautiful season, I added a few fall touches here and there around our great room.
Rearranging bookshelves is like rearranging furniture to me. It feels refreshed and new, even if the objects on the shelves aren’t new at all. I like to recycle collections over the seasons, and mix old with new, for an eclectic feel.
I kept a few things in the same spots – like the stack of books (spines towards the walls) showing off their pretty patina-ed pages. I played with the arrangement of the books on the other shelves, and added an architectural reproduction (thank you Home Goods….love that store) in between.
My bright spring green moss balls were exchanged with some vase fillers in shades of whites, tans and browns.
The apple picking buckets were moved up a few shelves. Another reminder that fall is for harvesting! I’ve always wanted to go apple picking an in orchard. If anyone has any Texas orchard suggestions, I’m all ears!
I added a pair of deer antlers. I love how rustic they look and feel. I’m a big fan of woodsy themes, so I know I will use these again in the future.
Finally, a couple of old wooden boxes were added. I grew up in a home filled with all sorts of antiques – old books with fragile spines and delicate pages, vintage Fisher Price toys, odd engineering gadgets and tools, old crates and boxes and more. After we moved into our home, I snuck off with these tucked under my arm one weekend after visiting my parents.
These old cheese boxes are two of my favorites. As a kid, I remember them being used for all sorts of things. To hold pens and pencils in our kitchen. Another time they held fabric softeners and detergents in our laundry room. I’m happy they have found a new home. The stain on the wood is warm and has darkened with its age. And the painted letters on the box are barely legible. They are beautiful to me. If only Velveeta was sold in beautiful wooden boxes….although, if it was, my house would be full of them, and I’d probably be a few pounds heavier from cooking with that cheesy goodness. Funny how things used to be packaged in pretty wood boxes instead of cardboard boxes. Speaking of cardboard….I have a fun recycling project in mind for an upcoming DIY!
The only other thing I added to the room was a fall centerpiece for our farmhouse dining table. This is the season when most grocery stores have gobs of squash and pumpkins in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors. I love all of the pumpkin trends I’ve been seeing on Pinterest. I’ve been particularly eyeing all the pretty pale blue ones – whether real or chalk-painted.
I hope each of you enjoys every moment of this fall! It is such a great time to bundle up, stay cozy with each other, start new family traditions, and make memories for years to come!