Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Little Touches of Fall

Welcome to the Transitioning From Summer to Fall Blog Hop 

hosted by Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home.

If you are following the hop in order, then you were just visiting my friend Judith of Botanic Blue and her decor never disappoints.

I have to say, that as much as I love "hopping" with this group of bloggers, 

I was reluctant to join in this time because, as you can see, my days are still quite full of summer.

But just after I said no to the hop, I noticed the changing sun in this picture I snapped after a day of kayaking last week.

And then I noticed this odd bloom on my schefflera tree and I realized that even if I am not ready for fall, it is definitely coming.

My transition began in the guest room with the schefflera blooms - both orange and purple and any other orange flowers I could find in the garden.

All of a sudden I was on board with making fall changes, simply by adding yellow to my existing decor.

Silk sunflowers in a bag on the door welcome guests.

The table setting mimics the colors of the butterfly and coreopsis painting on the wall.

Wooden bread boards

add warmth to the plate racks.

I kept the orange and yellow theme going in the hallway and like the front door, I used faux blooms.

These realistic faux blooms make me smile and I don't have to replace them weekly.

 Breakfast al fresco

is made special with a favorite set of vintage plates

and the view is bright and colorful.

The best part of adding these little touches of fall is that other than a few plants, I simply used what I had on hand.

Now it's time to send you on to one of the sweetest bloggers, Katie of Let's Add Sprinkles.

Don't forget to check out all the other blogs on the hop for fall inspiration.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Barnhouse Chicks Market

My shopping habits for decor have changed over the last few years - I rarely shop new and instead visit thrift shops and order online from vendors who share on Instagram. 

But, my favorite place to find vintage decor is pop up shops.

Lorzel of Barnhouse Vintage Market, along with her well curated group of vendors, 

brings life to vacant mall stores for a few days by setting up pop up shops.

Last Saturday, with my list on my phone, I drove to Santa Barbara for the latest pop up - 3 different stores in La Cumbre Plaza Mall.

I came home with 4 items, but only 2 were on the list - 1 isn't pictured here.

The red chair is from the fall pop up last year and a friend found the green chairs at the winter pop up.

 I was really excited to find a blue chair at this pop up.

I had an old ice cream bucket on my list, but the colors and the worn patina on this wooden bucket won my heart.

I love the bucket and I have a feeling it will spend a lot of time on the table this fall.

This peak into the entry shows the third item I bought.

The well worn copper tea kettle has a hole in the bottom,

and my original plan was to use it to hold our wooden spoons, but it just looks so cute with flowers.

It wasn't on my list, but I love numbers and I fell in love with this piece.

It is metal and has a hole on the bottom where it might have screwed onto a pole - a bird bath, a sundial?

I'm happy with it sitting on our coffee table - made from an OLD crate from our family orange groves. 

I absolutely loved the texture of these pillows -

this was my favorite.

Rather than buy them, I came home and ordered 3 fabrics from French General and I'll make my own pillows - I have 4 fabrics here because I literally can't remember which 3 I ordered.

 I loved something on this table, but I was anxious to get to that sailboat piece and forgot to grab it.

It turns out that the vendor, European Frump, lives in town and I'll get them later this week.

I can't wait for the next Barnhouse Chicks Market.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

A Colorful Summer Cottage

Welcome to the Summer Celebration Blog Hop 

hosted by Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home.

If you are following the blog hop in order, then you were just visiting Katie of Let's Add Sprinkles whose home is full of color and creativity.

I made a vow at the beginning of summer to spend less time decorating and more time playing.

Reading in my garden 

and walking on the beach would take precedence over projects.

 I wanted to say "yes" when our daughter-in-law's dad called to say, "let's go sailing!"

I made my life simpler by using dried flowers and paper blooms in the entry - there is one little arrangement of fresh blooms that gets replaced weekly.

A bucket of dried flowers has been sitting on the dining room table for weeks - less time arranging flowers allows for longer beach walks.

I actually did take time to make a few changes in the living room - the first was to slap a fresh coat of white paint on the fireplace.

Steve painted the sign hiding the TV at the beginning of summer - favorite beaches where we have lived or visited.

The milk can was recent gift from a friend and I bought faux blooms at a favorite shop - as the owner assisted me, I told her I wanted the flowers to look like they had come from my garden.

I looked for weeks for matching chairs on either side of the living room windows, but had no luck so Steve gets to keep his well worn leather chair for a little while longer.

Instead I "shopped the house" and moved things all around - the cabinet was pushed down and I moved the white chair into its place.

The smaller table had been beneath the window for awhile and the green chairs were where the cabinet now stands.

Croquet balls from my childhood set, an oversized die, pool balls gathered over many years and tiny bowling pins found at a flea market

 add just the right amount of color around the room.

I kept the game theme going in the old cabinet as well.

As I edited my pics and wrote the post, I decided that I needed to tweak just one thing in the room.

Can you spot it?

Of course, that triggered a few more tweaks, but they can wait because I'm sticking to my plan of playing all summer and heading out to the beach.

And I'm sending you off now to visit Cecilia of My Thrift Store Addiction.

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