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Photo via One Kings Lane and courtesy of Open Road Films

Happy Friday, friends! Here are just a few things that have made me happy lately:

  1. One King’s Lane talks about the set design of the new movie, “Home Again.” A fun read on creating the character of the home in the film, plus how to achieve a similar look.
  2. Tissue Turtleneck Tee from J.Crew. A closet staple for this season.
  3. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt’s Brooklyn Brownstone is for sale, and it’s gorgeous!
  4. 12 Things Only Professional Cleaners Know. Making note of these tips from the pros for keeping a clean home.
  5. Madewell Velvet Bell-Sleeve Dress. Thinking holiday with this 90’s-inspired number! Which color do you choose?
  6. Carly’s black and white outfits. Simple, yet chic, and easy to achieve.
  7. Caitlin’s Fall Decor Ideas and Home Updates. Love how she is decorating her home! Very cozy and inviting. Also, check out her post here for some major fall fashion inspiration!
  8. Skinny Pumpkin Chip Smoothie. Another recipe to try this season! Pumpkin, chocolate chips, and packed with protein.
  9. Alaina’s Living Room Before & After. I always appreciate Alaina’s instagram posts that feature pretty photos of her Greystone home. It’s interesting to see the design process from move-in to today. Talk about a stunning finish!
  10. Project 62 Wall Mirror. Eyeing this modern beauty for my bedroom. Perfect in its simplicity.

harvest_salad_recipe1photo via Camille Styles

When it comes to fall, weekends at home watching football, Hallmark movies, napping, and seasonal recipes are never far from our thoughts. As the weather cools, we’re eager to gather with family and friends in cozy environments, and often, good food and conversation are at the center of it all. We don’t mind lingering in the kitchen just a little bit longer, so it’s the perfect time to try new recipes and prepare something everyone will enjoy. Hearty, delicious, comfort food simply can’t be beat during this season, and that’s exactly what I find myself gravitating toward. Here are seven recipes I’d love to try this fall:

  1. Simple Turkey Chili
  2. Crockpot “Baked” Sweet Potatoes
  3. Cauliflower Chowder
  4. Apple & Stilton Harvest Salad
  5. Almond Butter Pancakes (or Classic Buttermilk Pancakes)
  6. Brie, Apple, and Honey Crostini
  7. Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Frosting

fall porchphoto by Laura Steffan

Guys, we are just a couple days away from our favorite time of year. That crisp, cool air and those hot chocolate dates are just around the corner, and I am so excited! From falling leaves to decorated stoops and porches that warm our hearts, it’s a no-brainer why we love Fall. Here are 10 things making me excited for the season:

  1. Fall foliage. The leaves change colors, fall, and collect; and the colors are beautiful. Something about gathered, autumnal leaves bring me back to simpler days of my childhood when we would rake them up and jump on in! Haha (Remember those big, orange pumpkin trash bags that you’d stuff with leaves and leave on the lawn? I still love those.)
  2. Our favorite TV shows return! YES!! Cozying up on the couch for all new episodes is the best. My favorites? The Middle, The Goldbergs, and Last Man Standing (cut from ABC – boo!, but I hear it’s coming to Netflix… Speaking of Netflix, new episodes of Fuller House and Stranger Things return, too!)
  3. More baking. Cooler days and nights mean it’s the perfect time for baking. Pecan pie is on my bucket list, and I’d like to try a new bar or cookie recipe. Do you have a good recipe? Let me know if there’s something I should try!
  4. Pumpkins! I’ve already begun decorating for fall, but I will be heading to Trader Joe’s this week to pick up a few more pumpkins, including mini white pumpkins! I’m also looking forward to making a trip to one of the local pumpkin patches and taking pictures. So fun!
  5. Watching “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” This one is an annual tradition and a seasonal favorite. Bake cookies, pop corn, get cozy, and enjoy.
  6. Fall fairs. The local schools host some great fairs. The BEST have delicious food, good music, and fun game booths and rides. There’s also a few craft fairs you can check out. My aunt and I have one that we attend every year, and we usually find things we love enough to buy.
  7. Dressing up for Halloween. Okay, so I’m not always in full costume (and I never do scary), but I do love an opportunity to get creative and play dress up.
  8. Drinking hot chocolate and eating candy corn. I mean, what is fall without hot chocolate and candy corn? These are essentials.
  9. Fall nail color. I usually prefer a pink, blush, or red but love playing with color a little more during the fall. Last week, I went with OPI Barefoot in Barcelona and am excited to try an all-new hue next.
  10. Giving thanks. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I’m back in New Orleans this year, so I’ll more than likely be hosting dinner. Gathering with the people I love most to reflect on all we’ve been blessed to have and give thanks to God is my favorite thing. Gratitude always points our hearts to what matters most.

What are you looking forward to this Fall? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Wednesday!

 

sunroom picIt’s beginning to look a lot like Fall, friends! September arrived and like clockwork, I was ready to put out all the pumpkins and fall decor. Small accents here and there. Cozy blankets placed. Marshmallow pumpkin latte-scented candle lit. I love this time of year.

Here are just a few ways I’m embracing the season at home.

cozy blanketcozy plaid blanket by Martha Stewart

pumpkinmarble pumpkin from Homegoods

pumpkin pillowpumpkin pillow cover from Potterybarn

pumpkins tabletopmercury glass pumpkins from Potterybarn (old, similar here)

kitchen towelskitchen towels from Homegoods

scarecrowscarecrow luminary jar, a craft fair find

give me Jesusprint by Lindsay Letters

How do you welcome the season into your home? Have you set out any fall decor yet?

reading chairHi, friend! I hope wherever you are, your weekend is off to a pleasant start. I am in the middle of a long weekend, which is proving to be wonderful, despite staying put in my hometown instead of traveling as I initially planned to. I am very much enjoying the time off.

How do you spend your Saturday mornings? Breakfast with family? A trip to the Farmers Market? Brunching? Lounging? Yard work? If I’m not working on a Saturday, I like to enjoy a big (i.e. different from the usual) breakfast – biscuits, sausage or bacon, eggs, or maybe even pancakes or waffles. Having the luxury to lounge about and soak up some quiet time at home is one of my favorite things. Anyway, lets catch up!

This past month has been full of excitement. There have been hurricanes and flooding and fires, and the devastation has hit very close to home. I lived in Texas for several years, and my dad and sister are still there and remained in the Houston area during Harvey. Thankfully they are safe and their homes spared, but so many others (some friends there, too) are dealing with the aftermath of flooding and storm damage. Then came Irma, and now our Florida neighbors and friends are dealing with the same devastation. As someone whose home was once flooded and who dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, I know all too well that these storms change things and we lose things that cannot be replaced. The good news is there is hope! It has been amazing to see the helpers and heroes and communities pull together to help and serve those in need. It will take months to recover and rebuild, but there is strength in community.

A family friend and professional painter is coming over this morning to check out the master bedroom because… it’s time to paint! Remember me mentioning a bedroom update? Currently my room is a light blue (and I’ve loved it for four years!), but I’m ready to bring it back to some kind of white, and I’ve narrowed it down to three colors. More on that later.

Fall. We are less than one week away from the official start of the season, but Fall is already in the air. We had a mini cold front roll through that stayed around for about a week (later, humidity!), and now there are talks about a colder fall and winter in New Orleans (cue happy dance!). I’m not a coffee drinker, but have PSLs returned? I’m already thinking hot chocolate and beignets over here. Pumpkins and foliage and sweater weather are the best, which is probably why Fall is my favorite season. My favorite TV shows return for an all-new season, and people are starting to talk about the holidays! Okay, I may be getting too ahead of myself here, but can you blame me? This time of year is simply the best.

Emily Ley recently released her new Daily and Weekly Simplified Planners for 2018. I decided on the Gold Dot Daily for next year and love it! One of my favorite features  of the new planner is the stickers. So fun! The Simplified Planner has been my go-to planner for several years now, and I’m certain I’m sold on it for life. It’s minimal in design, has a super clean layout, and is easy to use. All holidays are listed. There is a full calendar spread for each month. It’s a great tool to have. Emily also provides awesome tips on how to use and make the most of your planner (including the option for cute accessories that are available in her shop) and has built an incredible community in the process. If you haven’t already, check out the new planners. They are gorgeous! P.S. If you are interested in one of the Weeklies, more will be available in November, so mark your calendar.

Happy weekend!

xo,

Elizabeth