Thursday, October 20, 2016

What I Have Been Up To Lately!!

  

A Whole Lot of This and That!



 The day we got the keys!!

We celebrated our one year houseaversary this past week! I can not believe it has been one year. It has been a wonderful year for us both and we feel grateful every day that we get to live in this wonderful community.

The first thing on our agenda this past year was to get our backyard in and it is thriving and we enjoy seeing green out our window every single day.





Inside the house we really have not added any personal touches other than our furnishings. Until recently, my sweet hubby began a project that I have been very excited about.

I wrote about it in my last blog post. Well this week the sconces above the mantel were installed by the electrician and to say this girl is delighted is an understatement. I am giddy!!

 It all turned out just as I had envisioned it. The glow they add to the room at night makes it feel like home sweet home.....

Next in line will be the molding around the niche. He is waiting for a special saw to arrive so he can start the next project. It is all in the details that make a home uniquely your own.

This past week we also celebrated my birthday which turned out to be a week long celebration. 

How often does your hubby say, "Let's go shopping!?" Not that often ! He was such a trooper as I shopped, coordinated and made some big decisions. Okay NOT big decisions, but kind of big to me, at least.

I felt like a spoiled princess to say the least. We had fun and we took our time and I think I made some really good purchases. 

I feel like I have a nice Fall wardrobe now. Here is a little hint of the color capsule that evolved for my Fall wardrobe.....



AND


I promise I will write more about what I purchased in upcoming post.

WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE?
Can you believe it is only 11 days away from Halloween. October has already zoomed by. 

This year for Fall decor in our home I have used all white pumpkins in different sizes. I also have two larger green and white pumpkins that I used as well.

 I used these throughout our home, inside and out.

This little planter will greet you as you walk up to our home.

 As you come to the door we have this hanging on our wall. We had one very similar at our previous home and I just had to have one here, at our new home.

Keeping it simple I used the large green and white pumpkin in the entry. I placed it in a dark brown basket to mimic the basket texture in the oil painting.


The next area I addressed was in our kitchen dinette on the low boy where I used the other larger pumpkin and a vase full of fresh eucalyptus.....


Still keeping it simple with green and whites and baskets. Notice how I am repeating the elements? Repeating elements will give a nice visual flow when you are adding decorative elements, especially for Holiday or seasonal decor.

Next is the great room where I added three pumpkins to the mantel and a group of baby boos and candles sitting on a zinc tray under the TV.

Originally I had the baby boos and the candles arranged on the mantel, but once the sconces were installed it just became too busy to my eye so I switched them out. Here are the two different versions so you can see why it made more sense to simplify the mantels composition...



Here is the entire wall so you can see how the mantel and the TV niche read as one unit and therefore have to be treated as such......



 I HAVE A CONFESSION TO MAKE!

I  have  been planning this years Christmas decor.  Trust me I am not one that rushes from one Holiday or event to the next, I love to enjoy the moments of each. 

However, I am a planner and it takes me time to dream about what I want to do. I think I enjoy the planning process and sourcing more than anything. Last years color scheme and elements were.....

 2015


This year is going to be a softer, lighter version of last years color scheme......

2016

As it evolves I will do a post so you can follow along with my process.

So this is what I have been up to lately and enjoying every minute of it!!!

As always.......


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7 comments:

Karen said...

Hi Kathy, it has been fun following the progress with your home from the building stage until now. You've created such a beautiful home. Congrats on your first year. Some days I really miss blogging and the friendships I made during those years. All the best to you.

Karen (Strictly Simple Style)

beyondbeige said...

yellow green, springy green would look fantastic with your black and white.

Debra Phillips said...

stunning kathysue, inside and OUT!
love the sconces
xxx
debra

Patti said...

Kathysue, Your backyard is beautiful! The sconces and trim above the fireplace makes such a difference. I especially like the way it looks lit up. You and your sweet husband work well together. :)

Lady of the Manor said...

Love these fall touches! Happy birthday and houseaverary!!

designchic said...

I can't believe it's been a year, Kathysue! You have created such a beautiful home, inside and out. The garden is gorgeous and love how you have decorated for fall - happy weekend!

Donnamae said...

Happy Birthday! A weeklong celebration sounds fantastic! Love the sconces....they look lovely when lit! As a matter of fact.....everything looks lovely....from the front to the backyard. Enjoy your day! ;)