Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Decorating With Pumpkins

I know...we are all just about 'pumpkined' out. Fall and the advent of Halloween seems to get the pumpkin themes going all over blogland, as well as on porches everywhere. And although I love fall, I'm not one to decorate as much for Halloween.  I tend to decorate once for the fall season and be done until I change it up for the Holidays. 

Here is a shot of my porch last year...
Lots of pumpkins and dried corn.  I bought the ceramic pumpkins years ago from Pier 1 (I think) and have used them every year since.  I made the fabric pumpkins from burlap and leftover muslin a couple of years ago.  

But this year I found a cute idea for Halloween votives here at Classy Clutter...
 so I decided to create some light for the Trick 'o Treaters. They are so easily added and then taken away after October 31.

Our porch this year has many of the same tried and true elements with some new additions that I've gathered from around our house. Isn't that tiger fun?  I discovered him at Pier 1 on clearance.

I carry the pumpkin theme indoors.  This sits in the entry.  The only new addition is the black sequined pumpkin I got for a steal at JoAnn's.

Another DIY from Kelly over at A Soulful Home I just thought these were too cute not to make on a crafty Saturday with the twins. 

I was right - the twins loved the project!
And they are so easy to make I made a bunch of them for our Soroptimist's Halloween party today. These will grace the tables along with some bite sized candy bars.  Check out my Instagram later today to see the result.

The pumpkin theme is so versatile, 
after the trick-o-treaters have come and gone, all I have to do is rearrange a few accessories and I'm ready for Thanksgiving. 

How do you decorate for fall?  
Halloween and then Thanksgiving, 
or are you like me and decorate for the entire season?

Happy Wednesday everyone.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Black and White Color Schemes

 I have long been a fan of black and white color schemes (I wrote about it here, here, here and here) so with Halloween (think skeletons) at the end of the week I thought it would be fun to revisit the subject with some fun and dynamic photos.
Let's go...
Small spaces are fun to decorate in dramatic ways.. This powder room is a prime example.  Fun to visit for a few minutes...but not to stay in too long.

 The ultimate in opposites, the sharp contrasts can definitely point you in the right direction.

They can also manipulate space.  
The vertical stripes lead your eye right down the wall to the toilet area.  They actually embrace the narrow space and make you feel cozy instead of awkward.

Black and white can be the definition of whimsical. This laundry room wouldn't be nearly as dynamic if it weren't for the study in black and white.

This patio seems so modern and chic.  The crisp contrasts of black and white prints give a contemporary feel to the space.  

You might think of black and white as stark and cold, but add some chunky texture to cozy it up.  I definitely want to hide under that throw!
via: source

Dark, moody, and reflected...twice as nice.

Black and white often denotes chic and contemporary, but here it's saying casual and comfortable. 

Black and white in the kitchen - it just screams functionality.

I don't usually identify black and white with children's rooms, but Michelle of The Design Chaser has created a very whimsical and child friendly space - don't you think? Take a look at the rest of her post - it turned out great!

Many identify black and white with Art Deco, one of my favorite design eras.

These contemporary clocks are sure to add drama and would demand attention in any vignette.

Stark black and white color schemes aren't for everyone.  Personally, I like to add a little earthy neutrals to the mix.  I think it makes the space a little more informal quality.  This room from House Beautiful is the perfect example. See what I mean?

Until next time - Have a great week.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Artoberfest - Is It Happening In Your Town?

It's October and that means Artober here in Chico. This includes lots of special events and artist open studio tours in addition to all the wonderful galleries we have in town. 

So here's to Artoberfest with a couple of subjects that are near and dear to my heart -  knitting and shoes! 

I'd heard of "knit bombing" but I had never witnessed it in person.  Have you?

This could have been easily missed - a good lesson to look up as you are on your morning stroll.

Wherever you are I hope you are able to get out and enjoy the fall weather. 

Have a great weekend.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Quote Of The Day

Be the architect instead of the bystander of your life.

 Although I seek daily inspiration from clever and famous quotes, it's been awhile since I've posted one.  I found this particularly fitting for those of us in the design world, but it's a good reminder for all. 

It begs the question...are you the architect or the bystander of your life? 

Have a great Wednesday.

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