Happy Fall Y’all!

Pumpkins are aplenty, the temperatures have dropped, and it is time to decorate!

Truthfully, I am itching to decorate for Christmas- the ribbons, stockings, lights, I could go on and on- it doesn’t get any better, but fall and all of its pumpkin spice deserve some love too.

Things have really started to pick up at work, which I suppose is a good problem to have, but it has semi hindered my opportunities to decorate for fall.

However, we did manage to sneak in some fun and festive pieces before we bring out the main event- the Christmas decorations!

When you live in a small space, whether it is an apartment or a starter home, it is important to have key pieces to really ground your space. For us, our coffee table does just that- after all it is where everyone gathers! To add some fall flair I adorned it with a pumpkin village featuring an assortment of unique pumpkins from Central Market, mercury glass and gold votives to add warmth, vintage vases, and beautiful sunflowers from the hubs. In the past I have painted pumpkins with acrylic paint, but these pretties are so unique that I didn’t feel it was necessary.

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I am a chronic clearance section shopper- I love a good deal more than anyone and on one of my recent patrols through the dollar section at target I stumbled upon this adorable Halloween bunting. I have a deep love for burlap so I scooped it up.

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Next we have the silly little window clings- they may be silly, but they just make us smile and I think these are cuter than the average clings- pumpkins, spiders, and festive sentiments!

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We love to carve pumpkins, especially when a puppy template is involved! A few years ago we carved a pumpkin to look like Tuck which still makes us smile to this very day. Unfortunately, our carving of Ellie did not turn out as well- the template was a little too ambitious for us. I highly recommend these pumpkin carving templates by Better Homes and Gardens- your pup will be so proud of you.

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Lastly, we have our wreath. I did not make a wreath of pumpkins and leaves, rather I made a wreath depicting what we feel is the epitome of fall- Horned Frog football!!

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It may not be much, but our homey, little apartment is nice and cozy for fall. I am so excited to show y’all our Christmas wonderland which will be coming very soon 🙂

What are y’alls favorite festive touches? I would love to hear!

Love,

AH

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If the Walls Could Talk

If the walls could talk they would describe a young man and a young woman deeply in love. The couple is bound by faith and a promise to love each other with an unyielding passion all the days of their lives. A little tan puppy runs the home as she trots from room to room with her pink ball, eventually settling onto the sofa right between her mom and dad. Joy envelops the small space as the family reunites each eve after a long day of work.

Years of memories have been shared in countless spaces, but this one is different. This one is ours.

If two walls in particular could talk they would describe not just what they see, but what they hold.

The walls hold tangible representations of some of our most cherished times.

Above our living room sofa we chose to hang a special piece from our wedding- the old screen door I found in my hometown served as an escort piece- welcoming guests to their seats at our big celebration. Hung horizontally above our sofa, adorned with black and white images strung on jute string, the piece is a constant reminder of the most perfect day. We felt it would be unique and extra special to incorporate a physical element of the wedding into our home.

Here are photos of the door at our wedding…

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And here is the door now…

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For years I have oohed and ahhed at the gallery walls gracing the pages of magazines and overwhelming my Pinterest feed. I knew as soon we had the appropriate space, I would jump at the opportunity to create a wall filled with both art and photographs that held special meaning to us.

An assortment of pieces, crowned in white frames serve as the focal point and our favorite aspect of the bedroom.

Over the past few years Andrew purchased these prints for me, which feature some of my favorite sayings, and I knew there was no better place to display them than on this wall. Perhaps the most special piece hanging in our gallery  is the guestbook from our wedding- silhouettes of a bride and groom and their little puppy holding a giant bunch of balloons signed by those they love the most.

Of course most of the photos are from our wedding, honeymoon, and engagement session, but the beautiful thing about this form of art is that it can be easily changed as more memories are made. Here is a shot of our gallery-IMG_2403

I am so in love with these spaces- they are so uniquely us- places where so many memories will be forever captured.

What is your favorite place in your home?

Have a great weekend and go frogs!

Love,

AH

P.S.- the really cute print TCU to the right of the TV is by Rachel Lewis and her husband, Bryan- the owners of Tread Studios. Be sure to check out their wonderful shop where they are creating “Art with a Mission”!

Wedding photos provided by Tracy Autem Photography.

The Pillow Problema

A few months have passed since Andrew and I moved into our first apartment and I have of course been chomping at the bit to decorate every last nook and cranny. We are so in love with our little space and its cozy and beachy warmth, mixed with industrial flair (pictures to come in future posts!). Needless to say the decorating is definitely coming along and we are loving every minute of it- at least I am and the hubby is happy because I am happy 🙂 he’s pretty much the bomb!

Of course our design vision is fully focused and honed in on exactly what we want, but lately there has been one thing standing in my way- that aggravating and unavoidable deterrent is the cost of pillows.

Pillows are without a doubt a necessity, but the cost seems to be skyrocketing.  At the current rate I cannot possibly buy the desired (large) quantity to complete our happy home.

I decided to take matters into my own hands. How hard could it be to make a pillow by hand? I was confident that I could handle this and if I failed, at least I had a cute and furry helper in Ellie.

First stop- The Promised Land, HOBBY LOBBY.

There were so many pretty and vibrant fabrics to choose from, but fortunately I knew exactly what I wanted- a bold yellow in a fun pattern that would really pop against our minimalistic, white ruched duvet.

I purchased just 1 yard of my favorite fabric in case my attempt at pillow making took a turn for the worse.

After that I grabbed a bag of polyester fill and I was off to make a pillow.

You’re probably wondering if we have a sewing machine- we don’t, so I took a deep breath and assured myself that with lots of patience this could still be done.

First, I cut the yard of fabric into quarters. There would be enough to make two pillows-yay!

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Next, I flipped the pieces of fabric so the “inside sides” faced out.

Third, I placed two pieces of fabric together- front to front.  I did this twice since there were four pieces.

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Fourth, I measured two inches away from the edge of the fabric and drew a coordinating line around the entire perimeter. This step is dependent on the desired size of your pillow.

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Next, I carefully sewed along the drawn line- leave a 4-inch gap at the end without any stitches.

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Then, turn the pillow right side out. Once the pillow is right side out, stuff it with the filling of your choice (I used a polyester fiber fill). Be sure to stuff filling all the way to the corners to ensure you have a plush pillow.

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After your pillow is stuffed, carefully stitch up the gap.

Making a pillow isn’t as tough as it seems!

The total cost of making two pillows was less than $10! Much better than the retail cost.

ellie with pillowI am pleased to say that pillow making was a success and we are proud to display the little tokens of hard work on our bed.

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Have you ever taken the plunge and made something for your house from scratch?

Love,

AH