Decorating For Fall When It’s 100° In The Shade

Yep! It’s the first day of fall and the heat index is due to hit over 100° today! How’s a girl supposed to get in the mood for decorating for the early fall season?

Fortunately, since I am so unmotivated for this task today, the last half of August brought the needed fall decorating inspiration with torrential rains and nighttime temps so cool that it even confused the trees which started to change colors. Yikes!  I was itching to exchange the summer patriotic beach touches of summer for pumpkins and all the elements of fall finery!

But, after all, this is Missouri which means that wild swings in weather are par for the course. So, exercising extreme self-discipline, I resisted the temptation to buy the first pumpkins and mums as the appeared at the grocery and hardware stores and I limited my early fall endeavors to my indoor decor.

If you hang around with me very long you will quickly find out that I like to think about seasonal decorating in terms of layers. By putting together a base decor layer and then adding in, or swapping out, seasonal elements, the task of decorating for new seasons or holidays becomes far less time-consuming!

If you cringe at the thought of the leaves starting to turn and readying your home for fall entertaining and holidays, I’ve got you covered! Because I think that the start of a new season should be fun and not daunting, I’m going to walk you through laying the groundwork for the coming season here at the cottage by the creek! Let’s get started!

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Just Pick Up The Paint Brush Already!!!

Do you have a project in your house that you have been mulling over in your mind for ages? You know, the one that haunts your dreams and that you are absolutely sure is the perfect choice for your home, but you just can’t seem to get yourself to take the first step in getting it accomplished.

Whew! I’m so glad I’m not the only one!

Updating our fireplace has been the project swimming around in my head for almost two years now. Specifically, painting it.

I know, I know . . . there are those who think that painting perfectly good brick is sacrilege. I am definitely not one of those people! However, I let those people get into my head and it kept me stuck in indecision over getting started on the painted fireplace that I longed for.

But, I digress.  Let’s start where all good tales of magic and wonder begin . . . .

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Flea Market Finds–Decorating With Vintage Typewriters

Ahh . . . vintage typewriters! These babies can steal your heart in a split second!

Can’t you just picture some long ago writer hunched over one of these yellowed keyboards writing the next great American novel? Or hear the tap, tap, tap of a correspondent on deadline punching out a breaking story that they unceremoniously rip from the typewriter to hand to an office clerk who runs it to the presses in the nick of time for the evening edition!

The great news for you and I is that the stalwart survivors of these scenarios not only retain their original character, but make unique conversation pieces when worked into just about any style of decorating. From rustic cottage to quirky contemporary these vintage treasures may be just the touch you’ve been seeking!  What are we waiting for? Let’s start with shopping!


Vintage typewriters provide a unique flair to your decorating vignettes! Consider these tips when choosing one or more to use in your decor!

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