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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Celebrating Summer Decor–Beach Cottage Patriotic!

Summer is in full swing and it is one of my very favorite seasons to decorate for! It is the perfect opportunity to combine two elements that make my heart so very happy! This year the cottage on the creek has gone all “Beach Cottage Patriotic” in its summer decor by combining red, white and blue elements with treasures from the shore that speak of warm weather celebrations!

 

Summer decor goes "Beach Cottage Patriotic" by combining red, white and blue elements with treasures from the shore that speak of warm weather celebrations.

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Vintage Market Events–Vintage Shopping Made Easy!

No doubt you have noticed the sharp rise in vintage market and sales events over the last couple of years. What were once events unique to particular regions have now been replicated throughout the country.  This is particularly good news for those vintage lovers who live in an area devoid of much in the way of flea markets or vintage shops! These organized sales typically attract both vintage and handmade vendors from outside of your locale and provide a fun-filled experience of food, entertainment and vintage goods galore!

In the Kansas City area, we are fortunate to have access to multiple neighborhoods and small towns that make vintage shopping accessible all year long. Still, pop up vintage markets and sales abound especially from late spring through early fall. If one is so inclined, others located slightly farther away provide the perfect excuse for day trips to hunt for handmade and vintage treasures!

 

Vintage market and sale season is in full swing. Get ready to navigate booths filled with vintage goodness galore and emerge a victorious vintage shopper.

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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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