Fall in Love

I love Fall. It’s partly because of the weather, but also because of the beautiful colors – every tree reaches this magical peak of color and beauty and I just can’t get enough of it. Fall is also wonderful because of the amazing variety of pumpkins and gourds available. They’re so easy to decorate with and they last much longer than flowers. Just pick an interesting mix – don’t shy away from the funky shapes or warty ones, either!

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Above are an amazing variety I spotted at a local farm. Below, a little arrangement I threw together:

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$2 worth of gourds from the grocery store and some faux fall leaves in a vintage midcentury pedestal bowl make a great simple centerpiece. Fall is a great time to keep it clean and uncomplicated and let nature be the star. But of course everything looks better on a pedestal!

Corded

I love when I see a product with a design that’s a whole new way of looking at an everyday item. I’m loving these new-but-retro extension cords from Conway Electric I spotted recently. Rather than something to hide, they’re something cool to look at, with brightly colored boxes and cotton covered cords. This is an extension cord you’d want people to see, not one you’d hide behind the couch!

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Check them out here: www.ConwayGoods.com

Flag Flattery

I love flags – they are the original modern art. I’m partial to the American flag and the Union Jack, because they’re from my countries. I was lucky enough to have an American mom and an English dad, so I got to grow up on both sides of the Atlantic. Flag inspired decor always catches my attention, especially when it has personality.

This fabulous flag-on-a-pallet hangs in my front hall:

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I love that an old wood pallet can become something so stunning. It’s one of the only pieces of original art that I’ve ever purchased.

Upstairs, this Union Jack mirror decorates a funny little nook in the hallway:

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So this summer when I saw this for sale in a coffee shop, I was instantly smitten:

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Check it out close up:

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It’s a collage! I would have bought it on the spot, but the $2500 price tag was out of my budget. So I started plotting to make one for myself. I spent months collecting home decor magazines and catalogs – I wanted the pictures I used to say something about me.

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Here’s just a few of what I collected. Last week I finally pulled out my scissors and got to work.

And here’s what I’ve got so far:

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It was significantly more time consuming and challenging than I expected. Believe it or not, red was the hardest color to find – that really surprised me. I have a long way to go to have enough to put together a piece as large as the one I saw in the coffee shop, but I’m pretty excited about what I’ve got so far. In the process, I gained a huge amount of respect for the artist of the original work. (And if whoever that is ever sees this, please know that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!)

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