Try This: Giant Jenga

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With fall right around the corner, I’ve been looking for small ways to make the most of this beautiful season. And although outdoor games are typically associated with summer sun and impromptu cookouts, I can’t imagine wasting this crisp, cool weather indoors. Enter Giant Jenga – a genius (and oh so easy) idea for carefree entertaining, no matter the season.

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Two Twig Crafts

With fall right around the corner, it’s time to bring the outdoors in and embrace the new season. Here are two lovely twig crafts that I can’t wait to try over the next few days!

1. Starburst Twig Wreath
So, you love the starburst mirror look, but hate the price tag (me, too!). DIY a replica using little more than sticks and twine. It makes such a lovely welcome wreath for your front door, yes?

2. Stick Art Frame
Need a last minute piece of art or party decor? Gather some sticks and frame them — it truly is that easy. I love the silver frame, but think white would be smashing, as well!

Feeling inspired yet? Time to go outside and explore your own DIY ideas! Happy hunting!

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Fallify Your Home!

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It’s here – fall has arrived! My summer sheets have been replaced with a crisp woven blanket and I’m anxiously awaiting my first bonfire.

Whether you love autumn or not (can you tell I do?!), there’s no arguing that it’s a season of transition. Here are a few easy ways to get your home in the fall spirit – in hopes that you’ll follow soon after!:

1. Textiles.
Each spring, I opt to throw my rugs in storage and leave my wood floors bare. Then, when the weather turns, I bring back my cozy sheepskins and jute rugs. Textiles are the easiest way to warm up a space – perfect for those dark, chilly nights!
2. Light.
Replace those bamboo shades and sheer, gauzy window treatments in lieu of a heavy textile to flock your windows. Bonus? Add a fun pattern for an unexpected pop to get you through the seasonal doldrums.
3. Color.
Bring in some jewel tones to accent your existing furnishings. Teal velvety throw pillows, harvest orange table runners and magenta vases make great fall transitional colors that you’ll want to hang on to through spring.
4. Accent.
Fall foliage is beautiful and vibrant, so bring in a few sticks, pinecones and dried leaves to accessorize with nature’s bounty. After all, nature is easily the most affordable upgrade. ;)

Happy autumn, friends!

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Inspiration Only: Vignette

Inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places, as was the case when I stumbled upon a storefront that was styled in the most genius manner:

Post 27 recently hosted a gallery event in their retail space entitled Vignette. The result? Dazzling vintage ephemera and classic furnishings paired together in a swoon-worthy combo.

My favorite look is the above image featuring clipboard wall art, quirky typography and a fall-inspired color palette.

Ahhhh, this will be one for the tear sheets indeed.

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Falling Away

It happens so quickly.  Usually at dusk.  You realize the air has a particular light chill to it in the waning sunlight of a long afternoon.  And just like that, summer is ending.  Oh, it doesn’t mean there won’t still be a random selection of days thick with heat…but the evenings – the evenings now belong  to fireflies, couples holding hands, little kids in oversized sweatshirts licking ice cream cones and beach stained teenagers trying to make the summer last.

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I have never made it a secret that summer is my most favorite of all of the seasons.  But to be specific, I have favorite parts of summer…my most favorite being the beginning of summer…followed very closely by the end of summer.  Something about the joy of having enjoyed and hopefully relaxed oneself thoroughly throughout the summer combined with promise of bustling schedules and reacquainting with school friends and the excitement of the upcoming whirlwind that takes us all the way into the holidays.  It’s a magical time.

So its time to pack up the blues and greens and whites and dole out the creams and raspberries and goldens.

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Which will lead us into the time for chunky sweaters crafted into all sorts of beautiful objects to make our homes more cozy.

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Which will eventually direct us to the time for leaves and pumpkins and mums.

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Finishing us up with the time for warm throws and hot fires.

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Did you have a good summer?

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