i don't have all that much for fall, but i'm trying to add things that i like every new season. i think when you move into a different house, it takes a while to figure things out. i like to live in a house, and slowly build the decor. in this house, there were certain things i knew that i wanted to do....photos staggered up the stairs in bold black and white, chocolate brown walls in the family room with a more masculine feel than the living room, and creamy white paint on the built-ins. the rest, has happened slowly and thoughtfully, and there is still much to do. i'm definitely enjoying the process, and not forcing it. i'm content with living with it as is...because i have this vision and know it will happen eventually.
i love the way the living room is flooded with sunshine in the fall and winter. i had to pull the blinds down to do these photos-
i filled all the jars with fallish stuff. i like to find things that are inexpensive, but have an impact on the overall feel of the room. i used paper shreddings from my santa monica chair packing in one of the jars. i purchased the beautiful blue rosette from one of my favorite local shops (photos following)
i found the little vintage fallish corsage in a box at a local sale. it makes me so happy! little things do make me happy!
i got the sweet tulle ballerina dress at the santa monica flea. i hung it on the frame nail....and it has stayed there! i'll eventually find the right place for it, but for now, it's sorta funky and cute there. when i was at the flea, i had the pleasure of meeting mary from sweet peas and snapshots, and i was shocked (and thrilled) that she knew me and greeted me with a hug! what a doll-and so inspiring! and the one time i did not have my camera with me. her booth/vintage truck display were darling! so much eye candy, i didn't know where to look first!
i bought the fresh sunflowers last week at whole foods and they are still as pretty as the day i bought them. i have had great luck with my fresh flower purchases from whole foods.
the jack-o-lantern tins were made by griffin :)
so there are a few little fallish touches around here. not much. slowly but surely, i will continue to collect seasonal decor. if i had everything just right, it wouldn't be any fun. i like to have things i'm looking for when i go junkin'!
i haven't shared photos from the bracelet class we took in california at french general. what an amazing night! did i happen to drop maggie wheeler's name here? she was chandler's girlfriend on friends, and she taught our class! hey, the shop is in hollywood! such a sweet shop too. nestled into a little sidestreet near the hustle bustle, this little rose-covered cottage is so charming and cozy!
that's kaari meng, the talented owner/proprieter of french general.
one of the most brilliant touches of the evening, was the patio. kaari had wine, cheese and bread set up out on the patio, and the little twinkling white lights and foliage, were just perfection. so simple, but so charming.
lovely shop. i so enjoyed taking it all in.
we have a wonderful french shop of our own in omaha. i always walk away feeling inspired. i bought my beautiful rosette here.
le marche' is so well done. melanie and pat obviously have impeccable taste...and talent for putting things together! go check them out!
i took aunt jayne to the knit shop in countryside village too.
even though i don't knit, this shop makes me want to start!
all of these shops are run by strong women. i love that. here's a quote i took from the today show last week, spoken by the woman who was the creator of burt's bees (one of my favorite companies!)
"you have to love what you do...if you do something just for the money, that may be all you get, and that's empty".
okay, plenty of photos today! i finished some projects over the past couple of weeks, and feel as if i have a little breathing room now! SO of course, right away, i'm creating more to do for myself. i'm excited about the ideas though....so i'm going to push forward.
here's what i'm working on:
a mini-album class: it's based on quotes. it's a very general album, with some of my favorite papers and accents. in my home, much like the canvas class i did in the spring....small setting, with lunch included.
an advent calendar: this one is going to be featured on fiskars, so i can't show an image until after it posts there! but it's adorable(at least i think so) fun combination of vintage-y goodness and yummy colors and details!
another canvas class: brooke and her MOPS friends are wanting this one :) so, i'm going forward with this too!
photography class: this has been a thought for a long time. i have the resource list and my plan, i just need to find a date and do it.
so, if you are interested in any of these possibilities, just email me, and i will keep you posted. i will be working on dates and specifics today, and hope to post more this week, along with some photos of the projects. the advent calendar is a definite go, and it will be done soon!
have a great day, and God bless!