Friday, August 30, 2019

{ Whimsical Fall Entryway Decor }

HAPPY LONG WEEKEND, PALS!!! I Don't know about you all but boy has this been a busy few month...actually YEAR! I'm so ready for some downtime, or "our kind of downtime" ha aka painting. After a zillion other things today I decided to photograph two different areas in the house for you guys, but it kind of was a big ole f a i l. The original post for today was supposed to be different but you guy I photographed the whole post without the MAIN piece haha! You see, I'm tired & I haven't been off this leg with the hematoma AT ALL. I know, I know...I'm pushing it- per usual! Today I'm sharing another fun space splashed with fall...our cozy { tiny } entryway!


Our entryway is super quaint, small & cozy. You step up on another level, so it's a bit awkward but functional & still easy to decorate/ photograph! I picked this shelf organizer up for $35 & thought I'd be perfect for fall & to add a bit of charm / function to the front.


• Side Note: don't mind the half painted wall..I'll explain later♡ 


This little wood chair is so chunky & cute for fall. The rich wood, vintage style with neutral white pumpkins & wheat add that cozy cottage cabin look.
* It was a free find.


This year I'm loving the vintage whimsical cottage blues, greens & hints of brass. The daisy can topped off the simplistic decor on this little organizer! I wanted to make something or diy an entry look but this one for $35 was  #thrifty  for now. 
*The other entry wall coordinates with this cozy space. A brass worded piece of art.

What do you guys think of this whimsical "starry night" fall themed entryway? 

Wishing you all a great weekend!

What do you guys think about these items I put together for our fall bedroom? Anything you like to add/use when the fall months hit? Feel free to leave me comments below or connect with me via my social media links { below} !! 
Wishing you all a happy & healthy Wednesday!
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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

{ Cozy Whimsical Fall Cottage Living Room }

Happy mid week Wednesday, pals!!! It's been a crazy start  with -the early fall- decor around here, but I'm feeling crazily inspired with lots of fresh fall / autumn decor ideas for you all!! I had been thinking & gathering lots of ideas & then randomly switched my mind at the last minute! I'm OBSESSED with New England fall decor that entail the lovely  bright oranges, greens, reds & splashes of yellow +plaids BUT I get bored year after year of the sameee rustic fall decor...and I wanted to give you something super cozy & fresh for this season. It all started with some vintage blue mason jars & vibrant lime green greenery... Come see the full post below.!!! 


Mark & I have taken so many cozy Saturday naps in these chairs...We grab our blankets & cozy in like two 100 year olds ha..It just smells yummy in here & these chairs are the comfiest!


As I mentioned above, I wanted to do more of a fresh & whimsical fall theme with still staying my true preferred style COTTAGE! It started with these blue mason jars I had in my storage collection! I thought they'd look pretty & incorporate that rusty whimsical french blue I wanted to add with the bright fresh greens & neutral white pumpkins!!


The fresh bright greens are so festive, yet whimsical! I love how they add that bold pop but still flow nicely with the neutral pumpkin sign, white fireplace & other greens I have splashed throughout this space!


I picked these mason jars up in Maine while vacationing a few summers ago. They were under $20 for all of them.


I kept the living room festive, yet very fresh! Minimal faux white pumpkins as you can see & of course an - apple pumpkin- candle to adds the delicious cozy fall feel.

As I'm sitting here writing this post, I can't help but feel thankful for our little brick cottage...Especially on beautiful fall night like this!! Candles going, doors open, dogs piled on the sofas & Hocus Pocus playing..

The chandelier adds that much more french cottage that I crave! New one coming in the dining room soon!

The " Pumpkin Patch " sign is from HomeGoods! 

I hope ya'll loved this cozy whimsical french cottage autumn post!! I love to keep things fresh but still true to my beloved style. What do you love most about this fall decor in our living room? 


Friday, August 23, 2019

{ Subtle Fall Fireplace Transition }

Happy Friday my pals!! It's been a long week..longer than some, shorter than others. I mentioned a few days ago that posts would be scattered..well they definitely have been!! On Sunday after a long weekend { insert sad face} I developed a huge hematoma on my left calf! I let it go until Thursday morning  & decided because it had tripled in size & was on my left leg, I'd go in! Long story short, I got to my P.C doctor & he sent a "stat" doppler  test with people waiting for me at the hospital. I'm ok, thankfully! Today is Friday & I'm BACK to share our simple fall fireplace or transitioning to fall I should say. I love this new fireplace, it's bigger, bolder & just is easier to style, so of course I've been non-stop messing + creating with it .. Come see our fall fireplace transition below..


I started by adding the smaller more industrial black lights.. Although, I love them for this photoshoot I think they're super unsafe!! They really overheated & were super hot to turn off...Thankfully we have a new chandy in the living room { I'll be blogging soon }


Candle Scent: Apple Fall Pumpkin from


Some tall greenery for cozy factor, vintage white mirror & voila!! I've had this mirror for ages & couldn't wait to finally put it up above the mantel!


I needed this wood cubby box to go somewhere, so here it sit..perfectly enchanting with some simple greens + pumpkins!


My mom dropped off a cute paper bag full of these faux greens & flowers from the U of M gift shop, I couldn't wait to use them.. 


How do you transition to fall? Which area do you decorate first? I hope you liked this simple subtle transition into fall..after September is nearly here & it's fall weather here tonight!!  I'll hold the "psl" but a warm vanilla bubble bath is a deff!


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

{ Garage Barn Makeover UPDATE! }

This was one of our bigger projects we took on this summer around our little cottage { two more coming}!! Not only did I want to change the big white wood garage for ambiance/ decor , but also because it needed a bit of repair! The puppy & rain + elements have done a number on it, so it was time to get painting! I decided on the color  "Red Candle" from Behr. It's a true vibrant red & I'm super excited to style it for Fall & Christmas! We will be adding something else color wise as well..more to show soon! Today I'm here with an update! We have a lot to paint &  trim out but should be done soon!! It's been so wet & hot here it's unbearable, not to mention I have a softball hematoma in my leg..somehow?!


It looks much darker red in person, and no worries this is only the first coat!! I'm excited to freshen up the door too with pure white & the little cottage hardware! 

• Side Note: don't mind my stockpile.. the inside is getting scrubbed & painted too. We use our barn garage a lot & its insulated with a working corner shop! Definitely time for a CLEAN & paint so we can continue to use!!


See that square spot not painted? Ya, that's where the puppy " Swartz the Wart" chewed the wood... Ahh! 


Time & time again we choose @behr !! Long lasting, affordable + the color selection is great. We bought a 5 gallon...Hope it's enough. 
I can't tell you how ready I am to get this done & styled!!!


Hope you like when I share progress pics...Projects may seem quick but unless you're hiring out, have ample time etc.. they're going to take some time.. Thanks for always checking in, encouraging & sharing in with our normal life one project at a time...

Happy Wednesday!

{ DIY Cottage Fall Bakery Cart }

Happy Monday my pals!!! Hope your weekend was an awesome ending to summer or "late summer". Mine was eventful & a not the greatest birthday, but ehh no big deal! We did start tackling the garage painting & repair which I'll be blogging soon!! Today, though I wanted to share a few glimpses of fall here in the dining room!! You see Mark scored this awesome old bakery cart, so of course I wanted to quickly style it....I love putting simple inspiration out for the seasons & with September 1st only a week away I thought why not share this little cart!!! Come see more below...


It all started with this " pumpkin nut bread" framed picture!! A few weekends ago while up north at the cottage, we visited one of my fav shops, Bestie Furniture!  

A definite MUST shop when in downtown Frankfort, MI ! 


All I did was group pumpkins together, add some sprigs of greenery & a little homemade -pumpkin- sign!!


This little sign was in their basement clearance room, with no tag...I loved it & grabbed it from a corner & the superrr sweet ladies said $10 !! SCORE!


Anyways there's a first tiny glimpse of fall in our dining room!! I think this bakery shelf is so cute..I did leave the original writing on it { behind picture} it reads: Hearth Bakery Goods! I'll share more soon!


Sunday, August 11, 2019

{ Best Northern Michigan Getaway Spot }

Happy Monday, pals!! I'm so excited to share this post with you all because it's so raw & real!! Short story; we needed a vacay! We needed one so much after this long year, but until Mark's business slows down & he can take his vacation time we decided to head north  to the cottage!! As much as I complain about wanting to move / travel more in all honesty, I kind of loathe it!! I'm a true homebody with everything in me & with my vertigo/ health issues it makes it worse on me. So, we decided to take advantage of our animal sitter { my sister had a free weekend } & our schedules + weekend were open to head north! 
•Come take a peek at the coziest weekend ever....Plus, I vlogged!!!! 

One of our favorite places is without a doubt Point Betsie Lighthouse in Frankfort Michigan!! It's quaint, bold & the tiny secret- ish pathway beach shows off the bluest Lake Michigan water ever!! To our surprise it was actually warm too! It's a bucket list destination for sure♡.

Thankful for this guy for letting me sit on his lap to get a sunny beach picture haha! Sometimes it's the little things..& that's exactly what this post is all about...

*Click below for video!

Of course we had to do a little antiquing...How we got here would make y'all cry in laughter...THANKFUL for a husband who off roads & pays attention to stop at roadside antiques while I'm NOT ! 


Everywhere we stopped entailed some type of charm..Even this tiny road antique place!! If you want to see behind the scenes footage, fun snippets & basically our shenanigans..FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM!! 


After a long day of shopping downtown Frankfort & eating at the cutest yummiest cafes { L' Chayim } we decided to grab gold drinks & head to our little spot! It's a tucked away boat launch with the best views & area to pull town the truck tailgate & dip your toes in Crystal Lake!! This was my favorite from our weekend !!! I still can't believe Mark remembered where it's at #Icantdodirections #hiddengem


From one of the " fleakmarkets" roadside we stopped at! Loved the -Mark- with the wild flowers...


• Crystal Lake•
*See Vlog for full footage!

Always snapping candid shots, that I'm cringing about haha! Thanks, Spark for making me love Point Betsie even more..I mean look at that water!!!! 

This was at our little secret spot♡.
The coziest summer evening loving, sunning & relaxing!

More of our shenanigans on top of Point Betsie haha. Y'all we are always thinking " outside" the box..even if that means taking silly unfocused photos!! I love sharing "outtakes" with you all. It's real & funny...I hope you love the silly ones as much as we love taking them!


I have to give a shout out to the best most comfortable + unique cafe in Frankfort-  L'Chayim!! They offer the yummiest Jewish & Palestinian themed sandwiches + outstanding chocolate walnut oatmeal cookies!! 

Have you been to northern Michigan? We absolutely love it!! Many like Mackinac island, but we just can't support the animal abuse that the horse & buggy carriage rides promote! You all know we never follow the masses or tourist areas anyway, but if you're looking for the coziest cottage getaway it's definitely Crystal Lake / Frankfort, MI !!!  I hope you looked this blog post +our vlog! Thanks for allowing us to keep sharing & hopefully inspiring in the most realest relatable way!

Happy Monday!