Friday, October 5, 2012

Farmhouse Fall Decor (Part 2)

Ok, so where did we leave off after part 1?  Oh yes, I only showed you the couch and coffee table area.  So today we'll move on around the rest of the living room.

On one end of the couch is my crate side table. 
 (Cue the heart-sickening story - When I got my new iPhone I set it up so that my email account for the blog and Etsy shop are on my phone and had it notify me when I received new mail.  That way, I didn't have to constantly be signing in and out to switch between my personal email and blog email to check them.  Well, one day recently it dawned on me that it had been quite awhile since my "smart" phone had alerted me to any new mail.  So I checked it...just in case.  Lo and behold there were 18 new emails that I never knew about and one of them was from an online magazine requesting permission to use a photo of my crate table in an upcoming article!!  I immediately emailed them back, but down in my heart I knew it was already too late.  And it was.  They said they would keep me in mind for future articles, but you know how that goes.  Oh, was I ever sick over that! goes on and nothing changed in my world because of it, so I got over it and decided to just keep doing what I've been doing.  If more opportunities come along, great!  If not, that's ok.  I'll live.)

I changed it up a bit and added a little divided drawer turned on its side.

I had to show you an updated picture of my Edison lamp.  One of my awesome readers sent me that Edison bulb just for this lamp.  She found it at a yard sale and thought of me and was kind enough to send it to me, along with a few other goodies.  That made my week, let me tell ya!  Thanks Jackie!

Below that I tucked in a canning jar filled with dried bittersweet, and some crochet thread pumpkins.  If you follow me on Facebook, then you might have seen my update where I said I was channeling Mamie Jane.  Well this is what I was talking about. I saw these on her blog last year and thought they were A-dorable!  

Mamie Jane is a fabulously creative lady and I love love love her blog.  Sadly, her husband recently passed away and she has taken an extended break from blogging.  I hope she'll be able to return again someday.  But, she has left her blog up for anyone wanting to reference her ideas.  So, you can see her originals {here.}

I tucked in my recently purchased pulley on this little jutted out corner.

Under here I just removed the greenery from the tin cup and replaced the rusty horseshoe with a little Fall doo-dad.

On the other end of the couch I made a new suitcase table.

All of these were purchased this summer at garage sales for a whoppin' total of $5 for all of them.

On top of them, I displayed my vintage globe (also just recently thrifted).  It's sitting on top of an old wooden socket set box.  A little gourd, some dried bittersweet, and a couple of old books finish it off.

So here's the overall view of that side of the living room.

Moving around the room to the right is this view.  I thought about moving the basket of toys and improving the way the video storage looks down there, but then I decided to just keep it real.  I have kids, they have toys, deal with it.  : )

I changed out the two center pictures in this wall display.

The old pumpkin truck picture was my Pawpaw's and it has a lot of special meaning to me.  It goes up somewhere every year.

The old radio has another framed magazine page, and a cozy candle.  

Moving on around the room we come to the big picture window (complete with the kid's window clings {bought on clearance last year for .25} and no, they normally don't look that "arranged.")  Did you notice that you can see a hint of my porch decor? 

The little table and chairs were separate garage sale purchases, but they go together beautifully and the kids love to use them.  They sometimes eat lunch here (if it's something simple and not too messy), they like to color or read books here, too.  And sometimes a lot of the time they use the chairs as diving boards and the couches as their swimming pools.

For the centerpiece I tucked a candle and some faux foliage into a crusty old metal bowl. 
 (For those of you who may be questioning the intelligence of putting a candle on a kid's table - it's usually not lit when they're playing in here, but even if it was, they have been taught from a very young age that candles are strictly off limits.)

To the right of that, we come to the recliner and another crate end table.

My sister made the cute little Fall themed frame for me a few years ago, and I filled both frames with pictures I took of the kids Fall of last year.  The candle holder under the pumpkin was a thrift store find and used to be a horrible orangey brass color.  You can see it's transformation {here.}

Here's another overall view of the living room.  I stood on the stairs to get this picture.

So then standing in the living room looking towards the stairs is the cabinet we use for CD and DVD storage, which I would love to redo someday.  I think something like {this} from Donna at FJI would be amazing.

I'm glad I have photographic proof that it can be this clean, because it never is.  The door to the garage is just to the left of the stairs and it's the one we use the most so the top of this cabinet becomes a catchall for our phones, keys, Hubby's wallet, etc.

Ok, so I have just two more pictures to share with you.  Lest you think that all this change took place instantly by some sprinkling of magic scarecrow dust, here is what our living room looked like off and on for over a week while I worked on getting everything placed.

Just keepin' it real y'all.

And here's what I discovered my kiddos were up to one afternoon while I was hunkered down trying to navigate my way through that mess.

Oh yes they did. 
 Ah well...I can't fault them too much, they were having an absolute blast out there!

I thought I could do this in 3 parts, but I think you've had all the Fall decor your eyeballs can stand for one sitting, so I'll do another post on some changes I made in the kitchen.  It's nothing huge, just a few small things.  And since I'm still waiting on the mums to open up, that'll give me a little more time before I post the porch decor.

I hope you have a great weekend!

** Part 1 of the living room can be seen {here} and part 3 (kitchen) is {here}, and the "junky" porch decor is {here}.  Think, ladders, buckets, and more crates! **



  1. Hi Stephanie,

    Your fall decor looks so cozy! I love it! I have a couple of tables similiar to of mine is crates put together as shelves.....I love how you have yours too!!!! And I have cheese boxes stacked for a table similiar to your suitcases! Don't you think they're much more interesting than regular ole tables? :) Love your suitcase table too!

    I love that you mentioned that you've taught your kids about the candles from a very early age even they're lit. I don't think things should be put careful yes, but not put away. I admired what you said there.

    And my goodness, your kids had a blast, didn't they? That put a big smile on my face! They did make lots of memories that day!

    And my house looks just as much a mess when I'm decorating.....boy oh boy....especially at Christmas time which takes at least a week to get all out and up!

    Thanks for sharing your lovely home, ideas, and decor! And sorry you missed out on the magazine, but you have a great attitude about it. I bet another opportunity will arise!


  2. Pretty! I love fall decorations. (NOT to be confused with Halloween!) Your pictures inspired me to change up a few things in my living room. :)

  3. Thank you for sharing your house with us. And I love the pictures of your kids "enjoying" the outdoors. It makes me feel better because that is exactly what my kids would do. LOL I love all your decorations

  4. I am loving all your crates and vignettes! And your luggage, too. Such great treasures, and displayed so nicely... Perfect for fall!

  5. I love your farmhouse, and your decor. I am a new follower :)

  6. Stephanie,

    This is my first visit to your sweet blog.

    I love your fall decor - and that old time radio really caught my attention, what a treasure!

    Found you over at Sumnny Simple Life at the linky party.

  7. Beautiful decor. Coming over from SSL.

  8. It's lovely Stephanie!!! I am so thankful that you are sticking with your beautiful colors!
    RE: kids and candles....GOOD for YOU!! I raised 3 kiddos in a houseful of antique/collectable "stuph"...and yes, candles, and no one ever got into trouble over those things! It was just a matter of learning the rules and obeying them....and yes, they all still come to visit and bring their varying tribes of kidlets, and still no disasters. Kids are smart..most times they may be smarter than the adults who let them run wild with no supervision and no lessons about respect. YOU are doing a GREAT job and with kids, mud is a given :^)
    Have a great week,

  9. Oh, Stephanie....Your home is a delight! You have so thoughtfully arranged each item. Harvest is such a wonderful time of year.
    Thank you for sharing your before and after.

  10. Your home looks all of your clever end tables :) Laurel


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