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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Front Porch & Meet My New Puppy

Well, he's not exactly a puppy and he isn't exactly real, but he is REALLY REALLY CUTE.



I have been racking my brain trying to figure out what to do with our non-existent front porch.  I love our house, but I think the front entrance should look really inviting and ours has me stumped.
Here is a view of the entire front of the house.


There isn't room for a bench or any kind of seating area, so a door wreath, maybe an urn planter by the side of the door and ??????  That is when I thought maybe this fabulous little dog would look amazing at the door and move the urn out to the end of the porch area by the bushes.

I remembered seeing him a while back at AtHome, then when I went to my local one to get him, he was sold out.  My daughter found this one at another store and picked it up for me.  When she brought it by we sat it by the inside of the door and he just looked so perfect that I am not sure he will ever make it outside.



Ok, back to the front porch.  As you can see, there isn't room for any kind of furniture on this porch area.  In fact it is not really even a porch, it is a "stoop".  Just a plain simple entrance.  There is a walkway across the front and a walkway behind that column with the house number on it.


 Now I had originally thought the dog statue would look really cute out here, but he would have to sit out near the front of the walkway.  Not sure that is a great look.  So maybe leave it simple and plain.


 I have to share this little cutie watching me as I hosed off the front walkway.  He's grandma's angel and loves that walker.  He can scoot all over the place with it.


Alright enough grandma bragging, I found this really pretty faux magnolia leaf wreath at Hobby Lobby and added a few feathers, antlers and flowers from my stash to give it a fall look.



I found those faux antler picks in the Christmas floral aisle of Hobby Lobby.  Love them and I can find so many uses for them too.


 I spray painted an old urn that I had and added a pretty palm.  This adds a little greenery at the door and that frog is one of my favorites.  I've had him for a long time.


For now I think this is going to have to do for the front entrance. (I really want to paint the front door a color to coordinate with the house trim, so I need to look at a few paint chips.  I think that would also add some character to the front entrance.)



Yes, all new landscaping is coming this Spring, but for now this is about all I can think of for the entrance. 


I think the "puppy" is going to remain inside, he really is cute by the front door.

Ok, I need to find something else for the outside, or just leave it as is.  What do you think?  Any ideas for the porch?

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

395th Inspire Me Tuesday

Welcome to the 395th Inspire Me Tuesday.  There are some of the cutest Halloween and Fall decorations I have ever seen going on right now.  Love them all.  Here are just a few.

R & R at Home created these genius floating witch hats for her front porch and wait until you see them lit up at night.  How fun are these.


Now I've seen some really cute pumpkins, but this one is amazing.  How about taking a pumpkin and making him the "Paranoid Man" hat and all.  How cute is this.  Be sure to visit the Boondocks Blog to see how she made him.


I know some of you are still wanting to make a few of your own pumpkins to fit your style.  The Interior Frugalista shares the most detailed tutorial I have ever seen.  You can use any fabric and how fun to use door knobs for stems.


I absolutely love these pumpkin topiaries that Lovely Livings used on her tablescape.  How gorgeous are these.  I think I need to make some.



Ok, let's see what you have for this week.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Wow, can you believe that we are in October and that the holidays are just around the corner.  Before we know it, Thanksgiving will be here.  Now is the time to start planning.  I see tons of tablesetting pieces at Goodwill right about now.  There is all kinds of dishes, crystal serving pieces and silver, so you can put  fabulous tablescapes together for just pennies.  It seems like all my tablescapes are always put together with thrifted items that I have found.

Last year I shared this table with you.



My plates for $2 and gold chargers for $1 came from Goodwill along with my brass candlesticks.  The candles came from the 99c store.  The small water goblet was my MIL's and are treasured inherited pieces.  The wine goblet was found on the clearance aisle of Home Goods for $2 ea.


Add a pretty bouquet of thrifted faux flowers in a Goodwill brass container and you have a really pretty Thanksgiving Table.


This was my Thanksgiving Table for 2015.


Almost everything on this table came from Goodwill.  All the silver and even the dishes.  The linens were in my stash and the flowers are recycled from my stash too.


When you see these unique pieces at Goodwill like the candelabra and wine caddy, by all means buy them.  They can be dressed up or down for any occasion.




Here are a few others from the past that I have always loved. - Again almost everything was found at Goodwill or the 99c Store.

Roses & Silver 



Just add a really special bouquet to a simple and casual placesetting and instant elegance.


Black, white and silver is always elegant.  Every single thing on the table came from Goodwill.



Giggle Galore stole my heart with this one using items from the grocery store.  How about using artichokes, gords, squash and all kinds of vegetables.


This is also one of my very favorites from Uncommon Designs.  A bundle of wheat, a simple placesetting and this looks so elegant.

How do you plan for Thanksgiving?  Do you go all out or do you go low key?

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