Fall Home Decor + Thanksgiving

Hello friends and happy Friday!! I seriously cannot believe it is already October and that this weekend is Thanksgiving!! Where does the time go ?! I feel a bit behind (and like I always say that) because of our unseasonably warm weather which has felt a lot more like July than October.

The leaves are changing colour and the mornings and nights are cooler so it's slowly starting to feel more like Autumn. I finally got around to decorating for my favourite season and decided to keep things simple. I stuck with neutrals, some wicker and wood with a few pops of orange and mustard. I LOVE white baby boo pumpkins !! Closer to Halloween I start to incorporate more orange than neutrals. 

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My mom is moving so I keep finding items in her garage that are up for grabs. I love this old cider jug that I styled on the mantle with some faux leaves from the dollar store and some thrift store books.

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I also got an apple basket from her that I put my porch mum in.

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I also love the Cinderella pumpkins on the porch!! The muted tones are perfect.

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It feels like  I have been at Michaels every other day for their 60% off fall décor sales. I scored this leaf garland for $5 and I have been gathering fall florals for our wedding next October.

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I also got this new floral centerpiece in the galvanized bucket from Homesense which I plan to use for the wedding as well as seasonal décor.

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I planned on making a few DIY fall signs but can't believe how fast time has flown by since the end of summer. My focus has shifted a bit to wedding planning and getting things booked which has been so exciting and I can't wait to share some of it with you!!

Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays and I am so looking forward to the long weekend spent with friends, family, too much wine and turkey! Check out my Pinterest for some fall and thanksgiving décor and recipe inspiration. I am planning to make this pumpkin cheeseball, caramel apple dip and turnip casserole.

Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving !!

Jess xx

 

DIY Picture Ledges

Hello friends and happy FALL !! Today's post is not about my favourite season although I do hope to post one soon! Today I'm talking about the rustic picture ledges I made for our living room. By the end of summer I start to get bored with my interior decor so I always look forward to the change in season to change up my decor and colours. I have been staring at this wall and wasn't loving the simplicity of just having a print hung here so I decided to add picture ledges. I considered a gallery wall but these picture ledges provide more flexibility with changing frames and the arrangement without having to put additional holes in the wall. And the best part about them? I made them for FREE!! We recently replaced our roof and had a bunch of leftover 1x3s used for strapping. Although I could have purchased new wood for about $7 which is very affordable, my handy and frugal fiancée suggested using the existing wood.

The plans I used from My Divine Home called for a 1x4x8, a 1x3x8 and a 1x2x8. I used a 1x3x8 instead of the 1x4x8 and had Tk trim a 1x3 down to 1x2. We also cut the length of each piece down to 42 inches. Once we were done cutting, I had (4) 1x3x42 Inches and (2) 1x2x42inches. Each shelf requires (2) of the 1x3s and (1) of the 1x2s. I used liquid nails and our brad nailer to assemble the shelves. I didn't take photos while I was assembling but you can find a more detailed tutorial here.

Once my shelves were assembled I stained them using my favourite Minwax Dark Walnut. I knew I wanted a rustic, distressed look so I applied two coats of flat white paint on top of the stain. I then sanded the shelves heavily by hand using 100 grit sandpaper. I had TK help me hang them to ensure they were level and used 2 inch wood screws, drilling into the stud. 

I have lots of frames kicking around but decided to grab a few new ones from Homesense using a gift card as well as the square black frame from Walmart. I framed some free printables as well as pictures and was ready to style the shelves.  

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I am so happy with how these picture ledges turned out and love the interest that it brings to this wall. I am excited to change out the printables for holidays and seasons, frame engagement and wedding photos and eventually baby pictures :):):).  

Jess xx  

Backyard Updates

It's hard to believe it is already September so I figured it was time to share our backyard updates! I am always a little late to the game, sharing summer stuff when most people are starting to decorate for fall but better late than never! Last year I posted about all the plans we had for updating and improving our backyard.  I am very happy to report that this year we were able to achieve a lot of it!! This corner of our yard was my least favourite because of the gap in the hedge and just generally looking unappealing. Thanks to my super handyman, this corner is now my favourite!! He built a beautiful bench swing all by himself and it is a much better focal point than our patchy hedge. He built it and I stained it so we make a pretty good team :) He also did all of the landscaping - removing the grass, edging and adding crushed stone. Sooo much better!! 

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Last year I also talked about adding a conversation set to the patio. As soon as I saw this set on sale at Jysk earlier in the summer I jumped on it and am so happy I did!

outdoor pillows- Target, outdoor rug- Real Canadian Superstore  

outdoor pillows- Target, outdoor rug- Real Canadian Superstore  

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It is so much more comfortable and better to entertain guests rather than always having to sit at the patio table. Which is looking rather dated and is already on the list to be updated next year ! 

With the new conversation set, we noticed it was a bit too dim after dark with only the light above the basement door and the string lights above the patio table and chairs. I decided to add string lights to this area as well using the same method to create my light poles -  galvanized buckets half filled with cement, 2x2s + top soil and some flowers. Additional details on my DIY string lighting can be found here.  

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I bought this vintage bottle opener from a local farmer's market that I attached to our deck post along with a little dollar store bucket underneath to catch bottle caps. Easy and accessible DIY opener that doesn't get lost when we are entertaining in the backyard :) 

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I keep things pretty simple when it comes to gardening. I buy a few planters and my favourite Boston ferns and try my best not to kill them before Labour day :) I do not have a green thumb and have already destroyed my little herb garden. Thankfully our beautiful hydrangea bush continues to bloom more and more each year, unfortunately I managed to kill a new bush :(  

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I have to best honest, at this point in the season I start to get lazy and care less about outdoor plant maintenance and start looking forward to leaves falling and crisp mornings and nights!! Speaking of leaves falling, our poor tree starts losing leaves at the beginning of August and they are not the pretty kind! By mid- late August I start to feel like summer is almost over despite having another month of warm weather ahead. But rather than be sad I get excited for what's next - - F A L L !! It's been a bit cooler and rainy lately so it's got me excited for sweater weather, scarves and boots. I start to feel a bit uninspired by the end of summer as I usually take a break from projects. The start of a new season always excites me for the change in clothing, decor and weather. We are ready to enjoy the last long weekend of summer and then welcome fall with open arms!! 

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Wishing you a safe and sunny Labour Day!

Jess xo