Our 2020 Fall Porch

I'm not sure about you, but decorating for holidays or seasons is something that brings me joy, even in the midst of hard times or in this case, a very hard year. Someone recently told me I find joy in decorating because I share it with everyone so the joy comes from the encouraging comments. She said she didn't feel the need or desire to decorate since no one can come in her house this year (Covid) and that since I have a place to share my home (this blog!) it's different for me. I'm here to say that's simply not true. Don't get me wrong, I do love sharing our home with you here! But that's not the reason I decorate, nor should it be the reason any of us do it. The reason we decorate (an extension of celebrating!) should start from a desire within ourselves. Maybe it's because switching up decor makes you happy or seeing pumpkins reminds you of a new favorite season,  or maybe it's simply because you like tinkering around with different vignettes and styling items around your home. 

I think of my grandma, who is also an interior designer, who still loves to decorate. They used to live in a huge lodge-like home that she'd decorate to the nines for each and every holiday. It was so grand and special! Since they've moved into a smaller, more manageable home for them, I've really admired this about her: she still decorates it the same. Not for anyone but her! Truthfully, my grandpa could care less ;) and sure, maybe a few friends see it, but other than that, she decorates because she loves it and has fun with it. I hope I'm always like that, no matter how big or small my home is. I hope this always brings me joy!


All of that to say, I decorated our little stoop (porch?) for fall a couple weeks ago and thankfully I took some photos, because if you've seen on Instagram, the squirrels have since demolished a couple of my pumpkins- ha!  I love driving up to the house and seeing a little bit of fall here. It's super simple and though I have dreams of a grand porch covered in pumpkins and mums one day like this, this is just fine for now. My husband also might kill me if I spend $150 on pumpkins ;)

I did a little DIY project on these Terracotta pots before planting the mums. I just used the interior paint color on our walls to paint the pots and used a wirey paint brush to create some texture. Then I sanded the pots after the paint dried. I didn't want them to look brand new. 






You know Lincoln had to get in on the action! He got a new fall/winter scarf from this adorable etsy shop, so I had to try it out on him before our family pictures. I think it's just so cute! And you know my dog, very shy in front of the camera. It's like his personality just vanishes! 


He couldn't be more thrilled ;)





I think I spent about $50 on the whole porch including the mums, pots, and pumpkins! I call it a festive win. Have you decorated for fall yet?


xoxo




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Friday Finds: Fall Favorites

Hey friends! Hope you had a great week! I went into the Loft and Madewell yesterday and I'm here to share some favorite finds with you! I'm loving all these cozy looks.

Ribbed Turtleneck: this is a nice thin basic, comes in a couple colors!
Drapey Cardigan: this one was a perfect fit right over the ribbed turtleneck. It's not a really thick cardigan, but it's a great layering piece! This is the deep olive color.


Striped Long sleeve: this is such a great basic tee. I love the neckline with the thicker color block there.

Flecked Sweater: this one came home with me! It's so cozy and I love that it's longer in the back and has the cute high neck. You can easily dress this up or down. 



This sweater looks so much cuter on than online or on the hanger. I loved it so much I bought it! It's a really deep plum color-- it's beautiful. It has 5% wool, which usually bothers/itches me, but this one doesn't at all. It's really soft! I will style it with a front tuck, like this:


I got Madewell jeans last year for my birthday and LOVE THEM, I might never go back to any other brand. This is the style I have and they are perfection. I sized down one because they have a slight give to them and they fit perfect. Here are some fun looks I found while shopping yesterday:




Dotted Puff Sleeve Sweater: I'd probably recommend sizing up one in this. This is my true size, but the sleeves are a little short.

Button Back Top: this one is so cute, I really wanted it! It's a top, not a sweater, but can be layered with a cardigan. The back has chunky buttons all the way down! They didn't have my size, so I tried on a S instead of XS. I'd definitely need the XS though.

Ruffle Hem Midi Dress: such a fun one for family pictures or any occasion in the fall / winter if you live somewhere that you don't need much coverage ;)

Wrap Midi Dress: loved this silky-soft dress! The V is slightly low, but I don't have hardly any chest, so it worked just fine ;)

Plaid Popover Dress: this is such a fun one! Could see it with tall boots and tights in colder weather, even. In the summer it's perfect as is or with a denim jacket.

Ruffle Neck Sweater: this was the winner from Madewell! I'm hoping to go back and get this for my birthday in two weeks. It's just SO CUTE with the ruffles!! Not itchy at all. You could size up one to get that slightly more  slouchy, casual vibe. This is my normal size though, and it's what I would stick to.



Here are some other favorite sweaters for fall!




Have a wonderful weekend! Our only plans are to keep progressing on the basement project and winterize our house and yard (ie put away outdoor furniture, take out screens, etc.)
xoxo





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Our Anniversary Trip to Northern Michigan & Mackinac Island

I can't believe it, but I've somehow taken a 2 month break from the blog! I wanted to share what we did for our 4th wedding anniversary, even though it was over 3 weeks ago now ;)

On our actual anniversary, we went to my favorite restaurant in Grand Rapids called Nonnas. I wore my rehearsal dinner dress, which I want to do until it doesn't fit anymore, haha!


The next week we headed up North for a two day getaway! We stopped at one of my favorite wineries, Brys Estate. They have this really yummy Froze (frozen rose slushy!(


They have this cute pumpkin patch and gift shop filled with lavender products from their farms!


The hydrangea on this trip were out of control beautiful. I just love them!!

We drove up to Petoskey, MI and stayed at The Inn at Bay Harbor for two nights. It's a beautiful hotel with a great restaurant and a lovely pool area (that we took full advantage of!)

We watched the sunset here at the pool and it was just gorgeous!!

The next day we went to Mackinac Island and unfortunately it was rainy and chilly :( But we still had a nice day looking around the town at some pretty homes along the water and spent lots of time in The Grand Hotel.




The last time I was on the island was when I was 10 months old and learning how to walk! We have home video of me taking steps on the front porch of The Grand...right here! Come to find out, I was actually here exactly 30 years apart as the last trip (when I was a baby) was also taken in September. Isn't that crazy?!

The inside of The Grand is just an explosion of color, pattern and wallpaper! Here's one of my favorites that I found in the dining room:


This light fixture caught my eye!

We got to peek in a guest room and I was shocked to find this massive canopy bed! ;)


My mom's cousin and her husband were at The Grand when we were there and they treated us to this sweet afternoon tea! It was so fun.

We didn't stay on the island, we headed back to the hotel in Petoskey and I'm really glad we did it like that. It was nice not to change hotels! Since it was raining, we didn't get to ride bikes, which I was so bummed about, but it was still a nice day.


The next day was our last day on the trip and we had to stop in Charlevoix, MI on the way home. It's the most charming town right by the marina. My friend Jennifer's floral shop, Bloom, is there and it's just the sweetest. Look at this insane floral installation!! I picked up a couple flowers to bring home.

Look at this crystal blue water!



It was a great little getaway to celebrate! Hope your week is off to a nice start!

xoxo


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Labor Day Sales

I hope you all have a great Labor Day Weekend! We are going to stay in an air bnb on a nearby lake with 2 couple friends of ours. Here are a couple sales going on right now that you don't want to miss!!



Anthropologie: extra 40% off sale, 20% off furniture favorites
LOFT: 50% off purchase with code YIPPEE
McGee + Co.: 15% off sitewide with code FALLREADY
Nordstrom: up to 60% off, no code
Madewell: up to 50% off select items with code HIFALL
Pottery Barn: buy more, save more up to 25% off with code SAVEMORE
West Elm: up to 30% off with code SAVEMORE
Serena & Lily: special furniture event discount
J.Crew: up to 70% off select items with code BYESUMMER
Lulu & Georgia: buy more save more up to 25% off everything 
Old Navy: up to 60% off 
Target: 20% off select end of summer clothing



Happy Labor Day!
xoxo




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