Cozy Night In

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The air was so cool tonight and the leaves were so crunchy as we walked the dogs. Everyone is putting up their Halloween decorations around the neighborhood which makes us so grateful to live in a town that takes this season so seriously. We've said it before and we'll say it again, our town really does turn into Salem from the movie Hocus Pocus around this time of year and, honestly, it's pretty enchanting.

Tonight Thomas' mom made homemade chicken noodle soup and we turned the fireplace on, something that's been happening quite frequently this week. We are cozied up on the couch watching Will & Grace and feeling pretty thankful all the things tonight: fall, October, chicken noodle soup, moms. We hope your Thursday night was alright, too. Good night friends :).

Jack o Lantern Pillow

Our Fall Front Porch Featuring Pottery Barn

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After tackling a fall tablescape last week, we're back with part 2 of our Pottery Barn Fall Collaboration and this time we're focusing our attention on the front door. 

The front door is one of the most important parts of your home because it's the first thing people see when they come over. As they say, first impressions are everything, and that couldn't be more true in this case. We believe your front door should say "Welcome! Come in and stay a while, we're glad you're here." With the holidays coming up, it's even more important to turn your focus to this part of your home, and now that it's officially October, it's the perfect time to begin decorating.

The first step is to add your biggest items first, and branch out from there. In this case, we started with the urns and branches and put them on either side of the door. We're all about symmetry over here, especially when trying to highlight a focal point (the door). Visually, it's a lot more appealing and you can honestly never go wrong with two pots/vases/urns flanking your front door. We then added some faux leaf garland around the door which really ties the whole thing together.

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Next we brought it the mums, which are an absolute fall must-have for any front porch. We chose them in orange but we also think yellow or maroon would look amazing too. We then began bringing in the pumpkins which is always so much fun because there are so many different ways you can go with this. Pumpkins come in a lot of different shapes and sizes so this is the part where you can really play around and go crazy.

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The faux pumpkins are so beautiful that it's really hard to tell they're not real, even right next to the actual real ones. We also used a few pretty ceramic ones to really get a good mix in there and switch it up a bit. We love how it's kind of a smorgasbord of pumpkins all clustered together to make up one big, colorful entryway #diversity.

One important thing to take into consideration is the height of your objects that you're styling with. It's always best to put your larger items in the back and place your smaller items in the front. This will give you a nice layered, intentional look.

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We added lanterns with faux candles (that actually flicker) in them for a sophisticated, classic look that not only looks great against the fun colors of the pumpkins, but also provide really nice ambiance at night. This is when it all started to come together.

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The faux beaded spiders are such a fun touch because they're so real looking and will definitely have guests looking twice to make sure they're not. We had them "climbing" up the branches for a spooky, Halloween feel that you can take off once it gets closer to Thanksgiving.

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The final touch, for which no fall front door would be complete without, is the wreath. Pottery Barn's harvest pumpkin wreath goes perfectly with the garland around the door and truly completes the fall look. Nothing says "come on in" more than a festive wreath greeting folks walking up to your front door. It's really the icing on the pumpkin spice cake that completes your fall look.

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That concludes part 2 of our fall decorating series with Pottery Barn. Stay tuned for part 3 where we will be decorating our fireplace mantle using these same items. Have we mentioned how much we love fall?

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A Fall Tablescape Featuring Pottery Barn

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If you've been following us for a while, you know that our favorite season is fall. We love absolutely everything about it: the weather, the food, the clothes, and the overall cozy feeling the season brings. But by far the best thing about fall to us is getting to decorate our house. More specifically, making it feel like an inviting and welcoming home during our favorite time of the year.

We collaborated with Pottery Barn for a three part series to bring you ideas on how to spruce up your fall decor this year, but with a fun little twist. We will be showing you how to decorate three different parts of your home using seven key items so that your money, and your creativity, will go a long way. The three areas we will be focusing on will be the dining room, the front door, and the fireplace mantle. Part 1 of the series is the dining room, so let’s get right to it!

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When setting up a tablescape, it’s always best to start with the runner as the foundation, and build upon the rest from there. Once the runner is set, frame out your area by placing the topiaries where you want them on the table, usually about 2-3 feet apart depending on table size (ours is 9 ft). We placed faux fall leaves in the topiaries to make them more seasonal. Then, start placing your larger items on the table like the pumpkins and the seasonal decorations (the candy holder and wine holder). How cute are those "walking dead" condiment holders? We filled ours with candy corn for a fun, tis-the-season treat.

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After the larger items are set, next place the garland since it will take up the majority of the space. We weaved ours around the pumpkins in a zigzag pattern so that it looked nice and full. Once you have the garland where you want it, begin filling in the empty spaces with the smaller items, such as candles, gourds, and little pumpkins. For a make-them-look-twice decoration, try adding these fun beaded spiders that are surprisingly life-like at first glance. They also let your guests know you don't take yourself too seriously ;).

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After that, you can put the finishing touches on your tablescape by setting the table for guests. We went with a less formal feel by not placing silverware, but made sure that our napkins matched our runner for a custom look. As a fun little something extra, we sprinkled small, faux leaves around the table to give it a pop of color.

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Since our dining room table was getting all of the attention, our buffet was looking a little sad and underwhelming, so next we turned our attention to it. We kept it simple, however, by adding lanterns with faux candles, fall garland, and vases flanking either side of it.

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We filled the vases with dried branches (we used Sky Pencil Japanese Holly). When styling a room we always like to incorporate hints of nature any way we can, whether it’s live plants, faux plants, or even branches from your own backyard. It’s a simple way to bring the outside in!

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Up next, we will turn our attention to the outside of your house to show you how to reuse these 7 items to make your front door/entryway feel welcoming and festive. We want to give a huge thank you to Pottery Barn for collaborating with us during our favorite time of the year! Stay tuned for part 2 of this series!

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We Started Decorating for Fall Because Duh

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It's not secret that fall is our favorite season. We've said it on here before and you will hear us saying it again (this is your official warning). It may be 92 degrees here in Tennessee but that doesn't stop us from plugging in pumpkin wallflowers and listening to the You've Got Mail soundtrack on repeat. So, we started adding a little more stuff around the house here and there and actually plan on giving y'all a fall house tour in the next couple of weeks after we post some collaborations we've been working on.

Our favorite is the jack-o-lantern pillow. It's just as comfy as it looks, too! We also added some faux pumpkins to the mantle as well as some branches from our back yard. Again, we plan on giving a full on tour here pretty soon, but we thought we would share this sneak peak for starters.

We hope y'all have a good weekend!

American Horror Story: Cult

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Are you as excited as we are for the season 7 (!!!) premiere of American Horror Story? We've been watching it since 2012 and it's one of our favorite traditions to kick off the fall season. So, because of the premiere, we naturally had to break out the fall pillows and throw. And a little wine and popcorn never hurt anyone either #amirite? 

We have a couple of other fall traditions that we are excited to share with y'all in the next month, including what movies we watch, one pumpkin treat we can't live without, and a fun collaboration on how to decorate for this season. Can you tell it's our favorite yet?