Fall Holiday Shelf! (With a Couple of New Decorations and a FREE PRINTABLE!)

So far this year, you’ve journeyed along with me as I tested five new Fall recipes (CLICK HERE IF YOU MISSED THAT AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT NOW), and you’ve seen the outside of our home all decorated for Fall! (CLICK HERE IF YOU MISSED THAT AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT NOW!)

I’ve had a few people ask me about the decor around the inside of the house, and specifically: the Holiday Shelf!

For those who are new around here, my Holiday Shelf is my weak attempt at pretending I have a mantle. Here in Florida, we don’t have too many fireplaces, meaning we don’t have too many mantels, meaning I can’t decorate a mantel for all the seasons and holidays that I enjoy decorating for. So I’ve substituted a shelf in our foyer for that…and the Holiday Shelf was born!

Anyhoo, this is old hat to most of you – so, may I present to you, the 2015 Fall Holiday Shelf!


I know, I know what you’re thinking already. BLACK AND GOLD?! What on earth! Those aren’t FALL colors!

Well, here’s the thing. I’ve been itching to do some kind of decorating with black and gold for a while now, so I decided that now was as good a time as any. And mainly because…I found THIS:

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Maintaining & Matching Your Hardwood Floors

One of my favorite shows to watch is HGTV’s Fixer Upper.


Do you ever watch it? Chip and Joanna Gaines do some AMAZING things with homes that are in awful condition – miraculous, honestly! And they’re so fun to watch!


I just love them! And I love Joanna’s blog, too! (CLICK HERE TO VISIT THERE FOR YOURSELF!) 

They always have a clear vision of what they want the house to look like in the end, and many times it involves renovating major pieces of it. Like re-finishing the hardwood floors. When I see them do such things, I glance around at our wood floors and wonder if I could do what THEY do? Hmmm…

So when Tate from Plain & Simple sent me some instructions for doing just that…well, I had to share! This is the PERFECT tutorial if you have wood floor project you want to tackle!

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On the Road in September

Well, another month has come and gone, and it’s full-fledged FALL around our house! (Well, it is INSIDE. It’s still 90 degrees outside, but that’s Florida for ya!) Nevertheless, it’s the start of a new month, so it’s time to check out the top 5 posts from LAST  month! Let’s see what the readers chose…


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On Painting a Console Table

One of my favorite things to look at on Pinterest (FIND ME THERE BY CLICKING HERE) or Hometalk (FIND ME THERE BY CLICKING HERE) is PAINTED FURNITURE. Actually, I even have an entire board on Hometalk devoted to refinished furniture! And when I come across a blog featuring some painted furniture, I always stop and look at that, too. I’m not sure why the fascination, but I give in every time!

So finally, I decided to paint something myself. I was a bit nervous, because I had heard that it was a bit of work, and if you didn’t get it just so, it would be ruined. 

What did I paint, you ask?

Do you remember our Master Bedroom Tour from July? (CLICK HERE TO SEE IT IF YOU MISSED IT!) Well, there was a console table involved…


Yeah, that one! A friend of my mother-in-law was going to throw it out, right around the time we were moving from our apartment into our house, so my mother-in-law brought it with her on moving day, in case we had somewhere we could use it.


Overall, it’s a pretty table! Sturdy and a good size and I like the little details, too!

But, as you can see, it just didn’t match…ANYTHING.

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The Fall Curb Appeal Guide – I’m Featured!

As I mentioned on my Five For Fall post last week (CLICK HERE TO READ IT IF YOU MISSED IT!) a lovely online magazine courtesy of Monkey Bar Storage filled with tons of ideas for your home this Fall was on it’s way! And now, it’s here! I’m so please that I was able to be a part of the Fall Curb Appeal Guide by showcasing our front porch all decorated for Fall! 

Do check it out and let me know what you think! Always a pleasure to work with the folks at Monkey Bar Storage – they have some fantastic ideas!


Here’s a few more pics of the Fall decor on our porch. Enjoy!

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