Eight Photos of Happiness (Blog Hop)

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This week I’m sharing my eight photos of happiness.  I was nominated in this blog hop by my blog buddy Darla who I met through the A to Z Challenge at the beginning of the year.  Thank you Darla!  Click to go over to her site where she shares cat photos and many other musings.

This week was the autumn equinox which means that our daylight will become shorter and nights longer.  We are moving from warm weather to cool with the changing leaves.

Things that make me happy……

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A simple window looking out onto a fall day.

 

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A bowl of pasta with vodka sauce because it’s comfort food.

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A tufted leather comfy chair

 

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A lovely hot latte with whipped cream

 

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My animals make me happy.

 

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An English cottage with a beautiful garden.  This one is 200 years old made with Cotswold stone.

 

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I love old books and libraries.  This is the funkiest bookcase/stairs that I’ve seen.

Now here are the guidelines for this happy blog tour:

1.   Link the creator of the tag.

2.   Display your 8 photos of happiness.

3.   Add a description to the photos if you wish.

4.   Tag up to 10 other bloggers.

 

I’m tagging:

bookbug2012 (Emilia)

cedarhillfarmhouse (Anita)

sweetandsavorybyshinee (Shinee)

Thanks for checking out their blogs!

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Ten Festive Fall Finds – Ideas

 

 

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As Summer starts turning to Fall, daylight starts to lessen, a nip grips the air, and a nap under an afghan seems to call.  We begin to spend more time indoors.  It’s a great time to change things up a bit in your decor.

The crisp smell of Autumn, indoors.

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Photo of autumn simmer pot shows cut apples, orange peel, and cinnamon sticks.  You bring a pot of water to a boil, put in your chosen items, then simmer.  Set a timer for about 20-30 minutes so that the water doesn’t evaporate and burn the pot.

 

Candles and Lanterns Adorned for Autumn

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An easy thing to do is place candles in a glass bowl and surround with nuts or acorns.

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Instead of candles in your lanterns you can add pumpkins, acorns or various silk leaves.  The plates above are Royal Stafford Harvest Hayride.  Mine are the same except for the hayride.  My dishes are the herdsman.

 

Set your table with a Coastal Feel

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If you don’t want the traditional route for a special autumn table add some light blue plates on top of a burlap table runner.  Small white pumpkins can be place card holders.

 

Shabby Chic Pumpkins

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I’ve seen these velvet fabric pumpkins at TJ Maxx recently, but you can make your own if you are crafty.

 

Frame an Autumn Printable

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Change up your photo grouping by printing off some festive photos such as the one above.

 

Bathroom Chic

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This is such a clever idea for the fall and requires no sewing.  Use your toilet paper rolls, a little fabric, and brown paper to make adorable bath pumpkins.  It’s something unexpected!

 

Mad for Plaid

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I just love plaids in the fall!…scarves, skirts and now chairs.  Above is a beautiful Ralph Lauren chair that adds that cozy library feel to any room.

 

Time to Cozy up to a Warm Throw

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These throws just happen to also be plaid.  They’re great for keeping warm at a stadium or curling up with a good book or two.

Pendleton also makes beautiful wool blankets that last forever (below).

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A Welcoming Porch

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There are so many great ways to decorate your porch for the fall.  My train of thought is that simple is best.  You don’t have to go overboard.  Just one or two mums and a few pumpkins and gourds give it that “welcome to our home” touch.

 

A Bountiful Wreath

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The custom of decorating with a wreath goes back to ancient times.  The harvest wreath hung on the door in ancient Greece was to protect against plagues and ensure crop growth.   They used wheat or other plants.

 

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George Eliot was the pen name for Mary Ann Evans, a famous Victorian author.  She wrote Middlemarch and Silas Marner.  Read her if you have the chance.

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Styling Your Bookshelves

 

 

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September always makes me think of going back to school and books.  Because of my love of books I am constantly dreaming and ogling those huge libraries in estate homes.  I’ve toured many a gorgeous library and long for a comfy chair and ottoman surrounded by my antique and favorite book selections.

From a practical viewpoint, since my shelves are not yet full of leather-bound volumes lovingly placed side-by-side while totally filling each shelf, I’d like to discuss how to style your bookshelves.

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Shown above is a typical home den/family room.  I love the built-in shelves with elaborate crown molding.  It’s small and cozy.

The rule I follow for setting up books and personal items is that there are no rules.  

A few general guidelines I recommend are:

ADD family photos in unique frames –

GROUP similar size books together –

INCLUDE items picked up from your travels –

PLACE a few larger objects on higher shelves –

DON’T forget natural items such as baskets!

 

Books that are too tall to fit standing up are laid down with a few more books on top horizontally or a frame with a family photo.

If you have some old children’s books or novels you can create a special grouping by tying a few books with twine as seen below.

 

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Sometimes you may want to cover your books in one color paper, like white, if your room’s decor is shabby chic or if your books are not in great shape.  There is a site called booksbythefoot.com where you can get ALL kinds of books for any particular bookcase.  You can get books in certain colors, vintage books, books by subject, faux books, books already wrapped… I could go on.  It’s very unique.

Unique bookends (like the bunnies below from Restoration Hardware) add interest to your shelf.

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I went crazy finding cool bookends!   Here are some working gears from eBay.

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I love these stand-alone bookcases on Pinterest.  (It was shown as being from roomsrenew. topekakansas.com, however there doesn’t seem to be a link to verify.)

I love the addition of baskets.  I add baskets to every room.

Once you place some of your items on a few of your shelves, stand back and look at them from a distance so you can adjust as needed.

Here are some pretty macassar ebony inlay with lacquer boxes (macassar ebony is a dense hardwood from Indonesia).

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Another natural-looking element for a shelf is a small topiary such as the one below from Restoration Hardware.  You can always do a DIY:  buy a container from Michael’s (such as a copper one), put some greenery in it and secure with styrofoam.

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Those are my shelf stylings for today!

 

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(above from Pinterest)

 

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