Friday, September 2, 2011

This old house I love, a subtle seasonal swap-out.

 I do it every year.  September first rolls around, school peeks at me from around the corner, we have a rainy day or two where I find myself in the kitchen baking with lit candles, and I do it.  I try not to, because inevitably I'll get teased.  I'll cringe inwardly, just a little, at the good-natured ribbing of my girlfriends, but it's not enough to stop me cold.  So I do it.  I pull out my bin of Autumn items, scour the house from top to bottom, making everything shiny and clean, and then snap some photos in those perfect ten minutes of time, before dogs and hoodlums track in the precious traces of real life. The glass dome was a birthday gift from my parents last year from Pottery Barn, and the lazy susan it sits on was (get this) from Ikea!  I sanded down the classic, blonde, Ikea wood finish, and then slathered it with special walnut stain. It's not food safe if you do it that way, FYI.
 This year, there is something in the wind.  I feel it, and I'm not fighting it.  I know in my bones, that a change is in the air again.  Ever since my man's job situation changed last month, I've been looking around, trying to force myself not to think about our house through potential buyer's eyes... but today I made the list.  (You know, the list of tiny repairs and jobs that have been put off since summer began?)  I have a feeling that we'll be talking about listing it again, in the near future.  To be honest, I'm as ready for what I feel might be coming as I can be, and I'm even a little bit excited.  (That is so unlike me!)  Someone, somewhere is going to flip out in love, over my kitchen.  I just know it... I've known it ever since we began re-doing it, and in the weirdest way, that completely tickles my heart.
 I scrawled "Give Thanks" on my chalkboard as a reminder, more than a seasonal statement.  Wrapping up reading One Thousand Gifts... so amazing.  (And okay so the word "scrawl" was slightly misleading, because we all know it took me about three tries to get that scripty look "just right."  Keepin' it real.)
 The only money spent for some (new) festive fall touches was about $5.00 for those two little twig pumpkins on the self.  I thought they would add some dark to all the light in my kitchen, not to mention some fun texture.  I saw them at Target the other night in the "dollar bin" (whatever... those babies were $2.50, so you can't really call it the "dollar bin" anymore) and said, "Pretty please," to my man and then he smiled and said, "Okay."  (Which was really sweet of him, since we are watching our pennies like never before right now.)
 
My old, wooden box looks pretty cute sitting there all by itself, doesn't it?!
 Is it not true, that everything looks better on a tray? (This is an older Ikea find.)  In fact, I'm trying to figure out how to make some rustic wooden ones with rope handles for my Etsy store.  I'm not sure it's going to happen, but I'm letting it keep me awake at night, trying to figure it all out. 

I don't know why, but I struggle so much with what to put on my side table.  I feel like I never quite get it right.  I shift things all around, but in the end, I usually just give up and put whatever I have in my hand on the table.  Today was no different.  I was trying to find a good place for my galvanized bucket of "wheat" (Bought during the Summer on extreme clearance at Michaels.  Score!!).
 I love that bucket so much, I can't allow myself to put it away for any of the seasons.  I also plunked a faux Cinderella pumpkin into an old wood bowl that normally sits on that table.  I wasn't really planning to put anything in the bowl, but I just set it there while I tried to figure out what other things I wanted to do, and there it sits.  (Is it dumb to have a pumpkin sitting in a bowl?)
 It has a "sister pumpkin" that I thought would look kind of sweet atop our TV cabinet.  I'm not really a fan of "faux" items, but sometimes (like when you decorate for Fall when it's still actually summer) you don't have much choice.  (Ahem.) Plus, I really like things to last all season.  
 
Everything is soothing and (relatively) clean for the moment.  I feel ready for Fall, the start of school, and a fun Labor Day weekend. I love starting a weekend and new season with everything in order.

What are you guys doing this weekend?



24 comments:

  1. I flip out in love with your kitchen! Does that count?

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  2. If I was in the market to buy a new home (just did a few months ago) and I lived in your neighborhood... I'd totally buy your house, just for the kitchen. LOVE, love, LOVE it! :) I hope all the new changes in your life make your heart dance! :)

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  3. I don't know, but, I do know that I am sitting here drooling at the oreo cupcakes and teriyaki burger that are staring at me from your sidebar as I read your post and try not to look at them. :) Your kitchen is beautiful!

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  4. I have the same feeling about our home. That we are preparing it for the next blessed family to live here...Weird, huh?

    Everything looks smashing! I think that galvanized bucket would be great with some sand in it to hold tall candles!

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  5. Everything looks great, I love the way you write, I think I'm sitting here listening to you, no it's not dumb to put a pumpkin in a bowl...
    Debbie

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  6. You have a gorgeous kitchen, the way you decorate is so refreshing.
    Your whole house is so nice. I usually take down all the summer stuff now too, but it's still over 100 here. No matter how much I want Autumn it's not coming for a couple of months. Thanks for the recioes, too, they look scrumptious!

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  7. Last June my husband and I celebrated out 25th anniversary in the mountains of NM and we both felt God was getting ready to make a change. Our daughter started 8th grade in August of that year and she said something big is gonna happen this year. Well it is a year later and we have been at a new church since Nov. We sold one house bought another moved to the burbs of Houston. It has been an amazing year of changes and transformations, not only in our outward lives but in our inner beings. God is good.

    Get Ready!

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  8. I absolutely LOVE everything you've done...your house is so clean and crisp, just like I like it!

    Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful!

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  9. I love it. I love the way your mind works in composing things, it's really impressive

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  10. Sasha, I always love your house shots. I NEVER change my decor for the seasons. I don't know why--I think once I get it where I want I"m scared to change anything...ha. Maybe this year I'll change that...though the scrubbing the house from top to bottom definitely needs to happen first!! :)

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  11. as always friend your house is soooo pretty. love that pear or lemon print over the by the window. i don't remember that from before. hope you have a beautiful weekend. we are finishing up some house stuff and then i'm going to start showing some PICS finally:)

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  12. Pumpkins in bowls....I do it all the time ;)
    Beautiful kitchen!

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  13. While I love summer, I kinda love Autumn too. Something about the colors and the nesting feeling I get. I clean the house,bake and well get ready for winter. I get really emotional too. I just want my babies and hubby home with me.

    I adore your home. It looks so comfy and friendly if you get what I mean. Thanks for always sharing.

    Jessica

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  14. I have been wanting to pull out my fall totes for a few weeks now. I think it is because I am wishing for the weather to be cooler. I love your kitchen!

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  15. I love the pumpkin in the bowl!!

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  16. LOVE your fall decorations! I LOVE to decorate for Fall too! I just haven't done it yet. Although..it was in the 80's here in Florida today (rather than the hundreds) so I'm feeling like it won't be long.!!
    And oh--would you mind "scrawling" on a chalkboard for me? My writing is SO not that great!

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  17. #1- Love your handwriting! I could try that 100 times and never get it to look that way!
    #2- I am so excited that someone else decorates early for autumn... by the end of the summer I cannot hardly wait to do it! I planted mums this weekend to hold me over.
    #3- I feel so blessed I get to read about your life and get new ideas and inspiration!
    Thank you!!!

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  18. What fun it is to see each others homes. I am just getting ready to make a change in my decorating too.
    Have you ever tried your wardroom in the corner at an angle and then moved the chair out a little to make it like a cozy corner? I have moved my ware robe to so many different places...it is such fun. Blessings, Dianntha

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  19. Hey girl! I have some catching up to do :) Gosh these pretty photo's of your kitchen make me want to go clean my house. Your's is so crisp and neat!

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  20. awesome pics. your house looks great. xo

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  21. I always enjoy each season as well. Its like shopping for free through your stash of stuff from the year before. Creating new vingettes with your stuff. I LOVE seeing what's on your chalkboard too! Such a fun blog to follow!

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  22. I love that kitchen! :)
    I too love starting the season fresh and clean...I feel the need to go pick some cat tails!! LOL

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  23. I LOVE your house. Seriously. One question - Where do you hide all your junk? Like papers and stuff you have to keep. Mine always clutters my countertop. I know there's a better way, I'm just not sure what that way is.

    ~FringeGirl

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  24. You're not alone! I always decorate for fall on Sept. 1st (even if it is still 90 degrees out), and this year - due to a long Labor Day weekend trip, I decorated on the 29th of August (don't tell anybody...especially your ribbing friends)! I love the season and try to extend it as long as possible. My "don't know what to do with" spot this year is my coffee table. Need help! Maybe I should post it as a blog with a plea? HAPPY FALL!!!!

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