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Top 10 Halloween & Harvest Decor Ideas 2014

I enjoy decorating for Halloween. It’s mainly about the colors – orange/rust, black, white, and gold. The color maroon bores me to tears, so Thanksgiving decor is only so-so for me.

Tristan and I are on Team Jesus, and prefer to not decorate our home with witches, ghosts, goblins or devils, but skulls and artistic cobwebs are fair game. I think this is because Christians have skulls and Christians battle cobwebs – these are facts of life. I also get tons of pumpkins so that the decor can transition into Thanksgiving.Ā  Here’s proof – exhibit A & exhibit B.

Since we’re remodeling, my seasonal decor plans are minimal. Heck, my regular decor plans are minimal – I don’t want more objects/furniture to pack up when we put in the hardwoods. Therefore, I’ve decided that for Halloween and Christmas, I will focus on a festive porch, since the porch won’t change. And I’ve never had a porch before, so it’s a fun research project :).

I originally wanted two large topiaries for the porch, but at $150+ per piece, I knew it’d be a tough sell, as they offer no value other than aesthetics. Instead, I settled on two trees from Home Depot for $12 each – guilt free, and they still accomplish the overall look. I also added a new doormat and (duh) pumpkins.

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If I were going to go all out decorating this year, here are the 10 cute, simple ideas I’ve stumbled upon recently (click on the image for source):

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How simple to just pop some pumpkins on a candlestick! Love this idea!

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Another use for the natural? Hollow out some butternut squashes and put some flowers inside! Or even hay/wheat could be festive and less expensive.
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Finally – a use for those Mardi Gras beads you’ve had since college:Halloween and Harvest 2014 6

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I am definitely going to do this in the next few years with artificial sunflowers. Each bloom takes up a large amount of surface area so you wouldn’t have to buy very many to cover a ball, and could reuse them year after year for multiple occasions. If you’ve seen our wedding pictures, you know I’m a huge fan of the flower ball. If you don’t want to hang them, you can pop them into a vase for a centerpiece (like we did for Easter using our wedding balls).

So simple and chic:

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I love the black and white contrast! For less effort, you could paint three pumpkins and just put “BOO.”

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This might be the very first time I’ve ever referred to a lawn ornament as classy. Technically still a ghost, but an elegant ghost for sure:

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This is pretty chic, you know, as far as poison goes.Halloween and Harvest 2014 10

If you don’t already subscribe to Better Homes & Gardens’ weekly e-newsletters, I highly recommend it. It turns out that several of these ideas I’ve pinned over the last few months were pulled from there. If you’re looking for other ideas, check out my Halloween & Harvest board on Pinterest – you might even find some adorable kid costume ideas because I can’t help myself.

What are the cutest ideas you’ve seen this year? Anything related to porches? šŸ™‚

-t&T

T&T

From the Island to the Stadium to the Tree Farm!

Here are some shots from our whirlwind 4-day weekend.

 

Headed to Camano Island, Wash. on Wednesday evening. The tradition is to eat at the Mexican restaurant the night before Thanksgiving. The next morning, my cousin Danielle made everyone lefse, a Norwegian flatbread, which she buttered and cinnamon-sugared.

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After lefse and some pumpkin liqueur coffee, I left Tristan on a chair watching football and went on a hike with my mother-in-law and aunt around Camas Beach. It was beautiful!

 

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We stopped at the most charming bed and breakfast on the way back to search for my father-in-law rumored to be enjoying a bloody mary at the bar.

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After we got back, I saw that Tristan was exactly where I left him. So I took his lead and parked myself in front of the fire with a magazine and fresh cup of coffee.

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Before we left for the hike, Danielle and I had collaborated on Ina Garten’s mulled wine recipe. I know I married into the right family because they just so happened to have vintage gold-embellished mugs AND festive glass stir sticks on hand. It was the perfect stress reliever as I made …

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… my first-ever stuffing! Talk about grown up. Last year I brought a salad.

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On the table it went:

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After dinner and a power nap, some of the gal cousins and I went into the hot tub, and decided to paint our nails and watch a Christmas movie. When there’s teenagers involved, the color quota goes up by like, one million:

 

 

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Lots and lots of glitter. Stay tuned for my DIY Manicure #3 post with the sparkly results.

The next morning, we left the island bright and early to head to the annual Apple Cup between University of Washington and Washington State University back at Husky Stadium in Seattle.

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Here’s our stadium’s view. As I mentioned in my last post, we are never far from water and/or boats. When he was a kid, Tristan’s dad used to bring him out on their boatĀ  next to the stadium and they’d listen to the game on the radio.

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The next morning, we met some friends at Trinity Tree Farm, where we picked out (and chopped down) our very first tree as husband and wife.

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Ta Da!

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We will be decorating the tree this upcoming weekend because I only grabbed one of my Christmas boxes from storage, and apparently it wasn’t the one with the ornaments. So, I can’t get very far without them!

Does anyone else feel majorly behind already since Thanksgiving was so late this year!? I’m trying to be so festive but there’s NO TIME!

-t&T

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Torie’s Fave FREE Things

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Every Christmas, I come up with a list of my Favorite Things, clearly inspired by Oprah. I give different combinations of these gifts to my friends and family for Christmas. Since I was busy this week “building content” for the blog (AKA too busy to blog!), I wanted to post a Thanksgiving-inspired list of my favorite FREE things – experiences and items that are free which I’m thankful for.

1. Looking at photo vignettes including some combination of the following: coffee in a mug, wine in a glass, book or magazine, laptop, a cozy couch, soft blanket, roaring fire. Bonus points if a Parisian dessert is featured. I think it just transports me into the relaxing moment, wherever I am. My favorite blogs that frequently include these pictures are The Mannequin and Classy in the City. Instagram usually has something, in particular, follow Paris In Four Months (also has a blog).

2. The smell of salt water. As a Seattle native, I grew up going on boats and have lived within walking distance of a marina for the last several years. It just smells so fresh and so clean clean!

3. When the house smells good. I am partial to amber/spice/fig type scents, but this time of year, I’m all about the pine needle smell and orange cinnamon. I am currently using an amazing Glade plugin that makes the house smell of Christmas trees, though ironically called Fall Walk or something like that (can’t find a link – bum bums!). I am eager to try this new DIY Clementine Candle as well. I also love the way dinner in the oven makes the house smell – doesn’t necessarily have to be a candle involved.

4. Walking through Watson Kennedy. See entire blog post devoted to this subject here. I’m sure you all have some destination that just tickles your creative fancy.

5. Google Image baby animals. Do it. It’s a great 3 p.m. mental break at work – I do this at least twice a week.

6. Re-purposing old furniture or doing crafts using supplies I already have. A simple example of this would be taking an old picture frame, painting it another color, and putting my new wedding pictures in it.

7. Sleeping in and waking up to cool, crisp air. So often (especially now that I permanently share a bed), the air ends up a bit… stuffy. I love cracking the window just a tad so that my face feels refreshed the rest of me is engulfed in layers of fuzzy blankets and down, especially if it’s past 9 a.m.

8. When someone brings in treats to work, or if there’s lunch leftovers from a meeting.

9. Laying out on the beach.

10. Free sites online. Laughs at BuzzFeed, Some Ecards and Happy Place. Many new artists found through Pandora. And DUH – PinterestĀ  (please-stay-free-please-stay-free!).

11. Making Lists. Didja see that coming?!

I started building this list when I did a women’s group study on One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp. The premise is that you write down at least one thing you are thankful for each day – “embrace and chronicle everyday blessings” – so that you can find moments of joy in the midst of our chaotic lives. At times it got a little artsy fartsy for me — sorry, I’m just not going to get that excited about wind whistling through a mountain top accompanied by the smell of fresh moss (this is an example I made up, but perhaps you get the idea). The book comes with a free app where you can record your own moments of joy, and once those moments are your own versus reading the author’s, it becomes a lot more fun.

What are your favorite free things? Have you read anything that inspired you to be grateful?

-t&T

 

Links of the Week

Greetings, all! I have a busy yet fun-filled weekend ahead, with Tristan’s birthday party tonight and a Friendsgiving (what shall I cook?!) tomorrow evening. It’s getting to be party central season up in herr! I’m sure I’m not the only one.

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Here are some links that have tickled my fancy in the last week(ish):

  • Space-saving furniture of the future (not your average murphy bed!)
  • Charming $45 original art — And, in case anyone is wondering if they could make it themselves, I’m guessing the supplies alone would cost $45
  • To wear to your next “big night out
  • $500 milkshake – to drink on your next “big night out”?
  • The perfect kitchen art (slideshow)
  • A great Christmas gift idea: Modern Family Tree

I’m have a grand ol’ time gathering newlywed Christmas ideas and can’t wait to share them with you. Hopefully you saw my Christmas card inspiration. I am also working on round-ups of newlywed ornament ideas and holiday pillows, so if you have any favorites, send ’em my way! We can all information-gather together as we decorate for the holidays. This will be SO. FUN.

-t&T

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Harvest Bucket List

I love fall and back-to-school season. While growing up, I would spend my summers obsessively planning out what new school clothes I wanted and then once I had them, what outfits I would wear. I got the deepest pleasure from hand-selecting each and every school supply, and organizing them in to my backpack, taking into account convenience and of course, cuteness (for instance, in 9th grade my best friend and I got matching lime green label-makers). And that sweet day when you finally got to use all your new stuff? Almost as serendipitous as Christmas. Back to school is a Type A personality’s dream. In my adulthood, I no longer go back to school, but I have an apartment to decorate and people to cook for. It just never ends! I love it.

Lately I’ve been seeing Harvest/Fall/Autumn Bucket Lists on Pinterest, and I feel inspired to create my own to get in the spirit of the season. It’s not the most “family friendly” list, as there are no pumpkin patches or stomping through crisp leaves, but bear with me.

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What do you think of the list? Any blaring omissions? I will be working my way through these tasks until I lose interest and start obsessing over the holidays instead, and charting my progress on this blog along the way.

-t&T