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Thursday’s Theme: Pumpkins on the Porch

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

August is ending, leaves are changing and the kids are back in school – autumn is certainly upon us! It’s no secret that we’ve been in fall mode for over a month now, but it’s time to kick off a series of harvest season posts here on the blog. We hope you’re able to draw some inspiration for your own fall decorating as well as share how you’re accenting your home for fall; indoors or out.

For today, we’re featuring four creative ways to display pumpkins on your front porch, back deck, walkway or any outdoor space. Let’s get into it.

One of the top things that make fall decorating so fun is the simplicity;
nature basically does the decorating for us, we just have to add our own
personal touches. If you have outdoor planters that you fill with autumn
flowers, or have plants still thriving from summertime, give them a harvest
look with pumpkins. Smaller sizes work the best, and we recommend
using the classic bright orange variety. Throwing in a couple of extra gourds
adds even more welcoming color and texture.

Photo by Greenlife GardensSearch landscaping pictures

Of course, you don’t need planters to achieve this look.
A wicker basket, wood trug and similar home accents
filled with pumpkins all offer a bountiful look to outdoor
living spaces. Add hay, straw or even fallen leaves for added charm.

Photo by Rikki SnyderLook for porch design inspiration

Now this is creative.
Put a witchy spin on your front porch pumpkins by arranging them in a trellis
(find it here) – just stack them on top of each other until its full. Add a pointed
hat and voila! A Halloween decorative that works for Autumn, too.

Photo by Tina M. Yotka – Container Gardens ExtraordinaireDiscover entryway design inspiration

Last but certainly not least, create a stack of pumpkins that showcases
initials, a painted design or even your address. Planter not required.

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Family Friendly Home Office

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Whether you’re working from home, need a space to dedicate to your crafting, or want to give the kids (or grandkids) a space they can use after they’ve gone back to school, creating a family friendly home office is simple (and fun), and will give you peace of mind all year long.

Photo by The Window Film Company UK LtdSearch home office pictures

Furniture

Bookcases are some of the most multi-functional pieces of furniture. They can simply be used for books, but are also great for organization and storage of knick-knacks, essentials, and even games for when it’s time to take a break from work.

Country Shaker Tall Bookcases | Made in USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

A large table – like one you may put in a dining room – is perfect for a family home office, but if you don’t have that much space or don’t need that large of a work space, opt for a flat desk with storage.

There are so many options for office and desk chairs, so figure out what type you feel most comfortable in. Maybe you prefer upholstered with a pillow (and maybe a throw), a typical rolling desk chair, or love the look and feel of a stately Windsor.

Photo by Jane Henderson Interior DesignDiscover home office design ideas

Organization

In a home office, shelving and wall organizers are the best way to keep the space clutter free and your stuff within reach. And of course, they offer efficient storage opportunities for you and the kids.

Metal Birds & Ferns Wall Organizer | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Budget Friendly Family Command Center | DIY | Simple As That Blog

Accessories

Task lighting is essential in a home office, and we recommend something adjustable. When it comes to a table lamp, find one with a small footprint.

Keep your home office stocked with pens, paper, a stapler, a ruler and other functional accessories needed for working at home, school projects or kids’ homework. To balance the serious function, keep a vase of fresh flowers (or seasonal flowers that need little maintenance) and/or fun art in the room as well.

Photo by Vanessa BrockwayBrowse home office photos

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Throwback Thursday: July 2017

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

We’re throwing it back to last July with three blog posts that, even a year later, are in the category of favorites. Let us know in the comments if you remember these posts, and point out your own favorite!

Get the Look: Timeless Rustic Entryway

Function and style are perfectly matched in this rustic entryway, and you can recreate it in
your own home with furnishings from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop. Click here for the post.

Photo by Doug TowleBrowse entryway photos

DIY Summer Fairy Garden

We’ve added to our line of fairy garden accents, so maybe this is the year you
design one in your backyard or garden spaces. Click here for all the details.

Photo by Nelson Design Associates, inc.Search landscaping pictures

Farmhouse Flooring We Love

This is a compilation of, well, it’s in the title. Click here to see more.

Photo by Frederick + Frederick ArchitectsBrowse hallway photos

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