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October 24, 2018

Fall House Tour of Our Home

We are being treated with the most gorgeous autumn weather this week.  In fact, I've been waiting for a gloomier day to take outside photos to get that more muted, shadowy look I love during fall.  We've had nothing but the bluest skies with the brightest foliage we've seen in years - I guess it'll have to do ; )

Last week I took out the overgrown pansies (though they still looked beautiful with all of the wet and sunny weather) and replaced them with all of the gourds and pumpkins we've accumulated during the fall.  They were taking over the inside of our house!  We're hosting Thanksgiving this year, so I'm looking forward to having these outside for the next month, unless the squirrels get to them first.

I was hoping to get some "fall" photos before the Halloween spiderwebs went up, but, I got to anxious to get our house spooked out.  After Halloween, the spiderwebs will come down and it will look classic autumn again.  We love halloween around here.

Inside, I'm embracing all colors muted and warm - love the mix of these slate ticking stripe + gold fleur block print pillows.  They compliment each other so nicely and feel a little elegant in our living room.

While the outdoor garden is fading, the indoor one is coming to life.  I'm ahead of the game, but it is almost time to start those paperwhite bulbs.

We've had this little guy for a couple of years - I love him!  He feels very old fashioned to me, and perfectly festive.

Mike's office doesn't get very much attention on here, but I especially love this room in the fall and winter months.  

This is our cozy room.  We mostly use it after Emma goes to bed or on Saturday mornings for coffee and watching This Old House : )

This photo is from last year but our kitchen always feels about the same... except not as clean today : )

It is looking more like this this week from the Thanksgiving Collection launch.

Plus some M&Ms.  Thank goodness these are Candy Corn M&Ms (Emma's choice)... I'm not tempted by them.  I already polished off the Peanut Butter fall M&Ms from last week. 

Ok, now I'm motivated to get the counters cleaned off again.

I've added the new Grey Check and Gold & Grey Stripe Pillows to the hearth room and I'm in love.  Since I added the gold block print ottoman slipcover I've been needed some more saturated tones.  It is a nice break from all of the white during these cozier months.

I also added more framed botanicals to create groupings of four on each side of the fireplace.  It makes the room feel so much more finished - love.  To make them not feel quite so busy, I used the thicker mats with the smaller openings.  This are the 11x14" frame, antique narrow mats with 5x7" prints.

On the other side of the hearth room, the dining room is set (for the moment!).  I just piled tons of pumpkins down the center and lots of taper candles.  Such an easy and bountiful tablesetting - no floral arranging skills necessary.

The Grey Check Napkins are so nice with my Spode china.  In the past, linens have been tricky to coordinate with the Spode since it has such a strong pattern.  The new grey check is such a nice compliment.

Grey Check Napkins >
Satin Ribbons >

I've moved the paper white bulbs to the sunny spot in the mudroom for the meantime until they start to shoot up.  I call it my "garden bench."

Mr. Darcy and I love these fall days.  After a non existent spring and a too hot and dry summer, we've earned this beautiful weather.

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October 23, 2018

Spiced Brown Sugar Coffee At Home

I love a Starbucks run as much as anyone.  However, I also love coffee first thing in the morning with a brisk walk - there is no time to roll out of bed and go to Starbucks and still get that chilly sunrise walk in before the rest of the world wakes up.  I've been making this tasty coffee at home and it is so yummy on these crisp fall days.

It is a simple mixture of brown sugar + cinnamon + ginger + ground cloves.  

1/4 cup Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons of Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of ginger
1/4 teaspoon of cloves

I put a scoop of it in my cup with about 1/4 cup of milk and microwave it for 1 1/2 minutes (I like very hot coffee).  

By heating the milk, you get they same effect (minus the foam) of a latte.

Then, I pour coffee - premade or Kcup.

For full effect, top with whipped cream!

I plan on serving it for Thanksgiving for our post feast walk and will probably top it with whipped cream and a dusting a cinnamon.  No Starbucks run needed!

October 08, 2018

The School House Autumn Open House + 30% Off Pillow Sale

This past weekend, we hosted our first event at The School House.  When I spotted it last year, I knew that I'd want to host events here and open it up to the public.  It is just such a special little sturdy place that feels like a step out of time - I love the feeling I get every time I walk through the doors.  It was so fun to just let others come out to our favorite spot and experience it.  

I took the photos on Friday night after we'd finished setting up - it was a beautiful night.  It was raining the next morning, of course, but it made for a cozy day inside.

What I love about The School House is that it sits on the edge of a corn field, on a gravel road, with its classically simple  and stately facade - unassuming and humble.  Inside, it is a bustling country workshop.  How wild is it that I can run an online company from my house, and it is all lovingly packaged up in this charming small town school house in the country?  

Sometimes I just can't get over it.

My best helper.

She's been so excited about welcoming everyone and entertaining their kids : )   Here, she set up the kids welcome area complete with a School House Scavenger Hunt and bowl of candy for prizes.  She was in charge.

We set the mudroom up with hanging baskets and wraps displayed.  And rain boots and a spot for umbrellas in the big old crock - because it was pouring!

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Welcome to our one room school house : )

We set up the sofa with all of the Fall Pillow Covers - Acorn Block Print, Slate Ticking Stripe, Gold Fleur.  I love how they all go so well together for mixing and matching and an eclectic, but cohesive look.

I purchased my go-to Pillow Inserts from Ikea for the Open House this weekend.  We have some leftover, so I've added them for purchase to the online store to pair with our Cushion Covers.  They are marked up slightly from what they would be at Ikea, just to cover my cost and the cost to ship them to you - Hopefully you'll find it more convenient than having to source your own inserts.  I'm open to always having them in stock if it is something you like!

We have a big Farm Table that sits right in the center of the school house - we use it for packaging up products, spreading out big projects and parties, of course.   It is the centerpiece of the room.   I wanted it to be the picture of a bountiful fall table.  

The Acorn Block Print Farm Table

I set it with the Acorn Block Print Napkins & Table Runner, then piled so many pumpkins down the center.  I reserved some Acorn Linens to use just for this table setting.  I didn't want them to sell out before I was able to set this table : )  I also a mix of Cafe & Grey Taper Candles tucked in between the pumpkins, along with sprigs of bittersweet in my little Cream & Sugars for a little polish and color.

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The pie safe was loaded with Baking Supplies and Garden Pots.  The Pots will be available later this year for the Holiday Collection... with paper whites.  

The island was set up with wrapped packages featuring my wrapping paper designs and ribbons.

To a bit of my surprise, my favorite part of the entire day was watching Emma.  I knew she was excited, but to see her enthusiasm for sharing the school house and her baking skills with the kids that were visiting, was so special.  In the past when she's helped me with in-person work events, there has been a little bit of me juggling the role of a "perfect parent" and a "perfect hostess" - not an easy task.  I think the spirit of the school house made us both relax a little - we were both just so glad to be there and share it.

We baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts & Orange Cranberry Scones for everyone in the morning and had coffee and hot cider, then had samplings of Pumpkin Cupcakes and Braised Beef & Vegetable Soup in the afternoon.  

Emma did some halloween cupcake decorating demonstrations and then let the kids decorate their own. She really enjoys having a captive audience : )

The outhouse was part of her scavenger hunt - "Where did the girls go to the bathroom?!"

I didn't take too many photos during the day, because that's what happens when real life people are around!  My friend Kirby (15009farmhouse, who happens to live down the road) was nice enough to let me take a photo of her browsing - and I loved that she was wearing her Autumn Blanket Wrap : )

Thank you to everyone that came out to visit with us and see our little country workshop.  We loved having you.

I wish it was the weekend again already : )

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