autumn decorating

My favorite decorating season is Fall. The colors. The texture. The smells. They are all so inspiring and ever-changing. It seems like Fall is a time of finding decorations; not just buying them pre-made.

It’s October 25 and I haven’t done any seasonal decorating. Since we just moved, it has been all I can do to get our normal everyday items unpacked and put away. Plus I will be joining Scott for a while on location out-of-town, so I think I’m kind-of-sort-of deciding not to decorate for Halloween this year (sniff.) Hopefully I will be able to do a bit for Thanksgiving, however; we’ll see…

Meanwhile, I’m enjoying some of the posts I’ve seen around the web.

Like this front porch cornucopia idea from Design Sponge

Or a more modern approach, like this canvas from Yatzer.

Such fun googly-eyed garland from landeeseelandeedo

I love these primitive pumpkins by Sarah Dawn Designs.

I will always have a space in my heart for primitive country.

In my own personal space though, I continue to love the soft natural colors that Dreamy Whites captures so beautifully.

I hope you’re having fun with all the ghosts and goblins, pumpkins and colorful leaves that are so dominant during this time of year. They add warmth and funkiness to our homes.

source: eighteen25


some of my favorite online magazines

I have mentioned before that I am a total magazine whore. I love spending time absorbing magazines of various types. Being a food stylist or interior design stylist – setting up small vignettes and photographing them in perfect light…mmmmmm – that would be pure heaven to me!

There are many paper subscriptions I have, but I also enjoy the beauty of online magazines as well. The photography advancements over the past few years has been remarkable. Print magazines are meeting some sad outcomes, like Newsweek’s recent announcement that they will soon be eliminating their hard-copy magazine. I have enjoyed the mixture of both print and online magazines this year and hopefully a few of the following links are new to you so you can relish in some leisurely hours of dreaming along with me.

Inside Out – creating your ideal home

Heart and Home – British home decor magazine

Sweet Paul – food, photography, exceptional!

est – home decor and fashion with an Australian flair

refueled – modern day stories about the resurging interest in our heritage, and how we live today (crafting, community, gardening)

What Liberty Ate – foodie

Add an overstuff chair and a cup of warm chai tea and I am one content, happy reader!

Attention, Creatives…

I have been meaning to post this link for a while now. Creative Bug is an online source of creative videos – anything from knitting to bookbinding to upcycling. For a fee of approximately $25 a month, you have access to how-to videos from some of the top designers in their field. Want to know how to do screenprinting? No problem; there’s a video for that. Want to know how to create your own sewing patterns; they’ve got it. It’s online school for the creative types out there that are constantly wanting to learn how to do something new or improve upon what they already have tried.

Plus, Creative Bug donates 5% of their subscription fees to non-profit art organizations.

I love the whole idea!

I feel completely vindicated.

For every time someone has walked into my house and said, “Oh look. Greta has re-arranged things again.” – I submit this. It is the most heart-affirming thing I believe I have ever read.

Containing my collections is also good for times when I want a little decorating therapy. What I mean by this is that oftentimes, when I feel stressed, I will ‘tinker’ about with my things much like a gardener will disappear in the yard weeding or tending to plants, picking off dead leaves or snipping away wilted and crusty bits.

I’m not much of a gardener, so I tend to my home. I enjoy playing around with the arrangements of things and like to rearrange often so that the energy is forever flowing. When I keep objects in a single place for too long my space begins to feel stagnant, so I shuffle stuff around to loosen the energy and set things flowing freely — and properly — again.

I don’t like a sluggish vibe at home, it holds me back. When I’m tinkering, I often consider the objects and whether I can edit some things out and mix others in to provide a better energy or a different feeling to the space…

Thank you, Holly Becker.

The morning light.

aged modernism

David Howell (of New York’s DHD Architecture and Design)

We aim to instill spaces with certain principles: an appropriate bridging of indoors and outdoors; a wise and atmospheric use of light as a fundamental part of architecture; a sympathy for site and origin; an exciting use of materials; a marriage of the organic with the common and industrial.

I am, personally, a huge fan of the balance between the design lines of modernism with the depth of character found in aged pieces and architectural elements. Much like life, we need a bit of both.