NEW KITCHEN FLOOR, NEW FRONT DOOR HARDWARE, PLUS A COUPLE OF COZY FALL ADDITIONS!
God bless holiday weekends. Sunday evening we had Sarah and Evan (our neighbors/bffs) over for soup, and it was a treat knowing a real Monday wasn't around the corner. The weather in the evenings is finally cool enough to wear jeans outside, so Sarah and I sat outside sipping iced tea while the guys watched football.
I love those moments. Time passes slow in a good way. Nobody feels rushed, so you talk about everything big and little in life and it all just feels right.
Fall just does that, I guess. Summer is wild and open, but in fall I am full of anticipation. The first crisp morning, the month long period when windows stay open, breathing in the faint bonfire smell from somewhere I don't know. Having friends walk their dog over and stay a while for no good reason, but for indeed the best reason.
I've slowly been adding extra layers around the house, not wanting to fully throw summer under the bus. A stack of old books here, an extra pillow there makes the mood of fall obvious without being overstated. A DIY magnolia wreath is in the works, but I can't reach the branches so I'm just using the brown leaves I haven't raked up yet HA. I'll call it a "unique spin" on the traditional wreath. It honestly could be butt ugly, so don't hold your breath.
That gorgeous wooden cane chair was a kind gesture from a friend, who dropped it off at my house unexpectedly after I oohed and aahed over it at her house. I love it even more knowing it has a story of generosity and thoughtfulness behind it.
I think having an odd chair makes the living room looking more inviting, especially for the fall entertaining we will be doing. Before, it was just two facing sofas and it made casual conversation a little intimidating.
I'm not huge into buying themed decor, mostly because I hate packing and storing it. However, I did almost buy two of these skeletons for our cats Puddles and Marbles 😹 But not for $13 each. Maybe like $7 each, but not $13. You feel me?
Mostly though I will just be adding layers to give the house a warm feeling.
Oh! I forgot to show you the new hardware we put on our front door! Our old lock literally fell apart one morning, so we had to pick out a new one and install it the same day:
I was specifically looking for a black set with clean lines, and this one makes the whole porch situation look polished and welcoming. Technically it's "bronze" but you can barely tell, so it worked for me on short notice. It's a handle/deadbolt set from Kwikset, if you are looking to buy one. We purchased ours from Home Depot, but here's the cheapest price I found.
The door was faded and peeling, so I gave it a fresh coat of white paint before my husband installed it. If you watch my insta stories, you'll know I actually painted it black then back to white. The white went better with the old green roof we haven't replaced yet. Ignore that I still haven't scraped the white paint from the metal bottom :)
Now for the BEST PART! Remember when I was a naive little girl and I painted our kitchen floors black? Without thinking about two cats' worth of claws? And every speck of dust EVER? Well we finally ordered the peel-and-stick vinyl tiles I have been dying to install!
It took me a while to make sure I wanted a graphic black and white pattern, but I think I'm going to love it. Laying it diagonally will make the kitchen look bigger; plus look how gorgeous and classic these kitchens look with the same pattern:
The source above was basically Pinterest, so I'm not sure who did it. It's a little on the glam side, but I am diggin the deep stain on the countertops.
How cute is Kate Spade's kitchen?! LOVE that enamel light fixture.
I posted the kitchen above from The Art of Doing Things and I adore it. It's the perfect mix of busy and simple, and it incorporates the brass and wood tones I love so much.
Brady Tolbert gave a great tutorial here and it looks SO good in his modern rental home:
Plus my IRL friend Eileen from A Creative Day (who has a BEAUTIFUL fun home, go check her out) used the same tile in her old home and loved it. The cheapest price I found was on Overstock although they do sell them on Amazon.
Of course I would love to install some ridiculously expensive flooring, but this option will be durable and look great without overpricing our home come selling time. Once we make a few more changes like butcher block counters & brass hardware, it will be the cozy, vintage kitchen I imagined it could be.
So what's up with you? I know so many of y'all commented the first thing you will do when fall hits, and it got me in the mood to drink hot drinks and stuff. Anybody hear T. Swifts second new song? Eh. It's not as good as the first in my opinion. But who cares what I think, I'll probably be listening to the Fearless album when I have dentures.
CAUSE WHEN YOUR FIIIIIFTEEEEN AND SOMEBODY TELLS YOU THEY LOOOVE YOU, YOU'RE GONNA BELIEVE THEMMM....