• Blogging,  Holidays & Seasons,  Home Decor,  Outdoors,  The Country House

    Country Sampler Magazine Holiday Homes

    I have something really exciting news to share today! Elizabeth Joan Designs was featured in the most recent issue of Country Sampler Magazine! They shared our Holiday Front Porch from last year in their Holiday Homes edition. I cannot begin to tell you how amazing this is a for a little ol’ blogger like me.

    Fun Neutral Holiday Front Porch

    When the sweet people at Country Sampler Magazine first contacted me, my jaw hit the floor. I couldn’t believe that they wanted to share a photo from this blog in their publication. They always share such beautiful spaces and vignettes in their issues. Have you ever checked them out?

    Country Sampler Holiday Homes

    Some personal information was removed from the letter for privacy.

    Last year when working on our holiday front porch, I had so much fun putting everything together. This area was a bit of a challenge because I was trying to not to spend a bunch of extra money and had to get creative in my styling. I pulled in some natural blue spruce branches and a few faux eucalyptus pieces to add some extra greenery to the space.

    Elizabeth Joan Designs Magazine Feature

    The magazine is in stores now, so if you are out and about, stop and grab yourself an issue!

    Holiday Front Porch Magazine Feature

    It is such an honor to be included in this issue along with so many other amazing bloggers and designers! If you want to see more photos of our Holiday Front Porch, click here!

  • Holidays & Seasons,  Home Decor

    Neutral Fall Tablescape

    There is no time better than the first week of October to share a fun neutral fall tablescape. I love fall so much! Being able to add autumn elements to our home really just makes everything feel much more festive!

    Neutral Fall Tablescape

    This tablescape is part of the Fall Festival Blog Hop that is happening all week, hosted by my sweet friend, Kendra from Joy In Our Home . When you are done here, definitely check out some of the other amazing tablescapes, mantles, recipes, vignettes, and front porches! If you are stopping by from My Creative Days, I’m so glad you are here!

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    When the season rolls around, we can’t wait to pick out pumpkins, go for scenic walks, and jump in the leaf piles. Even though life seems to be speeding up around this time (back to school, activities, holidays, etc.) there is something magical about just taking a step back and appreciating all of the beauty fall produces.

    Mini White Pumpkin Decor

    As far as fall decor goes, pumpkins are a must and I chose some pretty white ones to jazz up the table in our updated dining room. I mean, you really can’t go wrong with pumpkins, right? I love it when they have those twisty stems!

    Fun Fact: Those cute little “pumpkins”  that can fit in your hand are actually gourds! But I still call them pumpkins. *wink*

    Pumpkin Place Setting

    To start this tablescape, I used an folded, fabric shower curtain as a table runner. (It is from Target, but no longer available.) I love the neutral colors and the pattern is delicate and pretty. Next, to ground everything, I placed a large green-ish white pumpkin in the center of the table.

    Pumpkins Eucalyptus Candles

    Then I worked my way out from there trying to keep things symmetrical.

    White Pumpkins Tablescape

    To fill things in a bit, I grabbed some faux eucalyptus from a vase in our living room and fluffed it up. I also placed a few small fake antlers here and there and added a couple of plain pillar candles for height/mood.

    Neutral Fall Decor Dining Room

    Finally, I set the table with some pretty, wavy dishes, striped napkins, silverware, and stemware. Once everything was together, I just couldn’t stop staring. It was so beautiful!

    Fall Autumn Table Setting

    I know that my take on fall decor definitely isn’t traditional. While I still love orange pumpkins, decorating indoors with neutrals that match our home makes everything feel calm and flow together so nicely. Leave a comment down below and let me know what your favorite way to decorate for fall is! Do you like to go the traditional route or are you a neutral lover like me?

    Oh, and don’t forget to check out the next tablescape by The Crowned Goat !

    Mantles on Monday

    Joy In Our Home | County Road 407 | Poofing the Pillows |

    Follow The Yellow Brick Home | citygirlmeetsfarmboy

    Tablescapes on Tuesday

    The Latina Next Door | My Creative Days | Elizabeth Joan Designs |

    The Crowned Goat | Farmhouse Flare Designs

     

    Recipes on WednesdayCherished Bliss | Countryside Cravings | Love In My Oven |

    Chocolate with Grace | Making It In The Mountains

     

    Vignettes on Thursday anderson + grant | DIY Beautify | Timeless Creations |

    The Painted Hinge | Rain & Pine

     

    Front Porches on FridayLantern Lane Designs | Little Brags | Chatfield Court

    Camelot Art Creations | R and R at Home

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  • 5 Minute Projects,  Holidays & Seasons,  Home Decor

    Pinecone Scale Pumpkin

    I’m so happy that it is finally fall! The weather around here has started to cool down and I can’t wait for the leaves to change.  We’ve finally begun to incorporate some fall decor into our home and I wanted to share a fun little project perfect for fall. Keep reading to find out how to make a Pinecone Scale Pumpkin.

    Pinecone Scale Pumpkin

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    This little project is super cheap to whip up and you probably already have most of the supplies on hand. To make this sweet, seasonal art piece, here’s what you will need:

    • Canvas  (or any material that would make a good background)
    • Pinecone
    • Pencil
    • Hot Glue Gun (with extra glue sticks)

    Note about the background: I chose a small 5×5 canvas for this project, but you can use any sort of backdrop for this project.  Painted or stained wood, metal, cardboard, etc. Just remember that the size of your background will dictate the amount of time put into the project.  I made a larger pinecone scale pumpkin on a painted wood piece (see it at the end of this post) and it took about 30 minutes to complete.
    Pinecone Art Supplies

    |INSTRUCTIONS|

    Step 1 – Draw a pumpkin shape onto your canvas. It doesn’t have to be perfect because pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes!

    Canvas Pencil Drawing

    Step 2 – Remove the scales from the pinecone, starting from the bottom. It isn’t too hard to remove them with your own fingers, but if you run into any tough spots, a pair of pliers would probably help loosen them up.

    Pinecone Scales

    Step 3 – Glue the pinecone scales onto the canvas. There wasn’t really any rhyme or reason to my gluing process.  I started by adding a stem to the top and then kind of filled the pumpkin in, adding pieces to cover up any white space inside.

    Hot Glue Pinecone Scales Canvas

    Isn’t this little guy so cute?!

    Canvas Pumpkin Texture

    These pinecone scale pumpkins add the perfect amount of texture to almost any vignette. I hope this gives you a little inspiration for your fall decorating and crafting!

    Pinecone Scale Pumpkin Large Small

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  • Home Decor,  Room Makeovers,  The Country House

    Dining Room Update

    One of the things I love most about home decor is that it is so fun to switch things around! Whether it is interchanging items that I already own, or finding fun new pieces to add to a room, things are always moving around here. Here is a look at our latest dining room update.

    Dining Room Update

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    One of the things we really wanted for our dining room was a china cabinet so that we could display heirloom pieces that have been hanging out in storage. We found this pretty one on Craigslist for a steal and added a couple of coats of white paint to the inside to brighten things up!

    China Cabinet White Farmhouse

    For the time being, I styled it with pieces that we already had out, but we need to get into our storage to find the rest of the goodies.

    Shelf Styling

    With the addition of the china cabinet, we had to move our coffee bar. Bummer. I loved that thing, but when you don’t have a lot of space, you have to be picky about what stays and goes. No worries though! The coffee maker and mugs found a space on our kitchen counters. Plus, we now have enough room for a high chair for our littlest guy! This one was a budget friendly choice from Ikea.

    Child Friendly Dining Room High Chair

    We also got some new parson dining chairs! Well, new to us at least. My sis actually found them on the side of the road in pretty good condition. (They had belonged to her neighbor.) The actual fabric is a tan color microfiber with just a few stains here and there. To cover them up, we purchased white slip covers from SUREFIT. When they arrived, they were already Scotchgarded, so we have seen minimal staining. Plus if they get too creepy, we can just throw them in the washing machine. I call that a win!

    New Dining Chairs Wicker Parsons

    Graphic Pillow Covers

    Another thing from the room that was relocated was our command center. We are setting it up in our laundry room, which connects to the garage and will hopefully soon act as a mud room/drop zone. More details on that to come. This fun bakery sign took the place of the command center and I think I like it a lot more here.

    Bakery Sign Farmhouse Dining

    What do you think about our dining room update? Do you like the changes that we made? Let us know in the comments below!

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