Thursday, September 18, 2014

My Fall Home Tour

Thank you World Market for sponsoring this post. All decor ideas, and opinions are mine. 

I am so excited to be sharing my Fall home tour with you today! We have been working our tails off painting and finishing the renovations that we have made... and I am SO thrilled to be finished! I LOVE Fall. I love the warm colors, the crisp air, the smell of spices and pumpkin. I also love decorating for Fall and Halloween. 

I am so honored to be a part of this Fall home tour put on by Kelly of Ecclecticaly Vintage. You can start the tour on her site HERE if you would like to go back to the beginning. 

You can see the beautiful home of Our Fifth House before me in the tour here

I thought we could start in the kitchen since that is the room that has undergone the most major rennovations. I have never really decorated the kitchen for the seasons before because I never really had the counter space for it. Now it is my favorite space to play with and I can't wait to get the tops of my cupboards decorated. 

This home of ours has very little pantry space, so I wanted to add some in the kitchen. I had this idea that I thought would kind of be reminiscent of an old country store. I love, love, love the charm it adds to my kitchen, and having all of the food that we use most regularly easily at hand has been wonderful. I can't believe how much space this frees up in the pantry! I will be sharing more pictures, as well as a little mini tutorial on these shelves on Monday. 

I searched for months for the perfect jars for these shelves. I needed them to be large and airtight. It was SO much harder to find some like that than I thought. I was so relieved when I found these babies at World Market. They were well made, thick glass, airtight, and cute. I collected them over several months, buying one here and there. I think I may paint the lids. What do you think? The cute cake stand and pictures up above are also from World Market

I think it is fun to use things like these mason jars with the cute stripey straws for seasonal decor because they are easy to change out for the different seasons, and it didn't cost anything since I had all of it on hand. 

I had these cute Halloween boxes in my stash. I love decorating with the cute vintage Halloween images. I think that is part of the reason why I love to decorate for Halloween. 

Cute towels also from World Market. 

We are so proud of our little pumpkin harvest from our garden this year... hence the proud display on the table. 

In the family room, I just added a few Fall touches. My favorite Red and gold leaves give such a fun punch to the room, and tie in well with our terra cotta colored pillows. I have had them for years, and always enjoy pulling them out. 

I added a basket to the back wall that I think I will be keeping up all year. I am in the process of slipcovering this couch, but wanted to live with the fabric for a little while before I went to all the work just in case I didn't like it... so it is just safety pinned on there. 

I pulled out my book page wreaths that I made several years ago, and added the fun black and white ribbons.

I picked up these old medicine packages at a yard sale probably 10 years ago, and I think they are so fun to add to my Halloween decor. One of these days, I may put together a real apothecary display. I sure love that delicious old packaging and typography. 

One of my favorite things to do is decorate my tinsel tree for Halloween. My Ella loves it too. I put it in the entry/office this time instead of the family room. It is so fun. I am sure the neighbors think I am a little nuts for having a Christmas tree up already though :).

Most of what I used were just things I had from previous years, or decorations that I made.These cute vintage glittery Happy Halloween ornaments are new this year though. You can find them here

I had a really hard time getting a decent full picture of it with our cloudy weather... but here is one to give you an idea. 

I shared this free printable Trick or Treat banner a few weeks ago HERE. 

While Ella was sleeping, I snuck in and decorated her room. When she woke up, she was SO excited! 

I love reusing my Christmas trees. It takes up less storage space and costs less than having all different decor for the holidays!

Up in the bonus room, I printed off and hung these cute little vintage graphic collages, that I made from The Graphics Fairy images, on the mousetrap gallery wall board. I will be sharing more about this as well as the free download in the next couple of days!

Ella loves to play with this little pumpkin head sack toss game. The festune is one I made a few years ago here. 

Over in Ella's little vintage play area, I wrote a quote on her chalkboard that I love that a friend of mine uses in her home every year. It won't last long, I am sure. :)

I hope you enjoyed my Fall and Halloween decor! 

Next stop on the tour is Primitive and Proper. I hope you will pop on over and see her beautiful home. 

Thank you so much for stopping by!

P.S. If you are local to the Boise Area, there is an awesome boo-tique going on this weekend. You can see the details HERE. It is such a fun boutique with fun seasonal and everyday items. I will be selling my wassail mix this time. :)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Free Bat Templates and Halloween Decor Ideas

I was doing some searching around the web for free bat and witch templates for a Halloween project I am working on. I figured you might need them as well for all of your fun decor projects, so I thought I would share them here with you to save you some time! Here are the bat templates and decor ideas (SO FUN! I love them) and I will share the witches tomorrow!

Here are the fun ones I found.  Just click the corresponding link below the long graphic and it will take you to the site where you can download and print that bat. I think I need one of these fun bat flying walls... don't you!? I love to decorate for Halloween!

1. Bat Wall Backdrop~ Kids Halloween Craft Party
3. Bat Pumpkins 
 5. Kids Craft~ Hanging Foam Bats

10. Bat Wall

I hope that helps to save you some time searching for your Halloween bat templates!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Walnut and Apple Coffee Cake

I am a big sucker for coffee cake. When I was little, before she began to make the world's best cinnamon rolls, my mom would make coffee cake for us on our "breakfast for dinner" nights. That was my FAVORITE meal! I think eggs, sausage, and coffee cake are the ultimate comfort foods. 

This recipe is a variation of the one I grew up with, and I think you will love it! It has such a delicious and semi-dense apple cake with a decadent brown sugar and walnut crumb topping. You can serve drizzled with glaze, or just leave plain. Either way, it tastes amazing!

This recipe is for an 8x8" pan. To make in a bundt (shown in the pictures) or 13x9 pan, you will need to double the recipe and increase the cook time. I actually prefer the result of the flatter 8x8 or 13x9 pans.

Walnut & Apple Coffee Cake 

1/4 cup oil
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup chopped apples (I use whatever kind I have on hand, the firmer the better)

1/2 cup brown sugar
2 T flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 T melted butter
1/2 cup walnuts

Icing Drizzle
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 T milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

In a small bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a separate mixing bowl, lightly mix together oil, eggs, vanilla, and milk. Add dry ingredients to the egg mixture. Do not over-stir. Fold in chopped apples. Pour into a greased 8x8 pan and set aside. 

In a small bowl, mix together the topping ingredients until combined. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the batter in the pan. Using a wooden spoon, lightly press most of the topping about halfway down into the batter. Leave a little on top as well. 

Bake for 25 minutes or until your toothpick comes out clean. (note: double the recipe and bake for 50 minutes for the bundt)

Serve warm, or cool. Note: The cake has plenty of flavor on its own if you choose to omit the icing.

Enjoy :) 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Inspiration Exchange | September

The Inspiration Exchange - Come and link up your ideas!

I can't WAIT to see what you guys have to show off this week! I don't know if it is the holiday decorating or what, but I always feel so inspired in the Fall! I LOVE seeing all of the creativity too! 

This month we are so excited to introduce you to our fabulous guest hostesses - Jamie from So Much Better With Age and Amy from Homey Oh My. I just adore these girls styles and I'm sure you will love them too. Be sure to head on over to their blogs to say hello!
Before we get to the party, here are a few of the projects that we have been working on this month…

Trick or Treat Halloween Banner | Free Printable

I have something fun for you today! Not just this free printable "Trick or Treat" banner, but 20 more free printables for your Autumn and Halloween decor! All of these talented ladies have created beautiful, easy vignettes and free printables to bring a little of our holiday homes to yours. 

Halloween is one of my very favorite days of the year. Call me crazy, but I love it. And I love to decorate for it. With my softer style, you would think that I would love decorating more for Autumn in general than for Halloween, but I just can't help myself. I am such a sucker for the vintage Halloween decorations. I even usually put up a Halloween tree using my tinsel tree. I will be sharing bits and pieces of my decor, as well as a full home tour, over the next couple of weeks. 

For today though, I have this fun free printable banner for you! I was inspired by this one that I have always loved from Family Circle:
Trick or Treat garland

And here is mine:

To put the Banner together, you will first need to print off the free banner letters HERE and cut them out. I recommend printing the letters onto cardstock so they are nice and thick. If they curl a little when you cut them out, just lay them flat under a heavy book or platter for a few hours. 
{Tip: they are black and white, so if you would rather take your own cardstock to an office supply or copy store, the prints are usually only a few cents a piece and you don't have to use up all of your printer ink}

Next, gather some of the black and orange ribbons you have on hand (or whatever Halloween colors you prefer). I used my black and white baker's twine to hang my banner and I used the rest as accents. 

I just attached the letters to my baker's twine with paper tape that I had on hand.  

I attached it to the wall and added ribbons to make it a little more fancy and festive. I also added some burnt orange sisal rope to my little canning jar cups with black and white striped straws I had on hand. 

It's a happy little banner! And it has a lot of punch for very little (or no) cost!

All of these other girls have beautiful vignettes with free printables too! You can create all kinds of gorgeous vignettes in your own homes using these little pieces from ours. The corresponding links to each of these posts is below this graphic. I hope this gets you even more excited for your Fall decor! 

Fall Vignette and Compass Arrow Printable by Rooms FOR Rent
  Rustic Fall Mantel Vignette by Thoughts from Alice
  Autumn Glitter Vignette by The Concrete Cottage
  Oak Leaf Inspired Vignette and Hand Painted Printable by Jennifer Rizzo
Fall Vignette and Printable by Finding Silver Pennies
Autumn Definition Printable by The Lilypad Cottage
Set of 4 Wine Printables by Eclectically Vintage
Gather Painted Printable by Restoration House
DIY Fall Leaf Wreath Printable by Town and Country Living
Early Fall Vignette Chronicles of Home
Trick or Treat Banner by Ella Claire
Grateful Heart by Making Home Base
Beautiful Glorious Fall Printable by Nest of Posies
  Simple Fall Vignette by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
  Fall Printable and Vignette by At The Picket Fence
  Vintage Flashcard Halloween Printable by My Sweet Savannah
  Hand Painted Give Thanks Wreath by Craftberry Bush
  Pumpkins Pinecones Leaves by Migonis Home
  Autumn Vignette and Fall Printable by AKA Design
  Gather in the Kitchen Printable by Its Overflowing

Aren't they just gorgeous! These women are so dang talented. I hope you find a little something to add to your home this Fall from this list of freebies.

P.S. Wish me luck as I am probably at home crying since my baby girl starts preschool today!