Fall Favorites!

I'm pretty much ignoring the fact that is was 95 degrees a couple of days ago here in Northern Virginia, and going to just dive right into fall. I'm loving these crisp, cool mornings, starting to think about cozy-ing up the house a bit, and cannot wait to use our fireplace for the first time. I even made a batch of my favorite - pumpkin chocolate chip cookies yesterday :)

Below is a roundup of some items for you and your home that will be sure to make it feel like fall without much effort. 

  1. The Girl on the Train- I'm sure I'm the last person to read this book, but everyone is talking about it and says it is a must read!
  2. Chelsea boots- Freshen up the wardrobe with these classics
  3. Because of an Acorn- Beautiful illustrations and message for the little's
  4. Firewood bag- I could totally see my son taking on the chore of getting the firewood from the pile with this fun bag while I stay warm inside ;) 
  5. Scarf- Perfectly lightweight to move into fall weather and you can't go wrong with plaid.
  6. Ombre throw- Blankets are a great way to make a room feel more cozy, and these ombre ones don't require a total commitment to a particular color scheme.
  7. Wool pillows- Changing out your pillows is an easy way to move from season to season (I'm sure you've all heard that a time or two). These are cozy, sophisticated, and should work with all types of decor and colors!
  8. Leopard phone case- Animal print is the perfect accent for fall!
  9. Diptique hazelnut candle- My favorite way to get into the new season is to start burning a new candle!

Cane, Bamboo, Seagrass, Oh My!

I have a ridiculous obsession with anything cane, bamboo, seagrass, rattan, etc. Maybe it's my love of the beach, casual decor and living, or a mix of Southern and California styles. Who knows, probably all of the above, but I do know that all of these elements provide so much texture and interest in a room and you can't go wrong with adding a little touch or two (but not overboard!). And, I think these elements are just as sophisticated as they are cool.

                                                             Lonny

                                                             Lonny

                                                             Amber Interiors

                                                             Amber Interiors

It was hard to narrow down some of my favorites, but here's the short-list roundup! :)

Our Modern Cottage

A few months ago we moved from our small condo to a 1970's contemporary home that needs quite a few updates. Aside from building a farmhouse out in the country or a beach home, renovating has been my dream. We looked at quite a few homes that needed to be renovated immediately but we didn't have the cash and the time to dive into a project that big. So, this home was appealing because though everything needs to be updated, it's currently livable; we can put our mark on it as we have the funds and time. I say that very nonchalantly but I have realized I am not very patient and it's very hard for me to "sit" on an idea ;). But, on a positive note, waiting lets you figure out how you really want things done and prevents some possible expensive mistakes.

                                                                   A picture from the real estate listing.

                                                                   A picture from the real estate listing.

This house is a contemporary style home but also has a cottage feel, so I'm excited to play both of those aspects up, using timeless elements throughout the house but keeping it fun and fresh. I'm calling it our "modern cottage. " :) Here's some pictures of the entryway, small part of the kitchen, and bedroom hallway. Are you scared for me? ;) I ask everyone that when they come over, but honestly I'm not scared. And please excuse Sylvester, our cat, his lion toy and our pantry door that had fallen off.  It gets real here, folks. ;)

Before we could do anything in the upstairs, we needed to get the basic footprint of the house down, which meant moving the back wall of our closet and moving it in towards the kitchen so we could create a walk-in closet and plan for the future kitchen renovation (which is going to be a tad bit smaller but way more efficient!). We also had some, ah hem, beautiful etched glass windows on two interior walls and outdated track lighting in the hallway, so we removed all of that. The etched glass let lots of light into the bedroom areas but frankly was just ugly and really unnerving at night...you can see into the master bedroom from the front door.

And...here it is now in it's finished/unfinished state. Still some painting to do and waiting on lights to come in (so excited about these) that will go in the hallway to replace the track lighting, but love that it already feels much more of a clean slate. We have lots of work to do as you can see in the entry (refinishing the banister, new floors, lighting, new front door, etc) but those will all come in another phase.

Just pretend that I have some pretty art and lighting ;)

Currently, we are finishing the inside of the closet and I am so excited about it. It's the nicest part of our house! Hopefully it will be done soon (carpet still needs to go in) and I will be back to share the big reveal! :) Here's a little sneak peak. Happy Friday friends!