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!

Draperies 101

We've all seen many blog posts about how to install draperies correctly, but I see so many done incorrectly all of the time that I feel the need to touch on this topic as well.

Draperies add so much to a room -  warmth, fullness, visual height, balance...the finishing touch. Not every situation calls for draperies, but when it does, you want to get it right, or it just looks sooo wrong. Here's some simple rules to remember:

1. Hang them high!

I like draperies to be hung as high as possible. Typically, I will mount the rod right below the crown molding, but depending on the window height and room height (if there's a ton of space between the window and the ceiling), I might mount the rod halfway between the top of the window molding and the ceiling. If you're purchasing off the shelf draperies, make sure they will be the right length. If they are too long, get them hemmed- if they are too short, look for another brand that may sell longer sizes or wait to get custom ones made.

2. Kiss the floor!

Hang them so they just touch (or "kiss") the floor. I never like to puddle or have a "break" in the fabric - it's just not my style, but they must never, ever be off the floor. Or ever just hitting the windowsill. That's a big no-no!!

3. Keep 'em wide!

Most stocked panels come in "single-width" size. This size is okay for narrow windows, but if your windows are wider, double-width is the way to go. By using the right size width, your windows will look wider (which is a good thing!) and your draperies/window will look balanced. Hardware should be mounted about 6 inches past the window, and panels should rest on the outside of the window, just covering the window molding because drapes should frame the view, not block the light!

4. Line them!

Always make sure the draperies you are choosing are lined- they have more weight to them which helps them hang better, and they look more custom. Here are my go-to draperies that I suggest frequently when budgets are tighter- I own them myself too! *choose ring style over grommets- more of a custom look!


Organize It!

I regularly organize around our house. It gets harder and harder as the kids acquire more "stuff" and we live in a small space to boot. However, I enjoy getting rid of things we don't use, having everything in it's place, and a place for everything. It feels good and satisfies my OCD tendency :) And is super easy to clean up if you know where it all goes.

No better time to check this off the list than the start of a New Year. Here's a round-up of some easy solutions to corral and organize your "stuff" in all areas of your home!