Autumn Decorating Ideas

Autumn Decoration Ideas

I absolutely love autumn and all the colors that come with it. I love decorating the house with little touches of warmth and comfort I associate with fall. It just brings in the season with that much more decoration and happiness. Growing up, my mom was always really good at this. She liked to burn pumpkin and cinnamon scented candles and string garlands of leaves across the top of our kitchen cabinets. We even had a “harvest tree” in our living room. It stood about 5 feet high and looked like a pine tree (the bottom half was made to look like tree bark) and the top half was dark green. We would be cute little fall ornaments on it for fun.

Now that I’m older, I have created my own sense of decoration. I couldn’t fit everything I love into one post but I managed to fit a few things. I thought the color scheme of gold, brown, cream, burnt orange, and touches of sparkle were really nice for the season. It’s soft and manages to fit with a neutral color palette.

I love the little fox and owl I added in for a touch of whimsy. They’re so cute! I was also a fan of the clear glass bottles because I think it would be cute to pour some gold or burgundy sparkles or sequins into them.

A fun idea I had with the gold picture frame is to print a spooky looking picture of an old house or scary looking military general from 100 years ago and put the photo in the frame. If you aren’t into the scary idea, frame a picture of fall scenery such as mountains or a tree lined walkway. Just make sure the colors of the image don’t clash with the frame.

The leather basket would be the perfect place to hold flannel blankets or other things to wrap up in when you have company or just want to settle down and relax. I probably couldn’t do this at my house because I’d have a kitty in the basket in no time!

Finally, the acorns added that adorable aspect of fall that we associate with cold weather coming. The large vase adds the sparkle and shimmer that I love so much. Add a branch (like the one above) dipped in a nice color the compliments it. Better yet, add more sparkle!

Hope you enjoy these fun, little decorating ideas. Enjoy the start of the season! It goes so fast!

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Fourth of July !

Traditions and Celebrations

American_FlagAs some of you know my boyfriend is Persian. Since he didn’t grow up celebrating the 4th of July like many of my American counterparts, he doesn’t totally get some of our traditions. The fun thing about dating someone from another part of the world is learning new cultures and traditions. I’ve learned so much about his home and I’ve explained things about America that he doesn’t understand.

I think the most interesting part of learning from each other is the historical aspect. I remember one of his Persian friends asked me what happened historically on July 4th, to which I explained it was the day we declared our independence from Great Britain. Information like this I take for granted, but to those who aren’t Fire_Worksfrom our country its a very new piece of knowledge.

Perhaps the best part of this holiday is sharing our nation’s history with those who may not know it.

So set off your fireworks, grill your burgers, sip your sangria, and be with your loved ones. Let’s show the world what we celebrate and how we celebrate! Happy birthday, America! This is my home.

~Liz

Memorial Day- More Than Just a BBQ

Memorial Day
I enjoy Memorial Day just as much as anyone else does, but by the looks of my Facebook feed and Instagram updates, people tend to forget why this day even exists.
Many men, women, even service animals have died for the sake of protecting their homeland and the people they love. To some, they may wonder what needs to be protected, there aren’t any apparent threats. But remember that success and freedom takes measures to prevent the deterioration of these things. We look to the future and live for it knowing that tomorrow is a better day. Those who died did so because they were hopeful for tomorrow. On this day, we honor them and their sacrifices.
Holidays like this one are the only days when it is acceptable to live in the past and present. Remembering the people that fought for freedom and a place to call home is our way to thank them.
So have your BBQs, set off your fireworks, and hug the friends and family you get to share it all with. However, tell your kids, your Facebook friends, and everyone else that you celebrate not because of the burgers on the grill, but because of the people that never got to come home and share it with you.
Thank you to all who paid the ultimate sacrifice and Happy Memorial Day to the rest of us. 
~Liz
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