Showing posts with label fall. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fall. Show all posts

Saturday, October 15

It's Fall Y'all!!!

My mother just read that title and felt faint. I am Canadian born, New Jersey bred, Chicago educated but now fully ensconced in the SOUTH, and this DC mama has adopted the term y'all! Can't help it. I always absorb the accents of the places I've visited and lived. It's a bad habit but funny as hell. Just ask my sister about my excellent British impression when I visit her. It's somewhere between 007 and Dick Van Dyke. Brilliant!!!

Anyway...back to the topic at hand. IT"S FINALLY FALL! Wooo hooooo. Here's to crispy weather and falling leaves and new beginnings. And most importantly to some not-so-spooky decorating. Despite having to lug about 30 giant tupperwares out of the attic, I really do love putting up holiday decorations. I am still trying to convince my hubs to turn one of the rooms in the basement into my dream room - lined with shelves filled with the tupperwares! Alas, he has not folded yet. Give it time.

Here's how it came together this year. ENJOY! And Happy Halloween!











Thursday, September 10

Fall 2015 Home Tour

Hi there and welcome to Designing on the Side! If you have just joined us from the last stop on the 2015 Fall Home Tours, I hope you enjoyed seeing the great decor at designPostinteriors. I am obsessed with her style and her blog. Love everything about it!

I was so glad when Marty from A Stroll Thru Life asked me to once again be a part of her home tours. In case you missed it, here was our Summer Home Tour. Summer has come and gone, and even though I am sad to see the lazy days go, I am NOT sad to say goodbye to the heat and humidity of a Washington, DC summer. It's been brutal and I am ready for cool, crisp days.

Halloween is my fav! Our community goes all out with a huge bonfire in the local park, a neighborhood parade and costume contest, and more than a few house/porch parties for the adults to enjoy while out trick or treating with the kiddos.

I've found a lot of cute stuff at different stores that make the house festive without being tacky - a little tricky when it comes to this particular holiday. Don't get me wrong...we have plenty of weird and creepy outdoor decor but I try to keep the inside a little more tasteful. Here's how it looks. 

Great Room

Fireplace

Advent (?) calendar in the kitchen. 

Barware

Ornaments in the living room

Tiny haunted houses on the piano

Last year's dining table decor

While I loved last year's dining table decor, for this early Fall time period I decided to go in a different direction. I thought a transitional look would be fun to try. First I started by making this centerpiece using flowers, as well as artichokes, plums and limes. I really love how it turned out!




The dining room is still very much a work in process. I don't love the black chairs and hutch but I am on an unfortunate spending hiatus while we save money for our front porch (more on that below). So they will have to do for now. I do LOVE this reclaimed wood trestle table found at the Restoration Hardware outlet which normally sells for more than $3,500 and I got for $900! A total steal!

Here's a shot looking into the dining room from the pantry. The wallpaper is Thibaut Downing Gate and the curtains are from none other than Target (my favorite place on earth). 


When I can finally afford to buy new chairs, I am seriously considering these plum ones - to add some color to the room. They are from World Market and I really love them. Hoping they are still available and on sale when it's time to buy. 

Oh..and here is a painting our builder did of what the house will look like when the front porch is done. I cannot wait. Halloween porch party 2016 here we come!!!


Hope you enjoyed Fall..Designing on the Side style. Next up on the tour is Life Love Larson and you will DIE for her style. Visit now and enjoy!!! 

~ Allie