easy summer to fall home decor

Easy Summer to Fall Home Decor Refresh

Sometimes summer is just too busy to decorate or even to dust. But when summer is coming to an end and you’re ready to get your home tidy and in order for the upcoming seasons, it can be nice to slowly transition into fall decorations even though it’s still hot outside. Fall decorating is probably my favorite seasonal decor because of the colors and warmth the pieces exude in a space. It doesn’t take much and refreshing a space can make a home feel so good. I’m excited to share my easy summer to fall home decor refresh and three tips to give you some direction for your home and to find unexpected joy in the transition between the seasons.


Tip #1: Less is more

If you have summertime decor out, let’s put it away and display just the basics. A clean slate not only helps you to visualize doing something new to the space, but it also feels more relaxed and ready for just a few different pieces to be added back.


Tip #2: Consider color

Look around the main living areas of your home (for example: the entry, living room, kitchen, and dining room) and determine the base color. If you have a neutral foundation with a lot of green as your accent color, then your base color is green. Then consider what fall decor you already have, and what fall colors you prefer with green. Instead of just adding all the fall colors, or even several, pick just one or two colors to coordinate with your base color. This will add some fall vibes without looking like you’ve completed all your fall decorating… in August~ And when it is time to decorate for the fall season, avoid putting out every piece of fall decor you own. This can be hard, but if you can pull back and keep some items in storage, your look will feel different, and the unused pieces can feel new next time. Also, when it’s time to decorate for fall, try putting decor in different spots than they’ve been previously. This will refresh the decor and give it new life and you’ll enjoy seeing little changes around your home too.


Tip #3: Highlight spots

Now that you have cleared out your spaces to a neutral look, and you’ve determined at least one fall color to bring out, gather your decor (existing or new) and pick just one or two places in each main living area to decorate. For instance, I added touches of fall to my seating and coffee table in the living room. And I added touches of fall to my dining table centerpiece. When the fall weather hits or you’re feeling completely ready to give over to totally decorating for fall, that’s when you’ll add more decor into more spots throughout your home. Right now, is an in-between transition so we’re keeping it minimal and not losing summer altogether, yet~


Easy Summer to Fall Home Decor Refresh

Now that you have an action plan and an easy way to approach your summer to fall decorating refresh, I’d like to share my spaces for some ideas and inspiration. My base color in the living room was grey/blue so I added mustard and rust. I selected these two colors because I already had several pillows that would work, but they’re also complimentary to blue on the color wheel. I think all three colors can also work with summer decor, but patterns and other decor elements can change the feeling. I also added a huge candle to the coffee table, and some dried hydrangeas (from my yard). I think dried florals are awesome for fall time decorating, and with hydrangeas typically blooming in the summer it’s the best of both seasons in a free floral arrangement. Did you know that if you clip your hydrangeas when they have already started to dry out on the plant, you can just clip them, arrange them, and don’t add water to your vessel? They will continue to dry out and they often hold they’re pretty fluffy shape. Here in Arkansas, my hydrangeas start to feel dry in mid-August but this year we got some high temps which started to burn the flowers. So, I may have clipped them earlier than I should have, but they are holding up fine and we’ve been enjoying the dried beauties in our home.

Some items that can add a subtle fall vibe to your space are copper or brass elements, candles, throw blankets or even a basket with some throws, and books with dark covers. Those are easy things that can be found around the house if you’ve been collecting decor for any amount of time. Just adding bits here and there and being intentional about your decor choices will make decorating from summer to fall a breeze.


Easy Summer to Fall Home Decor Refresh – Living Room

For the living room, I moved my media cabinet from the dining room into the living room and lined up my collected shutters behind the TV. Moving the TV from above the mantel opened up the mantel for some art (or a mirror) and just minor decor. The minor decor will get switched out when I’m ready to transition to fall decor. I also moved the two poufs from upstairs to add some cozy seating in front of the fireplace. Seating in front of the fireplace whether poufs, a bench, accent chairs, or even a small writing desk draws attention to the cozy fireplace. I also just changed out some pillows and add a new reversible pillow from Walmart, and my summer to fall transition decor is set.


easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

Easy Summer to Fall Home Decor Refresh – Dining Room

For the dining room, I made some bigger changes! I wanted to add some drama to the space, so I painted the focal wall a green/black. This paint added drama, depth, and a moody contrast to the all-white room. With an all-white home, I like to add some color and contrast in specific areas. The color adds depth, dimension, interest, and when you see the other space that I added the same green/black color to, you’ll see how color can flow through a home as well. With the media cabinet in the living room, I rolled over my rolling cart to the focal wall and styled it with dining room related decor. I think the dark backdrop really makes the rolling cart and decor pop. I’ve been planning and patiently waiting for my wallpaper mural to arrive for the wall across from the dining room. It’s been on backorder for a while, and I just try not to think about it~ However, when it arrives, you will see how the moody colors connect the dining room space separated by a walkway. Making opposite walls have color and mood creates such a lovely space to notice instead of just walking through it. My rolling cart may return to this wallpapered space in the future, but for now I’m really enjoying it as decorative storage for our formal dining space.


easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

Easy Summer to Fall Home Decor Refresh – Entryway

Finally, the entryway got a mini refresh to transition from summer to fall. The entryway can often set the tone for the rest of the home, so adding a touch or two of your fall color choice or a fall-ish piece of decor can help guests expect some summery fall vibes in the home. Even a single fall scented candle can go a long way to start integrating cozy fall vibes into the end of the summer seasonal decor. I added some empty brass candlesticks to the sofa table just like I did for the coffee table. It’s subtle, simple, and a way to inch towards fall. When fall decorating commences, I will add candles to the sticks and that will totally change the look and vibe. Instead of adding fall stems, I kept a lush green looking plant to highlight summer greenery, but the tones of everything else is neutral and calming – unlike energetic summer decor. I also leaned framed art in front the mirror to keep a casual look and to bring in some grey. The copper candle smells amazing, and the color and metal container feel like fall. Very subtle but a few differences that begin to celebrate the upcoming season.


easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

Easy Summer to Fall Home Decor Refresh – Shop my home

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Well, my goodness you guys, that was so fun. I redecorate and move stuff around all the time, just for fun, but I’m so glad I thought to share this little seasonal transition trick with you. I usually just decorate and don’t take the time to note why I do what I do, but I hope it helps you to think about your decor in a new way, to use your decor in a new way, and enjoy your decor in a new way. I confess, I love new decor and shopping for it, but I love getting the most out of what I already have even more. So, shop your home, use your old decor in different places, and use it sparingly – less is more and you’ll enjoy the transition between seasons even more. If you’re ready for a little more fall inspiration, you can check out last fall’s home tour. Thank you for checking out this post. If you enjoy DIY and decorating like me, be sure to subscribe to my blog and you’ll hear from me just once a week and you’ll get my free eBook for how to style your shelves like a designer.

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Do you decorate your home for the 4th of July? I usually don’t, but I did this year and really enjoy the reminder of our country’s freedom – all around the house. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money or get too crazy, but the thing about using a few simple pieces and finding things around your home is that it can make a big impact. Several years ago, I purchased a huge canvas American flag from a vintage shop. It was old, but in beautiful condition and the size was grand. This was the only flag I owned – I haven’t ever really decorated for this holiday before. So, this year I decorated four spaces around our home, and I love how the simple decorating ideas for the 4th of July help our family to remember and celebrate America’s birthday.

I went to Target and found some canvas buntings, 3×5′ flags, and a package of mini flags. Besides my Target finds, I bought some red, white, and blue flowers and then shopped my home for more red, white, and blue decor. I also grabbed some red, white, and blue candy to create a little charcuterie tray for the girls (ok, for me too). The cute red tray was from the Dollar Store and I like how the sweet treats added to the festivities. I don’t have a lot of red decor, but I did have a red vintage table cloth and some red books, however, using mainly blue and white is equally festive and fun. Or maybe use mostly red and white, whatever color combo you use will be fun and make a statement to help commemorate our upcoming holiday.

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Here are links to my Target finds, but Amazon and Walmart also have festive items to decorate with as well.

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Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July
To hang my flags, I just use thumbtacks. They leave small holes that are easy to patch later.

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July
I printed some of the lyrics to remind the girls why we celebrate the 4th of July.
And you can find these cute freeze-dried candy cupcakes (and much more) on my friend’s website!

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July
I found these faux hydrangeas at Target. They are really beautiful and are a great price. I added some faux magnolia leaves and a flag to complete the arrangement.

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July
The simple candy tray was a steal at the Dollar Tree. It can also work for Christmas and Valentine’s Day. The wooden tray was in the Dollar Spot at Target (oval or rectangular).

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July
The size of this vintage flag is so grand. It really makes a statement and makes the room.

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Thanks so much for checking out this post! I hope you are inspired to add some Independence Day decor around your home. Even a few touches are a fun and easy way to celebrate. Wishing you and your family a safe 4th of July! Be sure to pin any of these images for later~


festive hot cocoa bar

Festive Hot Cocoa Bar

There’s just something special about hot cocoa around the holidays. In fact, I can’t recall craving it any other time of the year, and now I can enjoy it anytime I want with my festive hot cocoa bar. I have also discovered my own signature hot cocoa – often requested by my girls – it’s hot cocoa with mini marshmallows and an Andes mint. It doesn’t take much to set up a festive hot cocoa bar and not only does it make it convenient for self-serving, but it can also serve as decor. If you have a coffee maker that quickly gives you hot water, you can easily add your cocoa supplies to your coffee bar! To set up your own festive hot cocoa bar check out these ideas.


festive hot cocoa bar
Quinn is decorating her hot cocoa cup~

festive hot cocoa bar
Everything is contained in this huge wooden tray.

Festive Hot Cocoa Bar – DIY candy cane stir sticks

The first step is to gather up your ingredients. Our family loves Nestle Rich Milk Chocolate, and you can make it with hot milk or water – either way it tastes delicious. We like mini and jumbo marshmallows, any marshmallow works for us, especially the mint ones! And it’s also fun to add a mini candy cane or a Christmas chocolate to make it even richer. This year, I wanted something homemade for our festive hot cocoa bar, so my oldest daughter made these candy cane stir sticks. We have three different flavors, mini chocolate chips, candy cane bits, and hot cocoa powder. They are so cute and somehow make the hot cocoa taste better too. Check out this Tik Tok video to see how Sawyer made them:


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festive hot cocoa bar

festive hot cocoa bar

festive hot cocoa bar

Festive Hot Cocoa Bar

As I mentioned earlier, we use our coffee maker to get hot water. It’s so easy that my first-grader can do it. Our machine has a setting for the exact amount of water needed to make a hot cup of cocoa (two scoops), all you need to do is add fresh water. Which ever way you get your hot water, you’ll definitely need something cute to put it in. Target has several festive mugs with adorable Christmas designs for only $5 each. Another option that we love are travel mugs that we can take on car rides to see Christmas lights or to get our tree. I love surprising the girls with hot cocoa when I pick them up from school after a long Monday. Gather up your mugs, some spoons or sticks for stirring and you’re set.


festive hot cocoa bar

Festive Hot Cocoa Bar

Once all your items are gathered up, you’ll want to search around the kitchen for a few things to display and store the items. I like to gather everything within a tray and then to keep my add-ins fresh, I like to use glass stackable canisters. A tiered tray is another way to display your items or even a mug tree. Grab some napkins and you’re set. To help you get started, consider my favorite festive hot cocoa bar items.

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festive hot cocoa bar


If you or anyone in your family enjoys hot cocoa, you’ll want to consider setting up a festive hot cocoa bar this season. Hot cocoa bars are so fun for parties and getting guests comfortable at your get-together. It’s also a fun way to add some festive decor to your kitchen/nook spaces. And when the temps drop and the Christmas movies play constantly, you’re going need that cup of cocoa~ I hope this post has encouraged and inspired you to set up your own festive hot cocoa bar.

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Easy Frame Update Using Gold Rub'n Buff

Easy Frame Update Using Gold Rub’n Buff

One of the easiest ways to update decorative items, mirrors, frames, and even furniture, is by applying Rub’n Buff wax paste. It adheres to almost any hard surface. Maybe you have thrifted frames, inherited frames, or even have custom frames that only need an update for you to love and enjoy them again. Look no further, Rub’n Buff could be the answer to rejuvenating something old into something new again. I used to think that Rub’n Buff only made a few colors, but they make so many different colors that you’re bound to find something to suit your style. After having some vintage art prints made, I started looking for frames, but the large size was really expensive. To save money and get the look I wanted, I used black poster frames and then did this easy frame update using gold Rub’n Buff.


Easy Frame Update Using Gold Rub'n Buff

The specific color I used was gold leaf because I love the texture and dimension in the gold leaf Rub’n Buff wax. The advantage of using Rub’n Buff is that it can be done indoors, unlike spray paint, and it’s easy to control the application because you can use your finger, a rag, or brush. The paste format is very easy to use and manipulate. I was surprised by how quickly it dried, but I suppose that depends on how thick you apply the Rub’n Buff and how good your ventilation is. The small tube of Rub’n Buff paste was about $6 and I worried that one tube wouldn’t cover all three of my poster frames, but it did and my tube is still at least half way full. Now, I’m looking around the house to find my next Rub’n Buff project because the frames turned out so well.


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With Rub’n Buff, you can brush on touches of accent color, or you can fully cover a piece. The options for transforming a piece are endless – you just need to decide what your style is and what look you want. I used a finger protector because Rub’n Buff is like a paint and I didn’t want it soaking into my skin, but you can use your finger or any brush applicator – whatever suits your needs. A brush may be easier if you have to work the paste into grooves or tight spots, and a rag may work well for larger flat areas. Any way you approach it, I recommend starting out with a small amount and getting a feel for how well it spreads across the surface and how much it takes to cover a certain amount of space. It’s best to work in a small area because it begins to dry quickly.


Easy Frame Update Using Gold Rub'n Buff

It was my experience that it spread quickly and if I started with too much it would begin to dry and get a texture that wasn’t as easy to smooth out. I worked in small areas at a time and fully covered the space before moving on. There were a few times that my fingernail scratched the drying paste and it left an impression, but all I had to do was add a little more Rub’n Buff paste to that spot and it smoothed right over the blemish. You could even wait until your piece is dry and then do all your touch-ups at once. This Rub’n Buff technique couldn’t be easier or more fool-proof. I love how affordable it is and how easily it transforms a piece giving it an entirely different look.


Easy Frame Update Using Gold Rub'n Buff

I absolutely love wall art galleries with mismatched frames. I love the eclectic look and how it adds so much interest and movement. However, I equally love all matching frames too – the consistency and the way it allows you to fully focus on the art or photos. If you have a bunch of mismatched frames and either don’t want to replace them to all match or maybe you love the frame style, but wish it was another color – Rub’n Buff could be your answer. A tube of Rub’n Buff is a lot cheaper than replacing frames to all match and even then you may not be able to find all the sizes you need in the matching color you want. Changing the color can also change the style of the frame. I love the sleek and simple style of my modern poster frames, but my art prints have a vintage vibe, so using the gold leaf Rub’n Buff paste allowed me to mix my two favorite styles, modern and vintage.

I created a short video to show you how I worked the Rub’n Buff paste onto my black wood frames. Please click the LIKE button if you give it a watch, I really appreciate the love!


Easy Frame Update Using Gold Rub’n Buff – Video:


Easy Frame Update Using Gold Rub’n Buff

Here is a shot of all three frames done and dry. You can’t see how pretty these prints are because of the widow light brightening them, but they look stunning in the gold frame compared to a modern black frame. These particular frames are 20×30″ and I’m not using the plexiglass cover because it causes a bad glare over the art prints. I’m so happy with the way these turned out and can’t believe how affordable it was and how quickly the frames transformed!

Easy Frame Update Using Gold Rub'n Buff

As you can see, Rub’n Buff is pretty awesome and I highly recommend using it to easily transform a picture frame, mirror, decorative element, and even furniture. I think this product would be a fun thing to use with a friend – gather some thrifted items or old decor around the house and see if you can make it something to enjoy again~

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How to style your modern farmhouse with pottery

How to style your modern farmhouse with pottery

If you want to see some beautiful examples of how to style your modern farmhouse with pottery, you’re in the right place! In high school, I took pottery class because I liked crafty projects and making things. Did you take pottery, or wish you would have? It’s not that easy, and don’t even get me started about glazing. To this day, I still love and appreciate pottery and I find that it elevates my modern farmhouse decor.


How to style your modern farmhouse with pottery

How to style your modern farmhouse with pottery

The best thing about pottery is that it works in every room and with every design style. The type of glaze or finish alone can determine if it works with your style and feel of the room. The size of pottery may determine its purpose in the room. And the shape may determine which room you use it in. I also love how pottery can be left empty, used to display stems or other items, or even to hide something (like money or a spare key). Pottery is so abundant and affordable these days. I have selected nine pots/vases, all neutral, and all under $60.


Handmade pottery

And I can’t do a post about pottery without mentioning my talented sister-in-law, Stephanie. Their family are missionaries, and she sells her hand-thrown creations to help fund their journey (overseas missions, state-side missions, kids missions, service projects, etc.). I also know that Stephanie is very close to becoming a state certified midwife, but she will need expensive tools for her birthing bag. Did you know a quality Doppler is like $500?! So, if you love one-of-a-kind handmade coffee mugs and more, check her out on Instagram @wadsycreative.


Where to add pottery around the house

I think it’s important to give some thought to the space or spot you’re wanting to add pottery to. Consider the height of the space or shelf and make sure the pottery will fit. Also consider the bottom of the pottery, will it need some felt pads so that it doesn’t scratch surfaces. Also consider how it will be used; does it need to hold water, if it does, can it?



Pottery works so well in all home decor styles, but I love how versatile it is in modern farmhouse design. If you want to add a contemporary or modern look to an area, like an old vintage cabinet, then you’ll want to lean towards a smooth glaze finish, even glossy. A piece of pottery can also lean towards a modern feel if it has less curves and minimal external texture or grooves. Modern farmhouse pottery is also usually neutral and solid in color – it’s simple and sleek.


Conversely, if you have a modern cabinet that you want to add some rustic charm to, look for curvy pottery pieces, and pottery with rough texture, and natural or a natural mixing of colors. Pottery with an aged or vintage look can add the perfect touch of farmhouse to your modern farmhouse style. Handmade pottery also adds a story to your design, and the uniqueness of the piece will add a lovely detail to your styling.

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Another strength of styling your modern farmhouse with pottery is that one piece can stand alone, as long as the size is right within the display, but it also looks good coupled or grouped with other pottery pieces. And if your pottery is waterproof, it can have multiple purposes.


To elevate your modern farmhouse decor, consider adding pottery; to any room, in any shape or size, for any purpose, modern or rustic – you will love the designer-look of having pottery around your home, inside or out. There are so many wonderful shops out there with various options for selecting pottery pieces at all price ranges. I know what my budget is, but I also know that when I really love a piece of decor that it might be worth getting it because I’ll use and love it forever.


Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog. I hope you found it helpful and encouraging. Please leave your comments, questions, and thoughts below – I read each one and love hearing from you! Feel free to share this post or PIN it for later~

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Stunning Easter egg centerpiece

There are so many gorgeous Easter centerpiece ideas out there. I love them all – Easter is my favorite holiday and I enjoy all the different decor styles to celebrate this day. I decided to go with a more natural look for my stunning Easter egg centerpiece.

Stunning Easter egg centerpiece

Stunning Easter egg centerpiece

Stunning Easter egg centerpiece

I used a real tree branch and three real egg shells. Here are some tips for assembling this Easter egg centerpiece:

  • Tape the base of your branch to something heavy enough to keep your branch upright. I used a container of playdoh to secure my branch and then I covered it with coffee beans.
  • Use a push pin and carefully twist it into the top of the egg shell until you make a hole. This is the hole to hang the eggshell by a string.
  • When you crack the shell on the side of the egg, be sure to pull off any of the remaining membrane from the egg shell to give the cracked edge a clean look.
  • After the shell is clean and dry, carefully paint the inside of the egg any color you want. Once the paint is dry, you can use a small needle to push the string down into the top hole. Then tie a knot and make the string whatever length you want to hang from your branch.
  • I used shredded raffia to make my mini nests inside the egg shells.
  • I found some cute fake speckled eggs to sit on the nests but they were a bit larger than I wanted, so I actually used chocolate cadbury eggs – they’re cute and delicious!


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paint the inside of your front door

Paint the inside of your front door

The inside of your front door is often an overlooked area to update or use to draw attention to. I think it’s almost more important to paint the inside of your front door before updating the outside, especially since the inside view is the side we see most often.

The inside of the front door is a great place to add an accent color, to bring focus to, or to just freshen up with a new coat of paint. Our home interior is monochromatic, so the inside of our front door is the same color as the trim and walls, Sherwin Williams Alabaster. I’ve considered painting it black or my favorite grey, but I like how clean the white looks next to our built-in foyer bench.

Paint the inside of your front door
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In another house I would be very tempted to strip the paint and sand it down to bare wood. I love the warmth and simplicity of natural wood. If you’re considering this option, check out Vintage Society Co. steps to reclaiming wood to its original look – these steps focus on furniture, but apply to reclaiming any wood products.

The color you choose should be selected with consideration to your wall color, floor color, trim color, and furnishings. Depending on your particular style or the feeling you want to impart will depend how subtle or bold you go with color.

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Paint the inside of your front door

I have found some beautiful front doors with fun interior paint colors. I hope these examples inspire you and help you consider painting the interior of your front door – if it’s an update you want to take on.

And if you want a great tutorial on how to paint the inside of your stained wood front door, check out this post from A Blissful Nest.


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