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Monday, September 29, 2014

my {not so} fall mantel

Over the last few weeks, I have shared a number of ideas for DIY fall projects and ways to decorate your home for the season.  So today, I thought I would share my mantel for fall...
It looks a lot like how it did a few months ago, doesn't it?
I already put out a number of fall decorations this year, and decided that I didn't want to take more time and money to decorate the mantel (or any other spaces in the house), when I already love the way it looks.  

Now, would I love to have my mantel look like this?
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Yes! Of course I would, wouldn't most of us?  But, here's the thing about decorating: it takes time.  It doesn't need to be an overnight accomplishment, especially since all those little purchases throughout the home add up quite a bit.  Perhaps next year I will purchase/make a lovely new wreath for above my mantel, but for now I'm content with what I have here.  
This is the time of year where Pinterest starts (well, continues actually) becoming overwhelming to many, as the blogosphere turns into a sea of seasonal/holiday decorations for every nook and cranny of our homes.  I'm here to tell you, don't get overwhelmed!!

Our not-so-fall bedroom...
I have been told many times that Pinterest and blogs (like my own), make a lot of people self conscious about their decor (or, lack there of).  But the thing to remember is that we all have different lives and different priorities.  Maybe one of these scenarios rings a bell?

You have a house full of kids running around, and getting the house clean and dinner on the table is work enough.
  
Work is extremely busy for you and when you get home, you just want to kick your feet up instead of messing around with fall craft supplies.

You  feel like you should keep up with all your friends and their "perfect" houses, but to be honest, you don't give a hoot about vignettes, throw pillows and accent decor.

Right now, I have a good amount of free time, I don't have kids, and I really enjoy decorating.  However, that may not always be the case.  In a few years, I may not want to put the time/energy/money into all these efforts and the decor may stay the same, or be simplified.  You may already be feeling this same way!

Our not-so-fall kitchen...
I'm not saying that decorating for fall is a bad thing, as I do it myself.  I'm not even saying that decorating every nook and cranny for a specific season is a bad thing; not if you love it! I'm simply saying to so many of you (including dear friends of mine), don't stress about it! Because honestly, it's really not that important.

But, if you are interested and want to implement one idea into your house, or take off and decorate the whole place, that's great! That's what we're here for.  As bloggers, we want to inspire people, and show them that they can do so many things, if they want to!  That's why I shared this post last week with a few simple and inexpensive updates I made in our home for the fall season.
I hope that this has been encouraging to someone out there feeling overwhelmed by the perfect Pinterest photos we are all surrounded by! xoxo

{yet another} diy sunglasses & key holder

Could I make more of these, honestly? This is the 4th sunglasses and/or key holder I've made in the last few years.  But I know that everyone's organizing needs are different, so maybe this will be the best fit for you.

I actually shared this sunglasses & key holder last year as a guest post, but completely forgot to share it here.  If you look at this first picture, you can see our old floors, and even the old oak doors showing on the pantry.  Whew! Glad that's all gone!!
This project was super simple and inexpensive.  I actually had everything I needed, and it took  me about 20 minutes to complete.  Here's what you need:

1. Piece of Wood
I used a scrap piece of 1x8, but you could do any size you want, depending on how much you want to store.

2. Fabric of Choice
I chose a duck cloth in green chevron from Hobby Lobby.  This is leftover from the barstools I re-covered a few years ago.

3. Piece of Ribbon
The length should be the width of the board, plus a little bit extra to wrap around.  For instance, I used about 14" of ribbon for this board.

4. Cup Hooks
As many as you want, to hang up keys.

5. Cup Pull
This is a drawer pull that you can get for about $5.

6. Tools: 
Staple Gun, Staples, Power Drill/Screw Driver

To get started, cut your fabric to size and wrap it around the board like you would a present.  Staple the fabric down so it is tight.
Then, wrap your ribbon around the board at the top, and staple in the back.  I also stapled it once on each side to keep the ribbon tight when the sunglasses are hanging from it.
Measure where you want each cup hook, and make a small cut in the fabric on that spot and drill a hole a little bit.  Then, screw your cup hooks in.
Finally, drill holes for your cup pull, and screw it in place.  I love this addition to the board, because it's a great place to stash your chapstick, or even some loose change.  Depending on the size of your board, you could even add a few cup pulls for more storage.
Keep this next to the door, either hung on the wall or sitting on a table and everything is right where you need it for when you leave the house.
 Here are some of the other sunglasses & key holders I mentioned...

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