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An Autumn Fireplace & A Realistic-Looking Artificial Christmas Tree

Candles for Fireplace

My daughter-in-law, Nancy, has the fireplace all decorated for autumn. In the evening the flameless candles glowing in the fireplace are sooo pretty, much cozier and inviting than photos can really show. For many years the chief decoration in front of the fireplace was a baby gate, but with the youngest now 3 years old, the baby gate is no longer needed.   I asked Nancy where she found the stand and candles for her fireplace. She found them both here: … [Continue Reading...]

Beautiful DIY Lit Pumpkin Centerpiece for Autumn

Lit Ceramic Pumpkin Centerpiece for Autumn

Welcome to the 560th Metamorphosis Monday! Good Morning from Ohio. I'm visiting family over the next few days and looking forward to sharing some of Ohio's beautiful autumn foliage. My Before and After for this week's Met Monday is a wonderful idea my daughter-in-law, Nancy, created for a beautiful fall table centerpiece.   She placed a pierced ceramic pumpkin down inside a gorgeous autumn wreath.   I love how this looks from all … [Continue Reading...]

Easy, Last Minute Outdoor Halloween Decorating Idea, Great for a Halloween Party!

Years ago I came across this awesome "haunted" house while on a tour of historic homes in Atlanta. This home wasn't on the tour, we just walked by it en route to one of the tour homes. I loved it and thought it was one of the most cleverly Halloween decorated homes I had ever seen! Looking more closely at all the components needed to create this look, I thought this really wouldn't be that difficult to create. The hardest part would be boarding up the windows so … [Continue Reading...]

Whimsical Halloween Table with Light Bulb Glasses

Halloween Tablescape, 2019

Welcome to the 578th Tablescape Thursday! Marie has three tables that she normally keeps set for the holidays and one is here in her family room. This table doesn't get used as much as her breakfast room and dining room table do but it's a great place to eat a snack while watching a game on TV or as extra space when having a large group over for a sit-down meal.   Marie's six grandchildren must get the biggest kick out of seeing and eating at these … [Continue Reading...]

Inside Marie’s Home for Halloween & What Happened to the Porch Column Dilemma

Thanks so much to everyone who left a comment on yesterday's post. The information you shared and your suggestions were outstanding! Unfortunately, I'm having to start my estimate process all over again. My porch was due to be painted yesterday, but the company that was scheduled to do it blew me off after the project manager came out on Monday and he saw the peeling paint on the columns. He informed me during that visit that the owner of the company who had … [Continue Reading...]

Peeling Porch Columns & A New Tablescaping Purchase

Welcome to the 559th Metamorphosis Monday! Happy October to you! Did you have a good weekend? It's been rainy here but that's okay because we really need the rain. I wasn't sure when my Met Monday post was going to go up since I awoke to no internet this morning. Using my phone I checked to see if there was a reported outage and found this. Thankfully it came back up faster than predicted.   Peeling Front Porch Columns So I'd like to get your … [Continue Reading...]

A Few of My Favorite Halloween Decorating Ideas & Detailed Tutorials for Creating Them

Happy weekend to you! Are you busy decorating for fall or Halloween? I'm not doing any decorating right now because I'm having the whole house and both porches pressure washed early next week, hopefully on Tuesday if it doesn't rain. After that, the front porch will be getting a fresh coat of paint. So the most I've done so far is hang a wreath on the front door, but I thought it would be fun to share a few ideas from previous years. Before I get into today's … [Continue Reading...]

On the Porch for Halloween

Pheasant Centerpiece for a Halloween Table Setting

Welcome to the 577th Tablescape Thursday! I set this table inside, then moved the whole thing outside onto the porch. Though overcast, it was just too nice out to be cooped up inside.   I tried to explain to Mr. Pheasant that he's an autumn centerpiece better suited for Thanksgiving tables, but he wasn't having it.   He insisted on holding our Halloween bouquet of black roses and spiders for today's Tablescape Thursday. (Just noticed … [Continue Reading...]

My September Favorites, From Practical to Decorative to Whimsical

White, Green Pumpkin Wreath for an Autumn Fall Door

Just a quick post today to share a few of my favorites that I enjoyed during the month of September. Atomic Habits I shared this book in a previous post but I wanted to share it again because it's one of the few books I've read over the years that I can't get out of my mind. I purchased it on Audible and listened to it during a long road trip a while back, but I think about it almost weekly, sometimes daily. I know I'll be listening to it again because, in … [Continue Reading...]

A Cozy Autumn Winter Bed & A Big Sale Announcement

Dressing the bed for winter in plaid, flannel and tartan

Welcome to the 558th Metamorphosis Monday Happy Autumn to you! I've been playing around a little in my bedroom, changing out the summer sheets for something a bit cozier for fall.   You may remember I recently ordered these sheets to pair with my winter bedding. (Sheets are available here: Woodland Sheets.)   I've never shown my bed turned down here on the blog. Do you know what the hardest part was about creating this post? Trying … [Continue Reading...]