Wednesday, September 20, 2017

life Lessons from Matte Black Pumpkins

On Monday I shared my fall home tour, I'm so grateful to Angelina with Peonies and Orange Blossoms for including me:) You can check that out here along with 25 other talented bloggers who are opening up their fall homes.

While white pumpkins are still quite the rage, 
I decided to embrace the darker side and painted a few of 
my pumpkins Graphite Black by Annie Sloan.
This is one of my favorite blacks because it is not a true black,
and it can take on so many different hues depending on the lighting.
I just gave them one quick coat of paint and let them dry.
I then used some Waverly chalk paint which you can find at Walmart in Celery which is a light minty-ish green to dry brush on some accents.
This really gives your faux pumpkins some depth and realism, 
because as you know most  no pumpkins are not a solid color.
I'm so glad I opted for the darker pumpkins this year.
I love how much depth and boldness they added to my centerpiece.
I used many of these items last year, but because I changed the color, it looks so different.

Do you ever feel like when your decorating, and you think to yourself... this looks so good, IDK how I'm going to out do this next year, and then next year comes and you love what you did even more? 
And you think, what was I even thinking last year with all those colorless white pumpkins? But then you realize, life is about stages and processes,and you have to go through one, to get to the next. 
You have to grow and build... And each year is not necessarily better, but different from the next, and your lessons learned make it feel better, they make you feel better.

And it's had me thinking.
 This is the time of year when people, bloggers etc, open up there homes to share inspiration, especially with the upcoming Holidays in the near future... but sometimes it can leave you feeling a little inadequate. Like your decor, your home, your life isn't on-par, it isn't enough,
 it's easy to do and feel that way. 
We have all been their at some point. Trust me.
But I just want to say this... Do what you can, with what you have.
Don't fall victim to the comparison trap.
You know all those memes out there about 
don't compare your chapter 1 to some one else's chapter 27... 
well those are floating around out there, cause they are good reminders for all of us.
I have been building my decor hoard for a good 3-4 years now, this year I didn't spend anything other then buying fresh florals and some velvet fabric to make my pumpkins. 
Everything else, I already had. 
I make things from scraps.
I repaint things.
I occasionally splurge on things like my giant mirror, 
but I sold some stuff and saved my money for it.
I will add to my hoard when things go on sale at the end of this season, 
so I can have something fresh for next year, 
I build, little by little. 
And it's hard at times, especially seeing some of the larger bloggers
 who look like they must have a storage unit full of 
seasonal decor, because it changes out so much.
But don't get discouraged, just build... little by little, or a lot... 
basically, you do you with whatever means you have and don't sweat the rest.

Ok, that's the end of the life lesson, and if your wondering where the heck that came from, it comes from the endless "inadequate"comments I see from women on Instagram "I know my whatever isn't that great but" or "I wish my whatever looked like this" or " I debated on whether or not I should even post this" you don't know how many times I see that one, and it makes me sad,
 and nobody should feel that way, so I just wanted to say 
hey, we have all been there and don't worry about it...

Back to Black Pumpkins...

This year has much more rustic fall colors, 
but without the feel of a traditional fall.

The thrift store lace tablecloth provides a nice contrast of softness and romanticism up next to the rustic, masculine look and feel of the handmade cedar trough.
What color of pumpkins did you use this year, or are going to use,
 I realize it's still pretty early for some folks to break out the Autumn decor.
Are you going traditional or all white or more a rustic feel?
Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!




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Monday, September 18, 2017

Fall Decor and Entertaining Blogger Home Tour Week


Good Morning and welcome,  
hopefully you just got done visiting Cindy at DIY Beautify beautiful fall home tour. 
I just love getting to peak into people's homes
 and just snatch up all that inspiration... you know... 
like your robbin the place;)
And what could be better than one home tour?
 How about 5 days (18-22 SEPT) jam packed full of blogger fall home goodness!
Ummmm... Yes Please!
If you are new to Raising a Farmhouse, I just want to say thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy my fall decor and find a bit of inspo, and of course stay a while!
This year I did things a bit different.
 My home has done almost a complete 180 since last year.
 I was able to get the living room and the ceiling repainted, many projects like the kitchen counter tops resurfaced and cabinets painted, I rearranged furniture, and I am really starting to like the direction and feel our home is heading in.
So since our home is mostly white, ivory and shades of.. lets just call it neutral, 
I wanted to opt in for some color in my seasonal decor.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Sleepy Time Recipe

Good Morning friends!
Hope you are having a fantastic start to your Wednesday!
So yesterday afternoon, I took a trip to Whole Foods to pick up some fresh flowers for my upcoming Fall Home Tour I am going to be apart of... So, while I was there, 
I thought I would go ahead and pick up a few essential oils.
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Monday, September 11, 2017

Affordable Commercial Kitchen Faucets that make a Statement

Good Morning to ya! I hope you are doing well:)
I had a fantastic weekend of hanging out with family and just relaxing, it's always so nice to get away from  your home for a day or two. It really does help to make you appreciate it more and just not get so sick of all the projects that are lingering...
well at least that's what it's like for me...
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Farmhouse Bench and a Funny Story


So a few weeks back I started rearranging some furniture.. which is nothing new.. but I ended up switching out my hair pin leg table that was up against the stair case and changed it out with the farmhouse bench and french mattress cushion.

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