Sunday, October 30, 2016

Restoration Hardware and Aidan Gray Copycat Chandeliers

Today's post is about Aidan Gray Chandeliers and the copycat versions that Restoration Hardware has! I first realized a similarity in my French Farmhouse Tour post!  I erroneously thought the chandelier was Aidan Gray, but I was informed by the designer that it was actually Restoration Hardware.  
As I am building a French farmhouse, I am extremely interested in lower cost copycats!  
Then, some months later, my mom was looking at another chandelieand noted it was almost exactly the same as the Aidan Gray one.  
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Aidan Gray Copycat Chandeliers for Less by Restoration Hardware

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Happy Halloween with Thursday Favorite Things!

Happy Halloween!!!  This is our last party before Halloween and I have rounded up some Halloween treats and decor. Have a look around and get inspired for Halloween parties this weekend! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

This Year's Favorite Halloween Party Ideas

I've rounded up some of my favorite Halloween party tricks and treats for the year!

Aren't these Halloween cutouts fun?  Just cutout some spooky shapes on black paper and back light them in the window! I love this idea! Source is from flickr.
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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Spooky Cat Halloween Table

Happy Halloween! Now, you will need all of the luck you can get on this Halloween night as there is a table full of black cats crossing your path!
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Friday, October 21, 2016

Christmas, White House china, and more! Five on Friday

I don't know about you guys but I am EXHAUSTED this week. TGIF.  I have been working like a mad dog and today is my 9th day of work in a row! I finally have a full weekend to rest now!
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White House China
I was perusing some pictures of the White House State Dinner this week and I was studying their table settings when I noticed something... I have the same pink goblets!
Do you see the pink goblet just above the knives? 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fall Favorites - Thursday Favorite Things

Can you believe we are already halfway through October?? I can't!! I'm starting to think about Thanksgiving menus... Anyway, here were a few of my favorites from last week's party!  If you missed it, I did a guest post at Katherine's Corner this week so check it out if you haven't already! And while you're there, say Hi to Katherine!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Spooky Ghost Hot Chocolate at Katherine's Corner!

I am SO EXCITED today because Katherine at Katherine's Corner asked me to guest post over at her blog today!  
For this year's Halloween treat, I made these spooky ghost meringues that float on top of your hot chocolate! Aren't the adorable??  The recipe has no tricks involved! (ha!). To get the recipe and see more pictures, please visit my post at Katherine's Corner!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Halloween House Tour

Boo!!  Come on in to this year's Halloween House Tour!  Keep your eyes open for ghosts and bats! And don't let the black cat cross your path! 
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Halloween Decor Ideas

Friday, October 14, 2016

Instagram Feature, and more - Five on Friday

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Instagram!
So last week on Instagram my Apple Pie was featured on Better Homes and Gardens!!  I woke up one morning and noticed all of the sudden I had a bunch of new followers and I couldn't figure out why... then I thought, oh! I think something must have gone viral! And I was right!!  This was pretty cool for me because I have never had anything featured on such a large platform! Thank you, Better Homes & Gardens!!
Below here is the proof!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice - Thursday Favorite Things

Wow! I completely lost track of time and did not even realize it was Wednesday!!!  I had to hurry and get this post out!  This week I am focusing on PUMPKIN SPICE!!  Do you all love pumpkin spice? I really love it. I just bought some pumpkin spice oatmeal at the store and... I didn't like it.  Which is a giant fail for me as I love love love pumpkin spice! 
Pumpkin Spice Ideas

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Pumpkin Bread for Breakfast

I *love* pumpkin bread. I have made it 4 times (I think) so far since September.  I thought I'd share a little vignette I enjoyed one morning while munching on the bread.  
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the best pumpkin bread

Sunday, October 9, 2016

2016 Pumpkin Festival in Germany

This year I had another opportunity to visit the World's Largest Pumpkin Festival! It is held every year at Schloss Ludgwigsburg in Ludgwigsburg, Germany (just outside of Stuttgart). 
We went stumbled upon it by accident in 2013 and when we decided to go to Europe this past September we made sure it was part of our itinerary again! 
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Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms

Friday, October 7, 2016

Home Updates, Paris Fashion Week, Christmas, and more!!

FIVE ON FRIDAY!!!
I have a lot to share today! LOTS of pictures! 
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House Updates - Choosing a Fireplace Mantel
Earlier in the year I wrote about how I am going to have a freestanding fireplace in my house with floor-to-ceiling rock work.  
I have been working hard to pick a fireplace mantel because apparently the builder needs to know for framing design and stuff.

Initially I thought I wanted a plain French fireplace like the classic Provence-type fireplace, below:

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Rustic Fall Centerpiece Decor with Owls

With every season I change the decor in the center of our ridiculously oversized kitchen island. I have to crawl on top the counter to place the owls in the center!  
I love decorating for Fall with my owls.  I have slowly added to the collection, but I think I am done collecting them.  I've had these pieces for years now.
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Rustic Fall decor with owls, Steiff bears, acorns, and candles

Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Best Apple Pie Recipe

I am sharing with you today my FAVORITE apple pie recipe.  I have been making this recipe for several years and I still think it is the best apple pie recipe EVER! 
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The BEST homemade apple pie recipe - seriously, I have been making this for years and get rave review from everyone!