Monday, November 3, 2014

Fall In {Our Cozied-Up Living Room}


From what I can see, a bunch of you are already starting to dream up your Christmas decor.
Meanwhile, I've just finally accepted that it's fall.

I'm sorry. We do this every year.
I'm always late to the game. It takes me forever to come around.
And once I do, I like it. I don't want to pack it all up again.

It doesn't help that I feel a little sorry for November. And Thanksgiving.
This is the situation I find myself in and it plays out in many ways.

We recently started watching The Voice with Calvin and Ruby (newly obsessed) and I always pick the one no one else picked. The last time we watched, Ruby picked "only people with straight hair", Calvin always picks the person with a more rock-star vibe (and any Asians). Cory always tries to not pick until they're done performing WHICH IS TOTALLY CHEATING.

I pick whoever's left. And then I commit.


My point is, I don't really dig Christmasy things at Thanksgiving.
November is not Winter even if you can see your breath in the morning and there's talk of flurries by the weekend.


My other point is...

...I'm a slow-poke.

I don't set out to redecorate for the seasons, it just happens. Very slowly.
Without warning, I realize I need to groove with the new rhythm.

Also without warning, I write dorky things like "I need to groove with the new rhythm."

Help me.
Help yourselves.

So, while I'm not necessarily an advocate for pulling out all the stops and redecorating every time the air changes, change is meant to be celebrated, right?

It doesn't have to cost a dime.
I dug around in the closets and basement.

I taped a fall-ish photo to the wall and made fine art of the gourd Silas brought me from his field trip.
I "borrowed" some of the weeds from the alley (since we don't have our own trees) and plunked them in a can.




If it's not fun for you to redecorate, then don't.
Know what you like and commit year-round, baby.
You're creative in other ways and your home is every bit as special and comfy and YOU.


But if you're wired like me, go on and bust out the cozies. Play around. Have some fun.

Don't try to make things look like someone else would.
Don't lose all your good sense and try to copy the trends.
For the love of the land, don't go into debt.

For one solid week, I flirted with the urge to buy new pillows. I even risked my soul itself and browsed at Target. Twice.

In the end, I knew it wasn't worth it.
Instead, I used the pillows I already had and grouped them together differently, flipping the too-colorful pillow around to its quieter side, and pretending aqua is autumnal.


(FYI, this is our only "hang out" area in the house, so it stays this clean for exactly 8 minutes, or until the kids get home from school, whichever comes first.)

Nothing in here is "just so" or meant to inspire drooling or applause. What's currently happening on the green entry table is a bit...scattered. My Bible verse sign is hung too high from a nail we used when we had a taller couch.

Oh well.
Make me care.

I was going to switch the Joshua picture to something more colorful, but we've had lots of new friends in and out of the house recently, and I just like it on the wall, right where they'll see it. Can't we all use a reminder to not fear? To be courageous? Don't we all need to remember God sticks to us like glue?


FYI, Cory doesn't like this fabric.
He never complains about anything ever, but he apparently just couldn't let this one go.
"It's boring. It matches with the curtains too much. It blends in with the rug."

He's sort of right on all counts, but IT'S VINTAGE TAPESTRY.
It's woven! In burnished shades of gold and bronze!

It screams FALL!!!

It's staying, Jailchap. Deal with it.

So, this is my story and I'm sticking to it.

Remind me, is October really over?
Will it stress you out to remember that all of November still counts as Fall?

Be honest, are you already Christmas scheming?

59 comments:

  1. Not Christmas scheming, but I have been known to put on a few low-key (read: instrumental) Christmas songs once November arrives. I need that long slow dance of the approaching season so I don't feel like its just such a slap in the face/mad rush come the day after Thanksgiving.
    Come to think of it, maybe that's why I don't love Halloween so much...it always just *appears* rather suddenly and I am usually somehow surprised by its arrival

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    1. " I need that long slow dance of the approaching season so I don't feel like its just such a slap in the face/mad rush come the day after Thanksgiving." This actually makes SO much sense to me! I love this perspective.

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  2. I agree with you whole heartedly!!! November is November and December is December!! They should not overlap!! Heck the creeping in of December to October and September needs to stop as well!!! I was hopeful that Hobby Lobby would resist the trend of retail beast and hold off, but it didn't :( oh well, I still love H.L. I just am not going down those isles or acknowledging their existence until it's proper time!!

    I love how you "fall"! It's crazy perfect!! I can see you hanging a few of your magazine garlands under your Joshua sign to fill in that space - if you care - which you totally don't have to but.....if you DID feel like it, I could see it! Vintage tapestry rocks, you could compromise with Jailchap and make it into a pillow, but that takes some effort, I think I'd leave it as is!! Never ever change :)

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  3. I have the same yellow throw pillow...all year long. :) I also picked some weeds and put them in an empty wine bottle. Effortless. I'm currently talking to a cute boy from Goshen, IN and I'll have to show him your blog. Or your IG pictures of Goshen favorites...for all I know, his house could be one!

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    1. A cute boy from Goshen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Gah. I love it.
      I married one of those, you know. :D

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  4. Cozy! Warm! Inviting! Perfectly you!

    Agreed! Agreed! Agreed! Supporting the underdog. Allowing Fall to slowly sink in and then wanting to keep it around all month. Using what you have. Inspiring as ALWAYS!!!
    The horse weather vain above the door - love it!!! Don't recall seeing that before??? :)

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    1. It's plastic and broken. I found it at the junk barn in Kansas when I was there for Camp Create.
      Ruby is a horse girl and I knew it'd be perfect!

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    2. Plastic and perfect! I agree. :)

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  5. Sorry but I am already shopping a wrapping madly because our family is too big to put it off. Our immediate little family of seven is now 16 and will get bigger and bigger. I cannot procrastinate or I will drown!

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    1. Confession: I almost bought a wreath at Homegoods over the weekend.
      But I didn't.
      And now I'm regretting it.
      I should clarify, there's nothing wrong with *a little bit* of planning...it keeps us sane! I'm just not a fan of forgetting all about poor November. :)

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  6. "Don't try to make things look like someone else would.
    Don't lose all your good sense and try to copy the trends."
    Thank you for these words. Somedays (ok, most days) it's all I've got just to make our house fairly tidy, forget about clean. {Re}Decorate for the season? Only as it may make my house liveable. I'm still in the child-friendly and family-centric decor stage. Elmers glue and googly eyes on deteriorating maple leaves. And sticks jabbed in the candles I'm burning to mask the smell of scorched dinner can't you just leave it alone and let it be for pretty please!
    So thanks for these words, because I'm not living in a PinterestHouse just yet.

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    1. Oh my gosh, I wish you could see my house right now.
      You would cry a little.
      At first I thought you were saying your house was clean and I was going to say, "Wait. It's supposed to be clean??" But I see we're on the same page. Except mine isn't even "fairly tidy" today. It's a disaster.
      Oy.

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  7. Love fall and love your fall decorating. i love Christmas decorating, but totally fine giving Fall it's due and letting it hang out until December (even though most of December is Fall, too! what?!).

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  8. You could always use Cory's fav tapestry to make yourself new throw pillows?! They would cooridinate beautifully with the current yellow pillow and that throw!!

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  9. I plan to move the living room furniture today. I am well aware that I will have to move it again in a month to fit a Christmas tree. However. I'm going to ignore that fact. Move on!

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    1. I have no where in the land for a Christmas tree.
      I hadn't realized that until I read your comment.
      Crap.

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    2. Oy...!
      Me either- I have a 40" one that I put on top of an old cabinet because we have no floor space...

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  10. I think Cory is just messing with you. He knows that tapestry looks good!

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  11. Funny - after a month of writing on one subject that was NOT Fall... I posted today too about Fall and decorations and creating warmth with what you've got! I love Fall and was late to the game in decorating this year too... but I refuse to even consider Christmas decor until (days and days) AFTER Thanksgiving! (Oh, and yes... Cory just needs to get over that fabric... hello? Vintage Autumn!)

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  12. Early morning, Nov 1, I pulled down the Halloween garland (I make them from scrapbook paper - this one was really cute with black and orange vintage-looking-wallpaper style with spiders glued to the orange - I am not spider phobic - I find it fascinating they spin their webs and I think it's a "haha" to the world of science that this is still one of God's mysteries they cannot yet unravel) ANYWAY - Early morning Nov 1, I took that down and hung, from last year, a simple little garland, inspired by your leaf garlands. I had a natural colored ribbon from a blanket or something purchased from Target and I hot glued a pack of less than $3.00 orange and yellow and gold leaves from Rite Aid. I LOVE it. While of course, I prep for the Christmas season, I love to enjoy each season on it's own. I have not tired of pumpkins and gourds and leaves and all things soup!

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  13. I don't decorate for Fall until November 1st. In Sunny Southern California it's hard to decorate with fall colors when we are still swimming and beaching it in shorts until Mid-October. I must know where you found that Joshua wall hanging, that is perfection and I think it needs to be in my house. Care to spill the source?

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    1. I love it, too! Love that it's so big.
      Here's the shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BetweenYouAndMeSigns

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  14. Oh you bet I've been scheming:) just in my head though. When you have kids, it's kind of inevitable not to get caught up in the magic and beauty of celebrating the season....but it's just a brief season, any more than that and it would get old. Loving fall also helps me not to get ahead of myself. Peace!

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  15. I'm with you. Absolutely not Christmas scheming (except for maybe five pins but I don't count that). I want to enjoy November and it irritates me that this holiday is so glossed over. I need to say also that I love the colors in your house, your drapes, definitely the vintage fabric, it is cozy and I love how your personality comes through. And how you are encouraging us to be free to just do what feels right in our homes and not to try to be someone else. Thanks for that. Oh, and I think we have very very similar sofas...I love ours.

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  16. Love the fabric!!!! It looks perfect! And I am totally on board with letting each holiday have it's due. It makes me cranky to see Christmas decorations on store shelves in OCTOBER. It's just plain wrong...! Kinda makes Thanksgiving feel like a red headed step child. The rule in my house is Christmas comes out no earlier than Dec.1. It may stick around past January 1...but that's another story!

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  17. looks all cozy like to me. also where is your sofa from?
    i am digging it.

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  18. No Christmas scheming here...not until December - I'm like you and always late to the seasonal decorating - well as far as bloggers are concerned anyway...but I too don't like to rush the seasons...the year goes by so fast already on its own, I feel I don't need to help it along. I must say that I LOVE your curtain fabric and the bright and cheery vibe it brings to your home! And the small branches and other touches give it just the right feel..comfy and cozy!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

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  19. Us wacky Canadians? :) Our Thanksgiving is in October --- so we do Thanksgiving up in September and October --- and leave ourselves lots of room to celebrate Christmas through November and December...
    And I love you.

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    1. I would banish Halloween forever if I could.
      It would be dreamy to have an extra month in between!

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    2. i was going to say the same.. since living in canada i always feel torn whether to stick to my american roots and wait or jump on in and crank the christmas music!! i DID buy a pair of grapevine angel wings the other day at Marshall's. they're hanging in my living room and each time i see them i find myself teetering - i think i might cave this year and start christmas in november with the canadians!! ;))

      love your home and your theory of doing what you can with what you have. gourds under glass and rocks in bottles hold their own next to any pottery barn pretties - and without spending a gachillion bucks!

      happy fall-ing!!

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  20. Love your home. It's just the perfect blend especially with little ones. I do less and less every year. Our house is on the market, so pretty neutral here.

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  21. Cannot get my head around Christmas…no carols, no red and green. Just want to hang out with my furry throw and slices of a cedar tree that we had to cut down..someone asked me if they were coasters! I had to say, um, no just…slices of wood for fall decor…

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  22. While I ADORE Christmas decorating, the coziness of fall decorating is irresistible to me and I have this desire to prolong it every November and fight the rush to Christmas. I love that you noted that November is NOT winter, just as August is NOT fall -- it's still summer. Why must we rush through the God-given seasons after all? I, for one, will be savoring my fall decor as long as possible. Enjoy yours, too. :)
    xo Heidi

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  23. My husband and I were just chuckling today about a man in our neighborhood who has decked his house out in Christmas already. Definitely in the "Christmas comes out after Thanksgiving" camp here. I don't do much seasonal decorating, though, except for Christmas, and a few pumpkins on the front porch. I like your style.

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  24. Im absolutely disgusted. Christmas is in our face. Aug 1 decorations. Nov 1 black friday specials. THEN. Christmas. Movies. BEFORE turkey. Save us. ENOUGHin our face Christmas. With my sister dying in June. I want to ease into holidays and CELEBRATE. Each day and season.

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  25. Definitely not scheming about Christmas! Gonna stretch fall as far as it will stretch! I am, however, scheming about that nifty stool/luggage rack/folding table thingy with pretty fabric under that table you have! I have the same folding table leg thingy but no pretty fabric on top! How did you do that? And do you use it for anything or is it just pretty? :).

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    1. I bought it that way. :)
      It's a little camping stool...and it's just for pretty because I don't trust it to actually "do" anything!
      It looks like the fabric was just stapled to the frame. Try it!

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  26. You bet I have been Christmas scheming (no decorations up yet though - I wait until late November generally)! But I don't know how long I will live here in the US and be able to enjoy a white Christmas so it is very special to me while it lasts (I come from the southern hemisphere where we beach it up over Christmas and I hate summer). Plus I have to get presents posted off mid November to make sure they all make it back to the homeland in time for Christmas. Do I get a special pass or something for that?? Ha ha, I have been pinning Christmas stuff since June..... LOVE CHRISTMAS! (Also, not being native, Thanksgiving doesn't really have a hold on me yet)

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  27. No Christmas scheming yet. Those boxes are tucked far, far away. I can't even think about pulling them out. That is all :)

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  28. I am doing a lot of painting so I can hit the CHRISTmas decorating running.

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  29. Christmas lights. If I had the guts to do one holiday decoration all year long it would be Christmas lights. They make me smile EVERY single time, and they bring such a peaceful feeling to me. Note:not the new, chemically tainted looking LED lights, but the warm glowing old lights that can't be found anywhere anymore. I would out them up year round but they would burn out and I would be stuck with LED lights sooner than I'd hoped.
    I love your eclectic, daring style. I broke from Traditional Home and did a similar thing this time. It's great being in my 40s!

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  30. I've said it before...I LoVe your wonky style. Keep it up until after THanksgiving at least. I hate to cheapen Christmas/Christ. I think you turned me on to this Fall idea, but now there are NO leaves left in WI. Thanks for sharing your heart and your home no matter how dorky it is to you. I adore it and it helps me get out of my own way sometimes.

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  31. P.S. Jailchap does have it wrong about the fabric. Its texture oozes thru that pic. Hang on Girl!

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  32. First time I've had a minute to sit down and see your new diggs! LOVE the layout and your purty little face in the sidebar. Also- I'm on the Parker Middle school yearbook "staff" as their photographer...sorta LOVE this gig because my goal is to take family photos in the neighborhood that feeds into that school.
    You and your JailChap inspire me- you have no idea, really. I love you guys. Keep running your race. I'm following.

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  33. It's important for you to know I have fall down to a science. I'm a fallogist if you will. I have a list of fall movies, and my fall decor is in a grey box. A big grey box. I begin in August. I roll out a few sunflowers and purchase my pumpkins. They last until November 30th. The trick is I don't carve them, and my decorations are decidedly fall as opposed to Halloween focused. I get to decorate this early for two valid reasons. A) fall is my favorite -see my blog for pictures of my new house and view of my trees- 2) my birthday is the day before Halloween. I own this season round here, and D) I'm a teacher. This year we reported to school on August 6th which I agree seems awfully close to satan's number, but the fact is, if I don't decorate before I get waistline deep in back to school, it won't happen.

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  34. Yes! Thanksgiving/Fall first and then Christmas. Thanksgiving is in danger of being squeezed out as a holiday because, aside from groceries and airline tickets, businesses have not found a way to make money on it. There's just something a little sickening to me about seeing Christmas decorations out in stores in August, especially when it's 110 degrees in Texas.

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  35. I am a hesitant holiday decorator, because I have the feeling that once my gung-ho "decorate for the current holiday"-ness wears off, it's all going to be left out for weeks (months?) later. So I tend to decorate for seasons, because then it's expected to stay out for a couple of months. I decorate for fall, usually starting in September and leave it up through November. I make sure to sprinkle plenty of snowflake/winter decorations in with my Christmas stuff, and then yup, those stay up until February or March. Summer doesn't get decorations. Usually by then I'm ready for some clear surfaces. An occasional star maybe. I love stars. They can be Christmas, they can be 4th of July, and just happy starry goodness the rest of the time.
    As for Christmas, I'm already scheming on the presents, just because I need a little extra time to not stress out. Decorations, though? Nah. Catch me in another rmonth. I love Thanksgiving and all it stands for, so I'm not about to leave it in the dust!

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  36. I'll confess I only decorate for Christmas. The weeks fly by so fast in our busy life that it would feel like I was constantly changing the decor. Except, someone gave me some pumpkins from their garden and I set those about. And when the kids bring home art from school, I put it in the clipboards on our wall. Thankfully, the art is seasonal and makes us look well put together. I enjoyed seeing your space and hearing the freedom to be myself. I love your Joshua print....

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  37. I have to agree with Nester (did you know she's been braggin' on you? My favorite posts are the ones about your house! You have such a great eye for interesting things!

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  38. I love it that you said, "Make me care." I need to think more that way! And, to be honest, I am Christmas-scheming a bit... I moved some furniture around in the living room to make space for the Christmas tree - but it won't be going up till November is completely over.

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  39. I have been so MIA.
    sorry.

    I loved this whole post. love when you show us pics of your home. I think my favorite line in this post was "make me care" referring to the sign being hung to high.

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  40. Thank you so much for feeling November gets cheated just like I do! No Christmas till after Thanksgiving!!

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  41. I found you through the Nester. I love your home and style, but after spending the last hour reading your posts on adoption, hot tears streaming, I find that I love your heart, your faith, and the way you express the Kingdom in love. Thank you.

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  42. Found you through the Nester and I'M SO GLAD I DID! I agree...let fall be! I love Christmas just as much as anyone, but for the love, let Thanksgiving (and fall) get their turn!
    Oh, and I love the painted spool. I just got one and I have been trying to figure out what to do with it. I love a painted option.
    Also, if anyone mentions the "too high painting", just tell them you have tall friends and don't want them to whack their heads when they sit on the couch ;)

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  43. Completely agree about letting Thanksgiving and Fall have their due. I'm not in Canada, but I totally skip halloween (even with small children in the house) and celebrate the Fall and Harvest season all the way from September through Thanksgiving in November. A little smidgeon of Christmas slips in here and there throughout November as some pinecones start showing up to provide a sort of transitional period from Harvest and Thanksgiving to Christmas. Christmas does begin immediately the day after Thanksgiving though. That is a non-negotiable carry over from my childhood. Three cheers for giving Fall its due and celebrating it long! Yay! Yay! Yay!

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  44. I do not want to even think about Christmas until AFTER Thanksgiving, I really would like to enjoy each holiday as it comes. LOL Though i do have admit that I already know that we are getting a live 3' table top because that is what we did last year and that is all I have room for. LOL Dec 1st I will start to decorate starting slowly. :-) Thanks for sharing and have a great week. :-)

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