Author: Monarch Way

Front Yard Landscaping

In addition to some updates (removing the window blinds that frame the door, replacing the front porch light and door knob, painting the door and frame and cleaning up the trim), we started using a lawn care service that performs routine seasonal maintenance, which has really helped the grass and hopefully made the mole go away. We also finally finished (for now) the front landscaping. This has been a project we tackled little by little. We moved into this house in the fall of 2018 and the landscaping was not a priority. We have a certain style and prefer a particular kind of landscaping using particular materials and plants. But we did not want to tear everything out, haul it all away, and build it all back. We also did not want to pay for a landscaping company to do it. So I took my mother’s and grandmother’s advice; I lived with it for a while and saw what grew well and decide what I liked. I came to realize that I prefer partial sun/shade …

Fall Kitchen

I did a little decorating in the kitchen. While shopping online, I picked up some little salt and pepper shakers and a pumpkin trivet. I found these cute towels from Williams Sonoma. I found the soup tureens at Kohls as a part of a fall vignette plan. I bought a tray and repurposed a pumpkin sign I got last year. But it did not go as planned. So I abandoned the plan and kept it simple. I continued the dining room theme of oranges and eucalyptus picks to the kitchen. I had a couple of mercury glass pumpkins left over so I put them, eucalyptus, pumpkins, and oranges in the display cabinet in the kitchen. Nothing too exciting. I like keeping all of my counters pretty clear so I do not have to move anything out of the way when I want to cook or I bring out any small appliances from my pantry. Once I purchase a new kitchen table and chairs, I will have more to decorate in the kitchen. We have done …

Fall Dining Room

For the record, I am (obviously) not experienced in decorating dining rooms or creating tablescapes. If this blog serves any purpose at all, it is at least a good example of someone who tries to work with and make the best of what they have (without spending much money). Last year was the first time I attempted to decorate for fall. I did not have any fall decorations-not even one pumpkin. Starting completely from scratch was exciting. However, after multiple trips to Hobby Lobby and an order from Joann Fabrics, I realized that no combination of the items I had collected were creating the tablescape I had envisioned. FALL 2019 SHOP THIS POST