Fall Home Tour – Entry

Fall is my favorite season so I decided to decorate our home for fall first (very minimally compared to recent years), rather than our every day living reveal. 

(Also, since we have only had our stuff back for a month and a half, I really don’t have the time to decorate for everyday and then tear it all apart to redecorate for the holiday seasons.)

So, Fall Home Tour first, Christmas Home Tour next, THEN I will do a home reveal once normal decor is all situated. 

First up, front entry. One room at a time. Why? The others aren’t done. 🤷🏼‍♀️

*** Sources, with approximate price guesstimates listed below. ***

^^Piss poor pano view


Corner decor in the left show in photo above: Galvanized vase ($20) and branches ($10) GORDMANS — Pumpkins ($1-$5) and Floral picks ($2): WALMART — Bless This Mess sign ($10) BIG LOTS — Silver Mirror: GOODWILL ($3 then I spray painted it silver – it was a nasty gold.)

Merchantile Sign ($33 CLEARANCE), Home Sweet Farmhouse pillow ($20): KIRKLANDS — Beaded Pillow ($20), Button Pillow ($15) MARSHALLS — Chenille Throw ($10 CLEARANCE): TARGET — Berry Wreath ($20): BIG LOTS — Black Farmhouse Bench: Antique Store Find ($100)

Ceramic pumpkins ($3): FAMILY DOLLAR — Resin Skull ($40 CLEARANCE) : HOBBY LOBBY — Hello Script Sign ($10) : DOLLAR GENERAL

Pine Tree: Yard Sale ($3) — Fall Metal Signs ($5 each), Fall Leaf Picks ($3 each) and Chalkboard Wire Basket ($6) : GORDMANS — Candy Corn Lights ($5) , Fake Pumpkins ($1-$5), Wooden Crate ($12) and Tin (Beverage) Bucket ($4 CLEARANCE): WALMART

Rug 5×7 ($50) WAYFAIR.com 

Wood Floral Wreaths ($20 each) and Rustic “Family” and “Friends” Ornaments ($5 each): GORDMANS

Antique Mirror: HABITAT FOR HUMANITY ($10) — Welcome To Our Home Tin Sign ($25) and Chrome Pillar Candle Holders ($6 each): BIG LOTS — Mercury Glass Tea Light Holders ($3 each CLEARANCE): HOME GOODS — Home Script Shelf Sitter ($8): DOLLAR GENERAL — Chrome Bird Shelf Sitter ($5 CLEARANCE) GORDMANS — Montreal Scentsy Wax Warmer ($35): SCENTSY — Shelf Sitter Pumpkins ($1 each) and Floral Stems ($1 each): DOLLAR TREE — Metal Water Can ($11 CLEARANCE): TARGET

Moose Coat Hooks ($7 each): MARSHALLS — Boxwood Wreath ($10): HOME GOODS

“Cleopatra” Curtain Panels ($75 each with coupon): BELLACOR.com – My splurge item. They were exactly what I was looking for so insurance bought me new curtains after the box that contained my old curtains for the entire house burned up. Normally, I would not spend more than $25 on a curtain panel! 

Pardon The Mess Placemat ($10): GORDMANS — Trunk: FLEA MARKET ($60) — Console Table (FREE): A roadside piece that was a dining table that I cut into two pieces, refinished and mounted to wall. 

Here’s the other half piece (in our hallway):

Back to the entry…

HOME wooden circles: DOLLAR GENERAL — “K” and “S” shelf sitters ($10 each) — Mr Right” and “Mrs Always Right” shelf sitters ($5 each): GORDMANS — Life Is Better Sign: DOLLAR GENERAL ($4)

Dollar General is really stepping up their decor game, y’all! Go check them out more frequently! 

One last look:

Thanks for visiting! 


What’s Hangin’?

There is nothing worse than hanging an object on the wall and then having to relocate it for one reason or another. Nail holes are bad enough but man, those anchor holes (trenches?) are the worst.

I am really good at most anything DIY, I can transform wood scraps into beautiful furniture, I can paint a straight line like nobody’s business, lay flooring, slap up a backsplash –  blah, blah, blah, but when it comes to patching a “little” freakin’ hole, I’m as worthless as a white crayon on white paper (I had “better” ones, but didn’t want to offend anyone). I’m not talking tiny nail hole, either. Most times, a fresh coat of paint will take care of those minuscule rascals, or a small glob of plaster on the finger tip will do the trick on the bit bigger ones; but no, I’m referring specifically to those craters that have protruding drywall post removal (thanks to screws and anchors) that really do me in. The process is always the same – tap in protruding drywall, fill damage with plaster, let dry, sand (feels nice and flat), then paint. But, the moment I add paint, **BOOM** the patch sticks out like a sore thumb. (Guess it wasn’t so nice and flat after all.)

So no, this is not a post about how I perfected the gorging hole technique so that I can share my expertise with you, if that is what you are thinking. Why?

BECAUSE I STILL HAVEN’T. I suck at it. I accept defeat.

What this post IS about, though, is how I have come to avoid the holes (or most of them) altogether.

My family really likes it when I visit because they get free decorating services, so they (excitedly) have it all ready for me when I arrive.

Enter sister-in-law (girl is a genius). SIL had a bunch of stuff for me to hang last visit since she didn’t know where to place things. Of course, I gave her a list of things I would need to complete my work and she got to work gathering. She brought me a few nails (but clearly not enough) and a whole bunch of these velcro 3M sticky things (what the heck was I going to do with those worthless things? They certainly weren’t going to hold much of anything)! I was very skeptical but she assured me that those strips were what she wanted the majority of her items (some were heavy!) hung with…

Her house, her stuff, her call. Go with it…

Really, this is a love story. Yep, I fell in love with these fancy, durable, quick and easy sticky velcro strips. They look a little something like this:



The Command strips came in different sizes too so the small jobs can be done with the smaller strips and bigger jobs with bigger strips! (Again, I get ZERO compensation from any companies – just my opinions and experiences here. Though, I would love free Command strips, I am out. Hint.) I have yet to find anything I cannot hang with these little lovelies. See, the sets that hold 16 pounds a pair will actually hold heavier weights if you use more strip sets! And, it is much easier than measuring, leveling, hammering, etc. just to hang. I simply add a strip (or two, or four) to my item, and sandwich the wall strip to it (you can actually hear the velcro clicking together!) and remove the paper to expose the sticky tape that attaches to the wall. Then I place my small hand held level on top of my item and when bubble shows level, I press it directly to the wall! Done! I’m telling you, these little puppies are AMAZING.

Here are a few things I have created in the last week thanks to these handy dandy life changers.



PLATE WALL (yes, plates!)




My life has been forever changed. NO MORE HOLES! Well, lots less anyway.

Thanks sister!

What tips/tricks have changed your life forever? I am always looking for more.