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What a week it was!

My daughter Shana came home for the weekend with some friends to celebrate her birthday and spend some time in New York City.

That’s part of the beauty of living where we do.

We are centrally located in New Jersey about an hour from NYC, an hour from the poconos, and an hour from the Jersey Shore.

It’s expensive to live here with the crazy high property taxes but worth it when you live so close to all the things!

When we eventually retire, I don’t think we’ll stay here, but for now, New Jersey is still home.

fall garden flowers like chrysanthemums, pansies, sedum autumn joy and rudbeckia in the front porch garden

Super Exciting News!

The big news from the week is Horticulture Magazine and Garden Gate Magazine dropped by to tour the gardens and take some photographs for a future issue!

It was so fun walking around the property with them and exploring the gardens this fall.

We lucked out with a beautiful day and pics taken at the golden hour.

I love taking people around the gardens here because there is so much to see. And to be able to do it in person with Garden Gate and Horticulture Magazine was like a dream come true!

small cottage garden in fall with sedum autumn joy, rudbeckia and celosia overlooking the valley in fall with a sugar pumpkin

What I’m Shopping For This Week

In my cart this week:

Front porch swing in fall with heuchera, chinese evergreen, zzz plant, fall throw pillows and area rug in fall

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

We spent the week chatting about all things fall. From tasty flavors of the season to budget-friendly fall decor and tablescaping ideas, we covered it all!

While I was out in the garden harvesting sunflowers last week, I made this GORGEOUS front door wreath for fall using fresh garden flowers.

It was simple to make and cost me zero dollars.

DIY Fall garden wreath with sunflowers, celosia, zinnias and ivy
I love this fall garden wreath DIY with the ivy

We spent some time in the kitchen where I shared my favorite fun pumpkin spice fall cocktail that is sure to be a huge hit at your next fall gathering.

And we also sampled some delicious creamy pumpkin soup that I know you and your family will love!

It’s simple to prepare, can be made in under thirty minutes, and refrigerates well for a great prep-ahead meal.

Get the recipe for it here.

close up of pumpkin soup in blue Hearth and Hand Bowl with toppings of bacon, sour cream, and chopped parsley
The Best Creamy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

I also shared some simple centerpiece ideas for the dining table using fresh flowers and pumpkins.

It’s easy to do and looks beautiful on the fall table.

Have you ever tried this before?

fresh pumpkin centerpiece idea for the dining table with garden mums that is perfect for your Thanksgiving Aesthetic using fresh pumpkins and garden mums on a farmhouse table with neutral table decorations, cedar branch placemat, dinnerware and tapered candles on brass candlestick holders

Although it’s still a little early for holiday decorating yet, I shared more details on how to make a Christmas Kissing Ball.

While it is explained in my ebook, 15 Easy Ways to Decorate with Fresh Greens for the Holidays, a few of you still had some questions so I answered some FAQ in this post.

And finally, I shared a chat in my latest YouTube Video about how to get your garden mums to last longer. It’s not what you think!

CLICK HERE to watch.

red chrysanthemums

Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web

I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I’m loving right now.

There is lots of great fall inspiration out this week so let’s dive right in!

My good friend Molly from Molly in Maine shared some beautiful coastal New England decorating inspiration for her fall mantel this week.

It looks gorgeous doesn’t it?

Molly’s home is incredibly beautiful and she has the best views ever!

stone fireplace with blue and white decor

My good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse is always creating some fun, easy, and beautiful.

This week she shared how to make this DIY corn husk wreath and it is GORGEOUS.

But the best part? It’s inexpensive to make and makes a great statement piece with your fall decor.

DIY corn husk wreath by the ponds farmhouse

And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!

Here’s what to do with all of those leaves you are picking up this fall.

This table for four decorated for fall.

This easy homemade apple cake recipe sounds so delish!

This easy DIY bowl filler idea.

This easy thrift store wreath makeover turned out amazing!

These Halloween printables.

close up of the front porch in fall with corn stalks, pumpkins, rudbeckia and more fall garden flowers

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stacy ling cutting dahlias in her garden
Home and Garden Blogger Stacy Ling cutting zinnia flowers in her cottage garden with wood picket fence in front of garden shed

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  1. How very exciting to have Garden Gate and Horticulture Magazine visit and photograph your beautiful gardens! Yah you. I hope you had that stunning sunflower wreath hanging when they came.

  2. Stacy, how exciting for you to have two garden publications taking pictures of your gorgeous property! Congratulations! I love your garden wreath and front porch. Will be making that pumpkin soup but with butternut squash from the garden. Can’t wait to get to a printer (at our cabin right now) and download those free printables. Happy Sunday!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing my table for four! You had such a fabulous week! That wreath is absolutely amazing and that soup looks delicious! Congrats on the magazine visit!

  4. Oh my goodness! Congratulations on the magazine shoots. I’m so happy for you. You are amazing!
    Thank you so much for featuring my apple cake recipe. Happy Fall, my friend.

  5. Stacy,
    Glad you had fun in NY. Thanks for sharing my wreath. And once again congratulations on the magazine visit.

  6. Congratulations Stacy! How exciting to have Horticulture Magazine and Garden Gate Magazine at your home. You definitely deserve it. I can’t wait to try your creamy pumpkin soup soon. Thank you for sharing my fallen leaves post.

  7. Stacy, congratulations on the photoshoot!! How exciting for you. I can’t wait to see the images captured in the best light of the day! Thanks for sharing our thrift store wreath makeover! I hope you readers enjoyed it! Have a great weekend 😊