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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms
What a week it was!
Chris and I had a great time at the Giants game last week. They won, so that made for a much better game!
At one point our seats were in the blazing hot sun it and it was almost unbearable to sit there. But thank goodness the sun moved and we were shaded throughout the whole second half.
It’s our last full week of enjoying the pool, so I have been outside enjoying it as much as possible before it closes for the season.
The dogs will miss it too. They LOVE being out there with me.
I am starting to pull my sunroom together so it’s ready before my plants come indoors for the winter.
The room is a work in progress right now, but I think it will be fully furnished within the next few weeks.
Speaking of bringing plants indoors, I brought my Boston fern inside to take a few pics with it and IT LOOKS AMAZING!
And why is that important?
Because for YEARS I’ve been saying ferns and I don’t get along.
Like not friends at all…Until now!
I somehow managed to keep this one going through the move last year and it hung around all winter long in the sunroom where it received a lot of indirect light and some humidity from the humidifier I kept beneath it.
The humidifier wasn’t on all winter long, but I had it on periodically through the winter.
The plant started looking pretty sad by spring but it had some green leaves so I knew it was alive,
As soon as it was warm enough to bring outdoors, I moved it out and it may have quadrupled in size while on summer vacation!
It’s seriously gorgeous.
Here it is in my living room that I just finished decorating for fall.
Speaking of which, my fall home tour publishes on Tuesday and I can’t wait to show you how good everything looks not to mention, how much it’s changed since my spring home tour!
What I’m Shopping For This Week
I am still shopping around for different things throughout my home. A little of this and a little of that is pulling our home together.
Having been outside the last several months, it’s nice to do a little decorating inside to make it feel cozier.
Here’s what I’m shopping for this week!
- I finally found a rug for the front entry hall – it’s the Loloi Georgie in Ocean Sand and it should arrive sometime next week.
- To deck the halls for fall, I bought these dried gourds.
- This area rug arrived for my sunroom and it is even better than I expected! It’s jute and it’s pretty soft. Looks great in the room – now all I need are the chairs. They should arrive later in the week.
- These battery operated candles are the best! I used them in the vintage brass candlesticks I bought while thrifting last week in Vermont. Set and forget on timer – I love that. I just orderd another set so I can add them to all of the windows in the front of the house.
- Well I’m not really shopping this China cabinet and hutch as much as I am adoring it for inspiration. I LOVE my black one but I have to admit, I’ve been considering stripping it to have a wood finish like this.
- To help with some of the dog messes around here, I bought this carpet cleaner. We actually have the taller one, but I wanted something we could just grab in a pinch and not have to lug around.
- I ordered a few leggings for fall: this one, this one and this one.
- And I’m also updating a few fall flannels for this one and this one.
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I am fortunate to get an early copy and let me tell you this book is so inspiring. You will love it!
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What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a fun week on the blog!
We are wrapping up the month with my supper club’s chowder fest cook off party!
Instead of pulling together a full menu like we usually do, my supper club and I each made our best recipes for chowder and they are each so different!
I made a corn chowder recipe that is super simple to make and packs a lot of flavors. What I love best about it, is it’s not as heavy as other chowders, so it feels a little lighter when you eat it.
Oh and the most fun part?
You guys get to vote on which chowder is your favorite. Head over to this post and cast your vote in the comments.
I’ll announce the winner in next week’s Bricks ‘n Blooms Weekly.
In addition to supper club, I shared how I upcycled a thrift store ceramic bowl to look like stone and it turned out amazing!!!
I have other ceramic pieces here that I am totally doing this technique with. It was easy to do and looks just like stone!
Doesn’t it look so pretty on the dining room table?
Wait until you see what it looked like before.
We also spent some time in the garden chatting about how to plant bulbs in fall for an unforgettable spring garden.
I ordered my bulbs a while ago and can’t wait to start planting! Last spring was incredible here.
The front porch and new cottage gardens will be getting some pretty new flowers for early spring blooms.
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.
Seriously this is the cutest fall project I’ve seen all week!
My good friend Wendy from WM Design House made this adorable pumpkin topiary.
Don’t you love it? I need to make one of these.
My good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill also got into the spirit of Halloween this week by making this cute pumpkin garland for her home.
It looks easy to make and so cute!
How fun would this one be to do with the kids or grandkids this fall?
My good friend Mary from Life at Bella Terra upcycled this wreath and it looks so pretty now!
We don’t always need to buy new stuff to make our homes look fresh and beautiful.
Follow Mary’s tips for refreshing things you may already have.
And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!
This dried fall garland made with corn stalks.
This retreat bedroom makeover.
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