Little Changes, Big Differences

I love change! I am one of those people who would excitedly move every few years if jobs and families didn’t keep me rooted. It is one of the reasons I love the change of seasons and look forward to the start of each one. The changing of the seasons allows me to change up my living space. Next to the Christmas decorations, I have a storage closet filled with seasonal plants, artwork, and pillows that change with the season. Summer is light and airy with lacy sheers and open windows. Fall is filled with earth tones, throw blankets, and warmth.

Every few years, however, I need more. Obviously, I cannot remodel every time I have an itch, but I can make small changes that allows me to flex some creative muscle while fulfilling that need for something new and exciting. Call it a rehab addiction if you must. I call it feeding the soul. There is just something so rewarding about changing things up a bit. That is why we fill our market with items that can easily be changed out. I use the market as my own inspiration.

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Decking the Halls

This year I am looking at Christmas a little differently. Some of that is due to being forced to stay home for an extended period and looking around and taking note. Another reason is the pandemic itself.  I, like many others, am looking at my world differently. With COVID, we saw process plants shut down, food and supply shortages, and a drastic change in the labor force. This has made me a little more self-reliant and that has crossed over in the way I am decorating for Christmas. Here are some of the changes I am applying to decking the halls:

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Fall Entryway

This year I am decorating the entryway for fall with soft oranges and muted greens for a soft and inviting feel as you enter our home. Welcome to Cedar Oak Farms!

create a warm & inviting feel”

Pops of autumn color placed here and there, simple seasonal pieces and scented candles provide all the warm and fuzzies in our entryway. I added vibrant fall stems, baskets and bowls filled with pumpkins, and cozy throws keeping it soft and comfortable. I like to always keep the lamp on letting guest know their are always welcomed. Its low soft bulb adds warmth to the room.

“add pieces of you”

Entering a home should not only feel inviting it should also call out a personal hello from you. Add pieces of you here and there throughout the décor. I like to place frames with fond memories, funny conversational pieces and some DIY throughout the home. Our entryway lets you know who rules the home with photos of our pets. The coat racks are from repurposed wood from one of our cedar trees that once stood proud until Mother Nature gave a final huff and puff and blew the tree down. Pop Pops and Jr’s farm boots side-by-side always fills my heart with love.

“simple touches”

I am a firm believer that less is more. I like to add quick simple pieces that can easily be changed out each season. The pumpkin candle can easily be exchanged for a Christmas candle. The bowl of pumpkins can be replaced with ornaments. I follow a simple rule of one large storage bin for each season. In that way it is so easy to pack up one season and set up the next quickly and efficiently. It is fun to update each year with the newest trends, but only spend a lot on classic endearing pieces. Keep the trendy pieces simple and inexpensive. That way you will not feel bad about changing them out in a year or two. Don’t toss the old out. Take it to your favorite home charity instead. My daughter and I like to exchange pieces with one another providing a new look without the cost.

All this year’s home décor pieces are from “Cottage Quarters” on Cedar Oak Farms. Fall pieces are at a minimum so they are running a 25% fall collection sale with free shipping for online orders only. Sale runs now through Christmas while supplies last. Inventory low, order today!

Fall Fireplace Mantle

Our farmhouse was built in the late 1800, before central home heating. Most rooms offered a fireplace for warmth. Unfortunately, by the time we purchased the home all the fireplaces had been removed and the chimneys that were hidden behind the walls were crumbling and not able to be used. So it was a wonderful surprise when we found an original mantle hidden in the hayloft. Of course, I carried it back into the house. Today, the mantle is one of my favorite décor pieces.

It has no other purposed than to look pretty. I even choose to keep it all battered and bruised, mainly because it was painted with lead paint and I’m not touching that. But honestly, I fell in love with the dents and chips. It tells a story all its own, in a language I do not understand, but could listen to all day long.

The Fall Mantle:

I love decorating the mantle each season but, the Fall mantle is one of my favorites. I normally tend towards earthy greens and natural woods when decorating the mantle, but fall brings with it a burst of color that I love to bring into the home. This year I went with bold fiery flowers and mini orange pumpkins grown in our garden. It adds a touch of cheerfulness to the room.

Adding Warmth:

An important element is adding warmth. Most fireplaces do that naturally by flicking a wick, or nowadays a switch, to create fire. Since this is no longer a working fireplace I add candles. Sometimes a lot of candles. I contained myself to four this season and placed them on these beautiful repurposed pillars made out of weathered found wood.

The rustic wood pillars pair beautifully with the sleek white vases. The candles are “Farmhouse Fresh” whiskey bonfire. Delicious notes of spiced-liquor fill the air the moment I light this candle! It’s as cozy as a night spent by a crackling fire.

Shop the Look:

  1. Fiery Flower Stems
  2. Stoneware Vase, White
  3. Wooden Found Wood Pillars
  4. FHF Candles with Wooden Lid

I hope you find some decoration inspiration! Please let me know what you think in the comments below and come back and visit us again.

Fall Porch

The country porch is a special place. It is where the morning begins with a steaming cup of black coffee for him and a cinnamon vanilla latte for her. In the evening it is the place we gather to tell each other about our days and make plans for the next. It is where we sit to watch the sun rise and set. It is the spot that gives us the best view of the grove and timber with glimpses of deer, red fox, and wild turkeys all coming up for the oak and hickory nuts that fall aplenty in the fall.

Our country porch is an extension of our living space. And like our home, I like to change out the décor to match the season with simple and easy changes. Changing out pillows and throws, adding seasonal elements, and creating one or two focal points with an invitation to come and seat for awhile.

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