Our cozy round patio fire pit {with new chairs!}

I’m so excited to share our finished fire pit area with you! We made some changes big and small recently and now it’s ready for nights around the fire! 
We had a backyard patio installed last year and have been updating it since. I gave you a tour of the patio earlier this summer and then later we installed cafe lights over the entire patio as well. (See that tutorial if you don’t have trees to attach your lights to!)
Last year I bought clearanced plastic Adirondack chairs to go around the fire pit: 
We started with six and after a few storms were down to four. The plastic was fine for what we paid, but we were always planning on something more substantial long term. 
SO many of you mentioned your love of POLYWOOD when I talked about our plan to upgrade. I looked into them (and with your
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Simple and delicious pumpkin bread recipe

Because I’m fully in the fall spirit, I was on the search for a good pumpkin bread recipe a few weeks ago. I found this super easy one online and of course had to share it with you. You know if I’m sharing a recipe it’s SUPER delicious and really easy. 🙂
I made some slight adjustments to this recipe to fit our tastes better. I think it would be SO good with raisins too, so I added those (and some others) as an option as well. The ingredients are pretty basic and easy to find! 
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Here are the ingredients (grouped by how you mix them): 
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup olive oil (canola or vegetable are fine)
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Giving outdoor decor new life with spray paint!

Hello all! The temps are starting to cool down and it’s the perfect time to work outside! You may not think of fall as a big “fix up” time of year, but it’s one of my favorite times to address outdoor projects. 
No humidity and temps in the 60’s are ideal outside working weather for me! Fall is a great time to plant bushes and trees — they don’t stress as much in the cooler temps and it’s a lot easier to keep them hydrated. 
It’s also my favorite time (well, other than spring) to spray paint all the things! I’ve been working with Krylon to share some fun spray paint projects (see how I sprayed our kitchen hardware here!) and this time I’m showing you how to give some exterior items new life. 
Years ago I shared how I spray painted our outdoor coach lights on the garage…they
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Our THREE year before and after home tour!

Hello my friends! This month marks our three year anniversary in this house! I have had an absolute blast adding my touch to almost every room in our home — it brings me so much joy. As I do every year, I wanted to share how many of the rooms looked right after moving in, and how they look now. 
Before and after posts are my FAVORITE! So here we go! I’ll link to a few of the projects from each space under the photos, but let me know if I miss anything. 
Let’s start with our master, since it’s one of the rooms I worked on recently. It is a long room with a tall tray ceiling and a TON of windows. Here’s how it looked soon after moving in: 
I did a LOT to this space last year — I wanted it to have a dark and cozy
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My favorite Amazon finds for the home {Amazon Prime Day!}

Hello! It’s time for another Amazon Prime Day! Well…two days this year. I love seeing the awesome deals they share every year. I always start my Christmas shopping during this sale.
Their biggest deals are typically on electronics, but I like to share items from Amazon that I use and love in our home. This time I’m focusing more on home decor. This is the perfect time to get your home ready for the holidays! 
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Our family room has some of my absolute favorite Amazon finds. This gorgeous rug for one!:
It has completely changed the feel in our family room — I absolutely love it! Ours is in the olive/charcoal color combo but they have many more colors. I love it so much, I’m ordering this rug in a different color for another
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Our beautiful {and colorful!} fall front porch

Hello there my friends! I recently added some finishing touches to our fall porch and I’m so in love with it. It’s so colorful and warm and makes me so happy. 
If you have any questions about the exterior of our modern Craftsman home, you can check out all of the sources and names here
I shared what I added to our fall window boxes in this post — you have to give planters and window boxes time to fill in. But when they do…wow!!: 
As a reminder, here’s how it looked when I planted everything: 
fall planter tips

And here’s how that one looks now, after about a month: 
colorful fall long window box
So lovely! They make me smile when we drive up to the house. The mums grew in beautifully (I’ll have to start deadheading them soon) and the kale deepened to a gorgeous purple color. 
A couple years ago I shared how I
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Dressing up the stairway landing

Fall is here and I’m back working on a bunch of projects! Feels good to be tackling stuff again. This one is simple and inexpensive fix that may be helpful for a lot of you. 
We have a window at our stair landing that I’ve wanted to address for awhile: 
I love love love our stairs! The landing just felt a bit bare with the plain window: 
white risers stained steps stairs

Obviously it didn’t bother me too badly as it was — I’ve left it like this for three years now. But I’ve wanted to add some drapes and a little something to dress it up.  

Problem is, the window is WAY up there! I needed super long curtains to make this work. 
Thankfully I already had what I needed. Remember years back when I needed really long drapes for our family room? I found super inexpensive drapes and hardware that worked perfectly: 
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How to spray paint kitchen hardware {and save tons of money!}

Hello my friends! I’m back to share a project involving one of my very favorite DIY “tools” ever — spray paint! I’ve blabbed on and on about my love of spray paint for years now. It’s one of the easiest and least expensive ways to completely transform an item (or room!). 
I was thrilled when Krylon asked me to work with them this year. I’ve used their paints on tons of projects over the years and was excited to try out some new-to-me versions as well. I have some fun and helpful projects planned over the next few months.
This first one is in the kitchen and I’m SO excited about this transformation! 
When I was picking out the finishes for this house, I went much “softer” than I had done in the past. The floors were originally much lighter (that flooring became unavailable so we had to go with
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How to hang a light fixture from a recessed light

I’ve been having fun with the small hallways we have in this house. Our home is very open but has a few of these little spots that I want to make special. I feel the same about smaller spaces like powder and laundry rooms — they are the perfect spot to do something dramatic and fun! 
I’ve already given the hallway off the kitchen a makeover

You can read all about that at the link above. I LOVE that wallpaper and am so happy with how that space came together. 
I shared another “hall” last week that’s next on my list: 

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It’s an area off our foyer that transitions to the basement stairs and bathroom. Our foyer is a calm and pretty spot and I want to continue that feel into this area.
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The perfect {cheap!} bins for organizing cabinets and drawers

This is the time of year that the list of projects I want to accomplish before the holidays gets reeeeally long. I always want our home to function well and look it’s best during the holidays!
I get the urge to declutter and organize more than ever in the fall — more so than in the new year. I think it’s because I know more STUFF will be coming into the house and I want to clear out beforehand. 
I’ve been focusing on some places that I haven’t touched much since we moved in. I followed the Konmari decluttering and organizing method years ago and it has served us SO well. But I’m realizing I kind of threw stuff in cabinets and haven’t touched them since, so I’m addressing a few spots. 
This cabinet has served us so
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