Weekend Bits – Links I Love

We bought my dad a Keurig last year for Christmas, which I have to say is probably one of his all time favorite gifts.  Seriously, the man even takes it along when he and my mom go on vacation (at least the car trips). My husband was actually the one that picked it up for my dad and he has been envying it ever since.  He finally took the plunge and bought one this weekend (he had a 30% off coupon from Kohl’s which made it a great deal).  So this Sunday morning we’re both enjoying hot cups of our favorite brew and I’m becoming a fast fan.

Speaking of coffee, are you a warm-hearted but oblivious cappuccino or a reflective but indecisive latte?  Here’s a fun chart  that breaks down what your coffee order says about you.

Not sure what to wear today?  Here are 50 fall outfit ideas to steal right now.

Haunted houses are fun and frightening to visit during Halloween but would you buy a house that was supposedly haunted?  Here are the ten most haunted houses on the market right now.

The weather is getting chilly which means it’s soup season.  Here is an easy recipe for one of my favorites, butternut squash soup.

Cooler weather also means it’s time to snuggle up in sweaters.  I shared some of my favorites on Wish List Wednesday.

And from the Misty Morning tumblr blog, my favorite Halloween pin of the week – kitty hat:

kitty hat

Happy Halloween!

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Weekend Bits – Links I Love

Good morning!  My weekend was so packed with fun stuff that I’m a day behind in sending out my favorite links of the week.  So without further ado…

I was a huge fan of the shelter magazine, Domino, before it stopped being published in 2009.  If you’re not familiar with the name, it’s a magazine for people who enjoy the never ending search for items and inspiration for their home.  And this past week, they announced they’re back.  I can’t tell you how happy this makes me!  In addition to quarterly print publications, it will also be an e-shop where you can source and buy everything you see in the pages directly from their site or app.  Click here to check it out.

If you’re not into pumpkin guts or don’t like dealing with the mess, Evite has some fun and creative no carve ideas for you.

I’m kind of obsessed with this wing back chair in polka dot fabric.  If only I had a spot for it!

Before you head out to shop, you need to run down Shopbop’s top 10 fall essentials checklist.

An apple pie cocktail with cinnamon meringue?  I haven’t tried it yet but it sure looks tasty.  Design Sponge shares the recipe here.

If you’re looking for a laugh this morning, take a look at The 44 Best Pictures of the Nightmare Fear Factory haunted house.

Want to add some quick and easy Halloween creepiness to your home?  I share some of my go to items here.

Happy Monday!

 

Spooky Halloween Decor

My kiddos are finally at ages that I can take a more creepy approach in my decorating for Halloween. Skeletons, crows, vultures, rats and spiders – they’re all fair game!  It’s easy and inexpensive to spook out your house.  Here are a few of my go to items:photo 2 - Copy

Michaels is my favorite craft store to shop for ghoulish stuff.  I use the crows and vultures above to perch pretty much anywhere for an instant spook factor.  Michaels also sells realistic looking foam skeleton heads that are cheap, light weight and easy to work with.

skullNo Halloween decor is complete without creepy cloth.  I use it on chandeliers, my mantle and sometimes my front porch.  You can find creepy cloth at Michaels, CVS, Walgreens and most Dollar Stores.creepy clothPlastic spiders can also be found almost anywhere and are perfect for putting on pumpkins and weaving into creepy cloth.spidersCall me twisted but I also love to frame eerie (but not gruesome) pictures to include in my displays. Below is the headless pic I used in my mantle display.  You can find the one I used and more here.

creepy picI then root around my house to find bigger props to include.  This time I used an old window frame and a mantle clock from my dad’s childhood home.  Cake plates, tarnished silver and candelabras also work spooktacularly.  I added a couple of black and white pumpkins to finish the look.

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You can also invite a ghoul to your table.  I picked this plastic skeleton up at Walgreens, dressed him up in a thrift store suit and let him be head of the table in my dining room.photo (9)

These are just a few concepts to get the ideas brewing.  If you’ve got other great suggestions, feel free to share and remember to decorate if you dare . . .

Weekend Bits – Links I Love

It’s hard to believe that September is almost over.  The month flew by!  My son’s birthday is next weekend so I’m making a big push to finish my fall decorating and get my house up to snuff for the big family dinner we’re hosting.  Before I get knee deep in pumpkins and mums, I wanted to share some of the fabulous links I stumbled across this week:

If you love vintage inspired decor, this fall mantle from Craftberry Bush is a visual treat.

J. Crew published their October style guide this week and I’m already making my wish list.

Wondering what nail colors are hot this fall?  Rachel Zoe gives us the top 5 trends for your next mani in her Zoe Report.

A wall filled with frames of your family and friends makes a huge visual impact.  Rue Magazine shares their tips for hanging the perfect gallery wall.

This time of year, my kids always ask for their favorite Halloween snack mix:  candy corn and peanuts (tastes just like a PayDay candy bar!).  It’s a stretch to call this a recipe but here is the link.

We’re over half way through the latest season of Project Runway.  If you’re a fan of the show or have a little fashionista at your house, you’ve got to check out my latest post on how to throw a Project Runway party.

Enjoy your weekend!

Weekend Bits – Links I Love

Hello weekend!  What took you so long?  Here is my weekly roundup of favorite links:

From emerald to army, the color green is huge for fall. I plan to add this Swatch watch  as a fun pop of color to my fall wardrobe.

Cupcakes for Breakfast has me craving carbs with their recipe Pasta with Roasted Tomato, Corn, Spinach and Ricotta.

Halloween is right around the corner.  My daughter and I can’t wait to do try our hand at some of these spooky Halloween projects  from Tatertots & Jello.

If you love the vintage farmhouse look, you’ve got to follow Debbie Dusenberry, founder of Curious Sofa, here on Pinterest.

School is in session with this amazing chalkboard birthday cake from A Subtle Revelry. It would be perfect for the little kiddo who loves to play school.

Hallmark Cards announced this week that they plan to open a specialty store called HMK on the Country Club Plaza in KC.  The store will have a boutique feel and sell greeting cards and trendy little gifts like jewelry, pillows, children’s clothing, candles and ornaments,  This article from the Kansas City Star has all the details. I can’t wait to check it out.

In my quest for the perfect sofa, I’ve become obsessed with the Chesterfield style. Read more about it in my design crush post from this week.

Enjoy your weekend!