winter

It's Still Fall!

I'm sure, like me, you've noticed that when November arrived stores, homes, and even design blogs have traded their pumpkins in for snowmen, and their warm rich earthy color palettes to cool crisp icy colors. Well, wait just a second! With the mildly chilly weather only now in full swing, beautifully colored leaves still floating to the ground and Thanksgiving just around the corner yet, fall is still here! Right? In fact, I am only now finally getting excited about all things fall. As you probably know, I'm not a huge fan of cold weather, but I do have to say the shift from summer to fall does give me a good feeling. It means it's time for cute sweaters, hot chocolate, warm earthy colors, yummy food, time with family, beautiful nature and scenery, etc. And, I've recently gotten to enjoy most of these.

Pumpkin roll!

So, before my warm fuzzy fall feelings turn into winter blues, I thought I'd browse a few of my favorite sites for some fall inspired finds, decor ideas, and the other lovely joys of fall.

Leaf pillow.

Paper mache pumpkins.

Yarn wreath.

Leaf and Gourd decor.

Cupcake toppers.

Pinecone wreath

Table centerpiece.

Leaf garland.

Fall scarf.

Pottery Barn fall decor.

Wishbone servewear.

Candy apples.

My front door.

Side Note: This last photo is actually from last year - fortunately we kept the mums and they came back this year.. unfortunately they came back about 1/3 as big and beautiful and do not look like this!

So, while most people may already be moving on to the Christmas season, I don't like to jump the gun. I'd rather enjoy the fall and the Thanksgiving holiday first. After all, I am very thankful for not-frigid weather (along with many other things, of course).

I hope today's post reminded you of the many joys of fall, and also hopefully reminded you to slow down sometimes. Christmas will be here soon enough. In the meantime, be thankful (hehe) for the fall!

The lovely images from today's post came from Etsy, Pinterest, BHG, West Elm, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn and, of course, my camera!

It's Snow Beautiful!

I may have mentioned this previously, but throughout the cold winter months, my creativity, productivity, etc. slows down considerably. The cold, wet, grey days, one after the other, just put a damper on my energy, motivation and (though, I hate to admit it) overall attitude. But, in a moment of positivity, I said to myself – that’s no excuse! So, today, I decided to blog about one little thing in particular that sometimes brightens my mood, and often delights my eyes, during this otherwise seasonal downer. That thing is the soft fall of a light snow as it gently lay on, well, everything. It adds a certain beauty to things we see everyday, and turns things that are ordinarily 'nothing to write home about' into lovely vignettes.

So, I've included a few shots that I thought made the winter a bit more pleasant! Some of them are shots of the recent snow we’ve had around here, but I’ve also included some photos I’ve snapped over the last few years, as well as one I snagged browsing the web.

So, if you’re like me, and feeling hum-drum with all this cold weather, take a break and enjoy the beauty found in it!

Railroad bridge in the snow.

Trees covered in snow.

Car tracks in the snow.

Tree covered in ice.

Close-up of snowflakes on the windshield.

Snowy street.

These next few pics are from our time in NYC - they are views from our 3rd floor terrace (a tiny luxury in our 400 sq. ft. home) during one of New York's big storms.

Snow covered fire escapes.

Snow stuck to an ivy covered tree truck.

Snow filled backyards.

Well, hope you enjoyed them and hope you are staying warm.. hang in there ‘til spring!