Today is a big day around these parts!
It's Nate's birthday. I won't share how old he is. (Hint: It's old.) I still need to wrap his gift. (#wifefail). Ike and I always have a tough time on Nate's birthday because we both have to be on our best behavior. Which is hard for both of us.
Today is also a big day because it's our turn to share our Modern and Fresh Fall home tour!
The Modern and Fresh home tour is hosted by Lindsay (The White Buffalo Styling Co.) and Kristen (KFD Designs). These lovely ladies asked a bunch of stylish bloggers (I fooled someone along the way) to share how we cozy up our homes for fall. Bring on the scarecrows and "boo" signs. Or not.
Important notes: There will be no black crows in these photos because birds freak me out. Also, Ike managed to make his way into approximately 83.4% of the pictures. I don't know how I'd go through life without having an assistant.
Let's start outside.
I always place mums on our front steps. They look beautiful until it gets cold. I then lose all interest in keeping them alive. That motivation is redirected to keeping myself warm.
Speaking of keeping warm, let's head inside. Here's the view from the front door. I tried to get a few different angles than normal.
Our console table got a new Fall do.
I had Nate's Sweet Old Lady Cow photo made into standout from mpix. I then worked around her. I picked up the wire frame thing and the scale at a couple of local antique shops. I had been wanting a scale forever and finally broke down. Good life decision. I added the hive vase from West Elm and a shiny pumpkin from Michael's to help balance out all of the old.
I also went to the dark side and added some bunting. I know. I'm worried about me too.
Moving on to the living room.
Our couch is cozy with some tribal-ish pillows I picked up from Target for $6 each. The birthday boy hates them because they itch his precious man skin. I keep telling him that beauty is pain. Ike, on the other hand, loves them!
He leads a rough life.
I added some pumpkins, some owls, some candles and some old books. It's now Fall. The end.
I'd like to think that the bookshelves days are numbered. Which is why they look the same as when we moved in 5 years ago. Cheesy wedding photos and all. And that scrolly thing. Don't judge me on the scrolly thing. It's days are more numbered than the bookcases.
I whipped up these pumpkin bookends. They add just the right amount of cozy Fall to the mantel.
One of my favorite parts of our house is that I can take photos from the second floor walkway. Here's the living room aerial view.
Let's head back downstairs.
Just be careful to not trip over the dog. Like Nate and I do 50 times each day. He doesn't move. Trust me.
Our living room and kitchen are open to each other. Let my assistant show you the way.
The fall decor in the kitchen is pretty simple. Some pumpkins and a plant on the table. A bowl of candy corn on the counter (a Fall necessity!). I have been baking up a storm in the kitchen lately.
There is usually a freshly baked pumpkin good on the counter but this week it's a poorly decorated hipster cake for Nate's birthday. Every grown Iowan man's dream.
Another kitchen view.
You can see above that the kitchen is connected to the dining room. The dining room is our latest victim. Sort of. Our new table is in the same state as you last saw it. We still haven't found chairs. Womp, womp. Once we work all of that out, I think there might be some open shelving going on in here.
I went to the dark side on the top of the hutch.
I have an indoor mum on the table. I meant to put it in a vase but couldn't find one I liked. I'm sure it's days are numbered too.
You've made it to the end. I feel like should be handing out pumpkin muffins. Ike thinks it's time for you to leave because he needs a nap. He gets cranky when he's tired. Poor thing.
Be sure to check out all of the fabulous tours going on during the month of October. So much virtual stalking!