Touch of Fall Home Tour Blog Hop

Touch of Fall Home Tour Jersey Girl in the South blog

I have teamed up with some amazing blogger friends for the Touch of Fall Home Tour blog hop. Each one of these ladies is very talented and has a unique style. Please be sure to visit everyone and show them some love. If you are visiting from Farmhouse on Elder Hill  I am so happy that you stopped by! Her home is stunning, isn’t it? Pour yourself a cup of coffee and let’s get inspired for fall decorating!

Welcome to our home! Today I am sharing with you our dining room, family room and porch where I have added fall touches. This is my favorite season! I love everything about fall!

Let’s start with the dining room. Our table was kept simple as we use it every night for dinner. I couldn’t help myself from buying those adorable little dishes and faux pumpkins from Target! While I did purchase mainly neutral colors I could not help myself from buying some traditional orange pumpkins as well.

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Through Pinterest I found this adorable free printable from Anderson and Grant. I paired it with a Harvest banner from One Tiny Heart.

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Now let’s visit the family room. I stayed with warm tones like copper and lots of natural elements like antlers, pinecones and branches. This bundle of wheat just says fall to me!

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I got a little carried away at Target this year. The bargain spot just had so many beautiful things and I could not resist! I’m going to have to hide my Red Card! All of my finds could make for a good game of I Spy though!

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I filled my crock with some chippy spindles and antlers. Originally the spindles were part of a group I had purchased for my booth but I decided to keep two for myself…

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Now come on outside. We love having a front porch and sit out here often. Outdoor pillows paired with a plaid throw they make for a very cozy space.

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It’s so much fun changing the decor with the seasons. I found these heirloom pumpkins at the grocery store of all places! My mums are nestled in apple bushel baskets which were an estate sale find.

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I hope you enjoy touring my home decorated for fall! Please visit One Happy Housewife next! Then be sure to stop by and check out all of the blogger’s homes!

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Sense & Serendipity

Kate Decorates

Lemons to Lovelys

Victoria Lee Home

White Arrows Home

Cali Girl in a Southern World

Farmhouse on Elder Hill

One Happy Housewife

Crisp Collective

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My favorite fall photos of 2016

 

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Photography is a hobby that I have enjoyed since college when I took my very first class. I have been trying to find the time to take more photos lately and really get back into it. It is not that easy when you have 3 boys who are always in a rush when Mom wants to stop to take a few pictures. These are a few of my favorites photos from this fall.

The first group is from our visit to Fruit Hill Orchard in Palmyra, VA. It is a small family owned operation that has a produce market and a pick your own orchard. The employees are all very kind to the kids and make a fuss over them. This is the second year we have gone and we will definitely be going back. It is not crowded like going up to Charlottesville and the ride there from our house is scenic. Their gala apples are fabulous!  http://fruithillorchard.com/

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The next two photos are from Lloyd Family Farms in Rockville, VA. This is the first time we had gone pumpkin picking at this farm. It will be our new spot from now on. The farm offers hay rides, a corn maze, food trucks, goats to pet and pony rides. My kids were in heaven! I wish I would have taken more pictures of the property but I only had my cellphone. I never put the camera card back in and did not discover my mistake until I went to take pictures… My favorite part is all of the different varieties of pumpkins that they grow. You are not stuck with the basic round orange pumpkin. They had white, Cinderella, green and all fabulous shades of orange along with different sizes and shapes to choose from. http://www.lloydfamilyfarms.com/

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The last group of photos is where I take most of my pictures these days: home. Leaves are changing, temperatures are cooling and we want to be outdoors all of the time!

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Our Silver Fox rabbits had a litter of 6 babies! They were born October 2nd and we have really been enjoying them. It has been a great learning experience for the kids. We are all going to miss them when they move onto their new homes. My middle son wants to keep them all but I think 10 rabbits is more than we can handle!

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What would you be interested in seeing pictures of? I plan to do a farmhouse/barn photo post in the future!

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Fall Home Tour 2016

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Fall is my favorite season! The temperature starts to cool down but it’s still warm enough not to need coats, hats and all that mess. As much as I love flip flops I am eager to wear my new fall boots! There is something fun going on every weekend and it’s perfect fire pit weather.  I can do without the ragweed pollen and the rainy few weeks we have had though!

I am not a pumpkin spice fan (I know! The horror! You can revoke my basic girl card now) and I don’t like pumpkin pie but I can’t get enough of pumpkins in my decor. Per the usual Target did not let me down. I went to every store in the area an embarrassing amount of times to collect all of their awesome fall stuff from the bargain spot. Half of my decorations were purchased there this year. If you haven’t been lately it’s worth the trip!

The cozy throws I have on the rocking chairs are really blanket scarves. I had bought one to wear but it was entirely too hot. I was having trouble finding a second one in the same pattern so I cut mine in half. Shh…don’t tell. Aren’t these pillows cute? Also from Target!

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In the foyer I styled my chalk painted pumpkins with another blanket scarf in a metal crate. I love it alongside my brass quail from Goodwill and my faux sunflowers from Hobby Lobby. You can see how to make your own pumpkins and also how I painted the dresser here. http://www.jerseygirlinthesouth.com/diy-projects-and-crafts/

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In the dining room I tried to stay with simple, rustic decorations. The Thankful banner is another Target find from last year. I styled the tray on the table with things I had around the house (grapevine balls, burlap ribbon, tray and candle holder) and a bag of gourds and mini pumpkins from the grocery store.

 

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Do you see my new grain scoop on the buffet?

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I did not decorate the kitchen for fall except for the coffee station. Rae Dunn mugs are my favorite! They have such cute sayings and I buy them whenever I find them at Homegoods. My rack is full now so I will have to move onto bowls and trays. 😉

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My family room colors are the perfect backdrop for fall decorations with a quick change of the couch pillows. I also swapped out the greenery and changed up the mantel a little bit. I decided to stay simple and neutral. It will change over to Halloween next month but I like this look for September and November. I’ve been on the hunt for birch branches to fill the olive bucket.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my fall decor! If you are not already following me on Instagram please do @jerseygirlinthesouthblog I have been posting my decor changes over there. I also love seeing everyone’s homes.

 

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How to: DIY Chalk Paint Pumpkin with Twine Stem

How to Chalk Paint Pumpkins

As you may have already figured out I am in love with chalk paint. I think it’s the easiest way to transform a boring and outdated object into something spectacular.

My husband got down the fall decor bins out of the attic for me the other day after I nicely asked several times aka bugged him until he did it. I started going through them to see what goodies I could find. Last year I did not decorate for fall as our house had some construction projects going on and I could not remember what I had saved.  We did A LOT of purging before we moved but I still kept a few things that I was not totally in love with. Example: these too bright and obviously fake plastic pumpkins.  The decor in my new house has made a change to a more neutral pallette.

I have been loving white pumpkins, burlap and natural textures. The only problem was I didn’t own any, well until now! Instead of dropping them off at Goodwill I tried to see what they would look like with a fresh coat of paint. I figured why not? The worst I could do was ruin them. My youngest decided to “help” and drew on the tall ceramic pumpkin with green marker so I needed to do something to fix it anyway. I have owned these pumpkins for about 15 years so I got my money’s worth out of them already. A roll of twine was found in my gift wrapping stash and the white chalk paint was leftover from painting my dining room furniture. This was a zero budget project! My favorite kind!

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I started out with 5 pumpkins and ended up only keeping 4 of them. I just was not feeling the short fat one once I started painting it. Sometimes I am not happy with my DIY results and that’s ok. No harm, no foul and into the trash it went.

How to:

Step 1-Gather fake pumpkins that need a makeover. They can be ones you already own or you can buy new. Dollar Tree, Walmart, Michaels and other craft stores are filled with them. They are inexpensive and come in a variety of sizes, shapes and styles.

Step 2-Get chalk paint of your choosing and a foam brush. I used Americana Decor chalk paint in Everlasting. https://decoart.com/americana-decor/chalky-finish/paint It’s a pure white. There are many brands of chalk paint to choose from. Americana Decor and Annie Sloan are my two favorites. I have built up a nice paint stash the past few years. I buy big packs of foam brushes since I find they give me the best results. They are cheap and I throw them away when I am done. Easy peasy cleanup. It is not worth it to me to save them.

If you want to cover the pumpkin stems with twine find a roll or you can paint them for a more realistic look. My twine is from The Bargain Spot at Target from last year but you can purchase it at most big box stores and hardware stores.

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Step 3-Paint two coats of chalk paint allowing them to dry in between coats. I use a pencil as a paint stirrer since the jars are so small and dip my foam brush right into the paint. I found it easier to paint in the grooves first and then go back and do the whole pumpkin.

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Step 4-Unroll the twine. Tuck an end under the cheesy plastic stem. You can secure it with glue if you choose to but I was able to get my twine to stay without it. Wrap the twine around the stem to cover it fully. I wound it around twice and tucked the cut end back under the stem by pushing it in with the tip of a pair of scissors. Again you can use glue to hold it but I was able to make mine stay all by itself. I chose to do a simple bow instead of wrapping the stem on the ceramic pumpkin. There was no way to hide the ends of the twine. I could have glued it to the back side but I wanted to be able to have all sides of my pumpkin visible.

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Step 5-Admire your work and style your fabulous new to you pumpkins! My pumpkins found a home for now in the foyer. I put them in a metal basket (found on clearance at Hobby Lobby) with this awesome $7 blanket scarf from Target’s bargain spot. If you have not been there lately you must go! So many fall goodies and they are selling out fast! The brass quail were a Goodwill find a few weeks ago. Aren’t they cute? I was going to paint them too but I decided I like the brass for now. I swapped out my summer flowers to these faux sunflowers, also from Hobby Lobby. The dresser is another chalk paint project and can be found under the DIY and crafts tab of my blog.

The possibilities are endless with this project. You do not have to go with white. The pumpkins would be cute in black or deep purple for Halloween or a fun color that matches your other seasonal decor. You could also add patterns, polka dots or whatever look you are going for! It’s really that simple!

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If you decide to replicate my project I would love to see your results! You can tag me on Instagram or on Facebook @jerseygirlinthesouthblog .

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