Hello friends, hope you are having a wonderful week. Crazy that we are in the second week of September, I already feel the pressures of the holiday mounting and doing my best to stay well ahead of the curve ball:) In the meantime, here is a random musings post that features what’s been happening in my corner of the world. It’s been a busy few weeks with lots going on, not a ton of down time which makes my lazy Sundays that much more enjoyable! Very little narration necessary, the pictures do all the talking, so here we go- ________________________________________________ Three little pumpkins sitting on the ledge……. Son came home and mom to the rescue with a whipup of his favorite lunch, pasta alla caprese! Was at the apt. in NYC I finished (almost) for a photo shoot, a few behind the scenes pictures, will share more when I can, L O V E this library so much! Behind the scenes flower making! The elegant foyer makes a beautiful first impression Almost ready for the closeups Amazed at the process and how it’s all done now with technology! Dinner with a bunch of friends at a pretty newer restaurant One North, it was great but got very “sceney” later on (not my thing) but pretty place Always up for a good sushi meal! NO this was not all for me:) Came across this and it made me excited for fall decorating (from last year) So….don’t be jealous but years ago a antique shop was closing their doors. I happened to go the second to last day it was a very sudden closing and I had no idea. She was just about giving away because the person who bought them reneged after he found out how much they would be to ship them to him in California. This was a case of walking into the right place at the right time, as you might know, these most exquisite Venetian mirrors as you know they can easily run $6-10,000! I bought four! Had no idea what I am doing with them but recognized the deal and plan to put them somewhere, someday…. Used my chinoiserie giftwrap and goregous gift tags featuring my Arabella June custom monogram Yes rather smitten with my new faux kalanchoe, love that i will never have to worry about watering the again! Click here to see them both (you may need to scroll down, there are two sizes/styles) Link to preorder the new planter is here A friend is undergoing what has turned into (as they often do) a large renovation that started off as a “small” project! I stopped by to see her beautiful mess Dared to go into my “Christmas dept store” as it is affectionately known (the attic) and I must admit I had fun seeing all of my holiday decor from seasons gone by:) On the other hand, I nearly fainted thinking about one day when we sell this house, what a task it will be to pack…think a mega tag sale will be in order. But according to my husband, we are never selling this house so guess the holiday decor will remain:) You know how much I love going to farms and farmstands….a few Saturdays ago went and had such fun, last stop was Briermere for the worlds best pies, their peach and blueberry pie is so good it should be illegal:) And YES, it really is that ridiculously good! Gorgeous vibrant farm flowers, and yes, some even came home with me- Above is our family room, it is a beautiful room but now that my husband has made the declaration we are never moving, I am giving this bad boy a facelift. This furniture believe it or not is almost 18 years old. Good furniture lasts, yes I know. Thank you EJ Victor, TRS and Theodore Alexander for making furniture that more than stood up to the challenges of three active sons! We have more than gotten our moneys worth:) But I want to add new life to it, and am going to make it a project. The rug has soft greens, blues and golds (hard to see in this picture) so I want to lighten things up a bit and pull colors out of the rug. I am not sure if I am going to begin now or wait till the holidays, but rest assured I will take you with me on the transformation! Yesterday put the finishing touches on my dining room mantle, and I love it. Simple and elegant, went out cut some evergreen, added holiday feeling sprigs to my two favorite double happiness vases and added my family of pumpkins! Click here to see the pumpkins sold as a set of individually. Never used evergreen for fall but you know what- I love it! I really like the rich greens against the blue and white, think it’s quite striking. Plus it’s right in my yard, so why not! Last, caught this incredible blush toned sunset the other night and it just took my breath away, love those late summer nights….yes it is still summer:) ______________________________________ So there you have the highlights of the last couple weeks. I have to say its been an unusually busy start to fall, (well you now what I mean, though it really starts Sept 23rd). I feel like this is a warm up for what is to come for the holidays.. B U S Y. So kind of like I am revving up my engines now. Hoping to get all my mums planted this week/weekend so that my home looks like it is ready to welcome the new season, my most favorite of all, fall! Hope your week is going well, and always appreciate you stopping in. Until next time……….. PS Many have been asking about our presale for the new holiday gift wrap and ornaments, we are either going to hold it this week or early next week, just working on some last minute details but it is coming, and SO worth the wait!!