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Fall fireplace and Country Living Fair finds

I love to decorate and re-decorate my home! I love to make beautiful spaces for my family to live in. I also have a passion for crafting and creating new things. 
I do this blog in hopes to inspire you to make something beautiful for your Home and Family.

     I feel like an official blogger now that I am sitting down to write my second blog post.  And, I'm so excited about this one...

     I wanted to share with you all my fireplace/hearth/built-ins fall redo.  My family room is always done with blue and green accents so I kept that theme while I sprinkled in my fall decorations.  I really hope you like it and it inspires you to rearrange for the upcoming season change.  Here are the pictures:

I love to decorate and re-decorate my home! I love to make beautiful spaces for my family to live in. I also have a passion for crafting and creating new things. 
I do this blog in hopes to inspire you to make something beautiful for your Home and Family.

I love to decorate and re-decorate my home! I love to make beautiful spaces for my family to live in. I also have a passion for crafting and creating new things. 
I do this blog in hopes to inspire you to make something beautiful for your Home and Family.

     What do you think?  I love that my built-ins are painted an off-white!  I can put just about any color on the shelves and it will pop.  I have to be a little careful though, they can start to look really cluttered so I repeat "less is more" the entire time I'm placing items. :)  

     Heres how I reorganize my shelves.  I've done this lots of times so I've come up with an easy way to get the look I want.  Trust me it can get very overwhelming! 
     ~First, I empty all of the shelves completely and lay everything out on my couch to make it easy to see what I'm working with.  This is also a great time to dust everything!
     ~Next, I take all of the tall pieces and arrange them around the shelves.  You want to make sure they are evenly placed around but be careful not to create a pattern or be too predictable.
     ~Then, I take all of the medium/small pieces and place around the tall pieces already placed.  This is where you can start to make groupings of items.  You'll want to shift things to make them work and don't worry if you find yourself starting back at the first step, I do it all the time!
     ~Last, I like to stand way back and look to make sure everything looks good from a distance.  This is my favorite step because I usually get a huge grin and instantly fall in love with what I did and then immediately change something.  ;)

     I hope these steps work as well for you as they do for me.  I have built-ins in both my family room (pictured) and my formal living room.  I'm just starting to work in there and I'll be sure to post what that looks like as soon as I'm finished.  Those shelves are stained very dark brown and this method works really well in there too.  

     And now to share with you some of the amazing finds I brought back with me from The Country Living Fair this past weekend in Columbus, Ohio.  As mentioned in my first post, my Mom and I spent the day walking from vendor to vendor in awe of all of the beautiful things they have to sell.

     Here is what I brought back with me:

I love to decorate and re-decorate my home! I love to make beautiful spaces for my family to live in. I also have a passion for crafting and creating new things. 
I do this blog in hopes to inspire you to make something beautiful for your Home and Family.I love to decorate and re-decorate my home! I love to make beautiful spaces for my family to live in. I also have a passion for crafting and creating new things. 
I do this blog in hopes to inspire you to make something beautiful for your Home and Family.
I purchased both of these pictures from the same vendor.  They are both made of very heavy duty pallet wood, painted and distressed.  (using Annie Sloan paint would be perfect to make a similar project)  The top picture was $35 and the bottom picture was $30.

I love to decorate and re-decorate my home! I love to make beautiful spaces for my family to live in. I also have a passion for crafting and creating new things. 
I do this blog in hopes to inspire you to make something beautiful for your Home and Family.

Next up, this little beauty...  I actually saw this piece from a distance and knew I had to have it!  I was so worried someone would get to it before me I almost ran to it!  It matches my blue/green family room PERFECTLY!  It is a half bird cage so it hangs on the wall perfectly!  Especially the beadboard paneling in my kitchen.

I love to decorate and re-decorate my home! I love to make beautiful spaces for my family to live in. I also have a passion for crafting and creating new things. 
I do this blog in hopes to inspire you to make something beautiful for your Home and Family.

I absolutely love this painting!  It only stands about 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 and is actually a canvas on a block of wood.  I hope to get a larger piece from the artist in the very near future!  The artists' name is Mary Gregory from Mary Gregory Studio, LTD and she is from Abilene, Texas.  You can see her other artwork here:  marygregorystudio.com  Everything on her site is absolutely gorgeous!

I love to decorate and re-decorate my home! I love to make beautiful spaces for my family to live in. I also have a passion for crafting and creating new things. 
I do this blog in hopes to inspire you to make something beautiful for your Home and Family.

And last I got this bundle of fabrics from Olive Grace Studios.  
You can find them here:  olivegracestudios.com
These fabrics look so great together, she is an expert at matching up complimenting fabrics.

Included in the bundle are:
~Moda (april showers, noteworthy, scrumptious, marmalade, and a walk in the woods)
~Windham Fabrics (Briar Rose by Heather Ross)
~Art Gallery Fabrics (Little Town Glee by Bari J.)

My plan is to make a busy book for my little miss E out of all of this fabric.  Stay tuned I will be posting that adventure!

Thanks for stopping by!
I hope you come by often!
~Jamie


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