5 Flower-Less Arrangements for Fall

I love the look of real, fresh flowers in my home.  Every couple of weeks I buy a inexpensive bunch of flowers at the grocery store.  They immediately freshen a space and add life to my rooms.  But, I'm always on the look out for arrangements that are no-fuss and can last for a long time.  I teamed up with my favorite local florist, House of Flowers, in downtown Bakersfield to put together 5 very easy arrangements for Fall that actually aren't flowers at all. (If you are local, be sure to follow them on Instagram, they host some really great workshops.)  This fun mixture of berries and twiggy, leafy stems adds texture, life and color in a beautiful subtle way.  And the best part is, you don't really have to have any floral arranging skills at all.

All of these would look gorgeous paired with flowers or as fillers in an elaborate arrangement, but I love the simplicity of placing each item in it's own container. 

I started with a mixture of some old and new vases.

Copper Mugs // 3 Tall Vases (I've had for over 10 years) // White Pitcher // Short White Vase // Copper and Brass Vase (Thrifted)

Here's my new favorites. Next time you are looking for some fun foliage for arrangements, be sure to ask your local florist for these inexpensive flower-less stems.

1. Moon Lagoon Eucalyptus

2. Cotton

3. Red Brunia

4. Silver Brunia

5. Privet Berries


The Week's End

Well, it's a good think I don't have a podcast or make videos, because I have no voice.  I've been feeling like I'm about to get sick for the last week and a half.  And then, mid-Friendsgiving dinner Monday evening, my voice started to go. Tis the season for colds and sore throats I guess.  My body is telling me to stop and slow down, even though I don't feel like I have the time to. Maybe you can relate. MJ of Pars Caeli wrote about taking care of yourself, I'm going to take some of her good advice (next week).

Here's some posts I'm digging this week. You are going to want to check these out:

Be sure to check out this home office and craft room, the removable wallpaper is amazing!

No boring Thanksgiving table decor to be found here.  Bright colors and graphic patterns make for a unique Fall look.

Pretty paper wreaths in soft pastel colors, perfect for modern Fall and Winter decor.

I love this Fall mantel 3 ways.  It's hard to pick a favorite.

And if you are not listening to the podcast, Hear Motherhood, head over there now.


Homemade Gingerbread Syrup for Lattes and Milkshakes

I'm good having ice cream all year round. The weather doesn't need to be warm in order for me to enjoy it. And now that all my favorite holiday flavors are popping up, I thought a Gingerbread Milkshake would be a fun dessert for my family. If I go to Starbucks this time of year, it's not the pumpkin spice or peppermint mocha that I really want, it's an gingerbread latte that I crave.  

I decided that instead of buying a syrup that has a whole bunch of weird ingredients and preservatives, I'd make my own gingerbread syrup. I was generous with the spices friends, so a little syrup adds a good punch of flavor.

And to make these an extra special holiday treat, I'm serving them in little glass milk bottles with plaid straws (from the Target dollar section) and plaid scarves around each bottle. You might remember a couple years ago, I served egg nog in bottles with cute little scarves and buttons.  I made these little checked scarves with some wide ribbon.

Gingerbread Syrup

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
2-3 tbsp. molasses
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. cloves

Bring to a boil and cook for 4 mins on high.  Cool and store in an sealed jar or bottle. Keeps up to 2 weeks in the fridge. When added it to coffee or a latte, take it out of the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature. It can be very thick if it is chilled.

For a Milkshake, combine good vanilla ice cream, with a splash of milk and a little Gingerbread Syrup in a blender.


Tween Boy's Bedroom

This Summer Dylan turned 13, how can my little boy be in Jr. High?  He is such a good kid, he works hard at school and is a pretty fun kid to be around. He was ready to make his bedroom to feel a little more grown up. We haven't changed a thing in his room for more then 4 years, expect his closet did get a little makeover.  Even though he is still a huge Star Wars fan, he was ready for a change.  So, we are taking on a little makeover to transition this kiddo from little boy to teenager. We picked out bedding and a few pieces that will feel more grown up and less little boy. And to be honest, I'd happily have all of these pieces in my bedroom. He's getting some really cool stuff for The Land of Nod. I may be stealing the gold lamp and rug for myself.

The walls are a bright white and the chalk board paint is gone. The room is feeling bigger and brighter.

13 is an awkward age to be and Jr. High can be rough. But, Dylan's reaction to this new plan was "SICK!!! This is going to be awesome!".  I'm excited for him to have this new, refreshed space.  


Painted Claw Foot Tubs

When we first found our house there was two things I immediately loved about it. The first was the built-in cabinets in our dining room and the second was the original 1920's claw foot tub in the one and only bathroom.  It was in bad shape, so we painted it a fresh coat of white paint when we moved in 13 years ago.  But, for the last 5 or so years, I've been itching to paint the outside of the tub a fun color.  This first one, the forest green is probably my favorite.  

I also would love to take out the little corner shower unit and add a curtain surround and a shower head to the tub.  This would free up a lot of space in the bathroom and we would be able to add a second sink and some much needed storage.  


The Week's End

I hope you've had a great week.  We spend last weekend in LA helping out at a mission on skid row. It was a good time for our family and definitely a departure from the usual, but it left me needing a weekend all week long. Can I just say I'm so thankful for Veteran's Day.  What I nice little bonus in the middle of the week. We watched Dylan's marching band in the parade and I cried when I saw the faces of the little old Grandpa's who fought in the wars.  Then Lonnie helped me start painting Dylan's bedroom. Of course, we ran out of paint, so I had to finish it yesterday.  But, it's bright white and feels fresh and clean.  I'm working on a little makeover for his room, so stay tuned.

I sure appreciate you guys for sticking with me as my posts have been so sporadic. I'm juggling a bunch of life right now, which I'm sure you are as well.

Do you need some weekend inspiration?  Be sure to check out these fun ideas:

These poppy colored pillows in the cutest prints are sure to brighten any space.

Learn a little about yourself here.

Refresh your entryway with some fun, unexpected art pieces for the holidays.

Make a fun footed serving bowl.

And I'm always a fan of homemade biscuits, so I'm going to try these Cheddar Scallion Biscuits this weekend.

Oh, and there is still time to save on a framing project with Framebridge.  Be sure to grab Oleander + Palm's special discount code here.


DIY "Let's Snuggle" Pillow

It finally cooled off this week and I'm so pleased with the weather. Now it's time to make my home warm and cozy. No longer do we have to pump the AC and sit near a fan - YAY!

I'm giving my couch a little love with a new "Let's Snuggle" pillow made from the softest flannel. Head overt to Curbly today to see the full how-to.

I used my trusty Cricut Explore machine to cut out these letters, but there is also a printable template ready for you to download. 
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