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Leaves changing, cozy sweaters, bringing out bootsIt’s no surprise fall is a fan-favorite season, especially on our Facebook and Pinterest accounts!

We’re excited to celebrate the season with some of our favorite bloggers with the 2015 Finding Fall Home Tours! Our posts are acting as a virtual home tour. We’re the first stop and you can follow along each day from one blogger home to the next from Monday through Friday. All of the bloggers are sharing their homes decorated for fall to provide ideas and inspiration for real home owners. To kick off this year’s Finding Fall Home Tours filled with inspiring home ideas from some of our favorite bloggers we thought we’d get started by sharing our most-shared autumn content over the years! Drumroll, please….

 

Number 5: This welcoming autumn entry is filled with fall favorites: apples, corn stalks, hay bales, mums, and pumpkins!

 

Number 4: Rethink your house number for fall with chic white pumpkins!

 

Number 3: Basic bonfires, begone! We’d love to cozy up around this party-perfect pumpkin display.

 

Number 2: Eye-catching door decor is a fall staple. Switch out your usual wreath for a rake wreath filled with juniper and bittersweet!

 

 

Number 1: Our most-pinned autumn decorating idea keeps it classic with simple accents like mums and white pumpkins. We love the simple, symetrical look!

 

 

Next up on the tour is Finding Home Farms! You can see her home here. 


Hi, I am Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co.  I am so excited to be here today talking about our simple cottage exterior renovation. My husband and I are dreamers and renovators, so when looking for a home, we were hoping for a project that we could make our own. When we first moved into this little downtown cottage, we saw major potential. The outside needed some TLC, but we knew that with a few simple updates we could turn this outdated little place into a cute showstopper.

Our plan was to revamp the entry, add a window on the left side, and remove the large window beside the porch. With a little hard work and a small budget, we had the cottage we’d been hoping for.

The new wood front door really serves as a focal point for the new design. We removed the old iron posts and framed the door with Craftsman-style beams. A little board and batten treatment above the entry plays up the cottage vibe.

We built simple barn-style shutters and painted them a cheerful blue. Staying true to my Southern roots, we painted the beaded-board ceiling of the small stoop a lovely pale blue that is a shade lighter than the shutters.

I wanted a light fixture that would make a statement, but it had to be small as well as reasonably priced to fit our budget. There isn’t a lot of clearance between the portico ceiling and the doorway. A thrift store lantern updated with copper spray paint was the perfect fit! It’s small enough to fit the space, plus the copper tone pops nicely against the blue.

The best part about this exterior renovation is being able to change it for the seasons. I love changing out the doormat, pots, and plants to really give the space some personality.

A little creativity went a long way with this exterior makeover, and now we love pulling into our driveway at the end of the day. This place welcomes us home.


BHG Modern Red Front Door

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I’m deep in the throes of redesigning my entryway (along with a few other spaces that flow from here), and the one thing I really want to do is repaint our front door to provide a pop of color for the interior. For now the exterior face of the door will remain black, but I’m envisioning something really fun to add that last little bit of visual interest and personality to the interior. After all, if an entryway is the first thing that sets the tone for anyone coming into the house, shouldn’t the last thing they see before leaving be as interesting?

The internet is full of inspiration for colorful front doors, both inside and out. Here are a few of my favorites to help you get that visual punch.

Bright Bazaar

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An acidic citrus color is made all the more interesting with the additional red detailing. It remains the focal point for the space with the all-neutral interiors.

Navy Closet door

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A classic navy is maybe my favorite neutral of all. Every color looks good with navy and it can be serious as well as playful and preppy.

Palm Springs Pink Door - Studio DIY

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For the brave, this chalky pink door made famous in Palm Springs is glamorous and cheeky. A girlfriend of mine has loads of this color all through her house and when I asked her how she gets away with it (she’s got a manly man husband), she said simply with a shrug, “He’s colorblind.” Hehe

Jenny Komenda Interiors

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Another citrus yellow door with classic trim – almost feels a little Hollywood Regency/vintage Kelly Wearstler, doesn’t it?

carlton landing coral door

This coral door photographed a little more red than it really is (above); I shot it at our lake house community and it makes me stop and look every time I pass by. It contrasts so beautifully with the grayed-down blue of the home exterior.

LGN

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My overall goal for our entryway is for it to feel serene, but with punches of color. I’m researching wallpaper (David Hicks’ hexagon? Cole & Son’s Squiggle) and am planning on a blue and white color scheme with hints of aqua to bring in the aqua accents from the adjacent formal living room. This beautiful mint door from Jenny Komenda’s Little Green Notebook is exactly the same style as my front door. We even have brick flooring too (although ours isn’t painted like hers).

I think it’s back to the drawing board for me, although I’m definitely going to try to get that aqua door past my husband’s approval. What do you think? Could you do a bright interior doorway?


With all the time spent outdoors in the months from spring to fall, I’m intrigued by the idea of outdoor living rooms. In the past, we’ve had a few diferent patio dining sets, but can I be honest? They rarely get used. There’s something about all the bugs in Oklahoma hanging around all that food that makes for a less-than-enjoyable outdoor dining experience. I find that if I were to do it all over again, I’d much rather have a comfy outdoor living room setup with chairs, a coffee table, and maybe a big beautiful umbrella for shade.

Carlton Landing front porch

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At our lake house, our gigantic front porch has provided ample opportunity for long evenings with friends and surveying the kiddos playing on the boardwalk. We designed the railing to double as a bench to allow for more seating, which is one of my favorite elements of the porch. We’re slowly accumulating some outdoor furniture; a pair of rocking chairs and some lanterns have made their way there, but there’s still room for more seating. Here are some of my favorite inspiration pics from BHG that I’ve pinned as I’m designing the space.

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This screened-in porch above is very reminiscent of many of the homes in our lakehouse community. I love the enormous low sectional. This scene could easily be changed up with different pillows and accessories for any time of year. It feels summery and fresh with the pops of color brought in by the boho pillows, but come fall it would feel extra cozy with the addition of blankets and cableknit-covered pillows. The wood coffee table is big enough that you could add a couple of benches or floor cushions to accommodate other guests. (S’mores on the porch, anyone?)

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The patio above is maybe the best of both worlds. It’s got a comfy built-in sectional to lounge on, but room for a dining table too. I’d probably want to pull that table up to the corner of the sectional for long, lounge-y brunches. But you could easily do a big round coffee table in lieu of the dining table or possibly a pair of stools like the ones below. And I love the texture that an outdoor rug provides underfoot.

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Speaking of lounging, how dreamy is this rustic outdoor living space below? That big comfy daybed just begs you to bring out a stack of books and wile away the hours.

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Instead of a coffee table, why not try an upholstered ottoman? Outdoor fabrics from companies like Sunbrella are perfect for the elements, not to mention kids and pets.

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This stunning outdoor fireplace scene below would be so dreamy and relaxing once the weather turns cooler in the evenings. And how gorgeous are those stone pavers set in the grass? That’s a gorgeous solution in lieu of a rug.

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This patio below feels party-ready with tons of outdoor cushions, a handy bar cart to keep snacks and drinks at the ready for guests, and a welcoming vibe with lanterns to welcome visitors.

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Oh, and one last tip: as the summer months march on, now’s the perfect time to keep an eye out for sales on outdoor furniture and accessories. Keep an eye out over the next few weeks as most stores are already prepping for their fall collections to launch, which means huge savings on all spring and summer items!


Sarah Winchester

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Are you a fan of black interiors? Dramatic, moody, uber-glam, masculine, stylish – these descriptives conjure up some pretty amazing spaces much like the stunning living room above. Black is a serious style statement, especially for those who choose to go big or go home with floor to ceiling black paint. Much like one would paint an entire room all white to make the walls recede, black can also offer the same effect.

Black works as a neutral. Any place you might use dark brown or navy could easily be swapped out for black. It plays well with colors but also shines strongly against white or ivory. Just remember: black is about making a style statement, no matter how far you choose to take it. But it’s the kind of trend that can work in practically any corner of your home – even the exterior. So here’s my guide to wading into this hot trend.

Worried about overcommitting? Start small. This simple vessel sink (via this site) makes a statement without going too crazy. Understated and chic, it’s modern but feels approachable thanks to the contrast with the wooden countertops.

Matte black sink

Remember when black appliances were everywhere before stainless steel? They’re baaaaack – but they’re chicer than ever, especially this gorgeous Smeg. This fridge would be stunning in any kitchen. Side note: to keep black from feeling cold, try gold or bronze accents to warm it up.

Matte black Smeg fridge

Architectural features can be the perfect place to accent your home with black. I immediately thought of our trip to Rosemary Beach a couple of years ago where I shot this photo of the gorgeous coffee shop in neighboring Alys Beach. The black gate and trellis feels coolly chic against the crisp white walls which is exactly what you need in the extreme heat of a southern Florida summer. The red umbrellas provide the perfect punch of color. Can’t you imagine black and white striped cushions on all those chairs?

Alys Beach Florida

White woodwork and window casings make this children’s play room feel polished and grown up. I’ve been noticing a ton of unisex nurseries in this color palette lately, particularly in Europe (thanks, Instagram and late-night feedings with the baby!). The natural wood accents keep it lighter and approachable.

Matte black children

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Matte Black stripes add fun graphic interest to this accent wall below and can be achieved without a ton of time commitment.Stripe accent wall (source)

Matte black shutters and a traditional front door pop on the stone exterior of this townhouse below. White window casings and trim provide just that extra pop of contrast to crisp up the entire look.

black exterior accents

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Finally, for those who are definitely not afraid to commit, this floor to ceiling matte black bedroom and bathroom feels like the perfect place to get some serious shut-eye. The walls practically fade away, proving that an all black space doesn’t have to feel cave-like.

All black everywhere

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Trend: Colorful Porch Perk-Ups

Add some color to your porch or patio with these 12 inspiring DIY ideas. Pillows, chairs, tables, and more! Enjoy!

 Super Lovely DIY Porch Pillows, on A Beautiful Mess.

I’m absolutely in LOVE with this DIY Pallet Swing Bed, on The Merrythought.

 Updated Outdoor Chairs, on Design Sponge.

Pretty Painted Patio Rug, on All Things Thrifty.

Wire Cloche Succulent Garden Terrarium, on DIY Showoff.

Pretty Patio Table with Interchangeable Centerpiece, on Craptastic.

For those tiny patios and porches: Little Patio Table Update, on Lovely Indeed.

Add a base support to an old screen door, paint it, and turn it into patio decor, on BHG.

Pallet Serving Tray, on Live Laugh Rowe.

Front Door Makeover, on All Things Mamma.

 

Outdoor Concrete Side Table or Stool, on The Paper Mama on BHG.

Recycled Wood Planter, Zelo Photo Blog.

I don’t know about you, but I would LOVE to have the swinging porch bed in my yard. So comfy.

 

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The images in the first photo are from Design SpongeA Beautiful Mess, The Paper Mama on BHG, and DIY Showoff.


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