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Finally Fall: Rylen’s Fall Home Tour 2016

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Jenna and I were so excited to be included in this Finally Fall blog hop! We feel like the theme “finally fall” could not be more fitting for us Arizonans. We have to fake it till we make it for quite a while until it FINALLY starts to cool down here!This fall/holiday season is going to be an interesting one with baby coming soon. I normally love to decorate for Halloween but I know with a newborn around I won’t be changing out my decor anytime soon. I wanted some simple, neutral touches of fall that would transition well until Christmas comes out and ones that I (hopefully) won’t get sick of!
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I was so excited to find this magnolia wreath on decor steals. I’ve been wanting one for SO long but could never justify spending $90 on one. rylen-fallhome-6dsc_0308-2rylen-fallhome-7Can you spy my little photo bomber? Photographing a room takes skills, photographing a room with little hooligans running around is an art. This last time we were photographing, I kept thinking we needed a behind the scenes video going on because it was not as serene as the pictures make it look!
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This is one of my favorite times of year. I love everything that fall brings and cant wait to start all of our fun fall traditions! Thanks for stopping by!

Be sure to stop by our fellow Finally Fall Home Tours. They will all make you swoon!

 

Little Glass Jar

A House and a Dog

The Fat Hydrangea

Twelve On Main

Dandelion Patina

An Inspired Nest

Creekwoodhill

Rustic and Woven

Delightfully Noted

Mindfully Gray

Living 511

Finally Fall: Jenna’s Fall Home Tour 2016

Hey girls! We are so thrilled to be included in a fun Finally Fall home tour blog hop with some really great insanely talented hosts. All their links full of eye candy are at the end!

It finally feels like cooler weather is on the way in Arizona so I’ve been making it rain pumpkins for the last couple days… For the first time since I got married I decided to decorate for Halloween. My kids are over the moon and I think I moved up on the cool Mom scale a teeny bit. I would be lying if I said I’m not loving it too. Every time I walk by I can’t help but smile. Originally I only planned on adding Halloween to our entry way, but it has slowly crept it’s way into all my fall decor almost. It adds a bit of light hearted fun in our home, and I am a fan of that! Perhaps later in the season I’ll show these spaces without the skelebones and bats.

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This Haunted House Pillow that I found at Nordstrom Rack is so darling… the little spooky eyes in the windows make me laugh. It’s possible that I’m easily amused.

Our front room functions as a sitting room but mostly a play room for the kiddos. We need to utilize all our rooms in our little house so this one needs to play multiple duties. 
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I always love to decorate this entertainment center for each season, it’s in our main living space the kitchen/dining/family room.

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I hope you enjoyed coming by and visiting our home! I love decorating for fall because it means the entire Holiday season is coming! Bring me all the Pumpkin spice + Caramel apples! 

Be sure to stop by these lovely Finally Fall Home Tours

 

Little Glass Jar

A House and a Dog

The Fat Hydrangea

Twelve On Main

Dandelion Patina

An Inspired Nest

Creekwoodhill

Rustic and Woven

Delightfully Noted

Mindfully Gray

Living 511

 

New simple floating shelves

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I really wanted to share with you the new Ikea floating shelves we added and I’ve begun to style in our front room today. However, there is a backstory that should be known… because I feel  like everyone who is on the quest to decorate their home can probably relate. This room has been a huge challenge… let me explain… I think you really have to “live” in a space for a good amount of time to really understand how you really need it to function for you before you begin to decorate. We bought our home about 3 years ago and it has had many identity crisis’s since then. I would say that’s mostly because I was in such a huge rush to define all the areas and make it all fluffed and pretty, which is totally what happened with this space.

I probably wasted a whole lot of my energy, not to mention money… because here we are 3 years later with a completely different aesthetic and all our main spaces have all been through multiple changes. For the most part, all we’ve done is change the cosmetics of it multiple a couple times… but still it’s totally different now than what it has been in the past. The big changes I would say started with our grey concrete floors and has just totally spiraled from there.

So this space, is our front room that is meant to be a dining/formal living room is larger than our family room space in the back of our home… so we really need it to function like a main living area… even though the builder may have had other plans. A couple months ago I decided to throw caution to the wind, put a tv console in there, and a sectional and make it a playroom.

Well of course the designer in me still needs it to be pretty because well… hello designer issues.. and it’s the first room people see when they walk into our house. I really wanted it to be a comfortable pretty space to entertain guests, as well as a play room for the kids. SO I’ve been working on just that. The idea of these shelves came from the idea to add another surface to put all my pretty clutter things on because you can never have too many styling opportunities, am I right?  On my most recent trip to Ikea, I grabbed the Ekby floating shelves. They were $20 each, a total steal, and I would guess they’re each 6ish feet long, so large. They were pretty easy to mount, my husband did that… bless his soul. And then I got to emptying all my stashes of pretty things I had tucked away.  The best part is I mostly used what I had, I only purchased a couple things for this area. I love shopping my house, I was playing musical decor all morning. I would still say it has some more final touches to make, but I just love how it looked today so I thought I would share with you the space. So here is how it looks today.
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The only items that were purchased were the pillows that I grabbed at Homegoods, and the wooden carved whale… which I love. They both have put me in a Spring mood, or maybe it’s that it’s been 80 in Arizona this week.

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Obviously I need to fill that huge frame with something, I already have this print ordered I just need to go get it printed at Staples.

I stole the little dresser from my little  boy’s room that may or may not still be full of his clothes because I thought it was the perfect scale to fill between the two sitting chairs. He needs a bigger one anyways, I just need to find the right one to replace it. But hey, quirky things like that are fun… right?

Now every time you see this space in my pictures you’ll know it’s filled with toddler clothes… that makes me laugh. Styled Shelves - 14 Styled Shelves - 10
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I love how this little area came together and it was quick and easy. Don’t you love when that happens?

Rylen’s Christmas Home Tour

Merry Christmas! This holiday season always seems like a whirlwind to me, but I am really trying to enjoy every moment of it this year.  It has been especially fun as my boys are getting older and starting to enjoy all our family traditions.

There is just something about a home decorated for Christmas that is so cozy and inviting. Like Jenna, one of the things I love most about having a neutral home is being able to add some fun colors around the holidays but not have to be married to them.This year I really went back and forth on decorating themes. I originally wanted a totally neutral Christmas but couldn’t help adding some red. So here is my neutral, with pops of red, Christmas home!Christmas Home 1Christmas Tour 2I tried really hard to do a neutral tree this year but it just wasn’t jiving. Then when i got my box of ornaments out I couln’t help but put them up. Growing up, my mom gave each of us kids an ornament every year. When we got married or left the house she gave us each all of our ornaments. I’ve since started the same tradition with my boys. I love that each year our tree is sentimental even though it may be simple.

I love having a fresh tree each year (even though it then sits in my backyard till the next fall haha!). The smell is amazing and it is so much fun to go as a family and pick it out together. Christmas Tour 3I made these fun little felt trees last year. They are so easy. I think they add a little whimsy to the space. The sign is one we made at our Collected House Christmas craft night. My husband asked me if the lines on the deer were supposed to be there….yes, yes they are! Christmas Tour 4

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This little 4 foot tree is from IKEA priced at a whopping $25!! I think its so adorable. I set it on top of my spool table to give it a little more height and gave her some neutral ornaments. Christmas Tour 14I really wanted to incorporate some natural elements into my Christmas decor. They emit such a simple elegance.  I was leaving my moms house a few weeks ago and as I drove by her cute little orchard I knew I needed to do something with some oranges! I dried some and placed them throughout my family room. Christmas Tour 15Christmas Tour 12These stockings and garland are one of my favorite decor additions this year. I love the decor steals ones I snagged and I’m loving the grain- sack inspired stockings I made. They feel very nostalgic to me, which is just the vibe I was hoping for. The garland was also a fun and super inexpesive project. I just couldn’t swallow spending $3-4 a foot on garland that was going to die and I knew we could DIY it! Christmas home 3Christmas home 2Here’s a little Christmas in the kitchen! Christmas home 5Hope you were able to gather some inspiration from my holiday home, thank you so much for stopping by! Christmas home 4

Jenna’s Christmas Home Tour.

Hey guys! I am so excited to share my simple holiday home with you all today. I love a neutral home, my house is probably the epitome of a blank slate. Around the holidays I like to add pops of red in, along with some cozy texture. I also really love the added greenery at every turn too.

My entry way wall is one of my favorite projects, and ever since we added the board and batten detail, I have been dreaming of it adorned with evergreen garland.

You won’t even believe that Rylen + I made the garland out of tree scraps from the Lowe’s tree lot this year. It was SUPER simple and about as inexpensive as it gets, we will share more on it later. For now, I’ll just show you the pretty end product. Because do people even read the text that goes with a home tour post? I hardly do.. haha.
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Our front playroom/sitting room is finally taking shape. I added an Ektorp sectional, jute rug, and rearranged the room. The slipcover is still REALLY wrinkled from the packaging, I keep telling myself to steam it… but the other half of me believes the wrinkles will eventually fall out on their own. We shall see how it goes.CHRISTMAS - 1 (1)

Simple is an understatement when it comes to our tree this year, I have a curious 2 year old, and instead of fighting him about ornaments I just decided to go sans ornaments this year. I don’t hate it.

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And here is our family room area all decked out for the holiday.

Starting of course with my favorite corner, I have a new rug ordered but it seems to have gotten eaten by UPS, so don’t mind the rug-less room. I’m sure it bothers me more than it bothers anyone else. I just like my rooms grounded with rugs if given an option.

I love the little pom pom garland we made at our recent craft night.

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Thanks for stopping by my holiday house! 

DIY Grainsack Inspired Stockings

grainsack stockings 1A few weeks ago I bought some awesome Christmas stockings off of Decor Steals. They are huge and amazing! Trying to be frugal, I only bought two for my kiddos. Of course a few days after the deal ended I had this fun idea to hang our stockings from my Giant chalkboard, but I needed four……dun, dun, dun. Bummer. So I decided get creative and make some coordinating stockings. I really love how they turned out! So here is the tutorial for my DIY, grainsack inspired, dropcloth stockings. They were SUPER easy. Not even kidding. Anyone can make these. They were also very inexpensive, you may even have everything on hand already!grainsack stockings8

Supplies:

-A dropcloth. I already had a dropcloth from another project, but if you dont have one already you can buy one in the paint section of your local hardware store. Mine is from Home Depot.

-A stocking you like the shape of or a pattern of a stocking you like. I’ve seen some free patterns on pinterest.

-Paint. I mixed some blue acrylic I had with some sample dark gray latex paint to get the color i wanted. Pretty much any paint will suffice.

-A foam brush. I used foam because that’s what i found first but i’m sure any brush will work.

– Painters tape

-Tea bags, if you decide to tea stain them.

-Sewing machine, or you could hand sew them or use that seam tape stuff if that’s easier for you.

Directions

  1. Wash and dry your dropcloth so it won’t shrink later
  2. After it’s dry lay it out and trace your stocking pattern. I wanted mine the same size as the decor steals stockings I bought so I used those for a pattern.
  3. Cut out your pieces. You will need a front and back so two pieces per stocking.
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  5. Dump some paint on a plate and get a teeny tiny bit on your brush. You can dab your brush back off with a paper towel too. You just want it very dry to give it the worn affect. grainsack stockings5
  6. Lightly brush your paint on the stripes you have taped off. You can do more or less depending on how worn you want it to look. Then pull the tape off.
  7. At this point you would move onto the sewing portion. However, I realized my dropcloth was quite a bit lighter than my other stockings so I decided to tea stain them. If you don’t want to tea stain, skip to step 11.
  8. Brew some very strong tea. I used three tea bags and filled my pot of water up about 1/4 of the way. Once the tea boiled a while and got really dark, I filled my pot up the rest of the way with water and took it off the heat. Get your stockings pieces (fabric) wet. This helps the fabric take the stain. Make sure the whole thing is wet, wring the water out then put it in your tea mixture.
  9. I let mine sit for about an hour. Turning the fabric occasionally. You can let is sit longer or less time depending on how dark you want it. Keep in mind it will lighten slightly once you rinse it out.image1
  10. When the fabric is the color you want it, take it out and rinse it. Then throw it in the dryer.
  11. Now you are ready to sew! Place your front and back piece together, right sides together. So your stripes will be on the inside, you won’t see them.
  12. Sew around your stocking, leaving the top open. grainsack stockings6
  13. Now you’ll hem the top of your stocking. I folded mine over once, then again so you don’t see the fraying ends aka a rolled hem
  14. If you want to hang them you can add a tab to the side. I made a little tab out of drop cloth, you could also use ribbon. Make a long string and bring the two ends together and sew to the inside of the stocking.grainsack stockings2
  15. Turn right side out, trim any extra strings, iron if its wrinkled and you’re done!grainsack stockings 10I added a few dried orange slices and evergreen sprigs and love how it all came together! DSC_0429

 

Copper Wire Pumpkins

Have you guys heard?! We were published!! Okay so it was online and not in print so I’m not sure if that technically counts, but we were pretty darn excited about it! We were thrilled to be approached by Ashley at Little Glass Jar early this fall to create a fun fall tutorial. Ashley is the editor of the Ready, Set, DYI column in the fabulous new magazine Everything Home. This magazine is UH-mazing! We loved reading every page. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you need to! You can find our tutorial we created HERE.

Over here at The Collected House, we LOVE pumpkins. The more character (AKA: lopsided, bumps, discolorations etc.) the better. So naturally we decided on pumpkins for our tutorial.  We loved how easy these copper wire pumpkins were to create and how unique they are. They lend themselves to so much creativity which is another reason we love them! You can make them short, tall, fat, skinny, and in any color! We chose to use copper but you could use any type of wire or even paint them! Here are a few more of our favorites.

This is one of my personal favorites. It was made by wrapping the wire around a water bottle. This one has the most loops for a fuller look.copper pumpkins 7

This was from the same water bottle but then we flattened the sides.

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This one was made by wrapping the wire vertically around a jar of peanut butter. It has flatter sides for a taller appearance.

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We had so much fun experimenting with different gauges of wire and different shapes. We would love to see what other people come up with. Be sure to tag us if you decide to make some!

 

Touches of Halloween

This has been a weird holiday season for me since stepping into blogland. I feel like I am on a huge learning curve sometimes, thank goodness for Jenna! One huge thing I never really thought about is that holiday decorating begins EARLY in the blogesphere and all of the sudden I felt this huge rush to decorate for fall before it was “too late” . In my normal pre-blog world I would decorate for Halloween the last week of September and never really do fall. Since fallifying my home this year though I don’t want to take it down! So Halloween has taken a back seat but I had to pull out at least a few of my favorite things this year.

I feel like sometimes Halloween decor can get a little cheesy but you can never go wrong with black and white…Classy right?

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One of my favorite “new” items is this candy corn wreath we made for our first Collected House Craft Night. I love that it is neutral enough that I can keep it up all fall! This whole little sitting area I really love. This is kind of an awkward wall in my home but this fills is up perfectly! We originally saw the idea for the candy corn wreath Here but we assembled it a little differently.

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One day I would love to have a fireplace mantle to decorate, but for now the top of my piano will suffice. I have had the lacy, spiderweb table cloth for years and LOVE it! I love the whimsy of it. My boys are not so sure of the skull haha they keep asking why I have a monster?! Being the RN that I am, I tried to explain it’s just bones and that’s how all of our heads look underneath our skin. Yeaaaahhh a little to early for that conversation…Needless to say they were more than a little terrified!

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I love changing up my antique buffet for holidays. It is the perfect backdrop for every season!
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-Rylen

Jenna’s Fall Home Tour.


Hey there! Today I’m sharing a little look into my early fall home decor. I am totally on board with Rylen with having a very neutral, and natural approach this year. I like light & bright throughout all the seasons with just a little bit of added color. I mostly just cozied it up with a lot of texture. I think once it cools down I will be able to handle some more saturated color in my house, but for now our 100 degree September days just makes me still want airy and easy going.

 For all my new followers, who may not have followed me before The Collected House, this summer we took on a HUGE house renovation which included new concrete floors + a new kitchen.  It was a super whirlwind of a month, however the odds and ends have proven tricky and  super difficult to find the time to finish. So, this tour was tricky because 80% of my house is still unfinished and sans baseboards, but ya know… I made it work! Anyways, enough talk I know you’re all here for the pictures. So without further adoo-

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 Thank you for stopping by my little house!