Home decor plans, projects and preparations for a fall home tour

Home decor plans, projects and preparations for a fall home tour

Hi guys, today is a little different than the typical home decor goodness I share. I am slaving away on a few different projects here, which I am so excited about! But, because I am working on a ton I figured I would give a tiny little glimpse into the Home decor plans, projects and preparations for a fall home tour. All will be revealed within the next few weeks, with my fall home tour being this Friday!

coastal dining room ideas

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The other hot topic of conversation right now is my dining room. I am feeling the need to revamp it, I have tweaked a few things here and there. However, it has never felt “done”. I adore my farmhouse table, the light, and…. everything else is ok, works in my home. But I am not sure if they all work together, I will be making the wall art work elsewhere in my home. The dining room has a farmhouse, country, coastal hybrid look to it. I feel as if I have always missed the mark with this room.

dining room ideas

I know I want to give the walls some color in there. Maybe a darker gray or even blue toned color. What do you think? What color should my dining room be? I have dreams of wallpaper going in here, but our walls are so textured that any wallpaper would be near impossible to put up. Which bums me out so much, I am loving the look of some bold wallpaper. I am also on the fence about the cabinet in the dining room. I like it, and it stores a ton of stuff. However, through the years our kids have grown, we have evolved and so has this home. I am leaning more towards a rustic/contemporary/coastal with a pinch of bold patterns. You know that specific style… right? I know what I like in my head, and getting it to translate into this dining room has been difficult. I think the layout of it, awkwardly placed wall, and that it is open to the living room all get me stuck.

This room is my next one to tackle. Well, also a pretty big basement redo. I have not ever shared what that looks like before because it is on big ‘ole mess. Dark, blank, spider-ey, and sad looking. We do have a bunch of space to utilize down there, 2,000 square feet to be exact. So much potential! I had wanted to do the basement on speed dial, getting it done within a few weeks. But, then reality set in and I decided my and my families sanity was more important than rushing the makeover down there. It will be a slow and steady process. Which I will be sharing with you all along the way, I hope to utilize all of you lovely people for some ideas on things when the time comes. I will be introducing the space and rough plans soon.

antique mirror restoration

A small, tiny project I am working on is this antique mirror. It is my Grandma’s, well I got it from her, and it was hers. For a few of my teenage years this mirror was in my bedroom. Anyways, it has a history and she asked me if I wanted it, broken mirror, 7 years of bad luck and all. I jumped on the chance. This is the best mirror frame ever! Once I get the broken piece fixed I know I want to paint this frame.

antique mirror ideas

I seem to have issues with committing to a paint color. I guess I have paint commitment issues? Is there a professional I can speak to about my phobia? I need to work through this. I am thinking either a bright turquoise, which I have a lot of in my home. Or go a slightly different route and do a darker blue, navy color. What say you wonderful home decor fans? Turquoise, navy blue, or something else? I think you know my home by now to know what will work in it. Speak your mind!

mum flowers for fall home tour

Last but not least for this Home decor plans, projects and preparations for a fall home tour post, the fall decor goodness I promised. I am only giving a tiny sneak peek, the full deal can be seen this Friday. It is part of a massive group of bloggers sharing their fall home tours, you can see who started it off yesterday at Green with Decor. Each day of the week there is a whole set of talented bloggers and their beautiful homes! Mine is all done and ready for it’s debut!

Here is a little behind the scenes action. I had to bring these Mum flowers inside because it is so hot and humid out here, unseasonably so and I did not want them to wilt. I liked them inside so much I decided to incorporate them into the interior of my home. Not in the sink of course, but sprinkled throughout the house. I had to go and buy more for the outside. Home decor blogger problems!

simple fall decor ideas for the home

I am so excited to share my Fall home tour on Friday! Over the next few weeks I have a lot of projects, challenges with other bloggers, campaigns with brands, and a ton of basement and dining room planning to do. This is me being deliriously with all of this talk, I love working on my home, decorating and then taking pretty pictures of it all. I guess I am in the right profession then! A tiny fun side note, my youngest Gavin started kindergarten and they had a getting-to-know-each-other session where they had to say what their parents did. Gavin said his Daddy plays on computers all day and tells people what to do. Dale is a software architect, so that is right-ish. He said that I “Shop, cut wood, paint, take lots of pictures, makes me an awesome bedroom, and moves things around the house A LOT!” All true, very true. I wonder if that description will work when tax time comes? Is there an official option for that title?

Anyways, I am off to wrap up a lot of projects, take some before pictures of my basement, cringe at the mess of it all, finish a furniture redo,  and my fall front porch. All coming soon! I hope you enjoyed this quick Home decor plans, projects and preparations for a fall home tour check in. Be sure to let me know what you think I should do in the dining room, and also the mirror color. I am completely stuck on what I want to do!

What are you working on right now? Any home projects?

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  1. I love your living room. I am Moving in now and trying to have something as cute as yours. And those gorgeous gold pumpkins!!!

  2. I love that mirror! And the fact that here is a story behind it is so sweet too. As far as the paint color question: while I’m a true navy girl at heart (I’m even wearing navy now ?), have you thought about something in a warmer color, yellow or an orange? Just to mix things up a bit? Either way, your room looks beautiful!

  3. Pretty! Happy Fall!

  4. I love how you share your decorated rooms and your plans for making changes. The light fixture over that farm table is absolutely stunning! I think it’s good to revamp and change your spaces often. It keeps things fresh and reflects you!

    • Thank you! I am so happy you like the work in progress and planning posts. There is a lot of work and planning that goes into a “finished” room so I thought it would be fun to share the process a little more.

  5. Sorry, I meant the pumpkins! I look forward to the tour!

  6. I think you should paint the dining room a light color to reflect more light and hang 2 of those mirrors over the buffet. Whatever you do will be stunning I’m sure. Make sure you love it, as you will be living with it. I’ve found following trends isn’t always for me, and I do what works for my family instead 🙂

  7. I’m leaning toward turquoise for the mirror paint! Maybe you could paint inside the sections and not need to replace the actual mirror?
    We still have temps in the 90’s here in middle Georgia. I’m so ready for fall weather. I’m working on my fall home tour too, it’s a lot of work but fall is my favorite so I don’t mind. Looking forward to your tour soon!

  8. Very pretty and festive. I like having pumpkins and fall decor aroug when the season changes. It makes the house inviting.

  9. Your house is lovely! I really love that Octopus print!

  10. I’m excited to see how you transform your dining room. I’ve never been totally happy with out dining area either.

    • I am still not sure how best to arrange this room! It needs to be functional, easy to walk through, and fit the living room. It will bother me until it feels done to me.

  11. I love the fall touches you made. I have just started taking out fall decorations from the attic.

  12. Dining room: I like the layout now but I can see why you question it too. I’m thinking a shelving unit or hutch of some sort to go with your color scheme would look cool on the back wall(where the striped pic is now) and use your bold pattern in the back of any open shelves. I really like the idea of a darker gray or actually a navy in the dining room. Or, a dark color just on that back wall with a crisp light gray(to coordinate with gray walls) or aqua or even? A dark far wall will actually make your room look larger cause it makes that dark wall look farther away…I’ve done it before in an old house bedroom…I couldn’t believe the difference. Fun, I had forgotten about that…it was a super dark navy with light minty aqua side walls and creamy white trim…15 years ago…guess I was ahead of times on that color scheme;) anyway, I feel like the dining room side walls should be different from the hallway top because of the fact that the chair rail doesn’t continue thru the dining room…it would seem less abrupt of an end at that corner if the top color didn’t wrap around I think. The only problem with a dark wall in the back is that your light fixture is dark so it may get lost, though lighter curtains and or light, rustic wood, open shelves(to coordinate with the industrial rustic sideboard in your entry would be cool!) over a buffet could help it pop too. windows would be a great place to bring in a bold patter too though…or a table runner? wait, since its open to the living room, you might consider the same curtains as over there…I like those a lot!
    Ok, I’m rambling…

    I just finally found the right warm gray for my dining room and I love it… I’ve been trying for years now! ugh…grays are tough!

    • First of all, you win for the best blog comment! You have so many great ideas! I never thought to put a large hutch on that wall, it would be great there, no I am on the search for one that works perfect for that space. Thank you so much for that idea! The color combination you painted 15 years ago sounds amazing, you were for sure ahead of the times. Thanks so much for all of the tips and ideas! I will be sharing my progress as this room comes together. I would love to have you and your home decor talk joining in!

      • woo hoo! i win! ha:)
        I love decorating I just don’t have time to do much nowadays so a breaktime blog browsing was my way of living vicariously thru you. If blogging had existed back when I was doing my first remodel/flip, I’d have totally gotten into it…or maybe it did exist I just didn’t take time after work and house projects to learn about them so now with a family and work and stuff, I just read about other people’s projects…and dream about all that I’d love to do. so yeah, i’ll be back to pipe in on other things I’m sure:)
        I’m pretty sure anything you choose in the white/gray/blue/teal zone will work well for the walls and a hutch or sideboard. I’d kept the bolder/contrasting greens and other accents to smaller things if it were me.

        I’m a lil jealous of this project! makes me want to go shopping for a perfect piece to redo…if you’re leaning toward relocating the dresser that is. I know you’ve said you’re in WI but I don’t remember if you’ve said where. I’m on the northern side of south central WI and have seen lots of Habitat for Humanity restores popping up now rather than just in larger towns…lots of fun options at those and on the crazy buy, sell, trade, facebook pages. good luck! or share a pic if you decide what you’d like to find and I can keep my eyes peeled if we’re not too far apart.

  13. oh and I think the mirror would be fab in any of those colors you mentioned but I feel like coming months are going to make you want more navy mixed in…its all over now:)

    • I agree, navy is really having a moment. I love decorating in the grays and blues, so I am all about putting some navy mixed in with turquoise in my home!

  14. Lovely! I vote NAVY!!

  15. I think a very light gray in your dining room would look great! It’s a neutral color so you could sprinkle pops of color in there (like turquoise).

  16. I love your home and your children are adorable. My vote is navy blue.

  17. I love your decor plans, I wish I can make some too this fall. The weather is nice and I hope I can enjoy it!

  18. Decorating is always a challenge for me. Like your mirror, I have a desk which I am transforming. I had the desk since I was a young child and it desperately needs a new look. Im half way done with the transformation and can’t wait to show it off!! Good luck to you! Im sure everything will be beautiful!

  19. I love your living room and fall decor. It’s beautiful. As for color, I would go with a netural gray. I think that would be great.

  20. I love those lanterns in your dining room!

  21. Navy is my current favorite for everything, so that’s my paint vote!

  22. What about chartreuse? or some coral? just on an accent wall?

  23. 2000sq feet in the basement as a blank canvas?? Sounds like the blogger dream 😉 !!! I love blues/grays so a pretty navy or dark blue would be perfect on the mirror!

  24. That mirror is beautiful! I would take my chances with bad luck too, haha. For your dining room, I am voting for either a darker grey but I like the idea of navy as well. The contrasting light furniture would look beautiful.

  25. I think I have the opposite paint disease, I just right in with my first idea and just run with it. Sometimes I wish I thought a bit more 😉

  26. Haha, love the colors disease ;). We are remodeling the hall bathroom, finally!

  27. I love our dining room table, it looks great with the bench and the chairs, great combo, love the branches with the pumpkin, there are so many thing you can do without spending a fortune. I love using left over stuff from last year.Great job

  28. Grays are my vote! I also love the idea of a navy mirror.

  29. I can’t wait to see all your fall decorating Emily! You home is always so beautiful!


  30. I vote navy…its my favorite color right now! I also can’t wait to see your basement!

  31. I totally feel you on the paint color commitment phobia! Then, once I finally decide on a color, I don’t end up loving it as much as I thought I would. So, I’m going to refrain from giving you any advice on colors! 🙂 Can’t wait to see plans for your basement – that’ll be a fun (and massive) project!

    • I am excited to get started with the basement, a big job but the space it will give my family will be worth the work. Also, whole new decorating ideas!

  32. Girl, I’m glad I’m not the only one who sits around and thinks of this stuff! Ha I feel like your dining room is our master….I just can’t get it right. I like Navy too. We just painted our baby boy’s room Naval by Sherwin Williams, recommended by Sharon. It’s dark tho, FYI, but beautiful. The basement! Yes. So much space to work with right?! I’m excited to see these spaces transform!

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