Thursday, October 8, 2015

Halloween Mantel 2015

The porch is decorated, candy has been purchased, costumes have been secured, and I finished up decorating the mantel yesterday. We are officially ready for Halloween and it's only the 8th - woo hoo! I don't do a lot of indoor decorating for Halloween. Every year I purchase one or two new things, but I try to keep in centralized to one area to keep it easy. This year the mantel is black/white and super gaudy, which is super fun for me! 

I'm not sure how anyone is actually going to watch TV around all this gaudiness! Ha! Halloween is such fun to decorate for! And as you can see below, I don't spend a lot of money on these decorations! I will be sharing my Halloween porch soon!

Black Vase - Target
Black Roses - Dollar Tree
Skull Garland - Homegoods
Spider Web - Homegoods
Large Skull - Target
Creepy Cloth - Dollar Tree
Adhesive bats - Target
Metallic Skull - Homegoods
Insane Asylum Sign - Dollar Tree
Small Glitter Skulls - Dollar Tree
Gold Candlesticks - Thrifted
Candlesticks - Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby
Spider - Dollar Tree

The black and white striped candles are just cheap white candles with electrical tape taped around them. This is my super simple DIY solution to add a little interest!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Vintage Flush Mount Light Fixture

Well, it's finally starting to feel like fall in KC! The daytime temps are warm, and the morning and evening temps are perfectly chilly - sleeping weather at it's finest!

I wanted to quickly share a vintage find I scored for our bedroom. We were in Des Moines a few weekends ago visiting my family and we popped into a few vintage/antique stores. We were searching for a light fixture for our master bedroom sitting area. As I turned the corner, this light was staring me in the face! The owner of the space happened to be sitting in the booth. I asked her the price because there was no price tag and she just said, "How about $75?" SOLD, SOLD, SOLD! She told me she painstakingly cleaned every crystal herself and the hard wiring was perfectly working. SOLD, SOLD, SOLD!

It is a flush mount, gold and crystal light fixture that holds three light bulbs and has a mirrored top. It puts off such pretty and bright light, and it's exactly what we were looking for. Definitely right place, right time, and right price!

We have a large master bedroom with a sitting area. We are finally (after almost 4 years) working to complete our master bedroom. Changing out the original "boob" light was first on the agenda. I've also hung some artwork, we purchased some clearance chairs, and I'm still waiting to find the right coffee table and pillows. More to come on this little nook when it's all finished!

Because of the vent right next to the light, my husband had to drop this flush mount about an inch from the ceiling. You can't tell it's not perfectly flush, and I'm so happy he was able to make it work. We will eventually be putting this light on a dimmer so we can have softer light when needed.

Some of my most favorite things in our home (vintage bar cart, vintage chandelier, and now this beauty) are "found", and that is what makes them special. Of course, I have things from Target, World  Market, Pottery Barn, Ikea, etc., but finding those pieces that really stand out, that you actually had to dig for, are truly the best items in my opinion. I love a mix of old and new, and this little corner is finally starting to feel cozy! Just in time for shorter days and colder nights! xo

Monday, September 28, 2015

New Glass Panel Front Door

Good morning and happy Monday! I mentioned in this post a few weeks ago that we had pulled the trigger on a new glass panel front door. It arrived last week and I'm in love!!

We worked with Pella Windows and Doors to create this customized door. The original door that the builder installed was also a Pella door. They already had the door/window dimensions from our home in their system from the original build. This made it easy because their were no measurements involved.

We went to the showroom to look at our options. We knew we wanted to keep the door black in color (it is black on both sides) and we wanted 3/4 light. Pella offered 3/4 with 8 panels which was perfect.

The door was ordered and delivered with about a 3 week turn around time. We saved money on install by having Steve remove the old door and install the new one. This step did not take long as we already had everything pre-drilled. We reused the hinges from the original door.

Not only does the door look great from the street and totally bumped up our curb appeal, but the light that pours into the inside of the house makes this sun loving girl very, very happy!

 We also reused the hardware from the original door to save money.

This door upgrade cost us a total of around $750. What a difference a door makes!

So many neighbors have commented on the door! It really makes SUCH a difference when you look at our curb appeal!  Completing small projects with a big impact are so worth it to us! xo

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

"Eat Well, Travel Often" Printed & Framed

Good morning! The whole month of September has sort of had me going every which way and back again! Busy in a good way with company, being out of town, new school/activity routines, starting a new job, hosting a party, and finishing house projects! This week slows down a bit, and I couldn't be happier about that. I spent most of Sunday relaxing and did a lot of sitting…something I really don't do much of!

We have a new framed typography print in our eating area that I wanted to share with you. I had been wanting something large scale and graphic for this space. I also wanted something casual and something that represented us as a family. Our home is very open concept, so basically no walls and everything can be seen from every room. The eating area is at the center of it all.

This quote works for our family and for an eating space. I think these are words to live by, and a solid, simple reminder about good things in our life. I started searching Etsy and came finally decided I loved this font the best. I purchased the download from Millicent James very inexpensively and had it to download almost immediately. You will find all kinds of cute things in the shop…typography t-shirts, phone cases, prints, etc.

I ended up printing this large scale size (40 x 30) from They were also so easy to work with, and I was able to get a discount using a coupon code. I also worked with someone from customer service to get some questions answered, and they were very helpful and on top of it! I had this printed for about $35.

I knew what size to order based on the large Ikea Ribba frame I was going to put it in. I did have to cut about an inch of the top and bottom of the print (every so carefully and with an exacto knife and the help of my husband), so it would fit snugly in the frame. Custom printing the exact size of the Ikea frame was proving to be way too expensive, so I just had to tweak it and it worked out perfectly! The frame was $24.99 and I removed the mat for a more dramatic effect.

I love, love, love the large scale, the graphic black/white, the simplicity, and the message. It's a win win for this spot in the house! The download and print were about $40 total, and the frame was $25. Not bad for a large scale custom art piece!

And if you have any experience with trying to mount/hang an Ikea Ribba frame, you know they are not easy…especially this large scale size. Kuddos to my handy husband for figuring out a better way, which I will post about soon!

Happy a wonderful day! xo

Friday, September 11, 2015

Fall Home Tour - 2015

Hello, happy Friday, and welcome to the Life Love Larson fall home tour! If you are visiting from Designing on the Side, I'm happy you are here! A big thank you to Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for hosting this tour. We are nearing the end of the week and the end of the tour, and I hope you have a chance to check out all 30 homes and are finding some good inspiration!

I'm not particularly drawn to traditional fall colors, but I've tried to incorporate texture, layers, greenery, and fresh flowers to add warmth and make our home feel cozy as the temperatures start to drop and the days become shorter. Transitioning into fall in our home is fun because it means football, bonfires, pumpkins, and jeans are all on their way! Welcome to our home!

DINING ROOM: I'm crushing on everything blush colored right now. These pillows found their way to the dining room. Along with some fresh greenery, leopard print runner and touches of gold, this speaks to me in a non-traditional fall kind of way. I'm a believer in decorating with what you love, no matter the season! Clipped stems from the yard add freshness to the bar cart.

KITCHEN: I like to keep it simple in the kitchen. Too much other clutter always seems to pile up and find it's way in! Fresh stems, herbs, and some apples are about as fall as this kitchen is getting!

EATING/SITTING AREA: We live in Kansas, so incorporating sunflowers into this tour was a must (we are the sunflower state)! I also LOVE baskets and trays, and move them around frequently. They bring great texture to any space and I love to put plants in them too! We are also known for wheat in Kansas, so I have incorporated some throughout the sitting area and living room. You can never go wrong with a black and white stripe anything…always in season! And even though it's fall, I'm not losing my pops of pink!

OFFICE: When my husband isn't traveling for work, he works from home. We share an office space, and love how light and bright it is. Hubby's side is boring and "workish" and mine is bright and colorful! Ha! I added this patterned tray to bring in some depth. Inexpensive eucalyptus, terra cotta, and a fall screen saver brings a little bit of fall to this otherwise bright space.

PORCH: I made this yarn/felt wreath last year and loved it enough to use it again this year. For September, I like to add some mums and some texture and height with tree stumps. It's still hot in September, so I still like our porch to feel bright and cheerful with touches of fall. I'll add pumpkins in a few weeks, and love to decorate the porch for Halloween!

MUDROOM: Our mudroom got a pillow swap out, the kid's seasonal artwork hangs in here, and our chalkboard wall always gets a bucket list. Function meets fun in this room!

LIVING ROOM: I've added some navy and gold pillows to this space, as well as whites and neutrals, and more fresh stems (can you tell I have a thing for plants)?!?! We have a gas fireplace, but adding logs in a white washed basket adds warmth and texture. I also switch out summer throw blankets with cozier and heavier ones in shades of grey/white. Gold accents and candles are easy and inexpensive ways to add fall touches too!

I guess that was a photo overload! Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed our home. Don't forget to visit Tidbits and Twine for the final stop on the tour! I hope you and your families enjoy all things fall in the coming weeks and months! Please comment or email if you would like sources for any items in the photos! xo

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