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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

"Creepier" Halloween Porch 2018

I'm calling this the "creepier" porch because our kids (ages 11 and almost 10) decided this year that we needed to go a little "scarier" with our porch decorating. It's still not the caliber they want because I will never part with my plants or pumpkins (ha!), but we did add a few things this year.  I'm going to let the pictures do most of the talking! Let's get started!
I like to take my summer ferns into fall! These Kimberly Queens have been doing well all summer in this spot and are still doing well into late October. They are the gift that keep on giving! Staggering their height and adding some colorful mums help flank the door. Pop in some witch legs (Target last year), a broomstick (old from Tuesday Morning), and a large spider (Party City this year), and you're done!
I also believe if your mums and/or ferns begin to die, leave them! They add to the appeal! It's genius! You don't have a black thumb, you're just doing more "decorating"!
I also changed up our layered rugs for fall. Both rugs are from Kirklands. The bottom rug is an indoor rug, but it can be washed, so I'm making it work out here! I love the texture and pattern it adds. You can't ever go wrong with black/white!
This dead bride and her mate make up our "wreath"! His face changes colors! These were inexpensive from Menards and Ross. And that creepy bat just hangs from fishing wire from our lantern. He's from Party City!
I picked up several large pumpkins from Aldi a few weeks ago for under $3 each! Such a great way to make an impact on a porch on the cheap! One of the pumpkins is rotting, but again, I like it like that! It adds to the feel, so leave it! Unless it stinks! The faux spider is from Dollar Tree.
Moving to the other side of the porch, I knew I wanted to pull the trigger on some life-size skeletons this year. Every year I think about it and never do it, so this was the year! I ended up purchasing these guys from Walmart!
And my nine year old daughter is actually the one who decided to put one in chains and dress the other as a witch. I just love these two! Ha! And we added the Insane Asylum sign right behind them. And eventually added creepy cloth because creepy cloth is EVERYTHING!


A dead raven next to your mum makes it look less "pretty", right??
And last but not least, we added this creepy animated doorbell that talks to you when you push it! This is my kid's favorite part of the whole porch! We just nailed a small nail right next to the actual doorbell. We are hoping kids will push it on Halloween night!

Here is a wide shot of the whole porch. I did add tons of creepy cloth to finish everything off! Everything just looks better with it! We hammered nails to the inside of the porch walls to hang it from and it works perfectly!
And here are a few night shots, because it's just more fun that way!


Thanks for checking out our "scarier" front porch. At least scarier than last year so my kids are happy! This month is just flying by! Hope you are enjoying all that comes with October! XO
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Halloween Bar Cart

Yay! It's October! Such a fun time of year! I got home from work yesterday and decided to bust out the one Halloween bin from the basement. I've learned over the years to just go with things when it comes to decorating. Sometimes I'm not into it at all, even when I know I want a change. And sometimes I come home from work and something compels me to the basement to get the Halloween bin and start decorating my bar cart??!! Like I said, I just go with it!

I'm not a huge seasonal decorator outside of Christmastime, but I do love Halloween! I'm a sucker for a good skull! And our bar cart is one of the spaces in our home that is so easy to change up for the seasons or for a party. I find them to be so versatile! Ours is in the dining room, but visible from everywhere on the first floor because we have an open concept. It allows me to "decorate" without it getting in the way of normal every day life. I've linked up some bar carts at the bottom of this post! Our is vintage!
I love a junked up bar cart. I think the more on them, the cooler they look. Because it's a "bar cart", I always keep the booze and the glassware, etc, and just add a few tweaks. In this case, everything I added I already owned, an most of it is from the Dollar store! That's why Halloween is so fun! It doesn't have to cost a lot to get good results!
All from the Dollar store: glitter skeleton head, white skeleton head, black roses, spider, and creepy cloth. The black vase was a Target clearance rack several years ago, and the black candlesticks are from Hobby Lobby.  I did find a free printable and put in a frame I had laying around. This is also a simple way to help change up your look! Free printables are everywhere!
The kids came home from school and got all excited to see this done! Next up will be the mantel and the porch and that will be it!
Check your local Dollar store for all the fun goodies to decorate with! It doesn't have to cost a lot!
And now I think I might need an excuse to throw a little party! I hope you are all having a fantastic start to your fall!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Outdoor Fall Home Tour 2018

Hello! Welcome to Life Love Larson! If you are hopping over from Inspiration for Moms, I'm glad you're here! Don't you love Laura's effortless style? I'm happy to have become Instagram friends with her! I'm so grateful to Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life, for including my little blog in her home tours. I've been blogging for 8 years now, and I love being a part of these tours. I'm not a traditional "fall" decorator! I know, I know. I absolutely love the season, but I'm not naturally drawn to a lot of fall decor. I keep it simple inside with a few pillow/throw changes, add in some candles and always fresh flowers. I might add a few pumpkins and change up the mantel, but you're not going to see big changes from me. I do, however, love to decorate my porch and patio, which is what you will see today! Let's get started!

This is fall to me! Give me all the college football and cider donuts and jeans and sweatshirts!! We live in midwest, so we are fortunate to get all four seasons. And Kansas City knows brings it for all of them! You can see our full Chalkboard Fall Bucket List here!
FALL PATIO
We recently did a little mini-makeover to our covered back patio space. We had a pea gravel patio installed and we got some new outdoor furniture. We LIVE out here! I love to have coffee in the morning and a drink at night. We watch TV out here, eat out here, and will be doing some entertaining out here this fall!
I decided to use traditional "fall" colors out here and I love it! I incorporated some mustard, plaid, cozy throws, and a leather pillow. I love texture all throughout the year, but especially when the weather gets chillier. And I always love black/white.
I always have terra cotta pots out here, which instantly adds warmth and texture. And give me all the plants! I'm a #plantlady! And these Bosten ferns are still going strong too! You can find a drop cloth curtain tutorial here!
We installed this little bar top/serving area this summer as well. So simple, but so functional!
This is the pea gravel space that was recently installed. My husband found those large pots on clearance recently and they are the perfect fall touch back here! This area also houses our new gas fire pit!
Looking forward to many nights spent out here with the chilly air!

FALL PORCH
We have a very beige house, so I decided to liven it up with a little color. I found these pretty pots with yellow and purple and thought they would be a good punch against the black door.
My Kimberly Queen ferns have been going strong since May! They are the gift that keeps on giving! I love ferns incorporated into fall decor. I love the whimsy and the greenery of a fern. The large terra cotta pot was a recent find and I'm in LOVE!
I also picked up a new front door mat and rug for fall/winter. Let's Stay In! We really do love to go and do and travel, but we also very much love to stay home and snuggle up as a family!
I made this DIY fall modern wreath last year and it's a favorite of mine.
I love, love, love having a large front porch! Porch rocking out here is the best!
I added inexpensive plaid blanket scarves to the back of the chairs to give them some texture, pulling out some of the purple from the flowers. And I keep those black/white striped pillows on the rockers all year long. They work with every season and really are striking from a distance.
I managed to find a few pumpkins! I know it's early, but I will be adding several more pumpkins as the weeks go on!
Layering mums and different sized pots, and adding some height on one side makes the space feel cozy and inviting!
I hope you enjoyed getting a peak into our outdoor spaces decorated for fall! There is nothing better than spending time outside in the fall! Next on the tour is Monica Wants It. You will not want to miss her mix of colors and patterns! It just exudes happiness!

Don't forget to check out all of the home tours that have been going on all week long! And please connect with me on Instagram! It's where you can find me everyday! Happy Fall!



Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Chalkboard Fall Bucket List 2018

I hope you all had a fabulous Labor Day weekend! It's officially fall now, right? Wishful thinking, it's still hot here! I'm going to be on the hunt for some mums soon, as all my summer plants kicked the bucket awhile back!

It's time for another installation of the Larson Family Bucket List - fall edition! The kids and I sit down together and compile a list for every season. It has the usual suspects on here, and a few new things. This time of year is just the best! Jeans and sweatshirt weather. Fires and cider donuts. Yes!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Outdoor Furniture Review

Happy Monday! I head back to work next week, so I'm checking off all the to-dos this week! They never truly ever go away, but I love to cross things off of a paper list! Anyone else? As the summer comes to a close, I wanted to share and review our new outdoor furniture set and give you my take on it. I'm a Walmart shopper. I just am and I make no apologies about it! I have one near my home and it's in a nice area and it's clean and stocked and they have self check out, so I take full advantage of that! This set is from, of all places, WALMART!