Life Love Larson: October 2014


Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Porch

Happy Monday, friends! It's Halloween week and my kids are getting excited. How fun is it that it falls on a Friday this year?! I didn't do any indoor decorating for Halloween this year, or even fall for that matter. I just didn't feel into it and didn't want to force it. I do, however, love to decorate my porch, so that is where I concentrated my efforts!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Updated Kitchen Pics

I have been wanting to update my Home Tour pictures, so I cleaned up the kitchen, put away the coffee pot and the dishes, and snapped a few shots. When we purchased this home almost 3 years ago, it was being built as a spec home. We got in just in time to be able to pick all the finishes and paint colors and make it our own.

I spend so much of my day in this kitchen. It is truly the hub of our home. This is the spot where we gather, eat, laugh, entertain, bake, make school lunches, talk about our day, and make memories. I just wish it was always this clean! :)

We went pretty classic in the kitchen and kept things on budget. White cabinets, subway tile backsplash, stainless steel sink and appliances, granite countertops. We did decide to stain the island dark to contrast with the white cabinets. The cabinet color and trim color throughout our home is SW Alabaster. The wall color is SW Big Chill. The pendant lights are from Home Depot, and the stools are World Market.

As soon as I finished snapping these photos, I had to pick up Kate from school. Papers were quickly scattered, PB&J was smeared on the island, and dishes started filling up in the sink. It took us no time at all to get this kitchen looking back to "normal".  xoxo

Friday, October 17, 2014

Dining Room Progress

Happy Friday, friends! It seems as though I have been blogging about our dining room for about 3 years now, and well, it's because I have been. I have a real problem with "finishing" anything before changing it up again!

This room hasn't changed much since I last blogged about it, but I have updated the paint in the niche, moved the bar cart to a new location, added some white cell shades, and brought in a palm from outside.

The niche was painted in SW Urbane Bronze, but it ended up being too brown. I decided to change it up and use a matte black paint. I love it so much more. The wall is now painted in SW Tricorn Black (had it mixed in flat Behr paint at Home Depot).

After moving the bar cart from the niche to in front of the windows, we now have opened up a new hole in the niche. I am on the lookout for a long console table, as I don't really need any more storage space, just something to fill the space. I also purchased a gigantic canvas on sale at Michael's in the hopes that Steve will be able to create a cool piece of artwork for the space. More to come on that!

You can't see them in this photo, but both of the windows have been outfitted with white cordless cellular shades. They get pulled up during the day to let all this light pour in, and they are easily pulled down every night when it gets dark. I need to do a whole post on cell shades, I love them so much!

I'm still debating whether or not to add two pillows to the end chairs for a little more color/pattern. I will have to reassess once the niche area is completed. This room is the first room to the right of the front door, and I love all the light that pours in. Even though we don't eat here much, it is still one of my favorite rooms in the house!

Source list:
Dining Table : West Elm
Dining Chairs: Restoration Hardware
Curtains: DIY
Bar Cart: Vintage 
Cell Shades: Bed, Bath & Beyond
Chandelier: Vintage
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Entry Rug

Because I can't ever seem to leave well enough alone, I decided we needed a new entry rug. For 2.5 years, we have had a long and narrow indoor/outdoor runner at our front door, which was graphic and fun and durable, but I wanted something more substantial to really ground the entry area. We don't have a grand foyer or vaulted ceilings, so I wanted the floor space to feel soft and pretty.

This space could handle a 5 x 7, so I was keeping my eye out for rugs in that size. Finally, while shopping at Homegoods (is there anywhere else to shop?), I found this little beauty and instantly snatched it up. It is so soft and I loved the grey. I'm drawn to the vintage, over dyed look, and it adds a bit of a traditional element as you walk in the door.

And because we chose to not put a rug under the dining table, this larger rug breaks up all the hardwood. Cost wise, this rug was $149 for a 5 x 7. Here is a shot of the space with no rug.

I purchased a rug pad at Homegoods (way cheaper) to keep the floor and rug protected. We have had it for a few months, and so far, we love it!

I like to reuse things I still like, so the indoor/outdoor runner got moved to the upstairs hallway, and that has added a nice graphic punch to that space. My husband things I'm nuts, but I think it's fun to switch it up!!

What's next for this little foyer space? I really want to replace the light fixture and I can't decide if that little closet door needs to go black. Please weigh in on that! xo

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

DIY Pumpkin Spice Scrub

I recently had a little get together at my house to celebrate the birthday of a dear friend. I decided to make everyone a DIY pumpkin spice scrub to take home with them.

Of course, I went to Pinterest for inspiration and came across a simple recipe and a cute idea for how to package the scrub via Decor and the Dog blog. This scrub uses simple ingredients right from your pantry and it smells delicious!

Pumpkin Spice Scrub
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2-3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3-4 Tablespoons coconut oil (warmed and runny)

You simply combine the sugars and spices and add your oil at the end and stir. The texture should feel like wet sand when you are finished.

I mixed up 8 batches of this fairly quickly and packaged them in little canning jars. Dollar Tree sells the perfect size jar for this recipe. Just like the inspiration post, I added some Washi tape around the edge of the jar and added some baker's twine and tags (all from Target dollar spot) for a finishing touch.

I think this is such a fun gift for a friend or neighbor! This is the perfect time of year for some fall smelling exfoliation! xo

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