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!
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!

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!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

San Diego, CA (With Kids)

Hi friends! I walked my kids to their first days of 4th and 5th grade today! Time sure does fly when you're having fun! Now that school is back in session, I wanted to write a post about our family vacation this summer. We flew to San Diego for a few days in mid-July and had a wonderful time. The weather! Oh my gosh, the weather! We've had an extremely hot summer in KC, so 75 degree temps felt amazing! We took the kids to San Francisco last fall, and we've been to LA, so we needed to check out So Cal!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

DIY: Drop Cloth Curtains

Well, it's only taken me five years to blog about these drop cloth curtains! Oh my goodness! I still have people ask me about these all the time, and I have seen several neighbors put these up at their own homes. I found this idea on Pinterest. I am well aware that there are a million tutorials in the blogosphere about these, but here is my shortened version. Just message me if you have additional questions! You can shop the post towards the bottom!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Patriotic Front Porch

Hello friends! I'm titling this post "Patriotic" Front Porch instead of "4th of July" Front Porch because you could use this look on Memorial Day, flag day, or really the whole month of July in my opinion! I love red/white/blue all year long, but especially in the summer. There is just something so heart warming and nostalgic about it! If you see anything you like, you can now shop this post!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Why Thailand (?) & Travel Logistics

Hello! I hope you are all enjoying your summer! I'm trying to get caught up on some long overdue posts! Especially some travel posts. We have been several places I have yet to write about! I know that's a good problem to have and I never take one second of our travels for granted. Travel is life's greatest gift. I'm lucky to have a husband and kids who like to go and explore and have the next adventure to look forward to!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Summer Home Tour 2018

Hello and happy summer! I'm excited to be sharing bits and pieces of our summer home along with 29 other bloggers this week. A huge thank you to Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life for inviting me to participate! If you are stopping by from Eleven Magnolia Lane (gorgeous, right?), welcome!

I will start by introducing myself briefly. I have this small little blog. I have been blogging on and off for 8 years! It has never became a job for me, but I have used it as a creative outlet to express myself and connect with like-minded people. You can find me most days sharing things about our home and life on Instagram. I currently live in suburban Kansas City with my hubs and two kids (ages 10 & 9). I teach preschool part time and love being home with my kids. We've lived in 6 states in 15 years of marriage! Yep, finally getting settled in this city we love! We have lived in our current spec house for 6 years. I'm constantly changing and zhushing and thinking about what to do next. Obsessed is the right word! I'm also a crazy plant lady and love to work in my yard (even mowing is fun for me)! I would love to connect with you!
Let's dive into the tour! Kimberly Queen ferns and potted hydrangeas keep our porch looking classic. I have also opted for no wreath the last few years. We replaced this door a few years ago, and I love it so much, I want to actually able to see it!

And to be honest, our tour could end with this space because this is where we spend most of our time! We recently did a little mini-makeover out here and we just love the space so much. It's chic and cozy and inviting and comfortable. All the things I try to accomplish in the inside is working outside too. I love summer and being outside, so this just suits me!

Our dining room doesn't get used much, but we have an open concept, so it definitely gets seen from all angles of the downstairs. I mostly just love to change up the bar cart! It's fun to change and junk it up. The rest of the space is just plants and more plants! It's one of my favorite rooms in our house! My biggest tip for making your home look like summer is to bring the outside in! Cut flowers and stems and bush branches from your yard! Instant and free decor!

Next up is our breakfast nook. We have a small round table and I used outdoor chairs to bring a cafe vibe into the space. It's all very casual, which suits our family! We live here, kids live here, and we always want to feel that every space is very accessible and never stuffy! This space also houses my living plant wall! It's just three shelves junked up with a bunch of plants. It makes my plant loving heart skip a beat! Those summery placemats are actually paper! And those peonies. They deserve a moment all to themselves!

Moving into our kitchen and nothing really changes much! We have a pink runner at the sink, so the kitchen always feels like summer to me! I always have fresh flowers or cut from the yard flowers at the island. It's where I spend most of my indoor time, so I like to be surrounded by flowers (amongst all the dirty dishes and crumbs on the floor). :)

And our mudroom has a little narrow chalkboard wall that is home to our annual summer bucket list! I jazzed it up this year with tassels and balloons to surprise the kids. I love the whimsy and personality and bit of uniqueness it adds to our home.
Lastly, our living room is in the smack dab center of our home. We watch TV in here and generally just hang out. We have a finished basement, but we don't seem to use it much in the summer, so if we are not outside, or my kids aren't in my pantry (all day, everyday), we are in here! Our living room is casual and relaxed and we encourage putting your feet up!

That's a wrap! I hope you all enjoyed the tour and found something that inspired you! I also hope you are all having a wonderful summer so far! I have included links to the previous three days of the tour. Be sure to head on over to Jennifer's blog at Decorating Delirium tomorrow morning to start off Friday's tours!

I would love to connect with you!
Monday - June 11

Tuesday - June 12

Wednesday – June 13

Thursday – June 14
Haneens Haven 

Fri –June 15