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by Jolene Hanig-Jones
I challenged myself to use a neutral palette of creams, blues, greens, mixed with some classic black and white prints to decorate our home for: Early Fall Decor Phase 1. Included in my personal challenge were a few more variables: keep it simple, shop our home for hidden treasures, (think of things stuffed into cupboards and closets), and move some thing around. Take a peak and let me know how you think I did?
It took me awhile to figure out my early fall decor, but once I did, the pieces began to fall in place. I needed a second table runner for our dining room table. It seemed like a natural progression for me from a coffee table runner trimmed in black grow grain ribbon with white polka dots to a white and black buffalo plaid table runner. The white and black buffalo check plaid runner was even easier than my first table runner. (Click HERE for the first table runner.)
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Last year, I began my first year of retirement from teaching by creating "Read to Me" pillows. I was advised by former colleagues to take a trip, get out of town, have some fun, and take your mind off not starting a new school year. (Contrary to what some may think, most teachers do enjoy the excitement of opening a new school year, and welcoming another group of boys and girls.) I admit, I had my annual "back to school preparation anxiety dreams" last year, (and this year), too. I guess when you've done something for 37 years every August, it is just embedded in your personal calendar.
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After "auditioning" a few different fabrics from my fabric stash, this home decor fabric in a neutral shade with a pronounced weave texture, and just a hint of sparkle made the cut for my no sew table runner. I thought the black grow grain ribbon with white polka dots added just the right amount of whimsy to give this neutral runner some fun! The best part of this project is that it is no sew and "so-o-o-o" easy to put together!
This sweet little fall vignette was as easy as 1, 2, 3!
I am not quite ready to go full on with the rich colors of fall. I decided I would do some early fall decorating by bringing in some creams, turquoise, and pops of apple greens (or in this case "pear green".) Turquoise is a new home decor color for me. I am happy to report that I had a lot of fun with it!
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