Fab Fall Home Tour | Living Room + Front Porch

Hello Sunshine! Fall is my most favorite season and every year I get excited at the first glimpse of it! The cooler temps, hot chocolate, s'mores by the fire pit, pumpkin patch, baking, Thanksgiving, Halloween movie nights, wedge boots, blanket scarves, whats not to love.

I absolutely love to decorate my home! I change things often, always editing and tweaking. My design goal is for our home to always feel welcoming, a place that people can feel right at home. For the most part my home looks pretty much the same throughout the year. However, I amp up the level of cozy in fall.

Fall is a busy season for my family and we spend most of it in the great outdoors. It use to be consumed with soccer but now boys school ball starts in Spring so this year should be a little less hectic. After a long day all I want is to come back home to a cozy environment.

Just a little FYI, you really won't find any traditional fall decorating items in my home. No pumpkins or hues of red, green, or orange. Outside, now that's another story!

We will start off our tour in my living room and conclude out on my front porch. Lately I've been in a blue mood. No I'm not sad just loving any and everything blue. You will notice the blue influence throughout my living room. Lets get started shall we!
The area behind the door, as I call it, houses our tv. Our tv console got a complete makeover with chalk paint. It's now this lovely gray color that pops off the hardwood floors. I thought it was a good idea to start an art gallery wall and recently added a couple more pieces to my existing layout.

The print in the wooden frame is from a local Nashville artist, Ryan Rado. I picked that up at a pop up shop. I love those by the way, it's a great way to meet new interesting people and support the local market. The leaf print is actually a post card from The Menil Collection, a Houston museum. It's of a piece we saw while there last year by Henri Matisse. I can't wait to discover new art and add it to my gallery wall.

My hubby really doesn't like anything surrounding the tv so we often have to come up with a compromise. I moved the tv to one side of the console so that I could create a small vignette. The wooden lantern was a way for me to add back in a warm wood tone paired with a fun colorful bowl filled with leaves for my gratitude tree. You will find that I like to add greenery throughout my home, it provides a layer of softness and texture.

I recently talked about my big blank wall and the solutions I came up with. I originally wanted to have to picture ledges full of art but ultimately decided on an oversized painting. I'm not finished with this wall and I am currently in hot pursuit for a narrow bench and picture light.
The other side of the living room I wanted to be extra cozy. To achieve this level of cozy I'm after I snuck in a couple new pillows, one of which is an interesting texture, and a super soft throw blanket. Y'all I just love throw blankets. They are my jam and one can never have too many. I have a basket of throws with more throws on my blanket ladder I built.

A few months back I found the most perfect floor lamp and I love it! It fits nicely in the corner and provides the softest light. Just behind that gorgeous lamp are four frames that are mostly empty. One day, my friends, one day. The goal is to add interesting landscapes of the places we have been or desire to go.

Nashville Print | Croc Pillow | Soho Pleated Pillow - At Home | Coffee Table

The entire feel of the room changed when I put down our new rug. It has this modern vintage vibe thing going on. The coloring is amazing and it looks worn in spots just as a real vintage rug would.

This is the table where I love to rotate cute and often funny pictures of the kids. In good design there is always a personal element. On top of this stack of books is a bowl my youngest made at school and gave to me as a present. It's extremely special to me. The wooden plaque is stamped with my baby's tiny foot print from oh so long ago.
Outside I packed in as much fall as I can possible stand. That pumpkin wooden wreath is super cute and was my jumping off point. So naturally mums, pumpkins, and more pumpkins followed. Our porch is simple but yet screams fall.
I hope you enjoyed my tour and thanks for stopping by. Make sure to visit the other tour hosts and tell them I said Hi.

See ya soon!

*A special thank you to At Home for sponsoring this post. All opinions, ideas, and projects are my own.

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Annie Sloan French Linen TV Console

Hello Sunshine! I recently used Annie Sloan's chalk paint in french linen to makeover my tv console as part of my living room refresh and upcoming fall tour. It's a really pretty gray color that complements the room well.

I ultimately decided to repaint our tv console due to some water damage on the top. Besides the apparent damage I wanted to lighten its dark wood tone through color. If you are interested in seeing how the console table looked before and a little story about how we designed this space through compromise, check it out here.

This is my third piece of furniture I have painted. My first piece was our aubusson blue console table that was also painted with Annie Sloan's chalk paint. But most recently I used a paint sprayer to paint my daughter's dresser as part of Home Depot's DIY Challenge.

I wanted our tv console to look modern. When you tell people you painted a piece with chalk paint they automatically think rustic or chippy worn paint. Well, I'm here to shout it from the rooftops that you can achieve clean, modern results using the same paint.

How to Achieve a Modern Looking Paint Job with Chalk Paint

  • For great results clean piece to remove dust and debris. Tip | You do not have to sand or prime when using chalk paint. I chose not to sand as our console is laminate in areas however I did sand the top to smooth out the water damage.
  • Apply two to three thin coats of paint using a quality brush or foam roller. Allow to dry completely, which is roughly 30 minutes with chalk paint.
  • Lightly sand, if needed, to smooth out any imperfections for a super smooth finish. Remember to remove any dust or debris from sanding.
  • Apply wax with a brush, getting in all the nooks and crannies. Wipe away excess wax with a clean, dry rag. Allow to dry about 24 hours before buffing. This will make your piece shine.

I love how the tv console turned out. In true Darnetha fashion I was a bit nervous. The console no longer blends into the floor but now pops against our hardwood floors. I'm super excited about my upcoming fall tour I'm doing with a fantastic group of blog friends. Stay tuned.

See ya soon!

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Kids Rock Marathon 2016

On May 1, 2016 my youngest son ran in the Kids Rock Marathon in Nashville. The kids marathon basically works like this, over the course of 2 months your little marathoner will log a few miles a week leading up until race day. On race day they complete the last mile of 26.2 miles.

There were a lot of local schools, churches, groups, and individual families running in the marathon! It was a hot afternoon with a threat of thunderstorms looming in the distance. The races were pushed up with age groups being lumped together. Luckily the rain held off and everyone got to race!

This was a fantastic experience not only for my son but for the entire family! My son chose to run with his Dad on race day which was extra special. Many of you know that last year my husband and I started training for the half-marathon. Due to complications with shin splints I can not run, not even now. My husband continued to train until March when he unfortunately had a mini stroke. This run, a year later, no matter the distance meant a lot.

Pink & Gray Nursery

Hello Sunshine! A few weekends ago I had the opportunity to snap a few pictures of my co-workers sweet pink and gray nursery. A few days later she welcomed a healthy baby girl into their lives.

Often, we would talk about what she was planning for her nursery from the furniture to the wall color. She knew immediately that she wanted to incorporate baby elephants into the d├ęcor. I loved the idea of combining baby elephants with the pink and gray palette.

I had received some really pretty handmade pink glass knobs from D. Lawless Hardware and knew they would be a perfect addition to a little girl’s nursery. I loved how they complimented the details in the nursery.

Tarva Dresser Hack with Home Depot

Hello Sunshine! Today I’m so excited to share with you a project I did with The Home Depot. Back in June they contacted me to be part of their DIY Challenge. The catch, they would send me a mystery material that I had to work with. My assigned mystery material was millwork. Challenge accepted!

I was extremely excited and overwhelmed all at the same time. I thought up a few great projects that would benefit my family but the one I wanted to tackle was my daughter’s dresser. A while back we had purchased a plain unfinished three drawer dresser that would  function as a nightstand and still be her dresser.

When we placed it beside her bed we knew immediately the legs had to go but we didn’t know how we were ultimately going to finish it. All we knew was that my daughter wanted it white. So it sat like that for over a year, forgotten, until the project.

Boys Shared Room: Closet Organization Mood Board

Hello Sunshine! Over the weekend the boys and I made plans for their closet and toy storage. They loved the idea of a shelving unit that can house all their toys in bins with a space for their games up top.

Their room is small with limited wall space so I proposed moving one of their dressers, that is to the right of their closet, so we could have room for a shelving unit. I quickly saw how this would ultimately be a bad idea. We would lose a dresser and precious clothes storage.

We had to take the plan back to the drawing board. The things the boys emphasized that they wanted were a rolling cart for their legos and small misc toys, a spot for all their nerf guns, and shelving for shoes.
To help unify and organize our boys shared closet for clothes and toys here is a list of our must haves:

ONE | Different colored hangers will help the boys distinguish what's theirs at a glance. I love these tubular hangers because they are inexpensive, come in an array of colors, and I can buy as little as one or a case of 72.

TWO | To further organize their hanging clothes I really like these colorful rod organizers. But the customization of these could yield into something really unique or coordinate with a theme.

THREE | Paint is a fun way to change any space, whether its an entire room or a small closet. Our boys room is a navy blue and khaki. To compliment the existing paint colors we think a green would play well.

FOUR | I plan on building shelves on one side of the closet to help coral their shoes and on the other side the boys want a rolling cart of some kind. I really like this storage system but I'm not married to the idea.

FIVE | Nerf guns are big in this house but with there long shape and clips, they can be hard to store. I saw a lot of great storage solutions around blogland but none I really would enjoy to look at. My compromise was a circular wire basket like this one.

SIX | For the top of their closet, for little odds and ends, I like this bin but this one is perfect for easy access. They also come with cute gold dots or silver triangles.

Organizing is half the battle. I use to think that pretty boxes and labels would solve all my problems but a good plan and system that works for everyone is key to keeping a space organized. When designing everything doesn't always work out and compromises must be made; like in this simple closet, we realized my initial plan needed revising so we had to regroup. Don't give up in your organizing or design efforts a solution can always be found.

Get caught up on my past Boys Shared Room post here:

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Toy Storage Inspiration

Hello Sunshine! Today I am back to with more boys shared room goodness. Recap, every Wednesday in the month of August, starting today, I will be right here sharing my progress on improving my boys closet and toy storage. The start of school focused my attention to improve on their shared space.

Every inch of my home must work double duty, therefore I must maximize on its potential the best way I can. I decided that the area just to the right of their closet would no longer hold my youngest son's dresser but now house their toys.

The older they get the less toys I have to contend with, if you don't count the bazillions of little foot magnet legos. They have board games, legos, nerf guns and darts, army and knight men playsets, balls, marble mazes, cars, and electronics.

Since my oldest son doesn't really play with toys much, and the littlest is narrowing his toys down the older he gets, I want a toy storage solution that will grow with them and look great even without toys around.

Toy Storage Inspiration

I think a bookcase type storage system would benefit and provide the versatility they need in a unit. Getting the boys together this weekend to finalize some plans. Meet me back here next week for more boys shared room closet progress. See ya soon!

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