Sunday, September 19, 2010

It feels like Fall.

The weather is still nice, but the sun is setting earlier and earlier, and the sky is finally dark for my kids' 7:00 PM bedtime.
{happy dance}
If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I recently went to Starbucks.
{super big deal for this cheap mama}
I tried the Pumpkin Spice thingy, and the super hot very decent looking Starbucks employee told me that  he wasn't a "punkin kinda guy". He offered to make me something else if I didn't like it, but it was actually pretty good.
Apparently I didn't order the latte like everyone else does.
And apparently, the latte is the only way to go.
I'll be going back.
Besides the fancy new flavors at places I never go to, Fall has brought on an incredible amount of decorating to see on blogs.
Fall decorating is for sure my favorite.
(Or maybe it's because I didn't have a blog last Fall. Seeing all of these Fall linky parties and decor is serious eye candy for me.)
I decided to follow in Rachelle's footsteps and decorate a fantel.
I guess people also decorate their buffets, too, but since my buffet is actually a dresser in the middle of my dining room, I feel weird calling it a buffet.
So here is my dresser-turned-buffet-used-as-a-mantel:


Nothing is new. I moved some things from my kitchen to my dining room. I also went and picked up my antique/vintage shipment from South Dakota from my mom on Friday, so I have a bunch of new goodies for other parts of my house. (Allowing me to move things I already had onto the "drebufantel". :)
Oh, and correction: While visiting my mom, she gave me those PartyLite rock candles. LOVE.


I added a small pop of color with some antique baby blocks (above).
They are from Minnesota, and I adore them! The rest are upstairs in The Boy's room, and you'll see them if I ever finish his room.



 The Plaster of Paris statue-ish thing above is one of my favorite things in my house.
We found a Plaster of Paris kit at a thrift store when The Girl was 4, and she and Hubby held hands in the bucket to create this piece.
I love it beyond words.
And because I was feeling the Fall spirit, here is the biggest transformation I've made recently:


Yup, the platinum blonde that I've been rockin' for years is GONE as of this morning!
My hair needs a break, and honestly, I have so many gorgeous brunette friends making me curious if I could pull it off, so I took the plunge.
It's not brown, (Loreal Preference #7 Dark Blonde) but it is so different from my normal 'do that it feels super dark to me.
I think I like it though.
{woot!}

Hope you're having a fab weekend, lovelies!

**9.15.11: ETA: I haven't yet decorated the mantel at our new house, but I loved last year's mantel so much that I am linking up to the Fall Nesting Party 2011 anyway!**

16 comments:

  1. Very nice fall touches and I love your hair!!! I am obsessed with letter blocks, love your antiques ones! I just started decorating for fall myself.

    Please stop over and enter my csnstores gift card giveaway if you can!

    http://ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com/2010/09/fall-csn-giveaway.html


    heather

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  2. I absolutely LOVE all your decor! It is so stinkin adorable in every way! Love the little blocks that spell out "fall".

    P.S.
    You are soooo stinkin cute!

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  3. I love the new hair color! You look great.

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  4. your new do looks super cute! and just like they said, i love those letter blocks, too. very, very cute!

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  5. You've gotta go back and get the latte! :D And your hair is gorgeous! I'm going a little darker next week - going for a nice deep fall-friendly red! :D Change is good.

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  6. Love the new hair color! Changing that is always fun!

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  7. The plaster hand is amazing! What a treasure. I always go darker with my hair in the fall-seems like a cool weather thing to do while I sip my pumpkin spice latte! (Visiting from Heather today)

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  8. Your Fantel looks great! Love the pictures behind it, too. Your hair is so beautiful! Great look for fall...I do that in Fall also (:
    ~Michaela

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  9. You are so creative and artsy . . . love your plaster hands. Did you know that in Victorian times people always had a forearm/hand or just a hand around for decoration? They were usually made from dead relatives instead of living ones (which is pretty creepy when you think about it). Yours is much better. What a treasure -- most people on have their kids' handprints in plaster from 1st grade.

    PS Your hair looks great. But it's still blonde.

    Signed, Beth the Brunette (out of a bottle)

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  10. I love PartyLite! And I love your hair! If you ever want more partylite, I'm your girl! www.partylite.biz/lindseyagan There are amazing internet specials and they ship straight to your house!

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  11. found you from the nester mantel link~ fun site! and adorable family.

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  12. Your fall decorations are beautiful and so are you and your new do! Thanks for linking up :)!

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  13. very creative fall display the wall of photos is a great backdrop

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  14. It sure doesn't feel like Fall around here yet. Still as hot as ever!

    My husband bought me the Pumpkin Spice Frapachino at Starbucks last week and I liked it better than the hot version. And it made me feel like Fall was maybe on the way. =)

    Your black and white photos look beautiful!

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  15. okay, just posted a comment but it's not here, so if you get 2, my apologies.

    like i was saying...YOUR HAIR! it looks great, but man, that was a bold change! i don't think i could ever change my "natural" platinum locks...they took so long to get!
    :)

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