My My How Things Change and our Fall Mantel

Hello all...
I hope your summer was wonderfully relaxing and now you're looking incredibly forward to an amazing autumn! I know it has been quite a long time since I have posted anything new outside of our weekly Share Your Style parties. (Of which I hope you are stopping by to check out every Wednesday evening.) Over the last year things have gotten crazy out of hand busy with my two teens...and as of this August they are both in high school. 
(And we all know how fast that will fly by!)

When I started blogging roughly 8 years ago, Michael and Grace looked like this...
(First day of first grade for Michael)

Our living room fireplace looked like this...

...and my fall mantel, well it looked like this. 

A lot has changed since 2010!
(Michael shot up to pass my almost 5'9" tall Grace)

And as the kids grew up, so did my decorating style.

We painted the living room last September this soft gray color from Benjamin Moore called Stonington Gray.

I wanted to keep the mantel's look simple with some natural texture along with a few pops of orange.

I love the autumn....it is such a beautiful yet nostalgic time of the year. Someday I hope my two will look back fondly and remember these fabulous fall days of their high school years. 
I know I do! They were, absolutely without a doubt, the best days of my young life!!

(This was my high school marching band at a football game some 40 years ago. I was a baton twirler. Can you find me in this pic?)

(Hint: I am the one of the two standing up and cheering...are you surprised?)

Wishing you a great weekend!!!
And a fabulous fall!!


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  1. So happy to see a post from you. Time does fly by with kids. You obviously take the time to enjoy yours! Love the mantle, so pretty and elegant. Happy Fall!

  2. Barbara, my sweet friend. I have missed you and, at times, worried about you, but I see you are just caught up in life, like we all are, and I know how much time is taken up by growing kids, and yours are really growing up, and such cuties. It's funny how being interested in how other people do things gives us a chance to change somewhat. You have evolved beautifully! I love the mantle, the color of the room and that beautiful wicker bottle. So pretty for fall. I still have the bittersweet you sent me a few years ago in a place of honor on top of the corner cupboard in the dining room. It is really nice to be in touch again and hope you are having a wonderful Fall so far, my dear friend..xxoJudy

  3. Your fireplace & mantle is charming!!

  4. We all grow in our decorating don't we. I think back to years ago and wonder what was going through my mind sometimes. Love your mantel. Festive and creative. And you have a beautiful family!

  5. The mantel looks wonderful - thanks for sharing!


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