As the summer heat gives way to the cooler air of fall, one of the greatest gifts is getting to see the new things blooming in our yards. It is one of our very favorite things about the change of seasons.
It’s the perfect time for refined landscapes like trimmed hedges and neat, clean manicured boxwoods.
We love gravel pathways any time of year, but the crunch underfoot feels especially satisfying come fall. But be sure to have a few rakes on hand for keeping up with those beautifully hued fallen leaves. They’re perfect for making piles and leaf jumping!
Another of our favorite looks for fall is the naturally beautiful look of wildflowers, which are as simple to grow as spreading perennial wild flower seeds. They are as gorgeous inside in vases and simple jars as they are in the yard. And the more you cut them, the more they grow!
A pretty cobblestone path is the perfect complement to a lush and luxurious fall garden. The hues of fall are everywhere in this lovely landscape.
From big yards to patio containers, from the big to the small, there’s no wrong place to create a pretty fall garden with your favorite foliage.
It’s the perfect weather for dining al fresco–and a garden surrounding the table is the best accessory!
From a wild yet tame mix of flowers and foliage,
To a perfectly planned spread for eating and picking all season long,
To a welcoming planter done exquisitely well, when it comes to plants, there’s no wrong way to welcome fall.
What is your favorite fall plant?
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Leaving fans “practically [begging] for a sequel” (Bookpage), critically-acclaimed author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with the second novel in her beloved Peachtree Bluff series, featuring a trio of sisters and their mother who discover a truth that will change not only the way they see themselves, but also how they fit together as a family.
After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle sister Sloane’s world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the parent her children deserve.
Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley’s private worry is that secrets from her past will come to light.
But when Sloane’s sisters, Caroline and Emerson, remind Sloane that no matter what, she promised her husband she would carry on for their young sons, Sloane finds the support and courage she needs to chase her biggest dreams—and face her deepest fears. Taking a cue from her middle daughter, Ansley takes her own leap of faith and realizes that, after all this time, she might finally be able to have it all.
Harvey’s signature warmth and wit make this a charming and poignant story of first loves, missed opportunities, and second chances that proves why she is the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author).
Did you hear that book #2 is ready for PREORDER? To celebrate, we are giving away a $100 Amazon gift card! The winner will be announced September 18!
Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a wonderful day and that, if you are in the path of Irma, you are staying safe. And friends affected by Hurricane Harvey, our thoughts and prayers are with you as you rebuild.
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These stunning white houses are full of charm and character. They are welcoming spaces that we are certain beckon their owners home each night. While we focus a lot on interiors, on how our favorite cozy chair and that painting we couldn’t take our eyes off of make us feel a certain way, the exteriors of our house can–and should–do that exact same thing.
If a home should be anything at all, we think it should be welcoming. Window boxes and a trellis covered in vines are two of the best ways we can think of to take a home’s exterior from plain to positively darling. It’s simple touches like this that make a home feel loved and lived in. And don’t our special spaces deserve to be cared for?
We all know that bigger isn’t always better and good things can come in small packages, but this stunning facade is positively breathtaking. The symmetry is spectacular.
That being said, there’s something undeniably charming about a lack of symmetry. Maybe it’s because hydrangeas our are favorite flowers, but we think this giant display is breathtaking. We love them in any shade, but these pretty blues and lilacs top our list.
Landscaping is obviously one of the most important ways to make your home feel unique. While we love flowers and big blooms, there’s something stately about a classic cluster of Boxwoods flanking the front door. Well-maintained foliage always contributes something special to a home’s exterior and gives the sense that there is a staid, lovely interior beyond the front door.
We are suckers for black and white, but a splash of color is always welcome. A set of red front doors adds an undeniably farmhouse feel to this impeccably manicured lot.
There’s no doubt about it: Adding exterior color increases curb appeal. Plus, it’s easy to tell visitors that yours is the house with the red roof! Porches add character in droves and make for great porch sitting, especially during the cool fall months.
What are your favorite ways to add character to a home’s exterior? Do you have any home improvement projects on your wish list?
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Summer may be coming to an end, but we think the fall is one of the absolute best times to enjoy a seaside cottage, like this beautiful one from Tammy Connor Designs.
If you’ve ever seen a winter sunset at the beach, you know what we mean.
And there’s something really special and unique about curling up with a cozy throw and a good book inside a beautiful home and watch the water go by.
This is the kind of place where we would love to do just that!
We think the best beach cottages have a little bit of history, the feeling that generation after generation has loved them and made them feel like home. A gallery wall of family photos and treasured memories adds that exact feeling to this charming spot.
When we think of beach cottages, we think of simplicity, especially because they are generally closed up for at least a part of the year. These built in nightstands are a great touch.
A distressed wood headboard adds to the coastal feel.
Twin bedrooms are practically a requirement for a cozy beach cottage.
Unexpected three-dimesional objects can become art when used correctly!
A single leaf makes for a perfect, simple accessory!
Chunky baskets are the perfect place to store those cozy throws and stacks of books we were talking about curling up with!