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Fall Home Tour - #FabFallFest

Let me tell you...I am SO glad that it is FINALLY FALL!!

*does happy dance*

Fall for me isn't just about the change of season, it means warm tea and cocoa on a cold gloomy night, snuggles with someone you 

really

 like under your favorite furry blanket, over sized comfy sweaters and scarves, warm scented candles, tons of comfort food, I mean I could go on and on and on ha ha....

Its seriously such a nostalgic feeling to me, and this year I am super prepared because I got a Fall home tour ready for you guys!! 

The month of September has been a blast hosting the #FabFallFest with 7 other amazingly talented bloggers on Instagram. We got the chance to see and share so many beautiful spaces. For this last week of the month we thought it would be fun to bring you guys some fall home tours!

If you've stumbled across my blog before you know that Im living in the coziest little studio apartment in the heart of historic midtown Atlanta. I absolutely love it here, it's the perfect little corner for me. I have done a full

apartment tour

before as well as a walk though video with all of the details that you can watch

here

A few things have changed in my space as well as my sprinkle of Fall decor so that's what I'll be sharing today! 

So, like I said, I do live in a studio, and full room pics would just be the same photo from different angles of one big room ha ha so lets zoom in and focus on the little things!

First things first...throw pillows! I love that I can switch up the pillows on my neutral grey sofa. I stuck to my original color scheme in my home but just added warmth with texture! 

Im obsessed with my new black faux fur throw blanket from TJ Maxx. I grabbed this pink furry pillow off of my bed and tossed it between these two oldie but goodies from Target and TJ Maxx. 

At Home Stores had some of what I call "Pillow Gems"! That super snugly grey pillow reminds me of the coziest fall sweater in my closet! You can't go wrong with a plush white faux fur pillow. That velvety pink pillow is one of my faves from Cost Plus World Market. 

Now you know I couldn't forget to dress my bed with some new pillows as well! I adore my new purple pillow with gold studs from At Home as well as my new neutral fur pillow to the right. Im telling you guys, At Home really is the

goldmine

for fall pillows!

Not too much different on my bed tray except for the addition of one of my favorite fall candles Mahogany Teakwood from Bath and Body Works. I also added my new geometrical friend that I picked up at At Home simply because I love gold things way too much. 

Speaking of fall candles, At Home had a pretty good candle selection. Im addicted to this wood wick burning candle that literally sounds like a mini fireplace in my kitchen! The gold dipped candle stand and baby pumpkin are also from At Home. If there were any pumpkins that came through my door this year they were 

gonna

 be dipped in gold!!

I love rich jewel tones like purple and gold and how they make the space feel luxurious and warm. 

I added this cute little fall sketch to my chalkboard wall in my kitchen. It was super simple, the hardest part was picking out which one to add. Check out what I had to choose from 

here

.

I sprinkled a little more fall over to my purple chest under my TV. Another cute gold dipped pumpkin plus a new green friend from At Home. 

Im not in the business of keeping plants alive, even my succulents are faux and Im not ashamed! 

My Gold Ikea shelves also got a new friend! I tried out Fractureme.com and I am SO very impressed with these glass photos they create.

Lets get a close up on this beauty! Bringing family photos into a house makes it a home. This photo of my uncle, granddad, and dad is so special to me. It warms my heart to see this everyday. I did not have enough wall space for a bigger pic but I think these are the perfect size for Christmas gifts! Everyone is getting FractureMe prints this year haha!

Moving on to my bar cart... I tried to restock a bit plus add some cute new drink ware. These copper Moscow mule mugs are my fave and I've been wanting them for a while so Im glad I found a few at At Home this year!

Also, this sign from At Home is my mood for the rest of the year.. "You Cook, I'll drink wine". 

Now this has to be the biggest addition to my home since my last tour. This gorgeous piece of wall art is actually an original painting from a long time childhood friend! Trust me, I will have a separate blog post ALL about the artist and this piece...just you wait! In the meantime, check out 

Chocolate Cherri Bomb

 for some beautiful art!

I did however add this super cozy bench underneath to compliment my new art. At Home made it reeeally hard to choose from the multitude of fab benches they had in stock. After doing a snapchat poll, I finally picked a winner!

This black velvet tufted beauty ended up being just perfect. The acrylic legs add just enough glam. I tossed one of my coziest throw blankets across it with a cute little purple woven pillow from Cost Plus World Market. I could look at it all day... I love it that much!

...and that just about wraps up my sprinkle of Fall in my home this year guys! I'd like to say I kept it simple and cozy while sticking to my personal style. I do hope that you enjoyed it! 

*** This post was sponsored by At Home Stores and FractureMe ; all opinions are my own ***

Please don't forget to check out the 7 other gorgeous Fall Home Tours from these lovely ladies below:

Live Pretty On A Penny

Whitney J. Decor

Chippa Sunshine

Behind The Big Green Door

She Does A Bunch

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by Carli

The Home I Create

Hello Fall!

Its the most wonderful time of the year!! Just a few more days until the

official

first day of Fall :)

There are so many reasons why Fall is my favorite season... the leaves are prettier, the breeze is crisper, the clothes are cuter, but most of all... I get the chance to make my home a little "cozier"!

I love living in my studio loft because the exposed brick walls give a year round cozy feel, but I also like to add a few things around my home to remind me of what season we're in. Im SO glad that I partnered with some of my favorite bloggers this season for the #FabFallFest because I've been motivated to add "Fall" to my home.

Wall art is a simple way to bring the season in! With limited wall space in a small studio, I turned to my chalkboard wall to add a cute little fall saying I recreated from this

list of free printables

on Pinterest.

This chalkboard wall was super easy to create and it's so fun to add different sayings/drawings. Check out how to make your own

here

.

Here are some of my fave Fall chalkboard printables I found while browsing Pinterest! These can be a great alternative if you can't muster up your own chalkboard wall this season.

thewonderlandboutique.blogspot.com

What are you adding to you walls this Fall? Id love to see! Play along with the #FabFallFest and post your wall decor/signs/wreaths with the #FabFallFest hashtag for a chance to be featured on some really awesome IG accounts!

Follow me on

Instagram

so that you can easily find all of the other Fab bloggers tagged for the #FabFallFest!

To see what else I'm pinning for Fall, follow my

Pinterest

page!

See you next week!

Lisa

Home Sweet Home tag

Hey guys! I get so many questions about my living space, so I decided to give you all of the details in  my

Home Sweet Home

tag video! Check it out

HERE

or head on over to my

YouTube page

to catch up on other videos you may have missed. I love creating YouTube content for you guys so please leave videos you're interested to see in the comment section below! Enjoy!

Glam Baby Shower

I had the pleasure of throwing the cutest little baby shower for a long time friend of  mine and it was SO glam I just had to share every detail with you all!

The shower was a "ladybug" theme, so I decided to keep it classy but very, very cute!

I wanted to take the time to show you guys the party decor and provide you with a few links to where I got everything in case you have an event coming up soon!

Let's start off with the welcome table!

The decor for this table was kept sweet and simple. A cute display of the ultrasound sat on top of pink and gold decorative boxes found at Home Goods. We asked guest to add their address to a blank envelope so that she could promptly get out thank you cards. The pink tin we held the envelopes in was from the Target dollar spot, as well as the chalkboard welcome banner!

I also kept the gift table simple since this was a pretty large shower (with over 50 guest). I left plenty of room for her many gifts by just adding the cutest

Tassel Banner

from one of my favorite Etsy shops.

Guest who brought diapers were entered into a raffle! We used this corner of the gift table to hold the tickets.

We also asked guest to bring baby a book instead of a card. The alphabet box is from Ross.

Now for the Sweets table!!

This table was obviously the focal point of the room! I used a black photography background and added these fun and easy DIY

Decorative Tissue Paper Pom-poms Flowers

from Amazon. They were so easy to make and even easier to add to the backdrop! 

The

Gold Name Banner

is from the same Etsy shop as the tassel banner and it was absolutely perfect! The

Gold Sequin Fabric

underneath the sweets is from Amazon.

 Now lets get into what was actually ON the table:

This adorable cake and mini cupcakes were created at

Flour Child Bakery

 . Everyone loved the amaretto flavor! 

These adorable ladybug cookies were from

Mary's Cakes and Pastries

!

Another big hit at the sweets table were these cute little candy apples from

Exquisite Sweetz and Treats

!

Most of the other candy treats were from

Oriental Trading Compan

y

 candy buffet section.

 Last is the simple glam table decor.

The

Polka Dot Cotton Table Runner

was from Amazon and I used the same 

Decorative Tissue Paper Pom-poms Flowers

in a smaller size to run down the middle.

 The gold glitter mason jars were a DIY project and the cute little graphics were made by a family friend!

 Overall, the decor for the shower was so fun to create! The "mommy to be" absolutely loved it as well as the guest! This was the first time I've ever thrown and decorated an event like this, and although it was a bit challenging, I really enjoyed putting together every detail!

Let me know what you think!

-Lisa

The Icon Collection

If you follow me on Instagram (@

TheMonaLisaa

), then you've seen that I've recently changed my gallery wall from the layout above (blog post coming soon about that), and although I LOVE my new wall, it was very hard for me to part with some of the images I used in the gallery! 

You'll notice the not so common wall art such as photos of

Dorothy Dandridge

,

Eartha Kitt

, and

Diahann Carroll

on this wall, and those images mean so much to me. This is why I decided to incorporate them in my entryway as a "hall of fame"...

You wont find these faces in your local TJmaxx or HomeGoods on a beautiful canvas like you would find an image of Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn, and its very unfortunate. These are the women that I look up to and admire. These are my Icons.

I recently came across a post on my sweet blogger friend Lauren's Instagram (@

ChicUrbanMom

) and she was rocking a shirt that caught my eye! Lauren has the cutest shop with what I would call "wearable art". 

Its called "

The Icon Collection

"...and when I read up on the meaning behind her shop I felt as though she was reading my mind! 

 Here's a little blurb from the site (http://myiconictee.com

) about "The Icon Collection":

"

As a young girl I grew tired of trying to find trendy items that featured beautiful brown girls like me. When I had my daughter the longing to have images that look like her became even stronger and that is how The Icon Collection was born. On a daily basis I see t-shirts, artwork, home decor etc. highlighting the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and others. It is very rare and almost impossible to find things that showcase women of color who are trendsetters in their industries. The Icon Collection’s goal is to change that, to make it a normal experience to see beautiful, trendsetting women of color on artwork, t-shirts, and home décor as role models for our girls!"

I was SO excited when Lauren sent me a shirt I couldn't help but put it on and twirl around proudly! There are so many Icons that go unrecognized, whether its in fashion or home decor, I believe creating things that represent what/who you love is so very important! 

Im no model, so I cropped out my face, but its about the shirt..not me haha!

Hats off to you Lauren for creating this beautiful wearable art!

If you're interested in

"The Icon Collection"

check out the site

here

and grab a few t-shirts for you and your friends!! 

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ChicUrbanMom

on IG and subscribe to her Lifestyle blog:

http://chicurbanmom.com/