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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

Whats on my nightstand?

The view from my side of the bed is pretty nice! Check out all of the pretty details...

If you haven't seen my video apartment tour, then you might think that I still have this pitiful side table underneath my TV. Well, ladies and gentlemen..I've upgraded!

Another Target piece has taken its place and it's perfect (more about this piece in a separate post)!

As a result, I've moved my cute green end table beside my bed. Its now a functional nightstand!

Now, as intimate and personal as a nightstand can be, I've still decided to share it with you! Most of the time our nightstands are purely for function. They typically hold a lighting source, a glass of water and serve as a charging station for our mobile devices. But you do know that a nightstand can be all of these things and more, right?

Im all for function, but I love to add a little pretty on the side! Yes, functional things can have a little style to them too! Here's what my nightstand is currently holding:

1. Flowers - Now these are solely for my visual pleasure. Tulips are my favorite flowers, Its okay to have at lease one non functional item on your nightstand! Fresh flowers are best but faux is just fine too! These can be found in many home decor stores like Target, Homegoods, Ross, or Marshalls (for a price) but if you desire to create a custom one, check out my

DIY flower video

!

2. Candle - I think that a calming scent and soothing sound of a candle burning is essential to ultimate relaxation before bed. As long as you remember to blow it out before you snooze, you'll be in business! The candle in rotation right now is one of my favorites "Champagne toast" from Bath and Body Works.

3. Healing crystal - In my

2016 Glam guide

I mentioned my new obsession with crystals and their many benefits. The crystal I have by my bed is an amethyst which is a meditative and calming stone which works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to provide calm, balance, patience, and peace. I honestly found that I have had much better, uninterrupted sleep with this baby by my side.

4. Books/journals - I usually keep a journal on my nightstand for two reasons: my brain runs a mile a minute at night and I miraculously remember everything I need to do the next day, or forgot to do the current day. Its a great place for me to get it out on paper. This helps me not worry so much about things once I've written it down and its all out. Second reason is similar but more enjoyable: All of my great and brilliant ideas hit me right before I fall asleep or even in my dreams! What better place than this cute Target journal for my "Ridiculously good ideas"? Now as for books, I usually keep it light. Nothing with a particular story line because those will keep me up all night and I'll never get any rest flipping pages all night. I usually keep a couple of inspirational books by my side instead. It also helps when they have a pretty cover! The book currently by my side is "Gentlewoman by Enitan O. Bereola ".

5. Cute mug - I absolutely love this mug I found at Anthropologie last year. Tea and hot cocoa fill up this beauty after a long day. We all seem to need to quench a thirst once we go to bed & its essential to a good nights rest! Its also important to keep a coaster on your nightstand to prevent water rings and stains on your nice nightstand. This cutie was snagged from the dollar tree!

Well. that sums up whats ON my nightstand... no, I wont be going into details about whats in the drawer..you WISH! ;) 

I'd love to know whats currently on your nightstand! Comment below and let me know your favorite things!

Lisa

Back to my roots

In honor of Black History Month, I've decided to take it back to my African roots and share with you my new favorite home decor accent!

My mother was digging through some old fabric for me, and ran across this beautiful African cloth.

I instantly fell in love with the colors and pattern and decided to do a little research to find out the exact type of cloth it was. I found a really

informative

article

explaining the differences between kente, kuba, and mud cloths.

After examining my cloth I learned that it best resembles a traditional mud cloth. The article states:

"

The process of creating mud cloth also called "bogolanfini" artwork requires both patience and skill. Long cloth strips,

 finimugu

, about six inches wide are woven by men a

nd sold in rolls at the market

." 

They explained how actual mud is left to ferment for a year and the cloth is then dipped in it for its color. 

"

Mordanting the cloth then painting it with 

mud rich in 

iron oxide produces the black or dark brown color for which bogolanfini is most recognized."

There was so much information about mud cloth and its patterns. If you're interested in more check it out

here

!

After my educational lesson, I began to wonder how I could possibly incorporate it into my home decor. I definitely think since the cloth I have is so large it could be used as a table cloth or used to recover a cushion such as the seat on my entryway chair! 

I found an

etsy shop

that had a similar idea: 

I love how the cloth looks as a table cloth! I think it would be great to pull out for special occasions or to impress some home guest! 

Next up are these gorgeous pillows! If you know me, you know that I'm a pillow hoarder. Im obsessed with the rich colors and geometric patters. 1.

Top left pillow

 2. 

Middle pillow

 3. 

Bottom right pillow

This Etsy shop

 created some beautiful wall art that is simple and clean, yet still an eye catcher. I think this is a great neutral that can be used in any space!

These photos have really inspired me to try new things with my decor! What's your favorite use & how would you incorporate African cloth into your home? 

-Lisa