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5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

I don’t know about you, but my fall decorations came out practically at the stroke of midnight that first calendar day of autumn. I had been dreaming of setting out ceramic pumpkins and fall-time colors since August, so it didn’t take long for me to call our seasonal decorating done. That said, I know not everyone feels quite so…shall we say…enthusiastic about fall decorating, and you might even be feeling a little stumped on where to start. Scroll on for five of the biggest pieces of advice I can offer now that our own home is feeling festive for fall.

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

1. When in doubt, add pumpkins

It’s no secret that pumpkins are a universal symbol of the season, so maybe try starting there. Real pumpkins are wonderfully nostalgic, but I always feel so guilty about throwing them away at the end of fall, which means that we inevitably end up with a sad collection of rotten gourds come December. I’ve learned my lesson over the years and tend to stick with nothing but faux pumpkins (think: ceramic, plastic, and even stuffed). Dot two or three around your own space in between your everyday décor and that’s practically all you need to get the point across.

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

2. Embrace autumnal colors

Another easy way to decorate for fall without having to buy a bunch of new themed accents is to work within a traditional “autumn” color palette. If you squint your eyes while looking at these photos of our fall dining room, you’ll pick up on orange, evergreen, rich gold, a bit of blue, and lots of natural wood tones. Now open your eyes wide and refocus. When you actually take a good long look at things, you’ll see that we had to add just two or three physical hits of orange to the mix amongst our year-round décor to make it look fall-like. It just goes to show that you don’t need to go overboard when incorporating fall colors within your décor.

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

3. Color-coordinated wine display

This is probably taking things too far, but I’m the first to admit that I’m a bit OCD when it comes to color-coordinating our house, and this third tip proves it. We’re wine drinkers in our family, and keep extra bottles at-the-ready on a vintage wine bottle rack that John bought me for Christmas last year. I know it might sound silly to some, but I tend to judge a wine by its bottle, and go so far as to purchase bottles that I know will look good amongst our everyday décor. The same, of course, goes for fall. During this season, I like to stock up on wine bottles that feature jewel-toned, metallic wrappings and labels so that they fit right in with our fall decorations. Don’t worry—they all taste just as good as they look. I’m not that silly! (wink, wink)

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

4. Use live branches

With the exception of three new faux pumpkins that I added to our collection last month, everything else you see here we already owned. I didn’t have to buy anything else, and that includes the set of branches you see on the console. They were cut right from our back yard, so they didn’t cost a thing, plus I love how they add some sculptural interest and height to the room. Try playing around with branches cut from your own property this season, or visit a local park and see if you can find some natural options already lying on the ground ready for the taking.

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5. Add something unexpected

Because I used mostly items that we already owned, I started to feel like the room wasn’t fresh enough. It didn’t feel all that different to me, even with the addition of festive pumpkins, jewel-toned wine bottles, fall colors, and big branches. So, at the last minute, I decided to hang a new gallery wall. It was a quick and easy way for me to make use of art we already had in the basement that I hadn’t seen hung in a while, and it gave me a bigger opportunity to showcase those autumn colors I love so much. I chose an abstract print, a vintage landscape painting, a line drawing, and a printed portrait of my favorite composer done by my favorite artist. The collection makes me smile every time I walk into the room, and was the perfect unexpected finishing touch I was craving.

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

Have you started decorating for fall yet? Are you like me and already have a fully fleshed out fall house now that it’s mid-October? I’d love to hear if you have tips of your own to share, or if you think I could be doing something more to celebrate the season through décor. I’m always hoping that these types of how-to-decorate posts turn into more of a conversation than me just telling our own side of the story, so please tell all below!

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

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DIY Bat Branch Halloween Centerpiece Décor

DIY Bat Branch Halloween Centerpiece Décor

I don’t know about you, but temporary holiday décor is my absolute favorite. Like I’ve said time and time again here on the blog (sorry to keep repeating myself!) I kind of despise any type of holiday decorating that requires me to put away most of our year-round “everyday” accents. It feels like I’m undoing all the hard work I put into decorating our home, so I try my best to come up with small high impact tweaks I can make throughout our house that makes it look festive without forcing us to keep a ton of decorations in storage.

That mentality, of course, had a pretty direct impact on the DIY I’m sharing today. The DIY Bat Branch Halloween Centerpiece that I put together for Hunker was made using nothing but a standalone piece of driftwood, some paper bats, and a bit of tape. We keep the branch out year-round anyway, so all I had to do to give it Halloween edge was cut out a handful of bats and temporarily stick them to the branch for the month of October. It’s the perfect holiday project if you’re also hesitant to buy a bunch of holiday décor or if you don’t have much time on your hands. This project can be done in less than 30 minutes!

DIY Bat Branch Halloween Centerpiece Décor

DIY Bat Branch Halloween Centerpiece Décor

To find out how to make the Halloween centerpiece for yourself, make sure to click through to Hunker. I even included a printable bat silhouette template so all you have to do is print it, cut out the stencil, trace, and cut the final shapes out. A few other Halloween-themed goodies (think: ceramic pumpkins, dark linen napkins, novelty plates) are the finishing touches to make your table ready for a spooky soirée. Get the DIY details and printable template here, and then let me know in the comments below how you find balance between holiday decorating and your everyday décor.

DIY Bat Branch Halloween Centerpiece Décor

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DIY Vinyl Records Shelf Display

DIY Vinyl Records Shelf Display

Ever since spotting this image of a DIY wall-mounted records display on Pinterest, I’d hoped to find a free afternoon to knock out my own version. If you couldn’t tell from the appearance of today’s post and post title, I finally made it happen, and I’m here to share the details for hanging one in your space. I did it all by myself one Sunday morning, so trust me when I say that this is definitely the type of project that you can cross off your list with minimal stress.

DIY Vinyl Records Shelf Display

DIY Vinyl Records Shelf Display

Step One

Start by choosing a blank wall for the shelves. We ended up purging a bunch of stuff from the built-in console in our family room, which left us with an open spot on the wall for my leaning records display. It was the perfect place for the shelves since we actually keep a record player right there on the cabinet.

I’ve noticed that we’ve been really bad about pressing ‘Play’ on the record player lately because we didn’t have a good spot nearby to keep records before. The console below the machine is full of board games and other random things, so we don’t have room in there for records. I was hopeful that the new wall-mounted display beside the player would encourage us to use it more frequently, and the good news is that, so far, it’s working!

DIY Vinyl Records Shelf Display

DIY Vinyl Records Shelf Display

DIY Vinyl Records Shelf Display

Step Two

But I’m getting ahead of myself, as usual. After choosing a place to hang the shelves and deciding how far apart they needed to be (I just eyeballed it by holding a record up against the drywall), I used our stud finder to find one stud to drill into. Since the records we planned to lean on the shelves are really light, there wasn’t any reason to find more than one stud to drill into.

For our display, I predrilled two holes for each shelf: one directly into the stud I found, and the other through the drywall about six inches away where I installed a wall anchor. This combination is plenty for holding your shelves and records securely up on the wall. By the way, we used three .75in x 1.5in x 24in oak boards in case you want to add those to your hardware store shopping list. Oh, and even though I’m sure it goes without saying, use a level when making your marks to ensure straight shelves!

DIY Vinyl Records Shelf Display

DIY Vinyl Records Shelf Display

Step Three

With my holes predrilled and anchors in place, I took the measurements and transferred them to the faces of my oak board shelves, making tiny marks with a pencil. Next, I predrilled holes over the pencil marks, and used drywall screws to attach all three shelves to the wall. It took less that 30 minutes to install the trio of shelves on the wall, and less than 30 seconds to fill them with an armload of our favorite records.

DIY Vinyl Records Shelf Display

DIY Vinyl Records Shelf Display

DIY Vinyl Records Shelf Display

DIY Vinyl Records Shelf Display

DIY Vinyl Records Shelf Display

DIY Vinyl Records Shelf Display

I’m sure we’ll be changing these records out from time to time so that we make the most of our huge collection, but the cool thing is that it’s such a quick process to remove and lean new ones right on the shelves. The oak boards I got are only 1.5 inches deep, but that’s plenty of space for a regular-sized record. If you want to display thicker albums (like those that come with multiple vinyls and bonus posters/paperwork, for example), you might want to size up your boards.

The other thing I love about this project is that the album covers are properly shown off and act as wall art for the space as a whole. It’s a fun pop of color when you walk into the room, and I love that we actually get to appreciate the retro graphic design on the covers. Before, they were just stacked in a bookshelf with only their spines showing so we lost out on being able to appreciate those unique cover designs and details.

DIY Vinyl Records Shelf Display

DIY Vinyl Records Shelf Display

DIY Vinyl Records Shelf Display

DIY Vinyl Records Shelf Display

So, now I want to know: what’s your all-time favorite album? I’m personally a sucker for movie soundtracks, like Garden State and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Tell us down in the comments what you’d display on your own vinyl records shelf, or if there’s something totally different that you’d use these for—maybe books or holiday cards? I can’t wait to hear your creative ideas.

DIY Vinyl Records Shelf Display

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Cozy Fall Staples To Stock Up On

Cozy Fall Staples To Stock Up On

I go through phases when it comes to buying clothes. Six months or more might go by without purchasing a single piece for my closet, but then I think to myself, “Self, it’s been an awfully long time since you treated yourself to something new…” and I’ll go out and purchase enough clothing to redo my entire wardrobe! That’s a slight exaggeration, but it’s definitely not a good cycle to be in, so this year I’m focusing on creating a collection of pieces that will keep my closet feeling exciting, whether it’s filled with new pieces or not.

I’ve lately been tricking myself by stowing off-season clothing away so that, when the weather changes and I make the switch, all of those items that were hidden away in boxes and drawers feel brand new to me—at least mentally. I just pulled all of my fall and winter clothes out of storage yesterday, and there were pieces in there that I had forgotten I even owned. There were even a few tops and sweaters that I bought on clearance at the end of last winter that still had the tags on them so they truly are brand new!

Anyway, this method is working wonders on me in terms of curing my previous bad shopping habits, so I figured it might be worth mentioning in case it inspires you to do the same. Now that I have all of my seasonal clothing out where I can see it, I’m making a REALLY SHORT list of the pieces that I might want to treat myself to (like one or two pieces, max) to fill in the holes. Here are 12 of the pieces currently on my short list.

Cozy Fall Staples To Stock Up On

1. The Cashmere Crew

2. Bubble-Sleeve Sweatshirt Dress

3. Juliette collarless sweater-blazer

4. The Regan Boot

5. Rib-Knit Beanie

6. Long-sleeve everyday cashmere crewneck sweater

7. Balloon-Sleeve Pullover Sweater

8. Flannel Blanket Scarf

9. Faux-Suede Mule Booties

10. Dreamy cotton pajama set in stripe

11. Mock-Neck Rib-Knit Swing Dress

12. The Modern Utility Jacket

I’ll tell you one thing…I’m definitely not cured because I would love nothing more than to buy every single piece on that list above. I’m making serious progress, though, because I just saw sale announcement emails pop into my inbox from both Madewell and J.Crew, and somehow managed to delete them without falling prey to the lure. What are your seasonal clothing habits? Do you have a particular weakness for any one brand? Do tell in the comments!

Cozy Fall Staples To Stock Up On

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Creepy Classy Black & White Halloween Party

*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

Creepy Classy Black & White Halloween Party

I hope that your start to October was a great one yesterday! Ours was pretty toasty at 81 degrees for a high, but it just made our anticipation of those cool, crisp days to come even sweeter. At any rate, Halloween is only a handful of weeks away now that we’re into the new month, which means that your party planning needs to start…well…now.

Back in September, I had a chance to play around with a few boxes of monochromatic Halloween décor care of Oriental Trading, and today I’m sharing pictures of the spooky (yet still sophisticated!) soirée I was able to throw together using my favorites from the collection. Keep scrolling to see a few snippets of the full party, as well as a quick rundown of the process I go through when planning these types of coordinated holiday gatherings.

Creepy Classy Black & White Halloween Party

Creepy Classy Black & White Halloween Party

As with most parties that I put together, the longest and hardest part was definitely the planning. I tend to start with a color palette in mind—this time, black, white, red, and wood tones—and then I usually go online to search out any accents and accessories I want to use. For this event, I clicked and dragged product photos right from the OTC website to the desktop on my computer, and then I pulled all of those icons into a folder on my hard drive so I could preview how everything looked together.

I pulled absolutely anything and everything that caught my eye online, and ended up with way more than I needed. That was intentional, though, because, after that, I could just drag out and trash the digital items I didn’t think I really needed until I was left with a reasonable collection of pieces to make up what I’m calling our Creepy Classy Black & White Halloween Party.

After that I submitted my order and, when everything arrived in boxes, I carefully unpacked each item and set the gathering up just as I had envisioned when I was pulling inspiration online. By pre-planning in advance and considering where everything might actually go, I was able to order fewer items and it took much less time to set up once it had all arrived.

Creepy Classy Black & White Halloween Party

Creepy Classy Black & White Halloween Party

Creepy Classy Black & White Halloween Party

Is it helpful to learn a little bit more about my party-planning process? Many of you might already do something similar, or have your own tried-and-true hostessing routines, but I thought it might be interesting for me to share my perspective on how to bring a festive fête together with minimal stress and on a tight budget, too.

Hop over to the Fun365 website by Oriental Trading to see and shop the full party, and don’t miss my step-by-step tutorial for a DIY Spooky Silhouetted Halloween Gallery Wall while you’re at it!

Creepy Classy Black & White Halloween Party

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Should We Go ‘Open Concept’?

Should We Go 'Open Concept'?

I’d love to start this brand new week off with a design question: should we go open concept between our dining room and kitchen? Call me crazy, but now that we’ve been project-free for a few weeks, I’m feeling the itch to make more changes around here. Our hall bathroom renovation is complete, and our new roof is all done, so now I’m setting my sights on something we’ve never tackled before…Removing a wall!

Should We Go 'Open Concept'?

Should We Go 'Open Concept'?

Should We Go 'Open Concept'?

One of the things I appreciated so much about this house when we first toured it was the fact that the kitchen is separated from the dining room by a partition wall. That said, now that we’ve lived here for three years, I’m wondering if this layout really is the best for our particular space.

It’s a little hard to explain without you being here, but in the front room of our house (which consists of the kitchen, dining room, and living room) there’s a wall that extends from the middle of the space to just a few feet from the exterior wall. On the dining room side, the wall has a giant framed photo on it, whereas the other side faces into our kitchen and has open shelving on it just above some lower cabinetry and the dishwasher.

As you can see in the photos above, the wall has a cool angular cut-out detail at the top to allow a bit of natural light from the open concept dining and living room to spill into the kitchen—a fact I love because that room gets very little natural light otherwise. I really do appreciate that the rooms have a bit of separation between them, but then I came across this inspiration image below and the wheels in my head started turning.

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Should we consider removing the wall to let more of that gorgeous sunlight into our dark kitchen? The inspiration photo stopped me in my feed-scrolling tracks on Pinterest the other day because it gave me such a good sense of what our own home could look like if we just removed part or all of that separating wall.

Similar to the inspiration image, we have light-colored, speckled countertops and dark wood cabinetry. We also have white walls, and a similarly angled mid-century-style ceiling. I can totally see this translating into our own retro home, but don’t want to regret embarking on another chaotic renovation project if it’s a terrible idea.

Should We Go 'Open Concept'?

Should We Go 'Open Concept'?

The picture of our home just above gives you a pretty good sense of the difference in lighting between the spaces. The dining room is filled top to bottom with glorious sunshine, while the kitchen (mere inches away!) gets barely anything because of that partition wall.

One option is to leave the wall between the kitchen and living room as it stands (the one right behind the liquor cabinet you see there), and bring the partition wall perpendicular to it down to about counter height to allow more light to get to the kitchen. There would still be a bit of separation and we wouldn’t have to move the dishwasher, but the light could be shared between spaces.

Should We Go 'Open Concept'?

Should We Go 'Open Concept'?

What do you think? Am I crazy to be considering this? Those of you who have truly open concept homes: do you appreciate being able to see right into your kitchen from the dining room, or do you wish you had more separation between the spaces? I’m dying to hear your opinions and personal perspectives, so please spill in the comments below!

Should We Go 'Open Concept'?

**See what our home looked like when we moved in here!
**Inspiration image source unknown, all other images are by Meredith Sledge
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DIY Countdown To Halloween Candy Calendar

*This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading

DIY Countdown To Halloween Candy Calendar

How is September almost over already?! Halloween is a little over a month away, and I just don’t know where the time has gone. Didn’t it feel like we were wrapping up another whirlwind Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year’s season only a few weeks ago?

Well, that time is nearly upon us once again and, despite the disbelieving start to this blog post, today’s the day that I officially quit saying how surprised I am that we’re already in the midst of the holidays. I’ve said it (multiple times, probably), so it’s out of the way. Now’s the time to get PUMPED for another round of overindulging in the name of this extra special time of year, and I’m kicking things off with a brand new craft project for Oriental Trading: my DIY Countdown To Halloween Candy Calendar.

DIY Countdown To Halloween Candy Calendar

This numbered box project is a cinch to recreate thanks to the free printable and shopping list I made available here. But that’s not the best part, though…See those 30+ boxes? Every last one is filled with candy so you can placate that sweet tooth of yours every day leading up to Halloween at the end of the month.

You can choose to make the countdown more of a scavenger hunt by mixing up the numbers, or put them in order from 1-31 if you’d rather simplify things (great for kids, too, so my OTC editors/mamas tell me!). Let me know how you’d arrange your own DIY Halloween Candy Box Countdown in the comments below, and then hop through to Oriental Trading for the full tutorial and clickable shopping list.

DIY Countdown To Halloween Candy Calendar

*For more Halloween fun, click these links for inspiration and tutorials: DIY Halloween Pumpkins With Painted Dashes, DIY Cartoon Eyeball Halloween Wreath.
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‘Clean Home’ Cleaning Brands We Love

'Clean Home' Cleaning Brands We Love

First things first…I would be ever so grateful for your vote for Dream Green DIY in the crafting category of this year’s Design Blog Awards with Domino Magazine! DGD is one of five finalists in the contest, and you can vote once a day (no account required) now through September 23. Thank you so much for your support!

Who knows if it’s the eminent change of the seasons or what, but I’m really anxious to give our home a deep down clean. I’d love to make time to pull everything off the shelves and out of drawers to give those surfaces a thorough scrub, and wash all of the linens that might not get quite as much consistent attention as our bedding (think: throw blankets, removable sofa cushion covers, etc.).

As you know, though, I’m also pretty focused on making sure that we’re using all-natural items in our home. So far, I’ve talked mainly about plant-derived, cruelty-free hygiene and beauty products, but today it’s all about ‘clean’ cleaning brands that keep our home feeling fresh without harsh chemicals or ingredients.

All of the products you see pictured in today’s post actually came from my first shipment of a subscription service called Grove Collaborative. I should mention, though, that this post is in no way, shape, or form sponsored by the Grove brand. I paid for the subscription with my own dollar bucks, and they have no idea DGD exists. Even still, I wanted to try out their line of products (plus a few other ‘clean home’ brands), so I went ahead and signed up. I’m not sure I’ll continue with the subscription, but I love that we’re all stocked up on ‘green’ goodies as we head into the new fall season. Scroll on to learn a little more about five of our favorite natural cleaning brands.

'Clean Home' Cleaning Brands We Love

‘Clean Home’ Cleaning Brands We Love

1. METHOD: Of course, my main motivation with going all-natural at home is the health benefits for John, me, and our pets. But I’m also really loyal to brands who promote a healthy environment, too—like Method. Their sustainable business and production practices are really making a difference, and that makes me an avid fan and consumer of all things Method. Their all-purpose cleaners are our favorites!

2. GROVE COLLABORATIVE: Whether you’re in the market for all-natural bath bombs, cotton balls, snack bags, or candles, it seems that Grove has you covered. I’m hoping to add their reusable brush set to my next order (whenever that might be) because it’s made from this really gorgeous renewable bamboo that I wouldn’t mind seeing out by our kitchen sink.

3. SEEDLING: Tree-free paper products for practically every room in the house? Yes, please! We’re talking bath tissues, facial tissues, paper towels, and more. We got some of their paper towels in our last Grove order, and I can assure you from personal experience that these towels are work horses even though they’re 100 percent “tree-free.”

4. REAL SIMPLE CLEAN: I’ve been searching and searching for a good leather cleaner to use on the leather upholstery we have in our living room, and finally found what I needed from the Real Simple Clean line. This leather conditioner promises to give furniture a deep-down clean that will make it shine without caustics, dyes, or chlorine.

5. MRS. MEYER’S: I know I should be most impressed by the plant-derived ingredients list on Mrs. Meyer’s cleaners (and I am super in love with that fact!), but my real favorite thing is the scents. I honestly haven’t met one I didn’t like, but our current favorites are Lemon Verbena and Pumpkin.

'Clean Home' Cleaning Brands We Love

'Clean Home' Cleaning Brands We Love

Have you made the switch to all-natural home cleaners? If so, please tell me about your personal favorite brand in the comments below. My goal is to swap a harsh chemical cleaner with a natural one every time we run out. It’s definitely going to be a process, but one I can feel really good about sticking with.

'Clean Home' Cleaning Brands We Love

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Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Did you hear?! Dream Green DIY is one of five finalists in the crafting category of this year’s Design Blog Awards with Domino Magazine! You can vote once a day (no account required) now through September 23. Thank you so much for your support!

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved switching up rooms and rearranging furniture. I think I’ve mentioned here on the blog before that my mom would often come around the corner in our childhood home to find a dresser or upturned mattress smack dab in the middle of the hallway on its way from my sister’s room to my room. I was just that type of kid—I didn’t wait for help, and I also never could leave well enough alone.

Switching rooms or moving furniture around excites and energizes me more than any other type of home project does. Large scale renovations are gratifying, sure, but they stress me out and take too long for me to actually enjoy them. I love that changing furniture around is free, quick, and instantly transforms the look and feel of a room without having to call in a contractor.

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Case in point (as you probably guessed from today’s post title), our office and guest room. A few months ago I realized that the two bonus back bedrooms in our home could be more efficient if switched. You can get a better sense of the floor plan when looking at the image below. That photo was taken in the hall where you can see the doors to all three of the bedrooms in our home. The door on the right goes to our master bedroom, the doorway on the left now goes to my office, and the door straight ahead leads into our newly arranged guest room.

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

As for why I decided to switch the guest room and office? It really all comes down to air conditioning. We don’t have a traditional HVAC system in our 1960s home, so we rely on window and wall units to cool things down. It’s very comfortable, but it admittedly gets a little warm in the rooms that don’t sport a physical AC unit.

My office, the way it stood before this change, boasted a mighty AC window unit that cranked out tons of blissful cool air. The old guest room, though, had nothing. There’s an overhead fan in there, but it definitely didn’t do enough to cut the heat in the dead of summer. It happened to be a pretty busy summer for us in terms of overnight guests, so I decided it was time to finally change the rooms so that the guest room (and our guests) could benefit from the AC unit.

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Deciding to switch the rooms was a pretty easy decision once I weighed the pros and cons, and John agreed to help me switch them one day earlier this summer before all of our overnighters were scheduled to come into town. It took the two of us less than an hour to pull off, and then it was time to get things reorganized and resettled.

The back bedroom, which now houses our guest room, is actually bigger than the other, so I was able to fit the double bed, a side table, and a full-size dresser. The old guest room didn’t have room for a dresser, so I was excited to have that upgrade in the new space. It now holds our entire extra linens collection.

Of course, that means my “new” office is a little smaller then the room it used to be in, but I actually find that I spend less time in my office these days than I used to. I’m more efficient with my time now that I’m going back and forth from the pottery studio, so I don’t need a lot of room for getting my computer work done in the office. I’m going to share a full updated tour of both spaces over the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for my thoughts on the new design and function of each room.

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Have you tried rethinking the function of the rooms in your own home lately? Could you get more out of a space by changing up its function? Consider doing it just for fun! Switching rooms is really quick (when you have a friend or family member willing to lend a hand), and its an affordable way to change up your perspective when you don’t have a huge renovation budget.

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

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Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Waynesboro’s close proximity to Charlottesville, Virginia, is actually one of the things that made it to the top of our “pros” list three years ago when we were deciding whether to move to the area or not. It’s just 35 minutes from Waynesboro, making it an easy place for us to visit on the weekends or even on the odd free weekday afternoon.

If you’re not already familiar, Waynesboro is pretty teeny tiny in terms of the shops and restaurants available to us within a quick drive, but Charlottesville helps satiate our need for fine shopping and dining as long as we’re willing to make the drive into town. Scroll on for a list of a few of our favorite places to browse and wander on any given day trip to Charlottesville, and don’t miss the brand new video I put together, which shows an in-motion peek inside each place, too.

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Great Outdoor Provision Co.

Now, I know a lot of people will probably be disappointed that I’m starting off with a chain (there are nine stores in total between Virginia and North Carolina), but I’m going to do my best to be as realistic as I can with my picks, and this is just one of those stores that we seem to always be popping into. It’s really well laid out, and offers so many great options for outdoor adventure-ing.

The store carries Patagonia, too (one of our favorite brands for clothing and hiking gear), so we love looking through the store’s racks—even if we’re just “window shopping” for fun. The other cool thing about Great Outdoor Provision Co. is that it’s in the Barracks Road Shopping Center, so it’s part of a huge collection of stores that could occupy a family for hours.

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Circa Inc.

Even when we lived over an hour away in Lynchburg, I would make the trek to Circa Inc. every other month or so. It’s that good! This store is ideal for anyone in the market for decently priced vintage furniture, art, décor, and other types of home goods. It’s where we got the console cabinet in our dining room, countless lamps, and also a few of my favorite secondhand paintings.

I’ve currently got my eye on a set of mid-century dining chairs they have right now, so I might be making a return trip sooner rather than later. Oh, and I should mention that there are multiple buildings and rooms to wander through, so if you’re in the market for vintage goodies (or just like to dream about having space for new-to-you things, like me!), then definitely make time for Circa.

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

The Habitat Store

Right up the road and around the corner from Circa is The Habitat Store. As you can probably guess, this shop and donation center is in partnership with the local Habitat for Humanity organization, so proceeds from your purchases go right back into the community—win, win!

What will you find there? Anything from original church pews and 1950s desks, to washers, old brass light fixtures, lawn furniture, tools, and laminate flooring. There’s so much stuff to look through, it’s overwhelming, but that just makes it one of our go-to places to walk through on a Saturday morning. We actually donate a whole lot more to this store than we buy, but it feels better to give than to get anyway.

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Goodwill

Okay, yes. It’s probably a little strange to mention Goodwill as a Charlottesville destination…but I promised a real-life review, and we truly love the Goodwill stores in Charlottesville! Because the city is a “college town,” there are lots of young people moving in and out, which inevitably means that lots of designer clothing, books, movies, and furniture end up getting donated to Goodwill rather than packed up to move wherever these college grads are heading off to. I’ve found so many amazing like-new J.Crew, Madewell, and Target clothes at these stores that cost next to nothing.

The three locations are 34 Mill Creek Drive, 1720 Seminole Trail, and 1242 Richmond Road. Heads up that I’ve always had the best luck at their Richmond Road location. It’s a little tough to get in and out of the tight parking lot, but totally worth it.

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Historic Downtown Mall

I ran out of time this particular day to actually do much shopping on the Mall, but you must, must, MUST make time for Darling Boutique and Rock Paper Scissors the next time you’re there. I know I’ll be prioritizing these two local shops on my next visit.

Darling Boutique is a beautifully curated shop full of top notch consignment clothing and handmade jewelry, and Rock Paper Scissors is stocked with gorgeous paper goods (think: stationary, invitations, notebooks, cards, etc.) for any occasion. The shop owners of both are so sweet, too, so ask them for their own recommendations for things to do while you’re in town. I’m sure they’ll have lots of hidden gems to tell you all about.

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

The Whiskey Jar

Whenever John and I are in Charlottesville and get to the topic of where we want to eat, we almost always default to The Whiskey Jar. There are soooooooo many amazing restaurants in town (more on those later in this post), but we just can’t get enough of this one particular place—especially in the summertime when they open up the sliding glass doors to allow the fresh breeze inside.

The menu is small-but-mighty, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better drink menu. If you’re able to go in the next couple of weeks, get the Les Petits Roucas Sauvignon Blanc. It’s unbelievably good and the perfect complement (last hurrah?) to summer.

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

HomeGoods

Again, don’t hate me for mentioning a chain, but the fact of the matter is that we don’t have a HomeGoods in Waynesboro, so I love making time to pop into the store location in Charlottesville whenever I’m in town. We went this particular day for seasonal home décor, and I can’t wait to show you what I picked up from their fall-themed aisles.

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Click ‘Play’ on that video a couple of images up (or watch it here on YouTube) to see our Charlottesville adventure in motion! We had such a blast driving through town and browsing a few of our favorite stores. We didn’t get to go everywhere we wanted to, but here’s a big list of other favorites we already love or have heard about and can’t wait to try soon:

Lone Light Coffee // The Pie Chest // Oakhart Social Restaurant // Tilman’s // Mas Tapas // Three Notch’d Brewing Company // Kardinal Hall // Brazos Tacos // C’ville Coffee // Sweethaus Cupcake Café // Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint // IRON Paffles & Coffee // Citizen Burger Bar // Roots Natural Kitchen // Feast! // Continental Divide

Have you been to Charlottesville, Virginia, lately? What’s your favorite shop? Are you a regular as any one restaurant? Do tell in the comments below because we’re anxious to try a few new places this fall.

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

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