From the Front Porch

Happy Sunday from the front porch, you guys. Thanks so much for spending time with us today!  

We can hardly believe this is the last week of August, can you?

Fall is our favorite season of the year and despite the heat and humidity we’ve been looking forward to celebrating it for a while. We hope you guys are ready to welcome a new season too!

TCG: Behind the Scenes 

My Mom and I recently had the chance to go the last summer event at Renningers and I’m so glad we did!

It looked like it was going to rain on and off all day so there weren’t as many vendors as we were used to.  That said, the vendors that were there had amazing prices.  We found several things for makeovers we’re currently working on at Bliss Barracks this Fall. And one of the vendors invited us to shop her warehouse too which will be fun!

I just did a full recap on everything we found at the July Renninger’s event, so I thought I would share just a few things we found with you today. 

My Mom spotted this framed print right away and of course, she had to have it.  We plan to use it in one of guest bedrooms upstairs…

Painting lady with horses

And you know I couldn’t turn down these pieces of ironstone.

We found these old books for a desk vignette. They’re crazy weathered but the color is really pretty.  

It’s been hard to find old brushes at reasonable prices (they are normally $8-20 each), but we found these for a steal ($1-5 each).

Not everything was for Bliss Barracks though.  We picked up this signed artwork for one of the guest rooms at my childhood home, Loblolly Manor!

These will be used in vignettes around the house. My Mom has the rest of our haul, so I’ll have to share those pictures with you soon. This is all I could fit in my car ?


A Few of Our Favorite Posts from Around the Web this Week…

This dreamy modern farmhouse nestled on a bluff overlooking the lake is a beautiful example of decorating with your surroundings in mind.  The view is gorgeous! 

There are so many layers of chippy goodness at this romantic boutique hotel in the South of Mallorca.

Love, love, love this designer’s portfolio!

Can you imagine having this kitchen?

A photographer’s charming summer cottage in the woods. 

Ina Garten Taught Me Everything I Know About Throwing A Perfect Dinner Party 

How to Channel Your Productivity Based on Your Enneagram Type 

25 Healthy Habits for a Fitter Body and a Happier Mind  

Workouts You Can Do at Home 

7 Brain Foods a Neuroscientist Wants You to Eat Everyday 

Tips for the best time to plant a vegetable garden.

Everything We Know So Far About Season 3 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 


Quote of the Week and Free Printable…


On the Menu this Week…

**(Just as a sweet reminder the person that makes the menu doesn’t eat beef or pork so keep that in mind when you see this feature each week, wink wink)**

*Week of August 26 – September 1

Monday- Mediterranean Buddha Bowl 

Tuesday- Weight Watchers Chicken Enchilada Bake 

Wednesday- Harvest Cobb Broccoli Salad 

Thursday – Clam and Cod Chowder 

Friday – Herbed Butter Heirloom Tomato Pizza 

Saturday – Alice Springs Chicken Made Skinny with side of steamed veggies

 Sunday – Pasta with Creamy Garlic Shrimp, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Basil 


Sweet Treat to Try This Week…


Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake 


Here are a Few Fall Finds We Spotted on Amazon This Week… 

**(Affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. You can read our full disclosure policy here)


To Go Mug Sleeve 

Pumpkin Patch Pillow Cover 

Chunky Throw in Camel 

White Pumpkin Harvest Wreath 

Plaid Table Runner 

Wood Slices 

Velvet Orange Pillows 

Wall Basket Set 

If You’ve Missed Anything from the Archives or on The Blog Lately, here’s a Peek at What We’ve Been Up To

17 Ways to Ease into Fall

Fall Front Porch decorated with mums and pumpkins

Southern Living Idea House Part 1

Southern Living Idea House

Pear Spice Simmer Pot 

Grace During Times of Transition

52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge

If you’re part of our 52 Weeks to a Simplified and Organized Home Challenge,  we’re completing Week 34 Decluttering the Medicine Cabinet and First Aid Supplies and looking forward to completing Week 35 Seasonal and Decorative Fall Items.

*** Keep in mind, if you’re new to this challenge or have gotten behind for whatever reason, simply pick up on the current week and start again.  You don’t have to be perfect, just don’t stay stuck! This challenge is all about making progress no matter how big or small. ***

TCG Housekeeping Notes & Upcoming Posts…

  • Be sure to lookout for coupons and extra special savings at your favorite stores this week as we head into the Labor Day holiday next Monday.  We have our eye on a few patio pieces and I’m hoping to snag them at 75% off.  Most rugs, bedding and clothing will also be discounted.
  • Next week, I’ll share Part 2 of the Southern Living Idea House and we’re sharing Fall front door decorating ideas too!
  • We also just attended a Ballard Design event and I can’t wait to share the details.   

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. It looks like you guys found a lot of great stuff Coco. I’m always interested to see where you actually put them all so I hope you’ll share. Great links and menu again this week.

    1. Thank you so much Sarah! I definitely need to do a better job of showing how we actually use the items once we’ve gotten them home. I will try to get a post together with those items for you – that’s such a great idea. Hugs, CoCo

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