From the Front Porch

Happy Sunday from the front porch, you guys. Thanks so much for spending time with us today!   It’s been another fun week here.  Thankfully, we finally feel like we’ve been able to catch our breath after all the hurricane excitement from the past few weeks.  

My goal this week was to get the house decorated and back in order so I could concentrate on creating a few Halloween decorations as a surprise for the littles.

I’m usually not one to decorate or even celebrate Halloween because we haven’t had any trick or treaters the entire time I’ve lived at Journey’s End. 

That said, two of the littles L-O-V-E all things spooky and have been asking to decorate the house and buy their costumes since the summer ha ha. 

We found a lot of cool things at the Dollar Tree of all places! They basically had everything from rubber rats to supplies for the curiosity cabinet to a jello brain mold.  I can’t wait to see how they like everything!

TCG: Behind the Scenes 

The week Hurricane Dorian was set to arrive, my brother in law picked up this dresser for my sister.  She’s literally been wanting to give the dresser a makeover for YEARS and now that they’re making plans to build a house, she finally did it!

My sister’s style is boho chic and very different from my own. It’s great to collaborate with her because she’s always has a way of putting a creative slant on things.  She basically wanted to tone down all the green and give the dresser a more modern feel. 

This was this first time I had used Valspar’s Cabinet Enamel paint, so I was just a teensy bit nervous.  We needed something that could withstand the move, a tween boy and not easily chip while being stored though.  After reading a ton of reviews, this paint felt like the best option.

It’s supposed to be a “streak free” option but I don’t know if I chose the wrong brush or what…

In the end, it took 3 days to finish this beast due to a specific drying time.  I painted it once and rolled it twice.  I definitely need to use this product a few more times before recommending it though. 

They were happy with how everything came together, which is what matters most anyway, right?

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

My love for Bria Hammel runs deep you guys! Here’s Part One of a modern Tudor house she recently completed and here’s Part Two in case you missed it. She’s so genius I can’t even take it ?

This modern farmhouse is a stunner, both inside and out.

This take on a Contemporary Modern Home in Charleston is super chic.

Julie Blanner killed it with this gorgeous blue and white Kalamkari block print table setting – love, love, love her nontraditional take on Fall!

Speaking of beautiful prints, don’t miss all the new fall goodies in the Everyday Occasions Shop. 

This is such a fun and creative to decorate a mantel  for Fall.

Have you guys seen this gorgeous IKEA bookshelf upgrade yet?

You won’t believe the transformation in these two spaces. They literally don’t even look like the same rooms!

There are so many houseplants and ideas covered in this informative blog.

For those of you that need a pep talk this week, this post from Marc and Angel, 16 Reasons You’re Succeeding in Live Even if You Feel Like You’re Losing is SO good!

The author is definitely speaking my love language in this post ?

I’m super pumped about this series  finally returning to Netflix.

If you’re a Hallmark Christmas Movie fan (we are too) be sure to keep this list handy.

Speaking of Christmas, we can’t wait to see this movie too!

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 September 16 – September 22

Monday – Zucchini Shrimp Scampi 

Tuesday –  Sour Cream and Green Chiles Chicken Enchiladas

Wednesday – Fall Panzanella Salad 

Thursday – Slow Cooker Chicken, Kale and Sweet Potato Stew 

Friday – Anna’s Tomato Tart 

Saturday – Black Bean Quinoa Burger 

Sunday – Lighter Eggplant Parmesan 


Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

This Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe  has gone viral.  Have you tried it yet?


Here are a Few Erin Gates Inspired Finds We Spotted on Amazon This Week…

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Gourd Lamps  

Elements of Family Style  

Olive Tree 

Pillow Cover 

Coffee Table 

Recycled Glass Jug 

Woven Doormat 

Navy Pillow Cover 


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

5 Steps to Creating an Easy Fall Mantel 

Easy Fall Tablecape Ideas

Fall Picnic at the Pecan Grove 

Tips & Tricks for Keeping Mums Alive  

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 37 Family Doctor Appointments and looking forward to completing Week 38 Family Fall Calendar.  This includes everything from pumpkin patch activities to apple picking to crafting holiday gifts to buying tickets for Fall home tours.

*** 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…

I spent the week and part of the weekend shopping at an estate sale with my Mom, celebrating my sweet nephew’s birthday and gathering supplies and crafting the Halloween decorations. If we’re able to do everything we have planned they’re going to go bananas! I can’t wait to see their faces. 

I’ve been working on all sorts of Halloween and Fall inspiration blog posts lately that I’m excited to share with you this week. We hope your Sunday is peace filled and relaxing. Thanks so much for spending time with us.  Have the best week! 

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

Many blessings,


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  1. THANK YOU! You are always so sweet! You’re proof kindness is always in season. Happy Fall!

    1. You’re so sweet to say that, Julie, thank you! I learn from you all the time. Definitely count me in as a big member of your fan club 🙂 Hugs for a happy week, CoCo

  2. Thanks CoCo! Another great Sunday post – always interesting & well worth the read. Have a great week 🙂

    1. You’re the best, Anne, thank you. I appreciate your kind words so much! The Sunday posts are fun to put together each week. There is so much talent out there and it definitely deserves to be celebrated. Sending you big hugs for a happy week, CoCo

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