From the Front Porch

Happy Friday, from the front porch!

Just popping in quickly today to check in and see how you guys are doing.  I hope your week has been a fun one as we ease into all the good things September has to offer.

For most of the week, I’ve had one foot in Fall decorating projects and the other in the shed makeover. 

Although I managed to get a second coat of paint on the walls Wednesday, we’re still a bit behind because it rained all last weekend and we couldn’t work in the shed. 

There’s just a single lightbulb out there right now so we have to have the door open to fully maximize the light. 

It was a total bummer at first but I was able to take the weekend to enjoy a PSL and the new James Farmer book which felt great. 

This book is definitely more colorful than his last book but I always appreciate how he mixes different prints together and plays with scale. 

You can check the rest of the decorating book coming out this Fall here. 

Anyway, we’ve decided to take off Monday, which is Labor Day here in the US to try and knock out a few more projects like painting the floor, the trusses, and make a final decision on the workspace countertop. 

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

A Rustic Mountain Cabin in Idaho 

A Country Living Barn Tour 

This rustic home is also an animal sanctuary and filled with tons of texture.

This post, From Dated Ranch to Modern Farmhouse was so crazy cool I had to scroll through multiple times, so I didn’t miss anything.  Talk about the power of paint!

The South Georgia farmhouse that would be so cute at the pecan grove.

This farmhouse is perfectly dressed for Fall.

Find Kentucky Derby at-home watch party menu ideas here and last-minute decorating tips here. 

These are the 15 Most Beautiful National Park Lodges in the US

How gorgeous is this bag? Oh man, you guys, I miss traveling so much!

How to Style Heels Right Now 

13 Reasons to Always Be Kind 

This was such a great post, 7 Quick Reminders to Help You Simplify Everything  

Flashes of Delight to Inspire You Based on Your Enneagram 

Quote of the Week and Free Printable…

Self-Discovery Journey: Books We’re Reading…

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I’ve been reading and implementing some of the techniques from September’s book of the month, Eat That Frog: 21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy 

To be honest, it’s derailed my entire week ?

I’m getting all the important things done (one project I had been putting off for MONTHS is now complete)  and I think once I finally get the system down it’s going to be fabulous. 

As someone who loves routine and craves structure though, there have been lots of learning curves this week and the house is kind of a wreck ?

Here’s a list of the books we’ll be reading for the rest of the year in case you want to go ahead and pick them up too…

For October we’re tackling, Welcome Home: A Cozy Minimalist Guide to Decorating and Hosting All Year Round by Myquillyn Smith

It’s available for pre-order now which gives you access to one of her online classes as part of the Academy of Home for free!

In November we’ll read, Present Over Perfect Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist   

December has us reading, Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person Paperback by Shonda Rhimes   

And in January, we’re looking forward to reading The Home Edit Life: The No-Guilt Guide to Owning What You Want and Organizing Everything by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin  

If you’ve missed any of our other books, you can find them here:

August – Love Does by Bob Goff

July – The Art of Showing Up: How to be There for Yourself and Your People by Rachel Wilkerson Miller  

June – Get Out Of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts by Jennie Allen

We also added,  Be The Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison in June.

May – The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming by Sally and Sarah Clarkson.  

AprilRhythms of Renewal: Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose by Rebekah Lyons 

MarchThe Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions by Emily P Freeman

FebruaryThe Compound Effect by Darren Hardy 

January You Are the Girl for the Job: Daring to Believe the God Who Calls You by Jess Connolly 

Watching Lately…

As I’ve shared before, TV is not really my thing.

But I’ve been having such a hard time concentrating on things as basic as magazines to as involved as reading through contracts lately that I just needed something to help me veg out and relax for a hot minute. 

I was flipping through the documentary section of Netflix when I discovered Shine On with Reese Witherspoon and so far the episodes have all been both genuine and inspiring.

On the Menu this Week…

Week of September 6 – September 13

09/05 – Saturday Zucchini Chicken and Rice Bake 

09/06 – Sunday Summer Skillet Vegetable Lasagna 

09/07 – Monday Fried Cabbage Sausage Skillet 

09/08 – Tuesday Quinoa Enchilada Bake 

09/09 – WednesdayFall Chopped Salad with Spinach, Butternut  Squash, Apples, and Cheddar 

09/10 – ThursdayHealing Chicken and Rice Soup 

09/11 – FridaySpinach Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with Vegan Feta 

09/12 – Saturday French Onion Chicken 

09/13 – Sunday Spicy Pesto and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Involtini

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

Snickerdoodle Blondies 

A Few Things We Spotted Online at Target and Amazon This Week…

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Plaid PillowPumpkins and GourdsDoormatBell Jar 

Crossbody BagWall ArtOak StemTextured Blanket 

DoorknobDressVase *  Tobacco Leaf Wreath 


If You’ve Missed Anything from the Archives or the Blog, Here’s a Peek at What We’ve Been Up To…

Fall Inspired Front Door Décor 

The Busy Girl’s Guide to Decorating an Entry for Fall 

Simple Stacked Pumpkin Topiary with Eucalyptus 

Fall Front Porch Tour 

52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge

Here’s a look at what we’ll be working on in the month of July as part of the 52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge

  • 08/29 – Seasonal Decorative Items-Fall
  • 09/05 – Fall Bucket List
  • 09/12 – Family Doctor Appointments
  • 09/19 – Family Calendar
  • 09/26 – Transition Seasonal Items (coats, sweaters, ski gear, sports equipment)

Upcoming Blog Posts and Dates to Remember…

  • 09/05 The Kentucky Derby
  • 09/07 Labor Day
  • 09/11 Patriot Day
  • 09/12 Mason Jar Blog Hop with County Road 407
  • 09/13 National Grandparents Day

That’s all for now!

As always, we appreciate you so much and we hope your weekend is peace-filled and relaxing.  We’ll be taking Monday off but we can’t wait to share even more with you next week!

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

Many blessings,


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  1. I loved this post! Okay, love all your posts but this one had me gazing and pinning photos for like 45 minutes! The fall farmhouse, the pet sanctuary house, the modern farmhouse, the quote and your shed is coming along so nicely! Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Big hugs!

    1. So glad you like these posts, Cindy! They’re a lot of fun to put together. I’m always amazed at how creative people are each week. It totally inspires me and I’m glad it does you too. Big hugs, CoCo

  2. That dated ranch to farmhouse tour was absolutely STUNNING! WOW! I can’t wait to check out the other links! As usual your menu sounds amazing! I hope your week is off to a fabulous start!

    1. I couldn’t get over the dated ranch either, Christine. It looks so fresh now! I swear the power of paint gets me every time. Hope you enjoy the other links and your week is fantastic too. Sending you hugs, CoCo

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