From the Front Porch

Happy Thursday from the front porch you guys. How was your week? I hope it’s been a good one for you.

We’ve spent a good part of the week, like a lot of you, watching, waiting and checking on our friends and family in the path of Hurricane Florence. After going through Hurricane Irma last year, we know how stress filled it can be waiting for the storm to arrive, to pass and then to deal with the aftermath.

We’re definitely keeping everyone in the path of the storm in our prayers.

We continue to finish up projects around the house and to make a concerted effort to enjoy all things Fall. I’ve come to realize there will always be projects to complete and plans that keep us busy and we if we don’t start controlling our schedules, our schedules are going to control us.

I know it’s not always easy but sometimes you just have to set your priorities on activities that fill your cup and keep finding ways to do more of the things that make you happy, you know?

Scenes from our week…

Remember last week how I shared we were supposed to get 20 strands of crystals for the chandelier in the entry but there were only 19 in the box? Well, the company sent us the missing strand and we are officially good to go as far as the chandelier is concerned.

I usually stick to the brown and white transferware patterns that I currently collect but this piece was too good to pass up.

Speaking of which, I picked up these lamps last week while I was out shopping with my Mom and I’m thinking about painting them but haven’t decided on a color just yet.

I’ve only painted a few pieces of furniture using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, so fingers crossed I can bring my Granny’s old dresser back to life. I plan to work on it later today.

Quote of the week & Free Printable…

Reading this week…

Style Your Mind: A Workbook and Lifestyle Guide for Women Who Want to Design Their Thoughts, Empower Themselves and Build a Beautiful Life by Cara Alwill Leyba. This is a great book if you need to check in with your thoughts in any season but especially during Quarters 3 and 4 when commitments really start picking up and you feel like you’re running out of time to make your yearly goals happen. You can order it here from Amazon (affiliate link).

Listening to this week…

Rising Strong by Brene Brown

Watching this week…Breaking Big on PBS which is a fascinating series about how people from all different backgrounds overcame the odds and now have successful careers and a platform for change.

A few of our favorite posts from around the web this week…

If you love farmhouse style, you will love these farmhouse decorating ideas for Fall. She had me at the massive collection of mums on the porch ?

It constantly amazes me what people can fit in a small apartment and this 250 square feet studio is no exception.

10 Hashtags to Follow If You’re Interior Design Obsessed .

This kitchen organization project is the stuff farmhouse dreams are made of.

There are so many beautiful ways you can decorate with pumpkins in this post.

If you haven’t found a wreath you love yet you might want to try making one of your own with foraged materials. This one is really pretty!

Guess who you can finally shop via Amazon? Seriously so excited!

A free printable wardrobe planner. 

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)

Candied Pecan Pear and Pomegranate Salad

Chicken Avocado Caprese Salad

Zucchini Pasta with Chicken and Pistachios

Cauliflower Grits with Spicy Shrimp

Lasagna Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Greek Chicken Roasted Cauliflower Meal Prep Bowls

15 Adult Lunchables That Will Make You Excited for Work

Broccoli Crust Pizza

Sweet Treat to Try this Week…

Apple Cider Pound Cake

Here are a few Nora Murphy inspired finds from Amazon…(Affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. You can read our full disclosure policy here)

Set of 9 Bird and Botanical Prints (Unframed)

Antique White Ceramic Pitcher


Blue and White Buffalo Check Pillow Covers (other colors available) 

Nora Murphy Country House Style

Napkins (set of 6)

Wall Basket

Boxwood Topiary (set of 2)

Copper Mixing Bowl

If you’ve missed anything on the blog lately, here’s a peek at what we’ve been up to…

How to Make a Fall Inspired Kraft Paper Sign

How to Easily Repurpose an Old Wreath

Fall Inspired Living Room & Mantel Ideas

Fall Inspired Breakfast Nook

(from the archives, so wild how different the breakfast nook looks now, right?)

I hope you all have a peace filled and happy weekend. We have a great week coming up next week. As I shared above I plan to work on my Granny’s dresser today and then we have a big birthday to celebrate with one of the littles later tonight.

I can’t even believe I’m saying this but on Saturday we’ll be meeting with fellow creatives, antique shopping, taking a calligraphy class and listening to seasoned business owners sharing all sorts of fun stuff including,

are you ready?…

…I could seriously cry just thinking about it…

…Nora Murphy.

I know.

This weekend is going to be such a dream come true! Everything came together so serendipitously I don’t even know where to begin. I’ll try to grab some pictures if I haven’t fainted or cried all my makeup off or get carted off for too much fan girling by the staff ha ha.

Whatever you have planned I hope it’s something you’re excited about too. I can’t wait to see you back here on Monday. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. You have to take pictures of Nora Murphy to show us, its a must. Another great week. Thanks for all the Fall inspiration. Happy weekend

    1. ha ha I will do my best Sarah! She’s been a favorite of mine for such a long time. It feels kind of surreal to finally be meeting her. Hope you enjoy your weekend and let us know how all your Fall decorating is going. Hugs, CoCo

  2. Another week full of fantastic ideas Coco. I hope you fun this weekend. I have a lot of projects I want to finish over the weekend if the rain holds out. I ordered Nora Murphy’s book so maybe it will rain all weekend and I’ll have an excuse to curl up with it. Share photos if you can.

    1. Her book looks amazing, right, Bonnie? I’m definitely hoping to share pictures on the blog and on social too so make sure to check there when you can. I’m crazy excited about meeting her. I’m kind of hoping it rains all weekend for you, curling up is always fun. Hugs for a happy weekend, CoCo

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