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Favorite Fall & Halloween Books

Tis the season!!!!! It’s Fall at the Garvin house which means all the girls Halloween books are back on the shelves! Festive books are one of our favorite ways to celebrate every season. The girls are always so giddy to put new books on their bookshelves & decorate their rooms, they get it from their mama!! Technically we have been reading the Grinch since Valentine’s day but we are putting it aside for our favorite ghosts & goblins and I wanted to share a few of our current favorites with you.

Gilbert the Ghost // No Such Thing // Ghosts in the House // Vampirina Ballerina // Ghosts // Little Owl Lost

Harper picked out Vampirina Ballerina & No Such Thing just before Halloween last year, such fun stories with beautiful illustrations! We have already been watching Hocus Pocus & Room on the Broom, forever our favorites, and hope to introduce the girls to It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown this year!!

What are you guys reading & watching right now?! And who’s excited for Stranger Things return next month!? XO

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5 Ways to Cozy Up Your Home for Fall

Happy September!! The first official day of Fall is just a few weeks away and that means we are ready to open the windows & pull out all the fuzzy blankets. I can’t wait until our local farms are full of pumpkins so we can line our steps & fill our house, but until then, I wanted to share 5 ways that we are cozying up our home for Fall! Because I just couldn’t wait any longer.

Couch // Polka Dot Pillows // Fall Branches // Blanket // Coffee Table // Rug

1. Bring out all the cozy blankets, pillows & table linens. We are pillow & blanket hoarders over here, so even the slightest 60 degree breeze will have me piling blankets on the couches & beds. I love an extra basket in each room with some blankets, adding quilts to beds, and table runners or tablecloths to throw on the outside table when we are entertaining. I’m not opposed to having so many pillows on the couch that there is hardly room to sit. Using thicker textures like linen or soft faux fur will make every room feel warm & inviting!

2. Switch out accessories. One of the reasons I love neutrals so much is that it is so easy to make each room reflect the season. I like to switch out our brightly colored patio plates, berry baskets & cocktail glasses for copper mugs, cutting boards & cake stands. Adding a Fall garland to the mantle or even adding in festive artwork on the walls will make everything come together.

3. Bring the outside in! Pulling twigs or branches from outside to stick in a vase will instantly give your house a Fall feel. If you don’t have good branches quite yet, faux stems like these, will also do the trick.

4. Fill up your diffuser. It’s no secret we love essential oils & diffusing them to make our home smell like Fall all day long is one of my favorite ways to use them. You can see a list of our favorite diffuser blends here, they are a great alternative to candles (which are expensive & full of toxins) & a few drops go a long way to keep your house smelling amazing all season long! PS. I still have candles all over my house for decoration, I will never get rid of those pretty volcano jars! ๐Ÿ™‚

5. Set the mood with a Fall playlist, I love having music on in the kitchen all day long. Here is our favorite Fall playlist, and I’m also loving everything on the new John Mayer album.

Can’t wait to share our full Fall decor home tour soon! In the meantime, happy decorating!! XO

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DIY Desk

We built a desk! Or I guess Brandon built a desk, but either way, we are excited to share the DIY instructions because 1. desks are expensive, we built this one for under $250 and 2. this was super easy and we are positive that anyone can do it!!

Written by Brandon: There are dozens of way to build a desk or table. The approach I took is certainly not the most skilled, but is also a bit more advanced than my previous builds (primarily, and a bit excessively, work benches). My words of encouragement to anyone building a desk or table for the first time: 1) be patient, 2) use cheap wood and 3)remind yourself that if it doesnโ€™t work out, you can always start over. Unlike a kitchen reno.

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