Hello friends! Welcome to the Saturday Spotlight, where each week, I like to highlight a different theme or topic to inspire you. Wow, we’re at the end of October already! Hopefully, you’re enjoying some beautiful fall foliage where you live. Here in New Jersey, the leaves have been pretty amazing! Now as we head into November, I thought I’d share some random things that didn’t make the blog in October. Come join me…
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End of October:
A Look Back at the Month…
Yes, this is a photo of the vibrant red leaves in New Jersey! It’s been a gorgeous fall despite the dry summer we had…
As beautiful as it is in New Jersey, you can’t beat Vermont in the fall!…
Fall in Vermont:
Beautiful places and spaces…
A few weeks ago, I shared some beautiful fall ideas from my trip to Woodstock, Vermont but I didn’t include any photos from my visit to Farmhouse Pottery. So, here are a few photos from my October visit to their flagship store…
On this visit, I was able to walk through their studio to watch the potters at work…
As always, the shelves will filled with all the handcrafted items.
And their fall displays were as beautiful as ever!
For a few more scenes, watch my Instagram reel. If you are ever in Woodstock, Vermont, be sure to stop in this lovely store!
Here are more of my “fall out-takes”…
An October DIY Failure:
Believe me, not every DIY project ends up being successful!
If you ever feel frustrated when you see all those bloggers with amazing creations, this might make you feel better…
Recently, I had the bright idea to update the breakfast tray I painted over the summer.
First, I was going to lay a piece of fabric across the top and then buy a piece of plastic to place over it. That way, I could give my tray an updated look but the plastic would keep the fabric clean and flat. Then, I started thinking of all kinds of decorative items I could lay under the plastic each season…it was going to be great.
Well, let me tell you, it’s not that easy to find a piece of pre-cut plexiglass. So, I had the bright idea to buy a cheap plexi-glass covered poster frame from Michael’s and cut it myself. (It was way too expensive to have them cut me a custom size).
Instead of using an x-acto knife, I took out my scissors and started cutting away. As soon as I started, little cracks started appearing across the plastic and as I cut more, shards of plastic started falling off. Not only was the plastic totally unusable, but I made quite the mess!
Needless to say, I have to come up with a better solution. So, that was my DIY failure of the week!
Even though my DIY was a failure…(or should I say “learning experience”), I definitely had some successful purchases this month…
My Successful Purchases in October:
If you’re like me, you love coffee table books!
This month, I ordered a beautiful decorating book written by blogger extraordinaire, Leslie Saeta from My 100 Year Old Home. Since the book just arrived, I’ve only had time to skim through it but I can’t wait to sit down with a cup of tea and devour every page!
While we’re talking about relaxing, we finally purchased the mattress I’ve been dreaming about for years…
Yes, our Westin Heavenly (R) Bed mattress arrived this week!
Whenever we’ve stayed in a Westin Hotel, we’d always vow to buy one of their mattresses. Well, after many years of talking about it, we finally ordered one! We’ve only had it a few days but are loving it so far!
If you’re interested, we bought our mattress directly from the Westin store when it went on sale but Pottery Barn also carries them. While I was deciding, I went back and forth to compare prices between the two to watch for sales.
Also, since the mattress is thick and has a pillow top, I ordered the low profile box spring. That ended being the perfect fit for our bed…the regular size box spring would have been too high.
Even though it’s only the end of October, I’ve already bought a few cute Christmas decorating items.
This week, I ordered these adorable Christmas salad plates because I was afraid they would sell out fast!
When setting a holiday table I like to use salad plates to mix and match with my other dishes. Plus, if you just buy the salad plates, you can create a whole new look without spending a ton! Anyway, be on the lookout for an upcoming Christmas table setting using these dishes! *Update: You can see that table setting as part of my Christmas Home Tour!
For even more end of October ideas, here are some finds from around the internet:
- Get ahead for the holiday season and learn how to dry your orange slices now!
- Plan some cozy fall entertaining with these supper club ideas!
- Enjoy the fall scenery in this photo journal!
- And for more fall foliage, follow along on this leaf peeping trip!
- Be inspired by this fall table setting with gorgeous mountain views!
- Start planning for Thanksgiving with this southern cornbread recipe!
As always, I hope I inspired you with all these creative projects and ideas!
- If you missed the last Saturday Spotlight, read Kitchen Designs and Decorating Ideas.
- And here’s the next Saturday Spotlight – Christmas Stocking Display Ideas.
- For November ideas, read November Home Decor Ideas.
What projects did you accomplish in October?
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