2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

I know you can’t see me right now, but I’m doing cartwheels. I’m so thrilled and honored to be a part of the Fall Into Home tour with a group of incredibly talented bloggers who I’ve admired for so long. You can see the beginning of the tour from yesterday over at Maison de Pax. Rachel was so sweet to invite me along for the fun this week.

If you’ve never mosied over to my corner of the blogosphere before, my name is Lauren and I’m excited to have you here! It’s so nice to “meet” you!
2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for a great Cinderella story. You know where the underdog wins? The ugly duckling ends up becoming the beautiful swan? That kind.

I wouldn’t call our house a beautiful swan just yet, but we’re growing and changing very quickly around here. And well…if you’ve never seen our humble beginnings, you should check it out sometime.

I never would have imagined that a year and a half ago when my husband, daughter, and I first moved into our very blank cookie cutter house that it would look like this. It was completely bare, and we hardly owned anything to put in it.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

 This really is the first year I’ve ever full-blown decorated for fall. I busted out all of the thrifty tricks I could muster.

Probably my favorite, easy way to make any space cozy is to lay out a warm blanket along with a hot cup of cider and a good book.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

And maybe a snack if I ever feel like hanging out on our thrifted wicker set.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

 My husband and I built those rustic shutters on either side of our front door for an easy way to add some character out here. HOA is strict in our neighborhood, so it was a way to work around that. (Do y’all deal with that challenge in your neck of the woods too?)

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House
2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

Right through our front door is the latest room to get a makeover. I smile every time I walk into our house when I see our modern farmhouse foyer. It feels great to start checking entire rooms off of our to-do list!

foyer (1 of 1)

I didn’t want to detract from the DIY botanical art in here, so just a couple of pumpkins, some wheat stalks, and pinecones do the trick.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

And then this fun guy…

typewriter (1 of 1)

The former English teacher in me rejoiced at finding this old typewriter for $9 at Goodwill, and I love tucking in quotes appropriate for the season.

dining room (1 of 1)

Our dining room sees the most action in the fall with birthday parties and a big family Thanksgiving, so I gave it some decor lovin’.

Every single piece in this space is thrifted or DIYed too.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

I couldn’t resist keeping the green and neutral tones in here. It is still so warm here in the Carolinas that throwing in bright orange pumpkins seemed like a shock to the system.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

Since it’s still pretty much summer here, real pumpkins are hard to come by. So mine are all fake at the moment until that cool fall breeze decides it’s here to stay.

I picked up a couple of white mums for around $6 each that help bring some life in here.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

For our hallway, y’all have no idea how happy I was to finally decorate this wagon bench like I’ve been wanting to since finding it on Craigslist almost a year ago. Our board and batten has perked this place up a ton!

Those hooks and wire baskets will really come in handy now as a place to toss things like gloves and scarves when we walk in the door.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

Our daughter likes to sneak over here and grab an apple to munch on every now and then. We really have just left them hanging out on this bench. And, hey, I can’t complain. The kid is eating something other than PB&J for once!

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

Across from our bench is this adorable little spot that I love changing with the seasons.

This window came out of my husband’s childhood home that was built in 1904. I love putting Bible scriptures, song lyrics, quotes, poems, whatever inspires me on that chalkboard.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

Our living room is still a bit of a work in progress, but we’re so proud of our very first big home improvement project from last summer- this huge faux fireplace that we built for under $600.

My husband won out in the TV placement, so it’s a challenge decorating around that big black screen. I make it work the best I can. A leafy grapevine and a few pumpkins give it just enough of a fall perk.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

Probably my favorite furniture piece of all is this card catalog style coffee table trunk I found and madeover.

I still kept things neutral in here, and I love playing with textures in the cooler months. That faux fur throw is always traveling around our house.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

In our coffee table tray, I just used a white ceramic pumpkin and this old miner’s helmet light that once belonged to my uncle who was a coal miner in West Virginia. It even still works!

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

Over in our breakfast room is where we eat almost all of our meals, and having the table set always makes them extra special.

If you’re seeing that wood beam doorway, you can read more about it here. It has added tons of character to our house, and I love it!

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

I’m so ready for Thanksgiving after coming up with this centerpiece. (I know, I know. It’s only September. Get control of yourself, Lauren.)

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

You can find more details about this fall tablescape in this post. It’s amazing what some Walmart items and a couple of thrift store trips can do.

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

Upstairs is still mostly a blank slate besides our master bathroom and daughter’s bedroom. Most of the walls are still even plain primer white since I’m a focus-on-one-room-at-a-time kinda gal.

But I did manage to bring a little fall foliage into our bathroom.

Fall Bathroom (1 of 1)

Fall Bathroom (2 of 5)

bathroom-rustic-industrial-diy (4 of 9)

The plank wall behind our tub and factory window shower door I made completely transformed this once plain, builder grade bathroom. This space is our little oasis.

Fall Bathroom (5 of 5)

Fall Bathroom (3 of 5)

I hope you enjoyed the tour as much as I did!

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Be sure to stop in and check out the beautiful tours in these other bloggers’ homes:

2015 Fall Home Tour: Part Two | Bless'er House

Maison de Pax | Everyday Enchanting | Just a Girl and Her Blog | The Happy Housie | Finding Silver Pennies

Bless’er House | Migonis Home | Cherished Bliss | The Wood Grain Cottage | Design, Dining and Diapers

Rooms for Rent | Shades of Blue Interiors | House by Hoff | The Sunny Side Up Blog | The Blissful Bee

If you’re busting out the fall decor at YOUR house too, we’d love to see it!

Share your fall home decor on Instagram with the hashtag #FallIntoHome for a chance to be featured on our feeds! You can find me on Instagram @blesserhouse.

Peace, love, and pumpkins, y’all!



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    1. Thanks, Katie! I love that part too. 🙂 Adding sentimental things just makes everything come to life even more.

  1. You and your home are lovely. I was curious about the placement of you tv and if you have cable service. If so, where is the box located? My husband has wanted our tv on our mantle for many years, but wires, where to put the cable box, and just plain fear of it it looking out of place scare me. Do you have any suggestions?

    1. Thank you, Karen! That’s been a bit of a struggle for us too, but I’ve been able to disguise our Playstation/Blueray player and small speakers pretty well. We don’t have cable; we’re more of a Netflix/movie watching kind of family. To hide the cords, we bought these hollow molding pieces: http://amzn.to/1VhoWCc

      Our Playstation, Blueray player, and speakers are sitting on top of the mantel, but I’ve hidden them using some magnolia leaf garland from Michaels. Here’s the kind I used: http://fave.co/1QHmuy9 Our player and console still work with a remote underneath the garland too as long as the leaves aren’t blocking the receptors. Hope that helps!

  2. Lauren everything is absolutely stunning! Wow. LOVE your home. I’m so happy we were in this tour together! Excited to start reading your fun blog. 🙂 xo

    1. Thank you so much, Erin! I absolutely loved your home tour too! Your house is so stunning. I’ve loved following your blog since the organization series with 11 Magnolia Lane. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Krista! I loved your tour and how you created your fall decor in non-traditional ways. Your living room is killer!

  3. Lauren, I love every bit of your house. Most everything in our house is thrifted or DIYed. I think when you work at something it has more meaning and you appreciate it more. I really love all of your projects. Thanks for the lovely tour. x

    1. Thank you so much, Danielle! I love every bit of your house too. Every time I see it I think it belongs in a magazine. I totally agree in appreciating the thrifted/DIYed parts. It definitely makes you feel so much pride in your accomplishments. Loved touring with you!

  4. Lauren, there’s so much I love about your home! The fall and farmhouse accents are beautiful, and I am seriously crushing on that bench!! So fun to be part of this tour with you! xx

    1. Thank you so much, Nina! I was literally JUST reading through your blog for the past hour and getting way too sucked in for my own good. I love your style! I’ve pinned basically every single post about your kitchen.

  5. Hi! I am new here today and enjoyed your fall home tour, so warm and inviting! I love the paint color you have in your family room, would you be willing to share what it is? Thanks!

    1. Thank you so much, Julie! We actually found our dining table on Craigslist for I think around $200. It’s originally from Pottery Barn. VERY lucky find!

  6. I totally enjoy everything you have done in your home!! I’m slow in seeing how you did the botanical prints. I just wanted an old window for outside. I’m going to try to get to GW just for a frame with glass. I’ll just use what I have to faux panes!!!! And I already have paint and sandpaper? I loved your Edgar Allen Poe book choice for the bench!! Everything looks amazing!! It is fun like I got to go in person!!! You have a very unique artistic style and a wonderful ability to write in a friendly form ( one of the hardest forms!) plus be able to see something and see a new purpose for said item

    1. Thank you, Rachel! I’m honestly blown away by our progress too. It’s amazing what lots of dedication can do in a short amount of time. I absolutely loved being a part of this tour. Hope to do it again with you in the future!

    1. Thank you, April! I’m totally gaga over your entire house so it means a lot for you to say that. Can’t wait to see your tour tomorrow!

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