Style Scouting: Vol. 114

Thanks for stopping by for this week’s Style Scouting. My Sunday post where I share the random stuff that captured my attention or inspired me that I found online.

Pine hutch decorated for fall with brown and white Transferware
photo: Liz Marie

Did you have a good week? Mine was easy going. I’ve been trying to give myself permission to slow down to give my hip rest. It is hard to do as I like to be in moving and creative mode.

2 weeks until a new hip and then I can get back to what I like to do best – make, and create as well as get out and about, walk, hike, paddle and bike. I can walk and stand thanks to taking Celebrex, but no longer than 10 minutes and then its ice, ice baby for me. :-)

I have been spending my days getting back end things on the blog done, planning holiday decorating projects and getting my holiday shopping done online.

I have also made sure my Kindle is stocked with books. It has been the best way to distract myself from feeling lazy and unproductive.

I hope you have a great week and enjoy this week’s links.

Posts You May Have Missed This Week:


I love every home that this architectural group builds.

A English cottage renovation in Chicago updated to meet the needs of a modern family.

The paint companies have spoken. The colors of 2023. What do you think of it?

Is brown making a comeback?

Decorating with antiques always look perfect in the fall.


How to cover a lampshade with fabric the easy way.

I love seeing decorative items like these made out of scraps.

Soooo cute – make in minute ghost vases.


I am a fan of Brussel sprouts. This recipe looks good, although I would use veggie broth to fry them.

Easy Steak Fajitas that barely require a recipe.

One apple and 2 ready-made ingredients = quick fall snack. And these look not only cute, but yum-o!

Out & About

Do you like to travel? This trip to Italy looks like something I would enjoy to do.

Are you a Trader Joe’s shopper? Do you know what the ringing bells mean that you hear while shopping there?

Loved this throw pillow cover, but was thrown when I saw the price. What’s up Walmart? Walmart online sure isn’t the same as in-store merchandise.

Have you noticed? My own observation… all cars no matter what state I am in are all either white, black, grey, silver, gold and red. Every now and then blue. Take note the next time you are driving around. I miss seeing cars of all colors when driving.

Fun & Interesting

Have you seen the tinfoil candle hack for when your candles don’t melt evenly?

The spectacular views some people get to see out their home’s windows.

If you like or have house plants, check this out. So cool to see.

Something to Think About

Present bias” and how to overcome it.

Doing this simple thing everyday, may help you live better and longer.

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  1. Lots of fun links. My hubby told me many auto dealers charge an upgrade for color now😕. That’s crazy. Eager to try those fajitas.

    I hurt for your hip. Praying the surgeon that came highly recommended performs his magic. Everyone I know that has hip surgery has no regrets.

    We are currently helping our adult son while he stays with us after foot surgery. Playing basketball with colleagues he was shooting a hoop and came down on a guys foot. Misdiagnosed in ER with a sprain and they put him in a boot. Three weeks later a foot specialist diagnosed no break but a shift of the big toe and the one next to it. He’s fairly young so hopefully should recover well.

    It sure is tough being grounded isn’t it? Been in the same boat thus year and it is not fun for us high energy folks.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi June – That is crazy that car dealers charge more for color now for cars. Seems like pretty soon we won’t be able to find what car is ours in parking lots. :-) Thanks for your prayers. I hope your son’s foot heals well and fast.

  2. Our Hopeful Home says:

    I literally feel your pain Diane. I had right hip replacement 3 years ago. It went very well. I’m now waiting for surgery number two for my left hip. I’ve been in excruciating pain since August but don’t have surgery date until November 21st. Luckily I love my surgeon:) However, oddly enough, he says he won’t give any pain meds before surgery. Says it interferes with recovery. I’d love to know if he’d consider Celebrex. His stance is no narcotics. Either way I do know how you feel. It sucks but there IS light at the end of the tunnel! You will feel so much better in no time! Good luck I’ll be thinking of you! Xo Kathleen/Our Hopeful Home

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Kathleen – I feel your pain. I hope November 21st get here fast for you. I was lucky that the surgeon who was highly recommended just happened to get a cancellation the day I was in his office. I grabbed it right then and there. If I hadn’t I would have had to wait until right before Christmas which I didn’t want, so it would have been January. I have to stop the Celebrex this week. I am not looking forward to the week up to surgery with no pain killers. I am looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel though. Take care. XO

  3. Glad to hear you’re taking it easy and “nesting” before your surgery. Have Ed make up some of your favorite soups to freeze for comforting post surgery meals. Smart to get holiday shopping out of the way before your recovery starts. Lovely mix of articles today. I loved decorating with antiques. Recently thrifted some amber bottles that are nice touches for fall. Like the Glen Ellyn cottage but don’t care much for the dark brown interiors. I prefer light interiors with cozy dark brown touches for texture and warmth.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Deanna – Soup is made and stocked in the freezer. :-) I agree about the brown interiors – so depressing. Sometimes I think designers go bold like that just to get attention. I could never live in dark moody rooms. I agree with you – brown touches for texture and warmth is all I need.

  4. Paint colors remind me of the ugly 1970’s, no thanks. And I could never be comfy in a room painted brown, how depressing!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Carol – I agree – very muted and drab 1970s colors. Depressing is right about the brown interiors. Using black all over has been popular and very dark green and gray. They are all too dark and moody for me.

  5. Always wondered about those bells! Hang in there and take it easy!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Alison XO

  6. When I bought my last vehicle I only looked at blue or red vehicles because I was sick of trying to find my white SUV in the parking lot. My bright blue SUV is easy to find .
    I do not know why there are so many white,black, gray and silver vehicles or why people want that color. I almost bought a teal color vehicle but it had higher mileage so I went with the vehicle with less than 34000

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Deb – I totally understand why you went with a blue car. It seems like pretty soon nobody will be able to find their car in a parking lot.

  7. Good luck with your hip surgery. I had it 5 years ago with one of the top ten surgeons in the country. Also I hope you have a great therapist after surgery. Plan on 6 weeks recovery.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Shirley – I am set up for PT and hopefully after six weeks I am good to go. :-)

  8. Donna Marie says:

    Those plants you showed are called prayer plants. They have leaves that are like hands that “pray!!!”

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi – Thanks for telling me the name of the plants. I found it fascinating how much they move during a 24 hour period.