Style Scouting: Vol. 20

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Photo of inside the Pottery Barn store in Cvill, VA that is decorated for fall.
Fall DECOR at a Pottery Barn store I Went to This Week

Over the past week, even with a few problems happening, like cable and internet service going down and having to deal with it, I did manage to get a few things checked off my “to-do” list. The biggest was finishing the makeover of my kitchen table. It came out better than I expected, yet different.

I also put a plan into motion on how I am going to decorate the house for the holidays. This year I want to make the holidays and house feel extra special so that it is cozy and festive pretty much starting now – still keeping the fall touches around for a few more weeks and then going full out for Christmas.

I think the year we have had is making me yearn for a very cozy old-fashioned holiday at home.

The best part of the week though was Ed and I taking a short trip to Virginia to see our daughters and granddaughter for a few days. It was so nice to be able to see them in person and just hang out and enjoy family time.

Whenever we visit them, I like to head to the Pottery Barn store in Charlottesville for decorating inspiration since I don’t have a store near me. I was hoping to see more holiday decor on display, but was told by the salesperson that they haven’t gotten a lot of holiday merchandise in yet and if I wanted something in particular, I should order it online. Sad, but another economic fallout from the pandemic – stores not stocked like they normally would be at this time of the year. :-(

Up on the blog this week I will be sharing a few projects with you, starting with my kitchen table makeover So stay tuned.

For now – here are a few things I found inspiring this week:

  • I love the DIY round mirror this blogger made for her entryway.
  • When your daily life get busy… How to relax.
  • One of my favorite books and 1940’s era movies has been remade on Netflix. I plan to watch it tonight. Have you watched it?

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  1. I’ve heard of “Forks over Knives”, but haven’t read it. I would be interested in knowing what you think.

    1. Hi Margaret – I have embraced the Forks Over Knives concept since watching the documentary on Netflix back in the winter. I have always been more of a plant based eater, but now I am 100% with no oil and the cookbook caters to this. I have read through all of their cookbooks – this one, just this week. I follow their blog and have the app on my phone when I want to find a recipe.

      There are many plant-based books on the market. What makes Forks Over Knives different is that it is 100% plant based and no oil in anything. You use water or veggie broth in place of oil. I also follow the two doctors (T. Colin Campbell and Caldwell Esselstyn) that gave the couple behind Forks and Knives the research into eating plant-based with no oil.

      The Forks Over Knives cookbooks have a wide variety of recipes. I have tried many and have only found a few that I don’t like. After eating this way for the past 8 months, I know what seasonings I like and swap them out into a recipe with a seasoning I don’t like. I have never felt better in my life.

  2. I am always amazed at the creative things you do on the cheap. Everything turns out beautifully. I have learned a lot and look forward to your posts. Can’t wait to see your Christmas decor. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Thanks Sue – I am very excited about getting the house decorated for Christmas this year. I will probably start sharing projects soon.

  3. I’m with you when it comes to wanting an extra festive & cozy home. I’m starting decorating right after Halloween as in Canada we’ve already had our Thanksgiving in Oct. I’ve developed a Nordic theme in my home over the past few years so I’m always on the lookout for minimal & simple decor that can last an entire season. I’m focusing on green, white & light woods, and closer to Xmas will add some red accents because I just love holiday red but in smaller doses. Can’t wait to see your table!

    1. Hi Holly – Over the last few years, I have also been on the quest for minimal and simple decor for the holidays and will be adding some red this year. The last two years I used mostly green. Enjoy making your house festive and cozy.

  4. Good Morning Diane, thank you for sharing all the fun links. I just finished watching a fantastic series on Amazon Prime that I think you’ll LOVE, it’s called The Durrells in Corfu. It is funny, sweet and the scenery is absolutely beautiful, I hope you’ll check it out.

    1. Hi Debbie – I added The Durrells in Corfu to my Amazon Prime list. Thank you for recommending. Since I will probably never get there myself, being an armchair traveler is the next best thing. I may start watching tonight. :-)

  5. I just love these posts!! Full of amazing ideas & inspiration ~ thank you!…I loved the original “Rebecca” movie with Joan Fontaine & this updated version did not disappoint!! I hope you enjoy it too! Enjoy your Sunday ~

    1. Hi Jeanne – I watched the Netflix version last night and really enjoyed it. It was over too soon. I will say though since I am an old movie lover, the Joan Fontaine version will always be one of my favorites.

  6. This was a particularly nice selection/collection of inspiration for me. Thank you so much for sharing. I rarely click on these types of lists, but yours are always worth the time. Happy cozy time! Can’t wait to see your ideas.

    1. Hi Carol – I am so happy to hear that you find inspiration in my Style Scouting posts and worth the time to read. Thank you so much for taking the time to tell me. :-)

  7. Thanks for another amazing blog – so much inspiration and I haven’t read all the links yet! I’m very happy you got to go visit your family. I’ve decided to start celebrating the holidays early this year – baking, decorating, whatever, why not? The article on how to relax is much needed since my current efforts to relax haven’t been working very well. I’m going to read it every morning to remind myself what I need to do every day. Thanks!

    1. Hi Linda – I found the relaxing article quite helpful also. I like everything that site writes about. :-) Starting our holiday celebrations early this year is just what the year 2020 needs. It reminds me of the scene in the movie Auntie Mame after the stock market crash and she realizes she is broke and starts singing… “We need a little Christmas, right this very moment!” Yes we do. Enjoy decorating and doing all your Christmas traditions this year.