Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Bit of Black

Good morning friends! How are we all today? The weather is finally turning chillier here in Kansas, we have a few football games under our belts, and there are some fall colors beginning to peek through the summer green of the trees. I am ready for fall! I don't know if I'm completely ready to all-out decorate for Halloween/autumn just yet, though. I sort of want to slowly savor the changing of the seasons, and slowly change my decor along with it.

I thought the perfect way to warm things up and beckon in the changing season would be to add pops of black to my usually light palette. I've never been much of a fan of black, but lately I've found myself more and more drawn to it. I think I've been influenced by the way Jennifer, Janet and Trina can use it so beautifully.

First, I added this old street sign from one of my favorite bloggers/etsy sellers, Frog Goes to Market, underneath my kitchen shelves. I'd been looking for a place for it and I thought it really balanced out all the white going on on the wall.

Next, I switched out the pillows on my sofa for some simple silhouette pillows. I followed this tutorial from Dear Lillie for these and love how they turned out! One is Jane Austen, the other I like to think of as Mr. Darcey. In reality I think it's a silhouette of Edward Cullen from Twighlight, but I pretend otherwise as I'm not a big Twighlight fan : )

Also, I don't think I've ever showed you the collage above my couch. I just recently finished it with some of our wedding pictures. I love how it turned out, and wouldn't mind expanding it even more.

I had been looking for a neutral plaid throw for fall and winter, but all of them were soooo pricey. Then I came across the one above from Thomas O'Brien at Target on clearance for $27. We still have giftcards there so I went for it. Are you so tired of me telling you everything in our house is from Target? I actually have been thinking a lot about that and have been trying to bring in as many vintage elements as possible to supplement the "big box store" basics, but collecting those things takes time. Either way, I was thrilled with the gray and black plaid throw...Tarjay find or not : )

I moved the throw and pillows I had on the couch into the basket on the floor. I think it looks extra cozy, plus you can't have too many blankets/pillows in the cooler months.

For a final pop of black, I added these cameos of my sister and I as little girls to our bedroom. These are on Matt's side of the bed because I thought the black was at least a little masculine in the midst of all my white : )

I love the oval frame of the top silhouette, but my mom only had one, so the other two are in simple black rectangle frames.

How are you adding a fall flavor to your home? Have you broken out the pumpkins and gone crazy for Halloween yet? I'd love to hear what you all are up to!

{live beautifully}


  1. Sarah (Corder) Holland9/20/2011

    Your blog is in my Google Reader and I'm usually too lazy to click over and leave a comment :) But I just had to tell you how cute your house is! Whenever you post photos it always takes me a minute to realize they are photos of your home and not the 'inspiration' photos.

  2. Anonymous9/20/2011

    I completely love those little pops of black!! I think it adds a nice touch to the neautral soft colors. And love the cameos, Court! So cute!

  3. I am a fan of the silhouettes! I love the pop of black too :) And who says Tarjay isnt classy?! I have to tell ya tho - I have that same Thomas O'Brien throw....but I got mine waaay cheaper ;) It was $9.98! Its on my son's bed and he loves it. So soft :)

    Have a wonderful week!

    ps - love your style. I follow you on Pinterest too ;)

  4. i love it all. i've read that every room needs a touch of black and i think you just proved it! that throw looks pretty good too!


  5. LOVE the street sign in your kitchen - I didn't even think about the fact that it's "B" street when you bought it - I guess I'm having trouble switching over to your new initials - haha!

    It all looks wonderful - the silhouttes bring back sweet memories for me, and I love that you're using them in your home!


  6. Beautiful!



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