As promised today, Marty of A Stroll Thru Life is hosting her fall tour series again and I’m so happy to be participating again today. And I’m wishing a warm welcome to everyone visiting from Remodelando La Casa. I’m sure you all enjoyed Christina’s warm, cozy and beautiful home.
It’s really hard for me this year to get into the fall mood with this lingering heatwave we have and I’m still hanging on strong to summer. But I sure will be happy to have skiing season back soon again too. I mostly try to decorate a little bit for fall for my kids and husband. And once it gets cooler out I will be in the mood too. I’m just really really tired of the standard fall decor at the craft and home decor stores. I feel over stimulated with the orange, brown and corn colors.
Because of the lack of fall in the air, I kept my decor to a minimum and mostly used items you can find in the yard and pumpkins and squashes that I will actually end up eating. One of my favorite things to eat in fall is homemade soups. My son and I are big soup fanatics. So I went pumpkin shopping at the local produce shop and spotted some beautiful calabaza and acorn pumpkins/squashes. They just happen to be in the right shade of greens and cream to fit my decor.
My all time favorite “end of the summer” soup is tomato soup. I make it and freeze it with all the overload on huge tomatoes you can buy everywhere. And it’s the simplest, easiest recipe ever.
Easy Tomato Soup:
– very ripe tomatoes
– organic celery
– soup mix or spices
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All I do for my soup is chop up a large amount of tomatoes to fit a big pot (2/3 thirds of the pot should be full with tomatoes), some chopped organic celery (Did you know that celery is one of the worst things to eat non-organic?), one or two chopped onions and because of my daughter I add my favorite gluten free gourmet soup mix. I bring mine from Germany and unfortunately you can’t buy it here. It’s called Lutz’s and adds the perfect amount of flavor. You can click HERE to see it. Should any of you ever find it here then please let me know. If you have a favorite one here in the US, do let me know because I’m always looking for a good alternative and haven’t found one yet. This stuff is just amazing.
I let it all boil for an hour and then puree the soup. Sometimes I strain it and sometimes I don’t. It depends what I feel like.
A dot of sour cream, some radish slices and parsley on top and done. I love it. Or of course some home made bread crumbs taste awesome with it too.
Fall is all about the feeling of wanting to snuggle. Of nesting and getting your cave aka home ready for the winter. I just want to add extra layers and believe me that after Christmas I’m ready to eliminate those layers again.
Oh and remember when I bought my mom the flowering artichoke at the market in Germany? Well I’m currently trying to see if I can get one to bloom if I have it’s stem dipped in water. They were still pretty fresh, so lets see what happens.
Just checking to see if you noticed the fixture change. I couldn’t wait for the electrician that was MIA since the beginning of the year for the bathroom fixtures so I tried to make one of them myself with the sold out Pottery Barn beads (similar handmade ones HERE) and hung it in the kitchen. I couldn’t love it more and you can read more about it by clicking HERE.
I’ve told you guys that sunflowers are some of my favorites. They were in our wedding and are still widely available where we live, so why not mix them with some other things I was able to find in our yard right now.
Someone on Instagram recently commented on my living room that there are a lot of pretty elements but that it’s just too busy. I didn’t really say anything back but would have liked to say “well if you like minimalism then you are clearly on the wrong Instagram account”! I adore so many items and have been living by the rule that “more is more” in my house. I just like too many things and they make it cozy. Believe me there is nothing wrong with purging here and there to keep it cohesive and not looking like a hoarder dwelling but I don’t want the simplistic look that I do appreciate seeing in magazines.
I found the above bongo drum (click HERE to see similar ones) at HomeGoods and have been placing it all over the living room. Since my son is a drummer, he isn’t all that bad playing it either. Where do you like it better? By the end table or the book shelves which you can see at the end of the post.
(You can find the throw HERE and HERE, sofa HERE (in leather), rug HERE (another similar one HERE and HERE), similar mirror and burst HERE and HERE, similar end table HERE, similar lamps HERE and HERE, lamp shades with gold lining HERE, leopard pillow HERE, lumbar pillow HERE, disco ball HERE, chair HERE, similar pillows HERE, similar lumbar pillow HERE
In spring time I had purchased the plant for this specific corner and it grew so much outside over the summer that I now think it can’t stay there anymore for too much longer even though I love it like this. The leaves are hitting the ceiling! Isn’t it pretty? I also did put some fringe trim around the pot and love the look. Might get some more for it too yet.
And in case you are totally new around here, I made the curtain pattern myself which you can see in the below movie and by clicking HERE or you can buy an almost identical fabric to sew your own HERE.
Are you getting sick of my horse bowl (click HERE) yet? I’m not! It’s still one of my favorite things in the house and instead of ripping out the faux succulents, I just added some pinecones to the mix which is the perfect change for fall and it’s free.
The fireplace area changed a bit too again and I rearranged the brass shelf with some blues and of course black and white.
I also bought tassel trim (click HERE) to add to my ottoman and I think the added texture is perfect for fall.
Inspector Lucy was on the job throughout the entire process and made sure everything was done just right! She loves to follow me around when I do my thing. And she is very vocal about it all too. She is the silliest cat ever. Remember my husband adopted her at the shelter because she was the loudest one in the place. Not because of her looks. He heard her first. I think she wants to make up for her itty bitty size.
I added the feathers (click HERE) to the mantel vases. Remember I told you that they leak when you put fresh flowers in them so the feathers are perfect.
The fur rug is for my oldest cat Heidi who loves to lounge around the fireplace area. She loves snuggling on this fall layer. And I love snuggling with her right there too because I miss her as my head warmer in bed. She used to sleep with me every night and since I changed the floors upstairs she stopped coming upstairs altogether.
I made the below symmetry painting on the shelf in white, blues and blacks which is very easy to do. I also uploaded it to my Etsy shop (click HERE). I don’t think you can buy the supplies for $6, can you? So downloading might be a great way to get the look for you too.
Next on today’s lineup is 21 Rosemary Lane, so you can continue the loop.
How much are you decorating for fall this year? Is it still hot where you live? Where do you think I should keep the new bongo drum? LOL so many questions. Tschüß