Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween


from our home...






... to yours.

{live beautifully}
Courtney

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A New Tradition


 Last week my mama and I headed out for a night of fall festivities at our local Williams Sonoma store. They were having an open house and called to let me know I could receive 10% off for attending, on top of my 10% off for registering with them. Count me in!


My mom and I spent the evening chowing down on tasty autumn goodies like pumpkin quick bread, cranberry turkey paninis and apple cider. Yum! (Too bad I didn't think to take pics of this part...bad blogger!)


Besides purchasing some things I still needed from my registery, I also fell in love with this simple autumn gravy boat.


{love the leaf detail on top}



I just knew it would be the first of many traditions Matt and I will have as a couple around the holidays. Although this is probably one he isn't quite as in to as me : )

I know this little tureen will be a fixture at our Thanksgiving table for years to come (yes, mom, I'll bring it to your house this year : ) even though we don't host Thanksgivings quite yet. I want it to be something I pass on to my children.



Since we aren't hosting a holiday dinner I thought I would do a quick little Thanksgiving tablescape, just to give the gravy boat a proper test run.


Yep! Looks good with the dishes! : )

Do you have any traditions for Thanksgiving? I'll need some ideas to begin with our own little fam. Please share!

{live beautifully}
Courtney

PS- a bit of housekeeping. I love to respond to your sweet comments! My favorite way is via email, so I can simply reply back to you. However, if you don't have your email address "visible" in your google account, all it says is "no-reply" and I can't respond to you : ( I will do my best to answer in the comment section, but if you'd like to to turn on your email, just go in to edit your profile and check the little box that says "show my email." I bet this would help a lot of bloggers answer your kind comments, which in my opinion is one of the best parts of blogging : ) Many thanks in advance!

I'm linking to Farmhouse Fridays at Laurie Anna's.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Prairie Market



It's finally here! I'm shaking right now I'm so excited, but I just had to tell you that my Etsy shop is officially open! Welcome to A Prairie Market, my humble little shop.







I know I've been sort of MIA the last week (broke my excellent blogging streak, darn it : ) but now you know why! It's a lot of work to open an Etsy store. But I've loved every second of the shopping, pricing, photographing, researching. There are still a few items I need to list because I'm not sure of shipping (that part is tricky!) but they'll be there soon enough.







Stop by, have a look around. I hope you like it! It's a dream come true for me : )

{live beautifully}
Courtney

Friday, October 14, 2011

Baby Shower

I recently had the privilige of giving a baby shower for one of my dearest friends, Talitha, who is expecting her first baby at the end of October. It was a simple shower, but I still wanted it to be festive and meaningful.

She's having a baby boy, but I didn't want the party to be too traditional. I was inspired by the colors in maps as the theme for the shower. I used soft lime, aqua and baby blue, with just a touch of navy.


For a focal point, I hung paper poms from the chandelier with lime letters and paper stars (ps- this is my parent's house...I couldn't fit more than four people in our little apartment : ). My friend Karis made the delicious and cute cupcakes, which were the perfect centerpiece. She makes amazing baked goods through her bakery, Genschies.



I made the little paper flags for the cupcakes and fruit, along with the paper bunting.




 I'm in love with this striped grosgrain ribbon. I plan to use the black version in a lot of my Christmas decor, but the navy and white stripes were perfect on mason jars holding candles for the shower.



The shower turned out great, and I think Talitha got lots of wonderful gifts for their first little bundle. I can't wait to meet him in a few short weeks!

Congratulations, Tom and Talitha!

{live beautifully}
Courtney

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Autumn Texture and a Secret


One of the things I love about decorating for fall is the texture. It's so easy to pull in natural elements like wheat or dried twigs, and even the patina of wood fits in perfectly during autumn. I break my rule of mostly white and add little hits of reds, oranges and brown, especially in natural, textural elements.


Today I thought I'd share just a few autumn details around my house. I truly apologize for the quality of these pictures. My camera really takes awful photos, plus I was in a hurry to snap these shots before heading out the door, which made things worse. So please forgive my sub-par photography : )




Want to know a little secret? This weekend I went on my first-ever buying trip for the etsy shop I'm hoping to open. I mentioned it way back here, but now things are finally falling into place and I'm excited to open the shop by November. So stay tuned for that! Several of the items in this post will be for sale in the shop.



I filled my tarnished sugar bowl with acorns and little pumpkin smell-goodies. I can't remember what the little pods are called but I love them because they smell like autumn and add the perfect bit of texture and color.



How have you added texture for fall? I'd love to hear your ideas!

{live beautifully}
Courtney

I'm linking to Good Life Wednesdays at A Beach Cottage and Farmhouse Fridays at LaurieAnna's and Creative Things Thursday at The Vintage Farmhouse.






Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Little Color


If you were to walk in my house, or look at most of the pictures on my blog, you might think I don't like color. This isn't true at all. I actually love color, but find white and neutrals more soothing and easier for the eye to take in. I appreciate color in other people's homes or when used creatively. It's just not what I naturally gravitate towards for my personal style.

Sometimes though, I do need just a hint of soft color. This corner of our all-white bedroom was crying out for some subtle color and texture.



I just added a soft pink gown on a vintage wood hanger, paired with my favorite scarf and locket. {scarf from Aerie}


Just a little dose of color that's still easy on the eyes.

{live beautifully}
Courtney

Monday, October 10, 2011

Vintage Find: Ironstone

A vintage find that never gets old is ironstone. Perfectly white. Perfectly vintage. This weekend I stumbled upon an entire set at one of my favorite antique stores. I loved the lines of the gentle scallops, and the bird napkin rings paired with the set. The white pumpkin was perfect nestled among the dishes.






The price was good, but I really had no use or place for the set, so it stayed at the shop. It was lovely enough to photograph though, especially on the chippy farm table. Love it!

Have a great Monday!

{live beautifully}
Courtney

Friday, October 7, 2011

Barnlight Electric

It's a B.L.O.G. ... Barn Light’s Online Giveaway!

Barn Light Electric is giving away one $1,000 Grand Prize and one $500 2nd Place Prize to two lucky winners who enter. The two winners will each receive a Barn Light Electric Gift Certificate to purchase new lighting for their homes or to finish off that lingering renovation project.
THE DIRECTIONS
First, look around online at Barn Light Electric and pick lights you’d love to own. To view their lighting products click HERE
Secondly, feature your lighting picks on your personal blog, and link to the lights if you can!
Here are my picks:
I'd love this gorgeous chandelier for our bedroom!

 And might choose this fluted pendant for our kitchen


Or maybe this industrial-inspired one...


Third, Copy/Paste "Giveaway Rules" at the bottom of your blog article
Here are the rules, in an easy to copy form:
1. Look around online at Barn Light Electric and pick lights you’d love to own
2. Feature your lighting picks on your personal blog, and link to the lights if you can!
3. Copy/Paste these rules at the bottom of your blog article
4. Once your personal article is up, you must email your blog link to:
contest@barnlightelectric.com to be qualified to win. The contest ends October 12, 2011.
5. Don’t have a blog? Find out how you can enter by visiting our website
Good Luck!
{live beautifully}
Courtney
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