This time of year always gets so busy for me (and I know for so many others!) The tourism is so seasonal here and our vacation rental reaches the peak of busy-ness in August and September. For me that means a lot of cleaning, gardening and paper work. But, even during the busy-ness of life, it's so important to make time for family and friends. Saturday was spent hosting a booth at Carlton Crush ( a darling, local festival ). It was a long, fun, successful and exhausting day, but the good kind of exhausting! Sunday we spent the day at Pacific City with Matt's parents….celebrating his dad's birthday. Pacific City is one of our favorite places to spend the day. We drive the truck down onto the sand and set up camp for the day. Football, fire, food and lots of sand and salt water….the best kind of day!
And today has been our first 'slow' day at home in a while. So, the girls and I have been cleaning and slowing adding touches of Fall. When decorating for Fall, I like to go 'all natural' and use things from nature. Mostly branches, berries, pumpkins and gourds. It's easy, cheap and looks great. A couple of years ago I painted all of my fake orange pumpkins white and light green. I used Chalk Paint to paint my pumpkins, but I am sure any paint would work just fine.
As you can see by the dining room photos, the room is in progress. When Matt starts paneling the stairway to the basement, he is going to add an opening to the dining room and panel the entire room. We contemplated wall papering but we would need to tear off of the layers of wall paper and it honestly would be easier to panel the room than to try to remove the wallpaper, patch the holes and hang wallpaper.
The girls and I are planning on adding some Fall touches to the their bedrooms and the outside of the house later today, I will post pictures later in the week!