While Hurricane Matthew made it’s way down south, (so horrific, my prayers were with all those affected!) we had our own little storm over the past few days. I don’t remember seeing it rain this hard in a very long time!
Being kept indoors all weekend, I now see it was a blessing. I had an emergency tooth issue earlier in the week, resulting in a lost root canal. Then a cold hit. Mix that with the rain, I’ve done little else but have a fabulous excuse to flick on the TV, and take a lot of naps.
So when the sun came out on Sunday, BAM! It was like, my energy was back, and I wanted to do something for fall. NOW. Before I had a chance to feel crappy again.
The only 2016 fall thing I’ve attempted thus far is the lime and purple fall hydrangea mantel, which by the way, looks as perfect as the day it was done. The hydrangeas dried to perfection!
BUT… being our Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, few stores were open. Which meant, no pumpkin or flower shopping for me. Pout.
So I pep talked myself.
“Come on now… you know the drill. You are use to creating from nothing. So go do fall… for nothing!”
Like I had a choice… so the challenge was on.
Garden themed entry HERE
After I brought out a ton of buckets for around the front door, I decided… no. I need flowers and pumpkins there. 🙂
And moved on.
That’s when I stopped in the entry.
I love the entry as is, but this little garden crate styled desk looked a tad summery to me. I could have added fall leaves, and nearly did… but I just desired more of a change.
But I didn’t wish to lose the desk feature though… so I snooped around.
Pulling some rustic baskets and reclaimed wood together, a fresh, new, cozy look was on its way.
And this is where I start house cleaning. Thank you blog! This entire room got vacuumed, and wiped down
because the dirt would show up in pictures.
Remember my story of the fence wood lottery win? I am getting a TON of use out of this wood.
So friends, if a fence is about to go down in your area, don’t let it get away.
This fall entry with an industrial farmhouse reclaimed wood shelf ended up being perfect for a mini writing station! It had the warm woodsy touch I was after, took very little room, and was super easy to put together.
And yup… free! Points for me!
Confession… this is part of another project you will see later this week. But I just HAD to revamp it for this project.
How I built this rustic shelf
You’ll need: (contains some Amazon affiliate links)
pipes (I used 3/4″ pipe fittings)
And just for fun, I had to include these hooks I found. Oh my… I want!
1. Gather up two planks… one slightly deeper (front to back) than the other.
(the top shelf needs to be deeper, due to the lower pipe fittings attached to the lower board. This pushes the top pipe fittings a little further out)
2. Cut planks the same length. Lightly sand.
3. Dry fit pipes as shown to ensure everything works.
Easiest to attach fittings with one screw on each side, until you know it’s level.
The shelf provides minimal writing station gear, plus more hanging opportunities for keys and such.
The rest of the entry got a few more baskets too. The storage ladder was gutted, and outfitted with winter and work gloves, and dirty yard working shoes, hidden inside the bottom crate.
I personally love that it looks empty from this view. No need to see the clutter, just the pretty baskets and crates.
To warm and pretty things up, the (right) other side of the entry wall got a long basket to hide more dirty yard shoes. (to clean the basket prior, I took it outside and hosed it off)
And (left) a basket and little barrel holds freshly clipped tree branches and grape vines.
Don’t you LOVE that blanket looking shall? It’s from the Gap in Canada, and was 50% off. I’m completely smitten with it, and get nice comments every time I wear it with jeans and my dark grey sketchers.
HERE is a blanket shall (Amazon affiliate link) I love too.
The doily purse is new too, and was from Warehouse One in Canada. THIS one is close. (Amazon affiliate link)
You can find the Farmers’ Market and National Coffee stencils HERE.
The summer version…
… aaaand fall! Warm, bright, and functional.
And so clean.
Completely pumpkin and flower free too…
But I secretly can’t wait to go shopping for some regardless. 🙂
Are you missing out on pumpkins and flowers too? Let’s go together…
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