Monthly Finale: September '16



Wow this month has flown by! I have been super busy with the #FabFallFest that I hosted with some of my blog friends and then also working on some of my projects around the house.

In the beginning of the month I tried to wing it and pick a paint color to match my existing wall, that was an interesting lesson


Shortly after, I got even more wingy and painted my fireplace. Although the pictures are taken from different angles, can you see the difference in the last pic and the one below?


I created a beautiful centerpiece inspired by Fall


I spotlighted an awesome etsy shop, Whitney J Decor.




I shared with you storage ideas for Fall fashion accessories and a JORD watch contest. (There's still time to enter!)


I also shared my Fall Bar Station and my Fall Home Tour



wow, seriously, what a month full! Catch up on all the action if you missed anything  by clicking the pink highlight links above!

#FabFallFest: Fall Home Tour

Behind the Big Green Door Fall Home Tour #FabFallFest

How do you get your home ready for Fall? Better yet, the question should be...do you get your home ready for Fall? For Fall I like to make my home feel extra cozy through the use of heavier fabrics and by bringing some outdoor elements inside. This year my colors for my home have moved more towards navy blue, black, gray and a little bit of brown. I made updates to my entryway, living room, dining, and kitchen. So come on in and take a look!

Entryway:

Behind the Big Green Door Fall Home Tour #FabFallFest

I updated my entryway by adding a neural tan rug to my space. Previously I have a brighter rug. I also added an arrangement of branches and leaves to the entryway. They are the greenery filler at the store and they are usually on clearance by my house. I love these little arrangements and you will see them sprinkled throughout the tour. 

Behind the Big Green Door Fall Home Tour #FabFallFest

Behind the Big Green Door Fall Home Tour #FabFallFest

Living Room:

In my living room, I made a lot of updates through adding textures such as faux fur and leather, a plush rug and thick cushy pillows. I added a couple of matching throws from the At Home. My daughter has claimed it as her own. She loves to wrap up in it and watch Netflix.

Behind the Big Green Door Fall Home Tour #FabFallFest

I picked up some great pillows from At Home that I absolutely love. The pillow section at At Home is literally overflowing so if you are looking for pillows you are sure to find something! Also, if you remember this zebra pillow from my recent post

Behind the Big Green Door Fall Home Tour #FabFallFest

Behind the Big Green Door Fall Home Tour #FabFallFest

I covered a thrifted wooden box serve as extra seating (I'll share the tutorial on that soon) and moved my red chair over to the corner. As the weather gets cooler we tend to spend more time indoors. Because of this I have taken the coffee table out of the living room. We are tall people and like to stretch out so we find it more cozy without the table. 

Behind the Big Green Door Fall Home Tour #FabFallFest

I had the random idea to paint my fireplace black. I looooove how it turned out! 

Behind the Big Green Door Fall Home Tour #FabFallFest

Behind the Big Green Door Fall Home Tour #FabFallFest

Wire baskets seem to be my thing right now, so I was instantly in love with this wire basket from At Home. Wire baskets was a way for me to add a little metal to the space. I generally gravitate towards wicker baskets but wire is stealing the show. I love the little copper handles on this basket.

Behind the Big Green Door Fall Home Tour #FabFallFest

In going with my theme, I found this rug at a bargain shop. When it comes to rugs, I love simple rugs that I can use in a variety of spaces. I like changing my decor around quite a bit so buying items that has a multi-use is important.

Behind the Big Green Door Fall Home Tour #FabFallFest

I also add a DIY Yarn Wall Art to my space. It adds a bit of texture!

Behind the Big Green Door Fall Home Tour #FabFallFest

On my side table I add a cute little pumpkin from At Home and more greenery. I generally don't like pumpkin decor, but this one I felt was very cute and fit well into my home decor. Another thing that important to bring Fall in is scents.I love great fall scents. My favorite from At Home is Buttercreme. 

Behind the Big Green Door Fall Home Tour #FabFallFest

Behind the Big Green Door Fall Home Tour #FabFallFest

I also recieved some prints from Fractureme.com. They are amazing. They actually print your pictures on glass. No frame needed. I thought it would be great to add a couple of photos around the house that tie in my color scheme and also remind me of family. This is my favorite print of my daughter taken by B.



Dining Room:

In the dining room I added alot of greenery. My table centerpiece was a DIY project I did of creating a Pine Cone and Flower center piece. I love it because I can easily update it with any flowers.

Behind the Big Green Door Fall Home Tour #FabFallFest


Behind the Big Green Door Fall Home Tour #FabFallFest

I added a bar station to my dining room. Fall is all about entertaining. I thought this would be great to have when my family and friends come to visit. I found so many amazing glasses and bar accessories from At Home! I love them all!

Behind the Big Green Door Fall Home Tour #FabFallFest

Behind the Big Green Door Fall Home Tour #FabFallFest

I've already starting my drink making, this little station just makes me want to make drinks all day! lol

Behind the Big Green Door Fall Home Tour #FabFallFest

Kitchen:

Lastly, my daughter and I love drinking hot drinks and teas in the Fall and Winter so I have updated my coffee area. I found this great little mug holder at At Home. That store seriously has everything!


All in all my reason for getting my home together is to make it extra cozy for my family. When you think of Fall decorating it doesn't have to be the traditional look of adding pumpkins. Think of ways you can make your home cozy such as rearranging the furniture to better fit how the room will be used or adding items that can be used to entertain family and friends. 

In addition to my blog post, I also have shared other pictures on my Instagram. Follow my Instagram: @behindthebiggreendoor to see more.

Check out the other ladies who hosted the #FabFallFest Home Tours below:


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Behind the Big Green Door Fall Home Tour #FabFallFest

This post was sponsored by At Home and Fractureme.com. All opinions are  my own.

Fall Fashion Accessories Storage Idea + JORD Wood Watch Giveaway


With the Fall now officially here, I am busting out my Fall gear! ...Nevermind that it's 90 degrees outside lol! This summer weather just will not allow the Fall to be great!

JORD Wood Watch + Fashion Accessories Storage Idea

Not only am I getting my home ready for Fall I am also pulling together some of my must have fashion accessories. I am incorporating alot of grays, blacks and browns into my Fall wardrobe. Some of my go-to items are scarves, simple bracelets and makeup and nail polish that fit into my color scheme. I also planned on adding one statement piece to my accessories.

In comes the JORD watch. When I received this gorgeous Frankie Koa & Ash JORD watch I knew it would be perfect. I'm all about textures, so this wooden watch fits in perfect with what I like.

JORD Wood Watch + Fashion Accessories Storage Idea

I could immediately tell from opening the package that this was a quality watch. I love the watch box that it comes in and all the care that went into putting this item together. I def felt as if I was receiving a quality product just from opening the package. The quality of the watch is one of a kind. I love the color of the wood too. It's a great neutral that I know will blend well with everything.


JORD Wood Watch + Fashion Accessories Storage Idea

For storage I am using clear acrylic holders and wire baskets. I like to store my items in these type of holders because I can easily see where everything is and it's makes it look super pretty. This acrylic jewelry holder is perfect for my watch. It keeps it off of the table so I am able to easily avoid any damage to my watch. I would definitely recommend that you find one of these!

JORD Wood Watch + Fashion Accessories Storage Idea

The wire baskets are great for holder bigger items such as scarves or if you have a go to clutch or wallet that you like to use for the Fall. Another tip is to look for storage that has different compartments. This plastic tray is divided into three sections which helps me to stay organized. I can group like items into one area and at the end of the day it's an easy drop off point for my accessories.

JORD Wood Watch + Fashion Accessories Storage Idea

My JORD Wood Watch looks great on my wrist. It's super lightweight and is perfect for the Fall. I will be combining it with my Fall charm bracelets.

JORD Wood Watch + Fashion Accessories Storage Idea

Now that I've told you about this unique watch and a great storage option, don't you just want one for yourself? Well good news! You can enter a contest I am hosting with JORD watch to win $75 towards your own JORD Watch? Simply click the link below!

ENTER TO WIN $75 TOWARDS YOUR OWN JORD WATCH

Things to know...

+ There will be one lucky winner
+ Just by entering you will receive a $20 Voucher towards a purchase on your own watch!
+ The contest will end 10/23/2016
+ Both Vouchers will expire 1/31/2017

You don't want to miss this opportunity!

Wooden Wristwatch  


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JORD Wood Watch + Fashion Accessories Storage Idea

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Fall Bar Station + Tips to Make your Own

Happy Fall! With the change of seasons, I always get in the mood to clean my house up and make small changes. I have long been wanting to add a bar area to my home. When my daughter said she no longer wanted her desk I knew it would be perfect for a Fall Bar Station! 

How to Make a Fall Bar Station
See, Fall is here and this is the time to entertain, although we like to do it year round! I am very close with my family and friends who have turned into family. I love hosting my people at my house, rather we are sitting around talking and laughing or watching a movie, I love to have people over! This is my reason for getting my Fall Bar Station set up! 

When setting up my Fall bar station I had some essentials I knew I wanted; a shaker and ice bucket, a decanter (because I want to feel fancy lol), pretty glasses, a wine rack and scents and decor to remind me of Fall. I decked my cart out in some great finds from At Home. That store is amazing, there is beautiful home decor in every direction! I literally have spent hours in there just looking around and seeing what I can find!

How to Make a Fall Bar Station

When styling my station I used the shelves to hold my glasses and bucket and placed all my accessories and alcohol on top. Also to add some interest I chose to use a variety of heights and textures such as wood, glass and metal. That's one thing you want to keep in mind if you are trying to create an interesting space.

So if you need some tips on how to set up a Fall bar station, here is what I suggest:

1. Get the essentials - You know what type of drinks you like, get items that center around those drinks. For example if you like margaritas, get glasses, shakers and garnish items that are used for that type of drink [I love these glasses and bucket I found at At Home]

How to Make a Fall Bar Station

2. Mix textures and height for interest - If you want to keep the eye's attention you have to mix elements. Unexpected element will always garner some extra attention. [This cutting board from at At Home add some texture and this wire basket from Target is great for the mix]

How to Make a Fall Bar Station

3. Group Items with tray - Use a tray to group items together. Another great thing you can use are bowls. This will give your bar station a polished look [This wine holder from At Home is adorable and I love this tray from Hobby Lobby]



4. Add Fall touch - Consider adding fall touch with scents, floral decor or accents.

How to Make a Fall Bar Station


5. Set up - Place your bar station in an area where you entertain alot. That way everything is easily accessible and your guest will have everything nearby

How to Make a Fall Bar Station

How to Make a Fall Bar Station


How to Make a Fall Bar Station

So there you have it! Will you be setting up a Fall bar station? If so do tell!

oh, and I did find my decanter, yeah we are fake fancy now lol. B says he feel like an old man sitting in an office (you know like in the movies) every time we pours from it. I wish you could see him walking around acting old. It's too funny!

How to Make a Fall Bar Station

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How to Make a Fall Bar Station

Idea: Paint Your Fireplace Black

I have never considered myself as an "on the whim" type of person. I mean I plan every detail of my life. I live by my excel sheets and to-do lists. I have dozens of notebooks with twice as many written plans. However, when it comes to my home, I'm very on the whim. I find it hard to actually plan a room out. I just like to decorate as I go. Sometimes these on the whim moments work, and sometimes they DON'T. The difference between how I go about decorating my home to the rest of my life is amazing to me. 

How to Paint Your Fireplace - Black

This weekend while lounging on the couch, I got to thinking "this room needs a pop" One of my favorite features in my living room is my striped accent wall. My fireplace is also on this wall. I got to thinking I need to do something so I hopped up and when to Home Depot to pick up some BLACK paint. I put black in bold, because there is something about black paint that seems so permanent. Of course you can just paint over it if you change your mind, but it doesn't feel like that once you start painting something black. lol!

How to Paint Your Fireplace - Black

Well I got my paint, came home and got to work. The expression on Bran's face let me know exactly what he was thinking...."oh hell no!" I told him to just trust me and go with me on this one. The lady at the counter suggested I try Rustoleum's pre-made paint. I purchase the semi-gloss black and also picked up some tape and a sanding block. Also, I recommend getting a good brush. I used Wooster's edge brush, which isn't super expensive, but works very well!

How to Paint Your Fireplace - Black

I taped up and then used the sanding block to smooth out any rough spots before painting and to rough up the surface a bit so that the paint would adhere to the surface. Also if you are doing this, you want to give your fireplace a good wipe down before you begin painting. 

I did most of the work at night so I wasn't able to get any bright pictures. I finished the last coat Sunday morning. This took about 4 coats. Patience young Jedi! The main thing you want to always keep in mind when painting is to do light coats. It takes forever but the finished product will be so worth it!

How to Paint Your Fireplace - Black

And yes, that is a crown on my head. My daughter said I was queen for the day. I gladly accepted!

How to Paint Your Fireplace - Black

I looooooooooooove how it turned out. It has added so much character, a little drama and a whole lot of chicness. Never doubt the power of paint! 

How to Paint Your Fireplace - Black

One challenge I have with my home is that I have wall to wall carpet, a beige couch and beige walls. The black fireplace really helps to add some color. Take a look at the before and after. I mean that's the only way to see the true difference!

How to Paint Your Fireplace - Black

Now that I have painted the fireplace, I need to update the mirror and items on the mantel. I'll share those updates soon. So what do you think of this makeover? Will you be giving it a try. If so, please let me know.

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How to Paint Your Fireplace - Black

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