Monday Link Love

Hey, friends! I know a lot of you are likely off today for the holiday so I’m taking advantage myself by catching up on a little backlog of work. We had a really awesome weekend with family and I got, oh, about nothing done on the work front. (Which, for the record, was a really really nice change.) So I figured today I’ll tackle a couple of small projects and work on a bit of planning and organizing I’ve been needing to wrap up for a while now. All that said, I thought you might enjoy a dose of link love today so here it is – a handful of my recent posts over at Babble and some of my favorite finds from around the web over the last week or so. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Patch | Photo by Joel Robison

[Photo by Joel Robison. Buy his prints at Etsy.]


DIY Black + White Painted Pumpkin

DIY Spooky Painted Pumpkin

I love a good carved pumpkin as much as the next Halloween-loving kid, but this year I wanted to try my hand at something a little different. I’ve been so in love with painted pumpkins the last few years that I knew paint was going to win the paint-vs-carve debate for me this year. But contrary to my obsession with colorful neon pumpkins, I decided to go a little dark and spooky. Much like Chelsea’s chic DIY Halloween centerpiece and Maddy’s all black and white Halloween tabletop, I was all about the modern, graphic and slightly edgy look this year.

DIY Spooky Painted Pumpkin DIY Spooky Painted Pumpkin

This pumpkin is about as easy as operating a can of spray paint, so if you can handle that you can rock out your very own black and white pumpkin in no time. (Ok, ok, probably about two hours if you count time for drying between coats of paint.) Head over to Babble where I’ve detailed all the steps – it’d make a great little project this weekend!

[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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Fall Essentials: My Home Decorating Wish List

This fall, perhaps more than any other, I find myself with a serious itch to spend time decorating and sprucing up things at home. I’ve been working hard to finish the organizing and decorating we set out to do when we moved in (um, yeah, six months ago) so I’ve been on the hunt for the last few furniture pieces and accessories we need to really bring things together. I’ve been using Keep to bookmark all my potential purchases (and just those things on my wish list I not-so secretly would love for Santa to bring me in a couple months) and I’ve been noticing a trend. More than ever before, I’m finding myself drawn to wood grain, brass finishes, shades of black and smokey gray. I’m guessing it’s probably the season, don’t you agree?

Fall Decorating Ideas: My Wish List

Still topping my must-buy for the home list are great end tables for the master bedroom and new lamps for both our room and the living room. I also have copious amounts of art work that needs to get hung, but I keep finding myself waffling on where things should go. That said, with the holidays coming I want to get everything squared away this month so we’re organized and feeling cozy by the time all the holiday entertaining begins. Oh, and so I can finally share the home tour with you that I promised eons ago. So in the meantime, I’m dreaming about these lamps for our bedroom. What do you think?

[Shop: Tray table | Smoke gray wine glasses | Wooden lamp | Basket | Recipe box | Copper cocktail shaker | Mug | Polka dot throw | Wood taper candlesticks.]

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What to Wear to the Pumpkin Patch

I know I mentioned it earlier this week, but I seriously want to go to the pumpkin patch like it’s my job right now. We’re hoping to make it this weekend in between a flurry of football games and a birthday to celebrate tomorrow. We’ve been having the most amazing fall weather this week. Bright, sunny, temperatures in the high 60s. It’s the perfect time of year for my favorite fall fashion. Think great jeans and booties, oversized sweaters and pretty patterned scarves. Oh and this studded bag? I need it. As in, I totally don’t need it, but I really really want it.

Fall Fashion: What to Wear to the Pumpkin Patch

[Shop: Polka dot sweater | scarf | ring | bow earrings | studded bag | booties | burgundy skinny jeans.]

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A Graphic + Ghoulish Halloween

I’m sure you guys know Maddy Hague of Confetti Pop, but if by chance you don’t, today is your lucky day! Maddy is a blogger and designer with an incredible eye for those little details that make a celebration one of a kind. She and her partner-in-crafting-crime Shauna are always dreaming up with the best DIY projects for parties and weddings. And today, Maddy is sharing her picks for Halloween entertaining essentials! Specifically, a graphic and ghoulish Halloween party in elegant yet spooky shades of black and white.

Entertaining Essentials: A Graphic and Ghoulish Halloween

The key to creating this tabletop is loads of black and white with touches of silver and the occasional spooky details that make the most of the Halloween vibe. Like the skull appetizer plates or the slightly-creepy skull salt and pepper shakers. Then dim the lights, light a bunch of candles and you’re ready for a chic and modern monster bash!

[Shop: Black glass cake stands  | Poison skull bottlesHoneycomb tissue balls | Black fringed napkinsOwl place card holdersMidnight black balloon glasses | Onyx flatware | Round madras chargers | Dinner plates | Skull appetizer platesTassel garlandSkull salt and pepper shakers | Hobnail glass candle holders   | Skull bottle stopper | Owl napkin rings.]

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