porch refresh | apple cider mojito | kitchen gadgets

  1. Chris Illius says:

    HURRAY! I love the decorating tips and ideas – I’m so glad you added this! Your home is just beautiful and I love the back screened in porch – so comfy looking – ENVYYYYY! 🙂 We are in the Cleveland OH area and had a distinct nip in the air that I don’t think my doggers are ready for. Thank you for sharing Beth! OH PS, I love the minimalist approach too, although I did it big time when my kiddos were little. I have little ones in the neighborhood and like to do it up a bit for them still – starting to get ready for Outdoor Christmas decorating since we can get snow/rain/sleet and cold up here – as you know from living in the midwest! Have a great weekend Beth!!

    • Lyn says:

      I lost my husband a few days ago and I want you to know how much your posts have helped me over the past few weeks.

  2. Julianne Leistner says:

    Beth, you and Oscar are looking good, as always! I look forward to seeing you two every Friday. Ollie appearances are an extra-special bonus (as I’m sure she would agree). Thanks for the recipes, too!

  3. Susan says:

    Trips to the pumpkin patch was always a must when our daughter was young. We also did it every year with our grandsons who are now both in College! Love the porch, it looks so inviting! Have a wonderful weekend!!

  4. Karen says:

    Hi Beth! I am a decorator as well. I already have all of my Fall things out on display. Pumpkins, Fall leaves, Halloween themed characters. I have sliver sparkle skeletons that are “see no evil, speak no evil, and say no evil on my mantle. Everyone comments on them! i also love to mix in crows with my pumpkins. Wish I could send you pictures! We are in Rochester NY, and are huge Bills’ fans.. So WE LOVE FALL!!!!

  5. Julie Mycock says:

    Hi Beth, everything is looking great. Both you and Oscar are looking well, I thought that you looked quite relaxed. Thank you for the cocktail recipes too.
    Have a lovely weekend xoxo

  6. Jo says:

    I love to decorate too so pumpkins have been slowly making an appearance inside and outside my home as fall slowly arrives. Still in the 90’s where I live but you can still feel a change in the air. Love your porches and always love seeing Oscar. He is just adorable and love his sweet face!
    Happy Fall!

  7. Madeleine says:

    Anyone old enough to remember when you could burn leaves at curbside? Oh, the lovely scent of autumn

  8. Donna Skrenta says:

    It’s clear to see, with each week passing that you are “falling” into a calming peace and serenity.

    Enjoy the fall season and the messages it brings to your heart.

    You’re an inspiration to many!
    Especially me.

    Your friend from Long Island,

  9. Wendy Waters says:

    A girl after my own heart; a glass (or two) of Cab Sav on a Friday evening. What better way to end a hectic week.
    xoxo Silver Sister from Across the Pond

  10. Lynn says:

    Your back porch is GORGEOUS! I put mums, a few pansies and some decorative cabbage/kale in a few of my containers last weekend and put out 2 fall garden flags. I also changed out the decorations and bows on my 2 front door wreaths and put out my indoor fall decor. Since my kids are older and I don’t have yet any grandkids, I don’t decorate for Halloween at the moment. Have a good weekend!

  11. Judy says:

    Hi there!
    Your back porch looks amazing. You may have done this before but could you link to your porch furniture and any pros/cons for your porch purchases – including the sectional and the table and chairs? Thank you!

  12. Jeanne Myers says:

    This is the first year in over 30 years that I was able to get my fall decor out by the first day of autumn. That’s because I finally retired at the end of 2018, moved totally from NC to MI. I know, what were we thinking, but all of our kiddos and grands have moved back to our home state now. So when I open my bins I try to channel my mother, who has always decorated every room to the hilt! I love to place little surprises around the public areas for our friends and family to discover as they stop by for a visit.

  13. Judith Presgrove says:

    Good afternoon Beth!
    I swear that Oscar poses for the camera.
    He looks like a professional model today!
    Thank you for your beautiful post.
    It’s is so wonderful to see and enjoy something lovey and heartwarming in the midst of all the strife and business of our world today.
    Best wishes to you and your family as you create a blog that not only inspires but gives a “timeout” in midst of hectic days and reminds us all to take time for beauty, family, friends and “Style”!
    Best Regards,

  14. Suzanne M Smith says:

    I love the light and the shadows this time of year. Your porch will be great for a number of seasons–that’s the nice thing about the south! My mom was the same–always changing everything from season to season, and I think I inherited that gene as well. But I admit I’m scaling back and de-cluttering these days so that each piece is one I “can’t live without,” and really love. It’s been freeing, I must admit. Fall is my favorite season, and I’m so ready. The mojito sounds yummy. I like the addition of the cider. Happy weekend!

  15. Denise Kneeland says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few years. Want to let you know you are inspiring and talented, and as a woman also widowed last year, suddenly, I am buoyed by you resilience. Love your new design and all your Style!

  16. Katie says:

    Your back porch looks wonderful! Like your featured outfit as well.

    Thanks for the push. I just ordered the garden shoes and need to get busy decorating the back porch. I have no Grands, or close relatives, and the kids in our small (mostly gated far apart homes) neighborhood do not come door to door trick or treating as when mine was little, but I still decorate our home to the absolute max for all holidays.

    Anything that has the scent of pumpkin spice is pleasant in my kitchen right now, but I am not much on cooking myself but once a week when our adult daughter visits with her two dogs.

    I like to plant/arrange seasonal live florals inside and outside just as my Mother use to always have.

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