Welcome to this week's albeit delayed Motivated Monday. I was traveling this past week with a friend and because I was the one driving and since I think it is rude to make the other person sit around while I blog, I decided that in the interest of manners and safety I would delay my post until today. Even after I got home last night there were other things that needed to take priority like making plans for the upcoming week, soothing some ruffled feathers, unpacking (still haven't finished that), laundry to be started, mail to read, blah blah blah. You know the drill. So thank you, dear peeps, for your understanding.
Enough of my droning though and on to why you really stopped by here today.
Again, you thrill me with all of your creativity. There were some especially terrific design posts this week. I wish I could feature them all but here are a few that I didn't want you to miss.
First up, Worthing Court shared a very informative break down of this showcase house in North Carolina.
Not only does she shower us with some great photos but she also highlights what is working in these rooms and some helpful hints on how to create some of these looks for yourself.
If you are just beginning to rethink a room, you may want to start with a coat of paint and Love With an H reminds us of how much bang for the buck we get with this relatively simple update.
I am also really feeling that grouping of smaller black and white tables to create a larger and noteworthy cocktail table look. Nicely done.
This faux wainscoting effect created by Life on Walnut Street has me inspired too. I have seen similar projects but I really liked her interpretation of this look for her bathroom.
Toss pillows are an easy and one of my favorite ways to refresh a room but what to do with all of those off season pillows? Well recovering what you already have is one option. Don't have a sewing machine? Not to worry! Smart Mama has the solution and you will want to stop by and visit her here for her no sew pillow tutorial to create clean edged and neatly tailored pillows like these.
One of the more unique furniture restorations this week was this one from Petite Passions who inherited an old telescope from a friend. She needed a table in her living room and didn't have the room to store the wooden box that the telescope came in so she came up with the ingenious idea of creating a one-of-a-kind, DIY table by out of the box by adding a decorative tape wrapped board for a base and four table legs.
There were also a number of timely posts for fall and Halloween including this incredibly simple recipe from Fair and Fickle for pumkin muffins,
and this wonderfully haunting mantel from Madtown Macs.
I think the entire mantel is terrific but what I found especially intriguing and dare I say "Viral Pinterest Worthy" :D was her idea for creating that sophisticated wall art piece in the center using only a rumpled piece of packing paper, some tape, and a bit of spray paint. Thank you Charisa for this. You know that copying is the sincerest form of flattery right? So if you stop by my house don't be surprised to discover that I have created my own version of your artful inspiration. :D
Andrea over at A.Steed's Life crafted these delightful black and white pumpkins using her Silhouette machine but if you aren't that fortunate you could still recreate this look by downloading and printing her typography and then transferring it onto a white pumpkin and filling in the letters with black paint and a fine brush.
Finally, and this has nothing to do with fall or Halloween, but would be a thoughtful gift for any one and at any time was this breakfast in a bag idea via Happy in Red.
Ester has her own Etsy shop and you can see more of her cheerfully modern bags here. I love her idea of adding a coordinating vintage cup and saucer and dry breakfast ingredients to create such a heartwarming and inspired gift.