A bright yet cozy modern Fall mantel with neutrals and saffron yellow. via www.twopurplecouches.com #fall #falldecor #mantel #homedecor

Modern Fall Mantel

A bright yet cozy modern Fall mantel with neutrals and saffron yellow. via www.twopurplecouches.com #fall #falldecor #mantel #homedecor

I took a slightly different approach to my Fall mantel this year. While I do love much of the traditional decor you find during the Fall season, it just doesn’t jive so well with my style. But I was still so inspired by the mantels I shared last week, that I had to change things up for the season, just with my own twist!

So I give you, my modern Fall mantel with touches of texture, neutrals and saffron yellow!

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15 Fall Mantel Decorating Ideas


Here in Cincinnati, the air has just taken a turn into Fall. September has a tendency to go on like August for a while—hot, humid and insufferable—or to switch over to a more pleasant early Fall. With that crispness finally in the air, it put me in the mood to round up a bunch of wonderful Fall mantel decorating ideas as I start to work on my own!

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A Day at the Country Living Fair

Country Living Fair 2014 Columbus Ohio. via www.twopurplecouches.com #CLFair #CountryLiving #Fall #Fairs #columbus #ohio

Are you a fan of Country Living Magazine? Have you heard of the Country Living Fair?

I first heard of the Fair from coworkers several years ago. Then Anne and I talked about it on our drive to Haven this year. And I kept hearing the same comment: You’d love it.

So I guess it’s lucky that the Country Living Fair makes a stop just north of me in Columbus, Ohio. And I finally got to check it out this past weekend!

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Puffy Paint DIY Throw Pillow

Love this idea of using dimensional "puffy" paint to create a unique throw pillow. via www.twopurplecouches.com #puffypaint #crafts #diy #diyprojects #throwpillows #homedecor

You know how “throwback” is all the rage these days? Well, all these throwbacks got me thinking of all the crafting I did as a child, and of my favorite childhood craft supply: puffy paint! Though I think now it’s referred to as “dimensional craft paint” because I guess that sounds fancier?

Anyways, my brain has been coming up with all kinds of puffy paint diy projects to try. Then one day I was musing on my love of throw pillows. And this crafty brain-child was born… a puffy paint diy throw pillow!

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Shop Styling at Celebrate by Kate

Don't forget the treats for your guests! Love these adorable patterned treat bags! Styled for Celebrate by Kate in Madeira, Ohio. via www.twopurplecouches.com #celebratebykate #partytime #letsparty #purpleparty #yellowparty #partydecor

I could give you a lot of answers to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. An author. A shop owner. A designer. A stylist. A party planner. The list goes on. This is part of the reason why I went all out planning my 30th birthday bash back in June. Putting on my party planner/stylist hat and going hog wild with streamers and garland was immensely satisfying to all the creative parts of my brain.

So you can imagine the glee that spread from head to toe and the grin from ear-to-ear when local party supply boutique Celebrate by Kate asked me if I’d like to style a special section of their shop for September.

Umm, yes. YES.


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Getting Started: Our Master Bedroom Makeover


This past weekend was sort of a big one: the chill of Fall was in the air, the NFL regular season kicked off (#whodey!), and Tom & I began our next big project: our Master Bedroom Makeover!

We haven’t done much of anything with our bedroom since moving in. Really, all we’ve done is arrange our furniture and hang our clothes in the closet. But we knew we’d get to it eventually, and one of the big new “pieces” of the room would be the quilt my mom and I began working on together last summer.

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DIY Ombre Art Paintings

Create beautiful, abstract DIY ombre art with these simple steps from www.twopurplecouches.com #painting #ombre #art #diyart

I’ve never considered myself to be the artist in the family. That title belongs to my cousin Laurel (remember my glass-blowing adventure last summer?). But that’s never stopped me from trying. And I think my skills are improving. That or I’m smart to choose abstract art since you can’t really mess it up!

Enter my latest project: diy ombre art!

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Kate Spade Inspired Mug

Create a Kate Spade inspired mug with Silhouette vinyl by Two Purple Couches #silhouette #vinyl #diy #knockoffproject #katespade #diyproject

I love it when I get to wear my DIY hat to work. While my job as a copywriter is creative, I don’t usually get “hands on” with design and diy kind of work. So I get excited when the opportunity arises. Sometimes for projects, we get to dimensionalize the type of consumer we’re trying to reach, and that means we get to bring them to life in a real sort of way. And for a recent project, that meant I got to whip up a Kate Spade inspired mug to represent our target consumer.

And to make said Kate Spade inspired mug, I decided it was time to try out the gold vinyl I bought for my Silhouette Cameo.

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I Heart Handmade: Some Days Ago Jewelry {and a giveaway!}

I Heart Handmade: Some Days Ago handcrafted jewelry #somedaysago #buyhandmade #jewelry www.twopurplecouches.com

Friends, I have a brand new I Heart Handmade feature and a fab, fab, fab new artist to share with you today!

You may have seen this recent photo I took of a stunning copper ring I purchased at the City Flea a few weeks ago. Readers, allow me to introduce Some Days Ago. And when I contacted Leilah, the founder and artist behind the brand, to gush about her jewelry and ask if I could feature her, she jumped at the chance. Which made me really giddy, because I really think you’re going to love, love, love her pieces!

And? She’s graciously offered to give away one of her beautiful bracelets! But before we get to that, I want to tell you more about Leilah & her work…

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