Glimpses of Fall

I’ve never been one for seasonal decor. Not that I don’t like it, but because I’m SO cheap when it comes to things that don’t stay up in my house all year. Every year I put out a few fall decorations, but nothing crazy, and of course we do the whole Christmas thing. This year, I tackled our mantle with the few fall decor items we had, while little Miss Anna assisted with the rest.

I don’t think we did half bad! My friend Ashley made me the “fall” pennants a few years ago, and we make a point to pull it out year after year. I added some $2 (half off at Hobby Lobby) wheat bundles to some vases I had sitting in the pantry to flank the TV. I tossed in some fabric pumpkins my Mom made a LONG time ago along with some mini pumpkins I picked up at Walmart. I finished it off with a few bows, a crow (found at Hobby Lobby), and a metal pumpkin that was also purchased years ago (can’t remember where). Nothing too fancy, but it works for us.

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IMG_1558IMG_1556Anna was THRILLED to be able to help me with all of this, but mostly the pennants that say “HAPPY HALLOWEEN” on our wreath. That girl is like a kid in a candy store when she’s handed scissors. We added a few felt leaves to the pillow on the bench, a sparkly spider under the light (made by Anna), and the saddest little scarecrow you’ve ever seen (that thing has been around awhile…). Even though it’s a little underwhelming, Anna and I had so much fun spending an afternoon together prepping for fall. Hopefully we can step it up a notch for Christmas. Hopefully…


Anna’s room: product list

Did you see something you liked in Anna’s room? Well, search no more! Here’s where I got EVERYTHING!



Wall color: Benjamin Moore’s Woodlawn Blue

Door color: Valspar’s Amber Rose

Wrought Iron Bed: Amazon (siimilar here)

Quilt, Euro Sham, and owl pillow: Made by yours truly! (I used Amy Butler Fabrics)

Gingham pillows: Ikea

Butterfly pillow: Ikea (sold in stores only apparently)

Lumbar Dot Pillow: West Elm (sold out)

Other Pillows: Bead and Reel

Lamp: Ikea (see this post for tutorial)

Mirror: Hobby Lobby

End table Decor: thrifted

End table: My neighbors yardsale. $8!!!! Painted with ASCP Provence

Wall frames: Ikea

Butterfly prints: Ikea

Doll House: Thrifted (see how it got a makeover here)

And in case you missed it, here’s how we made Anna’s awesome window bench!

That about sums it up. I still have a fun project in mind for the wall opposite the bed, but I think we’ll leave it with this for awhile.

Ikea Hack: Kallax Shelf turned Window Bench (Anna’s room phase 2)

After much anticipation, and delay, thanks to technical difficulties, Anna’s bench reveal is finally here!


First off, a huge thanks to my old man for being a HUGE help on this project. Thanks Dad!!

Here’s how we did it:


First I built the Kallax shelf and drawer inserts that I purchased from Ikea. (The shelf and drawers are sold separately. You can also purchase a variety of bins and baskets if you’d rather go that route.)

Once that was put together it was time to start the fun stuff.


We figured out what we needed and headed to Home Depot. All of the wood you see on the right was free. We simply asked an employee if they had any scrap wood that comes in with their pallets. We’ve used it before and knew it was the perfect thickness for the base of our bench. We purchased enough moulding to frame out the bench, closet door, and bedroom door. We didn’t have to purchase anything for the top of the bench, or the side panels, because I had some scraps sitting around my garage. (A few that I got for free at Home Depot! All you have to do is ask people!)


Once that was done, we built a simple frame for the Kallax shelf to sit on. We wanted to raise the height a little bit, and we also needed some support for the side panels that we needed to add.


Once it was level, we screwed the frame into the wall.


As you can see, we had to remove a few baseboards for the shelf (now bench) to fit perfectly in the bay window. We used the old baseboards as supports for the side panels, and some more free wood for the bench top. I love when we can make use of scraps!


Once our supports were in place. we used a protractor to figure out the angle of the bench top.


We measured, cut, tweaked (the corners had to be rounded a little), until it fit perfectly. Then we nailed that puppy down. *There’s the old man, hard at work!

After that it was a matter of framing everything out to be pretty.


I used simple door casing to frame up the sides of the bay window, and also on the top and bottom of the bench. The top casing on the bench sticks up about 3/4″ above the bench top to help hold the cushion in place. For the side panels we used the back of some left over beadboard from Anna’s Room Phase 1. The other moulding is left over from my DIY Picture Frame Moulding. (Any small, round, moulding would do the trick.)


To finish off the top we added the same topper we’ve added to all of my doors and windows (Thanks Dad! YES! My dad really IS cooler than your Dad. Insert tongue sticking out here.)


We started by nailing the door stop to the bottom of the 5″ flat board. (Ours actually had a rounded edge on one side, but we put that towards the wall.) We measured it so the door stop would hang over the edge of the door casing, and flat board, 1/2″. Once that was attached, we nailed the board into place on the wall.


After the board was secured into the studs, we added the crown moulding to finish it off.

After a lot of caulking, spackle, and paint (see how I tackle this here), this is the almost finished product!

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What’s left you ask? Well, we are getting new windows installed this week (Hooray!! It’s been months and months of window drama.), so those blinds will NOT be returning. We’re also going to lose the 2 smaller arches (I know. Sad…), and I have a fun plan for some book storage.

Check out these before and afters!

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What a drastic change from the mls listing of our house.

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See where this post parties:

Ikea Hack: Window bench coming soon!

I’ve spent the last few days in Anna’s room touching up paint, and tweaking things here and there. I am happy to say the Ikea Hack window bench is 95% done. (I’ll fill you in on what the other 5% is later). I’m off to take photos of the finished product! Well, 95% finished product…IMG_1422I’ll see you right here on Monday!

(Find it here)