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Fall Dining Room Decor + Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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Fall is making its appearance around our home and I couldn’t be happier. This is my favorite time of year! I love the crisp cool air, the sweaters and boots, pumpkin spice everything, and of course the Fall decor!

 

I love the warm color palette Fall brings to my home – it instantly gives it such a cozy vibe! This year I’m drawn to deep burgundy, gold, cream, and rust colors for the season. My dining room was one of the first places I decided to decorate this year, and that meant a trip to Walmart. It’s one of my favorite places to find affordable decor and this season they didn’t disappoint

 

Walmart is where I found my all time favorite dish set. They are great year round, but with the gold rim on this set and color palette I’m going with this Fall, they are perfect. I wanted to do a mixed table setting so I paired them with the black Onyx Stoneware set with the same gold detail around the edge that I love so much! These two sets together are beautiful and can be dressed up or dressed down for casual dining!

 

                                  

Next, I put together the centerpiece. I found the perfect dried eucalyptus in the deep burgundy color I’m loving right now. I grabbed a few bunches to add to my vase for a warm, classic feel for my dining room centerpiece.

    

I didn’t need a lot to make this space feel like Fall and I didn’t need to spend much either thanks to the prices at Walmart! The only thing missing to get fully into the season is my favorite Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! I have been making this same recipe every year since my kids were little. It’s going on 15 years now and we all look forward to it each year! Here’s my favorite Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1.5 cups chocolate chips

Instructions

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a baking mat. Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla and egg in a large bowl. Mix until smooth.

    Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin spice and salt. Mix until all combined. Stir in chocolate chips, don't over mix.

    Use a cookie scoop or spoonfulsof the dough and place them about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until a toothpick comes clean.

    Remove from oven and let cool on pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Fall Decor Round Up!

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 I love Fall! It’s definitely my favorite time of year. The crisp air, cute sweaters, pumpkin EVERYTHING (give me all the pumpkin spice) and of course the Fall decor. I have put together a round up of my favorite Fall finds this year. It has been so fun and I can’t wait to start decorating my home for Fall!!

Faux florals are one of my favorite things to switch out in my decor for each season and these are some of my favorite ones to really bring in that Fall vibe!

Adding in and switching out your throw pillows and blankets are an easy and affordable way to add a splash of seasonal decor to you home. Make the perfect cozy space to cuddle up when those temperatures start to drop!

Finally, Fall wouldn’t be Fall without pumpkins and candles, right?!? Here are a few of 

my favorite picks this year!

-Grey Birch Designs-

Easter Basket Round-Up

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I always have so much fun putting together Easter Basket goodies for my kids. One thing I don’t love is filling their baskets with tons of candy. I like to find some alternatives to mix in with a few of their favorite candies! As my kids have grown I have also had to get more creative, since my teenage daughters aren’t going to be interested in the same things I put in my 6 year old son’s basket…..haha!!

This year I decided to get all my kids new Easter baskets, and when I saw these personalized wood baskets from 12timbers I fell in love! The best part about these is they will last for years to come. I’m excited to start a new tradition with these adorable Easter Baskets
-My 2020 Easter Basket Round Up-

 
      “Happy Easter” Basket                    “Somebunny Loves you” Basket
-Ideas For Teenage Girls-
If you have girls like mine then they are all about the beauty products. My daughters love to do their hair, paint their nails and recently have been loving face masks! I grabbed a few of these Que Bella Face Mask They have so many different kinds, they are affordable and my girls love them! 
These two are our favorites!
   
             Peel Off Mask              Mud Face Mask         Gold Peel off Mask     Detoxifying Face Mask
Something else I thought was fun is the travel size of our favorite Wet Brush to throw in their backpacks or purse. I also picked up Easter themed Mad Libs I remember loving these as a kid and it’s fun to see my kids get a kick out of them too!
 

 
   
          Gel Nail Polish         Mini Wet Brush           Easter Mad Libs                  Bath Bombs

-Ideas For Boys-

For my boys I found some cute things to keep them entertained. First is a painting color book. I know my boys will sit in the kitchen and paint together for hours so this book was well worth the $3.59 haha!! My youngest loves anything Paw Patrol so this cute book was so perfect! 
            
Peter Cottontail Book                    Pups Save the Bunnies                       M&M Lip Balm
  
 Hot Wheels               How to Catch the Easter Bunny               Mini Lego Set  
Finally, I can’t forget some of my kids’ favorite Easter candy must haves. My kids would be happy campers if Peeps were sold all year long, I think you either love them or hate them….haha!!
 
                 Peeps                                                                   Kinder Egg





Easter Laundry Room Decor

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How many hours a week do you think you spend in your laundry room? When I sat down and really thought about it I was shocked!! With this being such a highly used room I decided to give it a little Spring/Easter update like the rest of my home. I’m convinced it makes doing the laundry that much more enjoyable!!
I added a Spring wreath on the door, a set of cute ceramic bunnies on the floating shelves above my washer and dryer, and a fun letter board on the wall to change out the quotes during the year! It was fun to dress up this space with some seasonal decor but the stars of the room are my Samsung FlexWash Washer and Samsung FlexDry Dryer #sponsored I can honestly say after updating my washer and dryer to these beauties from Samsung I actually enjoy doing the laundry. Say what?! I know I’m as shocked as you!! Although there are so many things I love about these machines I have to say by far my favorite is being able to was 2 loads at once – one regular load and one delicate or small load in the top. Talk about a game changer!

Now if that doesn’t make you feel like a super mom or super dad I don’t know what does! You can find out more about these awesome machines here: FlexWash Washer and Electric FlexDry Dryer Now I’m off to do about 100 more loads of laundry in my newly decorated Spring laundry room!!
-Grey Birch Designs-

Christmas Home Tour 2019

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This year when I was planning out my Christmas decor I knew I wanted to go with something neutral but still bold, and I absolutely love how it all came together! I based my designs around black and white buffalo check and dark forest greens, while mixing in a few bold patterns!



Living Room

My tree this year is the 7.5′ King Flock Christmas Tree and it’s amazing!
(use code: greybirchdesigns to save 10% off your purchase)
This year I got all my ornaments from one of my favorite stores Krumpets Home Decor The collection I have in my home is called the Plaid Tidings Collection and with code: greybirchdesigns you can save 10% off your entire purchase!!

Dining Room

My favorite new addition to this room has to be my Elf Wrapping Sign It’s so funny, I love it!

Entryway
My entryway is one of my favorite places to decorate because it’s the first thing you see when you walk in my home! I love having a statement piece here and this Sign is so perfect!
This year I did something a little different and I used real preserved greenery for my railing. It is so beautiful and it smells amazing!! I found the carved wood Santa and glitter wood trees at my favorite local store, Rod Works!

Twins’ Bedroom
We have a tradition of decorating our kids’ bedrooms for Christmas each year and they get so excited about it. In my boys’ room I added a pop of red with some fun pillows and ornaments on their tree.
Bedding (Use code: GREYBIRCH20 to save 20%)

Sun Room

I kept this room pretty simple, just adding some greenery to my Chandelier and these cute
 Pre-Lit flocked wreaths to my windows. They were really easy to hang with just some ribbon and Command hooks!

My Daughter’s Bedroom
In my daughter’s room I wanted to complement the splash of pink she already has in here so these Rose Gold Trees were the perfect fit! I added some silver ball ornaments and a Merry Christmas pillow to give her room a fun Christmas feel!!

Master Bedroom

This is the first year I have decorated my master bedroom and I had so much fun! I found these adorable gnomes and ‘winter wonderland” pillow at a local store called Coming Home. Then I added a faux garland with some twinkle lights to the top of my headboard and scored and amazing deal on that beautiful emerald green throw blanket
Christmas is my favorite holiday to decorate for and this year was no exception!! I hope you enjoyed my Christmas Home Tour!! Make sure to hop on over and check out the other beautiful home tours listed below that are on this fun Christmas blog hop with me!
-Grey Birch Designs-

Fall Home Tour

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Thanks for coming over from Grace In My Space blog!!

Fall is one of my favorite seasons and this year I had so much fun decorating my home, including my twins’ bedroom!! (they loved it so much this may become an annual thing) This year I was drawn to this gorgeous mustard yellow and pops of gold. They were the center of my decor, and because my home has a neutral color pallet, it was easy to add in a pop of seasonal color with minimal changes! I hope you enjoy my Fall Home Tour!

Entryway

My Fall entryway was probably my favorite spot I put together this year!!
Links for this space below



The faux plants are from Hobby Lobby and the grey bins are from Home Goods. The ladder is from Decor Steals but it’s sold out at the moment. All other items are no longer available or are from local boutiques.

Kitchen

In my kitchen I kept it pretty simple. I added a seasonal wreath and some faux florals in that mustard color I’m loving. Then I added in one of my favorite fall candles and it instantly had all the fall feels!
Links for this space below


The faux florals are from Hobby Lobby.


Dining Room

In our formal dining room I did a fun tablescape with 2 types of garlands and different height candles. This ended up being really budget friendly because I used some old candle holders and painted them all black to match!


My husband and I built the table, benches, and side table. The lamps are from Hobby Lobby a few years ago and the sign is from Harper Grace 


Guest Room

In our guest room I have a very neutral color pallet, so adding in some pops of mustard with the throw pillows, blanket, and garland brought in all the cozy fall feels!


My husband and I built the headboard. The windows are vintage and the sign has been discontinued.


Living Room
 

In our living room I dressed up the fireplace with these beautiful fall wood signs and a pop of mustard with the garland! I brought in a few fun pillow covers for a seasonal change and I’m so happy with how it turned out!


My sofas are from RC Willey and the coffee table is no longer available. 

Twins Bedroom

My twins got such a kick out of me adding fall feels in their room! It was easy with some cute pumpkins. Changing out their pillows and throw blankets also gave it just the right touch!

Bedding and Blankets (Use Code: GREYBIRCH20 to save 20%)

My husband and I built the beds. The lockers are form Hobby Lobby and the trunks are vintage army footlockers. I found the pumpkins at the dollar spot at Target.

Sunroom

In our sunroom I put together a fun tablescape with pops of mustard and apples as my inspiration!


My husband and I built the table. The rug is from Ruggable The vases are from RC Willey and the florals are from Kirklands

Thank you for checking out my Fall Home Tour. Make sure to check out these other talented ladies and see all their gorgeous homes!


-Grey Birch Designs-

















Summer Tablescape

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Join me and some of my favorite blogger friends for some summer tablescape inspiration!! If your here from Sarah at Grace In My Space thank you so much for stopping by!!

One of our favorite things to do during the summer is eat dinner outside, and that calls for a pretty table setting! I like to keep it pretty simple and I love incorporating a mix of outdoors and indoors into my table setting.

I used some potted flowers in vintage metal buckets as the focal point of my center piece. This gives me the element of the outdoors and makes a beautiful statement piece. I also used two different sized buckets to bring in that visual element of varying sizes that is appealing to the eye. I then filled in the spaces of my centerpiece with vintage candle holders. This does two key things – it brings the element of indoor dining to the outside, and it perfectly fills in the spaces around the buckets with a variety of heights and textures, making it very visually pleasing!
For the actual table setting I used buffalo check outdoor place mats, because nothing screams outdoor summer dining like buffalo check! Am I right!?! Then I used a mix of white and tope dishes, tapping into the earthy color tones, and accented them with simple black napkins! This set up is a great accent to the centerpiece by playing on the similar colors, but not taking away from the star of the show!
We are looking forward to lots of outdoor dining this summer and soaking up everything this space has to offer!!
-Grey Birch Designs-
Don’t forget to check out some of my other friends summer tables capes that are doing this fun blog hope with me. They are all such amazing talented ladies I know you will love what they have created as well!

3 Ways to Style Your Fireplace Mantel

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Decorating your fireplace mantel can be tricky, and if you’re like me and want a new look for each season/holiday it can get expensive. I have come up with three ways you can style your mantel using the same core anchor pieces, making it easier to switch out the smaller decor from season to season!


Everyday Look

farmhouse styled fireplace, arched mirror, wood sign, glass vases

First let’s establish our anchor pieces that will be used throughout all the different looks. My biggest focal point is the larger mirror. I chose this one because it is a perfect piece to use in layering without being distracting. The wood frame and simple design draws your eye in but doesn’t distract from the sign that’s in front of it. The other anchor pieces I have are the vases with tall flowers on each side. This works great to get everything symmetrical, making it ok to keep the mirror and large sign off-center because the vases bring balance to the whole display. Finally, for this everyday look, I added the “home” sign and wood beads as decor. They look great and are easy to switch out!




Spring Look

Spring farmhouse styled fireplace, arched mirror, large sign that says "Alright Spring do your thing" white tulips, glass vases

For my spring look I swapped out my “home” sign for this larger spring sign, and added some wood beads on the vases. I also found these cute glass bottles at the Target dollar spot and put some real touch tulips in each one to give it a spring touch. By keeping the anchor pieces I didn’t have to change a lot but got a whole new look for spring!!

Summer Look

Summer farmhouse styled fireplace, arched mirror, wood candle sticks, glass vases with faux greenery, boxwood wreath

For my summer look I did something a little different than before. I love lots of greenery in the summer so I wanted to show that. I changed the cotton stems I had in the glass vases to some faux seeded eucalyptus, added some faux succulents inside 2 different color mason jars, added a faux boxwood wreath over my mirror, and added some fun vintage candle sticks and candles. Just like before, I kept my anchor pieces the same and incorporated smaller/different decor for a new season and fresh look!!

-Grey Birch Designs-








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