Monday, August 8

counting down to fall

In spite of this horrendous heat, I had a momentary burst of creativity.
Out of town guests are arriving this weekend to celebrate the kids birthday.  After our 'shut in summer' I'm working hard to clean & 'hoosh away the wreckage.
A couple of months ago I racked up at Laurie Anna's,

I bought one of these baskets & a sparkly chandelier.
If you've been to Laurie Anna's Vintage Home then you know how magical her vignettes are.
If you haven't, I did a post about her here.
I love her lighting ideas.

So I did a little layering of my own.
I'm looking for a wire hamper to use, but until then I'm using an old tattered shade.
Then I embellished the basket to create a welcoming front door.
Our house number is hard to see,
not anymore!

Sweet vintage tots, some sheet music & dried up flowers from my garden.
(Laurie Anna's flowers were prettier)

So are you keeping cool?
Are you looking forward to fall?


sissie said...

Hi Lisa,
What I wouldn't give to shop in her fabulous place! I love the baskets and the basket you created for your door....very cute.

I hope that you are enjoying your summer with the kids. It's so darn hot here that being outside isn't much fun. I'm ready for fall!

So glad you stopped by to see me the other day. I've been missing you.


red.neck chic said...

Fall? Is that when it falls below 110 and we are experiencing the cold front that brings in 101? ;-D

I'm so ready for fall...

LOVE your shade and baby chandelier!!!

Have fun! ;-D

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hey Lisa, did someone say "school" is right around the corner...? Love your touches from LA's. Couldn't you just move into her shoppe. Just seeing it makes it feel "cooler". Thanks for sharing the goodies, xoxo Debra

Linda said...

LOVE, love, love it, Lisa! What a great, welcoming front door!

Terri said...

Lol!!! Looking forward to fall....YES!
Your post is gorgeous! Love every bit of it!

Storybook Woods said...

Do you ever make anything cr@#py, I think not!! xoxo Clarice

Lisa said...

This summer has been brutal, hasn't it!?! I'm so looking forward to the fall and I'm usually a warm weather girl.
I love seeing the things you create - thank you for sharing!

The Feathered Nest said...

What a wonderful post girl!!!! The lighting just takes my breath away ~ seems lighting is one of the most important things of all, don't you think? Sets the mood for our homes....I love what you did with the lampshade too!!! My very fav is the door basket, it's GORGEOUS girl! Just the right amount of different elements and textures. Fall sounds mighty good right now, doesn't it? hugs and love, Dawn

Tami said...

Oh Lisa, this is so adorable girl!

Thanks for sharing you wonderful talent!

Tami @ A Girls Gotta Nest

sweet violets said...

Love this post!!! And what a great shop, I could do some damage there!!!

Speaking of Fall....bring it on!!! Can't wait, cool and crisp, colorful and fresh.....hate being cooped up in this heat!!! hugs...cleo

helle said...

Lovely post, so many ideas...thank you!
Keep cool...Helle

Tina @ TinyBear said...

Oh - I am too, counting down to fall that is.
Love the lampshade and the welcome basket.
Have a wonderful day
xo Tina

trash talk said...

I love that you put your own sweet touches on your treasure and I agree...L.A.'s shoppe is something else.
My main questions are...when did you go to L.A.s...and why wasn't I notified?

Boxwood Cottage said...

Love your ideas Lisa, especially the front door basket with your house number on! I just had to pin it!
I see you're busy with the triplets b-day and seeing that I'm going to Sweden this month, let's talk swap in September, okay? I'm looking forward to it and hope to find some tresures while on vacation.
Btw. we're kinda freezing over here and it's raining cats and docs. We had only 3 hot summer days so far - not fair!
Wanna come live over here?
xoxo~ Carola

Rhonda said...

I clean the house the best just before company arrives.

I adore your front door basket, what a fabulous idea.

Stuck inside the house all summer, too, Arizona is hot!

Anonymous said...

I love your lighting fixture made of the lamp! Your welcoming door decor makes me want to come in and stay awile! Sometimes our work looks less attractive to us than others but yours is every bit as beautiful as hers and in my opinion more beautiful. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!"

Miss Sandy said...

Fall can't come soon enough for me either! We finally got rain last night and the 115 temps are easing, yeah! I love the lighting and front door decor you make, just lovely. Enjoy your guests and your party.

Charlene said...


Are you ready for school to start? Looking forward to HOURS of time that belong to YOU???? I know my GRANDS are bored with summer & ready for school to start. I miss you! Stay cool!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Love the welcoming basket on the front door. You always manage to put a special touch on everything you do!

just a little bit shabby said...

I want to go to Canton so badly! Some day I'll get there and Laurie Anna's too. This is a great post! Love all your ideas and I may steal your front door idea for my new house. We are suppose to move in a bout 2 weeks. Hope the heat lets up here in SA so we won't melt when we are trying to move. Happy birthday to the triplets! Hope your visit will be a gret one.

Gracefully Vintage said...

Just lovely-so inspirational- love the door pocket..So sweet..

June said...

Lisa this is too cool for words! I love the entry welcome! AWESOME!
Now you quit talkin' Fall girl. We just got Summer here...and I ain't lettin' go of it just yet!

(in case you're wondering...that is my hic from the sticks talk) I'm pretty good at it 'eh???))
love to you...

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Lisa, I love all of your photos, their gorgeous and yes I'm definitely looking forward to Fall.
hugs~~~ Daphne

Gwendolyn said...

Beautiful pictures. Love the basket with the green hydrangeas added.

Laurie said...

I especially love that door basket, Lisa! I have been wanting one, too. Your personalization is awesome. Our house number is hard to see, too. I may have to "imitate" you -- the sincerest form of flattery!

Laurie said...

P.S. Happy birthday to your three! You are so blessed!

Rustique Gal said...

What beautiful images! What I loved the most is the basket you decorated for your front door. The pictures and tags and rolled up sheet music! Right up my alley!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Lisa, I'm catching up after our computer had been down for a week. Your door basket looks beautiful and very inviting! Happy Birthday to the kids! How was the party?
We don't have a problem staying cool this summer. It had rained most of July and August or it was gray and not too warm. That mostly bothered me on Sundays when I wanted to go to the flea. Yesterday we went but there weren't too many booths and I only found a chippy lamp.
Have a great week!
Hugs to you,

Suz said...

Everything looks sooo beautiful. Your photography is like frosting on the cake!

Rebecca said...

Hi Sweet
I was so happy when I saw you had visited this morning... I miss getting around but just got too much going, I squeek out a post now and then and that's about it. Funny you should say I am all over blogland??? Must be Fifi, she was here in the spring shooting the house.
The weather just has been crazy! I really feel for you down there, it was hot enough here all summer! But it has been beautiful this last week. Warm sun fresh cool air, I can feel a hint of fall in the air.
These lighting ideas are great, I have to think of something for the studio, I have florescent in there and hate it but it gives good light.
Good to see what you have been up to... the kids went back to school here today. Can't believe summer is gone already!
Blessings to you my dear friend

Anonymous said...

Have you melted yet, my friend??? I CANNOT imagine how you have coped with the heat in Texas this summer. I'm sure you are going to be very happy when fall gets here.

I've been AWOL from blogging for much of the summer...painting for licensing 2013 calendar for Lang...and it has kept me busy and happy! But I've missed you!

I'll try to do better!

Hugs to you!