Ahhhh, fall. The crisp cool mornings. The cozy sweaters and boots. The pumpkin spiced… well, everything. I, like many others, love it all. I think every change in season comes just in time, like a breath of fresh air that rejuvenates and re-inspires. Living in the south, with the almost oppressively hot summers, fall is an especially welcome break from the heat and humidity. People tend to get a little ahead of themselves these days with the upcoming seasons and holidays (myself included- I blame stores and Starbucks), but with October nearly here, I felt it was time to fully embrace my love for all things autumn.

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I have always been a big holiday decor enthusiast. I used to have bins and bins full of Halloween and Christmas themed objects, and would get quite giddy with the prospect of decorating for the next holiday. However, as the years have gone by and my tastes have changed, I started to find that I would get almost as much joy out of packing the said objects away at the close of every season, and would tire of looking at them far before that.

In the great purge that overtook our household when we downsized a while ago, I decided to do away with almost all of my holiday decor and instead bring in natural objects that would reflect each season. Rather than filling my home with witches and Happy Halloween signs and things that would inevitably leave me feeling cluttered and anxious as they clashed with my everyday decor, I would savor the joy of picking out the perfect pumpkins and fresh autumn flowers to bring into my home, the softest and coziest throw blankets, the most delicious fall scented candles. This new way of decorating has served me very well as of late, and I have been quite inspired by some of the images I’ve been finding on Pinterest lately. Below are some of my favorite scenes, none of which are particularly spooky or themey, but all of which exude the joy that is the fall season.

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Let’s start with the front porch. It is the first thing people see even before entering your home, and it is a great way to make a statement and participate in the seasonal fun. I am all for super elaborate and spooky displays, and love oogling them from the sidewalk, but in my own home I prefer simplicity, something that will not only work in October for Halloween but will take me right through to November and Thanksgiving (the poor holiday that is forgotten between Halloween and Christmas), as well. Potted mums are a traditional choice, and I also love the plants in the photo above- a slightly more tropical feel but with gorgeous autumn colors. Pile some interestingly shaped and colored pumpkins on either side, and there you have it! A welcoming front porch that you are happy to come home to each day.

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Add some seating and maybe a cozy throw blanket, and you take it up another notch, into a space that you want to sit and sip your pumpkin spice latte in the cool mornings.

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The next best place to bring in a little fall is the entry way. It is the place where you and your family and guests come and go each day, and will create a warm and comforting feeling each time you enter. I love how the images above include apples, logs and simple fall greenery to subtly exude elements of the season.

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When it comes to the rooms inside the home, I prefer to use objects that go with my current decor. It is for this reason that I am slightly obsessed with white pumpkins (although if the classic orange pumpkins fit right in in your home, go for it!), and think they look so cheerful propped on a buffet or coffee table, or mixed in with other objects on a bookshelf or cabinet. Textiles also go a long way toward bringing in that fall feel- wools, furs, knits, and plaid patterns in throw pillows and blankets can totally transform your space. Finally, there’s nothing like the soft glow of candles (especially pumpkin scented ones!) to make you sigh and bask in the warmth of your holiday home.

I hope you have been inspired to incorporate a little fall decor into your own home! In the meantime, I am going to go and pick up just a few more white pumpkins to appease my current obsession.

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When I first started envisioning what a shared bedroom for Penny and Lucy would look like, I did what I always did- parked myself on Pinterest and started pinning until I could no longer see straight. Pinterest is such a useful tool for discovering what you like and what your design style is (not to mention a happy and positive place to spend your phone scrolling time, unlike many other platforms these days…) After pinning images that appeal to you, you can scroll through your board and notice what design elements keep popping up, whether it is a certain color scheme, style of furniture, or just overall mood. It really helps to define what you like and want, and give you some direction to create the space that is perfect for you.

I started by searching for shared kids’ rooms, because I was interested in not only design ideas but layout as well. Trying to fit two beds plus miscellaneous other furniture into a tiny space is no small feat, and I was hoping the Pinterest Gods would shine some fresh ideas on me and help me to think outside of the proverbial box. They, of course, did not disappoint.

I thought I would share with you my top 10 favorite shared kids’ rooms, since I am such a kids sharing rooms convert these days, and not just because our 2 bedroom apartment forces me to be- I truly believe I would have the girls in one room regardless of how many bedrooms we had. It has helped them to bond so much, and it is just so precious to see them spending time together in their sweet little bedroom. Talk to me again when they are teenagers, and I may be singing a different tune.

Without further ado, my top 10 shared kids’ rooms for your viewing pleasure:

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This one is so satisfying on so many levels. I love the symmetry of the matching beds on either side of the night stand, and how the bedding clearly goes together but has just enough variation to distinguish the two beds. In a perfect world, this room would be it.

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Here is another pleasingly symmetrical bedroom, and much more gender neutral. This would be a great shared bedroom for brothers and sisters. I love how the beds are the same, but in different colors, creating interest and separation. The bedding is tied together with the same color scheme, but the fun pillows allow each space to be tailored to individual interests.

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This room is again well balanced, and I love how simple and clutter free it is, bu the bold graphic wallpaper and bedding manage to keep things fun and exciting. I am a huge fan of using wallpaper, especially in kids’ rooms (click here for another inspiration post on how to use wallpaper in your home).

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This space is a good example of what to do when one of your children still sleeps in a crib, and reminds me the most of what we did in the girls’ last bedroom (click here for details). Even though the beds are different, they compliment each other nicely with the coordinating bedding and the framed prints above each bed. I was fortunate enough to be able to achieve this balanced look in Penny and Lucy’s previous bedroom, but I knew the almost laughably tight space in their new room wouldn’t allow me to do this. Alas, I would have to get creative with furniture placement. Luckily, I was up for the challenge.

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I briefly considered placing the twin bed and crib directly next to each other, since there wouldn’t be room for a night stand in between them, but quickly decided it wouldn’t work in our space. In this room, however, it really does work, because the beds are exactly the same and so simple that they almost trick the eye into thinking they are one large bed.

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This is another creative layout. The beds are again butting up to each other, but because they are going in different directions, it doesn’t feel awkward.

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Bunk beds, while not an option for us at the moment since Lucy is still in a crib (and will be right up until she is tumbling out of it), are something I am toying with doing eventually. I especially like the look of these built in ones. Their space saving benefits are obvious, but I have heard it is quite a hassle trying to change the sheets. Thoughts? Opinions?

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Another clever arrangement, especially if you have a long and narrow space. I love how each child has their own little book shelf for bedtime reading, although I wonder how much sleeping would go on with them facing directly toward each other…

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This room might be my favorite. I love how the girls each have their own space in opposite corners of the room, but with the white beds and similar artwork above each bed, it feels very cohesive and balanced.

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And this layout reminds me the most of what we ended up doing in the girls’ room. The crib fits perfectly into the little space beside the fireplace mantle, and the twin bed looks so cozy pushed up against the window. Similarly, Penny and Lucy’s new room ended up the way it did out of necessity and extremely limited options (it was like a tricky jigsaw puzzle only much more cumbersome to arrange), but I really love how each girl has their own comfy little nook to call their own. I look forward to sharing it with you soon!

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When I designed Penny’s nursery a few years ago, I was so excited to use this wallpaper from Anthropologie that I had been coveting. It felt super bold (wallpaper was just coming back into style at the time), and I knew it would make a huge impact in the room. Due to boldness factor and budget restraints (wallpaper ain’t cheap friends, and it really should be professionally hung), we opted to do the only the top half of one wall. It turned out beautifully, and it still remains the number one thing I miss about our old house. (Pictured below)

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Now that I have grown a few years older and bolder, I am finding myself attracted to more vibrant and colorful wallpapers. I still tend to lean toward patterns with a nature theme (trees, florals, botanicals, birds, water), but I am loving the gorgeous colors and patterns that abound these days. Wallpaper is absolutely worth the investment, as it basically makes the room. Little to no artwork is needed, and you are free to keep the rest of the room simple because you have striking artwork plastered all over your walls (literally). It’s a no brainer.

I dream of covering an entire bathroom in a fabulous statement wallpaper or picking a sweet and whimsical pattern for the girls’ room. Sadly, since we are no longer homeowners with the freedom to do whatever we want to our walls, I am forced instead to find amazing examples of wallpapered spaces for you to feast your eyes on. So please, feast away! Meanwhile, I will be researching temporary wallpaper and stencil solutions for renters…

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