Autumn is on the way! I truly enjoy all the season has to offer, the colors of the leaves , apples and pumpkins and that crisp fall like feel in the air! One of my favorite things to do in the fall is to have friends over for big bonfires and lots of yummy seasonal goodies. I wanted the mood to be simple with a little farmhouse style , I love these rustic lanterns I found at At Home . I used some rope and tied them above the table from tree limbs. (My little kitty friend Bubba was even there to help me out ) I accented the table with copper candle holders to add that autumn vibe. I mixed in a few of my favorite ceramic pieces and added some linen napkins in big bowls to make it a little more casual. Of course there had to be apple pie! What would fall be without it, right? I found these wood chargers I used to display the pie and to add that outdoor feel to the table. Big striped fluffy cushions and wicker chairs added that cozy vibe .
One of my favorite things to do in the summer is have our meals outside. After the long winter I am ready to soak up everything summer has to offer, I decided to give my little she shed a refresh and turn it into our outdoor dining space for the summer. Alex and I had so much fun shopping @athomestores for the space and finding things that would make our meals with friends and family just a little more magical. With limited space in our house and my little shed I’m always challenging myself to create and make our small spaces as cozy and comfortable as possible. You don’t have to have a big space to live beautifully and you certainly don’t have to have a huge budget. Sometimes just adding small touches make the biggest impact, wood textures, pops of color with flowers, rustic linens, add some twinkle lights and we have a cozy new little space to enjoy!
Wood bowls or vessels are also a great way to store your dining utensils, dishes, and linens.
Set the table, I always find having a theme or idea helps you shop better for what you are looking for. Start with a palette that you have in mind and find one thing to base your space off of, I am always drawn to more neutral colors and textures, maybe you found a beautiful wood bowl or the perfect ceramic dishes that sets the tone of your space, then build your table from there. Accent with small touches that bring everything to life, if you’re decorating a bedroom or any other small space, start with the same process and it will make it easier to decorate your space. For our space I wanted a soft but rustic style. I found some simple jars to place down the middle of the table and filled them with these little delicate flowers from my grandma’s garden. For the rustic elements to offset the softness I used some rustic wood bowls and filled them with bread.
I chose a simple lunch of salad from the garden decorated with edible flowers and yummy homemade bread from our local bakery. For dessert a simple blueberry galette was served on a simple wood charger.
String lights always make things a little more fun! They had a variety of these from the black cords shown here to all sorts of great colors.
The chairs are the perfect accent to the table. Simple clean lines with an antique finish, these are definitely a new favorite!
I loved finding these ball jar style glasses that you can write your guests name on. So fun. I used small marble cutting boards for the water bottle and to cut the lemons for our drinks. Stripe napkins of blue and tan stripes add that little touch of summer (and my love of stripes continues).
I hope you challenge yourself to a small space refresh in your own home. Have fun putting pieces together and think outside the box for uses for them, get creative and find pieces that are versatile and can be passed down over the years, and always remember it doesn’t have to be big to be beautiful!!
Available soon – the County Road Living Summer Magazine. I have been working very hard putting this first edition together and am excited to be offering it very soon for everyone to enjoy!
Is there anything better than fresh baked bread? This recipe is so simple and easy and only requires four ingredients. I found this recipe when I was looking for homemade bread for breakfast, it’s simplicity made it the perfect choice. The golden brown crust added the best rustic texture and it tastes as good as it looks!
Waiting for the dough to rise…
Perfect slathered with butter and jam!
Recipe credit: Jo Cooks
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 cups water room temperature
In a big bowl mix the flour, salt and yeast together. Pour water into the bowl and using a spatula or a wooden spoon mix it until well incorporated.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit on your counter for 12 to 18 hours.
Preheat oven to 450 F degrees. Add your cast iron pot to the oven as it’s heating and heat it as well until it’s at 450 F degrees.
Remove the pot from the oven and remove the lid from it. If you want to make sure your bread doesn’t stick to the pot you can sprinkle some flour or cornmeal on the bottom of the pot.
Flour your hands really well and also sprinkle a bit of flour over the dough. With your floured hands gently remove the dough from the bowl and roughly shape it into a ball. Take the ball of dough and drop it into the pot. Cover the pot with the lid and place it back in the oven.
Bake for 30 minutes with the lid on, after which remove the lid and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.
Remove the bread from the pot, it should fall out easily. Let cool completely before slicing into it and serving.
I think its one of life’s simple pleasures.
Sun shining , laundry drying in the breeze , fresh bread , yummy salads and great company
It doesn’t get much better than that
I spent the day having fun and taking photos with my
Sliced it in half and added fresh greens ,onions and tomatoes, yummy provolone cheese
and spicy mustard..cut it into quarters for a pretty presentation …add a simple salad with a drizzle of oil and balsamic vinegar …and done!
laundry on the clothesline …
my friend Dick took this photo …
Spring kitchen scene with my favorite mugs from @lauravenosapottery
Soon we will be adding a backsplash to this space !
Flowers, always flowers
And coffee of course….
Sun soaked farmhouse
A spring vignette
Big baskets of flowers
I love adding flowers in the bedroom..calm and serene
Favorite coffee spot
Simple and easy mixed berry dump cake , you can also substitute the mixed fruit with strawberries, cherries or blueberries