Succulents and a Pumpkin: How to create a Fall Centerpiece


I have a pumpkin problem…it’s well documented. I also love succulents and have a growing (sorry!…I couldn’t help myself) number of them.

Put them together and give me all the heart eyes! 😍

Do you love them too? Good cuz I’m going to show you how to combine the two for a beautiful Fall centerpiece.


Last year I went with a couple of my favorite girls to a fun workshop to make one of these beauties. Guys! It is easy and you can do it too.

Lets do it!

Succulent Pumpkin How To

Supplies Needed:

  • Flat top pumpkins work best, like a Fairytale or Cinderella

  • Sphagnum Moss

  • Gardening Shears or Scissors

  • Succulents or Cuttings of various size and color (10-12 should work)

  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

  • Embellishments if you wish, like pinecones, faux leaves, etc.

    First, cut your succulents leaving a small stem. Let them air dry a bit so that the cut end will scab over. This way they won’t absorb moisture too quickly and rot once on your pumpkin.

  1. Wipe your pumpkin with a damp towel to clean.

  2. Once your glue gun is ready, put hot glue all over the area you will be adding moss. Working quickly before glue hardens but also being careful not to burn your fingers…ouch! Arrange moss how you like it. Spreading it evenly over the top of your pumpkin.


Now get Creative

3. Start adding your succulents by putting hot glue on the stem. Place on the pumpkin and hold for a few seconds to attach. It’s best to use the larger succulents in the center since there is more support, and working outward with smaller ones. If you have trailing ones, you can fill in at the end. Once you have your succulents arranged to your liking, I like to turn the pumpkin around, checking all angles and make sure it’s even. Pull some tendrils of moss so it spills down the sides.

That’s it…two beautiful things that are meant to be together.


Voila! You did it!


Care Tips:

You can seal your pumpkin if you wish with Mod Podge or a water based Varathane. If you’re pumpkin will be living outdoors, this will help it last longer from rotting.

Treat your pumpkin like a houseplant. Mist it once a week or so. It will last for months and you can even cut the top off and plant the succulents in a pot or the ground.

Display these lovelies on your Fall and Thanksgiving table

Be sure and tag me with your beautiful pumpkins so I can see your creations! Pin it for future reference.


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Just Sunday - Edition #1

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Hey there! I am so excited to start a new feature called Just Sunday!

Which will appear a couple times a month on…you guessed it! Sunday

It will be a roundup of some of my favorite finds around the web. It might be design related but also just things that have caught my eye, that I want to try, have tried or someone recommended.

I want it to be fun, inspirational, perspirational aka a DIY project or something for rejuvenation of your mind or body.

Are you ready for the first edition? Let’s go!


I grew up with this Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. This plaid cover is a part of my child and adult life. And this cookbook above, is the second one I’ve gone through. The first one had a soft cover and over the years started falling apart, pages coming out from the binding and Eggs Benedict would be in with Cream Cheese Frosting. So I got this updated hardcover version.

Don’t get me wrong…I’ve got Pinterest boards for recipes from clean eating and Keto to yummy desserts . Plus other cookbooks up the wazoo I love, but if I want just some good old fashioned information; chances are it’s in this book.

One of my favorite recipes that I love to make in the Summer when fruit is the very meaning of Summer, is a Fruit Crisp. Peach, Nectarine or Berry…all favorites.

I love it even more than pie


Hello! A crisp has oatmeal in it…and fruit. I call that fair game for breakfast


I mean…c’mon. Doesn’t this look amazing? I’m going to share the recipe that I use from the 10th Edition of the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book below. But you know what? I’m also going to tell you how I make it, at least in my mind, lip smacking delicious. Ready?

I double the yummy, crunchy topping!

And for the spices? I use Cinnamon and Allspice.

Yep…You’re Welcome.

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So if you want to make this breakfast, I mean dessert recipe, for your own taste of summer

here it is. Let me know how it turns out and if you doubled up on the topping!

And now, here’s a few things from around the web I wanted to share …

Given how hot it’s been this week…I would love to visit these Natural Swimming Holes from around the world.

This topiary using a wire coat hanger and an ivy plant

I’m going to try my hand at homemade pickles…this recipe for Spicy Garlic Dill Refrigerator Pickles sounds yummy!

You may not be using your fire pit that much this Summer but here are 35 different fire pit designs to inspire you for when the weather turns a little cooler.

By Design,


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Happy Birthday America! Inspiration RoundUp And paTriotic Playlist


Happy 243rd birthday America!

Summer is in full swing and July 4th is always a highlight. It is such a part of the fabric of our Nation.

BBQ’s will be fired up, horseshoes and corn hole showdowns will be happening, parades celebrating life in America in big and small towns and of course, fireworks to finish it all off with a bang!

O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties, above the fruited plain

However you celebrate the birth of our great country, there are so many ways to set the scene and show off your decor skills, from simple to elaborate depending on how, when and where you’re hanging out.



I set this table with a little help from Targets One Spot and some things I already had. You can get an easy patriotic look just by adding some small flags from the Dollar store to plant pots you already have. A chalk pen and some kind of chalkboard gives you a creative way to greet or guide guests. The chalkboard clothing pin stars are clipped onto linen napkins from Magnolias Hearth and Home line. The succulents I planted in little metal buckets that were $1 each. So easy.


And now, here’s some 4th inspiration that I found out there in the world wide web to spark that patriotic creativity.

Like this cute wreathe made from Tulle…

These fruit filled ice cubes that would be amazing in sparkling water like La Croix or some Sangria!

These watermelon cut into stars…

America, America, God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea

This year we are roadtrippin’ to North Dakota for a family 4th of July and reunion. My mom is from North Dakota, and as kids we went back every couple of years in the summer from California, for this very same celebration at my Aunts farm.

Along with myself and youngest daughter, my brother and his family, and one of my sisters are hitting the road with my mom for a reunion, years in the making!

Taking in the sights and scenery along the way and ending up in Bismarck, ND for the 4th!

Going to make for some tired behinds but creating some of those lifetime memories makes it so worth it.

In keeping with the patriotic holiday spirit, here’s a little playlist I created to celebrate America…some sweet songs to go with the hotdogs and fireworks 🧨 👇🏼


Enjoy a happy and safe holiday!

by design,


One Room Challenge Week 5 - Down To The Wire


Wow guys!  It is Week 5 of the One Room Challenge.  I feel pretty good about where I am and panicked at the same time.


Got a couple deliveries coming in hot. The shelf, light fixtures and headboard installed.

My DIY project this week was to makeover the little stool I got at the thrift store.  

This stool will always be the purchase that got me my first Senior Discount!  No really.

Little did I know that Tuesday’s you get a 20% discount if you’re over 55 at Community Hospice Hope Chest. The clerk was looking at me, trying to decide whether to take the risk and ask. Since I didn’t know there was a discount on Tuesdays, I thought she just really liked the lip color I had on as she studied me. But then she went there...very politely. I blurted out “yes” without thinking when she said, “you’re not 55 are you?” Yes. Yes I am! Loud and proud. So with my senior discount, my little stool cost a whopping $8! 😉 This is a high five when I’m trying to do this project on a budget.

All the discounts please.


To give this stool a makeover I sanded a million layers of paint down.  


I used a white spray paint with primer and gave it two coats.

Using a trash bag, I taped off the legs of this cutie and sprayed them gold to create that dip dyed look. 



I flipped it and touched up a couple spots but it was a really quick project. 


She’s feeling so much better about herself!

Next week is the big reveal for all the One Room Challenge participants. So its crunch time. The end game. Down to the wire. All the cliches. Agh… I want to show you so many things but all will be revealed for this little Guest Room makeover next Thursday.

Here we go…

Please follow the other exciting room reno projects here, check out the ORC blog for the featured designers and guests participants like me!

Follow along on my Instagram stories for more updates! 

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One Room Challenge Spring 2019 - Week 2


Welcome back for Week 2 of the One Room Design Challenge. Or if it’s your first time here…just Welcome!

You can check out last weeks post for Week 1 here.


‘Because you know I’m all about that bass, bout that bass…’

Well maybe more like the base…meaning starting with the base…meaning painting. That’s whats been happening this week. But why don’t I share a few pics of where we’re starting and what my plan is for this room.


You can see one of my test swatches on the wall. Three walls will be white and the 4th wall will be navy. I’ve actually got some of the white walls painted and am loving it.

‘We gon’ take it to a whole nother level’

Don’t ask me why I’m channeling Meghan Trainor…

too many paint fumes!


This nightstand and the black shelf unit will not be in the finished room. I already have the shelf, bedding and wall sconces.

The headboard is ordered and on its way.


This handsome boy is approving all decisions and so far has given me the paws up!


Upcoming DIY Projects For This Room

Stencil Navy Wall

Paint BookShelf in a mid century style

Mid Century Makeover for Closet Doors

Still looking for a ceiling light fixture. I really don’t want a ceiling fan in there but that room gets the afternoon sun and um…real life, I may have to suck it up and go with that. *sigh

So thanks for stopping by and following along…watch my IG stories and check back for Week 3!


Find me on Instagram and Facebook…and follow the other Guest Designers here and Featured Designers in the ORC here

By Design,



Paint 101 - Picking the Perfect Sheen

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This post…well, this is not going to be the super fun post with all the great before and after photos. This post will be about as exciting as, well watching paint dry. This is the third cousin to those awesome before and after pics…but hopefully it has a lot of information and a really good personality!

Sometimes if a client is looking for a refresh of their home, they can get the most bang for their buck with paint. Whether doing it as a weekend DIY project or hiring someone, paint can be a game changer on your walls or a piece of furniture.

I do Color and Paint Consultations and once a color is chosen, the question I’m asked most often is what type of paint do I use?

My answer depends on what is being painted and where it is. So what is sheen and why does it matter?

Sheen is the amount of shine or resin that is in the paint and how much it reflects light. Today’s paints have new and improved formulas that last longer and wear better, but it still helps to use the correct paint for the project. There are five basic paint types.


Source: Behr Paints

So here we go…

Flat or Matte - Has virtually no shine and has an almost chalk look to it. It is good for hiding imperfections on a surface but if you have kids or pets, use this one on the ceiling only. In new homes, it is often the choice of the contractor because it is the least expensive. That lack of resin, that creates shine in a paint also makes it hard to clean, and subject to stain.

Eggshell - Slightly more sheen than a flat paint and more washable too. You could use this in a dining room, master bedroom or any room that doesn’t get a lot of traffic. It reflects light better than flat paint does to give a soft lustre.

Satin - A satin finish can have a pearl effect. It can be used in moderate to heavy traffic areas like living and family rooms, hallways, kitchens, trim and shutters. You could also use when painting furniture.

Semi-Gloss - Semi-Gloss paint is great for high traffic, high use areas. Paint your kitchen, woodwork, trim, and doors in this highly scrubbable paint. This paint has a medium reflecting value and because of that will show any nicks or imperfections.

High Gloss (Sheen) - This paint has a very shiny almost glass-like finish. It is very on trend for bedrooms and dining rooms to give that laqcured look. It has a high durability and can also be used in high traffic areas like kitchens, trim, cabinetry, doors and shutters.


Source: House Beautiful Magazine

I hope these tips for picking out the type of paint for each project were helpful.

For you as an extra bonus I’m including a FREE Printable on the right Paint Sheens for you to use. Just click the link below for yours!

Paint 101 - Paint Sheens